Kyle Dodgers is the hero for a blast at the trash-can Astro.

Thanks, Joe Kelly.

Thanks to the Houston Astro for beating that hard on the trash can.

Thanks for making sure the Dodgers didn’t get cheated again.

Bless you Joe Kelly for a fearless, vindictive and surprisingly scorching inning that will be forever in Dodgers lore.

In their first game at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, as they robbed the 2017 World Series championship here, the Dodgers long-bottled feelings finally exploded through Kelly’s wild right hand and his witty expressions.

He not only stood for an unjust clubhouse, he spoke for a depressed Dodger Nation, and it was a sight to behold. The Dodgers spent the first five innings carefully controlling their temper as their fans surely looked on in desperation, then Kelly stepped onto the mound in the sixth and knocked it out. The Dodgers won the game 5–2, but Kelly had the night.

He knocked down one batsman, killed another batsman in a staring match, used pickup throws to continuously drop a baserunner into the ground, scrambled over another baserunner, and finally the Astros while weeping his face. I walked out of the ground screaming. , Fondling the child.

The bench vacated, and the Dodgers fans’ newfound respect for the already disgraced Kelly would overflow.

Some people on social media suggested giving him a silent Bates-type contract. Others suggested that they build him a statue. do not laugh. He was that big.

For a moment, a thoughtful team that is sometimes reserved for its own good was awakened with a rare, honest feeling. For one night, at the club working on teamwork, there was no better teammate.

The Retaliation started when the Dodgers were leading 5–2 in the sixth inning. Interestingly, Kelly was not one of the 10 active Dodgers who accompanied the 2017 World Series team. It was not on that group that the conclusion of this Winter Major League Baseball investigation was that a secret sign-stealing caper had been tricked into it containing the signs of the robber and possibly banging cans and whistles. . He is not one of the Dodgers leaders who was so angry this spring when individual Astro was not punished and his stolen title was not vacated.

He is not Cody Bellinger, who said, “Everyone knows they steal the ring from us.”

He is not Justin Turner, who said, “It is very clear to me that it was not earned, and it is not something that a banner is to be hung in their stadium, a trophy is placed.”

By virtue of her newness, Kelly was always out of that controversy. It clearly did not matter. After a tough start in Los Angeles last summer, Kelly is now a Dodger.

One out, Alex Bragman batted, counting 3 and 0 … and Kelly rolled the ball over the top of his head. It just slipped, right? right.

What happened next was probably a clear window into Kelly’s intentions when he threw the first straight base three times to force Bragman to make three straight dusty dives, even if there was a chance he was stealing.

The next batsman, Michael Brentley, defeated an already potential double-play grounder and provoked Kelly in the process. The pot pounced on him. Someone from the turbulent Astros dugout shouted, “Just go to the mound!” With a discount.

Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly returned to Houston Astro shortstop Carlos Correa after the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 win on Tuesday.

(David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

Kelly comes back to the mound, all right. He passed through Yuli Guerrill on four pitches, with one inside, then loaded his next pitch to Carlos Correia. Bregman and Koreya were the worst of all attempts to lame forgiveness by Astro in the wake of the sign-theft scandal.

Carey stared at Kelly as if he could not believe that such anger was ever being shown by the quiet dodgers, and turned the other ball inside. Then, with runners on second and third, Correa stranded everyone with a lungi swing to another ball out of the strike zone.

As Koreya apparently complained, Kelly walked off the mound, mimicking a young child. He yelled something at Kore before sneaking into the dugout, “Shut up …!”

Kelly actually pissed off Astro. He collected but took a hit in the final three innings against three other Dodgers relievers. Not that manager Dave Roberts can accept Kelly’s inspiration, of course. Nobody in baseball accepts this kind of stuff.

“I think that’s Joe’s story to tell,” Roberts said after the Zoom conference. “I know he had good stuff today, lost a little command, ruled it back; It is good to see “

And what exactly did Roberts see? nothing nothing.

“I really don’t know … he lost a fastball … those guys did a little bit of offense … the hopes of going into this series, things had escalated a bit … that’s kind of what happened. “

Kelly then told her story, during which she reminded everyone of this summer’s infamous shutdown backyard video in which she threw such a wild pitch, she broke a window.

“My accuracy is not the best,” he said. “I broke my window with my newborn two days before I was born.”

His comments about specific works contained the same bush.

On Bragman’s pitch: “It was obviously a ball … it wasn’t my best pitch.”

On the pitch for Correa: “I think he didn’t go to a current ball very keenly … it’s just that … I pitch competitively … something they obviously don’t take very politely Huh.”

Astro’s manager Dusty Baker said Kelly called it “dirty” and said he had no doubt that it had all changed.

“Balls sometimes get away, but not in many big leagues. A 3-0 fastball over a man’s head, now you’re flirting with ending your career,” Baker said. “What bothers me. The done umpires warned us. … Why don’t you warn him? … He is the one who started this mess the first time. “

Baker was actually surprised that someone made it difficult for his theater, saying that this is the first time in such an early season that they have seen so much inside pitching.

“This is the first time. He said that he has warned everyone from the beginning. This is the first time,” he said.

This was probably the first time anyone had seen those hideous baby faces coming from a big pitcher, when Kelly was staring at Coria, and what was that really all about?

“I think my expression was what I interpreted in my head as to what he said,” Kelly said.

Coriya was crying. Good for Kelly. Astro illuminated the entire winter. Good for Kelly.

The Astro are taking off the hook during this short season as they will not have fans in the boo and jeer and bang garbage bins.

The Astros would not play in front of a Southern California crowd ready to vent their deep and disgusting rage into the team that won the Dodgers’ first World Series championship in 29 years.

Astro can almost forget that everyone is going to forget that summer.

Thanks, Joe Kelly.

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