The St. Louis Cardinals shut down the Los Angeles Dodgers with an emphatic 9-0 win in Friday night’s final game of the 2013 NLCS. Despite the embarrassing loss to finish the season, Clayton Kershaw and the rest of the Dodgers should be proud of what they have accomplished in the 2013 MLB season.
The Dodgers battled through a roller coaster season filled with highs and lows. From sitting 9.5 games behind the NL West Division lead and 12 games below .500 to finishing the season with 92 wins and a trip to the NLCS, the Dodgers experienced it all. From break out rookies like Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu to constant injury struggles from stars like Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp, there was certainly no absence of drama in the 2013 season. What seemed to be an utter failure and disappointment in a season back in June was turned into a huge success despite not winning the World Series.
Many baseball fans have succumbed to the opinion that if a team has a large payroll, they should automatically win their division and the World Series. This clearly is irrational as the New York Yankees have had the largest payroll for the better part of the last two decades. Despite having won a total of three World Series over the past 15 seasons, the Yankees have only won once in the last 13 years. A large payroll can only take a team so far. Chemistry, good health and a little bit of luck play crucial roles in making a run to a World Series win.
Los Angeles can be proud of its season and be proud of what it has done as a group. The team could have easily crumbled after ever let down and injury but the Dodgers pushed on and came only a couple games away from a World Series berth. From shambles to a postseason run, the Dodgers should enter the 2014 season with momentum to make another big run.