Baseball doesn’t require exclusivity. It offers an open relationship. Taking advantage doesn’t make you an adulterous fan, just a shrewd one.
And let’s be honest: Baseball isn’t always spellbinding. It’s OK to admit this, dear fans.
Baseball doesn’t require our complete attention 100 percent of the time. There are plenty of stretches when nothing of note happens: A pitcher doesn’t like the ball, so he tosses it in for a new one. A batter breaks his bat, so the bat boy brings him another one. The pitcher and catcher can’t get together on signs, so they call time out to talk about it.
Not to mention pitching changes, replay reviews and 14-pitch at-bats in the fourth inning that produce 10 foul balls and end with a grounder to second. Add it all up and you’ve got a lot of dead time. But. That’s. OK. If nothing else, it makes exciting plays that explode out of that dead time all the more thrilling: a standup triple, an inside-the-park home run, a diving catch.
In the span of four pitches, the Dodgers gave themselves a chance to win at home again as they tallied back-to-back-to-back home runs.
Down 5-2 entering the ninth inning, Yasiel Puig homered on a 3-2 pitch to get the streak started. Then, on the next pitch, Cody Bellinger followed with his second home run of the game, and finally Justin Turner tied it in his at-bat with a homer of his own on an 0-1 count.