A Holliday for Dodger Fans
Guest post by Zack Jerome/Special to LAist
After the stunning conclusion of Game 2 of the NLDS yesterday at Chavez Ravine, Cardinals’ shortstop Brendan Ryan told the St. Louis Dispatch "It makes me sick, absolutely sick to my stomach." Moments before Mark Loretta sent a looping liner into center field for a walk off winner, I knew how Ryan felt. Cy Young candidate Adam Wainwright had been tying Dodger hitters in knots for eight innings. It was a slow death he was dealing us.
I admit that sitting in the stands my hope wavered. I got to thinking about the long wait to get out of the stadium, trapped in a seat of cars containing fans feeling the weight of the long wait until Friday and a chance at redemption. This game was all but over.
James Loney hit a lazy, slicing drive right at left fielder Matt Holliday and the entire stadium seemed to be lurching towards the isles in anticipation of leaving. Only Holliday booted it. He flat out booted it. Somewhere between shadows and sunlight, twirling towels and indecisive glovework, Holliday booted it. He Bucknered.
Loney hustled into second base. Juan Pierre comes in to run. Casey Blake fights for a difficult walk. Belliard ties it with a looping liner to center. An unlikely passed ball advances the runners. Martin walks. Loretta singles his way into October lore.