Kings celebration breaks out during Dodgers win
LOS ANGELES — The crowd at Dodger Stadium erupted. And it had zero to do with what was happening on the field.
Chone Figgins was at the plate of the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over Arizona Friday. The score, at the moment, was 2-1 in favor of the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth inning and it was a 1-2 count to Figgins.
While Twitter was abuzz over Doc Emrick for his exceptional call of the Stanley Cup Final there was the longtime voice of the Dodgers describing the situation around him so eloquently, as only he can.
"You know what that means," Scully said as fans in Dodger blue and the black and white of the Kings erupted with jubilation upon learning the outcome of what had taken place just down the road at Staples Center. "The LA Kings have just defeated the New York Rangers in overtime and the Kings have won the Stanley Cup. Wow! What a team. What a year. What a finish.
"A remarkable, remarkable, remarkable accomplishment."
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 14, 2014
The 3-2 double overtime win clinched the Kings second Stanley Cup title in three seasons. The crowd was as loud as it had been all night. What to the naked eye appeared to be a random eruption, was nothing new. A few weeks prior a similar scene broke out on a Sunday night while the Dodgers were hosting the Pirates. At the same time, the Kings had just won a Game 7 in overtime in Chicago to clinch the Western Conference.
The players on the field and in the dugout knew what all the fuss was about.
Meanwhile, on the field, Figgins eventually drew a two-out walk. Kershaw then reached on an infield single to load the bases. The Dodgers left the bases stranded but that didn’t stop the celebration that was going on inside of the stadium.
In between innings highlights were played on the jumbotron of Alec Martinez’s game-winning goal, Justin Williams receiving the Conn Smythe Trophy, and captain Dustin Brown skating with the Stanley Cup.
As the celebration broke out around Los Angeles, Kershaw was busy bouncing back from his last outing versus Arizona. In the desert, the Diamondbacks roughed him up for seven earned runs over 1.2 innings last month.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner was closer to his normal self Friday night. He allowed just one earned run over seven innings. Kershaw walked one and struck out seven but described the start as "very stressful." In part, because of the eight hits he surrendered.
Kershaw left the game with a 3-1 lead and the bullpen was able to preserve the win.
Dodgers fans were elated. On this night they were Kings fans, too.
Oh, and it was Friday night Fireworks at the stadium. How fitting.