Another Dodger decade come and gone, and with it many great moments and memories. With catchers and pitchers reporting soon, along with the green-lit construction of a new wing to Dodger Stadium commemorating the Lords of the Ravine, the staff at TrueBlueLa has its hands full.
Still, I propose a poll be done gathering the top five Dodger moments of the past decade, if it hasn't been done on this site already. Below is a small sampling of such moments. Do forgive me if I have forgotten any moments (or any errors); it is 1:30am, afterall. And now, for your consideration:
Bobbleslam - Hollywood officially becomes Mannywood on July 22nd, 2009, as Manny Ramirez hits a grandslam in the bottom of the 6th. Oh, did I mention this was a pinch-hit homerun? And that he did it with an injured hand? On his bobblehead night? With the ball ricocheting all over the Mannywood section?
Gagné Gags 'Em - Between 2003 and 2004, Éric Gagné saved a record 84 straight games. Amazingly, over half the outs recorded during that streak came via strikeout.
The Mark Loretta Blooper Reel - Perhaps the weakest bench member on a 2009 Dodger team that won 95 games, Mark Loretta silenced us all, if only for a few hours, by hitting a game-winning, bases loaded line drive off Cardinals' reliever Ryan Franklin in Game 2 of the 2009 NLCS.
Lima Time - José Lima pitched a five-hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals on October 9, 2004, marking the first Dodger playoff win since 1988. Even though it was a day game, many members of the Cardinals staff were undoubtedly distracted by the lights. Melissa Lima's head-lights.
The Kids Are Alright - 2007 saw the emergence of several notable rookies from the Dodger farm system, among them a young bison by the name of Matt Kemp. Eventually, the Dodger organization began placing more faith in the core group of youngster, leading to two straight NLCS appearances in 2008 and 2009.
Mr. Walk-Off - Milton who? In another highlight from 2009, Andre Ethier provides yet another reason, if Kirk Gibson wasn't enough, for Dodger fans to stay for all six innings of a Dodger game: six walk-off hits, three coming in the way of homeruns.
Finley and Goliath - With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, against the hated San Francisco Giants, Steve Finley hits a bases-loaded, two-out grand slam as the Dodgers clinch the 2004 NL West title. Jason Schmidt then wins the last game of the season.
Cora Trumps Tiger; Goes All 18 - I'll let the endlessly talented Jon Weisman of "Dodger Thoughts" tell it best, like he always does.
Cycling On the Hudson - On April 13, 2009, Orlando Hudson becomes the first Dodger to hit for the cycle since Wes Parker in 1970 and the first to hit for a cycle at Dodger Stadium. What a fabulous start to a 2009 Dodger season.
Beltre Belts Balls - In 2004, Adrian Beltre ties the then-record single season mark for most homeruns by a third baseman with 48 dingers. No cup jokes, please.
Loney and the Windy City - Exorcising the playoff ghosts of Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew, James Loney hits a silencing homerun against the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the 2008 NLDS. The following day, this obit appears in the local Chicago papers: "Deceased - All and any Cubs' hopes of ever winning a World Series. Time of death: 5:19PM, October 1st, 2008"
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