I know Larry has already said his peace on Game 1 of the Mets-Royals World Series, but there was so much kitchen sink that it warrants further comment.
Alcides Escobar’s Inside-The-Park HR Was The First Since 1929
Prior to Escobar ripping the first pitch in the general direction of Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes, there had been 9 other inside-the-park home runs in World Series history, but none since 1929 when Philadephia A’s centerfielder Mule Haas hit a three-run inside-the-park home run off Chicago Cubs reliever Art Nehf in the 7th inning of Game 4 of that Fall Classic.
The most fascinating thing about Haas’ inside-the-park HR was that the Cubs had a 8-0 lead going into the bottom of the 7th. Cubs starter Charlie Root (who would later give up the called shot to Babe Ruth in the 1932 World Series) had only given up three hits over six innings. The Cubs were on the verge of evening the Series at 2-2. Instead, Haas’ HR was part of a 10-run rally. The A’s would win the Series in five games.
The fact that there were more inside-the-park homeruns in the early history of the game demonstrates a) the legacy of the dead ball and b) how much larger the dimensions of most ballparks were back then. Lou Gehrig and Casey Stengel are the most notable players to hit inside-the-park HRs in World Series play.
As for Escobar, my Dad thinks he should have been credited with a double and that Cespedes should have been charged with a two base error. There was no way the official scorer was going to change the first inside-the-park HR in a World Series since the Hoover Administration.
The Broadcast Foul Up Was Something Out of SCTV
The game was delayed in the bottom of the fourth inning not because of weather or due to player injury, but because FOX had a power failure. Joe Torre got involved in the discussion because it meant instant replay was lost. FOX had to scramble to provide the feed from MLB International’s broadcast. The whole thing was rather embarrassing and something out of SCTV. If only Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty had been on hand. It would have been far more amusing.
October 27th is a Special Day for Both The Royals & The Mets
The Kansas City Royals won their last World Series title on October 27, 1985 while the Mets won their last World Series title on October 27, 1986.
October 27th is also Special for Jonathan Niese
New York Mets reliever Jonathan Niese was born on October 27, 1986. He celebrated his 29th birthday by pitching two scoreless innings against the Royals.
October 27th Will Be a Bittersweet Day for Edinson Volquez
Kansas City Royals starter Edinson Volquez had a bittersweet day. His father passed away earlier in the day, but was not informed of his death at the request of his wife until after he was taken out of the game following the sixth inning. It is a day he will never forget for the best and worst of reasons.
Eric Hosmer, The Goat
The two-time Gold Glove first baseman made a costly error off the bat of Wilmer Flores in the eighth inning to allow Juan Lagares to score and give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Shades of Bill Buckner. Or would Hosmer have the last laugh?
Familia Breeds Contempt
The Mets were two outs away from taking a 1-0 lead in the Series when Mets closer Jeurys Familia gave up a game tying home run to Alex Gordon. It was the first time he had blown a save since the end of July when the Mets blew a six run lead in San Diego. This took the game into extra innings.
Eric Hosmer, The Hero
The game went 14 innings before Hosmer drove in the game winning run on a sacrifice fly off Bartolo Colon scoring Escobar. The error is now a footnote. Amazing what difference a couple of hours can make in a five hour plus game.
Maybe I Won’t Miss That Much of Game 2
While I am planning to watch and live tweet the GOP debate, if tonight’s game is anything like last night’s perhaps I won’t miss very much at all.