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Game 1 was the fastest World Series game in 25 years

Time flies when you’re having fun in 100-degree weather!

World Series - Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game One Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Well, that game flew by!

If you feel the same way, that feeling is correct. Game 1 of the 2017 World Series, in which the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1, was the fastest game in 25 years of Fall Classics at just two hours and 28 minutes.

That 2:28 first-pitch-to-last-out length is the speediest two teams have gotten through a World Series game since the Braves and Blue Jays faced off in Game 4 in 1992 and wrapped things up in just 2:21.

It’s only the second since 1986 to be 2:28 or shorter, and according to Baseball Reference it’s been six years since any postseason game was shorter than two and a half hours — and more than a decade since that has happened in a game where both teams have scored at least one run.

The game was over in enough time for people in LA to get to a 9 p.m. dinner reservation, and early enough on the East Coast for people to actually get to bed at a reasonable time.

A lot of people noticed the quickness with which it passed too.

Between how fast both starters worked, only four runs scored, and a triple-digit heat wave hitting Los Angeles that probably meant nobody wanted to be out on that field longer than necessary, there were multiple factors that kept this game limited minutes-wise.

Probability says no other games in this series will go by at quite this clip, so hopefully you enjoyed it while it happened.


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