Nothing unravels quite so spectacularly as a baseball game, does it?
Witnesses, and there were many, will be talking about last night’s ending for decades. That wasn’t a “walkoff,” so much as a tumble off. And a defensive meltdown from a Dodger team that has been splendid in the field.
A few observations from someone who has been watching the sport for 60 years:
–Baseball is a haunted game. It’s based on spinning baseballs. Like witchcraft, it messes with your mind. That’s why it always wraps up around Halloween.
–No sport changes so much from game to game, because a pitcher changes everything. Can you imagine an NFL team using a different QB every week?
–Chris Taylor is hardly the Dodgers’ best player. But he is a gutty, no-nonsense pro. In that situation, he is the last guy I expect to bobble a baseball.
–Why did catcher Will Smith still have his mask on? As my buddy Jim said, 8-year-olds know to throw their masks aside.
–Why wasn’t Kenley Jansen backing up home, as pitchers will in that situation? Some witnesses said he was backing up third. But replays show he was in no-man’s land, backing up nothing.
The Greeks have a word for all of this: Anagnorisis. It’s when a character discovers, in the heat of a moment, his true character. Or comes to appreciate the magnitude of the situation.
These Dodgers are a magnificent baseball team. The Rays play with a ton of heart.
This is a lofty and grandiloquent World Series, the best since 2016. I can’t wait for tonight’s game. It starts at 5 pm Pacific time and ends in bedlam.