July 28, 2014

Orlando Hudson Grabs Center Stage from Manny Ramirez in Dodgers Home Opener

Orlando Hudson

Orlando Hudson taking center stage from Manny? How did that happen?

Easy – he became the first Dodger since 1970 to hit for the cycle (the last guy to do it was Wes Parker and it took him more than nine innings) as the Dodgers trounced the much maligned Giants and the ever-aging Randy Johnson.

From SFGate:

“I saw my boy Randy Winn turn his back and I was going,” said Hudson, although he swears he didn’t know what he was going for. “After I hit the triple and scored, that’s when (pitching coach) Rick Honeycutt and Doug Mientkiewicz and Casey Blake came over and said, ‘Congratulations.’ I was like, ‘Congratulations for what?’ I had no idea what was going on.”

Interestingly, Manny opted to bolt from the locker room before the press was allowed in, despite all the fanfare and the deluxe introduction he received prior to the game.

From CBS Sports:

As both clubs lined up along the baselines for introductions, Ramirez’s came dead last. Forget introducing the batting order in, ah, order. With everyone else out there, the Dodgers had Ramirez thread his way through the left-field bleachers like Moses parting the Red Sea. Man-Ram then descended down a flight of stairs onto the field and directly into another warm, extended Los Angeles hug.

It’s clearly going to be Season 2 of the Manny Ramirez Show here in Chavez Ravine, but yesterday Orlando Hudson stole the show and added his name to the Dodger record books in just his first game with the team. Manny can’t be happy ’bout that.