Mark Townsend

  • World Series viewers in DC miss Game 2 fireworks due to emergency test

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    Just as World Series Game 2 got interesting on Wednesday night, Comcast customers who double as baseball fans in and around Washington D.C. were left in the dark about what was going on at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Royals had already struck for three run in what would prove to be the difference-making sixth inning in their 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants, but the biggest blow and first real incidence of drama was yet to come.

    All those fans knew was that Omar Infante was about to step in against Giants rookie reliever Hunter Strickland, and the Royals were on the brink of breaking the game wide open with one swing.

    Then this happened.

    The most dramatic point this far in the World Series and DC cable goes to an emergency alert test pattern.

    This is only a test of the emergency broadcast alert system. It's just a really poorly timed one.

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  • Giants fan who caught and returned Travis Ishikawa's walk-off homer gets World Series tickets

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 days ago

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    After San Francisco Giants left fielder Travis Ishikawa connected for a historic three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning of NLCS Game 5, not everybody at AT&T Park knew where the ball ended up. They just knew St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Oscar Taveras didn't catch it, and that meant the Giants were headed back to the World Series for the third time since 2010.

    Even Giants pitcher Jake Peavy was unaware as he ran on to the field. As Ishikawa neared third base, Peavy nearly terminated his home run trot with a bear hug because he'd thought the ball ricocheted off the wall for a double. 

    One person who did know though was long-time Giants fan Frank Burke. That's because he was the lucky fan who caught the ball as it skimmed over the top of the high brick wall in right field, making Ishikawa only the fourth player in MLB history to hit a postseason pennant-clinching home run. 

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