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Bill Plaschke: On the way to the World Series, these Dodgers played as one

CHICAGO - So this is what a Dodgers World Series team looks like.

A couple of dozen players are climbing on each other in a tiny concrete bunker under ancient Wrigley Field, clutching with hugs and headlocks, spraying reddened faces with champagne and beer, drinking from a glittering trophy like it was a mug.

So this is what a Dodgers World Series team sounds like.

The players begin chanting, not about the title, but about each other, like children in a circle on a playground, chants recognizing everyone from the stars to the scrubs, each name resounding like royalty.

"Ker-shaw, Ker-shaw ... Bel-ly, Bel-ly ... Puig-Puig-Puig!"

So this is what happens when a group of locals finally reaches baseball's biggest stage after 28 years of wandering around its darkened back hallways.

It's cool. It's fun.

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