ARLINGTON, Texas — Now, it is a story all about how a recreation received flipped, turned the wrong way up, and I’d wish to take a minute, simply sit proper there, I’ll let you know how Will Smith turned the prince (and goat) of Sport 5.
Briefly, it’s the Will Smith story.
Not Will Smith the musician and actor. It’s about Will Smith the pitcher and Will Smith the catcher. One threw a pitch on Friday evening, and the opposite blasted it over the fence for a pivotal three-run residence run, powering the Dodgers to a 7-3 win in Sport 5 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection, to the delight of all of the followers in Dodger blue at Globe Life Subject.
Corey Seager added two residence runs for the Dodgers, however Smith’s homer off Smith turned a deficit into a bonus within the sixth inning — and, like many Will Smith songs, it was a successful hit.
The Smith-vs-Smith showdown was the primary time two gamers with the identical identify had confronted one another within the postseason. William Michael Smith, 31, is a veteran left-hander from Newnan, Ga., and pitches for the Braves. William Dills Smith, 25, is a catcher from Louisville, Ky., in his second 12 months with the Dodgers. His nickname, in line with the web site Baseball-Reference, is The Contemporary Prince, a nod to the Will Smith who performed that function within the Nineties hit tv present, “The Contemporary Prince of Bel Air.”
“It’s a typical sufficient identify,” Will D. Smith stated after the sport, including that there was one other Will Smith at his highschool, too.
However his namesakes weren’t on his thoughts when the night started. The Dodgers got here into the sport trailing the Braves by three video games to 1 within the best-of-seven collection, needing a win to keep away from elimination from the playoffs for the eighth straight season. In addition they trailed, 2-1, within the sixth inning when the Braves introduced in Will M. Smith to face Max Muncy with Justin Turner on base and two outs.
Muncy drew a stroll, and that arrange the second ever at-bat between Will Smith and Will Smith. Of their earlier assembly final 12 months, Will M. Smith struck out Will D. Smith.
As social media started to flutter over the identify coincidence, Will D. Smith fell behind within the rely, 0-2. However he drew a full rely after which turned on a low fastball clocked at 94 miles per hour, sending it into the stands to left subject. After which social media actually exploded.
Instantly, the Dodgers led, 4-2 — a lead they’d not relinquish.
“That’s the massive second you want a giant hit,” Seager stated, “and he received it.”
Dave Roberts, the Dodgers supervisor, stated he had a superb feeling when he noticed it was going to be Will Smith vs. Will Smith.
“I did,” he stated. “I’ll at all times wager on our Will Smith.”
Smith the catcher isn’t identified to point out a lot emotion on the sector, however after hitting the homer he carried his bat about midway down the first-base line, then yelled and slapped arms with the bottom coaches as he rounded the bases.
“That depth, that fireplace and fervour is in there,” Roberts stated. “To see it come out is numerous enjoyable. I do know there are going to be larger hits than that, however that was a giant one.”