Was Eric Hosmer's mad dash home really just a recreation of the ending of 'Major League'?
"Life imitates art," Oscar Wilde once wrote, "far more than art imitates life." Given that Wilde was a) born in the 19th century and b) not a huge fan of monarchies, he was most likely not considering Eric Hosmer's game-tying sprint home in the ninth inning of World Series Game 5 on Sunday.
But, really, he might as well have been. For weren't Hosmer's baserunning dramatics more than mere thrilling baseball? Did it not transcend the boundaries of sport to encapsulate all of man's struggle here on Earth, as all great art must? Was it not a reenactment -- nay, an homage -- to the final act of that triumph of cinematic achievement, "Major League"?
Let's review the evidence. First, if by some miracle you're unfamiliar with the film, watch as the fictional Indians edge the Yankees for the division title in a one-game playoff:
And now, a quick review of the facts:
- The conclusion of "Major League" features a game between a New York team and a Midwestern squad with a long World Series drought
- With Willie "Mays" Hays heading for third, Cleveland catcher Jake Taylor lays down a bunt -- a similar roller toward third as the one hit by Salvador Perez on Sunday
- The Yankees third baseman fires to first trying to get the force-out, just like David Wright did
- Hays, seizing an opportunity, makes the break for home that would inspire Hosmer all these years later, getting in just before the tag and winning the division for the Indians
No wonder we thought "Major League II" was Kansas City's spirit movie.