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Dodgers fans vandalize Clayton Kershaw jerseys after loss to Nationals


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.

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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


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.


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.

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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.

Ranking which teams Giants fans should root for in MLB playoffs

Ranking which teams Giants fans should root for in MLB playoffs

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the A's are in the playoffs, it's an interesting test for Giants fans. While much of the fan base will choose the Bay Area over anyone else, there's certainly a large contingent that enjoys rooting against rivals who have spent the last few years ramping things up with McCovey Cove takeovers at Oracle Park and airplanes dragging banners across the sky. 

Well, the A's lasted just one game. So the postseason, which kicks into high gear with two NLDS games today, now features eight teams from other regions. Who should Giants fans root for? It's easier to start at the end of the list. 

The Dodgers are out, obviously. 

That leaves seven teams from very different markets. Here's a rundown of how you Giants fans can choose your side this October ... 

8. Dodgers: No explanation necessary, although it should be pointed out that Dave Roberts and Clayton Kershaw handled Sunday's ceremonies in a wonderful way, and if the Dodgers do happen to break through this year, you should feel happy for those two at the very least. 

7. Yankees: When I was in middle school in Cupertino, there was a kid who decided one day that he was a Yankees fan and he insisted for years to come that he had always been a Yankees fan. The cap would come out every October. We all know this person, the one who randomly roots for the Yankees or Cowboys and insists it has nothing to do with being a frontrunner. So this is relatively easy, too. Don't be That Guy. 

6. Braves: Mark Melancon handled the down times in San Francisco about as well as you could expect, and he agreed to waive his no-trade clause in July, helping set the Giants up for a better future. He deserves a good month, and Adam Duvall and Charlie Culberson are also here. Plus, a short October for the Braves may make them more desperate for Madison Bumgarner. 

But they rank this low because of the tomahawk chop, which is still a huge part of their celebrations and in-game experience. Also, they wouldn't let The Merc's Kerry Crowley race The Freeze and the Blooper Burger gave me food poisoning. 

5. Cardinals: A postseason enemy for years, it's hard to really feel too much one way or the other about these guys now.

4. Astros: The favorites heading into October, they're led in part by Gerrit Cole, who is Brandon Crawford's brother-in-law. They rank this high because they have the best shot of beating the Dodgers in a seven-game series, and ultimately that's probably the result most Giants fans want this month. 

3. Nationals: Hunter Strickland and Gerardo Parra are here, but the real reason they're an early favorite for Giants fans is that they're the first team to face the Dodgers. And with Pat Corbin, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, they have a good shot at the upset. 

From a baseball standpoint, the Nationals are fascinating because of the lack of balance on their pitching staff. Strasburg already played hero out of the bullpen in the Wild Card Game. A World Series run could force the same from him or Scherzer later in the month, and as we learned with Bumgarner in 2014, that's one of the coolest things you can see in the sport. 

2. Twins: It's a close call at the top, with plenty of former Giants on these last two teams, both of whom are small-market clubs trying to crash the party. Sergio Romo (it would be great to see him gutting his way through another huge postseason moment) and Ehire Adrianza are here, and Sam Dyson would get a ring if the Twins win it all. Plus, between the Dyson deal and the Eduardo Nuñez swap, the Twins have been quite helpful to the Giants in recent years. 

1. Rays: MATT DUFFY. That's your answer. If you're a Giants fan, you're probably just rooting for Matt Duffy this month. 

No, in all seriousness, the Rays are a hell of a story, the brilliant organization with a low payroll and a bunch of contributors you've never heard of. (Who the hell was that Nick Anderson guy?) They might have to get through a Wild Card game, the Astros, the Yankees and the Dodgers to win it all, and while that would murder MLB's ratings, it would be pretty cool to watch. 

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Plus, a Rays championship might end a curse some Giants fans whisper about. It all went downhill when Duffy was traded in the middle of 2016. Perhaps a ring would set things back on course ...