There is nothing quite like the feeling of a shared experience with a stadium full of strangers all there for the same thing. If you’ve been out to Dodger Stadium this season, there is a good chance you’ve seen one of those moments that makes for a great story.
The Dodgers are the best team in baseball on their home field, winning 42 of 55 games (.764). There have been seven walk-offs in those 42 wins and there will be more with this year’s team being so good in the later innings.
No matter how a walk-off happens, the feeling of being there in that moment is something that is cemented in that part of the brain that never wants to forget.
Saturday, April 29 was a memorable game for a couple reasons. The Dodgers had scuffled early in the season and had a record of 11-12 when the Phillies rolled into town. It was the middle game of the series that was a turning point in the season.
Down 5-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner went back-to-back-to-back to tie the game. It was a stunning change of events that sent Dodger Stadium into a frenzy and what Dodger Broadcaster Joe Davis described as “absolute madness.”
The Dodgers eventually rode the momentum to three singles and a big win for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Aside from a walk-off, one of the next best things is a high-scoring outburst that happens in one inning. The Dodgers not only did that, scoring six runs in the bottom of the eighth on June 11 vs Cincinnati, they were down 7-3 when it happened.
Cody Bellinger got it started with his second homer of the day and his 15th in just his 44th career game. After a Yasmani Grandal single, the Dodgers would load the bases and score another on three consecutive walks to bring Corey Seager to the plate.
Seager crushed the first pitch he saw to give the Dodgers a 9-7 win they wouldn’t relinquish. That was the fourth straight win in what would become the 34-6 run the team is currently on.
These are the moments to soak in and there is no better way to do that than to be at Dodger Stadium for each fun-filled night.
The Dodgers turned a 10-12 start into a 69-31 record. With two plus months to go, there are plenty of reasons to get yourself to the stadium.