We're going to let Jim Tracy take this Post-Game Thread. Jim?
Coming back tonight to Dodger Stadium, as a manager of a major league baseball team, was a pretty special feeling for me tonight. Was it the kind of game that I expected to see play out this evening? To answer that question, you've got to ask yourself, "Am I the kind of person that expects Ryan Spilborghs to break a scoreless tie in the fifth with a two-run home run?" Some might say, no.
But I would only answer that question by wondering aloud if I thought Randy Wolf would answer in the bottom of the fifth, by getting Ubaldo Jimenez to balk, and then following up with a game-tying single. I think I would be surprised to see Wolf tie the game with that single. But I also think I would have left Jimenez in the game for more pitching anyway, because I always like leaving in pitchers too long, except this time it would work out as Jimenez pitched a solid seven frames.
And finally, after four and a half hours, was I shocked to see Andre Ethier hit his walkoff home run in the 13th to win the game and keep the Dodgers seven games ahead of the Giants? And was I surprised that Michael Eaves started his post-game interview sarcastically ribbing Ethier for the Dodgers not winning the game earlier? And did I show any shreds of emotion after this gut-wrenching loss, which keeps the Dodgers from losing three games in a row yet again? I'd have to answer those questions all by saying no.
Are purple and black good colors for my complexion? Do the pinstripes help me look svelte?