Everyday Eovaldi turns in Series performance for the ages

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy celebrates his walk off home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi during the 18th inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Nathan Eovaldi seemed to have a rubber arm. Maybe that second Tommy John surgery turned him into a bionic pitcher.Until the 97th pitch of an outing that was among the most unusual in World Series history, until the 561st pitch of an epic endurance test that sprawled across the night for 18 innings, he finally got beat.ADVERTISEMENT Jarin remains upbeat after another NU loss New York cut him loose, and Tampa Bay gave him a home for his rehab.“I’m trusting the doctors and the surgeons that they’re going to do their job. And then trusting the trainers,” Eovaldi said. “I never thought that I wouldn’t be here.”He was on the verge of returning for the start of this season when the Rays announced near the end of spring training that he had loose bodies in his elbow and needed surgery. That delayed his return to May 30.After going 3-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 10 starts, he was traded to Boston on July 25 for prospect Jalen Beeks. Eovaldi dropped his ERA to 3.33 in 10 starts and one relief appearance for the Red Sox, his average fastball velocity up to 97-98 mph.He beat the Yankees in his postseason debut, Game 3 of the Division Series, and then defeated Houston in the third game of the AL Championship Series.Will everyday Eovaldi volunteer to pitch Saturday?“Absolutely,” Eovaldi said.He only seemed to be half-kidding. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Fastballs and cutters. Occasional sliders and splits. Inning after inning.“I felt good the whole time. I told AC, ‘I’m good. I want to stay in,’” Eovaldi said in front of the first base dugout after it was over.He gave a performance for the ages — especially in an era when managers have turned starters and relievers alike into one-batter wonders. It was a throwback to the days when Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale took the Dodger Stadium mound and expected to finish what they started.After pitching the eighth inning to preserve leads in the first two games of the Series, Eovaldi was the scheduled Game 4 starter. Instead he became Boston’s record-tying ninth pitcher when he entered to start the 12th inning.He was on the verge of getting the win when second baseman Ian Kinsler made a throwing error that allowed the Dodgers to retie the game in the 13th.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Eovaldi allowed Max Muncy’s opposite-field homer to left-center on a cutter that hung over the high, outside corner, ending the longest World Series game ever after 7 hours, 20 minutes. The Dodgers’ 3-2 win over Boston on Friday cut Los Angeles’ World Series deficit to 2-1.“After the game was over I started crying,” Red Sox starter Rick Porcello said. “He literally gave everything he had on every single pitch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBefore this week, Eovaldi had never pitched on consecutive days in his major league career.Now the 28-year-old right-hander was sent to the mound by manager Alex Cora for the third time in four days. In the World Series. Throwing 98 mph in his seventh inning of relief. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I feel terrible for Nate,” Kinsler said. “I feel like I let the team down right there.”Eovaldi was understanding.“He apologized to me, and I told him he has nothing to apologize for,” Eovaldi said.Muncy walked leading off the 13th and came home on Kinsler’s error, then nearly won the game in the 15th with a drive over the wall down the right-field line that hooked just foul.Eovaldi fell behind 3-0 to Muncy leading off the 18th, and then got a called strike followed by a pair of fouls. Muncy drove the next pitch 382 feet onto the stairway in front of the pavilion seats.“That was the last inning right there,” Cora said . “When he came in, I asked him, ‘How do you feel?’ He’s like, ‘Let me finish it.’ And I’m like, ‘OK.’ I don’t know if I told him, ‘You’ve got one more.’”Eovaldi threw four more pitches than any member of Boston’s staff had in an outing this postseason. Cora planned to have Drew Pomeranz hit for Eovaldi in the 19th and take the mound in the bottom half.“I felt privileged to be able to watch what Nathan Eovaldi did,” Porcello said. “That was the most incredible pitching performance I’ve even seen.”Eovaldi threw more than one-third of Boston’s 283 pitches, allowing two runs — one earned — and three hits in six innings. Not bad, especially given his past.He had his first elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2007 when he was a junior at Alvin High School in Texas. He had his second in August 2016 after getting hurt while pitching for the New York Yankees. 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Lasorda’s optimism in usual overdrive

first_imgAnd, before I’m even able to ask Lasorda a question about how he feels about being on the threshold of turning 80, he launches into a stream of consciousness spiel about the greatness of the Dodgers and the greatness of Frank McCourt and the greatness of Ned Colletti and the greatness of his still drawing a paycheck from the team as vice-president/special adviser to McCourt. “What a tremendous owner Frank McCourt has turned out to be,” says Lasorda, who would never bite the hand that feeds him unless, of course, it was overflowing with linguini and clams. “He has treated me so great, and made me feel so welcome and utilized my expertise. I’ve been impressed with him ever since he’s been here with the way he’s always going around shaking hands with fans and saying hello to people. “Can you believe it?” he says. “Where have all the years gone? I just can’t believe how old I’ve become. I’m now playing the back nine. But the one good thing about getting old is that it means at least you didn’t die when you were young.” Well, that’s one curious way to look at it, although that might be the only shining virtue of the aging process irrespective of retirement. Naturally, Tommy Lasorda has had a typically frenetic offseason, traveling around the country giving speeches at various colleges, fraternal organizations, retirement parties, baseball banquets, and just about any other imaginable gathering. “I just spoke in downtown L.A. the other day to a group of firemen,” says Lasorda, who also bestows his rhetorical charms routinely at police functions. “I just told them how important they are to the community, and how they so often put their lives on the line to protect us.” Even at this late date, Tommy Lasorda, who’s never too busy to sign an autograph or gab with an admirer, still finds it difficult to believe how fortunate he has been throughout his existence. “Who’s been more blessed than me?” he says. “Wonderful wife. Wonderful family. Wonderful organization I’ve worked for since I was a kid. I’m a guy who got lucky and has done what he wanted to do all his life. …” They staged the Long Beach State women’s volleyball banquet last Monday night at the Ramada Renaissance, and it was quite a lively affair with stirring speeches from Brian Gimmillaro, Dr. F. King (The Boy Wonder) Alexander and Vic Cegles, as well as from Gimmillaro’s three seniors, Heather Hetzer, Robin Miramontes and Mariko Crum. Naturally, Long Beach’s very own Cindy Crawford, Dania Gimmillaro, dazzling 6-foot wife of the 5-9 Gimmillaro, stood out sartorially in her shockingly gleaming knee-high white boots and chic mini-skirt, and, oh, did she and I have an uncontrollable giggle together at the expense of, of all people, this city’s zaniest character, Dickie (Too Fast Too Furious/Count Dracula) Babian. Mr. Babian, the incredibly colorful 72-year-old, 5-foot-2 1/2, 240-pound owner of Crow’s, was seated at the Gimmillaro table, along with me, Mr. Moneybags, Glen Bickerstaff and his spunky wife Debbie, and also Susan St. Germain, revered, exquisite better half of acclaimed tooth eradicator Dr. Terri St. Germain, when Mr. Moneybags was called upon to deliver a speech that, incidentally, turned out to be quite moving. But, as Bickerstaff, who has donated millions to the university and is one of this community’s stellar philanthropists and stellar guys, walked to the podium and the crowd drew respectfully silent, there was Dickie Babian in his shrieking voice shouting into his cell phone, “What’d you say? I can’t hear you!” All the patrons in the room fixed their glaze on Ol’ Dickie Boy, who was totally oblivious that he had become the center of attention. Dania Gimmillaro and I erupted into seizures of guffaws, much to the growing irritation of Spunky Bickerstaff, ever protective of dear hubby. Visibly embarrassed when he finally realized his conversation was being listened to by everybody, Mr. Babian, who somehow fit into his stylish black suit – think of a bowling ball adorned in an Armani – apologized humbly and looked as though someone had spray-painted his face red. But no one was upset with Dickie Babian, who, after all, had moments earlier written out a $1,000 check to Gimmillaro’s program. Later, the Gimmillaros even joined Babian and myself at his joint for a quick one – Dickie plied the coughing, wheezing Brian with three 7Ups against his wishes – and he introduced us to his beautiful former wife, Delores Babian, who now lives in Florida and who should be granted sainthood for remaining with Dickie for 28 years. And Delores Babian, who has a stunning facial resemblance to Andy Granatelli perhaps because the STP guy is her uncle, even told me she’d consider remarrying the old codger if only he would desist with his wild lifestyle. “I’m too old to stop drinking,” says Babian, who will do a lot of it during the next three weeks when he goes on a Caribbean vacation. … I’d be more excited if Sugar Shane Mosley were fighting Floyd Mayweather on May 5 than Oscar De La Hoya. Mosley already has beaten De La Hoya twice, and looked overwhelming in pitching a 12-round shutout last Saturday night against Luis Collazo. He’d at least have a chance against Mayweather because of his speed. I’ll be surprised if the slower, aging De La Hoya is able to land so much as one solid punch against Mayweather. … I don’t think I’ve ever avoided a red light going south on Bellflower at either 7th Street or Pacific Coast Highway. … Nice touch by Joe (The Fixer) Picarelli Wednesday to call and wish me a Happy Valentine’s Day. And it would have been astonishingly nice had only I been in Paris rather than Long Beach. … Someone told me they played the Pro Bowl last Saturday. Funny, but I once again skipped watching a game that should have been disbanded long ago, so help me Drew Brees. … I think I’ll skip watching the NBA All-Star match Sunday, too. … I’m not sure any coach in college basketball is doing a better job this season than Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg, who holds two victories over North Carolina and beat Duke at Durham. … Dean Spanos should have fired Marty Schottenheimer before the playoffs, not in the middle of February. … Donald Sterling made a horrible mistake giving Mike Dunleavy a long-term contract because he definitely will wind up firing him before its conclusion. … Finally made contact with the former Long Beach State president, Dr. Robert (Fightin’ Bob) Maxson, and it turns out he hasn’t become a fishing recluse with wife Sylvia at their San Juan Islands estate, but has been busy doing his consulting chores in recent months at state colleges in Northern California. He wants all his friends in Long Beach to know that he is happy, healthy and hearty, and also says, “I think King Alexander is doing a wonderful job at Long Beach State. He has been just terrific.” Bob Maxson is echoing the prevailing community sentiment. … If Brian Gimmillaro hadn’t have made it as a legendary women’s volleyball coach, he easily could have made it as a televangelist. He might not be Joel Osteen, but he would have given him serious competition. I always become hopelessly mesmerized listening to Brian’s talks. … Ran into Eric Karros last weekend in Las Vegas, and he’s just moved over from ESPN to Fox Sports where he signed to a three-year deal to do baseball. … Gary Anderson has been doing another commendable job this season at Long Beach City College. … My pal, Brian O’Connor, the venerable Cerritos Black Angus mixologist, says he, too, is going to put in a paternity claim on the 5-month-old daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith. “Why not … everyone else is,” he says with a certain amount of logic. “I served Anna Nicole drinks in late 2005 and we later went out up in Hollywood and had a good time.” To be honest, I doubt my pal’s veracity in this one. The only places O’Connor ever goes around in this area are to bars to serve drinks and consume them and to race tracks to bet horses who follow horses. … Checking out Nashville, Tenn., this weekend, and, eat your heart out Frank Burlison, even will attend Saturday’s game between No. 1 Florida against Vanderbilt. … The young community-oriented owners of the Gaslamp on PCH, Alicia Shelton and Jennifer McDonald, are putting on a big charity shindig Wednesday night to benefit Long Beach police officers Roy Wade Jr. and Abe Yapp. Both men were shot and critically wounded in the line of duty on Dec. 22, and both have been making remarkable recoveries from their injuries. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and there will be no admission charge. All proceeds from food and drinks will go to the Long Beach Police Officers Association. This affair was the brainchild of Shelton, McDonald and the Southern Wines & Spirit bigwig, Bernie (The Prince of Tabs) Selmanson, who will donate the liquor. The Blue Steel band will provide the entertainment, and there will be both drawings and auctions for prizes at a most worthy event that I’m sure will draw an overflow crowd. Doug Krikorian can be reached at doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I need laughter, I need optimism, I need uplifting rhetoric to shield me from the creepy world news and the vain combat I’ve been waging my entire life against the relentless, cruel, dark demon that is time. And so I call up Mr. Pollyanna himself, Tom Lasorda, who Thursday officially began his 58th year with the Dodger organization when he flew back to Vero Beach for the start of the team’s spring training. center_img “He’s bringing back the family atmosphere to the Dodgers that disappeared for a while after Peter (O’Malley) left. There was a time when every team in baseball tried to pattern itself after the Dodgers, and Frank McCourt is trying for the team to reach that level of identity again.” Tom Lasorda pauses momentarily to catch his breath. “What a fantastic job Ned Colletti has done,” he resumes. “The offseason acquisitions of Juan Pierre and Luis Gonzalez are going to upgrade our offense. And Jason Schmidt is a very tough pitcher who always gave us trouble. And Randy Wolf is a very good pitcher if his arm comes back. Ned has put together a good blend of young players and veterans. “I like our team. I like our general manager. I like our owner. Oh, I’m just looking so forward to this season. I promise you, it’s going to be a memorable one. As entertaining as we were last season, we’ll be even more entertaining this season.” Before ol’ Tommy crowns the Dodgers as World Series champions of the 2007 season, I interrupt and wonder how he feels about that milestone birthday he will celebrate on Sept. 22 that will mark the 80th year he has graced this planet with his divine presence. last_img read more