Though nothing can top Game 2, we can at least hope for the same outcome.
Shut up, past-me. You know nothing.
Present-me is here to say that literally nothing can top the insanity we witnessed in Sunday night’s Game 5. And that’s just fine by me. Over five hours of ridiculous baseball, 10 innings, 25 runs scored on 28 hits. Everyone watched that game and everyone is going to remember it. That doesn’t mean it was a great game, by any stretch. But we’ll certainly remember it.
It reminded me, in a sense, of the spectacle of an NBA game in late February of 2016. The Golden State Warriors were playing the Oklahoma City Thunder and it became a duel of 3-point shots between Stephen Curry and then-rival Kevin Durant. It was one of the most beautiful, nonsensical displays of offense I’d ever seen. And again, everyone was watching.
There is something so fun about the experience of everyone, even those outside of the general fandom of a sport, coming together to witness sports insanity.
These are the types of games that remain in the collective consciousness of society, whether the viewers were huge sports fans or people who stopped by for the show because it was the the thing everyone was talking about.
Game 5 was a wonderland of thinking, “What if this guy hits a home run right now?” and being instantly validated.
Grant covered it better than I ever could and you should always read Grant. We take him for....granted (sorry) around here sometimes, but writing like Grant’s is a gem to be cherished.
Also, Happy Birthday boss!
No, this is horrifying. pic.twitter.com/FB3xBoqjWi— Spooky Sami Higgins (@samihiggins) October 31, 2017
Anyway, if you’re ready for some boring old regular World Series baseball, well, you’re in luck.
Tuesday’s spooky Game 6 match-up kicks off at 5:00(ish) pm on Fox and will feature a rematch of Rich Hill vs. Justin Verlander, who will really need to be sharp in order to avoid relying too much on their overly taxed bullpens. With the series moving back to Los Angeles, the Houston Astros are looking to win it all as the Dodgers try to force a Game 7.
- George Springer, CF
- Alex Bregman, 3B
- Jose Altuve, 2B
- Carlos Correa, SS
- Yuli Gurriel, 1B
- Brian McCann, C
- Marwin Gonzalez, LF
- Josh Reddick, RF
- Justin Verlander, P
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Chris Taylor, CF
- Corey Seager, SS
- Justin Turner, 3B
- Cody Bellinger, 1B
- Yasiel Puig, RF
- Joc Pederson, LF
- Logan Forsythe, 2B
- Austin Barnes, C
- Rich Hill, P