You know why this post-game thread is so late? Because it was INCREDIBLY FRICKIN' HOT out there at the Stadium today. Unbelievably hot. And since a phalanx of Sons (Alex Cora, Delino DeShields, Orel, and Steve Sax) all humped it out there to support the Dodgers (and only Delino made it out of the parking lot morass with reasonable speed), no one was left in the SoSG staff offices (Lasorda was at a picnic, Karros getting his hair coiffed, and Guerrero sleeping on a park bench), we're a little late.
But, we're happy. All Dodger fans are happy, especially those who stuck it out for nine innings to watch today's NLCS Game 2. Aside from the excitement that comes from watching a winning-run scoring, bases-loaded walk to win the game, we can revel in the glory of having seen:
- Vicente Padilla pitch lights-out through seven and a third innings, giving up only a Ryan Howard home run in the fourth that was probably the quietest postseason home run ever;
- Chan Ho Park (who took the loss) return to the form that we remember as Dodger fans, instead of the Park that basically shut us down in Game 1;
- Jim Thome knock a key base hit in the eighth to keep the game-winning rally going;
- the Phillies' bullpen melt down (while the rest of us Dodger fans just melted);
- Jonathan Broxton pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning;
- the Dodgers win, 2-1, with a stadium packed to the gills whooping and hollering and waving towels and singing along to "I Love L.A.";
- the Dodgers tie the NLCS at one game apiece, going back to Philly for three.
An eighth-inning comeback is awesome to see, even when it comes off a Chase Utley error and a bases-loaded walk. And I have to admit, as conflicted as I am over the Don't Stop Believing guy--there was magic there. Consider the facts:
- Last night, DSB plays, but no DSB guy accompanied the tune on the video, throughout the montage of crowd shots. We lose.
- Today, DSB plays, and they cut to the DSB guy at the end of the video montage. And we come back to win.
Yes, the schtick was the same. Yes, he still has bad hair. Yes, he still ends with him pointing at the Dodgers logo on his cap.
But there is SOMETHING with the DSB guy, something that fires up the crowd to cheer on a day when the heat and alcohol have drained all energy, something that just may get the team inspired to take those last six (or three) final offensive outs and make the most of them.
And as for the rest of our home games--and what the hell, maybe we should pay to fly the DSB guy out to Philadelphia with a boombox and have him do the routine there to whomever will listen--that DSB guy has got to be there. Make the note.
It was a pretty sweet victory to see in person, especially after the bitter loss less than 24 hours prior. We can win this series, especially when we get to the Phillies' bullpen. Be patient, Dodgers, and be true, Dodger fans. And Don't Stop Believing.