The Dodgers Win the World Series, and the Yankees Win the World Series

Commentary: The excruciating conclusion of the Dodgers’ glorious season

It’s amazing how, while reading this column, you get the sense you’re in attendance at the end of the 2017 World Series, where every game went into the final innings, where the Dodgers scored runs at a higher rate and scored more runs, and where they managed the final out with an improbable come-from-behind win.

It’s amazing how, while reading this column, your mind wanders back to the way the Dodgers won the World Series, in a game against the Red Sox that ended in a tie. It’s amazing how, while reading this column, you get the sense that it’s no coincidence that Boston came to Dodger Stadium with the largest deficit in the series, and the two teams are playing for the same thing.

“It’s easy to remember what we did,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the Boston win. “It’s more difficult to remember what we did that night, what we accomplished.”

The Dodgers, of course, made history. They clinched their first championship since the 1957 National League pennant. They became the first team in baseball history to win a postseason series in which they trailed 2-0 entering their season-ending Game 7 of the World Series — which they won, 4-3, in a classic, thrilling game that ended in a tie.

And now they’re preparing for a trip to New York to play the Yankees, who led the best-of-seven National League championship series 3-1 but couldn’t hold on in the end.

It was the Dodgers, who just seven days earlier had won the National League pennant, who had entered this game tied with the Yankees, who had tied the season series 4-4. The Dodgers hadn’t won a World Series game in which they had been leading since the team finished as World Series runners-up in 1962.

The Dodgers, of course, went on to win it all.

As such, it’s no surprise that the Dodgers are trying to take the magic back with them, this time with

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