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Opinion: Thrilling San Diego Padres-Los Angeles Dodgers weekend series delivered every emotion possible


SAN DIEGO — It was a dramatic made-for-TV mini-series played on a baseball field, giving you possibly everything you could want.

Suspense. Non-stop action. Heroes. Villains. Obscenities. Heated gestures.. Emotional outbursts. Chest-thumping. Head-scratching. Exhilaration. And heartbreak.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, over 11 hours and 17 glorious minutes this weekend at Petco Park, delivered every emotion possible, with the Padres avoiding a three-game sweep Sunday with a 5-2 victory.

“It’s no secret,’’ said Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer, who delivered the game-winning hit, “I think the whole baseball world was locked into this series.’’

The series was hyped to the heavens, featuring perhaps the two best teams in baseball, and the reality lived up to the hype.

Where else can you tune into a ballgame and find a second baseman (Jake Cronenworth) on the mound pitching to a pitcher (David Price), who hits a sacrifice fly to another pitcher (Joe Musgrove) playing left field, after just throwing a no-hitter a week ago.

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Eric Hosmer delivered a clutch hit in the eighth inning as the Padres avoided a sweep on Sunday.

This series had something for everyone:

♦  A future Hall of Fame pitcher (Clayton Kershaw) calling out a veteran hitter (Jurickson Profar) for a “bull … swing, and Profar yelling at Kershaw to “shut the [expletive] up.’’

♦  A Padres rookie bench player (Jorge Mateo) and a young Dodgers reliever (Dennis Santana) inciting a bench-clearing incident by themselves.

♦  A Cy Young camera-toting pitcher (Trevor Bauer) going old-school and signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans in the stands as if the pandemic was nothing more than a rumor.


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