The Dodgers are having a fantastic season. They have the best record in baseball right now and are on pace to win 111 games. They’re arguably having one of the greatest if not the best season in franchise history. They have a 9.5 game lead in the NL West. They have the best starting pitcher in baseball (Clayton Kershaw) and the best closer (Kenley Jansen) in baseball.
Their second best starter (Alex Wood) is 11-0. They’re on a super human 29-4 stretch. Their top rookie (Cody Bellinger) is doing incredible things. They have a forward thinking front office that values youth over veterans, and they have a great manager. They also have the most beautiful stadium in baseball and a bunch of fanatics that follow them around on road games with a gigantic Dodger banner.
But the Dodgers aren’t perfect. There’s one thing that they don’t have that hangs over the franchise like a black cloud or a monkey on their back. It mars the organization and keeps me up at night like a bad case of acid reflux. It’s that nasty 29-year World Series drought. The Dodgers haven’t won a pennant or a World Series since 1988 and it’s about damn time they end that awful thing. They’ve had four consecutive playoff chances end in soul-crushing defeat. This has got to be the year that they win the damned thing.
Everything seems to be pointing to that ending this year. The universe seems to be unfolding in this direction. The only competition in the NL West (Dbacks and Rockies) have fallen way off the pace. The Giants are mired in last place which is wonderful and the Cubs are a mediocre mess. The only legitimate threat in the National League this season could be the bullpen challenged Nationals. Even they don’t look like a challenge to the mighty Dodgers.
It’s got to happen this year. We’re all not getting any younger and neither is Kershaw. Last Postseason was a total mind screw. The Dodgers came from behind in the NLDS to knock off a very talented Nationals club only to fall to the dominating Cubs in the NLCS. They had a ton of injuries but they weren’t favored to win the NLCS. They were heavy underdogs. Unfortunately they teased us by winning the first two out of three games in that series. But again they weren’t supposed to win. The stupid Cubs were heavily favored to win the whole thing, which they did. This year the Cubs are out of the way and the Dodgers will likely be the favorites by a large margin.
Imagine what would happen if the Dodgers won the World Series this year? Other than the incredible joy it would bring us to finally see a Dodger championship for the first time in nearly 30 years. Many of us who grew up in the post Kirk Gibson era have never seen the Dodgers in the World Series. Everything would change for the better and we would finally have all of our dreams come true.
I can see it now. Kenley Jansen recording the final out in the ninth inning of game seven over the upstart Astros and watching the Dodgers jump all over each other in celebration. If the Dodgers finish with the best record that game seven would be at Dodger Stadium and all of Los Angeles would be awash in drunken happiness. The champagne shower in the clubhouse and the trophy presentation would be unreal. Somebody would be the World Series MVP. Clayton Kershaw perhaps, or Cody would probably win it. Maybe they could have something like the 1981 club and three players take home the award. Wouldn’t that be something?
Us Dodger fans could finally have something to brag about on twitter all throughout the winter. Imagine the Giants fans twisting in the wind having to watch us win a championship for a change. Sure they’ve got their three disgusting championships to reminisce about, but that’s old news. This is right now and they would be forced to watch us revel in our joy. What have they done for you lately? Giants fans would be forced to contemplate as they try to forget about their awful season. Grant Brisbee would be unable to write any of these stupid articles anymore. You know he writes those every damn season the Dodgers are eliminated? Please don’t let him write any of those yucky posts again Dodgers.
The championship parade through downtown Los Angeles would be huge. The now defunct dodgerblues.com website could finally stop the Gibson clock. Our enemies would hate us even more. What if this was the first of many championships across a new Dodgers dynasty? I can see all of the future articles now: The Dodgers are back, they would write.
Everyone could finally say Yankees west and really mean it this time. The air would become crisper. Your food would taste better. World hunger would end and peace would break out in the middle East. Your life would be better if the Dodgers won the World Series. The Earth would be a better happier place for all of humanity.
I can see the good times ahead and a future filled with winning seasons and exciting Dodger championships. They’ve just got to get that first one out of the way. Many more can come. I would no longer be able to make those “boy they stink” tweets anymore. I can’t wait.
I want a Dodger World Series championship more than ever. We would be able to look back on this 2017 season and re-watch World Series highlights late at night when we can’t sleep. I can close my eyes and see it all coming together now. Please Dodgers make it happen this year. Just win the damned thing because we’re not getting any younger.