World Series, Game 1. 50 degrees and cloudy by Lake Erie. I wish they’d start at least one Fall Classic matchup before 8:00 pm. I bet the fans in Cleveland and Chicago do, too.
The only Venezuelan news of note in this game is that so far, there is none. Miguel Montero and Willson Contreras left the catching duties to David Ross for the Cubbies, and unless they somehow pull ahead (it’s the fifth inning as I write), then reliever Hector Rondon of Guatire (18 saves) won’t get in the game, either.
I love this–the Cubs refer to 39-year-old Ross as “Grandpa Rossy,” but heck, he played 67 games this season (and brings the mojo of the Red Sox 2013 title with him). The Cubs troika of receivers set a playoffs mark, by the way–the first time a team that’s had three catchers homer in the post-season. Go on, son.
(updated: Contreras pinch-hit in the Cubs’ no-out, bases-loaded, no-runs choke in the top of the seventh and remained as the catcher for the rest of the game in a double-switch. He got a hit later, and Montero pinch hit unsuccessfully in the ninth, while Rondon gave up a massive home run to Roberto Perez in relief. Oh well. )
Cleveland’s lone criollo player, righty hurler Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco of Barquisimeto, was hurt with two weeks to play in the regular season and won’t return until Spring. The way things are going for the Cookie this season, if the Indians win, he’ll be injured climbing on the victory float.