If the allure and sometimes frustration of baseball is that everyone gets an AB degree, the big moments can befall anyone and any player on the roster could make his name. history, it feels as if there is a higher power when the best in the game can write their signature on something that will go down forever. We know who the greatest is, but only a few get the decisive moments that will define a particular season or post-season. There’s Reggie. There’s Kirby. If I’m being honest, so does Jeter, even though it breaks my heart. All the people are not only some of the best people to do it, but also the people who will be defined by certain plays or specific moments. This is baseball, they have to share that mantle with the likes of Luis Gonzalez, Francisco Cabrera or Madison Baumgarner. Some players are really good, at times even great, but those who deliver moments that in other sports would belong only to the giants.
Post-MLB 2022 basically started with a home game of Yordan Alvarez to win a game, and it basically ended with one. After he tore up a Robbie Ray quick ball in game 1 against Seattle, you know how things turn out. He added one more in Game 2, but it’s one we won’t remember much about. We will remember his World Series Game 6 homer, not only for its importance but also for its authority. Same goes for that homer to start the Astros race. Those moments of contact, the sound they make from the club, or the way the ball looks like it’s going to explode off the club, and the way each moment cuts through the whole moment like wheat, that’s what will make the mark. their seal. For a brief second, at each end of the knockout round, all it took was Yordan Alvarez to grind a baseball. Two instances when the world stopped for him. They will be Yordan Alvarez Playoffs.
The funny thing, of course, is that Alvarez is pretty bad around among those hosts. He hit 0.192 in three innings. He has scored 16 goals in 61 appearances. But no one will care too much about that, or even remember it. Reggie Jackson had two hits in the 1977 ALCS, and only two hits in the first four games of the next World Series. Don’t hear much about it.
That is perhaps another allure of baseball. Everyone can get a turn, and you will always get another turn. Alvarez probably waited all three rounds for another chance, fighting like himself. The possibility of something memorable happening is always around. And then it happened. One to delete all others coming after the first homer. Bonds, except they delete everything in between instead of forcing them.
Alvarez won’t care how his post-season will stand amid the bitterness most baseball still has for the Astros and their second World Series in five seasons, which comes with two. attend their additional World Series. It won’t be long before “Yeah but…” disappears from all mention of Alvarez’s October. Fans outside of Houston can rage all they want, but in 10, 20 years, it’s more likely that 2017’s cheating scandal will get more coverage than Alvarez’s replays begins and ends after the 2022 season. That’s how baseball works.