What happened at Dodger Stadium on Monday night was as remarkable as any throw made by Yasiel Puig this season or any line drive hit by Hanley Ramirez.

Juan Uribe took a curtain call.

After Uribe hit his career-high third home run in the Dodgers' 8-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks the same fans who constantly booed him over the last two seasons insisted he come out of the dugout. Uribe climbed a few steps and tipped his cap.

“That's something you never forget” Uribe said. “That made me emotional. For me that was huge.”

On a night in which the Dodgers hit a season-high six home runs Uribe's three were the most memorable. In a season of redemption for the most expensive team in baseball history the third baseman's comeback has been the most improbable.

As the Dodgers' lowered their magic number to clinch the National League West to eight and ended a four-game losing streak Uribe completed his transformation from one of the most reviled players in the team's recent history to one of the most beloved.

Uribe was signed before the 2011 season when the Dodgers were owned by Frank McCourt and couldn't afford top-tier free agents. He had a bloated midsection and a bloated contract which set the Dodgers back $21 million over three years.

In the first two years of that deal Uribe hit a combined .199. The low point came late last season when Uribe was nailed to the bench as overnight sensation Luis Cruz became the Dodgers' everyday third baseman.

“It's hardest when you're ready to play every day but can't” Uribe said. “I don't blame anyone. Cruz was playing tremendously and he had to play.”

Those close to Uribe said he was embarrassed. But through it all he smiled and even mentored Cruz. In a team meeting at the end of the 2012 season Manager Don Mattingly singled out Uribe as an exemplary teammate.