Archives for the month of: May, 2013

Any team that is too ashamed to admit where they are actually from should not be cheered by the people that live there.”
— Pamela Wilson

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-4 in the game against the Angels.

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-4 in the game against the Angels.

OK, so I’m visiting my mother-in-law in the hospital, and I go out to get a coffee, turn on the radio in my car, and I hear Charlie Steiner saying, “Well, we’re going to the bottom of the fourth, and the Angels have a 6-1 lead…” He doesn’t sound happy. I wasn’t happy, either, but I wasn’t surprised. Even Rick Monday couldn’t keep the disgust out of his voice.

Two hours later, I get back in the car to go home, and I decide I should see how bad the damage ended up being. I look at my phone, and “Oh my God!” I yelled it right there in the parking lot. “Oh my God! The Dodgers came back!” I turned on the radio just in time to hear the exuberance of a close, come-from-behind victory over the other “L.A.” team, who had an eight-game winning streak going in.

Afterward, Kevin Kennedy talked about turning points and game-changing events, and I agree a game like this could be a momentum shifter (especially since the Padres, Rockies and Giants all lost), but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ve already had a couple of games this season that were going to “turn it around.” This one too could have been a fluke, but after those horrible first innings, everything seemed to click. It would be so great if the Dodgers could keep it going tonight.

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SteppingstonesI thought a photo of my Dodger steppingstones would be appropriate, because everyone we face just walks all over us.

Shortstop Dee Gordon greets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez with a special ritual all their own after A-Gone's towering home run.

Shortstop Dee Gordon greets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez with a special ritual all their own after A-Gone’s towering home run.

What a game. Almost lost by Ronald Belisario, but still a great game!

Nearly everybody contributed something: Nick Punto and Carl Crawford hustled; Adrian Gonzalez had a burst of out-of-the-park power; Ted Lilly pitched well (who woulda thunk?); Mark “Mr. Dependable” Ellis hit a timely double to knock in an insurance run; reliever Paco Rodriguez got his first win; and, believe it or not, Brandon League registered a save. All contributed to a fantastic hard-fought victory over the St. Louis visitors.

It was a team effort, for sure, and I’m glad Matt Kemp realized that. He only acted like a baby for a little while after he was replaced in the lineup in a double-switch. He sulked but got over it pretty quick when he realized it was in the best interest of the team in a close game. Good to see that.

Utility infielder Nick Punto

Utility infielder Nick Punto

In Praise of the Little Guy
In recent years, the Dodgers have enjoyed the unexpected contributions of several veteran utility infielders of small stature but massive competitive spirit.

This year, Nick Punto is filling the role admirably, following in the footsteps of Jamey Carroll, Aaron Miles and Gerry Hairston Jr., just to name a few.

Punto is batting well, runs like a race horse and has the optimistic exuberance of someone who loves playing baseball. I love this guy.