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World Series Diary: Rooting for the Dodgers as an SF Giants Fan

Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger (35) flips his bat in the air after striking out against the SF Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)
Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger (35) flips his bat in the air after striking out against the SF Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)
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Ken Rosenthal is a key part of Fox’s World Series coverage between the Dodgers and Rays. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

World Series Diaries: Rooting for the Dodgers as an SF Giants fan
Part 1

Pregame

The game is about to begin, and Stand by Me by Ben E. King plays over a highlight reel of the series up to this point. I have admittedly been pulling for the Dodgers but from a distance. Now, with Joe Buck and John Smoltz doing their final pregame setup, it admittedly feels weirder.

As much as I would have hated it, I’m starting to wish the Houston Astros had pulled out the AL pennant. I actually like many of the players on the Rays, and it would be a lot easier if I could root against the Astros. Alas, I’ll have to handle rooting against a lot of the fun Rays for Kershaw’s success.

Oh god. Ken Rosenthal just discussed “who will finish the game” for the Dodgers, and it just hit me. I am relying on Dave Roberts’ decision-making with the Dodgers bullpen…

Kershaw better throw a complete game.

World Series Game 5 First Pitch

Mookie Betts is fun. I like him a lot. I was one of those SF Giants fans holding out hope he’d reach free agency and they could sign him. At least I get to root for him this series like he’s on my team.

I would like him more if he hadn’t just swung at ball four twice.

*Betts doubles two pitches later*

I see…

I will never question Mookie again.

*Corey Seager hits an RBI-single*

This is a lot easier than any Giants game I’ve ever watched.

Seriously, how does anyone ever hit Tyler Glasnow? After a season of Giants starters almost entirely sitting in the low-90s with iffy breaking balls and offspeed pitches, his stuff is just so aesthetically pleasing. Big-league hitters are incredible.

*Seager advances to second on a wild pitch*

That was a really aggressive baserunning decision. He’s called safe, but live it looked like he was out. They’re showing a replay now, and I think he’s out, but I’ll be surprised if it’s overturned.

Max Muncy really has some incredible at-bats. It’s nice to have him on my side after watching him frustrate Giants pitchers for the last couple of years. Glasnow’s stuff is nasty, but his curveball is missing up A LOT. I’m hoping someone sits on one.

*Seager advances to third on another errant pitch, Muncy walks, and Cody Bellinger singles Seager home*

Bellinger with some magic wandoo on that RBI single. Should’ve been a routine groundout, but the shift worked against the Rays, and the Dodgers lead 2-0. That’ll probably be it since I wouldn’t say I like this matchup for Taylor. I know he singled and walked in this matchup in Game 1, but Taylor’s platoon splits are dramatic, and Glasnow’s stuff doesn’t fit him well.

*Taylor swings at a curveball in the dirt for strike three to end the inning*

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