ARLINGTON, Texas — Now, it is a story all about how a sport obtained flipped, turned the other way up, and I’d wish to take a minute, simply sit proper there, I’ll inform you how Will Smith turned the prince (and goat) of Recreation 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 night time, and the opposite blasted it over the fence for a pivotal three-run house run, powering the Dodgers to a 7-Three win in Recreation 5 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection, to the delight of all of the followers in Dodger blue at Globe Life Area.
Corey Seager added two house 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 profitable 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 yr with the Dodgers. His nickname, based on the web site Baseball-Reference, is The Recent Prince, a nod to the Will Smith who performed that function within the 1990s hit tv present, “The Recent Prince of Bel Air.”
“It’s a standard 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 at least one within the best-of-seven sequence, 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 yr, 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 depend, 0-2. However he drew a full depend after which turned on a low fastball clocked at 94 miles per hour, sending it into the stands to left area. After which social media actually exploded.
Instantly, the Dodgers led, 4-2 — a lead they might not relinquish.
“That’s the large second you want an enormous hit,” Seager stated, “and he obtained it.”
Dave Roberts, the Dodgers supervisor, stated he had a great 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 is just not identified to point out a lot emotion on the sphere, however after hitting the homer he carried his bat about midway down the first-base line, then yelled and slapped fingers with the bottom coaches as he rounded the bases.
“That depth, that fireside and fervour is in there,” Roberts stated. “To see it come out is quite a lot of enjoyable. I do know there are going to be greater hits than that, however that was an enormous one.”