No Happiness in California After Game 7

Dodgers

The World Series of Major League Baseball is completed, and celebrations are occurring all over Houston, Texas. However, the feelings are quite different in the state of California. The Dodgers last won in the World Series in 1988. This means many of the oldest millennial fans of the team have never seen a victory since kindergarten.

The game was disappointing from early on. Dodger fans were even denied the glory of an exciting final game. The Astros were able to score 5 runs in the first two innings. The Dodgers were never able to recover, and the Los Angeles team left men on bases for inning after inning. The final score of the game was 5-1. This left thousands of fans in Dodger Stadium devastated and heartsick as they watched the visiting team erupt in celebration.

Some Dodgers fans found a glimmer of respect in the win. They did understand this was the first ever World Series win for their foe. Additionally, it was hard to begrudge the celebration after Hurricane Harvey shattered Texas the previous month. Still, the road back to the World Series is a long one, and while everybody is certain the Dodgers will make another World Series appearance, nobody knows exactly how soon that will be.

Interestingly, this was the first time in history Dodger Stadium hosted Game 7 of the World Series. This is even after the legendary stadium has staged countless concerts, soccer games, a Papal mass, and even a bullfight. The excitement in the air of the historic occurrence made the loss tough to stomach for some fans.

Of course, the underlying conflict between Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish and Astros player Yuli Gurriel couldn't be ignored throughout the game. In Game 3 of the World Series, Gurriel, who is Hispanic, made a racist gesture towards the Japanese Darvish. Gurriel was slammed in the media, and he was forced to accept a suspension at the start of the 2018 season.

To Gurriel's credit, he sought out Darvish personally after the game to apologize. Darvish related, “I was told the next day he wanted to speak to me and I communicated to him that it was completely unnecessary and that I wasn’t bothered by it.” This commentary can at least give Dodgers fans the assurance that their pitcher went to the final game with a level head. It's just a shame it didn't turn out differently.


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