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Outside The Confines: Let’s talk about Game 4

I mean, have you ever seen anything like that?

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World Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Four Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images

In the past 10 years there have been a handful of truly memorable postseason games, ones that really stood out as a testament to how thrilling and downright bonkers baseball can truly be. The 2014 Wild Card game between the Royals and Athletics, and of course Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, which had a little bit of everything going on.

This weekend, baseball fans unanimously agreed, Game 4 of the 2020 World Series joined the ranks of those incredible games.

The Rays and Dodgers traded leads throughout the game, but the Dodgers were ahead as the game headed to the bottom of the ninth. The Rays managed to get two men on, but were down to their final out, when Kevin Cash brought Brett Phillips in off the bench. Phillips hadn’t been on the team’s roster for the ALCS, instead, serving as a cheerleader from the dugout, writing signs to hype up his teammates.

Bottom of the ninth, two men out, Phillips stepped to the plate. What followed was probably one of the most unbelievable five minutes of baseball I’ve ever watched as Phillips singled, the hit went as an error, Randy Arozarena tripped on his way to home plate in an effort to be the walk off run, but the throw home went wild and Arozarena was able to scramble to home in an absolutely wild walk off victory to tie the series.

Naturally, the game features heavily in the weekend’s writing.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.