Quite a night…
The combination of long hours and cold weather has got a number of us under the weather, so I apologize for not posting last night as I had planned. But safe to say, it was a near perfect evening from the Dodgers’ perspective. Strong pitching, timely hitting, good defense and a win on the road, which has been hard to come by all year, let alone in Chicago where the Cubs have been among the Majors’ best teams at home.
Derek did what he seems to do best – step up in clutch situations. If Chad can do the same thing tonight, you’ve got to feel good about this series. But the most important game is this one, as heading home up 2-0 would obviously be hugely different than coming back tied.
One thing I have to say is that I’m very proud of this team and this organization. There have been plenty of bumps in the road along the way and no one knows how this series will turn out, but just think of everything that’s happened during the 50th anniversary season…from the Rose Parade, to leaving Vero Beach, to going to China (which everyone said was going to hinder Joe Torre’s ability to manage the team), to sold-out crowds throughout Arizona, to the Coliseum and a record 115,300 fans, to the Opening Day ceremonies with Dodger legends, to injuries to key players and other guys stepping up, to the maturation of a lot of the “kids,” to adding Berroa, Blake, Manny and Maddux, to the best record in the league when it counts most – in September. In all honestly, it feels like this season has been going on for a couple of years and I hope all the fans out there are enjoying this as much as possible.
I can think of just one thing that will make it more enjoyable…another victory tonight. And then nine more after that.