Stop the presses! Stop everything! Run outside and shout it to the sky so the boys from Brooklyn up in Blue Heaven can hear you- “THE DODGERS ARE BACK IN THE WORLD SERIES!” Dust off that Fall Classic bunting and place it all around Chavez Ravine. Surround the TV with all of your lucky Dodgers memorabilia.
Starting next Tuesday, this – our – Dodgers team will step into the same World Series spotlights that once upon a time shone upon Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, Steve Garvey and Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero and Tommy Lasorda. The Dodgers beat the Cubs in the NLCS four games to one, and tonight’s clincher was glorious to watch.
The man every Dodger and Dodgers fan looked to lead them to the promised land, Clayton Kershaw, took the ball to the Wrigley Field mound tonight, and he rose to the occasion, as all the great ones do. Kershaw wasn’t perfect. He was bitten by that pesky home run bug that has plagued him all season, but that was the only flaw in his outing – if you are so inclined to look for one. The Ace went six full innings, threw 89 pitches, and he only gave up three hits and one run.
The Dodgers’ offense gave Kershaw plenty of run support. Oh boy, did they give him runs. The Boys in the Big Blue Steamroller went to work right from the first inning, and they torched Chicago pitching long into the night. Chris Taylor was a master at lead off tonight. He started things off with a walk and came home to score the first of the Dodgers’ runs on Cody Bellinger‘s double.
In the second inning, Enrique Hernandez hit the first of his three – count ’em, three home runs – to make it 2-0.
The big inning came in the third. The Dodgers rallied and Justin Turner singled in Chris Taylor (who led off the inning with a double). The bases were loaded and up stepped Kike. He swung at the first pitch he saw, and out went the ball, and with it went the hopes for victory in every Cub fan sitting in Wrigley Field. The Dodgers were going bonkers, Dodger fans around the world were screaming for joy, and Cub fans started the sad exodus for the exit gates.
The Dodgers batted around in the inning with a double, four singles, and a grand slam. They scored five runs and went up 7-0. But they weren’t done. This team still had plenty of blue fire remaining, and they weren’t going to be satisfied with just entering the World Series through the front door. They had plans on blowing out the entire front wall.
Logan Forsythe doubled in the fourth, and that drove in Cody and Yasiel Puig. The score was 9-0 when Kershaw surrendered the Cubs lone run, and Dodgers pitching kept Chicago quiet for the rest of the night. Kershaw pitched another two scoreless innings and then Kenta Maeda and Brandon Morrow went to work. Maeda struck out two and Morrow struck out the side to combine for two more scoreless innings.
Then came the ninth. With Yasiel Puig standing on first, Kike stepped to he plate and he delivered more Dodger Blue fireworks. On a 2-0 count, Kike drove his third home run into the Chicago night and through the barely-beating hearts of the Cubs. Hernandez’s third homer put the Dodgers up 11-1, and wrote his name into the LCS record books as the first man to hit three home runs and record 7 RBIs in one game.
Every Dodger Blue heart expanded yet again, and as people realized this was really going to happen, some broke out the fireworks and others broke into tears. Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Cubs – one, two, three, and then the 29-year drought was over.
The Dodgers poured on the field, Cubs fans poured out whiskey to drown their sorrows, and Dodger fans poured out their blue love as scenes of Tommy Lasorda saluting the players from behind home plate flashed on the screen. It was glorious, magnificent and fantastic all at once.
Stay tuned folks. The Big Blue Steamroller fires up the engines again on Tuesday. Bring on the Astros! Bring on the Yankees! Bring ’em all on! We’re ready for anything!