Are the Los Angeles Dodgers not the most fun team in MLB? Somebody step forward to prove otherwise, because we can’t cleanly pick out another candidate from the bunch. Let’s just hope the good times keep rolling into October.
On Thursday night, the Dodgers notched a five-game series (?!) victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth. After capturing the first two games of the series, with Tuesday’s being even more dramatic, Mookie Betts clubbed a 3-2 pitch into left field with the bases loaded to send LA home with a 3-2 victory.
That’s 104 wins for the Dodgers, three shy of setting the franchise record … with the all-time wins record still in sight (though it won’t be easy).
And you know who’s extremely grateful for the team continuing to roll and maintain the bowling ball-like momentum? Clayton Kershaw!
The lefty ace has seen endless success in LA … but also far too much heartbreak. So watching him celebrate with Mookie after the walk-off win had Dodgers fans feeling good (click the link to watch!) and made everyone realize just how appreciative he is of every last win because you just never know when he’s going to hang ’em up.
Clayton Kershaw celebrates with Mookie Betts after Dodgers’ walk-off win
“Thank you Mookie! Thank you so much!” Kershaw exclaimed as the team met on the field to mob their star slugger. It also helped that the Dodgers avoided extra innings! This season is long enough, no need for that in late September after you’ve already essentially clinched home field throughout (still work to be done there, but it’s … pretty much in sight).
Most importantly, however, is the camaraderie and energy surrounding this club. Look at those crowds at Dodger Stadium, a venue that leads MLB in attendance — by far! Look at the pure elation from the guys storming out of the dugout to celebrate their 104th win. It’s not even close to getting old!
Even bad news for the Dodgers has somehow turned good. Just look at the contract situations with Max Muncy, Blake Treinen and Daniel Hudson. Others have seamlessly filled in for injured contributors. Young prospects have come up and made an impact upon arrival. The rotation keeps taking haymakers and responding with an even stronger blow.
And for a second, while you were reading this, we even made you forget the Dodgers needed to walk this off because Craig Kimbrel blew it again. Got ya! We told you this was fun.