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Dodgers writing their own feel-good story

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Before this season began, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was trying to explain how crummy last year's National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Cubs felt. It wasn't crummy just because the Dodgers squandered a 2-1 Chicago Cubs jerseys series lead, losing three straight games by a combined score of 23-6. It wasn't crummy just because Zaidi and others felt like the Dodgers had chances, real chances, to beat the Cubs. And it wasn't crummy just because it marked the 28th consecutive season that the Dodgers -- a proud organization that sees itself as a perennial championship team -- was unable to reach the World Series. No, there was something else. "There's a particular kind of sting," Zaidi said, "to being a prop in someone else's feel-good story." Yes, a year ago, as the Cubs marched to one of the most iconic championships ever, the Dodgers were a bit player, a supporting actor, an afterthought. The Cubs took the whole stage, leaving no spotlight at all for a city that thrives on the spotlight. "We feel like we're a pretty good team," Zaidi said. "You get the feeling Cheap Jerseys people said, 'OF COURSE the Cubs beat the Dodgers.' ... That's not how we felt." And so, that has been a theme all season with the Dodgers. This, they believe, is their year to be the feel-good story. You could feel that energy and hunger all year with the Dodgers. You could feel that energy and hunger at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night during the Dodgers' 5-2 victory in Game 1 of the NLCS presented by Camping World. "I think that the season we had [this year] versus the season they had last year, I think you could parallel those two," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "And the confidence we have in our group [this year] versus the confidence they had in their group. ... I just know that this year we're a very focused group, very confident group." You often hear analysts say Game 1 of a championship series is a must-win game ... it isn't, not really, but there was no hiding the urgency for Los Angeles. The Dodgers needed this game. They were at home, starting a well-rested Clayton Kershaw, while the Cubs, still a bit scrambled after their draining five-game series with Washington, had just flown across the country and were forced to start midseason pickup Jose Quintana, who pitched just two days earlier. • Dress for NLCS: Get Dodgers postseason gear But things did not start well for Los Angeles. A few hours before first Dallas Cowboys jerseys pitch, the Dodgers announced that star shortstop Corey Seager was not on the NLCS roster because of a bad back that just didn't get better fast enough. Yeah," a crushed Seager said before the game, "this sucks, to be honest." And then the Dodgers fell behind, 2-0, when Kershaw threw a slider that was a bit up, and the Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. clubbed it over the left-field wall, a 412-foot shot that silenced a raucous Dodger Stadium and might have sparked a few memories from last year. Almora Jr.'s home run in the 4th Almora Jr.'s home run in the 4th Albert Almora Jr. crushes a two-run homer to left field in the 4th to open the scoring against the Dodgers But, the Dodgers will tell you, they are a much different team from last year, not just because they've added key players like Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger, but because of their resiliency. And because they win by relentlessly pounding teams into submission. "We just keep coming at you," Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. "That's the whole team philosophy. Keep battling. You don't have to be the hero. Just battle. We've got a lot of guys who can be the hero." And that's exactly how it played out. The Dodgers had trouble getting anything going early against Quintana, but in the fifth inning Logan Forsythe and Barnes drew back-to-back walks. And then Yasiel Puig was the first hero, hitting a run-scoring double; his arms were raised already as he rounded first base. Puig's energy and enthusiasm and contentious displays on the field have been the subject of countless opinions. But right now, his crazy joy for the game powers the Dodgers. If you are interested in jerseys. Please click:

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