DODGERS IN TROUBLE BUT FAR FROM DEAD
by Ralph Bailey
posted Oct 14 2013 9:57AM
Let's all jump in the way way back machine for a moment. It's October 1978. I've just begun my junior year of high school when my dad's college friend, a professional ticket broker, had a pair of seats to game 2 of the World Series...Dodgers-Yankees. My father was the most giving person I've ever met but hated folks to know that, so he lied and said he couldn't go and the next thing you know me and my best friend, John Tempereau, are witnessing our first Workd Series! The tickets ... awful, upper deck along first base but I was among the 52,486 who saw young Bob Welch strike Reggie Jackson out, after a series of foul balls, to end a 4-3 Dodger win and take a 2-0 advantage. I remember thinking my feet never hit the ground as we floated through Chavez Ravine thinking even our Dodgers couldn't blow a 2-0 lead!!! But as most of you know, that Dodger team never won another game that season. Reggie Jackson made up for his ninth inning strike out in spades, becoming, at the time, only the second man to hit 3 home runs in one World Series game (Babe Ruth, the other). And in case you think that's a fluke, fast forward to 1981 when many of those same Dodgers, including current announcer Rick Monday, did the same to Bob Lemon and many of the same Damn Yankees! My point: WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!! YOU GOTTA BELIEVE!!! Sing with me: LET'S GO DODGERS!!!! LET'S GO DODGERS!!!!!!