Game two of the World Series seems like a year ago. The game was a roller coaster of emotions for Dodgers fans. Coming from someone who was at the game I can honestly tell you that I never have high-fived so many strangers and hit emotional rock bottom all in the span of two innings.
From start to finish, I witnessed one of the craziest games I have ever seen, even with the Dodgers taking the loss. And, it was some of the moments along the way that made this game one of the most special and one regarded as an all-time great baseball game.
This article hopes to highlight some of the amazing and weird moments that fans got to experience throughout the game. The goal is to hopefully prevent those from getting swallowed by the black hole that is losing.
To kick off the list of events that fans should not soon forget we will start with the pregame festivities where Dodger beloved broadcaster, Vin Scully, delivered a first pitch performance for the ages.
Imagine this, 55,000 people all sitting in a stadium anxiously awaiting the start of the game. All of the 55,000 hold a space in their hearts for Vin Scully who poured his soul into every pitch of Dodger Baseball for 67 years.
To everyone’s surprise, Vin himself came out to throw out the first pitch. In the most Vin way possible, he walked out and spoke to the crowd in the comforting voice that we all love. He then took the mound and called for his catcher and out came Dodger great catcher, Steve Yeager.
Scully wound up and joked that he suffered a rotator cuff injury and would need to go to the pen to make the pitch. So, he called for his best lefty, Cy Young award winner and fan favorite, Fernando Valenzuela, to make the pitch for him. Seeing and hearing Vin again was definitely one of the highlights of the game, and there is still so much more greatness to cover.
The next strange fact that can not go unmentioned is that all of the Dodgers hits through 10 innings were on home runs. Joc Pederson hit a game-tying solo shot in the bottom of the fifth, and Corey Seager hit a homer in the bottom of the sixth that drove in Chris Taylor who had walked earlier in the inning.
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The Dodgers first non-homerun hit came in the bottom of the tenth with a game-tying RBI single from Kiké Hernandez. Not only was Kiké’s hit the first non-homer but it was also the only regular base hit from the Dodgers who went on to hit two more home runs after the single from Yasiel Puig and Charlie Culberson.
Speaking of home runs, there happened to be a ton of them in this game. With a total of eight deep flies, the Dodgers and Astros combined to tie the record for the most home runs in a single World Series game.
The Astros and Dodgers each hit four, and the Astros also became the first playoff team to hit at least one home run in the 9th, 10th, and 11th innings of the same game. If that record wasn’t enough to fulfill your home run needs than this one probably will: from the ninth inning on, both teams combined to hit six of the eight total home runs. This has set a new record for most home runs hit from the start of the ninth inning until the end of the game. And, just to clarify, that is a baseball record not only in the World Series.
Next, what would a game be without the fans? In the top of the seventh inning, a Dodger fan decided he wanted a better view of the Astros bullpen. So, what better way to get a good look than jumping into the arms of stadium security and going to jail for a night.
Lastly, some quick facts about the game:
- The Astros won their first World Series game ever as an AL team (they were in the World Series when they were in the NL)
- Former Astro Josh Fields gave up his first and second postseason home runs since 2015 where he gave one up as a member of the Astros
- The Astros are yet to lose a game when Justin Verlander has pitched in it
If the stats and facts above do not convince you that this series is far from over and has a lot more excitement left I don’t know what will. From ceremonial first pitches to game-winning homers, baseball fans are surely in for a treat.