Sustained excellence: The Dodgers have advanced to the postseason four consecutive years, a franchise best and the longest current streak in MLB.
“The Green Fields of the Mind” by A. Bartlett Giamatti
It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.
The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings.
And then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive.
And then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.
Today, October 2, a Sunday of rain and broken branches and leaf-clogged drains and slick streets, it stopped, and summer was gone.
This wonderful poem begins at the 1:25 mark…Please watch if you love baseball or love the passage of time.
Kershaw will win 15+ games and have an ERA under 2.20.
In other words, just a typical Kershaw season.
I wouldn’t trade him for any three players.
Can’t help but think about my Dad up in heaven tonight. Lifelong Cubs fans born in 1932. He’s enjoying this game tonight.
Also thinking about my uncle Hub, of course, Iowa’s biggest Dodgers fan since 1955 and the inspiration behind my obsession.
We’ll have another good team next year, Hub. You can bet on it. 😀👍🏼⚾️
Jerry West was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He earned the nickname Mr. Clutch during his long career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
West later became the general manager of the Lakers. It was during those years that he was unable to watch the team play during the postseason because of extreme anxiety.
I can understand his pain. My emotional attachment to the Los Angeles Dodgers has reached a point where I can hardly watch them in the high-intensity games.
That’s right. I love the Dodgers so much that I can’t stand to see them fail in playoff games (or any big game). It crushes my soul.
I’m not talking about the current Dodger players.
I’m talking about the Dodgers’ tradition. The history. The uniforms. The stadium. The franchise. The vibe.
And for the first time, they recorded back-to-back shutouts.