The Great Los Angeles Freakout of 2017 is underway.
When your team has not won the World Series in three decades, and when the greatest hope since then threatens to dissolve into the greatest collapse in baseball history, you absolutely are entitled to freak out.
On the morning of Aug. 5, The Times put the Dodgers on its cover, with this headline: “BEST DODGERS TEAM EVER?” The Dodgers led the National League West by 14 games.
On the morning of Aug. 28, Sports Illustrated put the Dodgers on its cover, with this title: “BEST. TEAM. EVER?” The Dodgers led the NL West by 21 games.
On the morning of Sept. 8, the Dodgers had coughed up more than half of that lead, and...