The trade that sent pinch-hitter delux Mark Sweeney to the Blue from the Giants for that ever so popular player to be named later was the first between us and the hated ones in 22 years, when Candy Maldonado was traded up north for catcher Alex Trevino. Though the Giants are all but out of any sort of playoff race, and the Dodgers are in a slump right now, our boys in blue is still only 5 games out of 1st for the NL West, while 2 back of SD for the Wild Card. While the offense has been on a downward slide lately, for those who want to look at the bright side of things, the last time the Dodgers were shut out in 3 consecutive regular season games was in April of 1966, The Blue would return to the WS for the 2nd consecutive season, 3rd in 4 seasons. Unfortunately in the 1966 WS, the Blue would be shut out in games 2-4 by the Orioles and eventually be swept in 4 straight, going scoreless in 33 1/3 consecutive innings. Now as for the Sweeney trade, could he be nothing more than just a playoff run rental. If so, well, let’s remember a playoff run rental of not too long ago, when on that 2nd to last day of the season, 2004, with the Dodgers up 2 games on the Giants with 2 to play and against , that’s right, the Giants carried a 3-0 lead to the bottom of the 9th. A Giants win, and the NL West lead would have been cut to 1 game heading into the final game of the season between these 2 rivals, with Giants ace Jason Schmidt to face. And of course, in that ever so memorable bottom of the 9th, after scoring 3 to tie the game, we all know what happened when our playoff rental of then, Steve Finley stepped up to the plate.
So, with that in mind, and yeah, with the Giants outta any playoff race, just keep in mind that these two are scheduled to meet again for the final 3 games of the season at The Ravine. And nothing would make the Giants season than to knock us outta the playoffs should it come down to that. So, how ’bout this possible scenario, bottom 9, score tied, Sweeney off the bench to pinch hit for let’s say, the pitchers spot, and 56,000 blue-clad Dodgers fans on their feet. And on the first pitch, Sweeney parks one in the bleachers to send the Blue to their 3rd post-season appearance in 4 seasons, and in the process, clinching a berth against, you know it, the Giants, against the team that traded him hear, that’s right, the Giants. Well, one could dream…..GO DODGERS. LET’S START ANOTHER WINNING STREAK. KEEP THE FAITH , DODGER BLUE !!!