Los Angeles Dodgers

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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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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I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was. – Shakespeare

Vin Scully received the Icon Award at the annual ESPY’s ceremony this week.

I grew up listening to Scully, mostly on nationally televised games. There was no internet, or cable, or MLB app when I was a teenager (Wow! I really am getting old). But, I digress.

Despite my lack of “connectivity” I was still able to witness some of Scully’s greatest calls live. The Catch by Dwight Clark, Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1988 World Series and, my personal favorite: “Little roller. Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner. Here comes Knight and the Mets win it …”

Goosebumps, still.

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