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Are the 2017 Dodgers the Team of Destiny?

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball this season and are shattering every record in the books, they are on pace to have the most wins in MLB history, but all they care about is one thing: the World Series.

In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible might just happen.

It's a quarter past three on an August afternoon as the doors to the elevator open on the first floor of the famed Dodger Stadium.

Greeting me is rows of MVP placards, Cy Young Awards, gold gloves, silver sluggers, and World Series trophies — six to be exact.

I check to make sure the clubhouse is open and as I open the double doors into the Dodgers locker room I'm surprised by what I see.

It's a ghost town.

"Where are all the players?" I ask one of the team's equipment managers. 

"They're all working," he responds.

Veteran second baseman Chase Utley is in the video room watching film, unofficial team captain Justin Turner is in the batting cage, and despite being on the disabled list, Clayton Kershaw is in the outfield running laps.

There's nobody to talk to and the team wouldn't have it any other way.

That's how you erase 29 years.

Since their inconceivable championship run in 1988, the Dodgers have made the postseason 10 separate times without advancing to the World Series.  

It's a fact that you don't have to remind the players that are currently vacant from the locker room. Twenty-one of the 25 men on the Dodgers roster were on the National League Championship Series last season that saw them eventually lose to the Chicago Cubs in six games.

Last year, the Cubs were the team of destiny as they led all of baseball from nearly start to finish before erasing a 108-year World Series drought.

The Cubs had the most wins, the most all-stars, they broke records and received most of the accolades.

This year, that team is the Dodgers and history is not wasted on this group. They're ready for their revenge against the Cubs, and if not Chicago, then they will rewrite their own history with whomever stands in their way.

Their indelible wins this season are an example of that "magic" feeling of destiny that is around this Dodger team day in, day out, and they are ready to capture their own glory.

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball, reaching 90 wins before September. They are not only on pace to eclipse the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers (105-49) for the best record in franchise history, but they are currently on track to surpass the 2001 Seattle Mariners (116-46) for the most wins in Major League history.

They have the best home record in all of baseball, and just finished up the best 60-game stretch in MLB history. Overall, they are 56-13 since June 7 and they continue to break records left and right.

They set a Major League record with 53 consecutive victories when taking a lead at any point, shattering the old record of 39. To put that in perspective, the Dodgers did not lose a lead for 53 straight games. It's almost unthinkable.

Among those indelible moments of destiny the Dodgers have provided this season are 41 comeback victories, including 17 on their final at-bat, and 10 walk-off wins.

The offense leads the league in home runs and nearly every major statistical category. The defense is just as stout, and the pitching staff has the best ERA in baseball, as does the bullpen. Their more than 220-run differential is 56 runs better than any other team in the Major Leagues, and they are on pace to break the all-time record.

They're a couple weeks away from clinching their fifth consecutive National League West title and if you haven't done so already, it's time to jump on the bandwagon because this is a runaway train and there's no end to the tracks.

If you are one of the few that happened to stop watching the Dodgers over a decade ago during the doldrums of the Frank McCourt era, it may be time to return to the fray.

Six years ago, the team was bankrupt and going nowhere fast. Fans stopped showing up to the ballpark and the team was so mismanaged that McCourt had turned the team into his own personal ATM. Using the organization has his own personal checkbook to pay for he and his wife, Jamie's, lavish lifestyle.

Thankfully, a savior came in the form of the Guggenheim Baseball Management Group led by Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten, came to remove them from power and bring a World Series back to Tinseltown.

So now the Boys in Blue are back with a band of brothers that reads more like a minor league program than it does a cast of All-Stars.

Surprise Cy Young candidate Alex Wood was in the bullpen on Opening Day, but has quickly become one of the best starting pitchers on the team, posting a 14-1 record with a 2.41 ERA.

After Opening Day, the Dodgers promoted two young stars, Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor, that have quickly blossomed into the game's best.

Bellinger is the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, and hit his first 21 home runs of his career faster than any player in MLB history.

His 34 home runs this season are the second most in franchise history for a rookie since Mike Piazza hit 35 in 1993, a record that Bellinger will likely break in the final month of the season.

Taylor was called up in April and has quietly become the top leadoff hitter in baseball when it comes to batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS.

It may be a small sample size (47 games), but Taylor has solidified himself in the top spot in the order for the foreseeable future, even after the team acquired one of the best leadoff hitters in the game in Curtis Granderson on Aug. 19.

Speaking of Granderson, the Dodgers have a bevy of seasoned veterans having career years like Turner, right-fielder Yasiel Puig and closer Kenley Jansen.

In addition to Granderson, the Dodgers landed ace Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers in a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline. This team is poised and ready.

The country has become captivated by this team as well. The best fans in baseball are also some of the most well-traveled, just ask Pantone 294, a fan group named after the color that represents Dodger blue. They're the ones you see with the giant Dodger flag at a handful of road games this season.

If there was an official stat for the most opposing fans at road games, you better believe the Dodgers would lead in that statistical category too.

The Dodgers lead the league in attendance for the fifth consecutive season, surpassing three million fans at Dodger Stadium this year and there's still 13 home games left on the schedule.

That means 13 opportunities before the playoffs begin to see arguably the best team in history play before your eyes.

That means a handful of moments to witness history and greatness as the Dodgers try to end the 29-year championship drought and prepare for a parade down Vin Scully Avenue.

So if you're looking for one last reason to join in on the fun, just take it from new play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, who famously said this after a walk-off win recently:

"Moment after moment, memory after memory, the Dodgers have done it again!"

Now we just need them to win the World Series again.

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