Dodgers avoid World Series heartbreak by crashing in NLDS, receive wave of online jokes

Written By Dan Bernstein
Clayton-Kershaw-100919-getty-ftr
(Getty Images)

As far as "Dodgers falling short in the postseason" narratives go, their NLDS Game 5 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday could not have checked many more boxes.

Often-criticized Clayton Kershaw was on the mound when Los Angeles' two-run lead disappeared. He has been an all-time great regular-season pitcher but has regularly struggled in the playoffs, a trend that continued with him allowing back-to-back home runs to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto to tie the game in the eighth inning.

Often-maligned manager Dave Roberts then curiously kept reliever Joe Kelly in the game with the bases loaded in the 10th inning. Kelly surrendered a go-ahead grand slam to Howie Kendrick that effectively ended the Dodgers' season.

MORE: Cards manager's postgame speech full of expletives

Non-LA fans around the world got a kick out of the Dodgers losing in the NLDS following consecutive World Series disappointments, particularly because of the manner in which it happened.

Here are a handful of the jokes made:

Latest News

Baker-Mayfield-Steph-Curry-Freddie-Freeman-101821
What is a sports equinox? Full TV schedule & more to know for 2021 NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL intersection
What is a sports equinox? Full TV schedule & more to know for 2021 NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL intersection
Justin-Turner-102021-Getty-FTR
Justin Turner injury update: Dodgers third baseman leaves NLCS vs. Braves with hamstring injury
Justin Turner injury update: Dodgers third baseman leaves NLCS vs. Braves with hamstring injury
Yuli-Gurriel-102021-Getty-FTR
Astros' two-out RBI success in 2021 MLB postseason puts them in historic company
Astros' two-out RBI success in 2021 MLB postseason puts them in historic company
Fenway-Park-102021-Getty-FTR
Explaining the mysterious light in Red Sox-Astros ALCS Game 5
Explaining the mysterious light in Red Sox-Astros ALCS Game 5
riley-pederson-102021-ftr-getty.jpg
3 reasons the Braves aren't destined to repeat NLCS collapse against Dodgers in 2021
3 reasons the Braves aren't destined to repeat NLCS collapse against Dodgers in 2021