Hernandez, with all of 18 regular-season games behind him, let fly with the pitch. Suddenly hundreds of cameras flashed, burning bright in the moist night, triggered so closely together in capturing this new kind of history that they seemed to create a single explosion of light. Roberts was blinded. He never saw the pitch. He only heard home plate umpire Ed Montague shout, "Strike!"
"I've always watched the World Series and seen how players get so excited," Roberts said later. "I just had to experience it. I'd sit there and think, It can't be that exciting. You know what? It is, man. It's all of that. And then some."