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.
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So many emotions, so many things to say and still not sure how to but here we go. LA has been my home and the only organization I’ve ever known, mi familia. I want to thank everyone in the front office for giving me the opportunity to put on the dodger uniform and live out my dream. I want to thank Doc for letting me, be me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. To my teammates, coaches, clubhouse staff and trainers, Im going to miss y’all! Thank you guys for helping me grow as a player and a person. Can’t wait to see y’all on the field?? To the fans, to the city. You guys made being a dodger so special in so many ways. On the field, off the field or just walking down the street you guys made me feel loved and like family. I will always cherish the memories of coming up to bat to Volver Volver and hearing the stadium erupt. Then I look around and I see everyone hugging and dancing ? Thank you all for making it so easy for me to be myself and to play and express the pure love and joy I have for this game everyday. Please know from the bottom of my heart, you will always be apart of mine. ??? #Bendicion #vivalaraza??
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.