JT Realmuto home run stuns Astros, Phillies control World Series

HOUSTON — JT Realmuto waited nine years and 1,005 regular season games to play in his first World Series game. And when it was over, after he had had one of the best World Series games by a catcher, Realmuto couldn’t participate in the postgame spread.

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“I don’t think I can chew,” says Realmuto. “My jaw really hurts. But it’s fine. As long as it’s not my head, I’m good.

in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Friday Phillies The catcher took a foul ball out of his mask that left him reeling as if he had been hit by a violent punch.

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“Did it feel as bad as it looked?” He repeats a question. “I’m not going to lie. Yeah. It was pretty bad.”

That virtual haymaker will be just a footnote when history remembers what Realmuto did in Game 1. But the footnote will warrant your attention, for Realmuto’s value and valor cannot be fully appreciated without it.

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