Sport: Only So Much Excitement

The brash Mets and brittle Red Sox fulfill their destinies

Whether the New York Mets won or the Boston Red Sox lost, the World Series left enough hands and heads wringing and ringing to get all sides through the winter. The MVP was benched in the second game and threw a ball over the first baseman's head in the sixth. Ray Knight also singled to prolong the sixth game and homered to win the seventh. "You only can get so excited," reasoned the Mets' third baseman, "but it seemed, every game, I got more and more excited." October was unreasonable this year.

Baseballs routinely bounced out of gloves and over walls,...

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