There’s nothing more beautiful than October baseball, and with a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, that’s where the Dodgers are headed once again.
Los Angeles became the second team to clinch a postseason berth behind the Giants, and an accomplishment like this deserves to be celebrated. The team did just that, it seems, by holding a small toast to commemorate their 9th straight trip to the postseason.
“It never gets old”, said manager Dave Roberts after the team’s 8-4 vicroty on Tuesday night. “We did a little champagne toast, said a few words, and acknowledged the fact that it’s a big accomplishment. You don’t ever want to get jaded and not appreciate getting to the postseason because it’s not a rite of passage. So we acknowledged that, also acknowledged that we have a lot of work to do, and this is just the beginning.”
This is a Dodgers team that has been here before, which explains the tempered celebration. They understand that there is still a lot of work to do before a real celebration is merited. At the same time, however, it’s important for these players to appreciate what they have been able to accomplish this season.
While there are plenty of guys on this roster who have played in the postseason before, there are also those that are experiencing it all for the first time. According to Dave Roberts, the veterans wanted to make sure that those who haven’t been a part of the previous division titles had a moment to take it all in.
When Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Justin Turner say that you can’t take this for granted, although those guys have had the opportunity to do this many times over, the [Alex] Vesia’s, the [Phil] Bickford’s, the [Justin] Bruihl’s… all these different guys that haven’t had that opportunity, this is special. They were a big part of this, so for us to acknowledge it and have a little fun in there, it was good.
The Dodgers have plenty of difficult games left before they can turn their attention to the postseason, and priority number one will definitely be to overtake the Giants for the NL West title. Whether their first game comes in a Wild Card or in the NLDS, however, the Dodgers are officially one step closer to defending their title.