WS Game One: Crazyball

What Escobar began on the first pitch with a little help from two miscommunicating Mets . . .

What Escobar began on the first pitch with a little help from two miscommunicating Mets . . .

Open a World Series with an inside-the-park home run thanks to an unexpected brain vapour by the opposing battery and a pair of outfielders. Finish the game after fourteen innings and with a sacrifice fly.

These Kansas City Royals may have done crazier things than that in their two-season-and-maybe-counting return to American League supremacy. But they’re not about to bet on it.

Santana, down for the count, maybe the career

"We have guys that can step up and get the job done on the field. That’s not the concern. For me, what the concern is: I feel for Johan. You do something for so long, you are so successful at it, to have a setback like this, it hits everyone hard."---David Wright (right), on Johan Santana (left)

We have guys that can step up and get the job done on the field. That’s not the concern. For me, what the concern is: I feel for Johan. You do something for so long, you are so successful at it, to have a setback like this, it hits everyone hard.—David Wright (right), on Johan Santana (left)

Some people thought New York Mets manager Terry Collins was somewhere between nuts and flakes to let Johan Santana try to finish what turned out to be the first no-hitter in club history last June. Wasn’t Santana on the comeback trail after missing nineteen months including all of the 2011 season recuperating from surgery to repair a torn left shoulder anterior capsule.