10/29/19 – Weekend in Review: The Pendulum Has Swung, And Washington Brings The Fans With Questionable Life Choices

Yeah yeah, I know. I haven’t posted about World Series Games Three, Four, or Five and a lot has happened since Game Two.. As much as I wish that I could just talk and write about baseball all day long, I do have a day job that pays me actual money, and that day job has been bananas lately. Also Halloween is my JAM, so it’s been a long few days of parties, costumes, and recovery. But I’ve crawled out from under the rock I’d been hiding under since Sunday afternoon and am here to bring you all the Moonshots and Mustard from the last few days.

The Astros Have Finally Shown Up To The Party

When I last left you, the Nationals were up 2-0 on the heavily favored Astros. They’d been on an absolute tear, and managed to beat the virtually unbeatable Gerrit Cole in Game One and the other Cy Young contender, Justin Verlander, in Game Two. The Series headed to Washington and I know a lot of us were thinking “Holy Shit! The Nats could actually win it at home!” And then.. cue the record scratch.

I think most people can agree that they’d like a seven game World Series and that sweeps aren’t really fun (unless you’re a fan of the winning team). Game Three saw the Astros bring in Zack Greinke and the Nats bring in Anibal Sanchez. Greinke hadn’t fared all that well during the ALCS – in his two appearances he earned a loss and a no-decision (that Ryan Pressly later won). Sanchez, on the other hand, had damn near earned a no-hitter during Game One of the NLCS. Greinke ended up going 4 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on seven hits, walking three and striking out six. Josh James ultimately got the win in this otherwise low-key game, with the Astros finally taking one, 4-1.

Game Four was much more exciting. I’m not going to lie and say I was watching intently. I was busy hosting a Halloween rager at my house, but the game was definitely on in the background. I did see Bregman’s seventh inning grand slam as it happened. I know you’re all probably caught up on this game since it happened three days ago, but just in case you weren’t aware, the Astros took it 8-1 and tied the series at two games apiece.

Game Five.. Game Five. The headlines coming out of this game aren’t so much about the game as they are about the pre-game woes (Scherzer’s scratch) and the people in the crowd (see the next section for all of that nonsense). The game had a ton of Moonshots – the Astros had three two-run home runs from Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Correa, and George Springer, and the Nats got a home run out of the freshly-turned-21 Juan Soto.

Gerrit Cole was back to his normal self, striking out nine and just giving up the one run to Soto in the seventh. But one of the big headlines of this game was how Max Scherzer was scratched from the start due to neck/back spasms, and this put the much less experienced Joe Ross on the mound for Washington. Ross didn’t do horribly, but he did give up two of those three home runs and did earn the loss. The Astros won it 7-1, and now lead the Nationals in the series 3-2.

It remains to be seen if Scherzer will be able to pitch in Game Six in relief of Stephen Strasburg, or if necessary, start or relieve Anibal Sanchez in Game Seven. He received an injection in his neck to alleviate the symptoms that were basically immobilizing him, and hopefully he’ll be feeling better ASAP.

Washington Brought Some Questionable Characters To The Ballgame

It’s usually expected that you’ll see celebrities in the crowds at major sporting events like the World Series. And it’s not always a shock to see a sitting or former president of the United States in the stands. George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush were/are known to frequent Rangers games, for instance. Every president since William Taft in 1910 has thrown out a ceremonial first pitch during their time in office, for Opening Day, the All-Star Game or the World Series (remember Obama’s mom jeans with his beloved White Sox?). I promise, I’m not going to be political, but Sunday saw a much more controversial Donald Trump along with his family and some other politicians in the crowd.

Without getting into my own personal feelings about the current POTUS, I can’t decide how I feel about his actual appearance at the game. According to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, Trump opted to not throw out the ceremonial first pitch or make other public appearance “in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible.” If he hadn’t made an appearance, he would have likely been criticized for not supporting Washington D.C.’s Home Team. However, his appearance was definitely a distraction from the game, and may have been just as damning as if he hadn’t shown up at all.

Trump arrived during the first inning, and during the third he was shown on the jumbotron during a salute to the military. And while some people were likely cheering for him, the crowd was overwhelmed with boos, followed with chants of ‘lock him up’.

As if this didn’t bring enough distraction to the game, the seventh inning brought us an even bigger distraction by way of two models (I use the term ‘models’ loosely because they’re Instagram ‘models’ and who knows if their followers are legit or bought/paid for). As Gerrit Cole was gearing up to pitch in the seventh inning, these two ‘models’ decided it was a good idea to flash their boobs in the seats right behind home plate. I am not going to give them the attention they’re seeking by naming names, but these two did it supposedly to gain attention for their online publication (again, I’m not naming their brand) and for breast cancer awareness. Uh-huh ok sure. Do not pretend your intentions were noble by bringing cancer into this. We all know they just wanted their fifteen minutes for themselves and their online publication.

There was a third woman involved in the incident as well that hadn’t exposed her chest. The three are now claiming that there is a double standard when it comes to men being able to remove their shirts at games and they are in full support of the ‘free the nipple’ movement. And while yes, that’s true, and there is a double standard when it comes to men and women being able to walk around without a shirt on, flashing your boobs as Cole is about to pitch is clearly a distraction. Also, when you’re in clear view of the camera right behind home plate, and your breasts are exposed on national TV, you’re violating all sorts of FCC rules.

They were removed from the game, brought to a police station, and have now received a letter from MLB banning them for life that read:

On October 27, 2019, you attended World Series Game 5 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. During the game, you violated the fan code of conduct by exposing yourself during the 7th inning, in order to promote your business.

You were also part of a scheme in which you induced others to expose themselves to promote the business.

You are hereby banned from all Major League Baseball stadiums and facilities, indefinitely.

Here’s hoping that Game Six is more about the game itself and the players, and not about the characters in the crowd. I’m all for the extra stuff that goes with baseball – hence this site being called Moonshots and Mustard. I love the mustard! But I don’t love when a few people in the crowd are taking away from the excitement of a 7-1 World Series game.

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