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When all the Dodgers fight to get on the dream train

August 15, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Andre Ethier hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the score during the Dodgers' eventual 12-inning win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Andre Ethier hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

This is how it’s going for the Dodgers right now: They’re playing so stupidly well that if a player’s not contributing to this love train, he feels left out.

You get an opportunity, you’d best cash it in or the next guy behind you will. And right now, nobody on this team wants to be left behind.

“You’d better step up when you get a chance to do it,” Andre Ethier said. “It’s a fun environment.”

Yeah, I would think so. Win 40 of 48 and you’d best be having some fun.

Ethier might have felt a tad left out early Wednesday night, what with his sore calf forcing him out of the lineup.

Yet in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers down by two and a runner on, Ethier stepped up and delivered a pinch hit, opposite-field, two-run homer. Apparently with it being too painful to run, he decided to hit a homer.

“I wish it were that simple,” Ethier said.

It’s not? It’s not exactly that easy? Right now the Dodgers’ confidence is overflowing. If they were a guy, walked into a bar and saw Kate Upton, Mila Kunis and Kerry Washington, they’d expect to leave with all three.

“You can’t mention one name that’s not been doing a job lately,” reliever Paco Rodriguez said. “It’s just awesome to see.”

He’s pretty much right too. One night it’s Nick Punto, the next Adrian Gonzalez or Mark Ellis. Hanley Ramirez comes off the disabled list Wednesday and delivers two hits. Yasiel Puig has a semi-quiet game and then scores the winning run in the 12th after hitting a double maybe no one else in baseball pulls off.

“Nothing is impossible, especially in this game and how we’re preparing to play the game this way, to win every single night,” Puig said through an interpreter.

See there, nothing is impossible. You want to argue with him? The Dodgers have gone from 12 games under .500 to 20 games over it less than two months.

They are living a fantasy that is feeding off itself. That’s created its own momentum. Nightly magic is almost assumed.

“You get that don’t-give-up attitude, you get that confidence, that belief that whatever the lead is, whatever the circumstance is, your team is going to figure out a way to get it done,” Ethier said.

“You’re going to do it. And that’s what this team has developed the last couple of weeks. No lead, no deficit is too big. We’re going to give it our best shot to fight back and figure out a way to win it or make it interesting at the end.”

Apparently, each and every one of them.

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