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"I’m thinking about Lipnicki today because Jose Urquidy just stole the World Series, or at least Game Four, in the same way Lipnicki stole 'Jerry Maguire.' An anonymous young man dropped in among highly-paid superstars, Urquidy blew away his peers with stumpers like his fastball and slider. Like Lipnicki, Urquidy wasn’t in many scenes -- he went just five innings -- but without his performance the show falls apart. Urquidy, forgotten behind baseball’s Cruise, Gooding Jr., and Zellweger in Verlander, Cole, and Greinke, paid a tiny fraction of what those stars make, came up big in the chance he was given."