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First of all, does everyone know what I mean when I say “Helping LA get into the WS?”  Do you know that when I say “LA” I do not mean, “LA LA LA LA,” but I mean “Los Angeles” and thus “Angelinos?” And do you know when I am referring to Angelinos getting into “WS,” I am not working recommending that Angelinos get into “web services” or “William Shakespeare.”

I am in fact recommending that all Angelinos – baseball players and non-baseball players alike – help in each of our little ways to help the Los Angeles Dodgers get into the World Series.

That same World Series that Dodgers have not been a part of since 1988, nearly 30 years ago, in spite of coming close so many times.  In fact, in spite of winning their division championship four times in the past four years.  And in fact the Dodgers played for their league championship twice in those four years.

The irony is not only that as one of the two dominating cultural cities in America, Los Angeles has seen so little of the World Series in recent years.  Of course, this city is in major cities only second to New York and its New York Yankees, as well as in baseball history the Dodgers are only second to the Yankees in World Series Drama.

But if you are living in or around LA – as most of us are doing right now – who wants to be second-best in anything?

Unfortunately if we want to ever catch up to the New York Yankees in World Series Drama, we Southern Californians are going to have to change some of our laid-back ways and adopt some of the more energizing ways of New York and its Yankees.   This includes every single Dodger player as well as …

The Fans.

THE DODGER FANS:   Clearly one of the main reasons why major league players prefer to play baseball games in their own home stadiums is the natural energy they are supposed to catch from their own cheering home-town fans. In fact, this may be true of every major league stadium except for Dodger Stadium.  My own feelings when I have been at Dodger Stadium are not that I am at a major league baseball game, but that I am at a beach.  The people at Dodger Stadium do not seem to be rooting for either of the teams.  Instead they seem to be trying to savor the fresh air of satellite section of Malibu Beach.

This may be okay during the course of a long baseball season, when the players are in fact pacing themselves just a bit, holding just a little back to save it for an upcoming game the next day.  But the playoffs and world series is a different story, played out with a much higher and intense emotion where there is no tomorrow and, in fact, yes indeed it is played out with more the emotions of a football game. But when players are still looking at their fans trying to remake the baseball stadium into a beach, they will receive next to no energy from their own following, as they have not over the past four years of the playoff seasons.

But let’s not totally blame the laid-back Angelino fans for the Dodger emotional letdown during the post-season.  If the stadium organist and electronic scoreboard operators could ever come to life, the odds are the fans would start coming alive as well.

And there is a lot wrong with the Dodger big-dog front office as well getting into the World Series as well. .

THE DODGER ADMINISTRATORS ARE STIFF: It seems that the teams that win the World Series are also the ones that come up with the most surprises in the line-ups and on the field.  But surprises do not come from inside the box.  It comes from talking with people who are not entrenched in baseball clichés.  The Dodger front office tight now has not yet proven itself ready to play in the World Series because it is chained to baseball clichés, and has provided neither Manager Don Mattingly nor Dave Roberts the kind of players that can create surprises in the line-up and on the base paths. But the most dangerous mistake on the part of everyone in the Dodger organization is in having the best pitcher in baseball being Clayton Kershaw being used up in the end of the season until he is so worn out that at the end of the playoff series he is pitching batting-practice-like balls to the National League’s best hitters.

CLAYTON KERSHAW NEEDS MORE REST:  Before the last two weeks of the season, Kershaw should not be allowed to pitch more than one game out of five and no more than five innings of any game, with the other pitchers working around that schedule, so that he may be at this best in the playoffs.  When Kershaw is at his best -- and when one other Dodger is at his best – the Dodgers are practically unstoppable.  With the fact of Kershaw not getting any younger and the fact that he competitively takes twice as much out of himself every game as the average pitcher. “5 and 5” should be his name on the last two weeks of the season, for the maximum of five innings he could pitch for every five days. That other player I am referring to is 26-year-old …

YSIEL PUIG, WHO NEEDS MORE MAINTENANCE AT THE SEASON’S END:  Puig has always brilliantly under maintenance, such as when Manager Don Mattingly first brought him up in 2013 and while working under Donnie Baseball’s wing performed brilliantly.  But when Mattingly left him alone to deal with other players and other things, Puig began to falter like an orphan on his own for the first time.  Truly, there should be one coach whose full-time job should be to keep Puig wound up constantly, as manager Dave Roberts wound him up at the start in of this 2017 season to teach him to hit the ball in the air – and Puig being so naturally strong started the season as a home-run hitter.  But there needs to be a coach that constantly works with Puig like that.

AND YOU AND I NEED TO HELP THE DODGERS WITH OUR BUZZ THAT WE CAN CREATE WITH ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE.:  Because the Dodger players apparently cannot get into the World Series on their own.

Chris Sharp- Commentary

Chris Sharp is an Educator and a prize-winning professional writer. He has recently published a new book titled How to Like a Human Being . Sharp's latest book is an Amazon Kindle collection of his published short stories, Every Kind of Angel . His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.