It’s been almost 24 hours since the Dodgers lost the World Series in five games to the Boston Red Sox. Having time to reflect on the Dodger’s 2018 season has made me realize just how incredible it really was. The World Series loss was painful. Losing the World Series for the second consecutive season stings more than you can imagine. I’m sure you are all going through the same agony that I am going through as well. Watching the Dodgers win the National League pennant for the second straight year was an amazing emotional experience. However the Dodgers fell short of their goal to end the 30-year championship drought. Once again we were forced to watch another team celebrate and hoist the World Series trophy on the field of Dodger Stadium. There will be no parade in downtown Los Angeles and we’ll have to go through another long cold depressing winter until the next season starts.
While the Dodgers have become the Buffalo Bills of baseball, it’s important to recognize just how resilient this club is. Reaching the World Series two years in a row is an amazing accomplishment. We’re suffering and the sting of this loss will linger throughout the winter. But let’s not kick the team while they are down. Instead let’s celebrate their achievements. The Dodgers won the pennant again and it was even more special considering the team was nowhere near as good as they were in 2017.
The Dodgers had so many problems in 2018 and yet persevered through them all. Losing Corey Seager for most of the season and Justin Turner for a large chunk of the early part of the campaign was a huge setback. The Dodgers overcame bullpen problems, injuries, offensive issues, tons of strikeouts and inept game management. Midseason acquisitions like Manny Machado and Brian Dozier were busts, and the team struggled to hit with runners in scoring position all season long.
Yet despite all of these issues the boys in blue captured their sixth consecutive NL West division title. They had to rally defeating the Rockies in a tiebreaker in the 163rd game of the season. The Dodgers then dispatched the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series before outlasting a tough Milwaukee Brewers club in a 7-game NLCS to win the pennant. Unfortunately the Red Sox were just too much to overcome and the Dodgers fell to the Boston squad in a five game World Series defeat.
I realized a lifelong dream of mine when I attended game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night. One of the items on my bucket list has always been to go to a World Series game at Dodger Stadium and watch, cheer on the Dodgers in the fall classic. I did that and while the catastrophe in the late innings was horrifying to watch in person, the experience was something I will never forget. The atmosphere was electric for most of the game. The World Series is the pinnacle of American sports and going to a World Series game, especially one where your team is playing for a championship is a special experience I hope that all of you get to do at least once in your lives. Maybe one day soon the Dodgers will win it all.
It’s incredible that the Dodgers got to the World Series this year. Nobody thought they would make it that far, considering how much they sucked early in the season. The Dodgers started the regular season 16-26, one of their worst starts in franchise history and rebounded to win the pennant. The Dodgers trolled the world and went to the World Series. That is simply unbelievable. As we wait for the hot stove season to begin let’s take some time to look back on one heck of a roller-coaster ride. Check out the video below my girlfriend took of Yasiel Puig’s sixth inning three-run home run in game 4 on Saturday night.