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Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Despite what Giants fans want to believe, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw are friends.

Before many Giants-Dodgers games over the years, they could be seen talking on the field, in plain sight of everyone.

So it should come as any surprise that Kershaw would love to have Bumgarner on the Dodgers.

"I love Bum," Kershaw said Friday at a Dodgers holiday event according to Dodgers Nation. "If we signed him, that’d be great."

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday, citing sources, that the Dodgers and Bumgarner have a mutual interest in a deal.

Bumgarner in Dodger blue is the worst nightmare for Giants fans. But it's a real possibility with Los Angeles missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.

[RELATED: Padres reportedly looking at Bumgarner]

Kershaw hasn't been able to bring a World Series to Los Angeles on his own, so of course, he would love for a postseason hero to come help him end the Dodgers' title drought.

Dodgers fans vandalize Clayton Kershaw jerseys after loss to Nationals

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Dodgers fans vandalize Clayton Kershaw jerseys after loss to Nationals

Clayton Kershaw in October is not a match made in heaven. 

On Wednesday night, the Dodgers lefty doubled down (well, this has happened more than twice – we know) on the bad postseason reputation when he came out of the bullpen against the Washington Nationals, clutching a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning of the winner-take-all NLDS Game 5.

After striking out Adam Eaton to end the seventh, the three-time Cy Young Award winner gave up back-to-back home runs to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto to begin the eighth inning, turning a two-run Dodgers lead into a 3-3 tie.

Two innings later, the Nats were sporting new hats and celebratory shirts, doused in champagne after pulling out a 7-3 win in 10 innings.

How did Los Angeles Dodgers fans spend their postgame festivities? By vandalizing Kershaw's jersey following the devastating loss.

One clip showed a "fan" taking off his Kershaw jersey and tossing it on to the field and quickly running away. It appeared this occurred while the game was still being played,

Another clip showed individuals offering to have cars run over their Kershaw jerseys outside of Dodger Stadium as fans left. The person recording the video announced he would participate in doing so as well:

"This is so much better than burning it by the way," the person recording said. "It's so much better for the environment."

The "fan" sporting a Dodgers poncho referred to the Kershaw garb as the "choke jersey," as he guided individuals to run the uniform over.

Giants faithful had a field day on social media, knowing the passionately disliked Dodgers would not advance to the next round of the postseason. Twitter was filled with screengrabs of Kershaw sitting with his head down in the dugout, symbolizing the ace's continued postseason failure.

[RELATED: Dodgers loss clinches memorable decade for Giants fans]

But despite his postseason shortcomings, Kershaw has a sparking résumé filled with accomplishments most fans could only dream of.

There's passion toward wanting to win, and then there's this. This is not sportsmanship. This is vandalism.

Go ahead and frame that Kershaw jersey. The tire marks will add some character to it when he's inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

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Another Dodgers choke job clinches memorable decade for Giants fans

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Another Dodgers choke job clinches memorable decade for Giants fans

The 2010s were one hell of a decade for Giants fans.

Not only did they get to celebrate three World Series titles in a span of five years, they also got to watch their bitter rivals choke time, and time, and time, and time, and time, and time and time again.

The Washington Nationals put the cherry on top of San Francisco's phenomenal decade, coming from behind to defeat the Dodgers 7-3 in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday night, thereby ending Los Angeles' season.

And, really, it couldn't have happened any other way.

Leading 3-1 in the top of the seventh, Clayton Kershaw came on in relief of Dodgers starter Walker Buehler. He struck out Adam Eaton to end the inning, but that would be the only out he recorded on the night.

After the Dodgers went in order in the bottom of the inning, Kershaw came back out to start the eighth. What happened next made every Giants fan laugh, and every Dodgers fan cry.

Twice.

First, Kershaw gave up a lead-off homer to Anthony Rendon. The very next batter -- on the very next pitch! -- Kershaw served up a 449-foot blast to Washington's Juan Soto, tying the game at 3-3.

Seriously, you couldn't make it up.

Kershaw was pulled immediately thereafter, and Kenta Maeda struck out the side to get out of the inning. The three-time Cy Young winner could only look on from the dugout as the game eventually went into extra innings.

Adam Eaton drew a lead-off walk for Washington in the top of the 10th, and Rendon followed that up with a double off the wall in left. Soto was intentionally walked to load the bases. And then Howie Kendrick crushed the Dodgers' dreams.

Kendrick clobbered a 410-foot grand slam over the center-field wall, silencing Dodger Stadium. Sean Doolittle plowed through the Dodgers in order in the bottom half of the inning to close it out, and that was that.

Another division title. Another playoff choke job.

The Dodgers won 106 games during the regular season, their most in franchise history. They had a $200 million-plus payroll, fourth-highest in the majors. They led the National League in runs, home runs, total bases, RBI, slugging percentage, OPS, ERA and shutouts. They led Game 5, 3-0 

And they won two more playoff games than the Giants.

[RELATED: Source: Giants to interview A's coach Kotsay for manager]

Look, the Dodgers definitely had a better season than San Francisco.

Gee, when have we heard that before?

As for which of the long-time rivals had the better decade, though, that is quite oppositely one-sided.