All summer long, as they stuck uniforms on dozens of anonymous players and ran them through endlessly changing lineups, they were engulfed by a persistent question.
Who exactly are the Dodgers?
On a wild Thursday night that agonizingly skidded into Friday morning before finishing with an indelible moment in Dodgers history, they finally offered a definitive answer.
They are bold kids who dance around the bases, hardened veterans who stare down pressure, and one absolute giant of an ace pitcher who will grab beyond his reach for greatness. They are big hits, brash pitches, a savvy manager, and a sense of drama that drops the jaw and steals the breath.