Guess who is taking batting practice out on the field now, on an off day, before 10 a.m.???
Yep, it’s Manny Ramirez, whose dramatic homer last night was easily one of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed as a Dodger fan. And while my prediction was that it would be a pinch-hit, walk-off homer (see the post below), there’s no way anyone could have predicted what truly happened last night. A True Mannywood Story is the headline on dodgers.com, which is perfect!
It was a special moment that’s already being compared to Kirk Gibson’s homer by fans and media alike, though obviously this one didn’t come in the World Series so it’s hard to lump them together. But given that Manny had been hurt the night before, wasn’t expected to play, and hadn’t taken BP or even taken a swing off the tee, what he did last night on his only swing of the evening was nothing short of magical. When he emerged from the dugout to pinch-hit, I turned to someone in my office and said, “this must have been what it felt like when Gibby was coming up.” Little did I know that he’d then homer and send this place into pandemonium and help the Dodgers move 27 games above .500 for the first time since the end of that ’88 season.
If you were here, and you want a memorable keepsake (in addition to the bobblehead), come back out on Aug. 5 for the Mannywood poster which will commemorate last night’s game. In fact, if you weren’t here, that’s all the more reason to be here for that game…this was one night to remember.