What a pleasant surprise in St. Louis this week: The Cardinals won three of four against Arizona, and today’s Cardinals victory gave the Dodgers the National League West championship.
I’m happy — giddy is a more accurate word — to report that I was wrong about this 2008 Dodgers team. I never thought they had what it took to win the division. Even after last night’s win over San Diego cut the magic number to one, I had visions of Arizona forcing a one-game playoff to determine a West champ.
We were a .500 team until Manny Ramirez arrived, and rarely has one player made such a big difference for a team. I knew we had good starting pitching and a great bullpen, and I always thought a big power bat would make us a contender. I was right about that, but I still felt like we were missing the “it” factor.
Now, on to the playoffs where hopefully we can do some damage.