I tried to get tickets to tonight?s game at about 2:00 this afternoon. Out of options, I called Ticketmaster, and they were nice enough to offer me tickets for a mere 400 dollars. In retrospect, it would have been worth it. I had to do the next best thing and invite some buddies over to watch the game, which was a great idea, because a moment like that simply needs to be shared with others.
Coming back from a 4-0 first inning deficit. That's a pretty damn good game. Marlon Anderson puts together what I'm assuming is the best 30 at bat stretch in his life, culminating in tonight?s massive effort. Good, but still only resulted in half-cynical comments between my friends such as "Marlon Anderson: too good for the game." and "You can not stop Marlon Anderson you can only hope to contain him." But hitting back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs for the first time in four decades to tie the game...just, wow. I'm not nearly enough of a wordsmith to convey that accurately. The only thing I can think of is the dialog between my friends and I during the ninth.
"Too bad that's going to be wasted." (Enter discussion about when people feel like it's okay to hit a home run).
?Wow, he clubbed the crap out of that thing. Oh, damnit, here comes Hoffman, it was good while it lasted.?
(Various noises of excitement. At this point I?ve moved from the couch cushions to sitting on the couch arm.) ?Oh, shit, here comes Marlon Anderson!? (Said without a hint of irony.)
?OOOOOHHHHHH!? (Everyone leaps from their seats and engages in various manly celebratory gestures.)
Even though the Dodgers made history tonight, they still had to actually win the game. Aaron Sele made sure that wasn't going to be an easy task, but even after he allowed a run, I was still feeling good. The Dodgers simply couldn't fail at this point. Despite this, I still didn't have faith in Nomar, and wondered out loud if someone should pinch hit for him. Fortunately, Nomar proved my doubts wrong, and well, here we are.
Greatest game in Dodger history? Probably not. Hard to top Gibson's home run. Greatest game since? Most certainly. In the end, it's only one game that drops the magic number to 11. The Dodgers haven't won anything yet. But, it's one game that I don't think any of us are going to forget. Sometimes I wonder why keep coming back to watch a game that?s ultimately going to end up leaving me disappointed. This is why.
Watch the home runs here. While you?re at it, buy the game from MLB.com, burn it to a DVD and put it someplace where you won?t lose it.