It’s no secret: I watch a lot of Dodgers baseball. I also consume a lot of information – about the team, organization, the day to day stories that we hear about. It’s also no secret that I’m an emotional person and I rely mostly on gut feel and instinct to make decisions.
Because of all of the Dodgers info/action I consume, it was easy to put together lists of my 2015 and 2016 Top 10 Dodgers Favorite “Things”. I used the term “things” as each item was not necessarily a person or a specific play, but rather a thing that happened – a story, an event, a feeling.
What will make my Top 10 Dodgers Favorite Things list of 2017? Time will tell.
In the meantime, here’s my Wishful Thinking List for this season – based partly on the emotional side of me who wishes some of these things will happen, partly “educated wishes” based on what I know this team is capable of under Dave Roberts and his coaching staff. I am already curious to see how this list will compare to the real one I’ll make at the end of the season.
(Important note: I am not a psychic. If I was, I would have already picked the winning lottery numbers, quit my day job, and moved out to LA to become a professional Dodgers fan)
1 – Clayton Kershaw wins his 4th NL Cy Young Award on route to a 24-win season, recording his 2,000th strikeout before the end of May.
2 – Logan Forsythe succeeds Chase Utley as the recipient of the Dodgers 2016 Heart & Hustle Award.
3 – A no-hitter is thrown at Dodger Stadium this season, by a man in a Dodgers uniform.
4 – A healthy Yasmani Grandal drops his bat 42 times to break the single-season HR record set by Mike Piazza in 1997.
5 – The all-time regular attendance record is shattered at Dodger Stadium, as over 3.9 million people grace the team with their presence at Blue Heaven On Earth.
6 – Joc Pederson bats over .300 against lefties, stealing 20+ bases along the way.
7 – Julio Urias goes 5-1 after August 1 and records the win in Game 5 of the NLDS against the New York Mets.
8 – Corey Seager follows up his NL Rookie of the Year season by again finishing in the Top 3 NL MVP voting. He also goes through 545 packs of gum.
9 – Over 2.5 million Dodger Dogs are sold at Dodger Stadium.
10 – Vin Scully returns…as Grand Marshall of the World Series Parade held in LA on November 8, 2017.