Thursday, July 07, 2011

Post-Game 89 Thread: Remember This Moment, Dodger Fans

DODGERS 6, METS 0

I am too young to have seen Koufax or Drysdale, and my memories of Valenzuela and Hershiser are unfortunately fewer than I would like.

But make no mistake: I will tell my grandchildren that I saw Clayton Kershaw pitch for the Dodgers. And what's more, I will tell them I saw Kershaw grow from an almost mythical prospect to an unbelievable force of nature. And tonight's performance, which I was lucky enough to see in person, solidified and crystallized that memory.

Eighth inning, the Dodgers already benefitted by a rare 6-0 lead and coasting, before a full house sparked by an Andre Ethier bobblehead giveaway as well as severely discounted tickets, which gave the Stadium a vibe it hasn't had much this season. The humidity of the night had given way to a cooler electric atmosphere, thanks to Kershaw allowing only three hits through seven frames. But two singles and a walk later, Kershaw was facing Mets cleanup hitter Ronny Paulino (batting .325) with two out and the bases juiced.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly comes out to the mound for some wafer-thin theatrics, but even though Donnie Baseball got burned earlier this season by leaving Kershaw in, you knew he would let him stay. And Mattingly did just that, retreating to the dugout alone.

Kershaw falls behind 2-1 and blows Paulino away to even the count. The crowd comes to its feet. Let me say this again: the Dodger Stadium crowd, notably absent all year and lacking any recent experience of what to do in this situation, comes to its feet with a two-strike count. That alone was truly amazing, only topped when Kershaw struck Paulino out on an off-speed pitch, earning his ninth K of the evening, and giving a little fist-in-glove pump as he walked off the mound to rampant cheers from all levels of the Stadium.

THIS is Dodger Baseball. And for one night, in an otherwise catastrophic season, Clayton Kershaw reminded us what greatness can be.

14 comments:

Ken said...

clayton is amazing. but the crazy thing is that he isn't close to reaching his potential yet.

World B. Dusty said...

I'm starting to only buy tickets for nights that Kid K pitches, like my father in law used to do with Koufax.

World B. Dusty said...

The beauty of the bases loaded situation was that I happened to be in the bathroom, thus could hear Vinny's call of the at bat. When the K inevitably came, I could hear Vinny's enthusiastic call and the roar of the crowd and for that moment all was right with the world.

Then I washed my hands.

Marla World Peace said...

We won? I don't believe it!

Fernie V said...

I stopped thinking about the koufax comparisons, til dusty made his summer of 63 comment. It must of been amazing last night at the game. Unless you were Sax, who said the crowd was ordinary.

Steve Sax said...

Fernie V: ORNERY, not ordinary (check my comment from the GT last night!)

There were plenty of fans pissed off at the looooooooong beer lines last night. And their anger was not quelled by the price of the beer once they got to the front of the line.

It was like waiting to ride the mechanical bull at the bar, and then getting thrown in the first ten seconds and hitting your head against the post that used to be the temporary stand for your drink, and then having said drink fall on your head and drench your Paul Smith button-down striped shirt.

Mr. Customer said...

Fucking Victorino to the DL. Asshole.

World B. Dusty said...

Easier to throw at his head when he's on the DL, though, just sitting there in plain clothes.

Jason said...

*throws at Victorino's head*

Steve Sax said...

Isn't Victrino's DL-ness positive, from an Ethier-to-the-ASG perspective?

Jason said...

Not to speak for Mr. C, but Victorino's being DL'd is always positive. It is Victorino himself that is the negative. Especially his head.

World B. Dusty said...

Victorino = culero

Mr. Customer said...

Victorino to the DL would have been positive if it were BEFORE the vote, not AFTER.

Now Bochy gets to decide.

Mr. Customer said...

Granted, it does open up a roster spot (and maybe Braun will need a replacement as well), but this is Bochy we're talking about. Dude picked Ryan Effing Vogelsong. Enough said.