The Los Angeles Dodgers entered an August 23 Friday night affair with the Boston Red Sox having not lost a series in more than two and a half months. The Dodgers had won 46 out of 58 games coming in to the three-game series.
I remember tuning in to the Fox nationally televised game and being stunned to see how much the Red Sox seemed in control. I hadn’t watched a lot of MLB coming into that game, but the matchup got me excited and I stayed with it for more than a few innings.
I had expected to see the Dodgers dominate, but, instead I saw them wilting under some pressure. It seemed the Red Sox were imposing their will and I thought it was strange that the team that everyone was talking about (the Dodgers) appeared outplayed and not up for the challenge.
The Red Sox broke the series winning streak the Dodgers had going and took two out of three. That may not seem like a big deal, but it was surprising.
For MLB, a good majority of 2013 has been about the Los Angeles Dodgers. There was a point in the season where the Dodgers were dominating like the Denver Broncos are owning the NFL right now.
Cuban rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig reinvigorated the Dodgers after the team got off to a slow start in April, May and part of June. Meanwhile, Magic Johnson and others have poured billions into the club and that the pressure has been ramped up to produce a winner.
The Red Sox proved in a short series that the Dodgers were vulnerable in the right situation and Boston also showed how worthy it is of contention.
The Red Sox have carved out a nice story themselves this season, including banding together to show off a happy, bearded crew. They also have endeared themselves to Boston during a tough summer, staying true to the Boston Strong motto.
This is one World Series scenario that could put some juice into baseball’s TV ratings.
Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com