Somewhere in the sparse Oakland Coliseum crowd last night, there was a little boy or little girl watching his or her beloved Dodgers play for the first time.
That little kid felt anxiety and excitement as the Dodgers took the field. After all that waiting, the kid was able to see the Boys in Blue in person.
Then the Dodgers came out flat and sleepwalked to a 3-0 loss while accumulating just two hits against an awful Oakland team.
That child probably went home in tears. It’s a sad fact of life in baseball.
Even first-place teams have off nights. Nights when they’re never in the contest. I call them “throwaway” games, and they seem to happen about 10 times a year to even the greatest clubs.
Hopefully that kid’s parents bring him or her to tonight’s game, too, and hopefully the Dodgers actually show up this time.