Dodgers catcher Will Smith swiped the lead for the LAD in the sixth inning, homering with two on and two out against…Will Smith.
Two men on, two men out for the Dodgers. Will Smith in the box, staring at a full count.
And when his eyes met the pitcher’s, two Will Smiths were looking directly at each other, ready for battle. Yes, Atlanta really brought in lefty Will Smith to face the west coast version, in some sort of bizarre ode to the Clone Wars.
Has anything like this ever happened before? Obviously not. Why would you even ask that? Two men with the same name facing each other in a postseason game? The FOX broadcast really thought that was a worthwhile question to answer.
So, who won? Who proved himself to be the Freshest Prince? It was the Dodgers’ Will Smith, who waited on a 3-2 cutter, pulled his hands in and rocketed it deep into left field, giving Los Angeles the lead in a game that once seemed destined to be a blowout in the other direction.
That’s 4-2 Dodgers, in a blink. Just like the vast majority of “I Am Legend,” there was only one Will Smith left standing.
So, what got us to this point, where this spectacular and serendipitous homer occurred? In many ways, you can pin this comeback on the heroics of Mookie Betts.
Sure, it was Betts who started off the sixth with a single down the line, then got replaced by Justin Turner on second base after some wack baserunning. But more importantly, it was Betts who charged a shallow looper in the third, taking a Marcell Ozuna run off the board when it revealed he had left third base early.
And now, here we are, with a younger version of the man on the mound hitting a home run off his older self.
At least, we think that’s what happened? Sorry, we have the lead now, we’re a little turned around.