The game started out with big smiles. Above, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez sign a couple of signs created by a Cardinals fan before Game 6. Pic via Dodgers on tumblr. Check out more photos from yesterdays game here from Jon SooHoo.
- Rob Neyer at at Baseball Nation wonders what the Dodgers might look like if a certain event hadn't forced McCourt to sell the team. This is fascinating, but I don't know if I would consider the unfortunate events surrounding Brian Stow to be the true tipping point that lead to the sale. I think it was a nexus of events that accumulated over time; one of which was the security issues at Dodger Stadium. I dunno. Frankly, the McCourt era ended rather painfully for fans and I dare say that most would rather forget it ever happened. So, wondering how it happened is something few would want to bother to explore.
Now, whether the team would be different if McCourt was still around? That's an entirely different question. I have no doubt that this Dodger team would look nothing like it does today. We wouldn't have AGon, Crawford, Greinke, Wilson or Nolasco. Additionally, I am certain Puig and Ryu would be wearing a different uniform.
- "For the true-blue Dodgers faithful, years of ritualized fandom," via Nita Lelyveld at the LA Times.
- Via Bill Shakin at the LA Times, "Vin Scully on Cardinals mimicking Puig: 'It was like a chorus line'".
But Scully thought back to Joe DiMaggio, one of the most talented players he has ever seen. The way Scully told the story, DiMaggio played with no emotion.
“As much as I loved Joe DiMaggio,” Scully said, “I would hate to see 18 Joe DiMaggios on the field.”
- "National Anthem standoff: Dodgers’ Scott Van Slyke and Cardinals’ Joe Kelly refuse to leave field before Game 6," via Mark Townsend at Big League Stew.
- "Garvey's chance encounter leads to lifelong friendship," via Alyson Footer at MLB.com.
- "NLCS umpiring crew not pleased with Puig," via Ken Gurnick and Lyle Spencer at MLB.com.
- Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts asks, "Three top questions for the 2014 Dodgers".
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