With the Los Angeles Dodgers in a prime position to win their first World Series since 1988, how can SF Giants fans cope with the possibility that our arch-rival may be on top of the baseball world in 2020?
SF Giants fans have known this moment could be coming for some time. As the Dodgers have won the National League West every season since 2013 and reached the World Series twice in that span, a world series victory seemed inevitable.
While it has been a lot of fun to gloat about Clayton Kershaw’s postseason struggles and their heartbreaking losses, they have been knocking on the door so often that it stands to reason that they will eventually breakthrough. In fact, they have a great chance to do so this year.
Of course, most Giants fans will be hoping that the Tampa Bay Rays emerge victorious, handing the Dodgers their third World Series loss in the past four years and cementing them as the Buffalo Bills of 2010s MLB.
But let us imagine the doomsday scenario. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is always good to plan when things go bad. So let us imagine that the Dodgers emerge from this series victorious.
Try it on, walk around in it, get used to its slimy feeling. The Dodgers have won their first World Series since 1988. How are we going to cope if that becomes a reality?
First, we will put a big fat asterisk next to their win. They did it in a shortened season in a stadium that was not their own. It is not as if it would be a fluke win because they have been knocking on the door so often, but we can point out that it was an odd year. After all, they nearly played the Astros, a team with a regular-season under .500 for the title.
Second, we will say that they bought a championship. There is a kernel of truth: the Dodgers signed Mookie Betts to a lucrative $365 million contract. Had the Red Sox not been so cheap and traded Betts instead of extending him, the Dodgers would very likely not be here. After all, LA Lakers fans were quick to do the same to Golden State Warriors championships after they signed Kevin Durant.
Those will be our talking points, and we will repeat them ad nauseam to the annoyance of Dodgers fans for eternity unless they win championships in the final 11 years of Betts’ contract in 162 game seasons. Then we’d have to shut up until the Giants get another ring.
But for now, let’s prepare our talking points in case the Dodgers do something that, frankly, they should have done at least a few times since 1988. Until then, let’s hold on to the fact that the SF Giants still have three rings in the past decade.