Curtain call. LA Dodgers photo
Juan Uribe, the Dodgers' chunky journeyman third baseman, had himself a career game tonight. He slugged three home runs off the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium — and when he came up with a chance for his fourth homer and the home crowd roaring, Uribe beat out a grounder to third for an infield single. After each home run, the 34-year-old Dominican was greeted at the dugout steps by a dancing Hanley Ramirez and slapped on the helmet by jubilant teammates as he paraded to the far end of the dugout. Whenever Uribe socks one, Yasiel Puig goes through some kind of ritual tribute to his elder and they did the act three times tonight. After home run number three, teammates pushed Uribe up the steps for a curtain call.
It's the first time in his 13-year career that Uribe has hit three home runs in a game. It's also the first time any Dodgers third baseman has hit three homers, according to the broadcast. The Dodgers won the game 8-1 and hit six home runs in all — Andre Ethier, Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez joined Uribe in going over the fence.
Also in Dodgerland: A judge today denied Jamie McCourt's legal bid to get a bigger share of ex-husband Frank McCourt's money.
Added: Mister Uribe meets the media after the game, via the Dodgers on Twitpic. Click the pic to see larger.