So if you’re wondering if that was the best game I’ve ever attended, yes: yes it was. And if you’re wondering if both Jon Weisman and I threw up our hands in utter frustration when Juan Uribe went up to bunt in the eighth inning, well, you’re absolutely f’ing right we did.
Or as about half my Twitter feed said at the time (not that I could tell, because stadium reception is trash):
Where is @mike_petriello with his "STOP BUNTING" shirt?
— Amanda Rykoff (@amandarykoff) October 8, 2013
i'm afraid @mike_petriello is going to run onto the field to prevent Uribe from bunting
— Eric Lee (@eric_t_lee) October 8, 2013
And of course Uribe didn’t get the bunt down, because he’s terrible at bunting, and proceeded to hit the ball about 25 feet deep into the left field bullpen — and if it’s possible for Dodger Stadium to be louder than it was in that moment, I’m not sure I want to be there to see it.
But here’s my favorite part — we’re driving back from the stadium, listening to Rick Monday and Charlie Steiner do the postgame show, and A.J. Ellis comes on. After jokingly (probably) asking “who am I talking to,” and pretending to order a pizza — because A.J. is the best — the conversation came to Uribe’s at-bat. I’m paraphrasing here, but Ellis joked that it was a wonderful strategic decision by Uribe to fail to get the bunt down twice, in order to get a chance to swing away.
Ellis was kidding, I think, but imagine if he wasn’t? What if Uribe saw the bunt sign, rolled his eyes and thought to himself “are you f’ing kidding me with this,” and tried to do his best to get around it? That’s obviously not what happened, because Uribe’s not a good enough bunter to intentionally send two bunts foul, but you could hear it in Ellis’ voice. You knew he thought the bunt call was stupid, and you could tell that Monday agreed.
And you know what? They’re not the only ones:
Magic Johnson on Uribe: "Juan… thank God he couldn't put the bunt down."
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 8, 2013
A.J. Ellis on Juan Uribe: "I'm so happy he didn't get the bunt down. I've never heard a louder stadium in my entire life."
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) October 8, 2013
STOP BUNTING. FOREVER. And especially in the NLCS, which is a thing the Dodgers are about to be in, because: holy crap, what a night. What a night.