Had this all ready to post before I went downstairs … and then, in my haste to get down there, I FORGOT. Anyway, here it is, better late than never I suppose. A longer, more detailed one coming in a little while, along with a lot of video:
At long last, the Dodgers can celebrate after a four-game split of a series that carried far more emotion and pressure and twists and turns than we ever really could have expected from a showdown between two teams separated by such a wide margin in the standings.
Ultimately, though, after the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead on a three-run homer by Hanley Ramirez, who will be going to the playoffs for the first time in his career, then falling behind 6-3 on a momentary collapse by Ricky Nolasco, who also will be going to the playoffs for the first time in his career, then coming all the way back, tying it on another homer by Ramirez and taking the lead on a homer by the unlikeliest of offensive heroes, light-hitting catcher A.J. Ellis, the Dodgers rode it out on the back end of their bullpen and then celebrated like they hadn’t in three years.