The Dodgers Finished the 2022 regular season with their 111th win, a 6-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the regular season finale on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs among four Dodger’s dingers as the Dodgers (111-51) not only broke the franchise record in wins, but finished with the second best regular season in National League history. There is no doubt that the Dodgers had an excellent regular season and were a terrific club this year. But is their season a failure if they don’t win it all?
There’s been some talk over here about this very topic. There are some people who believe that if the Dodgers don’t win the World Series then their accomplishments this summer mean nothing. There are also some people that believe the Dodgers were the best team in baseball regardless of whether they win the championship or not, and even if they don’t win a ring their season was still very successful.
It’s a tough question. There are no easy answers to this. You could point out that there are valid arguments on both sides. My opinion is that the whole point of playing any sport is to win as many championships as possible. The World Series is what every player aspires to achieve from the Major Leagues on down to the little leagues. All players dream of not only playing in the fall classic but winning it. As a little boy I dreamt of seeing the Dodgers clinching the World Series at Dodger Stadium.
for the record, I don’t think the 2022 Dodgers season is a failure if they don’t win a title. I do think it would be disappointing and annoying. Let’s say the Dodgers are knocked out in the playoffs, or lose the World Series, does that mean they are still the best team?
The Playoffs and World Series are all about playing under pressure. The postseason games are played under tremendous pressure. The regular season games do not carry the same significance as games in October do. Not to say regular season games are not important. Every game is important and the Dodgers and all MLB teams should always try to win every game by putting their best players on the field every day. However the postseason is so much harder to get through then games in April, May or June. The MLB playoffs are the ultimate sports pressure cooker.
sure there are other factors that play. For instance there is some luck involved as there is in any sport. There are injuries and there is other small sample size results. In order to get through the playoffs and win the World Series you have to have a lot of determination, toughness and chemistry. These are things that can’t be quantified by stats or numbers or formulas. The 1988 Dodgers weren’t the most talented team but they won the championship because they never gave up. You have to be relentless to do it, and those 88 Dodgers certainly were.
The World Series is the pinnacle of baseball success. It’s the reason why players hang on years after their prime. It’s the reason why little kids dream before bed time. It’s the reason why players come back too early from injuries and why entire cities shut down for a week at the end of October. This is what it is all about and another journey begins on October 11. Yet it doesn’t mean what the Dodgers did this regular season isn’t outstanding. I mean 111 wins, my word.