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World Series Game Three - Open Game Thread, 10/25/19

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The World Series returns with Washington first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of their country people.

World Series - Houston Astros v Washington Nationals - Game Three
It’s the 25th. Baseball Christmas. Duh.
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Tonight the World Series shifts from Houston, home to some recent lies and trouble, to Washington D.C., home of...well, you know what, both teams should feel right at home (#NoPolitics).

The Washington Nationals have jumped out to a strong 2 games to 0 lead over the Houston Astros. The Nationals were certainly considered the underdogs going into the series, so it will be interesting to see if the Astros can put aside the off-the-field events and focus on baseball.

This is precisely what the Astro’s organization is trying to do. Astro’s owner Jim Crane made a brief statement to the media this afternoon:

Despite Houston’s admonishments, it doesn’t look like their troubles will be forgotten anytime soon. Jeff Passan published an article on ESPN today looking inside the culture in the Astro’s front office. Likewise, the Athletic addressed the team’s ongoing problems ($) and yesterday the New York Daily News took a peak into Crane’s past.

Now for some uplifting news. Uh, here’s some babies? People like babies. Personally, I’m disturbed by this row of unsafe sleep environments, the baseball on that baby’s head, and the National’s gift bags that look disturbingly like the babies have been placed in some sort of Walgreens alter-universe. But, babies!

You haven’t heard anything about Juan Soto’s age at all. It’s probably a complete surprise to you that it’s his birthday today. Bill Nye serenades him, because of course:

Alex Rodriguez is trying to get Juan Soto to choose between the blue pill and the red pill:

On to the lineups!

TV: FOX, 5:07 PM PDT