Fred Roggin on NBC-4: "One of the most incredible games you will ever see."
I bailed out of the Dodger-Padres game to look in on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" with the scored tied 4-4 in the eighth inning. All I missed were thirteen runs over the final three innings with the Dodgers ending up on top — and back in the division lead — by a score of 11-10. If you didn't see it, the Padres led 9-5 going into the Dodgers' last ups, sending a bunch of the sell-out crowd to the exits. Then came solo home runs by Jeff Kent...and J.D. Drew...and Russell Martin...and Marlon Anderson — back to back to back to back, a historic run of bombs with nobody out. Even then, the score was still tied. San Diego scored in the tenth to re-take the lead, but Nomar Garciaparra homered into the left-field pavilion with a man on to win it for L.A. The seven home runs in a game tied the Dodgers' record for a home game at Chavez Ravine. 'Studio 60' was OK, but not worth missing this game.
Vin Scully: "Unbelievable."
David Neiman at SoCal Sports Observed: "I just witnessed the greatest comeback I've ever seen in any sport. To paraphrase the great Red Barber, I can't believe what I just saw."
Jon Weisman: "How can you not be trembling?"
Photo of Nomar Garciaparra: AP Photo/Francis Specker