Every time you think the
Every time you think the Dodgers have lost, Cody bellows or Corey flexes or
You scream, you groan, you nearly pass out twice, then, early Monday morning in Houston, your world is turned upside down when the series shifts on a 10th-inning
The Astros' memorable, painful 13-12 victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 was yet another example of a week filled with both miraculous drama and unabashed kookiness. And though you can't take it anymore, you also can't get enough.
This cannot yet be declared the best World Series ever, if only because there are still two games remaining, beginning Tuesday night in Game 6 at Dodger Stadium with the Astros leading three games to two.
However, this certainly qualifies as the craziest World Series ever, with balls flying, bats flipping, bullpens crumbling, legends dissolving, fans trespassing, players insulting, and a manager feuding with fans.
Oh, yeah, and in the middle of all this, during the one iota of calm in Sunday night's game, word spread that the Philadelphia Phillies' new manager was going to be Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers' director of player development. Kapler is known for encouraging prospects to increase their strength by sunbathing their testicles.
Of course. This World Series is a circus with sideshows, freak shows and high-wire acts filled with both travesty and triumph, sometimes in the same inning.
The baseball is juiced. The players are crazed. The fans are nuts. The moments are epic.
"It feels like it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger,'' the Astros' Collin McHugh said. "I don't even know what to expect anymore. You think you've seen everything in baseball until you haven't.''
Start with the baseballs. They are slicker than a regular-season ball. Ask any of the players. The pitchers can't get their regular grips. They can't throw their best pitches. There are more hanging sliders coming in, and more 400-foot blasts going out.
“I think, as a whole, everybody is saying, ‘Whoa, something is a little off here,’’’ said Astros pitcher
The teams have already set a record for the most World Series home runs, with 22 in five games. The last time the Dodgers played in the World Series, in 1988, they combined with the
Baseball officials claim the ball has not been altered. Should we believe them? This is a sport clamoring for more offense to combat the slow pace that has driven away some younger fans.
The only thing wilder than the baseballs are the players, whose combination of youth, aggressiveness and sometimes foolishness has turned the series into a giant playground.
The most amazing home-run celebration of all happened in the bottom of the 11th, when the Dodgers’
"Wasn't that the best game ever!'' Alex Bregman shouted in the Astros' clubhouse afterward.
Turns out, that wasn't even the best game of the week.
Then there was the darker side of the players’ aggression, witnessed in Yuli Gurriel’s racist gesture toward Dodgers pitcher
Baseball officials claimed to condemn the act, but his five-game suspension was deferred to next year. So what does Gurriel do during the second game of his reprieve? He homers off Clayton Kershaw to start the party in Game 5.
"I can't tell you how many times I've said, 'This is the craziest game of my life,''' Astros reliever Joe Musgrove said.
Finally, the wackiness spread to the fans, who cheered constantly through 103-degree heat in Los Angeles, a game lasting more than five hours in Houston, and eventually crossed the line.
During the chaos of Game 2 at Dodger Stadium, a fan climbed into the Astros' bullpen before being led away by police. Given the shaky state of the Astros' relievers, observers wondered whether manager A.J. Hinch should have warmed him up.
On Sunday night, fans at Houston's Minute Maid Park countered with their own out-of-control act, as a man wearing only American flag biker shorts ran onto the field during the late-inning wildness before he was taken away by police.
The fans reportedly haven't confined their high jinks to the field. After the Dodgers' opening game victory, some folks at a Pasadena hotel bar heckled Hinch into what Pasadena police said was an argument.
It is only fitting that this Series moves next to Halloween at Dodger Stadium, where history says it will be the Astros who will be haunted.
Of the last 10 World Series teams to return home trailing three games to two, only one lost in Game 6. Eight of those teams actually won the series, including the Angels defeating the
The last week has taught us that nobody can guarantee anything in this battle, but … wait, take that back.
"This is not going to be finished Tuesday,'' Puig promised. "There's going to be Game 7.''
Really? More? Good.