Chris Heisey sure did make the most of his opportunities yesterday afternoon. With the Dodgers still down by a run in the 5th inning he came up to bat with the bases full, and unloaded to deep left for a grand slam. His homer would give the club a four run cushion and more than enough runs to end the homestand with a victory. You can watch his home run here.
Considering the roller coaster season he's had it's nice to see him contribute in a big way. No doubt he's ecstatic that the front office decided to bring him back from Toronto after being released by the Dodgers in mid-August. Per Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider:
“I had a tough year, up and down, haven’t played like I wanted, but it’s nice to help the team get a win, especially when we need wins to clinch a playoff berth,” Heisey said. “I know Clayton didn’t want to come out of the game. He pitched well, gave up a few runs, but I felt he was in pretty good control. He was a little frustrated coming out, but it was great to get him the win, like I said, and get the team the win.”Kershaw had this to say about Heisey, via Mark Saxon at ESPN:
“For those guys to step up like that. … Heisey, he’s such a gamer, I love Heis, for him to do that after the kind of year he’s had, it’s unbelievable. I’m thankful, honestly.”Photo above of Chris Heisey being greeted at home plate by Tuner and Kendrick via @Dodgers on twitter. Go here to check out a bunch of great pics from Jon SooHoo and Jill Weisleder from yesterday's game. BTW, the "Magic Number is now at 3 games. Below are more links to check out:
- Via Steve Bourbon at MLB.com, "Hernandez progressing toward return to Dodgers."
"Kiké for me, 100 percent, he's going to play this season. Unless he has a setback in these next few days," Mattingly said. "He's been running at full speed -- or really close to it -- three or four times and bounced back and recovered every time."Puig, on the other hand, is a work in progress. He may not be back before the end of the season
- There will probably be a bunch of cards like this coming directly from Topps over the coming months. Available now are limited edition tribute posters that use the vintage 1952 Baseball design of Corey Seager. They measure 10"x14", are numbered to 99 copies and can be purchased for $29.99. Check it out here, and a pic is on the right. The "1 of 1" edition is already sold out.
- Former Dodger pitcher Ismael Valdez has been busy in his native Mexico working to promote and develop Baseball in the country, via Deporte.org, "Unidos CONADE e Ismael Valdez por el impulso del beisbol." With CONADE (Mexico's National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport) Valdez spoke with over 50 kids and their parents on the importance of teamwork.
- I thought this was worth listening to if you hadn't already. Below, Vin Scully talks a bit about the passing of Baseball legend Yogi Berra.
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