I know full well that no one associated with these Los Angeles Dodgers – no player, executive, usher or consessions person at Dodger Stadium, or fan – wants to hear this right now.
And as a longtime Dodger fan whose loyalty to the team was passed down from my grandparents, it really hurts me to say this, but it must be said:
Considering the situation that Don Mattingly’s team was in, with Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier hurting to the point where they would have been on the disabled list if it were the regular season and Matt Kemp out with that bad ankle…
It was inevitable that the Dodgers would eventually lose to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, as the offense was playing with one hand tied behind their back.
I didn’t know, however, that they would be eliminated from the postseason in such a devastating fashion, the Cardinals treating Clayton Kershaw - the likely winner of this year’s Cy Young Award – like Charlie Brown in the third and fifth innings as the Dodger ace couldn’t get anybody out in the fifth, giving up seven runs in all.
And not to put the blame on him, as he had an electrifying presence and impact since he was first called up on June 3rd, but Yasiel Puig’s two errors due to poor fundamentals didn’t help things any.
Folks should remember that Puig was supposed to spend this season in the minors before injuries and bad play forced L.A. to call him up, and his lack of big league experience showed.
I’m postitive that no one associated with the Dodgers, from Magic Johnson all the way down to that five-year old fan who sits in the right field pavilion with his parents, saw that coming.
At least it was over relatively quick as the nine runs that St. Louis scored in their 9-0 blowout came in the first half of the game.
It’s a very difficult thing to say, but Dodger fans need to acknowledge it:
The Cardinals were the better team in this series; any club that beats the other team’s ace twice and their other ace (Zack Greinke) once more than deserves that distinction.
There’s not much more to say other than although it ended badly, it was a great season, one which lots of strides in the right direction were made.
And there’s nothing else for L.A. and their fans to do but to have a nice winter.
Until we meet again in Camelback Ranch for Spring Training in 2014…