Somehow, Dodgers find the way way forward

This is no joke: My wife and I went to see “The Way Way Back” tonight, and in the moments before the movie started, I was tracking the Dodgers and Blue Jays on my cellphone.

With two out in the ninth and two strikes on Andre Ethier, I stopped getting updates.

I checked Twitter, and this is the last tweet that was made available.

That was all I got. The movie started, and my phone went reluctantly back into my pocket.

But the picture was quite enjoyable. I actually lost myself in it right away. When it ended, I hesitated to go back to my cellphone to spoil my state of contentment.

But walking to the car, I checked again.

Oh my goodness.

Here’s the part that I think is the craziest (aside from scoring the tying run from first base on a single, or following that with five runs in the 10th inning off a pitcher with a 0.00 ERA, or Brandon “Never give up! Never surrender!” League pitching two shutout innings for his second win in two nights):

Seventeen runners in scoring position. I know Dodger fans, like me, were frustrated that the team wasn’t converting those runners into runs, that it was an unpleasant reminder of the first 2 1/2 months of the season. Honestly, during that Ethier at-bat, I was ready to tweet, “The Dodgers stole one Tuesday, then gave it back tonight.”

But 17 runners in scoring position. Do you realize what it takes to get that? And it was just another night for the Dodgers, who ended up with at least eight runs for the fourth night in a row for the first time since 1985 and the third time in Los Angeles history.

And as you no doubt have heard by now, the Dodgers won their 10th consecutive road game for the first time since 1954, and as Mike Petriello at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness points out, they are on their first 23-5 run since 1955.

Can we just call this October and pop the champagne? I sure feel like it. Why let The Man decide when we declare ourselves World Champions? This is our moment.

Or can the Dodgers play like this in the fall? That’d be good, too.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Jon, you know what even with the poor hitting with RISP I knew we would pull this game out…not quite in the fashion we did but the faith is there…so much stronger than before

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    were do I push the like button for this post

  • Anonymous

    Things are clicking right now and I’m loving it!

  • Anonymous

    Cubs win in 12 innings!

  • Anonymous

    Cubs just beat the DBacks, 7-6, in 12 innings. The Dodgers now lead the NL West by 1.5 games over Arizona.

  • Anonymous

    For the second night in a row, I had to go off line when we were behind in the eighth, and back they came! What a grand team to watch right now!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      You realize now that you are going to have to do this every time from now on when we are behind

      • Anonymous

        Uh-oh. What if I’m at the game, like tonight?

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          a quick trip to the bathroom should cover it ^_^

  • Casey Barker

    Ha! I left for a walk after the eighth and came back as Mark Ellis was being interviewed after the game. Incredible.

  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping for #7 to celebrate Vinny’s bobblehead . . . and my annual (now that McCourt’s not getting my ticket $) visit to Dodger Stadium!

  • Anonymous

    The greatest thing was, I was absolutely confident that they’d come back and win. What kind of crazy feeling is that?

    • Anonymous

      Same here.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      me too

  • Anonymous

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324783204578624080945629380.html
    I enjoyed this article on the A’s which is subtitled “If You Turn Your Back on an Athletics Baserunner, He May Already Be Halfway to Second”

    • Anonymous

      Exciting, but overall, not very productive. If you’re getting thrown out 3 out of 7 times, you’re hurting your team. That said, I’m still amazed that the A’s continue to find inequities to exploit.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman
  • Anonymous

    We’re seeing The Way Way Back during game time tonight. I may have to sneak a peek around 9.

  • foul tip

    Crazy as this is, since it involved a season-ending injury, it’s amazing it didn’t happen to the Dodgers

    Especially since the player’s first name is Mattingly.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130724/skydiver-minor-league-mattingly-romanin.ap/?sct=hp_t2_a16&eref=sihp

    • Anonymous

      wtf. Can we be done with this kind of idiocy before ballgames? If this had happened to Hanley, there would have been lawsuits a plenty.

  • Anonymous

    Eric Stephen put up the following: Dodgers VP of scouting Logan White was a guest of Jarred Massey and Dustin Nosler on the Dugout Blues podcast.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Ted Lilly has been designated for assignment.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      the only real option they had…every one knew we had no spot for him and who would want to give you something for him when they knew it would cost nothing

      • Anonymous

        I thought he was going to be an out-of-the-bullpen guy? When did that change?

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          He wouldn’t be able to handle the warming up and cooling down that a reliever has to endure also it takes a lot longer for him to get ready to pitch

    • Anonymous

      Wasn’t Puig hitting him hard in bp during the time Puig wasn’t making contact during games. Assumes both players were practicing against each other rather than Lilly merely tossing home run derby lobs.

  • Anonymous

    How glad are we that Steve Cohen didn’t win the bidding for the Dodgers last year.

    http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/sac-capital-is-indicted/?hp

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT