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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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Dodgers, Max Muncy, World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy (13) hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of game five of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

World Series Diaries: Rooting for the Dodgers as an SF Giants fan
Part 3

*Yandy Diaz hits an RBI-triple*

So much for not allowing any hard contact. I still love Mookie Betts, but a better angle in right field could have easily held Diaz to second.

Arozarena is really good.

*Dodgers lead down to a run*

The Dodgers were squaring up Glasnow quite a bit, but I feel terrible about only getting three runs off of him. They easily could have put a five-spot up and forced Cash to go to his bullpen sooner. Kershaw’s pitch count is too high to foresee a complete game and he’s not as dominant as I was hoping. Three runs will not win this game.

*Kershaw walks Margot to leadoff the inning*

I’ve begun running my hand through my hair quite intensely.

*Margot steals second and advances to third when Taylor drops the ball*

For the first time in the series, I look off into space and contemplate why I’ve become invested in a game that doesn’t have my favorite team? Why did I invite more frustration into my life?

*Kershaw gets a Wendle popout and strikes out Adames*

I pump my fist for the first time and quietly grunt in celebration. No one else in the house knows the treason I am committing. I think I’m doing a decent job keeping a low profile.

*Margot tries to steal home*

HOLY CRAP WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!?! If Margot scored on that play I have no idea how and that’s the greatest baserunning play of the replay era.

The replay shows it probably won’t get overturned. Man, this series has had a lot of bad/questionable baserunning. That would have been really cool though and I respect cool things. To be honest, Kershaw and Barnes also were flawless on that play. A lot could’ve gone wrong. Not a bad risk to take.

I remember everyone asking Farhan Zaidi to find the SF Giants a Muncy of their own. Mike Yastrzemski has been that and more. Yaz didn’t have the exceptional minor-league numbers that Muncy did, but they both have really great plate appearances.

*Muncy clobbers a home run to deep right field*

GO GET IT OUT OF THE BLEACHERS!!!

Dodgers lead 4-2 through half of the game.

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