We've heard whispers in recent years about possibly putting a runner or runners on base in extra innings in the hope of ending the thing well before the seven-hour mark.
As much as the baseball world was buzzing over Max Muncy's solo homer that ended the longest World Series game in history - 7 hours, 20 minutes - there was (almost) equal buzz about Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who was still throwing high-90s heat in his seventh inning of relief. He struck out seven and walked one, retiring his last 14 batters after surrendering two hits in the third inning.
Once J.D. Martinez went down swinging for the third out, the crowd of 53,114 erupted and Buehler, usually unemotional, let out a roar and exhorted the fans to get even louder.
Muncy almost won the game in the 15th inning, pulling a long drive off Nathan Eovaldi that hooked just to the foul side of the right-field pole. One of those was in the 1916 Series between the Red Sox and Brooklyn Robins, who later became the Dodgers.
When Nunez got back in the dugout, Rick Porcello slapped him in the face and Nunez head-butted him right back.
Los Angeles fans are seeing a silver lining to the Dodgers' 0-2 World Series start. It is the only World Series game to go 18 innings. Game 3 will go down in history due to its length and dramatic ending, but it's not one - its beginning and its ending aside - that was specifically memorable. Eovaldi said, per the Boston Herald.
Bradley entered the game hitting.169 with a.635 OPS this postseason, though he did have three big hits on his way to nine RBIs and an MVP award in the American League Championship Series.
In the immediate aftermath, Red Sox manager Alex Cora couldn't say who he'd be sending to the mound in game four on Saturday, when he'd planned to have Eovaldi as his starter. Most of LA's bullpen can throw again on Saturday night, since none of the eight relievers threw more than two innings or Kenta Maeda's 36 pitches. Muncy drew a leadoff walk and tagged up when Nunez tumbled into the third base stands after catching Bellinger's pop foul.
But because he's been hobbling around on a sore ankle that he hurt while slipping on second base in Game 1, the Sox wanted their two outfielders with the most range to play alongside him.
But the Red Sox couldn't close it out. Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler fielded the ball, but his off-balance throw to first sailed outside the reach of Christian Vazquez. Pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez got flipped on his back by catcher Austin Barnes as he chased Scott Alexander's wild pitch.