The Dodgers were just two wins away from their first trip back to the World Series since 1988, but a 9-0 blowout in Game 6 of the NLCS coupled together with Hanley Ramirez’s injury, ended their season just five days ago.
When looking at the possible World Series matchups, oddsmakers and media members alike wanted a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series, but the Cardinals had to ruin those plans. However, it looks like the Boston media couldn’t resist taking shots at Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez as Steve Buckley wrote this in today’s Boston Herald:
It would have made for a nice story line, this business of the Los Angeles Dodgers limelighting their way into Fenway Park to play the Red Sox in the World Series. Lights! Camera! Whining! Gonzo would have complained about World Series games being played at night. Crawford would have complained about how everyone in Boston was mean to him. Beckett wouldn’t have complained at all, it being his day off.
Last summer, the Dodgers made their biggest splash under new ownership when they dealt for the pricey Red Sox trio and both teams have seen substantial benefits from the deal. Crawford talked about how unhappy he was in Boston when the Red Sox came to Dodger Stadium earlier this season, while the Boston media thought Gonzalez was “too soft” to play in such a tough baseball market.
This isn’t the first time the Dodgers have been called out for their “antics” as Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and outfielder Carlos Beltran were upset when Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig celebrated their extra-base hits in Game 3 of the NLCS.
With new owners, the Dodgers have become the “Evil Empire” of the west and not just in terms of spending money, but they’ve become the target of criticism from many “old school” baseball minds.
The World Series without the Dodgers was going to be insufferable to watch as is, but with the Cardinals eliminating them and the Red Sox media taking shots, can’t they both lose?
In case you missed it, here are the “antics” from Adrian Gonzalez in the NLCS.