The burden of winning this October falls most heavily upon a man who does not let it show, at least not in public. He laughs easily as he strides with purpose across the field, exchanging greetings with players, coaches, agents, and even reporters.
Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, clutches a 32-ounce juice bottle, refilled with water. His shirt is untucked.
He wears a Dodger blue wedding band, sort of. The ring looks like something you could get by dropping a quarter or two into a slot at Chuck E. Cheese, turning the knob to the right, and opening the silver prize dispenser.
A promotional company delivered a shipment of those rings to...