October 05, 2008

Dodgers win their first playoff series in 20 years.: After dispatching the Cubs in 3 straight games, the Dodgers will face the Phillies in the NLCS.

posted by lilnemo to baseball at 05:42 PM - 10 comments

It must have been Bartman's fault. Seriously though, I think Bartman could have fielded AND hit better than the Cubs this series. All this Cubs bullshit has bugged the hell out of me since the Bartman thing. Many Cubs fans kid themselves into thinking if the poor guy hadn't touched that ball in the stands that they would have won, when in reality, they are, and have pretty much always been, a crappy, choking team. Enjoy your off-season, pretenders.

posted by dyams at 08:39 PM on October 05, 2008

I had some great interaction with a Cubs fan yesterday.

While at work (in a outdoor/sporting goods retailer), I was approached by our customer service rep who claimed I looked confused. As I explained that my confused look was "normal" for me, two men wearing Cubs hats walked by. One of them put their hand on my shoulder and said "If you're confused, I understand." to which I replied, "Well, you're wearing a Cubs hat, so I understand." (which I thought was funny) But he didn't and gave me the finger. Nice guy.

And what dyams said.

posted by BoKnows at 08:51 PM on October 05, 2008

Satisfying to have a Dodgers playoff victory of some kind. However, that champagne bath video from after the game is kind of embarassing.

posted by Newbie Walker at 03:16 AM on October 06, 2008

dyams, I don't know where you're at, but here in the South Bend area, Cubs fans are all under a mass suicide watch. They talked so much shit last week, leading up to this series; how they were going to win the Subway Series against the White Sox, 100 years, Sweet Lou, our pitching is the greatest in the world, blah blah blah.

Now, if the Rays can get rid of the White Sox, it'll be quiet around here until next year.


posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:06 AM on October 06, 2008

As a homer, but realistic, Dodger fan I would like to think the Cub's really didn't choke ... but rather the Dodgers just made them look pretty bad. I think game 1, that was pretty much the case.

But in game 2 ... watching in real time, I honestly thought the Cubs were blowing the game on purpose. Those three errors should not have happened. They looked as if they didn't care. While I really doubt they threw the series, they played like something is going on, and it isn't pretty. I actually felt bad for Zambrano.

Game 3 ... aside from maybe two players, the Cubs looked like they didn't care.

posted by jasonspaceman at 12:37 PM on October 06, 2008

Coming back to win game 3 on the road after losing 2 at home takes a lot of character and Chutzpah. It seems that the Cubs ran out of both.

posted by Monica Poland at 03:08 PM on October 06, 2008

I was seven years old when I saw Kirk Gibson win Game 1 of the world series with his memorable home run. It's hard to believe that was the last time we had a competitve team. I have never been the biggest baseball fan (I prefer hoops)which allows me to root for the Angels and Dodgers. I was hoping to see a real free-way series, but the Angels are going to have to pull something out of their butts to make that happen.

It's a little strange that the Dodgers, with the worst record of any playoff team, sweep the Cubs, and the Angels, with the best record in baseball, are down 2-1 after winning in the 12th last night?

posted by docshredder at 05:23 PM on October 06, 2008

I'm old enough to feel like the Dodgers being in the playoffs is an annual event. I can't watch them without looking for Tommy Lasorda in the dugout, though.

I feel for the Cubs - and am not an especially big fan of the National League - but applaud an excellent performance by the 2008 Dodgers!

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:14 PM on October 06, 2008

Now, if the Rays can get rid of the White Sox, it'll be quiet around here until next year.

Done. I was bummed that the Red Sox won their series on the same day since that means the Rays get no love for what they did.

Good for the Dodgers. I like this team. The Cubs did not show up for this series at all.

posted by bperk at 12:47 PM on October 07, 2008

the Rays get no love for what they did

Actually, they have a great write-up in this quarter's Scientific American on how they replaced a bullpen full of journeyman relievers with robotic clones of themselves.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:42 PM on October 07, 2008

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