Sound familiar? It should. This is the diatribe the media has been harping since the playoff matchups were set. FOX Sports ranks the Dodgers seventh of the eight teams in the playoffs, even behind the Colorado Rockies, the club they have beaten 14 of 18 times this season. Everyone says the rotation is in shambles. The bullpen is ignored for its incredible consistency (Tim Kurkjian of ESPN calls the Yankee ‘pen the best, citing how the relievers’ 40 wins is the most for a team in history). The offense is basically nonexistent, and that’s only based on the five-game losing streak. The media has never shown Los Angeles any love, going back to 1988 when the Dodgers were the team that couldn’t but did. As Tommy Lasorda said:
Nobody thought we could win the division! Nobody thought we could beat the mighty Mets! Nobody thought we could beat the team who won 104 games, but we believed it!
The media will never show the Dodgers any love, and until they can achieve the ultimate goal, they never will. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is if we believe. What matters is if we believe we can reach the end. What matters is if the Dodgers can go out onto that field and play like they are the better team, not just say they are. Because if they can do that, and if they can win that magic number of 11, then there will always be a reason to believe, even if no one else does.