ARLINGTON, Texas — Now, this can be a tale all about how a sport were given flipped, grew to become the wrong way up, and I’d love to take a minute, simply sit down proper there, I’ll inform you how Will Smith changed into the prince (and goat) of Sport five.
Briefly, it’s the Will Smith tale.
Now 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 Sport five of the Nationwide League Championship Sequence, to the satisfaction of all of the fanatics in Dodger blue at Globe Existence Box.
Corey Seager added two house runs for the Dodgers, however Smith’s homer off Smith grew to become a deficit into a bonus within the 6th inning — and, like many Will Smith songs, it was once a profitable hit.
The Smith-vs-Smith showdown was once the 1st time two avid gamers with the similar title had confronted every different 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 2d yr with the Dodgers. His nickname, consistent with the web page Baseball-Reference, is The Recent Prince, a nod to the Will Smith who performed that function within the 1990s hit tv display, “The Recent Prince of Bel Air.”
“It’s a commonplace sufficient title,” Will D. Smith mentioned after the sport, including that there was once any 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 through 3 video games to at least one within the best-of-seven sequence, desiring a win to keep away from removing from the playoffs for the 8th immediately season. In addition they trailed, 2-1, within the 6th inning when the Braves introduced in Will M. Smith to stand Max Muncy with Justin Turner on base and two outs.
Muncy drew a stroll, and that arrange the second one ever at-bat between Will Smith and Will Smith. Of their earlier assembly remaining yr, Will M. Smith struck out Will D. Smith.
As social media started to flutter over the title accident, Will D. Smith fell at the back of within the depend, Zero-2. However he drew a complete depend after which grew to become on a low fastball clocked at 94 miles in keeping with hour, sending it into the stands to left box. After which social media truly exploded.
Unexpectedly, the Dodgers led, Four-2 — a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“That’s the large second you want a large hit,” Seager mentioned, “and he were given it.”
Dave Roberts, the Dodgers supervisor, mentioned he had a excellent feeling when he noticed it was once going to be Will Smith vs. Will Smith.
“I did,” he mentioned. “I’ll all the time wager on our Will Smith.”
Smith the catcher isn’t recognized to turn a lot emotion at the box, however after hitting the homer he carried his bat about midway down the first-base line, then yelled and slapped arms with the bottom coaches as he rounded the bases.
“That depth, that fireside and keenness is in there,” Roberts mentioned. “To peer it pop out is a large number of amusing. I do know there are going to be larger hits than that, however that was once a large one.”