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Dodgers Play Game 162
Do you know what dozens of bottles of champagne and cans of beer do to a clubhouse?
Well I got a nice whiff of it this morning and picture it: you’re back in a frathouse in the middle of spring semester just as the scents of spilt beer and worn socks, shoes and boxers comingle into a moldy suffocating mess.
But that’s the price of victory which everyone in the clubhouse was willing to deal with.
“It’s awesome,” Dodgers starter Randy Wolf said. “It’s a great opportunity to [clinch the division] where you grew up.”
In the afterglow of last night’s celebration it was time to get back to business. Sort of. On the whiteboard at the entrance of the clubhouse it was written, “The muppets are running the show today.”
Manager Brad Ausmus is happy the team can just play like kids.
“Today’s just all about the fun,” Ausmus said. “We’re fortunate that we’re in a position that we can have fun like this.”
“Brad Ausmus is really nervous about today,” Wolf jabbed. “He’s already overmatched.”
Of course this is coming from a guy who has a t-shirt that reads, “I may be left-handed, but I’m always right.”
But all can be forgiven for Wolf. Not only is this is very first trip to the postseason in 11 seasons, he was officially named the starter for game one of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
He kidded when finding out that Toronto Blue Jays left-handed ace Roy Halladay still hasn’t made the postseason, “It just proves I’m better than Halladay.”
Nothing much more to report from the Ravine today. Here are the lineups for the 162nd game of the 2009 season.
- Eric Young, 2B
- Dexter Fowler, CF
- Seth Smith, LF
- Jason Giambi, 1B
- Chris Iannetta, C
- Brad Hawpe, RF
- Ian Stewart, 3B
- Omar Quintanilla, SS
- Jason Marquis, P
- Juan Pierre, LF
- Orlando Hudson, 2B
- Matt Kemp, CF
- Andre Ethier, RF
- Casey Blake, 3B
- Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B
- Chin Lung Hu, SS
- AJ Ellis, C
- Vicente Padilla, P