The Miracle Nats
Still on the road … will be more or less for the next two or three weeks before things will finally slow down. I’ll be at the Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pa on Friday, Nov. 1. If you’re anywhere nearby, would love to see you — and it should be a lot of fun because magic legend Dorothy Dietrich (the magician who Isla Fisher based her character on in “Now You See Me”) will be on stage with me, maybe doing a little magic.
Then, next week, I’m in Tulsa and Washington. More details to come.
In the meantime, wow, what a weird World Series. I’ve heard some people call it a classic … I must admit I don’t see it. None of the games ended up being close (even the one-run Game 1 wasn’t really close). There were zero comebacks. The winning teams outscored the losing teams 49-14. Etc.
But there were numerous memorable moments. And the plain weirdness of the road team winning every game, plus the incredible resiliency of the Nationals, did make this Series something special.
Can’t argue it was the best Series ever, or even close because of the very ends of the games, but there was a lot to like. The aggregate road team score is, with all due respect, a hot fruit statistic... There were three big-time comebacks in the series - by Houston after being down 2-0 in games, by Wash after being down 3-2 in games, and by Wash after being down 2-0 (which felt like 5-0, 40-love) in Game 7. Yeah the 9th innings were anticlimaxes, but at 11 pm on the last night of the season, no one knew for sure who would win. Throw in the individual performances by the guys we all wanted to see perform - Soto’s G1 homer off Cole and G6 homer off Verlander alone were especially stunning - and I thought the Series as a whole was a great end to a baseball season.