They met on the field as one, the fielders converging on the mound, the others leaping over the railings of the cramped Wrigley Field dugout onto the diamond. Inside the flock of Dodgers, a group headed to the World Series for the first time since 1988, Clayton Kershaw blended into the pack, relishing an 11-1 victory over the Cubs to clinch the National League pennant in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
On a night when a 28-season drought ended, Kershaw reaped the benefits of an offensive bounty. Enrique Hernandez supplied a trio of home runs, including a grand slam in the third inning that transformed Wrigley Field into a tomb and a two-run blast in the ninth that turned the Dodgers dugout into a mosh pit. The Dodgers led by seven runs after three innings and by nine midway through the fourth. Kershaw responded to the largess with six innings of one-run baseball. He will be ready to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers play the Chicago Cubs today at Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the NLCS. If they win, they will advance to the World Series to play either the Yankees or Astros. Lose and they play again Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT.
Calaca Records recording artist Mariachi Nuevo Real releases “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” / “Llévame Al Juego De Beisbol”. This American baseball classic has been arranged in Mariachi by Hector Rivera. Many professional baseball teams today are perfectly willing to acknowledge the importance of heritage in their efforts to court fans. In fact, the Dodgers’ organization of Los Angeles has a long history of promoting diversity and connecting with its Latin and multicultural fan base.
In Los Angeles the Latin symbolism is great and many Mexican heritage players choose to embrace it. 1st Baseman Adrian Gonzalez is fanatically recognized by his walk up song “El Mariachi Loco”.
A big shout out to Adrian Gonzalez for choosing “El Mariachi Loco” as his walk out to bat theme! It was the 1st time anyone had chosen the Roman Palomar classic as their theme song. Looks like it did the trick for Gonzalez though….”El Mariachi Loco” played over the PA system at Dodger Stadium as Gonzalez, born in the San Diego neighborhood of Chula Vista and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, strode to the plate for the 1st time as a Dodger. Just as Roman Palomar’s classic clarinet infused Mariachi track began to fade, there was a crack heard through out the park, as Gonzalez hit a home run!
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