It has finally happened. The Los Angeles Dodgers are really going to the World Series. In a year that it seemed like belonged all to them, and then suddenly didnt; the Dodgers have overcome some odds to advance to their first World Series since Kirk Gibson did his thing back when I was six years old.
They knock out the defending World Champions in five games. They win game five 11-1, with Kike Hernandez hitting THREE home runs. Clayton Kershaw was pretty darn good (Justin Turner said he had his best curveball he’s ever had tonight) for six innings, and the bullpen continued to not allow any runs.
Cody Bellinger had three hits, including putting the Dodgers on the board with a bullet double down the right field line off Jose Quintana in the first inning. It seemed like every Dodger got in on the act a little bit.
Watch the moment the @Dodgers win the National League Pennant on #ClinchCam! #ThisTeam #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/Uj9HqKPBZq
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 20, 2017
The Dodgers await the Yankees or the Astros, in what will be not only the best and biggest World Series since the inception of this blog, but possibly the greatest match-up of my lifetime.
I’ve got some things in the works to possibly get out to Los Angeles to see games one and two; we’ll have to see what happens. It could be a wild couple of days.
I’m still trying to get my head around the fact that the Dodgers actually delivered on what so many believed they would do all along. They were the team that survived. The team that didn’t fall short of expectations or fold when things got tough.
They need four more wins to cap off the greatest season – in my opinion – in Major League history.