The Rays split the two weekend games of the World Series against the Dodgers to make it three games to two. The Rays will face elimination on Tuesday, when Snell squares off with Gonsolin.
Sometimes we forget that players are real people with lives and families. Here are a few reminders.
This is what you play the game for.@R_Thompson15’s mom watching him pitch in the World Series.— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) October 24, 2020
Ryan made his MLB debut at the beginning of the season, when no one was allowed in.
And now his mom gets to watch him in person in the World Series.
You can feel & her joy. pic.twitter.com/HiTw4R3lte
Kevin Kiermaier talking to his son before the World Series is so wholesome pic.twitter.com/y2uptmWw2q— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) October 24, 2020
The rest of the baseball world is finally catching up to the joy of Choi.
I just want to be as flexible as Ji-Man Choi pic.twitter.com/TkLv6fjADF— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) October 24, 2020
Stop what you're doing and appreciate this play by Joey Wendle and Ji-Man Choi pic.twitter.com/vOA5hXYzPc— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) October 24, 2020
ICYMI, Randy set some records.
His 9th-inning homer put him in prime company. He also...— Dave Haller (@HallerDave) October 24, 2020
- Broke the major league record for total bases (52) in a single postseason, passing 2011 WS MVP David Freese (50)
- Broke the ML rookie record for hits (23) in a single postseason, passing Derek Jeter (22 in 1996) https://t.co/NpkQQZhd4B
A nice piece in The Athletic about Tyler Glasnow.
A good read at Fangraphs about Tom House.
A Conversation With Tom House, the “Father of Modern Pitching Mechanics” https://t.co/Ou6Kka9rP0— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) October 23, 2020
Ben Clemens at Fangraphs on Nick Anderson’s curve.
An interview with Ryan Sheriff.
Ryan Sherriff, perfect in two World Series appearances, on meditating, the Holocaust, and playing for the Rays as well as Team Israelhttps://t.co/Zi36KSeysD— Jewish Baseball News (@JBallNews) October 26, 2020
The next manager of the Red Sox won’t come from Tampa Bay.
The #RedSox won't be poaching any coaches or execs from the #Rays for at least another year, per the agreement made when Chaim Bloom left Tampa for Boston.https://t.co/bHKk4m5ZKs pic.twitter.com/qtwuw9YIpj— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) October 24, 2020
John Romano on Margot’s attempted steal of home in Game 5.
The last successful straight steal of home in the World Series was by — of course — Jackie Robinson.
The last successful straight steal of home in the #WorldSeries was by @Dodgers' Jackie Robinson in 1955 — although Yogi Berra spent the rest of his life arguing the call! Read @SABRbioproject on the @MLB legend and civil rights pioneer: https://t.co/TeodPsuhYz pic.twitter.com/ZLumPG7VY0— SABR (@sabr) October 26, 2020
It’s usually bad form to complain about balls and strike, mostly because you end up sounding like a big ol’ cry baby. But the work behind the plate this series has been...odd. From the pretty good job of Bill Miller to the abomination of Todd Tichenor, every game has favored the Dodgers in terms of run expectancy change of the missed calls. Still waiting to see the results from last night, but it sure felt like the Dodgers got all the calls. Give me robot umps, please. Source: Umpire Scorecards.
Update: Marvin Hudson scores better than I expected, but his misses again hurt the Rays disproportionally.
On a lighter note, this made me laugh.
Joey Wendle's batting stance looks like @BattingStanceG doing Joey Wendle's batting stance— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) October 26, 2020
Dave Wills on recovering from a tough loss:
After a tuff loss, nothing puts u in a better mood than a Hallmark Christmas move about a ball player w/ a bad rotator cuff who meets a girl. They like each other. Run into obstacles. It won’t work out. But Christmas brings them back together. There should b more movies like this— Dave Wills (@davewills34) October 26, 2020
During the broadcast of Game 5, Joe Buck said plainly what Brian Anderson and Ron Darling danced around in the ALCS.
Joe Buck comes out and says it:— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) October 26, 2020
“The Astros were cheating... and Clayton Kershaw was a victim of that cheating.” pic.twitter.com/hublHeBR68