I thought the above photo was worth noting.
The last time the Dodgers faced off against the Washington Nationals franchise in a Game 5 was 35 years ago. It was 1981 and our opponent was known as the Montreal Expos. Having never reached postseason play, the Expos leaned on two future Hall of Famers (potentially three if you consider Tim Raines) to take them to the promised land. Unfortunately, they had the Dodgers to deal with... And Fernando Valenzuela... And Rick Monday.
As you surely know, Fernando pitched a gem. He went 8 2/3 innings, recording six strike outs, three walks and allowed just one run. Bob Welch came in to pitch a one out save. The Dodgers offense was highlighted by a dramatic ninth inning home run off the bat of outfielder Rick Monday, as seen in the photo above. Go here to watch Monday's home run.
So if history does repeat itself we just might see a young Mexican pitcher named Julio Urias, who's expected to pitch tonight, and an outfielder named Andre Ethier, who happens to wear Monday's number #16, do something incredible.
Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1938 Leo "The Lip" Durocher is named the new manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1974 Dodgers closer Mike Marshall picked off A's designated runner Herb Washington to get the second out in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the World Series. He would eventually record a save to preserve the Dodgers only win in the series. Oakland would win the title in Game 5. You can watch the pick-off here.
- Video: Watch Dave Roberts speak with Alanna Eizzo about his confidence in the Dodgers as we approach Game 5 tonight. (Link Here)
- BTW, Rich Hill has officially been announced as today's Dodger starting pitcher. Also, you should expect to see Julio Urias to come in to pitch, as well. In fact, this is likely to be one of those bullpen games.
- Via AJ Cassavell at MLB.com; "LA relievers know it's 'all hands on deck' for G5."
"We're definitely ready for anything," Dayton said. "If it's a bullpen game, it doesn't matter. We stay ready the whole game. This is the most intense baseball I've ever played, and for a lot of the guys, it's the same thing."
- I think it's fair to say that the Dodger are not happy with the way the umpires have been calling the series. So, this tweet by Pedro Moura is not a surprise.
Written on the whiteboard in the Dodgers' clubhouse: "The umps lost"— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) October 12, 2016
- Via Pedro Moura at the LA Times; "Joe Blanton continues to be the Dodgers' best reliever in NLDS."
“I’m just happy for him that he’s kind of reinvented himself a little bit after the last few years,” said Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley, his Philadelphia teammate for four years. “He’s the ultimate competitor.”
- Via Mark Aubrey at Mark's Ephemera; "1989 Orel Hershiser Socko Tips set." Here's an introduction to a set I've never seen or heard of before.
- Via LA Taco; "Preview: A Summoning of Dodger Spirits: New Work by Billy Kheel ~ Opens Tonight."
His latest show, A Summoning of Dodger Spirits, opens
tonight(Wednesday), and explores the relics, icons, saints, and figures of the mystical religion known as the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Via Billy Mitchell at Baseball America; "Dodgers Trio Shares Common Roots, And Goal."
Dodgers prospects Cody Bellinger, Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo have a lot in common.
Now preparing for the Arizona Fall League season as members of the Glendale Desert Dogs, they’ve each moved through the minor league system at a faster than normal pace. The trio spent the bulk of the 2016 season with Double-A Tulsa before earning promotions to Triple-A Oklahoma City in September. Being assigned to the AFL is a homecoming of sorts, as each played either high school or college ball in Arizona.
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