My beloved Dodgers might get swept by Atlanta in the playoffs. That’s OK, because the only two Braves fans I know are soft-spoken, respectful guys from Shelby County. They won’t rub it in if the Dodgers lose.
The other option would have been playing the Cardinals. St. Louis fans are usually pretty outspoken about their team’s perceived greatness. Losing to the Redbirds means weeks, months, even decades of insults.
So go Dodgers, and hopefully the Cards will be eliminated in the first round.