When Josh Reddick hit a fly ball to left field and Andre Ethier squeezed it for the third out, I glanced over at the clock. It read 1:06 a.m. Nearing the five-hour mark, Game 5 of the 2017 World Series was tied 12-12 and headed for extra innings.

“What time is it?” my wife mumbled.

“One-oh-six,” I whispered.

“What’s the score?” she asked.

“12-12,” I replied. “They are going into extra innings. This is the wildest game I have ever seen.”

“It sounds like it,” her voice trailed off.

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“The one sure thing about baseball is – you never know.” Yogi Berra? No. Casey Stengel? No. Try, Joaquin Andujar, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher.

As baseball analysts perform their post-season predictions in dogmatic fashion, history tells us uncertainty is the one certainty in the rear of almost every October baseball series.

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What is the most famous World Series history? Kirk Gibson? Reggie Jackson (three on three pitches)? Joe Carter? Carlton Fisk? The question stirs debate among baseball fans.

Below are the Top 10 World Series home runs, according to, uh, well, me …

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The New York Mets managerial search has turned into a chess match. Alex Cora will manage the Boston Red Sox (I’d bet on it). Bob Geren and Chip Hale are out of the running. Robin Ventura is not interested in managing again. Kevin Long is a possibility; so is Joe McEwing and Sandy Alomar Jr. Remember: If Long doesn’t get the job he may opt to leave the organization, which will leave the team without a hitting and pitching coach.

One year ago on this day Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers shutout the Chicago Cubs, 6-0, to take a 2-1 lead in the National league Championship series. Five days later the Cubs snapped their historic 71-year drought, beating the Dodgers in Game 7 to return to the World Series for the first time.

But, what a difference a year makes. As you wake up to the news that — once again — the Cubs have their backs squarely against the famed ivy covering the Wrigley Field outfield walls, it is clear the Cubs are not the same team from a year ago.

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