Here is one of the few instances where I can sympathize with both parties. Obviously, if I were Clayton Kershaw the last thing I would want to discuss following my best postseason appearance ever is the one moment in which I truly believed I had crapped it all away with a single pitch. On the other hand, as a reporter you can't not mention the moment when Clayton Kershaw's soul visibly vacated his body...
I guess it's little disingenuous to immediately bust out the "how relieved are you that you didn't piss away the game so shortly after begging to stay in it?" question, but it's still one that needed to be asked. Even for those that they were truly invested in the outcome, it's tough to argue there was a more fascinating sequence then watching one of the best pitchers in baseball temporarily die inside in front of nationwide audience. As amazing as his flawless, clutch performance was, the visual of him hunched over with his hands on his knees staring into the outfield in disbelief like there was a meteor headed directly toward the mound is what really gets the people going.
If impending doom didn't sell proverbial tickets then the NFL wouldn't be battling the Presidential election for ratings. When Javy Baez made the most solid of contact with that ball it looked like Clayton Kershaw's heart was attached to it, so - for maybe the first time ever - the reporter in question wasn't making something out of nothing. We all saw a man resuscitate himself on the field and that's always going to get top billing in the press conference. Even over the best outing - to date - of that potential Hall Of Famer's career.