LOS ANGELES — Yu Darvish slalomed his way through the crowd in the tunnel outside the Dodgers’ clubhouse Tuesday night, heading home wearing shorts, a T-shirt and a “Caviar Cartel” baseball cap. He looked a bit frantic to part the bodies, which was to be expected. He was only 20 minutes removed from the realization that he was 20 hours away from the most monumental start of his — or any pitcher’s — career.
A few minutes later, inside the clubhouse, Clayton Kershaw stood at his locker wearing shorts, a T-shirt and a “BillyJackSprinkler.com” baseball cap. He appeared to be considerably more relaxed than Darvish, probably because he was 20-plus hours away from only the most monumental relief appearance of his — or any pitcher’s — career.