I’ll tell you why I’m watching, or why I’m half watching. I love LA, and almost all things LA. My son and future daughter-in-law live there (they’re such a darling couple!) and I’ve been out to the left coast several times, so it’s feels like a second home. But I’ve never been to Houston. And, while I’m sorry about the ravages of Hurricane Harvey, I’m not hot to trot to head to Houston anytime soon. But surely I digress; back to the World Series.
I’ll give you one good reason to watch the 113th World Series: Yasiel Puig. Period.
Puig is a Cuban-born right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s fun to watch, has comeback story that stirs the emotions, and he has a nickname like none other: it’s “The Wild Horse”, given to him by legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. And the Dodgers have one of the best pitchers in baseball in Clayton Kershaw. And, well, they’re the Dodgers.
So if you don’t watch the game for game itself, then watch for the gamesmanship. They keep stats for everything now. Pitch speed, bat speed, wind speed and the speed of just about anything else that’s moving. Analytics has taken over baseball to the point where everything, and I mean nearly everything, is governed by the numbers.
So here’s a number for ya; the Dodgers won 104 games had the best record in baseball this year and Houston had the third best. And the series is tied 2-2. So this one has turned into a fairly entertaining World Series.
And then there’s the whole racial incident thing. After hitting a home run in the second inning of Game 3 off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, Yuli Gurriel returned to the Astros dugout, where he used his fingers to motion at his own eyes in a mocking gesture and appeared to mouth a derogatory term in Spanish. Ouch.
And Major League Baseball is not going to suspend Gurriel until the start of the 2018 season? Really? That’s Absolutely Unacceptable. If there’s a reason NOT to watch, that was it. Seems like another player got away with being derogatory to a minority. I’m just sayin’.