Rich Hill, the Dodgers, and relishing the moment

The Dodgers are playing roughly as well as they have ever played in well over a century as a franchise, and in trying to complete yet another series sweep against the Marlins on Sunday morning turn to a kindred spirit in Rich Hill.

After winning four consecutive division titles but without a World Series trip to show for it — running the Fall Classic drought to 28 years — the Dodgers’ season will be defined more how they do in October than during the regular season. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the ride.

Most of my time in prepping game previews or recaps over the last month or so — when the Dodgers have won 28 of their last 32 games — has been spent searching for teams either in franchise or MLB history to do what this team is doing. For instance, should the Dodgers complete their third straight sweep on Sunday they would be the first Dodgers team with two separate win streaks of nine or more games since the 1955 team.

That Brooklyn team won the Dodgers’ first championship, but doing something they did doesn’t guarantee anything for this October. Rather, it’s just to point out how rare some of these achievements are.

Yes, a World Series championship is the

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