Since there is not much to write about during this slow time of the offseason what better reason to countdown the top five moments of the Dodger 2016 season. The Dodgers certainly had one crazy and intense roller coaster ride of a baseball season. Despite them choking in the postseason and not making the World Series, the club still had an exciting and memorable season. Here’s to more great seasons of Dodger baseball.
- Chase Utley owns the Mets-5-28-16 at Citi Field
One of the most satisfying moments of the 2016 season was watching Chase Utley stick it to the Mets in Citi Field by hitting two home runs against Noah Syndergaard on a balmy night in June. One of those home runs was a grand slam which made the moment even grander. No not Yasmani Grander, but just grand.
This was sweet revenge for Utley. Ever since the take-out slide incident in game 2 of the 2015 NLDS he’s been villainized by the New York fans. All he was trying to do was break up a double play in that game but accidentally broke poor Ruben Tejada’s leg and instantly became public enemy number one in Gotham.
Of course us Dodger fans loved Utley’s grit and determination and certainly understood that no malice was intended. It was just an accident. Unfortunately many other people thought differently. Coming into this series there was talk of a lot of bad blood. How would New York receive Utley? Would there be any retaliation? Bean balls perhaps?
As it turned out it was Utley who turned the tables, as he raised both hands in the air and extended his middle fingers to the Mets and their fans. It was glorious to watch as Mets fans booed him unmercifully. He really stuck it to them.
What we feared would happen finally did in the third inning when Syndergaard threw behind Utley and was immediately ejected by the umpires. Mets Manager Terry Collins argued but it was to no avail. Later in the game Utley would go deep for a solo home run. The first of his two blasts on the night. Then in the seventh inning Utley would hit his sixth career grand slam to cap an unbelievable night for the veteran.
The Dodgers would go onto hit five home runs in the game and beat the Mets 9-1. What a night for Chase Utley and the Dodgers. Take that Gotham city!