Why the Dodgers are good enough to justify their boring offseason

LOS ANGELES — At some point, you just have to get over it. Many or maybe all of us have survived a “threshold” moment. In a literal life-or-death situation, it’s called the quietus — that moment when the living ceases to exist in this realm and moves on to whatever comes next.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Every team in every baseball postseason series goes through a moment of quietus, when the raised fist of an umpire tells everyone that the last out has been made. Game over. Series complete. It’s one of the uniquely great things about a clockless sport like baseball,cheap nfl nike jerseys from china  where the most optimistic among us can keep hope alive for our team, until we can’t.
The quietus struck the 2017 Dodgers on the first night of November, when Corey Seager grounded out to kick off the Astros’ celebratory melee at Dodger Stadium. That ended what had been a glorious seven-month quest for the Dodgers, marked by 104 regular-season wins and the club’s first pennant since 1988.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

The quest ended one step shy of Valhalla. Their pennant drought had ended, which we were reminded of again on Saturday when the Dodgers held a ring ceremony to commemorate their National League championship. But their title drought extended yet another year, reaching 29 seasons. An entire generation of Dodgers fans has grown up without knowing what it’s like to win it all.

If not for that result on Nov. 1, 2017, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap To come so close seems like it would be paralyzing. When pitchers and catchers reported for spring training, everything rolled back to zero. For the Dodgers to get back to the same moment will take months of work, work that they all but completed last year.

How do you recover from a near miss at that level? How do you stop looking back, and return to the same levels of intensity and focus that marked last season?

“I almost think it would be harder to get back to the grind if we had won Game 7,” said Dodgers general manager nike cheap nfl jerseys  Farhan Zaidi. “This organization is still so hungry to get over that hump. We obviously got as close as you can without getting there. I think the hunger and motivation is very much there.”