PHILADELPHIA -- When the NLCS was over, and the Dodgers were done again, eliminated just like the year before in five games by the Phillies, iconic Dodgers manager
"You guys are getting there,'' Torre told them. "You guys are learning.''
He hopes, anyway.
The mostly young Dodgers team is said to have listened intently, and there were suggestions of several moist eyes in the clubhouse. The media was kept out several minutes longer than usual, apparently so the players could compose themselves.
When they were through, the best team in the National League during the regular season was out in a blowout of an NLCS, a resounding defeat that left them reeling. Almost to a man, they conceded that the Phillies were the better team, which is one good sign. (
The rest of the Dodgers appeared to grasp the obvious: If you're out in five games two straight years to the same team, maybe you're just a little bit short. The Dodgers won 95 games in the best of the three divisions of the National League. But losing the same way year after year in October can be no coincidence.
Here are some things the Dodgers need to do:
• Red Sox executive
• Outgoing union chief
• MLB people are not at all happy about the awful umpiring in both the Division Series and League Championship Series. It would be a surprise if no action is taken. One thing that needs to go is the sort of favoritism that rewarded some umpires with undeserved playoff assignments.
• The possibility of a Yankees-Phillies World Series has some Mets people cringing. It's been some kind of year for them, hasn't it?