Arizona gives the Dodgers a nice goodbye present
Yesterday's Dodger game was worth the long drive and the unbelievable heat and even the helmet sundae fiasco.
All of the elements of a great game were there: Randy Johnson was starting (against Randy Wolf for a Randy vs. Randy battle which made me giggle), Martin hit a 2 run home run in the 1st inning which made the rest of the game seem easy, every Dodger in the starting lineup made it on base at least once, Randy Wolf had two hits, the DBacks had 4 errors and those made me laugh too, the Dodgers' offense just kept going and going and going (16 hits!), Tomko was put in relief and gave up enough runs to give the DBacks fans some hope to make the win all that sweeter, and Saito came in for the save and blew everyone away - even the Arizona fans sitting behind me.
Ah sweet victory.
More photos after the jump.
It was nice to see the Big Unit pitching at home. There are few active pitchers I respect more than Randy Johnson, and I'm in complete awe of him. This made Martin's home run to deep center even sweeter.
Martin went 3 for 6 with a HR, a double and a single. My hero.
Arizona was making errors right and left, it almost became funny (to me). Not to the DBacks fans behind me, but screw them. Losers.
Even Martin's thinking, "I thought you just caught that?"
We knew from the second the ball came out of his hand that this was going to be a bad throw. It was.
These sort of moments crack me up too. "The ball's behind you. No, other way. Warmer. Warmer, no cold cold cold! Yes, there you go. Getting warmer.... you got it!" Big deal if I laugh at other people's expense. As long as they're the opposing team, it's okay.
You have to love Eric Byrnes, who slid headfirst into first base even though they were down by six runs. How can you not admire that?
Takashi Sammy Saito, bad to the bone.
The post-win smile always gets me.
And now back to LA for the Padres... see you all there.
It's mesh cap night tonight for all of you into the freebies.
All photos by Malingering, whose toe is still purple.