Dodgers' Top Homers Leave Previous Memories



LOS ANGELES -- The chills were pure Gibson.

The breathlessness was all Finley.

In the history of the Dodgers' Hollywood homers, the blast was a little bit of each, lacking the history but equaling the histrionics.

Said Dodgers team historian Mark Langill: "It was the perfect storm of a great moment."

Said Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp: "It just made you want to laugh and laugh."

It says here that Manny Ramirez's Bobblebomb Wednesday night was so powerful, it flew to the third spot on the list of Dodgers Hollywood homers, soaring past the unreal likes of Mike Scioscia and Rick Monday, landing just short of unimaginable Kirk Gibson and Steve Finley.

"It's too early to know the magnitude of what the Ramirez homer meant," Langill said. "But as far as one moment is concerned, it was off the charts."

There have been Dodgers homers that have meant more -- Monday in the 1981 playoffs against the Montreal Expos.

There have been Dodgers homers that have been more historic -- the four consecutive bombs to tie the score in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres in 2006.

There have even been Dodgers homers from current players that have resulted in bigger wins -- James Loney's grand slam in last year's playoffs against the Chicago Cubs.

But only one other blast has spiked a higher instant fever, caused a louder instant cheer, created more immediate magic.

Nothing has been invented that can outrun Gibson's limping 1988 World Series shot. It will be difficult to see a bigger homer than Finley's invisible walk-off grand slam that gave the Dodgers the 2004 division title against the San Francisco Giants.

But Ramirez's homer in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night ranks third for, oh, about five reasons.

Tie score. Pinch-hit. Grand slam. Into Mannywood. On Manny Ramirez Bobblehead Doll Night.

You know what? Here's five more.

No batting practice. Sore left hand. Unknown pitcher. Ninety-six on the gun. First pitch.

Had enough?

How about this?

It was only the fourth pinch-hit in a 17-season career of a guy who has no idea how to do that.


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