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Chris Taylor embraces the moment early in Dodgers’ Game 1 victory

By in Press Enterprise on October 25, 2017

By J.P. Hoornstra

LOS ANGELES — If Yasiel Puig’s swagger is an extension of his soul, Justin Turner’s an extension of his beard, and Clayton Kershaw’s an extension of sheer talent, Chris Taylor has remained a humble enigma in his breakout season.

Baseball is still trying to figure out Taylor, the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter and the co-MVP of the National League Championship Series. If they knew him well, Dallas Keuchel would not have piped an 88-mph fastball Tuesday, his first pitch in the first inning in the first game of the World Series.

Taylor utterly destroyed the baseball. It landed more than halfway up the bleacher seats in left field, an estimated 447 feet from home plate. It was the second-longest home run of this postseason, and it gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead before some fans entered the ballpark.

WATCH: Chris Taylor’s leadoff home run in Game 1 of World Series

  • Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 hits a 2 run-homer in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner during game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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