Phillies leadoff hitter Nick Castellanos catch flip World Series Game 1

Man oh man, that was fun. At its best, the World Series is the perfect display of what makes our game special, and last night’s Game 1 had it all. The Phillies accomplished the rare World Series comeback of five or more runs to win Star6–5, in 10 innings.

Philadelphia catcher JT Realmuto was the star player of the game. He ripped a two-run double off the wall in left-center field that tied the game in the fifth and belted a game-winning, opposite-field solo shot to lead off the 10th. He also made one of the greatest throws I’ve ever seen by a catcher when he tried to catch Jose Altuve stealing second base in the bottom of the ninth. Altuve was called safe on the field, and upon review, the ruling stood, though that was likely because the videos didn’t have enough evidence to say for sure the call was in error. I thought Altuve was out, but it was hard to tell. Either way, Realmuto threw a hopper to second baseman Jean Segura, who caught the ball on Altuve’s leg. The throw couldn’t have been better, and it was even more impressive because of Altuve’s big jump.

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