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"Alvarez knew. He knew before Alvarado did, knew before Matt Vierling out in center did, knew before the guys in the booth or the fans in the stands. He didn’t strut, didn’t pose, just started down to first watching the ball like a guy who knew he wouldn’t be running hard. I’ve watched a lot of games played at Minute Maid Park, and I am sure I have never seen a ball hit over the batter’s eye in center, but that’s where this one landed, 450 feet away from home plate. It would have been an epic blast on a muggy night in July against the Marlins. To win the World Series? It was legendary before the ball even landed."