One can almost wish that the Dodgers would’ve just faded quietly into the night. Not unlike what they did in 2004 and 2006 — get into the postseason and then barely a whimper from them there on out. That way, it softens the inevitable blow once they lose. I just KNEW they had no chance those two years.
But this year was different. As bad as this team was (eight-game losing streak!) at times, they could also be equally dazzling. And when they polished off the Cubs in the manner they did, I for a second thought maybe they were a team of destiny, so to speak.
And when Manny’s multitude of homers helped get them off the mat, with that faint heartbeat of a playoff win still alive, there was a small part of me that thought they could somehow pull it off. But alas, Mighty Utley and company sank our dreams.
It’s tough to admit Dodger baseball is done for the year. It’s tougher yet knowing they were still in the four games, never getting blown out. And although fading away quietly would’ve been easier to stomach, going down fighting makes me that much more optimistic about next year.