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.
Holy wow, 2 hours and 28 minutes— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) October 25, 2017
GAME TIME 2 HOURS, 28 MINUTES!!!!!— Doug Padilla (@DougPadilla) October 25, 2017
If you blinked, you missed it. Game 1 played in 2 hours, 28 minutes.— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) October 25, 2017
2.5 hours— Daryl (@ateDARYL) October 25, 2017
Give them both rings!!!!!!!
the game was under 2.5 hours! give the dodgers the title just for that imo— Chills Horrorstock (@sundownmotel) October 25, 2017
One hundred degrees, 2:28. Game over. What decade is this?— David Todd (@DTonPirates) October 25, 2017
Fox desperately scrambling some old MASH episodes because this game was less than 3.5 hours long.— Steven Goldman (@GoStevenGoldman) October 25, 2017
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.