And as I mentioned before, now we have the two best words in sports: Game Seven. 8:20pm ET from Dodger Stadium.
It’s been said before and it’ll be said again, this series deserved a seventh game. Truthfully, it deserves about seventy games, but it definitely deserves one game with everything on the line. The thing is, I’m just not sure I’m ready for life without these two teams battling each other.
Lance McCullers Jr. v. Yu Darvish. The same Yu Darvish who couldn’t make it out of the second inning in Game 3. The same Yu Darvish who Houston touched up for 6 hits and four runs before he was taken out of the game. He now has the series on his shoulders. Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen got their redemption last night, Darvish has his chance to get his tonight. This is what they brought him in for.
As Tommy Lasorda told Dave Roberts after last night’s win, “Remember, it doesn’t mean bleep unless you win Game 7.”
You want storylines? There are plenty of them. Like Darvish facing Yuli Gurriel after Gurriel’s disgusting, racist gesture in Game 3. Lance McCullers Jr. and his curveball against Dodger bats. The Astros ability to bounce back after dropping a potential series clincher.
The Astros bats trying to find success away from the Juice Box. Joc Pedersen joining guys like Duke Snider, Reggie Smith, and Davy Lopes on the list of most homers by a Dodger in a World Series. The Dodgers bullpen. The Astros bullpen. Dallas Keuchel being available. Charlie Morton being available. And even Justin Verlander being available.
And here’s a quick storyline I can do without – Dodger fans burning things. Hey, Dodger fans, I know you and I know how you operate. I know that if you win tonight, you’re going to want to burn something and if you lose tonight, you’re going to want to burn something. Don’t. Seriously. Don’t do it. It’s not cool. It’s not funny. That’s not celebrating, that’s destroying, and putting people’s lives at risk. You’ll embarrass the team and the city if you do it. So don’t do it. I’m not saying we’re the only ones who do it. What I’m saying is, why don’t we be one of the only ones who don’t.
But back to the storylines that are good. Here’s the best one of all – if the words “Game Seven” weren’t enough to get you amped, here are six more awesome words: Clayton Kershaw available in the bullpen.
The only thing better than an ace coming out of the bullpen in Game 7 of the World Series is if the greatest pitcher of a generation is coming out of the bullpen in Game 7 of the World Series. If you’re telling me that you don’t want to see Kershaw coming out of the pen with everything on the line, you’re a liar. I don’t care if you’re a Dodger fan, an Astro fan, or just a baseball fan, if you have a pulse, you want to see Kershaw getting loose and the gate swinging open when it matters the most.
This series deserves a Game 7. And it deserves Kershaw coming out of the pen with the title on the line. Baseball started nearly nine months ago and it ends tonight. Let’s do this.