Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Post-Game 26 Thread: Knowing When To Celebrate

I suppose this was on the AP wire but I'll pick up the feed from the Deseret Morning News, which I was reading to get my fill of LDS church news. Having "watched" the game on gameday until the seventh, and then stuck listening to Rick Monday and Jerry Reuss on radio for the remainder of the game, I didn't see the Marlins' catcher prematurely celebrating:

MIAMI — When Florida Marlins catcher Mike Rabelo spiked the ball to punctuate an inning-ending play in the eighth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers took note.

"Excitement from a kid, and he'll probably learn from it," Los Angeles second baseman Jeff Kent said.

An inning later, it was the Dodgers doing the celebrating. Kent's two-out single broke a ninth-inning tie, and the Dodgers won their fourth game in a row Tuesday night, 7-6.

Andre Ethier walked with one out against Kevin Gregg (3-1), took second on a groundout and scored easily on Kent's single. The Dodgers won even though Derek Lowe was unable to protect a 6-1 lead, and with the score 6-all, twice failed to convert scoring chances.

Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla made a strong relay on a double by Mark Sweeney to throw out Blake DeWitt trying to score from first with two out in the eighth. Rabelo held onto the throw despite taking a tumble in a collision with Sweeney, then rose and slammed the ball to the grass as he headed for the dugout.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said Rabelo's show of emotion was excessive.

"That's not the way we want to be portrayed as an organization," Gonzalez said. "I spoke to him afterward, and he'll be fine."

It probably wasn't that big of a deal, but it was funny to see that Jeff Kent commented about it. During his ninth-inning at bat in which he hit the go-ahead run in with a double, the sparse crowds at Dolphin Stadium allowed a clearly audible heckler to scream "Why don't you retire?" to Kent in the batter's box. Rick Monday even called this out on the radio broadcast, after Kent was standing on second base and the Dodgers were up by a run. Funny stuff.

Also, nice to see Saito with a 1-2-3 inning, including two Ks. I hope that he's getting back in the swing of things with his old form, but I've got to hand it to the relief corps of the Dodgers, including Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton, and Scott Proctor as well as the unlikely Chan Ho Park--these guys have kept us in the games late, which has led to our four-game win streak. Keep up the great work!


Xeifrank said...

FWIW, I spiked the remote control when Bowa sent DeWitt home.
vr, Xei

Orel said...

Doesn't Deseret dance at Crazy Girls?