May 1, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson (31) hits a grand slam home run in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
1. Joc Pederson’s Grand Slam makes me scream.
I had been waiting for the Dodgers to hit a grand slam for a long time. Yasiel Puig‘s rookie season grand slam in 2013 was the last time we saw a grand salami from a Dodger, and the drought finally ended thanks to 2015’s Rookie of the Year contender Joc Pederson.
The Dodgers had been notorious for choking with the bases loaded in 2014 hence the lack of grand slams in the season, but in 2015 the bases loaded curse seems to be lifted. At least for now. It was just the 15th time in MLB history that a rookie hit a grand slam. Former Dodger Rubby De La Rosa gave up the big hits in the 8-0 shutout against the Diamondbacks.
All sorts of feelings.
Other notable moments: Clayton Kershaw notches 100th career win, Guerreromania, the Dodgers swept Seattle on Jackie Robinson Day, Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon return to Dodger Stadium, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke continue to mash, Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins shore up the middle infield, Andre Ethier has five hits in one game, Zack Greinke has lost just one game this season, Brett Anderson brings outs and rain to Southern California, the rookie Yimi Garcia and the bullpen have been much improved, and Vin Scully graces us with his beautiful voice this season.