Alvin, hit me with the Autumn Wind. No, wait, give me some “I Love LA.” Better yet, play them both. And bump whatever it is the Clippers play when they win.
The Dodgers are making their first trip to the World Series in nearly three decades, the Raiders pull off an insane win, and the Lonzo Ball made his debut for the Lakers. In other words: Dodgers. Raiders. Lakers-Clippers. HAS CALI GIVEN YOU ENOUGH TO TALK ABOUT?
Let’s start with the Dodgers. They didn’t back into the World Series. They kicked down the door. No, they gassed up a bulldozer and flattened the whole freaking house. And they got to work early. Chris Taylor led of the game with a 9-pitch walk. Let me tell you about Taylor. This guy is a freaking stud. Dude is violent with a bat in his hand. Put him anywhere in the infield or outfield and he looks like a gold glover. Runs extremely well; and has this uncanny knack for always doing the right thing at the right time. This dude is a player. And the Seattle Mariners having him and not knowing it is about the most Mariners thing ever. The Dodgers are lucky too have him and the Mariners were stupid to let him go. Anyway, he started the game the way he always does. Then Justin Turner struck out and then Cody Bellinger came to the plate and hit a RBI Triple. 1-0 Dodgers. Then in the top of the second, the Kike Hernandez show started with a solo shot.
Enrique Javier Hernandez, if you need him. 2-0 Dodgers. Then in the top of the third, a really bad night for the Cubs got a whole lot worse and who was right in the middle of it? Taylor and Hernandez, again. Taylor led off the inning with a ground rule double, then scored on Turner’s single. Then Bellinger singled. Then Puig singled. And then Kike Hernandez went Kike Hernandez again.
That’s two for him. Two home runs that is. And 5 RBI in the first three innings. And 7-0 for the Dodgers. Good night, now. Thanks for coming.
Cubs fans were streaming for the exits. The defending champs were done. The series was done. Except it wasn’t, because the Dodgers weren’t done. And neither was Kike. Fast forward to the top of the 9th, with one man on and Kike did it again, yard. That’s three for him!
By God, Kike, stop. These Cubs pitchers have families. Have mercy. But the Dodgers didn’t have any mercy and they haven’t had any since the postseason started. 7-1 in the postseason and they’ve outscored their competition by nearly 30 runs in just eight games. And a Cubs season that started with them hosting the Dodgers in Wrigley as they got rings, ended with the Dodgers soaking Wrigley in champagne.
To be the champs, you have to beat the champs, and the Dodgers smashed the champs. Absolutely wrecked them. That was a beat down and hospital job of the highest order. From top to bottom, the Dodgers outplayed, out-hit, outmanaged, and out-smarted and outclassed the Cubs. That doesn’t mean the Cubs are done or that the dynasty is over. Baseball dynasties are funny that way. Check with the late 90s Yankees, but it does mean that the Cubs have some work to do and some questions to answer before next season.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, have one big question this morning – how do you get the sting of champagne out of your eyes? Because those dudes were going hard in the clubhouse. And well they should. Puig took a break from the celebration to finally explain why he licks his bat: “I make love to the bat and he pays me back with hits.”
You do you, Yasiel. And he has been. And it’s been working.
But you know that nobody in that room was more fired up than Clayton Kershaw. It’s amazing that I’m this far into a take about a pennant-clinching game where he went 6 strong, gave up just one run, and struck out five and this is the first time I mentioned him, but at the same time, it feels so right that he was the one who got the win, because you know how badly he wanted it: “It feels good to hear World Series. It’s been a long time coming for this team. I’m kind of at a loss for words right now. I never thought in a million years I’d get to play in a World Series. I know we’ve got four more to go, but right now, it’s tough to sink in.”
There have been so many heroes for the Dodgers over the course of the season and in the postseason. From Bellinger to Turner to Taylor to Hernandez to Kenley Jansen, and the list goes on, but it’s really about the guy who really doesn’t want it to be about him, Kershaw. And now he gets the ball for Game 1 of the World Series in Los Angeles on Tuesday. And the storyline doesn’t get any better than that. Now, what do you have to say for yourselves, Dodger haters?! I know, I know, they haven’t done jack. They got to the World Series but haven’t won it. Great, and what are you going with when they do? Scoreboard, look up at it. And then give them the respect they’ve earned.