Bobby Miller officially became a Dodger dog on Tuesday. After securing the first win of his big league career with 5 dominant innings over the Braves in Atlanta, Miller’s teammates gave him one of the crazier sounding celebrations in the clubhouse. The report out of Truist Field is that the rookie was showered in beer — fairly traditional — and just about everything else players could get their hands on.
Where the group even got the hot dog condiments in the locker room is beyond me.
“It was awesome. I loved every second of it,” Miller said. “There was some nasty stuff poured on me but I loved it. You’ve got to appreciate times like that. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
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Surely Miller would welcome as many of these awkward showers as possible if it meant he kept on winning, but nothing will be a sweet as the first one. …assuming they used sweet relish.
Miller Shines in Win
The 24-year-old rookie tossed 5 innings of one run ball, including holding the Braves scoreless over his final 4 frames. He allowed just 5 baserunners while recording the first 5 strikeouts of his career.
“For him to arrive and pitch like he did on a stage like this, [against] a team like this, the way he showed was really encouraging for all of us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think this is just a start.”
Miller admitted there were plenty of nerves on the mound but relied on his catcher, Will Smith, to help get him through the debut jitters.
“As confident as I looked out there, I was very nervous under that poker face. I just got to focus on my breathing and tell myself it’s the same game still. Nothing changes. Stick to the game plan. Trust Will behind the plate. I didn’t shake him off at all and he took me to the promised land.”
For now, he’ll stay in the rotation for at least one more start, depending on the outcome of Julio Urias’s bullpen session this weekend in Tampa Bay. If it’s more… that doesn’t seem like such a bad thing.