The first-ever MLB game in Europe, and twelve runs in the first inning.
Baseball in LONDON… 🤩 pic.twitter.com/bXdRl7Gz0l
— Baseball Brit (@BaseballBrit) June 29, 2019
Yes, London. You know: Fish, chips, cup-o-tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary f***in’ Poppins, London!
Great day for baseball in London. Should I cheer for the Yankees or the Red Sox? ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/DPi2kvvNRc
— A Lady in London (@aladyinlondon) June 29, 2019
The Union Jack spread out over right field.
Players reading Shakespeare lines on the pregame intro segment.
Prince Harry throwing out the first pitch, on the West Ham soccer “pitch”.
Joe Buck, sizing up an England-style hot dog:
Joe Buck is REALLY impressed by this hot dog… pic.twitter.com/EG6mcbVYjo
— Liz Gonzales (@TheLizGonzales) June 29, 2019
And before there was any time to admire the stadium, to take the whole thing in, to see what’s different about a baseball game across the pond…
The Yankees came up to bat against Rick Porcello, and did this:
And then Aaron Hicks came up. A runner on, a 4-0 lead. And the first-ever home run in Europe. Crushed into the stands in right field.
Aaron Hicks makes history!
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 29, 2019
6-0 Yankees. Rick Porcello gets pulled.
And just what the doctor ordered, to give England baseball at its best.
When an artful pitchers’ duel might not do the trick.
Rick Porcello is gonna have a 162.00 ERA for London Stadium in his career splits forever. Ouch.
— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) June 29, 2019
So then, with a half-inning over, it was Boston’s turn to “have a go”.
And with Tanaka on the mound, they did this:
And then Michael Chavis came up. Two on, Sox down 6-3. And, flying over the 117.4 meters mark on the wall in center field…
The second-ever home run in Europe.
First game in London and the first inning lasted nearly an hour. WILD.
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) June 29, 2019
One inning. Twelve runs. Tie game.
If anything can get Britain hooked on baseball, it’ll be this.
Baseball on, well, “steroids”.
Cricket meets ’98 Mark McGwire.
Dear Brits: 6 runs each for both teams in first inning is something, like, you know, never happens. Enjoy!
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) June 29, 2019
Both teams leadoff hitters have batted twice. The first inning isn't over.
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) June 29, 2019
I imagine some poor Brit who just learned to keep a baseball scorecard, after this first inning, he's got to say, the hell with that…
— Bob Valvano (@espnVshow) June 29, 2019
But before we start calling baseball abroad a hit, we might have to get “woke” on this whole thing.
What are the odds, that in the first game over there, they’d get:
Twelve runs, first inning. The two most iconic teams, and each with a cherry-on-top home run.
London Series truthers please stand up.
I think mlb fixed that first inning!!
— NewJerseyMikeInFlorida (@soccerdirector1) June 29, 2019
I'm convinced this London Series is fixed. How they fuck you give up a 6-0 lead right after the game starts in the very next inning. #LondonSeries
— Ralph (@KnightRalph316) June 29, 2019
If it looks too good to be true, it probably isn’t.
The Commissioner pulling the Fun Lever under the desk in his office.
With a score of 17-13 by the end of the game. And six home runs.
There is something fishy about this @yankees v. @redsox game in London. Like they are putting on a big show, like it’s fixed to make a more exciting game for the British crowd. Tomorrow will be 1-0. 2 games. Split a win and a loss for both sides. I hope I’m wrong. #PinstripePride
— Bill Kennedy (@ohhijohnny) June 29, 2019
But, semi-fixed or not… who cares?
The game was awesome.
The first inning was awesome.
Baseball in London was awesome.
They even did the seventh-inning stretch:
— Bat Flips and Nerds (@batflips_nerds) June 29, 2019
And after the Yankees won, they played Sinatra.
— Matt Marrone (@thebigm) June 29, 2019
Baseball just like home, way across the pond.
Just a better, more fun, more marketable, making-me-jealous kind of baseball.
Can we crank up that Fun Lever for the rest of the season?