Imagine if they had this technology in 1985 …
Giants manager Bruce Bochy won the first replay challenge overturn in World Series history in the bottom of the third inning of this World Series Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium when video showed Eric Hosmer failed to beat the throw to first base on a beautiful doubleplay turned by San Francisco middle infielders Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford. Hosmer slid into the first base bag — which physics have proven to be a terrible move — and the ball reached Brandon Belt’s glove before Hosmer’s hand made it in. The play was started by Panik, who made a diving grab and then flipped the ball to Crawford while still on his belly to get the speedy Lorenzo Cain.
The review took two minutes and 57 seconds. Might as well be as thorough as possible in Game 7.
The World Series is not just about the baseball. It’s about the bigger-than-usual stars singing the National Anthem, the more-famous-than-usual people throwing out the first pitch and all of the assorted to-do which surrounds the ballgames. Here is that sort of stuff for Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.
- Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. Yastrzemski also threw out the first pitch of Game 1 in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The Red Sox won each of those games and each of those World Series so, yeah, go with what works, right?
- Members of the 2004 World Series Champions will throw the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2. It doesn’t say which members, so maybe my dream of Manny Ramirez doing it will work out after all. Hey, he played for the Dodgers too, so let’s make this happen, OK?
- Singer-songwriter James Taylor will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of Game 1. This morning Peter Gammons tweeted that Taylor’s family helped build Fenway Park. Let’s file that under “interesting, but not so interesting that it’s really worth tracking down to confirm, so why not believe it?” Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.
- For Game 2 the National Anthem will be performed by the Boston Pops, with the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus doing the singing. The Boston Pops are conducted by Keith Lockhart, who was a career .287/.354/.425 hitter in 37 postseason games with the Atlanta Braves. I mean, at least I’m pretty sure it’s the same Keith Lockhart. Again: not interesting enough to check so, like Gammons’ thing about James Taylor, let’s assume I’m right about this.