The Los Angeles Dodgers were on an 11-game losing streak and had lost 16 out of their last 17 before Tuesday night. This team went from breaking records as winners to breaking records as losers. The skid was unbelievable, like a looming cloud that just wouldn’t clear, that is, until Clayton Kershaw took the mound.
The Dodgers defeated the Giants with a final score of 5-3 and social media went off. Twitter felt like playoff atmosphere, with Kenley loading the bases and keeping things interesting in the bottom of the 9th. The win was relieving for fans, like seeing an old friend that you had missed so dearly.
Now, imagine that you’re Dave Roberts or any of the players on the Dodgers. Imagine you hadn’t just been watching this skid, but you had been deep in the trenches of it.
These are the first words that would come out of your mouth:
Dave Roberts: "I'm exhausted."
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) September 13, 2017
Clayton Kershaw was also interviewed and was asked about how he felt clinching a spot in the postseason. In typical Clayton Kershaw fashion, it wasn’t much compared to what he, and the rest of the team, have their eyes set on.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) September 13, 2017
… we want homefield. We want the division. We want homefield. We want homefield thru the World Series." #Dodgers
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 13, 2017
His comments make it seem like this victory is simply the team turning the corner. The Indians are only four games back for the best record in baseball and the Nationals are just five games back for the best record in the National League. This win was important, and desperately needed, but there is a bigger picture here, and Kershaw let everybody know it’s what the players are after.
Here is more of what Dave Roberts, Clayton Kershaw, and Kenley Jansen had to say about the victory and how it felt:
The Dodgers have 17 games left to play and the magic number to win the National League West is now just 8! Hopefully the losing is behind this ridiculously talented team and more wins are on the horizon.