You may be wondering why the photo that accompanies this post is a jokey take on a relatively unimportant ball which fell between Mark Ellis, Andre Ethier, & Adrian Gonzalez for a hit in the bottom of the third. It didn’t lead to a run, and other than looking really bad, coming as it did shortly after a Wilin Rosario homer, it mostly had no impact on the game.
The answer is very simple: what else would we prefer to be looking at? The terrifying collision between Matt Kemp and the center field wall that sent him to the ground for five minutes and caused him to be removed with injuries to his knee and jaw? (It’s here if you’re morbid.) Chris Capuano getting smacked around for six runs and ten hits by a Colorado lineup full of “who?” and “wait, where’s Carlos Gonzalez” and “no, really, who?” A.J. Ellis dropping a nearly perfect throw from Juan Rivera that would have nailed the runner by five feet had the ball been held? Adam Kennedy grounding into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth, after Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, & Ethier had set the table for at least a glimmer of hope? The entire offense failing to torch Tyler Chatwood like the fifth starter he is, other than Ramirez’ ninth inning blast which was merely cosmetic at that point?
No. You don’t want to look at any of that. So there it is; Ellis, Ethier, a giant cartoon baseball with a comically oversized vapor trail, and a woman who may or may not be wearing pants in the background. The way this game went, that’s about as serious of a remembrance as it deserves.