The Los Angeles Dodgers entered play Thursday evening against the Washington Nationals with a 25-14 record. Therefore, this makes the Dodgers the best team in the NL.
It’s okay to relish in it – a year ago right now the team was 9 games out of first place. Indeed – Los Angeles is off to a fast start – which typically produces a relaxed clubhouse.
Let’s get a word from Clayton Kershaw in regards to the warm fuzzies circulating at Chavez Ravine in mid-May 2019.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) May 10, 2019
Perhaps there is no better judge of the temperature within the locker room than the elder statesman who pitches on Kershaw Day. Alanna Rizzo asked Kershaw if the current Dodgers’ clubhouse seems different than the teams of the past couple years.
“I don’t think different. It’s very similar to what it was last year and the year before. We keep adding to it, which is great. The personalities, and the culture in the clubhouse, you always hear about the culture. I couldn’t say enough good things about it – I enjoy coming to the field every day and enjoy hanging out with these guys. It’s a lot of fun.”
Furthermore, the Dodgers have been filled with likable guys the past few seasons. Now, the question is worth asking: are the majority of these players likable because of the success they have had? And isn’t it a decent inference to make that Kershaw likes playing with a group of players that win?
Certainly, it all runs hand-in-hand; one would think.
The take home message here is that the guys are having a good time playing together. Of course, it’s easy to like one another when you’re winning and things are going well. At some point, the Dodgers will face a tough stretch. That is when it’s important to rally together and remember these times when everyone got along so well.
Altogether, the Dodgers have had excellent clubhouse chemistry over the recent past. What’s your take on the ‘chemistry’ factor in baseball as a dynamic? Let us know in the comments section below!