SF Giants division rivals admit their own recent postseason failures to Shohei Ohtani

The SF Giants were spurned by Shohei Ohtani in free agency as he chose the Los Angeles Dodgers. He revealed an interesting nugget in his introductory press conference. 

Division Series - Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game One
Division Series - Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game One / Harry How/GettyImages
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Likely the biggest disappointment this offseason for the SF Giants was missing out on Shohei Ohtani. Even though the superstar was coming off of injury, he still received an unprecedented offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers. That said, Ohtani is hoping to change the narrative in Los Angeles after they have struggled in the playoffs for the past decade.

SF Giants division rivals admit their own recent postseason failures to Shohei Ohtani

Now, after Yoshinobu Yamamoto also chose the Dodgers over the Giants, they will have to deal with both of them for many years to come.

While the SF Giants missed out in their pursuit of the two-way star, he gave some insight into the psyche of the Dodgers organization. 

At his introductory press conference with the Dodgers, he talked about how the organization is committed to winning and how they believe they have a team that can win. Then, he said the following:

“The ownership group, they said when they looked back at the last 10 years, even though they made the playoffs every year, one World Series ring, they considered a failure. When I heard that, I knew they were all about winning and that's exactly how I feel. That was one of the things that stood out."

So, the Dodgers look at their last ten years as a failure. This makes sense given they have consistently had one of the highest payrolls in baseball and have had talented rosters each of those years and all they have to show for it is a championship from a 60-game season. 

That 60-game season has generated plenty of debate about the legitimacy of the championship from that year. While the Dodgers had a very talented team, baseball is a grind and that grind is much softer in a 60-game year compared to a normal season.

In a way, this is reassuring. We now know that our friends in Southern California are at least aware about how much they have underachieved this past decade. Let’s hope this underachievement continues for many years to come. The Dodgers might be the biggest villains in baseball, but their villainry to the Giants has spanned decades.