After historic turnaround, Dodgers can revel in title
Kasten couldn't understand what the fuss was about.
"I've never seen a celebration where everyone isn't boisterous and enthusiastic," he said.
Through June 21, under a siege of injuries to key players, the last-place Dodgers were 31-42, 9 1/2 games out of first place and manager Don Mattingly's job was in jeopardy. Beginning with a 6-1 win in San Diego on June 22, the Dodgers unleashed a furious turnaround that one month later catapulted them into first place and they haven't looked back.
They are the fourth team to finish first after being in last after July 1. The 1914 Braves, '73 Mets and '95 Mariners are the others.
"Now we can say we're there," said Mattingly, who has been gunshy about postseason comments while the Dodgers lost 10 of the previous 14 games. "There were a lot of expectations with this club. We had a horrible start and a lot of injuries, but the players came together and got healthy and we just rolled.