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Putting the marathon World Series Game 3 in a soccer perspective

How many LAFC games could you watch in the time of the Dodgers’ win?

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Sometime around the 15th or 16th inning of the 2018 World Series Game 3 on Friday at Dodger Stadium (the time all ran together at that point), I felt that existential pit of despair that is so resonant in baseball. Time is meaningless, a winner of the game at hand looks to be nowhere in sight, and yet we all march on grimly to an indeterminate ending.

Of course, that could just be me, but even home run hero Max Muncy looked like he wanted to march straight to bed after winning the game in the 18th inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers and Boston Red Sox played an 18-inning game, the longest in World Series history. Let me repeat for full effect: They played two full games in one. They have to go back out and do it again tonight.

In all, World Series Game 3 lasted 7 hours and 20 minutes officially. During the long hours of watching a must-win result for the Dodgers, of course I got to thinking how long this game was in terms of soccer;

  • If you’re watching a standard 2-hour soccer game, complete with a full halftime break, you could have watched three full games, plus get well into the second half of a fourth game.
  • If you were to strip out commercials and a full halftime, and watched simply the game action, taking a game to last about 95 minutes in length with stoppage time included, in the time it took for the Dodgers to beat the Red Sox, you could watch a total of four full games, plus get to about the 57th minute of a fifth game.
  • For context, that means if you had watched from the start of Los Angeles Football Club’s season, you could have watched LAFC beat Seattle Sounders 1-0, beat Real Salt Lake 5-1, lose 4-3 to the LA Galaxy (sorry for bringing it up!), lose 5-0 at Atlanta United (sorry again!) and watch them play tense soccer against the Vancouver Whitecaps, with Carlos Vela hitting the winning goal in a 2-0 victory about two minutes after the baseball game ended. In other words, for a single baseball game that had a total of five runs, you could have watched four full games, plus a part of a fifth, that featured a total of 19 goals. That’s about 14 percent of LAFC’s full regular-season campaign.
  • With the 7 hours and 20 minutes, with good timing and good fortune, you could drive from Banc of California Stadium to the San Jose Earthquakes’ home, Avaya Stadium, with upwards of two hours available to stop for a sit-down meal, pit stops and possible sightseeing on the 5 (Sorry, never mind on that sightseeing point). Western Conference road trips outside of California aren’t close at all, but you could get most of the way driving to RSL’s home, Rio Tinto Stadium, in Sandy, Utah, a trip that is listed as 9 hours and 50 minutes.

That’s a lot of soccer. Anyway, LAFC have a close relationship with the Dodgers, so I’m sure they’re all saying “Go Dodgers!” for tonight’s game.

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