|The celebration is on after Juan Uribe homered in the bottom of the 8th inning to put the Dodgers ahead for good, 4-3. (photo by USA Today)|
It lasted 3 hours and 19 minutes, and about 3 hours and 15 minutes of it was pure agony. In fact, I’ll add that the last four minutes to it too because it wasn’t until that final swing and foul tip into Ellis' glove by Justin Upton that I could take a breath.
|Carl Crawford hits his second homer on the night, to put the Dodgers ahead 2-0. (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP)|
Kenley Jansen assured us all that it would be remembered by striking out the side in the top of the 9th and the celebration was on.
I must say, that as I age and realize that I just might not be around for too many more of these celebrations, post-season baseball is becoming torturous and not anything that I'm enjoying at all, unless there's a blowout similar to game three's 13-6 win. I guess I'm becoming a Jerry West or Billy Beane type. I simply can't watch these games that are for all the marbles in peace.
I sat and watched every pitch, but to say I enjoyed this thing at all would be a complete lie. That game was an exercise in experiencing frustration to the nth degree. Thank goodness there will be four days to recover before the NLCS begins.
Now here's hoping that the Cardinals and Pirates play a 27 inning marathon and they use up their entire pitching staffs before the next series starts. Oh, and it would be nice to see the Pirates win too, which would allow the Dodgers to remain at home until Monday of next week.
One last thing...a message to Don Mattingly. I hope that Uribe's failure to execute your call to bunt has taught you a valuable lesson. Giving up outs is stupid and especially when a guy like Uribe is at the plate with a runner in scoring position. First, because Uribe can't bunt. Second, because his failure to bunt puts him in a terrible hitting count. Third, because there wasn't a chance he could ground into a double play. Fourth, because a single would tie the game with a base runner like Puig out there. Fifth, because Uribe is very capable of hitting the ball out of the park. Please Don, stop the bunting. For the love of God, please stop the bunting.