November 1, 2014

A High Fly Ball to Right Field…

Hard to believe Kirk Gibson’s legendary, series-changing home run in Game 1 if the 1988 World Series was 20 years ago today.  I remember it well: I was 18 and on a college tour with my parents somewhere on the East Coast.  At that moment, I was watching the game with my mom and explaining the improbability of the Dodgers winning the series without Gibson in the game.  It ranks as my favorite Dodgers moment of all time, and I can still hear Vin Scully in my head saying incredulously, “The impossible has happened!”  How can that not give you chills?  Hard to believe that was the first come from behind, walk-off HR in World Series history.

I wish I could pull the clip from Ken Burns’ “Baseball” documentary, as he put together a great piece on “the moment,” interviewing everyone associated with this game, but instead I found the clip on YouTube.  Rather than rehashing a moment we all know so well, I thought I would share other’s takes on the home run from the Detroit Free-Press (this is great) and the Los Angeles Times.

So where you, Dodger fans?  Let’s hear your stories!  And Gibby, dust off those cleats and meet us out at the Ravine…we need you for Game 5!

The Five Stages of Recovery for Dodger Fans

 

So now that I’ve had 24 hours to process what happened last night, I’m ready to move on, a new man, ready for Game Five!  How did I do it, you might ask?  Well, I first read Josh Rawitch’s inspiring stats (the Dodgers have won three straight games 10 times this season, they’ve won back-to-back games on the road 17 times this season, etc.).

I then thought back to the five stages of grief that people tend to go through when experiencing something traumatic (ok, these are for dealing with death and dying, but I’ve adapted them in a more light-hearted manner for the Dodgers’ recovery after the Dodgers’ loss to the Phillies on Monday): 

Denial – This cannot be happening!  This is definitely how I was feeling in the top of the 8th when Wade and Brox gave up those homers to Victorino and Matt Stairs.

 

Anger- Why is this happening to the Dodgers?!?  I’ll admit it, I had some anger and frustration collectively towards the Dodgers – Torre and his decisions to pull Lowe and Kuo, Martin’s inability to come through in the clutch, etc., but for the most part, I felt pure shock and numbness. 

 

Bargaining- Ok, this stage doesn’t really work for me.  Dodger fans are both realistic and optimistic – we don’t need to bargain with ourselves.

 

Depression – Yup, this and resignation summed up my post-game feelings for sure.  In my head, I was already moving on to the off-season, thinking about what moves the Dodgers should make, whether Manny or the pitching staff deserved the majority of free agent dollars, etc.  I considered this series a lost cause.

 

Acceptance – My current state of mind.  I’ve accepted that the Dodgers need to win three in a row, and, hey, that’s not so bad!  They’ve done it before, and they’ll do it again, right?  Hell, we’re in the friggin’ NLCS for god sakes!   

So I say, bring it on Phillies, and let’s see you try and rip this series from the Dodgers at the Ravine!  Ok, I feel much better now, and I hope you do too.  GO BLUE!

Phillies Fans – We Want to Hear From You!

 

Ok Phillies fans, this is your chance.  We see you’re checking out our content in much higher numbers than usual, so this is your chance to comment on what you think the keys to the series have been so far.  We’ve rallied over here, and are now ready for game five, baby!  Do you think it’s over?  Comment below – it’s an open forum for Philadelphia fans!

Was Joe Torre to Blame for Dodgers Loss in Game 4 of NLCS?



Bill Plaschke had a good summary from Dodger Stadium – it was the PITCHING that did us in last night, and some of the choices were really perplexing…

The Wade and Kershaw choices were the strangest ones for me. Wade threw over 30 pitches the night before in the Dodgers win in game 3 – was it really necessary to bring him in ahead of Kuo? The Kershaw situation was another strange one…Clayton doesn’t have experience in the postseason and had only acted as a relief pitcher three times in the entire 2008 season – definitely not a seasoned veteran for mid-game appearances.

Bottom line – we may have stocked up on hitting with the likes of Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake this year, but pitching may be the piece that costs the Dodgers the chance at the World Series. Don’t blame Torre, blame the pitching dilemma we are in – an issue that is the responsibility of the Dodgers front office.

Blown Opportunites = Loss

I’m still in shock over the way tonight’s game turned out. I noticed that the Dodgers also canceled their workout as well as Joe Torre’s news conference for tomorrow. Looks like Joe and the team are a little sad as well.

Image Credit: Washington Post