It Was Fun While It Lasted.
Dodgers; 2013. Let's sum it up this way... Disastrous start... rescued by Puig... inspiring resurgence.... exciting playoff run... embarrasing finish.... let's get em next year. That about sums it up. With Kershaw on the mound in the must win Game 6 you had to like if not love the Dodgers chances. It wasn't to be. On a chilly and then rainy night in STL the Cards outhit outhustled and out everythinged the Dodgers 9 - 0.
In the clubhouse afterwards the players told me it didn't matter if they lost 1 -0 or 9 - 0 .. a loss is a loss.. I don't really buy that. Kershaw was near tears. I swear he'd trade in his mega- zillion salary to be for a trip to the Series... He didn't make any excuses. Schumaker said Mattingly told em he was proud of em... and we all are... Gonzales said much the same thing.. talking optimistically about next year. Puig, in the clubhouse, sat virtually alone, shirt off, checking his cell phone.. no one approoaching him... what could he say ? three KO's, two terrible ill advised throws... fortunately that didn't turn out to be the difference but it could've.... All off season.. watch.. we'll be hearing about Yasiel and how hard he's working on his on-field decision making ( perhaps off field too ) his maturity, his role on the team, his baseball situational awareness. Good . He needs it.. we need it....
The Dodgers stilll drew almost 4 million fans this year.. but it's now MORE than 25 years since they went to the World Series.. that's hard to believe, with a team that's supposed to be among the sports elite. All the pieces are in place for next year.. ownership, management ( I feel they have to bring back Mattingly .. what can he do w/ a healthy club from the start ? ) .... A surgically repaired and rehabbed and refreshed Kemp.. Ethier... Ramirez.. the core of greatness and a champtionship team is there.. .But as St Louis showed us in this six games.. you have to execute... Remember the tried and true baseball cliche '' pitching wins in October?
Okay.... well, as Vin Scully, everyone's idol and inspiration said... they haven't invented the game yet where if you score zero runs you win. Adios from STL... see you on Fox 11 news.. probably back to the ''real world'' after this exciting ride.