Tony Watson pitches in the World Series

Bailey Freestone-Sports
Tony Watson and his family (son Teddy, wife Cassie, daughter Wynn) pose with the National League trophy after the NLCS. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE WATSON

The 113th World Series just wrapped up on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros came down to Game 7. The Astros ended up winning the seventh game 5-1.

Dallas Center-Grimes’ alum Tony Watson pitched for the Dodgers during the world series. Tony Watson was recently traded to the Dodgers from the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season.

Tony Watson recorded a 2-0 recrod during the series. He pitched a total of 3.2 innings, allowed two hits and one run during those two games. He also struck out one batter, while issuing one walk.

DC-G athletic director, Steve Watson spoke about his experience as both a parent and spectator at the World Series.

“The whole playoff adventure was a long but rewarding time,” Steve said. “It meant a lot of travel - over 10,000 flight miles - some difficult hours and a lot of changing time zones.”

Steve Watson attended many games in the last month. Including, two of the National League Division Series (NLDS) games in Arizona and then the National League Championship Series games in both LA and Chicago. During the World Series, he attended games 1, 2, 6 and 7 in LA.

“The games in Houston, I came back to Grimes for round one of the playoffs (football) and State Cross Country. It would have been much warmer in Houston,” joked Steve Watson.

Steve Watson said the atmosphere and excitement of the entire series grew with each game. According to him, each game the crowd “was more amped up” and anticipated the game sooner and sooner.

Steve Watson admitted that the excitement of having Tony play on such a huge stage took a while to settle in.

“I guess it really hadn’t hit me until I was travelling home last week after Game 7 of how my son was on baseball’s biggest stage,” Steve said. “From all the times in the backyard in Dallas Center playing catch to the high school games, College Word Series and All Star Game, this was now the pinnacle of baseball. Knowing that this is where he wanted to get in his professional career was satisfying. I was also proud he could overcome the crowd in Houston, conquer tight situations and make it through over 80 games he pitched in during the season.”

Tony might not have reached that ultimate goal, but according to Steve Watson, he still has high hopes.

“His first goal would have been to win that World Series and get a ring,” Steve Watson said. “Now with him being a free agent, I think he will look at all the options and try to be on a team that will be in that situation again.”

Steve Watson said it was a very rewarding month for him and his family and would like to thank everyone who supported them through this exciting time.