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It started out like another pedestrian Dodger game despite players meetings Sunday night and Monday afternoon and the first pitch thrown by Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham.

The Dodgers gave up two runs in the first inning thanks to three singles, a pass ball and a throwing error by My Boyfriend. After the Mets notched another run in the top of the fourth, I started thinking of fun places I could go to in October while trying to avoid the baseball postseason.

Then in the bottom of the fourth inning the Dodger’s offense inexplicably woke up. They got things started in the bottom of the fourth by, of all people, Useless. He got a walk, stole second and scored when My Boyfriend hit a single.

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From that point on, this Dodger’s team looked like a completely different team than they have recently shown winning the game 5-3.

The young bats of James Loney and Tony Abreu lit up at the right moments to further propel rallies. Even their aggressive base running gave way to errors. In the bottom of the sixth with Loney on third, Abreu somehow hit a squeeze play bunt on what looked like a pitch-out. Even though Loney was tagged out coming home, Abreu hustled to first causing Met's catcher Paul "The Gambler" Lo Duca to overthrow. Abreu didn't stop at second; he kept chugging the wheels to third base allowing him to score on Wilson Betemit's pop-up single.

Bob's Big Boy and Game Over V.2 also looked to be back on track getting out the side in the eighth and ninth innings respectively.

This is the team I was hoping to have at the beginning of the season. It's a complete turnaround from the lackadaisical play that has plagued the team since the middle of May. And to display this against one of the best teams in the National League makes this game that much more encouraging.

Since baseball players are notoriously superstitious, I might suggest that Posh Spice throw out the first pitch at every game from here on out.

AP Photo by Mark Avery