Dodgers take a game in NLCS

Not even joking, this ball didn't leave the ballpark. - Harry How

First, you probably don't have the right to be enraged when Yasiel Puig flips his bat and stares down a ball that doesn't leave the ballpark. You cheered for Barry Bonds. Yes, you. Acting like your delicate sensibilities are affected when someone acts the fool is unbecoming.

So picture what a cool Dodgers fan would be like in the early 2000s. Not the dorknoses who would eat a lock of Eric Karros's hair if he asked, but the thoughtful fans. The ones you would gently rib and needle during an intelligent conversation about baseball, but come away respecting.

They wouldn't say, "GRRRFRRF, BARRY BONDS CHEATER HORRIBLE DEVIL GRMPFHPFF." They'd say something like, "Damn. I hate that guy. But he is crazy to watch."

So it is with Yasiel Puig. Not that he's in the same nebula as Bonds yet -- we'll wait for that first .600 OBP -- but because this isn't something anyone's seen for a while, if ever. Dude's an idiot. An out-of-control fool like nothing I remember. And it's annoying because a) he's a Dodger, and b) c'mon, seriously, okay, calm down.


But Puig is way more interesting than, say, Andre Ethier, the Coldplay of baseball players. If I have to pick a player to hate, well, here you go ...

The Dodgers are still in a bad spot -- they need to win three of four with home-field advantage split right down the middle -- but it sure would have been cooler if they were down 3-0.

Second, it's annoying watching Brian Wilson in the postseason. Not because he looks like a piece of steel wool in a fight with a raccoon, but because he's pitching like the guy we remember. Strip away the trying-too-hard and the persona, and remember the two-seamer nipping the outside of the outside corner and getting called a strike that shouldn't have been. I missed that guy. The pitcher, not the personality. And not the 2011 Wilson, either, who was a partially controlled tire fire. I'm talking about the 2010 version, who was pretty swell. One of the better relievers in Giants history, to be honest. The 2013 version doesn't have as much heat, but he has the command, which is probably as important.

Lesson learned. Sign the visible player to a good-faith deal if the divisional rivals look like they might reach the NLCS. But only if he looks good. Like, don't re-sign Aubrey Huff because you're worried the Dodgers will start him at second. But if a rehabbing player is looking sharp, add that into the equation.

Stupid Dodgers.

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