A Classic World Series Game 7 Lies Ahead

LOS ANGELES – We were wrong. Theres no way we could have known that this World Series would be this compelling, this heart-stopping.

But we are here. And you would have to be dead not to be loving every minute of it.

Its baseball at its best.

Its postseason sports at its apex. Every pitch matters. Big moments happen any time, not just in the ninth inning. Heroes – who might not have contributed much during the regular season – are born in October.

Some situations are so intense that fans have to turn off the TV and take a walk out in the backyard. Theres more to come following the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 6 before a sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium.  

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It forces a must-see Game 7 tonight.

Never been a part of a Game 7, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. So this is when youre a young kid and youre kind of trying to play through all the heroes and heroics and talking about Game 7 in the World Series and here we are.

And you can bet, America will tune in in huge numbers. How cant sports fans.

Theres nothing like a winner-take-all, especially after these two have slugged it out like two heavyweights.

Most thought it wouldnt have been possible for MLB to top last seasons Fall Classic.

Remember, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 last year in extra innings, no less, to win the World Series for the first time in over 100 years.

And lets admit it. Most wanted to see the Dodgers and the New York Yankees in the World Series.

It was the dream, marquee matchup. It would have pitted the two biggest markets in the country and featured two storied franchises.

And while the Dodgers and Astros both won over 100 games during the regular season, most couldnt have imagined this in the latest edition of the World Series.

Same goes for the Dodgers having a chance to win their first World Series since 1988.

Im sure its going to be a battle, said Dodgers centerfielder Chris Taylor. Two teams that really want it. So its going to be just like every other game, Im sure. Its going to come down to the end.

After losing Game 5 in Houston, 13-12 in extra innings, most thought the Dodgers were wrecked, dead.

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And with good reason. Ace Clayton Kershaw blew a 4-0 lead and put his team in elimination mode, down 3-2, instead of celebration mode, up 3-2.

It also looked like the Dodgers were in a heap of trouble in Game 6 facing Justin Verlander, who was 9-0 since coming to the Astros in a trade from the Detroit Tigers.

Verlander has been money in the postseason and looked almost unhittable through the first five innings in the clinching game.

But the Dodgers, down 1-0, responded in the sixth inning with two runs.

It wasnt going to be easy, said Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, who started the rally with a leadoff single in the sixth.

It was enough damage to take the lead and force Verlander out of the game for the second time in the World Series on the losing end.

In Game 2, Verlander was down, 3-1, but his team rallied to steal the game and even the series.

Fans shouldnt be shocked that the Dodgers are here and came through against one of the best in the game.

They did this all year. There were so many magical moments. The Dodgers have been battle-tested.

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 As for Houston, the Astros are a different team away from home – definitely not as great. 

If you carry any baggage into Game 7 of the World Series, then youre certainly misguided with your attention, Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.

Now they have to not only beat the Dodgers in Game 7, but history as well. 

Its the first time Dodger Stadium will host a Game 7.

No American League team (0-5) has won a Game 7 on the road since 1972. The Oakland As were the last team to pull it off.

Im know that were happy to be at home, Roberts said. And tonight was very energetic, exciting.

I know we love being in front of our fans and I know well be ready to win a baseball game.

Rob Parker is a columnist for The Shadow League. He is also an analyst for Fox Sports 1 in Los Angeles. He co-hosts The Odd Couple on Fox Sports Radio and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.