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Missing out on a true gem

Brandon Backe and Woody Williams battled it out in a dual for the ages in Game 5. Too bad America wasn't watching.

Originally Published: October 18, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- It will go right up there with the greatest October pitching performances no one ever saw.

Next to Walter Johnson in 1925. And Christy Mathewson in 1905. And all those other guys who forgot to wait for the invention of the satellite dish.

As 99.8 percent of America watched some game in Boston on an unforgettable baseball Monday in October, a postseason classic was unfolding in Texas -- before the eyes of, well, just about no one.

Inning after inning, an Astros ...

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