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Nothing Tastes Better than Walkoff Salami

 

…especially in baseball!

It was a relatively quiet game at Chavez Ravine, but one that could have major implications on the LA Dodgers’ quest to earn a playoff spot.  The Dodgers needed a win to keep up with the San Diego Padres in the NL West race, and the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL Wildcard, with both of those teams earning victories on Sunday afternoon.  Just as LA did a week ago when they went on a 4HR streak in the 9th, and ended it on a walk-off by Nomar Garciaparra, the Dodgers took the finale of their series against the D-Backs in Grand fashion. 

And the Grand-ness was provided, once again, by Nomar Garciaparra.  With the game tied 1-1 in the Bottom of the 9th, the Dodgers had the bases loaded and two away in the inning.  They sent first-baseman Nomar Garciaparra to the plate, 0-for-3 with a walk in his first 4 plate appearances.  Nomar did much more than make up for struggling in his first few at-bats. 

Nomar Garciaparra made sure his team didn’t lose ground in the playoff races

The 2ball-1strike pitch from D-Backs’ righty Luis Vizcaino found a home in Dodgers’ Stadium’s centerfield, well over 400 feet from homeplate.  It was a no-doubt-about-‘er.  The blast was Nomar Garciaparra’s 19th of the season, and none of his previous 18 could compare in importance to this Grand Slam. 

Nomar’s blast might change the Dodgers’ pregame meal plan

One of Nomar’s teammates joked, “we might have to go on an all salami diet after this one”.  As long as it’s walk-off style Salami, I doubt anyone in the Dodgers’ clubhouse will have a problem with it. 

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Today’s trivia question is at the end of my earlier post Frustrated O’s Fans Want New Front Office, which you can find in the “Baltimore Orioles” category. 

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