Los Angeles Dodgers' Juan Uribe Stakes Claim In MLB Playoff History

By Tyler
Juan Uribe
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After watching Juan Uribe foul off two pitches while attempting to bunt Yasiel Puig over to third base in the bottom of the eighth inning, it was a given that he would be swinging for the rest of the at-bat. What happened when he actually swung the bat could not have been predicted, but was a game and potentially a playoff-changer.

With the count at 2-2, Uribe took a karate chop at a chest-high fastball from the Atlanta Braves’ David Carpenter and deposited it into the left field stands, instantly giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 4-3 lead and sending Dodger Stadium into a craze.

When the home run was hit, the game and consequently the series swung in the Dodgers’ favor, and Uribe instantaneously cemented himself a place in the realm of baseball lore that has been reserved for the likes of Kirk GibsonDerek Jeter and Bill Mazeroski.

While it may be somewhat early to determine whether a home run in the NLDS will go on to define a postseason, there is no doubting that the Dodgers appear to be a team of divine intervention. After all, they went 69-40 over their last 109 games of the regular season, climbing back from a sub-.500 record right when the implosion of the team’s $200 million roster seemed imminent.

When Uribe hit the series-clinching home run on Tuesday night with the Dodgers on the brink of being sent back to Atlanta to play a pivotal Game 5, it again seemed as if the baseball gods were again making an appearance in Los Angeles.

This fairytale-esque season has led to a belief within both the team’s locker room and their fan base that the Dodgers will win games no matter what, which made the atmosphere surrounding Tuesday night’s game a sight to be behold. From innings one through nine, Dodger Stadium was rocking and it only seemed as if it was a matter of time before the crowd would be sent into a frenzy.

When looking back at the 2013 season, that moment when the ball left Uribe’s bat will be defined as the type of cataclysmic moment that defined the playoffs — much in the same way a Kirk Gibson home run in 1988 did for the organization.

Tyler Leli is a Washington Capitals writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter,”Like” him on Facebook or join his network on Google.

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