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Game 111 // Ninth Inning // The Yasiel Puig Moment

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: DODGERS 5 (2) – 4 WHITE SOX

 

You turn on the broadcast and there’s a line.

“The home run that Puig hit in Miami on the first day of the second half—a seminal moment of his career.”

 

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Game 96 // Ninth Inning // A Salute, to Your 2016 L.A. Dodgers

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: DODGERS 4 – 3 NATIONALS

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers of the year 2016. Champions of the N.L. West. Surmounters of the fearful Giants, beaters of the odds, overcomers of the expectations, endurers over the injuries, prudent protectors of the blisters, demoters of the Puig, promoters of the Puig, winking smiling last-laughers over the doubters. Party-throwers for Sir Vin’s last major-league run. Victors, in this last great win, over the Washington Nationals.

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Game 94 // Fourth Inning // Ben Zobrist, Bunt of the Year

TOP OF THE FOURTH: CUBS 4 (0) – 0 DODGERS

 

A scoreless game, a packed house at Dodger Stadium, a front row seat for one Larry King, slumped half-snoozing through the early goings. A 20-year-old dealing on the mound, a teamful of bats gone cold, a destined Cubs run teetering near premature collapse.

And a Ben Zobrist at the plate. A bunt on the first pitch of the inning. Continue reading “Game 94 // Fourth Inning // Ben Zobrist, Bunt of the Year”

Game 93 // Eighth Inning // The Montero Slam

CUBS 8 – 4 DODGERS


I’m three beers down.

It’s 3:00 AM.

I barely remember the night that was.

The Cubs win that was.

The Miguel Montero grand-slam that was.

The bedlam insanity hugfest mad jumping screaming whooping dancing hollering crying smacking yelling wild scene that Wrigley Field was.

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Chase Utley Philadelphia Return Home Run

Game 76 // Seventh Inning // Chase Utley’s Big Return

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: DODGERS 13 (5) – 2 PHILLIES

 

Chase Utley of the L.A. Dodgers has returned to Philadelphia, to a giant salad of superfan worship at Citizens Bank Park, a red sea of admiring, cheering, bowing nostalgics, holding up big hand-written posterboards to show their forever approval.

“Welcome home Chase, I miss you!”

“CHASE UTLEY: A PHILLIE FOREVER” 

“The man! #26” Continue reading “Game 76 // Seventh Inning // Chase Utley’s Big Return”

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Game 69 // Seventh Inning // A Silent Gift, for Vin Scully

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


TOP OF THE SEVENTH: DODGERS 3 – (0) 7 D-BACKS

 

Beachballs in the bleachers at Dodger Stadium. Popcorn-eaters in the front row. Palm trees. Hollywood. Vin Scully alone in a broadcast booth, talking by himself, talking to us. Assuring the world that all’s well in Dodgeralia. Calm. Composed. At home, in a park he’ll depart at season’s end. Handpicking his words, off endless branches, branches’ branches, in a deep memory he builds, maintains over many years, keeps polished like a jewel. He seems, and I quote from Ogawa Yoko’s “Transit” here, to speak words into the palms of his hands, and then present them to me one by one.

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Game 65 // Third Inning // The Dodgers Infield Sneak

TOP OF THE THIRD: DODGERS 4 (0) – 0 CARDINALS

 

Dave Roberts is looking out at Busch Stadium from the top step of the dugout, a Brooklyn “B” on his cap—the revived emblem of a team gone for California a quarter-century before his first birthday. The backs of their jerseys still have names, the helmets still read L.A., and the era we’re meant to revisit feels lost in the HD online stream of digital 2016ity. Cousin to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: The Brooklyn Dodgers of Los Angeles. Continue reading “Game 65 // Third Inning // The Dodgers Infield Sneak”