The pudgy Pablo Sandoval spanked lean, mean Justin Verlander during Game 1 of the World Series last night. Fat Ichiro—that's one of his nicknames—hit three home runs. This was improbable. Sandoval hit only 12 all season. Verlander allowed only 19 all year. But Fat Ichiro can do that to you.

Dale Murphy, the wiry, muscular 1980s Braves star with 398 career homers, weighed in on his always entertaining Twitter account: