With their victory last night, the Dodgers are finally in (a tie for) first place in the National League West. They did it on the bat of Nomar Garciaparra as he hit a 9th inning home run for the 7-6 victory, capping off a 3-game winning streak.
With an infield average age of 34 years and an outfield average age of 30 years, this team has a mixture of seasoned veterans that just might have the horses left to last through the stretch run and into the playoffs.
Taking a kind of behind the scenes approach is veteran manager Joe Torre. He has his team 8th in the league in batting average at .259, tie for 5th in fielding at .984, and 1st in ERA at .368. Three very familiar players to Indians fans are 3rd baseman Casey Blake, 2nd baseman Jeff Kent, and left fielder Manny Ramirez.
I can't help but wish for good things for Joe Torre. Even though he managed our arch rivals, the New York Yankees, he did it with class and respect for the game of Baseball. In this season gone bad for the Cleveland Indians, it is great to see some of the past Indians performing so well and possibly headed to "The Show" with a great manager.
Good luck, Joe, Casey, Jeff, and yes, even Manny!