With two teams so evenly matched it only makes sense to see the World Series tied up at two games a piece. Boston’s Jonny Gomes smacked a three run home-run on a sinker that never sunk and just like that the game went from a 1-1 tie to a 4-1 Sox lead. In series that has seen its share of strange plays and calls; this one looks like a true Fall classic indeed.
The Big Papi Factor
Gomes was a last minute replacement for Shane Victorino and he is now a part of World Series lore that will get only bigger if Boston takes the series. All of this after one of the best big-hitters of all time, ‘Big Papi’, held a rah-rah team huddle in the dugout. Whatever the man hitting .727 in this series had to say they were listening. And when will the Cardinals figure out NOT to throw this guy what he loves to hit? His teammates call him “Cooperstown”, yes they nicknamed him after the baseball Hall of Fame location.
Odd finishes and plays have become a theme in this series; this one ended on a pick off throw to first base by Boston reliever Koji UeHara nailing Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong. Game over. This, of course, occurred one night after ‘The Obstruction’ rule play. And not the only odd ball calls, it seems almost tit-for-tat in this one. And let's not forget, Boston starter Jon Lester's alleged foreign substance in his glove; we'll see him again this evening.
As fans and writers the one thing that is not being talked about, at least not that I have seen nor heard, is the players through four games. These teams are going at each other with everything they have and not once have we seen any hint of animosity from one team to the other; no in your face posturing, no ‘punk’ acts that have become so common in sports these days. The teams have shown nothing but class towards each other. The only yelling being directed at the umps in the midst of so many odd and bad calls, no headlines coming from any players mouth at the other team, simply put, two class acts. Sports needs more of this and it should be pointed out across the country.
Game five comes right at us this evening at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium at 8:07 PM EST. with game one starters Boston’s Jon Lester and the Cardinals Adam Wainwright facing off once again. Who can for get game one and the Cards two innings of futility when they looked like they forgot how to play? They had more strange plays in two innings than they did all season long combined. Who can forget watching an infield pop-up drop to the ground between Wainright and catcher Yadier Molina in the second? Better yet; who can forget that smile the pitcher gave to his catcher when it happened as if to say “This is funny now”. That was also the game of the reversed call at second that changed the game and was also the correct call albeit unusual. Although in this World Series, as we have come to see; unusual is the norm.