“It’s a beautiful night and I imagine it will have absolutely zero impact,” Mozeliak said.
Cardinals third baseman David Freese said players’ “adrenaline is pumping so you’re not going to feel it the same way. You’re so excited.”
The Cardinals appeared unaffected by a big temperature swing in the NLCS, also at home. It was 75 degrees when rookie Michael Wacha outdueled Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 2, and 52 degrees for the first pitch of the Wacha-Kershaw rematch in St. Louis’ clinching Game 6 blowout.
LOVULLO’S FUTURE: Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo is ready to listen if old boss Theo Epstein calls about the Chicago Cubs’ manager job.
There have been reports that the Cubs have interest, but Lovullo said before Game 3 that he hadn’t been contacted by any team about a managerial opening. Anyway, he’s focus on helping the Red Sox win the World Series.
“I work for a great organization now that I’m very content with,” Lovullo said. “In life, timing is everything so if the timing is right and the situation is what it’s supposed to be, then that’s the next step.”
The 48-year-old Lovullo would fit the recent mold of younger managers who can relate to players — much like the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny, the Red Sox’ John Farrell and the White Sox’ Robin Ventura.
Lovullo, a former major league infielder, is in his first season in Boston after two seasons as first-base coach under Farrell in Toronto. He managed nine seasons in the minor leagues for the Cleveland and Boston organizations, hence the Epstein connection.
He interviewed for the Red Sox manager’s job after the 2011 season, but the job went to Bobby Valentine, who was replaced by Farrell after one season.
“When Theo was (in Boston) the operation was very efficient and well-run,” Lovullo said. “I know he’s doing the same thing there in Chicago. I think we had a mutual respect for one another. It’s a matter of time before it gets real good in Chicago. Whoever sits in that seat is going to be the right man.”