Tricks and Treats
When it comes to baseball, Halloween has proven to be a “batty” time. Traditionally celebrated on October 31, the day often conjures up visions of ghosts, ghouls and goblins, but games contested on this occasion have proven terrifying to some and rewarding for others.
At a time when parties, parades and trick-or-treaters are in full swing, this year’s World Series Game 4 between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals is scheduled for the night of October 31, at which time it will join a trio of memorable Fall Classic contests that have been decided on this date over the past 15 years.
“Anytime you have someone throwing sidearm or underarm, it is going to take a few pitches to pick up his release point,” Jeter said. “In the past, we’ve never given up until the last out. We always feel we can win. It doesn’t happen all the time, but we believe it. That’s the confidence we have.
“The beauty of the postseason is that it doesn’t matter what you’ve done before because every time you come up, you’ve got a chance to do something special.”
Similar to the first-ever World Series game on Halloween, the second also saw the Yankees come from behind to earn a victory. In a rain-delayed Game 3, the Yankees defeated the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies, 8-5, at Citizens Bank Park to gain a two-games-to-one Fall Classic lead.
Pettitte, who extended his big league record by earning his 17th postseason win, gave up four runs in his six innings of work. The cap worn by the southpaw hurler – who would go on to win all three of the clinching games during the 2009 postseason for the Yankees – is now part of the Hall of Fame’s collection.
“It was an absolute grind tonight, that’s for sure,” Pettitte said. “I can’t remember winning a game where I’ve struggled like I did tonight. So it’s very gratifying.”
The Yankees would eventually go on to win the 2009 World Series in six games over the Phillies, capturing the 27th world championship in franchise history.
He had great poise, composure, sense of belonging. I can’t say enough about what he did.
The cap Bumgarner wore in Game 4 is now part of the Hall of Fame’s collection.
Bill Francis is a Library Associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum