“Here comes a throw on that runner and here comes another runner, and Lo Duca is going to tag both of them out and the Dodgers become the Brooklyn Dodgers of old,” Scully said during the second inning of Game 1 of the Dodgers-Mets National League Division Series. He sprinkled in a tale about Babe Herman tripling into a double play -- a joke about the bad old Bums. And he said, “We turn the clock back to the daffy days of the Brooklyn Dodgers.”Oy gevalt. My grandfather once told me that he became a Dodger fan when he saw Babe Herman get hit on the head by a fly ball, but the team has come a long way since then, shedding the aura of hapless bums, breaking through the game's bitter legacy of segregation, moving across the country and becoming a model franchise with a rich history sprinkled with championships. This return to the roots was too much, even for a team that came into the game having won seven straight, and even for a fan who smiles at the memory of my grandfather relating such antics.
Because Kent was in a funk, Drew was presented with the rare chance to make three base-running mistakes on one play. He hit the trifecta. First, he ran up Kent's back between second and third base, forcing third base coach Rich Donnelly to wave Kent home to avoid two runners on third. (Herman would be proud. He ignited the three-Dodgers-on-third fiasco.) Next, when Donnelly yelled for Kent to "Go, go!" Drew thought Donnelly was yelling at him -- neglecting to observe that, under such a scenario, he would be out at home by the length of the Triborough Bridge. Finally, while Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca was wallowing in the dirt, tagging Kent, then jumping up and spinning to show the ball to home plate umpire John Hirschbeck, Drew froze for a second in the baseline 40 feet from home plate before resuming his headfirst suicide mission.Ugh. In any event, the Dodgers did come away with a run in that inning, when Martin scored on Marlon Anderson's subsequent double, but the lost opportunity lingered. In the fourth inning, the team's ace, Derek Lowe, surrendered solo homers to both Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd, putting the Mets ahead 2-1. It appeared the Dodgers might retaliate in short order when they chased Maine with two on and one out in the top of the fifth, but relievers Pedro Feliciano and Chad Bradford retired Kenny Lofton and Nomar Garciaparra, respectively, to end the threat. The Dodgers slipped further behind when Lowe faltered in the sixth, surrendering a two-run double to David Wright following singles by Lo Duca and Delgado. It took Met manager Willie Randolph's decision to let reliever Guillermo Mota bat with two outs and the bases loaded to avoid further damage.
"Donnelly was getting ready to stop Kent [at third] but J.D. was running all the way [from first]. He was about 10 yards behind Kent, so it kind of altered his decision on Kent," Little said. "If he [Drew] continues on without stopping, I don't know if Lo Duca gets them both. He might have snuck in there."
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