That was as tough of a loss as we’ve had all year, but I have to tell you, as we get ready to board the plane for Los Angeles, I’m feeling pretty good about this team.
I’ve been either covering baseball or working in PR for the last eight years and I’ve never seen what I just saw after the game. Derek was extremely down, as you can imagine, having given up the home run following an incredible outing. Russell Martin went over to tell him how great he pitched, as did a couple other teammates. But it was clear that he didn’t really want to talk about the loss and you can imagine how hard it is for him to discuss it or reporters to make him discuss it.
Nomar, realizing how tough Derek was taking it, came over to me and told me that he was going to go talk for Derek today and then proceeded to put all the blame on himself and the offense for not getting it done today. In the end, Derek eventually talked to the media because he, too, is a stand-up guy. But I have to say, it’s things like this that make you see how a team can come together over the course of a season.
Despite the loss, the homestand starts tomorrow and the Dodgers are in first place regardless of the rest of the day’s games. In the end, a game like this – plus a gesture like Nomar’s – really can go a long way.