Los Angeles Dodger Fans Trash Clayton Kershaw Jerseys After NLDS Loss
It's game 5 of the National League Divisional Series and the Los Angeles Dodgers are up 3-1 over the Washington Nationals going into the top of the 7th. Clayton Kershaw, one of the most dominant pitchers over the past decade, got the final out of the 6th inning and is back out there for the 7th.
Normally when Kershaw is on the bump with the lead, you can go ahead and make it a victory for the Dodgers, but this is playoff Clayton Kershaw. It's a lot like Kershaw is The Incredible Hulk during the regular season, but then he turns back into Bruce Banner when his team needs him the most.
In his 9 years of postseason experience, Kershaw holds a 9-11 record as well as an ERA of 4.43.
Manager Dave Martinez did not care at all about the past, he wanted his best pitcher on the mound with the Dodgers looking to move on. In that 7th inning Kershaw would throw only 3 pitches. Here was the result of 2 of those pitches.
The Nationals would tie the game in the 7th, then a go-ahead grand slam from Howie Kendrick in the 10th inning would punch their tickets to the NLCS where they will face the St. Louis Cardinals.
Fans were so irate at Kershaw and the Dodgers that they ran over their own jerseys after the loss.
This particular fan took it above and beyond by actually tossing his Kershaw jersey onto the field. While the game was still going on.
Kershaw still has two more years left on his current deal with the Dodgers. Will the lack of success in the postseason affect either side when it's time to negotiate a new contract?