Dodgers Dugout: How ‘Frozen’ ‘Let It Go’ saved Craig Kimbrel’s season

Hello and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell And the Dodgers’ magic number for winning the division is six, so they can clinch it as soon as Sunday against Padres.

On the morning of August 21, Craig Kimbrel She was 3-5 with a 4.46 ERA, leading to 47 hits in 42.1 innings, to go with 19 walks and 56 knockouts. Opponents were hitting him with 272.

The evening of August 21 was Women’s Day at Dodger Stadium. For fun, the Dodgers asked players’ wives/girlfriends to choose their music for the evening game. Kimbrel usually came to the “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns’ N Roses. Kimbrel’s wife, ashleyShe decided that her husband would enter the game for “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen”.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the song, as it played infinitely on the radio when the movie was released and it won an Academy Award for the original song. And we sang beautifully Idina Menzelor, if you are john TravoltaAnd the Adele Dazem.

It’s not a song that will frighten opponents if you’re trying to protect an individual advance.

It turned out that Kimbrel was wanted on August 21. The Dodgers had a huge lead over the Marlins, and Kimbrel hasn’t made a head start since August 17th, so Dave Roberts Bring it on for a little work.

For the first time since July 13, Kimbrel did not allow the primary enemy, to beat the 1-2-3 inning. Kimbrel decided to stick with “Let It Go” as his entrance music.

Kimbrel presented again on August 26. The primary enemy was not allowed.

Since using “Let It Go” as his entrance music, Kimbrel has made 5.1 innings, didn’t drop any hits and walked twice, while hitting six. He is 1-0 with a save in that period.

Now, some people will tell you it’s just a coincidence. Kimbrel has really only made one stand of high pressure since August 21. But I have three daughters. I know the power of “Frozen” and “Let It Go”. Don’t make fun of him. In fact, what time is “Frozen” night at Dodger Stadium? And when will Idina Menzel sing the national anthem? Dodgers, act and keep up the momentum.

Talking about her heart

On June 17, it looked like we were probably seeing Justin TurnerThe final season of the Dodger movie, and it wasn’t very good. He’s been hitting .206/.276/.335 and it seems unlikely that his team’s $16 million option for next season will be picked.

Since then, the Turner is up to .368/.439/.571. This does not guarantee its selection. There will be a lot of decisions to make in the off season. But he shows it while everyone is talking about it Freddy FreemanAnd the Mocky Pets And the Tria Turner (And rightfully so), Justin Turner hits as good as any of them.

differential operation

The Dodgers outperformed their opponents by 298 points this season (next best team, the Yankees, at +196) and could only become the 10th team since 1901 to score 300 points or more than their opponent. Here’s the list, by year, team, operating differential, and how they finished.

1939 Yankees, +411, 106-45, won the World Championship

1927 Yankees, +371, 110-44, won the World Championship

1902 Pirates, +334, 103-36, 1st place, there is no world championship that year

1936 Yankees, +334, 102-51, won the World Championship

1906 Cubs, +323, 116-36, won the World Championship

1998 Yankees, +309, 114-48, won the world championship

1937 Yankees, +308, 102-52, won the World Championship

1931 Yankees, +307, 94-59, finished second

2001 Mariners lost, +300, 116-46, at ALCS

The best for the best

How have potential Premier League playoff teams done against record-winning teams this season:

Dodgers, 33-20, .623
New York Mets, 39-30, .565
Milwaukee Brewers, 30-28, .517
Atlanta Braves, 27-30, .474
St. Louis Cardinals, 26-29, .473
Philadelphia Phillies, 29-34, .460
San Diego Padres, 21-31, .404

What does Finn Scully mean to me?

Jeff Toss: My Story Like many others, I listen for countless hours on the radio to Finn. He had an amazing ability to paint memories of the hitter in your brain while at the same time bringing some backstory. I can remember going to the stadium and listening to Vin through all the radios in the stands, that gentle slow cadence of his voice telling me that all is well in this world at least until the match is over.

Theo Moreno: Just a small inscription, seconds from the photo: I’m a little kid growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, my dad washes the car. I glanced at the hose coiling over the driveway, and noticed the smell of garden hose water on the hot driveway. At that very moment, in my memory, it was Vinnie’s voice. Summer in the late 1950s, Southern California and Vinnie, fortunately, was with me, with us, on that day for a long time. As Dave Roberts said, Vinnie was a “gentleman.” RIP Finn Scully.

Bob Korda: My family was a Holocaust survivor. They lost half their family. Parents, siblings and children. My father lost a son. He couldn’t talk about it until the day he died. Every night they listen to Finn. I think they learned a lot of their English from broadcast programs. I don’t know if they knew the rules of baseball but they listened. When Sandy Kovacs did Yom Kippur it was a proud moment for all of us. What a wonderful country we have all lived in. My father passed away 29 years ago and my mother continued to listen to every Dodger game until she passed away six years ago. To say the least, I’ve been a lifelong Dodger fan and so have my three boys.

Bruce Ash from Tucson: One Sunday during the defeat we were taking from a lackluster team, I was doing work in my yard while listening to Finn relive his better dribbling days. He talked about shaking hands with Sandy Kovacs for the first time and how much Sandy’s fingers were and how they wrapped his hand completely, explaining that it was a famous curve-ball throwing secret. When I listened, I looked up and said loudly, “Straight onto Finn! I shook his hand too. Yes, his hands are huge. Of course that’s why his curve ball was great.”

I met him twice. Our sons and I spent a tour with him at the broadcast booth during a game at the stadium. I was worried that he might not live up to his “on-air” character. I was wrong. He was thoughtful and friendly to us. I told him I built a home office for myself to honor the Dodgers called “The Shrine” and had a special exhibit inside to honor him, Reed Barber. He kind of moved his head to the side, as I’ve seen so many times before, and replied, “Oh.” He must have thought I was crazy.

The second time we met was at a small breakfast party at Camelback Farm. Our son and I took a picture with Finn. It’s been my Facebook profile picture ever since. Our son sent that picture 10 minutes after he heard the news of Finn’s death.

I loved the guy and cried like a baby during the party at Dodger Stadium, his last home broadcast.

next one

Tonight: Dodgers (Dustin May1-2, 3.94 ERA) in San Diego (Mike Clevenger5-6, 3.96 PM), 6:30 PM, SportsNet LA, AM 570, KTNQ 1020

Saturday: Dodgers (*Julius Urea7-15, 2.29 ERA) in San Diego (*Blake Snell6-8, 3.73 p.m.), 5:30 p.m., SportsNet LA, AM 570, KTNQ 1020

Sunday: Dodgers (*Andrew Heaney2-2, 2.94 ERA) in San Diego (Joe Musgrove9-6, 3.16 afternoon), 1 p.m., SportsNet LA, AM 570, KTNQ 1020


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