Dodger fans everywhere have been reveling in the acquisition of Mookie Betts and David Price. Somewhat lost in the excitement of getting an MVP and a WS hero for one player, has been the fact that that players is Alex Verdugo. Alex Verdugo himself offered a very sweet goodbye.
Alex Verdugo was drafted by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2014 MLB draft as an 18-year-old. He rose through the system and made his debut as a 21-year-old. The kid literally grew up with this club and members of the organization.
Hit Me Where It Hurts
I’ll be completely honest. When the trade was announced I said to another member of our Dodgers Nation crew, “I’ll definitely miss hearing ‘Volver, Volver’ at Dodger Stadium.” I will absolutely miss it. Alex Verdugo, of Mexican descent, chose this song as his walk-up and it was a brilliant decision. Dodger Stadium went absolutely bonkers when the song, by Mexican musical icon Vicente Fernandez, came onto the loud speakers. It was this song that got me writing again after the Dodgers lost to the Nationals in the NLDS last October. It was one of the pieces I was most proud of.
When I read Alex Verdugo’s goodbye, I was ready to read it quickly and write him off. His goodbye hit me a little harder than I thought.
At the end of his heartfelt goodbye where he thanked basically the entire Dodgers organization and city of LA, he hash-tagged #Bendicion and #vivalarazamx. “Bendicion” means blessing in Spanish, and it holds a reverence that does not quite capture in English. “Viva La Raza” translates to “long live the race.” The “mx” at the end of it is a reference to his Mexican heritage.
It has been well documented, the Mexican connection to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Alex Verdugo choosing “Volver, Volver” as his walk-up was an instant acknowledgment of that. Alex Verdugo wearing the Dodgers jersey wasn’t just a blessing for Alex Verdugo, it was a blessing for us all.
Best of luck in Boston, Dugie! Show them that kid is naaaaaasty.