There were a million things to love about Game 5 of the World Series, but we boild it down to just the very best.
Were you awake for possibly one of the best World Series games ever?
If you said “no,” you’re probably lying. Everyone in the sports world was tuned into this gem of a game. Even football fans ported over to watch what will surely be remembered as a classic. Let’s say it right now: Game 5 of the 2017 World Series is possibly one of the best games ever played, with two titans going head-to-head to see who will take a 3-2 lead back to Hollywood on Tuesday.
This game was packed with moments that we will not soon forget (no matter how tired we are), and I could do 96 of them. But for the sake of the word count, let’s do five of the best moments from Game 5.
5. Ken Rosenthal looking like most of America at 1 in the morning
If anyone represented how most of America east of the Mississippi felt in the later stages of Game 5, it was Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal is the dugout man for Fox Sports, and when Joe Buck cut to him, he looked like he was ready for a pillow and a teddy bear. he could bearly hold his eyes open reporting from the dugout.
We felt you, Ken.
4. The energy of the Astro fans
Houston Astro fans that packed Minute Maid Park for Game 5 must have had 15 cans of Red Bull before the game.
With Game 5 going into the early morning hours, and no doubt many of them having to brave Houston’s spine of traffic-choked freeways mere hours from the ending of Game 5, they kept the energy all night long. Whoever said that baseball fans were dull? For those who utter those words, point them to Minute Maid Park.
If we all had the same stamina as Astro fans had in Game 5, the world would be a tad better place. Sleepier, but better.
3. The breaking of the offensive dam
Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros have potent bats, but both have been quite stymied this World Series, until Game 5.
What made this game such a legend in the annals of sports history is the sheer offensive onslaught put on by both teams. Keep in mind, this was a game that featured Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel, two of the majors best pitchers.
Both were chased out by the breaking of the offensive dam, swallowed up by a tidal wave of runs.
It was like no lead was safe, and these two titans had their bats in Super Sayan mode until the final end. In fact, their 22 home runs between them set a World Series record.
When the dam broke, it poured.
2. JOSE ALTUVE!!
That name has to be capitalized.
If you haven’t heard of the Astros diminutive superstar, you have to know his name after a postseason run to remember. He is possibly a shoe-in for AL Most Valuable Player, and if the Astros go on to win Game 6 in Los Angeles, Altuve will no doubt be in the conversation for World Series MVP.
Time and time again, Altuve came up with big hit after big hit, and it was his hitting that got the Astros back in the game after it looked like the Dodgers were going to run away with the game early.
Say it with me now: ALTUVE FOR MVP!
1. Alex Bergman saves the day
When it was all said and done, however, it was one of the Astros utility guys that came through in the clutch.
Alex Bergman delivered the hit heard all over Houston, putting the Astros within one game of their first ever World Series Pennant. His postgame interview was even better. “HEY. How ’bout Houston!?” That phrase will be forever memorialized if Houston will be able to get the 27 outs needed to claim that coveted Pennant.
If that happens, you can look back at Bergman’s hit for possibly the best moment from a game filled with great moments.