The locker room Dave Roberts stepped into Friday night wasn’t the same place he walked through before the Dodgers’ 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Yasiel Puig splashed beer around the clubhouse. Joc Pederson smoked a cigar. Players smiled and embraced.
Roberts felt reborn, the weight of the most miserable month of his managerial career suddenly lifted from his shoulders. The Dodgers were the champions of the National League West for the fifth consecutive season.
“It’s something this group, this team, needed,” Roberts said.
The celebratory scene was nowhere near as festive as it was when the Dodgers secured division titles in previous seasons. Though...