2017 was a special year for Dodger fans. The team won the most games since the days they played in Brooklyn (1953 team won 105 games). There was also another rookie sensation breakout this season in Bellinger who broke team and NL rookie records. This team set multiple Dodger team records. And we won our fifth straight division title. Unfortunately we came within one extremely painful game of winning it all this year. Among everything throughout the season, there were certain moments that were extra special. These were moments that made us scream for joy, or sit there in awe and amazement.
CT3 Rocks a Grand-Slam in Milwaukee
It was the top of the 9th and the Dodgers had clawed back to within two against the Brewers after being down by 4 runs. And up steps Chris Taylor. I’ll tell you what, I was saying right then and there when he stepped up to the plate, “Man oh man, it would be awesome if he hit a grand slam. A few pitches later, he uncorks this shot to center:
To say Dodger fans were ecstatic, is an understatement. Certainly it is clutch hitting like this that solidified CT3 in his role as our catalyst and a go-to clutch hitter in the lineup.
Cody Bellinger’s…Everything, Especially His Cycle
There are dozens of things to chose from with Bellinger that got our hearts pumping. But easily one of his greatest moments is hitting a triple to complete the cycle in Miami:
By the time Bellinger hit for the cycle, it was already clear he was something special for the Dodgers. Yet this was likely the greatest feat for Bellinger on the season to become the first Dodger rookie in history to record a cycle. And that is saying something considering all he did in 2017!
Three Home Runs Equals “Absolute Madness!”
No one can forget the absolute hysteria back in 2006 when the Dodgers hit 4 home runs in a row to tie the game in the 9th. And then Nomar Garciaparra hit a walk-off homer in the 10th! Truly a timeless moment in Dodgers history. But believe or not, the 2017 Dodgers had plans in mind to have their own exciting game. Of course it was punctuated by an iconic call by Joe Davis, “Absolute madness!”
Chase Utley Pulling a Puig With Rich Hill
Last year it was Puig laying out in left-center field to take away a hit in the 7th to preserve Rich Hill’s no-hit bid. This year, the Silver Fox had it in his mind not to be shown up by a youngin’ on the team. With Josh Bell at bat, he smokes a liner to the right side. But then Chase Utley comes up with this web gem:
An extremely impressive diving catch by the wily veteran. I must say I screamed when he made the catch. Truly a moment of pure awesome!
Justin Turner’s Walk-Off Homer in Game 2
When this moment happened, it felt like we were destined to win the World Series. The image of a Justin Turner hitting a walk-off home run, 29 years after Kirk Gibson to the day, is something that will forever be cherished by Dodger fans for forever. Our whole house was screaming and jumping up and down with excitement! It was a truly special moment that ranks as the best on the season.
Oh wait, you think we are done? You thought we were culminating with JT’s walk-off home run for great moments on for the 2017 season? Think again. Right here is one moment that brought tears of joy to my eyes. Even more so than the walk-off home run, or Utley’s diving catch. Only one moment stood above all others and was truly the most special moment in 2017.
Vin Scully’s Surprise Appearance in Game Two of the World Series
I don’t think anyone saw this coming. I sure didn’t. But when they were announcing the first pitch for Game Two, and the cameras panned and we saw the voice of the Dodgers walking out to the mound, serenading us once more with the voice we all grew up loving and adoring, we collectively rejoiced. And when he culminated it with his signature phrase, we all joined with him: “It’s time for Dodger baseball!”
What was your favorite part of the season? Let us know in the comments below!
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