Here we are – ready to watch World Series game #3. The Kansas City Royals are up 2-0, but these series don’t really get interesting until someone wins on the road. Citi Field is excited. Let’s do this.
8:08 p.m. – First pitch – at Escobar’s head. Typical New York reaction. I think I could lip read Mike Moustakas after that pitch at the head, and he wasn’t saying “good job.” Next batter up, Zobrist, provides the best answer to a knock-down pitch with a one-out double.
8:16 p.m. – Well, it took 15 pitches and 8 minutes for the Royals to score as only they can. Check swing instead of a strikeout is key. Ian Desmond, are you watching this?
8:21 p.m. – Yordano – what a great name! I’m going to find every chance I can to use that name.
8:24 p.m. – The Mets obviously enjoy being home. If Wright and Murphy get hot, we’ll have a series. Wright homers and Mets go up 2-1. But Yordano Ventura bounces back to get the next three. Game on.
8:29 p.m. – Well, it didn’t take long for the drug commercials to show up.
8:33 p.m. – What’s up with Mike Piazza’s hair?
In the second, it takes about two minutes for the Royals to tie it. Then Yordano Ventura puts down a perfect bunt, and “Thor” Syndergaard throws the next pitch away, and the runner who moved up on the bunt scores from third. Thor is starting to have the same look that deGrom had in game 2 when they put together back-to-back-to-back hits. He’s like, “Hey, I’m throwing 100 mph and these guys don’t care.” He may come back and regret that first pitch at the head. The Mets have their bullpen going in the second. 3-2 Royals after 1 1/2.
8:46 p.m. – Can I say that these Direct TV ads with football players and their “effeminate” alter egos are stupid and insulting. I use to like Peyton Manning, but after hooking up with Papa John’s (I can’t afford to pay my workers a living wage or health care) Pizza and Direct TV, he needs a gut check and a new agent.
9:00 p.m. – Just one out in the 3rd and Syndergaard is already at 50 pitches. But Harold Reynolds thinks he’s masterful. Can we get some new announcers?
9:08 p.m. – Yordano makes a mistake to Thor and he pays for it as Granderson homers. Now 4-3 Mets. Yordano comes back. I think we have a lot more to come before this is over.
9:17 p.m. – My friend Tim McClimon is posting selfies on Facebook from the World Series. Candice responds that “David is jealous. He’s watching the game on TV.” As I see Tim all bundled up and the wind whipping the flags, I’m pretty happy to be watching from the comforts of home.
9:18 p.m. – Now I think you can talk about Thor getting stronger. That was an impressive inning (even if the ump missed the call on the low ball on the 2-1 to Alex Gordon). Then we get Best Buy: “When you give tech, people just won’t love it, they’ll love you.” Please.
9:26 p.m. – Ventura starts to lose it, and he doesn’t cover first. Of course, the FOX announcers say that this is the first baseman’s fault. Wake up. 5-3 Mets and the Royals have to worry about the wheels coming off. But just as the announcers say, “Watch out for that inside fastball, it is his nitro zone,” Yordano gets the batter to pop up. Still, Yost comes with the hook. Good move, from my perspective.
9:30 p.m. – GEICO scores again with the “Final Countdown” commercial. I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the pitch sessions when the ad agency comes up with these things.
9:36 p.m. – The Mets may regret not getting more in that inning. Let’s see.
9:56 p.m. – Almost two hours in, and we’re through 5. Mets up 5-3. And yes, I hate the Master Pass commercials.
10:08 p.m. – Moustakas finally breaks the string of outs by KC batters. Thor is pitching well, but he is also up in the low 90s in number of pitches thrown in less than 6 full innings. The next batter walks. Hope the bullpen is ready for the Mets. (Of course, the Mets have shown that they really don’t care about the arms of their young guns. Can you say, “Mark Prior and Kerry Wood”?) After loading the bases, Thor gets out of it with a grounder. Well pitched game. Now we’ll get a look at the Mets bullpen.
10:28 p.m. – We are into the bullpens and the game has slowed to a crawl. Just pitch it, already! He finally does, and Uribe does a great job of professional hitting to drive in another run. (And yes I wrote “professional hitting” before the announcer said it…but it was pretty obvious.) KC better stop this soon, or they’ll be too far back. We may just have a series here. Whoops! Morales has a brain freeze and they lose the chance of the double play to get out of the inning. Instead, the bases are jammed with Mets.
10:43 p.m. – Mets blow it open with a 4 run 6th after Morales’ brain freeze. That’s what usually happens when you give up extra outs. 9-3 Mets and it looks like it will be a 2-1 series lead for KC when this is over. But…it ain’t over ’til its over.
10:50 p.m. – Uh, Harold Reynolds. The Royals were actually trailing in the 9th inning in Game 1. How can the Mets have been “dominated” by the Royals “since pitch 1” in the first two games of the series when you trail going into the bottom of the 9th. Jeez, FOX, I know that facts don’t mean anything to your news division, but have you now thrown them out in the sports division as well?!
Okay, Mets…if you’re going to hold serve, let’s do it quickly. We’re coming up on 3 hours. (And everyone knows that 2 hours and 20 minutes is the perfect length for a baseball game!)
11:13 p.m. – Gee, I remember those nice, clean 8th innings setting it up for the closer. Thanks a lot, Mike Rizzo. You trade away Clippard and he’s pitching in the World Series while the Nats bullpen imploded this year and we end up with the closer choking the franchise player. Don’t get me started. Let’s wrap this puppy up.
11:20 p.m. – Nice. We get to hear Piano Man, while watching Billy Joel listening to the fans sing his song. But of course we also have to listen to the FOX announcers make inane comments.
11:30 p.m. – And that’s a wrap. 9-3 Mets. We have a series.
More to come…
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