Last night was an amazing game, regardless of the outcome, for a couple reasons. First and most simply, I love a good pitchers duel, and this had the makings of one from the moment the stating pitchers were announced. Second, I was lucky enough to be in the stands tonight, and I don’t remember the last time I was this excited to go to a game. I don’t mean in a, I love baseball and I get to go to a game sort of way. I mean I was excited about two of the best teams in baseball facing off. I was excited about the pitching match up. I was excited about the fact this is a potential NLDS preview.
And you know what? I wasn’t alone. The announced attendance was a tick over 22,000, split about 60/40 Dodgers fans to Dbacks, but every single one of those Dbacks fans made their presences tonight. Sure, the “Let’s go Dodgers” chants got pretty loud some times. But those “Beat LA” chants? They were deafening. And considering this was about 30,000 less than a playoff crowd, I literally cannot imagine what that would be like.
I’ve been at sell outs. I’ve been at big games. I’ve been at Snakepit fests with the Brute Squad. Nothing compares to the electricity I felt with nearly every pitch tonight. Archie Bradley made it abundantly clear yesterday. The players notice this, on both sides of the diamond. Bradley made it clear the home town team notices it last night, and I can guarantee that the visitors notice it too.
So let’s get out there. Obviously, not everyone can go to every game. But if you have an evening free and the cash to make it happen. Do it. You won’t regret it, no matter the outcome
This. Is. Our. House.