The Dodgers Top Three Moments of the 2017 Season

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Justin Turner
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Justin Turner /
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The Dodgers Win the Pennant

29 years that National League Pennant eluded the Dodgers. They’d fallen short in consecutive years to the same team in 2008 and 9 and lost in 2013 and 2016 as well. But in 2017, they finally claimed the title of best in the N.L. in a dramatic fashion as well.

This is kind of cheating, but the Dodgers winning the pennant also includes two different individual moments. The first came in Game 2 of the NLCS, on the 29th anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s home run. In the bottom of the ninth, who else but Justin Turner took the final swing in the spotlight again in 2017. A blast into the Chavez Ravine night shifted the momentum fully in the Dodgers favor to win the series.

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The second moment came on the night the Dodgers clinched the series. Kike Hernandez, who’s glove, athleticism, and central role in the Dodgers clubhouse had been overshadowed by his inability to hit, finally came through. Not once, not twice, but three times he left the yard against a Jose Quintana who squared off against Clayton Kershaw in Game 1. If the Dodgers hadn’t had so many big memorable team moments this year, these two would definitely be in consideration with their individual moments.

Winning the pennant also meant the Dodgers would host their first World Series in 29 years, and Chris Taylor took advantage of that with a deep shot off Dallas Keuchel’s first pitch in Game 1. Results aside, bringing the World Series to Los Angeles brought the city together and the Dodgers fanbase something that was missing for so long. It was also the “never die” attitude this team carried throughout the season that revived the winning culture, and strength of the Dodgers fanbase, with Pantone 294 at the core.

Honorable mention: Chris Taylor’s grand slam completes comeback against Milwaukee Brewers down 8-5.