When Cody Bellinger took Daniel Bard deep to end the game on Saturday, who knew it would end up being one of the funniest sequences we’ve ever seen in baseball. There were so many levels to the Dodgers’ walk-off that we almost had to break it down.
The first great part is that Cody couldn’t even tell where the ball went off of his bat initially. In the replay, he can be seen looking straight up in the air, then to the outfield, and once again straight up. Bellinger later admitted in a postgame interview with Dodgers media that he really didn’t see the ball at first.
The next entertaining piece of the sequence came when Cody was trying to determine whether or not the ball went out. He can be seen passing several times rounding first base and shrugging while looking around for some sort of confirmation. Dodgers players and coaches also weren’t exactly sure what ha happened.
Social distance walk-off celebration. ? pic.twitter.com/5Xs5rCioLa
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 23, 2020
And finally, our absolute favorite part of those glorious 30 seconds. The walk-off celebration at home plate represents everything that has been strange about the 2020 season so far. Cody said that celebrating with his Dodgers teammates felt like a Wii Sports moment, and that it was very strange.
Apparently, Dave Roberts’ first reaction was the health and safety of his players. It just so happens that it was communicated in a hilarious way to the Dodgers players.
"That was a weird one…apparently Cody didn't know where the ball was at. It was kind of awkward because I had to keep yelling out Social Distance"
Dave Roberts on the walkoff
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 23, 2020
Dave Roberts yelling at his players to socially distance is the most dad thing I have ever seen on a ball field, and I’m here for it. The Dodgers moved to a 21-8 record, four games above the streaking Padres.