The Dodger’s 2019 season went up in flames on Wednesday night during a shocking display of utter incompetence. The Dodgers allowed six runs, three home runs and a grand slam in the final three innings of their 7-3 ten inning loss to the Washington Nationals in game 5 of the National League division Series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers were just six outs away from reaching the NLCS. Throughout the regular season this year many of our posters over here predicted the Dodgers getting knocked out quickly despite their franchise record 106 win regular season record.
Even I wrote and commented multiple times that the Dodgers did not have the pitching to get through the postseason this year. Sure enough, I was right. The rest of the guys over here were right too. Trust me when I say I take no pleasure or joy in being right here. I want the Dodgers to win and I was just as infuriated and crushed when Dave Roberts and the Dodger’s below average pitching torpedoed their quest to reach their third consecutive World Series.
Guys like Bluefan, Package, True Blue, Michael Norris and others were ridiculed by other sites even up to the day before the team was eliminated from postseason play. We have been called negative, second guessers, and critics. Of course once all of those losing apologists and arrogant loudmouths are proven wrong they slink back into their caves never to be heard from until the next season begins.
This site is not negative, nor positive. This is a place where all Dodger fans, regardless of opinion can express themselves without fear of being labeled. This is a place for Dodgers discussion, and not everyone over here is in love with the direction the Dodgers are going in. We all have one thing in common, love for the Dodgers and wanting the boys in blue to win the World Series. I’ve voiced my opinion over here many times about the front office’s small market mentalities, and inability to build a strong pitching staff for years now. It’s all here, written, documented over the course of years.
I read and hear a lot of excuses from the apologists on many other forms of media. They normally just spout the same platitudes and excuses. I am sure you have heard a few of these before yourself. Allow me to go over a few of them with you for a moment.
“The best team doesn’t always win”
“The Dodgers were the better team!”
“The best team did not win the NLDS”
“”Don’t be a second guesser!”
“Don’t be a critic!”
“You are negative!”
And it goes on and on and on and on. My opinion has always been that the best team is the one that wins the series! No, the Dodgers are not the best team because they did not win the series. Good teams find a way to win. That’s a fact that is true in all sports. But let me address something else for a minute.
I believe that fans should always challenge their teams. If you are not actively challenging your club to be better than you are not a fan, but merely a spectator. It’s my job as a writer/blogger to critique the performance of the team. I do this every season and make no excuses for anything I write over here. I don’t blow smoke. I will always give it to you straight. That’s why back in April when the Dodgers went like the first two weeks of the season without a game in which they allowed less than four runs, I let everyone know that I noticed that the Dodger’s pitching staff sucked. As it turned out, I was right as the pitching staff allowed six runs in three frames in game 5, blowing the series within a blink of an eye.
You god damn right I’m a critic. That’s my job as a writer, and that’s your job as a fan. Don’t ever become a mindless spectator afraid to ever challenge the club. These guys are making millions of dollars per year playing baseball in front of millions of people. Being critiqued and second guessed is part of the job. Don’t ever make excuses for incompetence or losing. Continue to challenge the Dodgers to play better because the goal of all of this is to win a championship, not just make the playoffs and lose in excruciating ways every season.
“The best team won”
Yeah, that’s right the best team did win…..the Nationals.