The Philadelphia Phillies took Game 1 of the World Series on Friday night, but it was by no means an easy victory.
In Houston for their first Fall Classic since 2009, the Phillies fell into a 5-0 hole by the end of the second inning. But as they’ve done several times this season and postseason, they clawed their way back and by the top of the fifth, the game was tied. It stayed that way until the top of the 10th.
Enter, J.T. Realmuto, or as he’s known in the City of Brotherly Love, BCIB.
The Best Catcher In Baseball promptly lived up to his name, hitting a go-ahead home run that would give the Phillies a narrow, incredible victory.
Realmuto’s home run for Phillies the first of its kind since Fisk with Red Sox in 1975 World Series
According to MLB’s own Sarah Langs, only four catchers have ever hit a home run in extras in the World Series. Before Realmuto, the most recent round-tripper belonged to none other than Boston Red Sox legend Carlton Fisk.
It’s been quite an eventful postseason for Realmuto, who also hit the first-ever postseason inside-the-park home run by a catcher during the NLDS.
Like many of his teammates, this is Realmuto’s first postseason run. But for him and Jean Segura, it’s been an even longer time coming than most. When Kyle Seager retired last year, Segura became the active leader in games played without a postseason appearance, and Realmuto moved into second place on that unfortunate list.