I can’t help but think that there is something special about this year’s Dodgers team. Already 8 games behind the San Francisco Giants in June, the team lost the game’s best pitcher Clayton Kershaw to injury. Word is that the the players decided to forgo a team meeting that normally would have signaled desperation in the clubhouse.
Instead, the team went about its business behind first-year manager, Dave Roberts. Some teams–the best teams–take on the personality of its skipper. By all accounts, Dave Roberts is an eternally optimistic person. He seems to have fun in the dugout. He’s also unafraid to make the tough and controversial calls, such as taking out pitchers who are in the midst of throwing no-hitters–twice.
The team has a resiliency that have been lacking in recent years. They not only made up those 8 games with the Giants, they soared past SF and clinched a 4th consecutive division championship, becoming the first NL team to do so. Now they have their ace back and rounding into form. With a potent-hitting lineup that features likely NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager and a deep bullpen, this team will be fun to watch in the playoffs.
Of course for any contender, it is World Series or bust. Dodger fans want the pennant and then a parade to send Vin Scully off into a glorious retirement.