Tedious. Endless. Boring.
Baseball’s off-season — while a well-deserved break our players need to recharge and get ready for another long 7-month run that will take them deep into October — is a seemingly endless stretch of days and weeks where we cling to any tidbit of info about our team that we can find while we wait for baseball to get here.
Just waiting for baseball to get here… pic.twitter.com/dMuThpzKXz
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 9, 2019
It’s like a summer break from school; there are other activities to keep us occupied — maybe we see family members we neglect during the season, re-connect with non-baseball friends, or clear out our Netflix queue — but let’s be honest, it’s a bleak time until we can reunite with fellow fans again to bond in our shared love of the team.
As a Dodgers fan in the throws of baseball withdrawal just like you, I’m here to help by offering a few suggestions on how to survive by staying busy during the Dodgers off-season.
Subscribe to the Dodgers YouTube channel, where you’ll have free access to a plethora of well-produced Dodgers goodies, like the new Hometown Series, another superb season of Backstage Dodgers, team hype videos, Dodgers In The Community, and much more. If you haven’t perused the Dodgers channel yet and enjoy getting to know members of the organization on a closer level, you should have enough content to last you until at least Spring Training.
Subscribe to the Dodgers Nation channel on YouTube, where, among other things, you can catch up on all of the fun and frolic that Clint Pasillas and Brook Smith provide us with each week on our popular Blue Heaven podcast on YouTube. In the entertaining hour often featuring special (and surprise) guests, the guys discuss team news and transactions (or lack thereof) and interact with Friends of the Show on the stream.
Besides the podcast, the ever-growing YouTube content includes past episodes of the DN Post Game Show with Doug McKain and special current video content like one of my personal favorites, the recent 12 Days of Dodgers series.
Start planning your 2020 trips and reunions with other Dodgers fans. Like any other season, there are many ways to see the Dodgers even if you don’t live in LA, and planning trips to see the Boys in Blue is a fun way to make the time go by quicker in the off-season. This year, the team’s spring training opens officially when they face the Giants on Saturday, February 22nd, and many fans will make the pilgrimage to the party Camelback Ranch between then and over the following four weeks, and maybe even see a few games while they’re there.
Dodger Stadium will be a popular destination for many Dodgers fans again this season, with Opening Weekend from Thursday, March 26th to Sunday, March 29th when they host the hated Giants. Many fans like to plan to travel when the team hits the road, and this year they will be visiting, besides the usual cities, the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals as part of their inter-league play.
This year Los Angeles will be hosting All-Star Week for the first time since 1980, with the main event taking place on Tuesday, July 14th. This is sure to be a hot ticket for baseball fans from across the continent, with Dodger Stadium THE place to be from July 12th to 14th.
Catch up on all of the great 2019 content you may have missed on DodgersNation.com…and subscribe to our newsletter so that you don’t miss a thing.
And most importantly — count the days, get plenty of fluids, exercise and sleep…and get ready for another memorable Dodgers season in 2020.
Is it Opening Day yet?