There are certain homeruns that Dodgers fans will always remember. The Kirk Gibson World Series one is a given and the Max Muncy walk-off in the 2018 World Series has to be up there. But in terms of regular-season dingers, one stands out.
Charlie Culberson was added to the Dodgers roster halfway through the season in 2016. With Los Angeles looking to clinch their 4th consecutive NL West title, Culberson ended up playing a big role. But his biggest moment came in the final home game of the year in September.
Culberson came up in the 10th inning against the Rockies with the Dodgers all tied up. A win would clinch them the title, but he had to go through former Colorado teammate Logan Boone. He took him deep and set off a wild celebration at Chavez Ravine.
Now with the Rangers, Charlie spoke with am570’s David Vassegh about that homerun and revealed he still watches that highlight.
Every now and then I’ll rewatch the video sometimes I’ll catch my little boy Ave watching it. It was a great day. It was a good time rounding second base and seeing the whole bullpen sprinting in from left field, it’s kind of hard not to smile thinking about that time. Always cool to be able to relive that moment.
But it wasn’t just the fact that it was a walk-off or that it clinched the West for the Dodgers. That day also capped off Vin Scully appreciation weekend to celebrate the legendary broadcaster. It was the final home game that Vin announced at Chavez Ravine, and that was his final call there.
It was quite a special moment for a lot of reasons. Culberson later went and got that bat signed by Scully and according to his interview with Vassegh, he has it hanging up at home. He may no longer be with the Dodgers, but he will always be remembered in Los Angeles.