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Well, at least now we can look back and say that in 2008 we were eliminated by the World Champions. Congratulations to all of you Phillies fans out there. It must feel good.
After the elimination game, there were some fans that stuck around cheering and showing appreciation, for about a half hour straight. It was a cool thing to be a part of. My voice was hoarse for two days. Nomar came out of the dugout, waved, and put his hand over his heart as if to say: “Thank you.” It seemed like he was saying goodbye to something. Maybe he was saying goodbye to the stadium, maybe he was saying goodbye to baseball. The moment made me well up.
Mr. McCourt stuck around and the fans started a chant specifically for his behalf.
“Please sign Manny! (clap,clap,clap,clap,clap) Please sign Manny!” we chanted.
As I walked through the stadium to get to my parking lot, I saw sleepy children holding their gloves in one hand and their daddy’s hand in the other. I realized, a whole new generation of Dodger fans got to experience the NLCS for the first time and that was special. Their fathers were probably kids the last time we had made it that far.
I didn’t post a blog entry after that game because quite frankly, I didn’t know what to say. I sat down to try and write something, anything, to express what I was feeling. Alas, I couldn’t find the words and thought that it would be best just to be quiet for a moment and get some distance.
With that distance, I realized the good so outweighed the bad this season. With all the ups and downs, it felt like every game had its own heartbeat.
Thank you, Dodgers, for a great season.
Spring will be here before you know it and in the interim, we have the rumors and deals of the offseason to keep us occupied. Dodger free agents:
- Casey Blake
- Rafael Furcal
- Nomar Garciaparra
- Jason Johnson
- Derek Lowe
- Jeff Kent
- Greg Maddux
- Joe Biemel
- Chan Ho Park
- Mark Sweeney
- Manny Ramirez
- Pablo Ozuna
If you were Ned Colletti, what would YOU do?
I will try to continue to blog during the offseason when there’s something to say. Until then, I will be working on Single With Parents and missing baseball.
It was a great weekend for the boys in blue.
It was a good feeling to sweep the Rockies after they won seven in a
row last season. Two walk-off victories in one series! Let’s hope we
can ride this momentum and keep it going.
Some highlights for me:
Kemp: To ask a guy like that to bunt, the night after he hit a grand
slam, is pretty unorthodox and he bunted like he does it every day.
Effortless and effective.
- James Loney: After he had hit into
that double play in the eighth, for him to mentally come back by
bringing Rafael Furcal home with a single in the 10th to win the game
- Esteban Loaiza: He had a ribbie that led to
two runs in the fourth, and he pitched like he had the fifth spot in
the rotation to lose with those four scoreless innings to begin. A
solid outing, even though he didn’t get the win.
- Russell Martin: Saturday night, the guy played third
(his Minor League position) when Nomar Garciaparra got hurt. Then in
the 13th, Martin hit the ball deep enough to get Matt Kemp home for the
win. Martin is batting .414 (12-for-29) in his last 10 games and has
raised his average nearly 100 points to .280.
- Brad Penny: He looks good. He always looks good. The guy is solid.
- Ten runs against Mark Redman in the first.
- Jonathan Broxton: There is nothing like watching a pitcher pitch his way out of trouble.
Torre: I love watching him manage this team. Some of it works, some of
it doesn’t, but at least there is guidance and some semblance of a plan
with every at bat.
Well done, my beloved Dodgers. Well done.
P.S. I think my Dad should be worried. It seems like my mother has a little crush on Joe Beimel.