The pain of the Dodgers playoff defeat by the hands of the Cardinals hasn't fully sunk in yet. I am still in the zombie-like state of shock. Totally unsure which emotion I should actually be portraying at any given moment. I probably laughed at the most inappropriate time at work last night without even realizing laughter was not called for at the time.
The Dodgers lost in embarrassing fashion by a score of 9 to 0 in a playoff elimination game. Clayton Kershaw started the game for the Dodgers. Kershaw is the god-like pitcher who has the 2013 Cy Young Award wrapped up by winning an ERA title and thoroughly dominating everyone except the Cardinals. Getting crushed when your team's ace is on the mound is the second worst way to lose a season ending contest during the postseason.
The absolute worst way, in my opinion, is by losing in walk-off fashion. That would have hurt even worse seeing a beast like Carlos Beltran up in the bottom of the 9th and hitting a game/season ending base hit to beat the Dodgers.
The outcome is actual outcome is still terrible for Dodger fans. Its just that it may feel even worse today if we had a grand opportunity to win Game 6 in the later innings. Maybe that will make my fellow Dodger fans feel slightly better.
Just say to yourself, "well it could have been even more awful."
I decided to buy a pack of 2013 Topps Update this morning. I felt I needed a pick me up and purchasing some new baseball cards seemed like a great idea. When fat kids feel gloomy they eat ice cream to feel better. When I feel dour, I scoop up some baseball cards. That is what addicts of baseball card collecting do. I guess if you are down in the dumps, fat and a card hoarder you eat ice cream while buying baseball cards.
This retail rack pack yielded me my first pack pulled Yasiel Puig rookie card. I had just gotten a Chrome Puig rookie from Brad's Blog. Maybe getting Puig cards in 2013 is pretty easy?
This Sandy Koufax image has been used before by Topps. It is another recycled photo that Topps uses just to add Koufax into a set on the cheap. I still love this image of a celebratory Sandy Koufax. I just don't want Topps to ruin the joy I have of seeing this photo of a happy Koufax.
Just writing this post should help me make it back to the real world after the Dodgers demise. Seeing a stack of baseball cards that are ready to be sorted. I can feel a slight change in mindset that the power of the Platter is giving me. Writing this post has brought me one step closer to reaching full on off season mode. I will get there eventually.