What happened between the final week of the regular season and Wednesday evening? The entire baseball world has been turned upside down, and the chaos that's ensued has perhaps been the most overwhelming for hurting Los Angeles Dodgers fans.
LA failed in excruciating fashion yet again, getting swept by the 84-win Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS. And, once again, after conquering the regular season as confidence mounted for a deep playoff run, the Dodgers blinked and became a laughingstock almost overnight.
Much like last season when Dodgers fans didn't hear the end of it from Padres fans, they're now catching the same heat from the D-Backs (and the general baseball community). No offense to Arizona, but LA at least had a bit of an excuse falling to the Pads last year. They had one of the most talented rosters in MLB and were a scary matchup for any team in the playoffs.
But the D-Backs? They're one of the youngest teams in the league. They hadn't made the playoffs since 2017. They hadn't won a playoff series since 2007 (we're not counting the one-game Wild Card in 2017). One of their starting pitchers had never defeated the Dodgers despite getting 16 previous tries.
What was gearing up to be a cute, friendly playoff matchup that the Dodgers were expected to dominate now features the D-Backs publicly flaming the league's statistical best regular season team over the last decade.
D-Backs roast Dodgers after sweep, LA Times makes egregious publishing error
The Dodgers were just trying to be nice when the Diamondbacks moved onto the NLDS after eliminating the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card round. A few days later, Arizona's snark is pouring salt over re-opened playoff wounds that have LA fans spiraling. It sounds dramatic, but all you have to do is peruse social media to see it for yourself.
Everything quickly worsened a few hours after the game, too, when the LA Times had a tweet accidentally published that read as if the Dodgers were still in the playoffs. It read: "Bob Costas says the Dodgers still have a chance to extend series against Diamondbacks" and was accompanied by a link featuring a Q&A with Costas (subscription required).
It remained up for hours, until it was brought to the account's attention, after which this response was issued:
Probably should've been scheduled for Tuesday night. Or Wednesday morning. Or Wednesday afternoon. Or right before the game on Wednesday night. By no means should that have been an article featured on the LA Times in the middle of a playoff game that could've seen the Dodgers eliminated. Once again, this one started with the Dodgers in a hole, so what's the value of Costas saying they're "still alive" as their hopes rapidly shrink in real time?
What's next? Another column on why the Dodgers should've automatically advanced to the NLCS because they were better than the Diamondbacks during the regular season?
There's been enough embarrassment for the Dodgers over the course of the last week. Let's hope this is the peak, because we're not sure how much more fans can realistically take before potential offseason disappointment if Shohei Ohtani chooses the Red Sox.