This October’s been busy. School’s back in swing, fall weather has set in and political indictments are being handed out like Halloween candy.
With all the excitement, you forgot to watch baseball.
That’s too bad, because this year’s World Series has been amazing. The Houston Astros currently lead the Los Angeles Dodgers three games to two in what has been a free-for-all of epic proportions. Two of the series’ five games are already classics, with many calling Game five (a 13-12 Houston victory in extra innings) the greatest World Series game ever. Legends are in the making and minds are being blown nightly.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, reader: I haven’t watched a single game yet. Baseball means nothing to me. Sports are a dumb. Why should I watch now? Well, plenty of reasons! Here are the best ones:
Jose Altuve is the second baseman for the Houston Astros. He stands at just 5’6”, but don’t let his size fool you–he’s one of the best players in baseball. And aside from being a diminutive beast, he belts out Backstreet Boys tunes with his teammates.
How can you not like this guy?
Drunk Postgame Interviews
Usually, postgame interviews are slogs where reporters ask leading questions and athletes give boring soundbites. But not in the playoffs. The stakes run high and anticipation is tense. That kind of pressure leads to gems like this clip of Game 5 hero Alex Bregman.
Did anyone follow that? What is Alex Bregman saying? It doesn’t matter. His joy oozes through the screen. Actually, it’s pretty coherent for a guy who admitted to swallowing half his dip. This is the kind of raw emotion baseball stirs up in people–expect someone to pop a molly during the next postgame press conference.
It wasn’t long ago that the biggest fear about baseball’s survival was how many of its players were using steroids. Now, instead of the athletes, it looks like the baseballs are what’s juiced up.
"It's 100 percent real."
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 30, 2017
It’s no exaggeration—homers are flying almost too quickly to count. Through five games, the Astros and Dodgers have already combined to set the record for most home runs in a single World Series. That makes for exciting games and even more exciting conspiracy theories. Thumb through some Reddit threads while you watch Game 6.
Exploding Home Run Balls
What’s cooler than a home run? How about a home run that blows up like a goddamn firework.
Whoops, wrong clip. This is what actually happened:
When you hit the HR ball so hard it explodes on impact pic.twitter.com/DDDtJANBaw
— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) October 30, 2017
Supposedly Houston’s Minute Maid Park has a little cannon that shoots off smoke after every Astros home run. But that’s too convenient. I don’t buy it. I think George Springer hit that ball so goddamn hard it exploded in the centerfield rafters and the government is trying to cover it up. How long until Trump releases the files?
For the unacquainted, there’s no Twitter quite like Sports Twitter. It provides real time reaction to live events that large portions of the population are watching collectively. It’s a haven of instant stats, replays, GIFs and insight. Also, dank memes.
— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) October 30, 2017
Sure, Twitter is a cesspool for internet hatred, but it’s a great place to follow a sporting event. When you turn on the World Series, open up Twitter to make the experience even better. Just try not to get your account suspended.