I’m not sure if you heard this, but the Dodgers won the National League West again. The clincher came Tuesday night, with Clayton Kershaw pitching seven scoreless innings to beat the D-backs.
Kershaw is the only Dodgers player who’s been around for all ten years of the Dodgers’ current playoff streak, so it’s only natural that manager Dave Roberts asked the franchise icon to address the team before the celebration began in earnest.
The NL West is back in Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/XHrsw4jIgC— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 14, 2022
“I just want to say I love you guys, and thank you for being so good. It’s really fun to be on this team,” Kershaw said, which kicked off the champagne spraying.
Kirsten Watson and David Vassegh were all over the clubhouse, getting interviews from as many players as possible on SportsNet LA.
Perhaps the funniest of the group was Vassegh with Justin Turner. Naturally, their interview was interrupted several times by various others dumping beer on both of their heads.
“That’s serious brain freeze, guys,” said Vassegh.
“If you had a brain,” quipped Turner.
“Thank you,” Vassegh retorted.
Later in the interview, as things were wrapping up, Turner referenced Vassegh’s infamous and painful slide last month in Milwaukee. “We couldn’t have done it without your six broken ribs and three broken wrist bones,” Turner said.
"We couldn't have done it without your 6 broken ribs and 3 broken wrist bones... I think you really sparked the club in Milwaukee" pic.twitter.com/X4z9qQ4fVh— CJ Fogler AKA Perc70 #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) September 14, 2022
Some more highlights from the clinching celebration:
Clayton "No shirt/No goggles" Kershaw speaks with @THEREAL_DV about being the man in charge of the mound for this clinch. #LetItBurn pic.twitter.com/OOFyMHjjRQ— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 14, 2022
Best friends @mookiebetts & @FreddieFreeman5 share their thoughts on winning the NL West together. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/412knfMAr4— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 14, 2022
@elpotroalberto is the BEST. pic.twitter.com/MFvtM6ly7P— Audel Del Toro (@CantBeatAudel) September 14, 2022
Clubhouse going up on a Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/NEj1v7MNqz— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 14, 2022
Here’s the front page of the sports section of Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times:
Front page of tomorrow's @latimessports section pic.twitter.com/CFxURUOhRd— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) September 14, 2022