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It Was The Best Of Times: 2:28, in fact

By Martin Fennelly
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw pitches during the third inning against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium (Getty Images)

Two hours, 28 minutes.

Welcome to your father's World Series. Your grandfather's even.

Two hours, 28 minutes.

Wind: legal.

Shorter than an NFL game. Shorter than an NCAA football game. Shorter than most NBA and NHL games.

Way shorter than a regular-season That is how long Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros took to play Game 1 of the Series on Tuesday night. Dodgers won, 3-1. The game-time temperatures, 103 degrees, was a Series record.

Back to the number that matters.


A turn-back-the-clock game if there ever was one.

It was over and it wasn't even a quarter to 11 in the East. I didn't know what to do with myself. I milled about the TV for 10 minutes, confused. I did a Joe Buck impression for a half hour before drifting off.

It was the shortest World Series game in a quarter century, since Game 4 of the 1992 Series between Atlanta and Toronto.

God bless you, boys.

All it took Kershaw going about his first Series appearance in magnificent style: seven innings, three hits, 11 strikeouts, no bases on balls. Keuchel played along as best he could.

All the runs came on three home runs. No messing around. There were only nine hits and only two walks. There were only four pitching changes. There were only 211 pitches thrown. There were hardly any mound conferences. There was hardly any overthinking. They came, they saw, they played. These dudes were in a hurry.

It was a wonderful thing. All these years of eyes drooping, trying to stay awake, and now this gift. for our children. I bet the younger ones got to finally see what the end of a World Series game looks like.

Why can't it be this way all the time?


It should go on the Series rings when they make them.

If only it could last.

I wouldn't set my watch by it.

But for one night in October, it was a number for the ages.


I'm thinking 3:24 tonight