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Letters: The fall of the Dodgers and Angels
Letters: The fall of the Dodgers and Angels

The Dodgers and Angels have clearly shown us that regular-season records and inflated payrolls, regardless of how impressive, do not make champions. Championships are earned in the postseason, and happen when each individual player performs to his maximum level of excellence for the benefit of the team. The postseason is a test of character, confidence in one's ability, and most of all, performance. When the game is on the line, champions will find a way to excel and win. It's perfect timing that both teams, lacking the ability to perform when it mattered most, wimpishly exited the playoffs only days before a team that epitomizes the word "champion" — the Los...

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