“The Fall Classic-The Best”
They play Game 1-of the World Series tonight. The Astros-vs-Nationals.
The history book will be full of stories about the old Houston Colt 45s in their early years. And the roots of Washington Nationals baseball, dating to their former Montreal Expos franchise, or actually the other teams in the District of Columbia, the original Senators, who moved to Minnesota, or the second Senators, who wound up in Texas as the Rangers.
This series will feat power pitching, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke against Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin.
But it may also match all the big bats in the lineup, Anthony Rendon-vs-Alex Bregman in the battle of 40-home run hitters. The talents of Treu Turner-vs-Jose Altuve. The star status of George Springer-vs-Juan Soto. The old dog Howie Kendrick-vs-the Cuban veteran Yuli Gurriel.
The statistics are staggering, wins, ERAs, strikeouts, home runs, runs batted in. This shapes up as a World Series to remember, but then so do so many of the others from years-decades gone by.
Close your eyes, and remember the games, the heroes, the outcomes.
1956-Brooklyn-Yankees..the Don Larson perfect game outing.
1955-Dodgers-Yankees..Johnny Podres getting Brooklyn the ring
2016-Cubs-Indians..The Curse of the Billy Goat on the Cubs ends
2004-Red Sox-Cardinals..The Curse of the Bambino is over.
1986-Mets-Red Sox..The Amazing Mets-Billy Buckner’s error.
1960-Pirates-Yankees..Bill Mazeroski’s legendary HR for the Bucs.
1975-Reds-Red Sox..The Carlton Fisk home run on the foul pole
1988-Dodgers-A’s..Kirk Gibson’s legendary pinch hit HR
1993-Toronto-Phillies..Joe Carter’s historic HR for the Jays
1964-Cards-Yankees..Bob Gibson wins 3-games that fall
1957-Braves-Yankees..Lew Burdette won 3-games for Milwaukee
1947-Dodgers-Yankees..Cookie Lavagetto breaks up a no hitter
1912-Red Sox-Giants..Names like Christy Mathewson-Smokey Joe Woods…pitching on 1-day’s rest
1944-Cardinals-Browns..Battle of the Gas House Gang-vs-the Brownies team made up of 4F-players during World War II-before Johnny Came Marching Home.
So many great moments in the Grand Old Game.
And with the first pitch Tuesday night, fireworks and another chapter in baseball history about to be written.
2019..Astros to win in six games.
Gonna be fun, because that is what October and the Fall Classic has always been. How can you not fall in love with the game, and with the moments like this?