I still remember the day when I heard that Sandy Koufax refused to pitch a World Series opening game because it was Yom Kippur.
It was, to say the least, something of a shock. We, baseball mad yeshiva kids, knew that the great Southpaw was a Jew from Bensonhurst, but we also knew that he was not observant. In fact, Koufax never even had a Bar Mitzvah. Shock was quickly replaced by pride as this assimilated Jewish superstar made a very public stand for, what we saw as, Torah values.
The 2017 World Series between the Huston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers is one of the most exciting and evenly matched pairings I have ever seen.
Each game is an exercise in Hitchcockian suspense.