The ball popped off of Joc Pederson’s bat, a meandering missile headed for the first row of Dodger Stadium’s left-field pavilion.
Pederson could not immediately believe he had hit another World Series home run, his third, in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 victory in Tuesday’s Game 6. And he showed it on his rambling path around the bases. He yelled, he banged both fists on his chest, and he made gestures about money owed to him.
“You kind of black out in a situation like that,” Pederson said. “A lot of emotions hit me quickly.”
Two years after nearly winning the Home Run Derby, Pederson spent the end of this summer in purgatory, triple-A Oklahoma City, where...