There was a Padres Dodgers game a few years back, in LA, Vin Scully with the call. I taped the game on VHS, obsessed at the time to collect at least one broadcast of every team. The Padres were winning by four, bottom of the ninth and apparently Dodger fans arrive to games late and leave early when the Dodgers are losing.
I don’t know if this is true and have no opinion on the matter except to say that if Detroit Tiger fans or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRider fans behaved like Dodger fans-however that is, life would be that much more boring.
I enjoy variety except when it comes to coffee, simple black coffee is good enough for me. So anyway, the Dodgers were trailing and with every bottom of the ninth strike, another fan spilled towards the exits. One home run. No big deal. Still trailing by 3. Then another and fans on camera stopped in their departure tracks. Another homer followed and those same fans apparently kept their ticket stubs because they turned around and marched back in. And when the fourth blast in a row happened, tieing the game, there must have been fans already in cars and on highways or in buses slamming walls in regret.
Back-to back-back-back home runs and extra innings which ended on yet another home run by a Dodger by the guy originally drafted by the Red Sox and for the life of me I can’t remember his name. Oh well. this old age forgetfulness forces me to delve into detail a bit.
He was an infielder and had a wonderful Hargrovian habit of fastening and unfastening his batting gloves and then doing it again I think before every pitch. He was born in Mexico or had Mexican family and I know this because he talked about it last year in the Red Sox broadcast booth. He had just been inducted into the Sox HOF and was being interviewed by Jerry Remy. He talked a lot about being friends with Ted Williams who also had Mexican ancestry,
Anyway, those four home runs in a row were on my mind Tuesday night in Detroit because the Brewers almost did the same thing. It was the third inning, not the ninth, but three or four runs in any inning feels like Christmas- Braun, Lind and Ramirez kicked off the derby extending the Brewers lead 6-1 and aha! Nomar Garciaparra…that was the Dodger who hit the walk off home run. Why would I forget his name? Funny how memory works. Ignore it for a few sentences and the forgotten one feels abandoned and returns like a billboard.
So after the three Brewer bombs, Khris Davis launched one high and deep, but to dead-end center field at Tiger Stadium or whatever that place is called now, third out of the inning but if Davis pulls it, woulda coulda shoulda been 4 in a row. Anyway, the runs were enough for pitcher Jimmy Nelson who is enjoying an excellent second season.
And shortstop Luis Sardinas is enjoying an incredible debut. Acquired in the Gallardo trade with Texas, called up when Segura hit the DL, he’s 7 for 18, but he’s here for his glove, not his bat and well, he’s been outdueling gravity.
The Brewers are 15-26 and I went to the Costco wholesale thingamadjegee with a friend yesterday and the place feels like a country and maybe I’m naive, but I almost fell on my knees with all the quantity and so cheap, but how does it taste?
My friend scored a huge bag of frozen salmon and they were like steaks, maybe steroid injected, but ignorance is bliss and those huge thick pink juicy fishes were tasty and no bones. Hmmmm, whatever. I was satisfied and ready to watch Kyle Lohse lead the Brewers to a sweep in Detroit and Lohse did his job, but the 8th inning eluded Brewers reliever Johnny Broxton.
This Brewers team is hitting lots of home runs and no disrespect to those who prefer the sit down meal with three forks and fancy wine glasses and civilized subtle nuance of manufacturing runs, but as for me-I’m a sucker for the long ball and the Brewers have hit 41 home runs this year, 9th most in baseball. Kind of incredible considering it took them 3 weeks or something to hit 10, but that .284 team OB% is the worst in baseball but as my grandpa used to say, so it goes.