The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the 2013 season with an exciting 4-0 victory over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Monday’s win was just the first game of a very long season, but it demonstrated why the Dodgers are under extreme pressure to win their first World Series since 1988.
Since purchasing the Dodgers from Frank McCourt last spring, Guggenheim Baseball Management has stopped at nothing to ensure that Los Angeles remains one of the premier franchises in Major League Baseball.
Ownership has authorized general manager Ned Colletti to improve the roster at all costs. And while Los Angeles has dominated the headlines since last summer with a series of high-profile trades and free-agent signings, San Francisco quietly went about winning its second World Series title in the last three seasons.
The Giants have created a championship blueprint that other MLB franchises should follow, particularly the Dodgers. A mere five years after the Barry Bonds soap opera ended its 15-year run, San Francisco is winning with a diva-free roster that should compete for World Series titles for the next few years.
In fact, the party may just be getting started in the Bay Area.
Dodgers fans hope that the team with MLB’s highest payroll delivers a substantial return on investment soon—both emotionally and financially. If not, both Colletti and manager Don Mattingly could find themselves looking for new jobs when the 2013 season ends.
Here are six reasons why San Francisco’s latest World Series victory creates a greater sense of urgency for Los Angeles to earn its first championship in the last 25 years.