What an amazing night for Clayton Kershaw! I was asleep on the couch (since I can't watch the Dodger games!) and my husband wakes me up and says "You have to see this! Kershaw is pitching a no hitter so far! This is history in the making!" I immediately woke up and jumped to my feet anticipating each new pitch. Still a little delirious from the sudden wake up, I didn't notice what channel was showing this as it happened, but I am grateful for it! Sure enough, it happens. The look on his face, watching his adorable Wife in the stands, the team rushing out to congratulate him, the fans cheering as we do best, the Powerade Shower, the bubbles, his humble thank you to the fans...Priceless. I love being a Dodger fan. I love it so damn much!
This morning I see a report from TMZ on twitter that GASP! The star from Boy Meets World "Topanga" Danielle Fishel LEFT THE DODGER GAME EARLY and missed Clayton's NO-NO! I had to laugh as I read people's comments "Who cares" "So what if she left early" "Why is this a headline?" then I got in Dodger fan Gangster mode (LOL)... You NEVER, EVER, EVER leave a Dodger game early! Too many great things have happened late in the game! I'll tell you one experience I'll never forget.
It was April 21st, 2007 on a wonderful Saturday night. The Dodgers were playing the Pirates. The Dodgers were down 3-2 going into the 7th inning. No runs were scored in the 7th or the 8th innings. During those two innings, people started to leave. Bottom of the 9th came and still 3-2 Pirates. More people were leaving. From my seat I could see into the parking lot and there were a lot of cars heading out. We all know the horrible parking lot situation when leaving the games, but come on people! You're here to watch the game! What's the rush on a Saturday night? Anyway, Valdez scores to tie the game. The crowd roars and I watched as the "fans" walking to their cars stopped in their tracks and turned to listen to the crowd. We head into extra innings. Pirates don't score. Bottom of the 10th. Pierre, Kent and Gonzalez are all on base. Russell Martin is up. 1 out, 2-2 pitch and he hits a walk-off grand slam to win the game 7-3! Oh it was one of the best games I ever saw live!!!! Those "fans" that left early just missed out on his first ever walk-off grand slam. What a shame.
When the Dodgers are down and it's nearing the end of the game, I always say "The Dodgers are the best comer-backers! Just wait!!!!" and so many great things have happened. Another moment I'll never forget was the 4 straight and Nomar walk-off! You NEVER give up. And you NEVER, EVER, EVER leave a Dodger game early.
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