The Determined Dodgers fell down several times this season, but they got back up and kept themselves in the running. This Band of Brothers understand that as long as you are within striking distance, it’s how you finish, and they are now finishing what they started… and stumbled… and got back up – they never stopped running!
In 2008 Heather Dorniden-Kampf, the favorite, was competing in the 600 meter race in the Big Ten Championship, when the unthinkable happened on the final lap – she fell right on her face, but in a blink of an eye, she jumped back up and from the back of the pack, she won the race at the wire.
There was another race with an unbelieveable comeback when a runner came “from the depths of hell” to win:
The point is: It’s how you finish and it appears that the Dodgers are DETERMINED to finish this race on top. In a year so full of one step forward and two steps back, this team has pulled together and are now leading the pack. Yes, with their run differential, they should have about 95 wins, but that is history. They are just playing their best ball of the season, right about now and right on time. Different players are stepping up and doing their jobs. Team chemistry is a thing… sometimes it not the only thing, but it is tangible and this team’s chemistry is as good as it gets right about now. I have to tip my hat to Doc. Dave Roberts has kept these guys together and here they are… after I fired him several times this season.
Ask the Cardinals how important team chemistry is. When they fired Methaney, their clubhouse was a disaster. Under Mike Shildt, they have pulled together and will likely win one of the Wild Cards.
This is the Dodgers’ season to win… or lose. I have been saying it for a long time and I think it is becoming apparent: This team is build for the Post-Season. Tonight’s game is the biggest one of the season. It’s not a must win – even if the Dodgers lose they still be be in 1st place. But, if they win, it’s suddenly a two and half game lead with nine to play. This is the biggest game of Striker Buehler’s career. May the Big Dodger in the Sky be with him…
I am headed to the Big Island tomorrow morning and will be gone for a week. I have no idea if I will post or not, but hopefully AC and DC will keep you entertained. I will stay in touch!
Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers