Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias is unflappable. He pitched in the postseason two months after turning 20 and earned the save in a World Series-clinching game at age 24. Now a wisened veteran at the ripe old age of 26, Urias had the best season of his career in 2022, going 17-7 with a 2.16 ERA before posting five solid innings for the win in Game 1 of the NLDS last night.
After the game, the media asked Julio about not letting the moment get too big for him in a postseason game. His answer to the question didn’t totally answer the question, because he wanted to rave about the energizing atmosphere of the Dodger Stadium crowd.
“Yeah, it’s just different. The intensity, the roar from the fans, the excitement from the fans. You feed off that energy. All those positive vibes. Even when I went out to stretch out, you can hear them. You can hear them chanting and just feel that. You take that energy and do the best you can with it.”
Urias has become beloved in Los Angeles, a city with a huge Spanish-speaking population that embraced Fernando Valenzuela 40 years ago. El Culichi is one of the most popular players in L.A., a must-see event every time he takes the mound.
Julio didn’t have his best stuff last night — his three runs allowed were the most he’s given up in a game since July 10 — but he pitched five solid innings and earned the win on a night the offense jumped all over a bad starting pitcher for the Padres. The Dodger Stadium crowd loved it, as they love everything he does.
Urias feeds off the energy of the crowd, but it’s a symbiotic relationship.
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