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Greatest Dodger Moments: A Grand Slam from Steve Finley for the NL West Crown

Dodgers Nation wants to wish a very happy 54th birthday to an unexpected Dodgers’ legend. On March 12, 1965, Steve Finley was born. Then, on October 2, 2004, he gave fans a moment that still resonates in Dodger lore.

In this case, we don’t think you have forgotten. Still – if your memory needs a polish – feast your eyes on the clip below.

I remember it like it was yesterday, although it was nearly 15 years ago. At that time, Chavez Ravine had images of the players still gracing the outfield wall. A nervous crowd of 54,594 packed the house at Dodger Stadium to see the Dodgers win the National League West crown on the strength of Finley’s grand salami.

However, the game entered the bottom of the ninth with high drama. The Giants held a 90 percent win probability – and closer Dustin Hermanson needed just two more outs. Long forgotten Jose Hernandez (the Kiké of his time) worked a walk. Then, Hee-Sop Choi and Cesar Itzturis willed their way aboard.


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Nevertheless, the forgotten moment that allowed for the Finley slam to become part of history is one worth mention. With the bases juiced, a guy named Jayson Werth singled to right field on a 2-2 pitch to score Hernandez and tie the game at three.

Obviously, the moment that came next is the one we’re honoring within this post. We love it because it’s a Hollywood ending you read about in a storybook. Taking down the hated rival on the next-to-last day of the season? Check. Finley put up an age-39 season you simply don’t see anymore. Alas, let’s look at why this memory is forever special to Dodgers fans!

Twitter Reactions: Remembering Steve Finley’s Grand Slam

https://twitter.com/dodgers921/status/1105574874825744384

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Wish Steve Finley A Happy Birthday With Your Memory

Now is your chance to add your memory in the comments section. Indeed, we want you to share your vivid memory of this timeless moment in Dodgers history.

And if you ever see this post Steve: thank you from all of Dodgers Nation.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. That team was ruined by the OG Sabre dork Paul DePodesta. He rocked the chemistry at the deadline that year and the team didn’t get better. He traded 4 key pieces and likeable teammates

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