If you’re unhappy with how this World Series has played out, then I don’t know what to tell you. Every night is so unpredictable, whether it’s which team is going to win or which player is going to get the big hit. You just can’t make this stuff up, and the fact that the series is going all seven games is very fitting.
One of the biggest stories of the World Series has got to be Joc Pederson, who was optioned to triple-A in late August after the Dodgers acquired Curtis Granderson. During the regular season, Pederson put up a slash line of .212/.331/.407 and hit 11 home runs. He was called up for the month of September but still struggled, getting just two hits in 19 at-bats. Because of this, he was left off of the NLDS roster but traveled with the team as a part of the taxi squad.
Corey Seager’s injury and a struggling Curtis Granderson really gave Joc Pederson the opportunity to appear on the NLCS and World Series rosters, and he hasn’t looked back. Pederson has gotten six hits in his 19 at-bats this postseason, and all have been for extra-base hits (three doubles and three home runs). It’s remarkable, really. And what makes it even better is watching his emotions come alive when rounds the bases after a home run.
On Tuesday, he hit a solo home run over the left field wall and his reaction, from the banging on his chest to rubbing his fingers together, was perfect. The blast came in the 7th inning and put the Dodgers up 3-1, provided some much needed insurance against a superb opponent.
I can watch that video forever and never grow tired of it, but did you catch the closeup of the ball landing in the stands? A fan sticks out his glove to catch the ball, only for the ball to graze the top of the glove and hit the fan standing behind him in the stomach.
What makes this even more ridiculous is that the woman standing behind him was actually his wife, according to USAToday.com. Here is what both fans had to say after the game:
I just missed it. I got flustered. I just lost it. … I choked. I just choked. – Stephen Wiard
It’s a major leaguer hitting a baseball, so it wasn’t a tap. It’s a great souvenir. – Megan Wiard
If you missed it, here is a closer look!
Nice catch by the Dodgers fan on that Pederson home run pic.twitter.com/GKgyvNSpOp
— East Village Times (@EVT_News) November 1, 2017
All I got to say is that I’m glad I wasn’t in the car for their ride home after the game!
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