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Dodgers fall short of big expectations

Los Angeles left with sadness and questions after another NLCS defeat to Phillies

Originally Published: October 21, 2009
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

PHILADELPHIA -- Even losers know the scent of victory.

In a somber clubhouse Wednesday night, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp -- eyes reddened with tears of sadness -- began to smell champagne on the clothes of several reporters who had first been in the Philadelphia Phillies' clubhouse. He had continued to speak to reporters, until the scent, and what it represented, was too strong and he had to stop midsentence.

"This guy is making me feel bad," Kemp said to a reporter ...

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