Did Dodgers star Cody Bellinger pop his shoulder out and injure it celebrating his tiebreaking home run?
Cody. Freaking. Bellinger. Boy, oh boy, did the 2019 MVP deliver for the Dodgers with two outs and two strikes in the seventh inning of Game 7.
Bellinger sat on a fastball and deposited it deep into the right-field seats. Thanks to Julio Urias’ exceptional relief work, the blast held up and sent the Dodgers to the World Series, one step closer to the redemption they so desperately crave. So rest up and enjoy that day off before Tuesday’s Game 1, because we might have more trouble down the road thanks to … Bellinger’s forearm bash celebration?
We’ll get to that in a second. First, let’s admire this momentous dinger, which featured the camera lingering on Bellinger’s strut for a few seconds longer than any of us expected. Just beautiful work. 4-3.
Now, that’s fantastic, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t throw a little cold water on the celebration by pointing out the aftermath of the mash.
Bellinger, in typical Bash Bros fashion, went up for the leap and hit Kiké Hernandez with an all-powerful forearm smash.
The worry-warts among us are often conscious of the injury risk of slamming two yoked arms into each other at high velocity, and Bellinger may have gotten bit by the injury bug here. After the leap, he winced his way through the dugout and was seen indicating in the outfield that his shoulder had popped out.
The homer? Right on time. The crazy injury concern? Not necessary.
Dodgers fans have already bitten their nails well beyond the cuticles during this game and series, especially after Atlanta got off to yet another early lead in Game 7. Ian Anderson was looking impenetrable, and Dustin May was, well, not. Our nerves were heightened.
But the LAD handled business in this one exactly as they have all year: Keep it close, hit homers when you get the pitch you’re looking for. Kiké Hernandez battled AJ Minter and destroyed him for the tie. Bellinger saw Chris Martin attempt to beat him up and in, and beat the righty to the spot.
Hopefully, his shoulder is as fundamentally sound as the swing itself.