For four and a half games in the NLCS, the possibility lingered.
On the Los Angeles Dodgers’ side was starting catcher Will Smith. On the Atlanta Braves was left-handed reliever Will Smith. At some point, it felt like the two were bound to face off in a battle of identical names.
That matchup finally became a reality in the sixth inning of Game 5. And what a plate appearance it was.
Will Smith vs. Will Smith
With two men on and two outs and the Braves up 2-1, Smith the hitter came up to face Smith the pitcher. It was a pivotal moment as the Dodgers tried to come back from a 3-1 series deficit. It was also a historic moment, as it was the first time two players with the same name faced each other in MLB postseason action.
Smith eventually worked the count full, then did this:
Will the real Will Smith please stand up? pic.twitter.com/U6hlPhSxmy— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 17, 2020
A go-ahead, no-doubt, three-run home run. The biggest blow as Los Angeles won 7-3 to stay alive in the NLCS. A great moment for Will Smith, and also a pitch that Will Smith would certainly like back.
And yes, Twitter had a field day.
Will Smith wins that battle.— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) October 17, 2020
The ball landed in Bel Air.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) October 17, 2020
Will Smith gets the best of Will Smith hahaha.— Evan Barnes〽️ (@evan_b) October 17, 2020
Will Smith > Will Smith— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) October 17, 2020
Will Smith said “I Am Legend"— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) October 17, 2020
That was a real test of Wills— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) October 17, 2020
I had Will Smith in that one all the way.— Steve Dilbeck (@stevedilbeck) October 17, 2020
I'm seeing double. Four Wills Smith!— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) October 17, 2020
I haven’t seen Will Smith humiliate Will Smith like that since Wild Wild West— Kindly Klown From Cyber Space (@SupportiveDude) October 17, 2020
I see all your Will Smith puns and pic.twitter.com/lT53GEHO3y— Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) October 17, 2020
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