Twistity MLB Exclusive: World Series Marathon

And So It Begins New York isn’t the only city that never sleeps at night. Put Kansas City on that list. And baseball-loving places everywhere as well. The New...

And So It Begins

New York isn’t the only city that never sleeps at night. Put Kansas City on that list. And baseball-loving places everywhere as well.

The New York Mets and Kansas City Royals played the longest-ever Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night and Wednesday on a cold and rainy evening (and morning) in Kansas City. Royals left fielder Alex Gordon set the stage for the ongoing drama with a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to forge a 4-4 tie, and then the teams played on. And on. And on. For five hours and nine minutes, with 13 pitchers taking part and the Mets striking out 15 times.

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The Royals prevailed, 5-4, in 14 innings, when Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly to right field with nobody out and the bases loaded scored Alcides Escobar. Bartolo Colon became the oldest pitcher (42) ever to lose a World Series game. And the two teams will do this all over again on Wednesday night.

“Any time you get a victory, it doesn’t matter how long it takes,” Hosmer told Fox Sports.

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Every game in the World Series carries an 8:07 p.m. ET start, with Fox, the televising network, seeking to maximize revenues. Those who remember baseball as a summer sport played in afternoon sunshine also remember sock hops, malt shops and the first manned flight into outer space. Those days are gone, folks. If you want to watch a World Series game to its conclusion, put on a strong pot of coffee and forget about a good night’s sleep.

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Make sure you tell your children about the World Series, as they cannot stay up to watch it. It may make a good bedtime story. Or, in this case, a great wakeup story when the kids ask, “Who won?” And, “Daddy, why do you look so tired?”

We all live in the city that never sleeps. Baseball City.

 
 
Post By: Larry Weisman, a longtime sportswriter for USA TODAY, blogs for Twistity.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrLarryWeisman .

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