Torre is in the post-season for his 13th consecutive year, making this the first time the Dodgers have made the post-season in 20 years. Whereas the Yankees missed the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.
Granted a lot of things were at play here, like Manny going to LA and various injuries in New York — but it’s arguable that Torre would have managed the Yanks better than the inexperienced Girardi, and that Torre’s leadership and experience has helped LA navigate their dominating sweep of the fan-favorite Cubs and their trip to the NLCS.
The way the Dodgers pitched and hit vs the Cubs is getting me pumped for a Dodgers vs. Red Sox world series. With no New York teams in the post-season, are Yankees fans going to cheer on the Dodgers? Of course they will, especially if Torre goes head to head with the Red Sox. So does that make me a front-runner if I go buy a Dodgers hat this weekend, or can I say it was purchsed as a result of my distaste for all things Boston?