Nick Castellanos emerged as one of two big heroes on Friday night when the Philadelphia Phillies came from behind to win Game 1 of the World Series.
With the game tied at 5-5 at the bottom of the ninth inning and the Houston Astros in position to score, the Phillies right fielder made a sliding catch to keep the outing tied.
From there, in extra innings, Philly catcher J.T. Realmuto hit a solo homer to propel his squad to victory.
In the midst of all the commotion, Castellanos decided to rub a little salt in the Astros’ wound:
nick castellanos said the Phillies won with no wires in Houston lmaooo goat pic.twitter.com/zN2TLiRWjV
— John (@iam_johnw) October 29, 2022
You love to see it. The reference there was to the Astros’ infamous cheating scandal. Specifically, the idea that Jose Altuve was wearing a wire that assisted him in the playoffs:
Watch this area. Looks way more like a wire bending than it does a ripple in the shirt. pic.twitter.com/98lyA9Uyat
— ClaytonBigsbe (@Clayton__Bigsbe) January 16, 2020
You will recall, Altuve himself had to come out and address this topic at one point.
Fans didn’t miss a beat. They immediately picked up on what Castellanos was alluding to and flocked to Twitter to react:
O my god
— Jason Kelce For President (@yiffens) October 29, 2022
NICKY BATS CATCHES BASEBALLS. HE READS BOOKS TOO.
— kwa (@KCMusgravesFan) October 29, 2022
— Cali // (@CaliPnL) October 29, 2022
100 million $ right there
— Chris Amos (@ChrisAmos717) October 29, 2022
The swag on this team…
— Joey Lamont (@PoLoJoE_67) October 29, 2022
Not all heroes wear capes.
— Johnny Broderick (@JohnnyBroderick) October 29, 2022
I just saw his hair at the presser. I’m a Phillies fan now.
— Very Asian Good Troublemaker (@flipped54) October 29, 2022
Tough loss for the Houston Astros of Radio Shack.
— Jay Quintana (@jayquintana_jr) October 29, 2022
Hate Phillies, but Astros are cheaters and i op s this
— theAlcapown (@theAlcapown) October 29, 2022
The World Series this year got off to a wild start when Paige Spiranac published a series of provocative photos to commemorate the occasion.
Then both teams took the field and participated in a game that more than lived up to the hype.
The video speaks for itself. https://t.co/EuhXVGGPiO
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 28, 2022
Philly is firmly in control at the moment, but things can change on a dime in this sport.
Will the Astros be able to shock the world and stage a comeback from this point forward?
Time will tell.