How about them Dodgers?
It’s become quite a ride that we’ve all been buckled into this season, as crap has piled upon crap, and yet, the weight of it all hasn’t broken the camels hump. This team has been resilient and harsh to us at the same time. How do we get so close to taking over 2nd, and then losing a 3 game series to the Phillies, at which point most of us lost confidence in anything happening. Alas, this team was on life support, clinging to the hope that this team would receive a miracle in the form of a trade or of some fortunate news (McTard ousted, Ned Fired), and yet, it never came.
Somehow someway though, they gathered the testicular fortitude, scrounged up their pair of guava fruits and manned up, winning throughout August, and currently riding a 5 game winning streak. What’s worth noting is that in all this time, when they’ve been winning, they’ve been hitting the ball better, pitching better, and more so improved upon their once horrid record. With 3 more wins, this team could be at .500, something that this team looked incapable of doing so a short while ago.
Now, many can say that there is no justice in this season, but I beg to differ. Without much media fanfare on the National Stage (ie: ESPN), two of our very own have put up amazing seasons, with a month of ball left to go.
Matt Kemp has been a great hitter for much of his career, learning through trial and error and much malign of certain people (GM) and has seemed to put everything he’s been taught throughout his career to good use. With the help of Davey Lopes, he’s become a feared runner, so much so that he’s on pace to steal at least 40 bags, and with his power, hit 40 HR’s. A 40-40 season, coupled with a great AVG and RBI total has pushed him into consideration for MVP.
Our very own ACE Kersh has been lights out. Putting it lightly, he’s tied for the NL wins (17), leads in SO’s (212), 2nd in ERA (2.45), Innings (198.2), is tied for lowest ERA against (.211), and did I mention, he’s only 23. Heck, all this on a team that has been crap for most of the season. His biggest competition is “Doc”, but he’s had a lineup to help him, while Kersh has gutted and grinded it out to post his wins. After all, if the Pot-Head Lincecunt could win, why not Kersh, who is better than him in every which way possible. To me, Kersh and Matty are this season’s NL Cy Young and NL MVP.
Now, with all that said and done, this team still has the bleakest of hope to make the playoffs. If everything where to fall into place as follows, this team could find themselves winning the NL West, although I don’t believe they will.
For them to make the playoffs, this must happen as follows:
1. Giants and D’Backs go 3-3 vs. each other in their remaining series’
2. Dodgers must sweep Giants and D’Backs in their remaining games
3. Padres and Rockies have to beat Giants and D’Backs
4. We must sweep Braves, Pittsburgh and Washington, on top of taking 2 of 3 from Rockies and Padres games.
5. Pirates must beat D’Backs in series
The way that things go in the NL West, anything is possible. Of course, accomplishing this feat would leave many wondering what to do, go to the games or stay at home, at which time, we’d be a laughing stock as a fan base, and when we did show up, we’d be considered bandwagon fans, and as we know to be a fact, we are each far from that. Furthermore, good ol’ Frank McBroke would take that as a triumph of his doing while in time of turmoil. It’s a slippery slope on which we’d find ourselves, but again, this is the NL West, and anything can and probably will happen. With each win, this team moves closer to a brighter future and a fresh start, but maybe, just maybe, they finally put it all together, and are geared to spoil someone’s plans or put off their very own golf swings.
Let’s just all pray that this team has fun the rest of the way, and who knows, maybe Karma will be a bitch, and maybe it will come back and bite Frank, Ned, and Stan in the ass, but for now, let’s just hope that this team makes it a fun ride to the end. After all, this season is almost to a dwindle.
As the pussy french say, C’est La Vie C’est La Vie!!!
This Day in Dodgers History
September 4, 1969 – After thirty-one games, the third longest consecutive game hitting streak in National League history ends as Dodger Willie Davis is stopped by Dick Kelley and Gary Ross in a 3-0 loss to the Padres.
P.S. The winning streak continues thanks to Blake’s big sister. It turns out that Erin Hawksworth has an identical twin named Erica. Bring us twice the luck girls!