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And so the curtain has closed on what was a spectacular Dodgers season. Normally, LAist is not one to celebrate teams that come up short, but considering what the Dodgers had been through and what was expected of this crew, we can only smile at the progress the organization made in 2004. After failing to win a playoff game for 16 years, Lima Time took that monkey off our backs. And after nearly blowing a comfortable September lead, the Dodgers beat the Giants of all teams to reach the postseason for the first time since 1996 and win the NL for the first time in a 162-Game season since 1988.

For the first time in at least six years, Dodger fans can feel great about their team's leadership from the manager to the general manager, and for now, we'll say the owner.

The late-season miracles for the Dodgers, even helped LAist win its first bet with SFist, and make Shane eat crow, in a pseudo glorification column of the Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles. It may have read more like a backhanded compliment, but we'll be the ones enjoying rice-a-roni soon enough... the San Francisco Treat. Ding, Ding.

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But now our thoughts turn to next season.