One of the more thrilling nights in recent Major League Baseball history took place Wednesday night.
Two wild card spots were determined in riveting contests that showcased Tampa Bay and St. Louis coming from far behind in the standings to crush Boston and Atlanta. And now the playoffs begin. But none of the five California franchises qualified for the postseason.
The Dodgers and Angels had especially frustrating seasons. What is wrong with local baseball and how can it be fixed?
The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of sports most storied organizations. No team has really ever had more dedicated fans. Great grass roots marketing, Vin Scully's voice and multiple pennants and World Series victories meant that "going to a Dodger game," notwithstanding the opponent, pitcher or standings became a Southern California tradition that Peter O'Malley and his family carefully nurtured.