Sure the Cardinals are up 2-0 in the National League Championship Series. Some say the games have been boring, with a total of six runs scored between the two teams through 22 innings. Dodger fans may be turned off by the frail Dodger production.
Before the series ends, here are some fun facts about the Dodgers and the Cardinals.
- Dodger fans will never forget Ozzie Smith's memorable home run in the 1985 NLCS. Pitcher Tom Niedenfuer, who surrendered the bomb married actress Judy Landers. Their daughter Kristy was recently named the 2014 Miss Tennessee. At least now there’s something beautiful about Niedenfuer for Dodger fans to remember.
- Do you think McCourt would approve? The Dodger franchise was in ruins during the last days of the reign of Frank McCourt who amassed his fortune largely from investments in parking lots. For the rest of the post season, the Dodgers are offering free parking to cars with four or more people.
- They've been here often, but they’re almost strangers: Only the Yankees with 52, and the Braves with 36, have more post season appearances than the Dodgers and the Cardinals who each have 31. Despite this, the two teams have met only three times in post season play
- 4. Stan the Man: The Cardinals dedicated their season to Stan Musial who died January 19th of this year. Musial appeared in more games (432) against the Dodgers than against any other team. He batted .341 lifetime against them, his highest average against any team he played more than 30 games against. Stan the Man was given his nickname by Dodger fans in Brooklyn.
- The 1977 Dodgers were the first team in MLB history with four players with at least 30 homers. The fearsome foursome of Dusty Baker, Reggie Smith, Ron Cey, and Steve Garvey will throw out the ceremonial first pitches for Game 3 tonight.
OK, we couldn’t keep it to five. Here’s a bonus fact for Dodger fans…
Doesn’t it feel like the Dodgers deserve a better fate than being down 2-0? The pitchers have done their part. Los Angeles hurlers have allowed only three earned runs in 22 innings, good for a 1.33 ERA. St. Louis hitters are 9-for-67 (.134) with 18 strikeouts in the first two games.
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