But it was the last few innings that provided the real electricity (and overshadowed impressive efforts by Strasberg and Kershaw and a solid debut by Harper), with a clutch double by Juan Uribe, aggressive base running by Jerry Hairston, Jr. and an epic home run to deep center field by Matt Kemp to lead off the bottom on the 10th.
Sure, this team has some question marks that will need to be addressed during the season, but to have the opportunity to win a championship you not only need to play great baseball, but you need to have those breaks and special moments along the way that give you that feeling that maybe, just maybe, this is the year.
By the way, did you see this quote from Matt Kemp (captured by Eric Stephen of True Blue LA)? Per my earlier posts, I really believe that for the Dodgers to ultimately be successful at the highest levels, the fans need to return to Dodger Stadium on a consistent basis and support this team. Looks like Matt agrees:
“It’s always good to see the crowd. That’s the Dodger Stadium I remember, two or three years ago. Every Friday and Saturday we were filling out the whole stands with 56,000 screaming fans,” Kemp said. “It helps a lot when you have those guys on your side. We have some great fans and if we could get them to come out to more games it would be way easier to win games.”
Now, enjoy these photos of Matt Kemp’s walk-off homer as we watch Chris Capuano and the Dodgers try and complete the sweep of the Nationals.