Dodgers-Astros Game 5 Instant Classic Confirms World Series As Epic Showdown
The Astros' 13-12 win over the Dodgers in 10 innings last night was "one of the wildest, wackiest and most compelling Fall Classic games ever," according to Kirk Bohls of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. The Astros came back from "big deficits not once, not twice, but three" times before outlasting the Dodgers and getting to within one win of the franchise's first World Series title. Bohls: "This one was epic. Capital E" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 10/30). In Houston, Jake Kaplan writes in a "back-and-forth battle between two heavyweights," fans were "treated to a game that was all sorts of crazy." It will be "nearly impossible" for Game 6 on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium to "top its predecessor" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/30). Also in Houston, Brian Smith writes, "You thought that night in Hollywood with all the huge late-inning home runs was the one with all the magic. Game 2, meet Game 5. We have a new winner." This World Series just got "completely crazy." Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, "Just when I thought I could describe Game 2 as my favorite game of all time, I think Game 5 exceeded that and more. It's hard to put into words all the twists and turns in that game -- the emotion, doing it at home, in front of our home crowd" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/30). CBS’ Vladimir Duthiers said Game 5 was “one of the most memorable back-and-forths in recent World Series memory” (“CBS This Morning,” 10/30). In N.Y., Joel Sherman writes even the most "open-minded of Hollywood studios would not buy this script." Game 5 was "epic and episodic." The offenses sent Game 5 "into the World Series pantheon." Sherman: "And this riveting Fall Classic isn't over yet" (N.Y. POST, 10/30). USA TODAY's Ted Berg writes under the header, "The Astros Just Won One Of The Craziest World Series Games In MLB History" (USA TODAY, 10/30). Astros CF George Springer said, "That's a crazy game" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/30).
GREATEST OF ALL TIME? NBC's Matt Lauer noted many people are "calling Game 5 of the World Series the wildest, craziest World Series game ever played” (“Today,” NBC, 10/30). In Boston, Dan Shaughnessy writes a World Series is "not supposed to give a Game-For-The-Ages twice within a span of five days," but the '17 Fall Classic "already ranks as one of the best ever played and we still have one or two games left." Baseball is "putting on a show unlike any other" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/30). On Long Island, Erik Boland writes this World Series "already has reached classic status" (NEWSDAY, 10/30). In DC, Thomas Boswell writes under the header, "For This World Series, Not Enough Superlatives With The Astros And Dodgers." The teams "seem intent on playing a World Series that is more intense and wonderful, more hyperbolic and ridiculous" than any other (WASHINGTON POST, 10/30). In Boston, Steve Buckley writes MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has said on "more than a few occasions that, no offense, he'd like to see more offense." Buckley: "We can be assured the commissioner loved Game 5" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/30).
MODERN CLASSIC: Twitter commenters from sports, politics and pop culture alike were impressed with Game 5. Texans DE J.J. Watt tweeted, "The World Series balls have to be juiced. This is insanity." SB Nation's Nate Scott: "What’s fun about this World Series is anytime you fall asleep at 11 you wake to find you missed the single greatest game in baseball history." Weekly Standard Editor At Large Bill Kristol: "Have there ever been two World Series in a row as great as 2016 & 2017? Three out of four as great as 2014, 2016, & 2017?" Good Morning America: "Was last night's #WorldSeries Game 5 the best baseball game of all-time?" The Houston Chronicle's David Barron: "Sleep is overrated. Or, at least I think it is. I'm too tired to decide."