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Tip of the (Dodger) Hat

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Pretty amazing game at Chavez Ravine last night. 48,995 (announced) fans watched the Dodgers come from behind and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on a dramatic 10th-inning grand slam by Russell Martin. Better Known Friends of the Column, Joe Beimel (pitched a scoreless 8th against the heart of the Pirate order) and Wilson "El Gato" Valdez (scored the tying run in the bottom of the 9th on some aggressive baserunning, pictured), also contributed heartily to the victory. Dodger Season Ticket Holder #1220252 was at the game last night & would like to help you take stock of what went right, and what went wrong. That said, welcome to the latest Colbert Report rip-off, "Tip of the (Dodger) Hat, (Giant) Wag of the Finger!"

A big Tip of the (Dodger) Hat to, well, the Dodgers. 18 games into the 2007 season, your Boys in Blue are, at 13-5, the best team in the major leagues. A grain of salt, though, as the Dodgers have been beating up against the NL West and the traditionally sub-par Pirates. The Dodgers have played exactly one opponent (Milwaukee) outside their division with a winning record, and struggled. In other words, let's not make those World Series plans just yet - it's still early.