Dave Roberts hopes title-or-bust Dodgers fans can enjoy the ride

“Ask me in October.”

It’s four words that define a culture, four words that turn a blessing into a curse, four words that hurt and haunt.

They were repeated everywhere. They were written in this room. did you hear her can you feel them

Ask a local what they think of this season’s Dodgers, those glorious Dodgers, the most successful team in franchise history, the authors of arguably the most amazing summer ever at Chavez Ravine.

Ask a local what he thinks of 110 wins, best offense and defense in the game, Cy Young Award and MVP nominees, six months of unadulterated greatness.

Then listen to these four words.

“Ask me in October.”

This collective reaction from fans and chroniclers alike has made this fall for the Dodgers a month of ultimate boom or bust.

If the Dodgers win the World Series, they could arguably be named the best team in baseball history.

If they don’t win the World Series, they could forever be known as one of the greatest disappointments in baseball history.

For many, there is no middle ground here. There is no approach. There is no claim to misfortune. There is no medal for trying.

As much as one can cling to the odd memory of the truncated bubble title of 2020, one remembers the Atlanta Braves crush, the collapse against the Washington Nationals, the cratering against the Boston Red Sox, the Houston betrayal Astros and all those St. Louis Cardinals sucker punches.

Over the past decade, the Dodgers have won so much but ultimately failed so many times, and so many have understandably grown so tired.

The Dodgers players watch from the dugout during the ninth inning of their season-ending loss to the Atlanta Braves.

The Dodgers players watch from the dugout during the ninth inning of their season-ending loss to the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS last year.

(John Bazemore/Associated Press)

Stop talking about the trip. Stop harping on the grind. You have the best record in baseball? Then act like this. Take home a season-long championship. finally do it Do it now.

Yes, only six of the last 22 teams with the best records in baseball have won titles. Postseason is a crapshoot. The postseason is unfair. None of that matters here anymore. Be smarter than the crapshoot. Be greater than unfair.

Los Angeles loved the Dodgers with the biggest viewing figures in pro sports this season. It happens every summer, but if the Dodgers really want to know what many really think of them?

“Ask me in October.”

The Dodgers understand that attitude. You signed up for it. They have the highest payroll in baseball. You play in a city of champions. Here’s how it works. you get it

But perhaps some feel that this detracts from the past 10 years of consistent excellence unmatched in the sport.

Only four teams in baseball history have won more games in a single season. They are the first team in baseball history to have three full straight seasons in a row with at least 106 wins. This season’s 333 streak difference is the highest since the New York Yankees did in 1939.

As of 2013, they are the most successful team in all of baseball. And remember, the last five times they’ve been eliminated by eventual World Series Champions.

Considering this is the biggest sustained hit in franchise history, at least one Dodger openly asks, why can’t fans just enjoy the ride?

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shared that sentiment with reporters Sunday morning during a passionate dugout discussion at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches the players warm up before a game against the Colorado Rockies.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches the players warm up before a game against the Colorado Rockies in July.

(David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

“Fans are fans for a reason, they’ve never put on a big league uniform,” Roberts said. “We want to win a championship just like them. If not more, our jobs depend on it. We’re in the grind every day starting February 15th, every day.”

Roberts divided fans into two groups, those who don’t judge the team until October and those who appreciate the entire summer.

“So there are fans, some subgroups, who feel like they only care after the postseason and that defines the season. That’s her prerogative,” he said. “There’s a different subset of fans who can appreciate what it takes to win, have the season we’ve got and understand that in a postseason a lot of things happen that are unpredictable … that subset that’s in with us and really appreciates that this is a great team. And they are ready to deal with any outcome.”

This reporter asked Roberts if he wished he ever pined for more unbridled regular-season joy around Chavez Ravine, like last week in Seattle when the Mariners made the playoffs for the first time in 21 years.

“Yes, I do,” he said. “Unfortunately, the world has become very cynical, which is sad. … Are certain fans jaded, not all? Absolutely. and [they] I don’t understand what it takes, what this team just had to overcome to get to this point.”

Roberts said he wishes there was more pure happiness right now.

“The feeling of gratitude and joy is often lost in our society and certainly it’s paramount in sport,” he said, adding, “I wish they would definitely enjoy the ride and know and appreciate what we’re doing.” , regardless ultimately if we are the last team standing.”

If the Dodgers don’t hold that trophy, Roberts said he resigned himself to hearing the whistles, no matter how many cheers preceded them.

“If the Dodgers don’t win this season, there’s a subset that’s going to feel like we’re stifled. We’re not a good team. It was a lost season,” he said. “It does not matter. That factual narrative isn’t going to change for some people. But even that is just noise for our boys.”

Roberts actually added to the noise this spring on “The Dan Patrick Show” by guaranteeing a World Series win.

“We’re winning the World Series in 2022…we’re winning the World Series this year, hold on to it,” Roberts said at the time.

He later modified his claim by saying, “We’ll win the World Series if our starting crew stays healthy.”

However, when Patrick asked him to confirm his guarantee, he did so, saying, “I’m figuring it out. I put it in the universe.”

Like it or not, fair or not, the Dodgers universe will have an answer when asked about the wisdom of Roberts’ guarantee.

“Ask me in October.”

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-10-02/dave-roberts-dodgers-world-series-fans-mlb Dave Roberts hopes title-or-bust Dodgers fans can enjoy the ride

Emma Bowman

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