After the dust settled following Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, many Dodger fans were left with varying degrees of despondency, anger and depression. They wanted a blockbuster move, a game-changer of epic proportion. That special piece to propel us to the thing we hunger greedily for, a World Series win. That’s one thing all Dodger fans agree on, we’re long overdue to hoist up that winning trophy!
But, the front office did what they’ve been doing since their arrival, a piece here, a piece there, but nothing that excited the fanbase. Except maybe those who look at our prospects, left mostly untouched, as a win. I’ll state this now, I’m in this camp. But, hear me out.
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The Dodgers have the best stable of prospects they’ve had in years. And outside of losing Frankie Montas, Grant Holmes, Jharel Cotton we’ve held onto our future – Julio Urias, Jose De Leon, Cody Bellinger, Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo, who are all honing their immeasurable skills in preparation for their big league debuts. Urias has been to the show and the others may be right around the corner… at least I hope so. I’d love to get a look at some of these guys when the roster expands.
The truth of the matter is, there weren’t many game changers out there for the Dodgers. I wish we’d gotten some vital pieces during the Winter Meetings, when there were more options. We got Maeda, who’s a good acquisition, but we lost Greinke. I felt more frustration then, than I do now.
In my opinion, Chris Sale was the only player worth possibly taking a run at. But, in order for the White Sox to consider giving him up, we would’ve had to give up the farm. Our future, for the possibility of a win now. I think that would’ve been a terrible move, especially when considering our current injuries. I, also, don’t believe the White Sox ever had any real intention of trading Sale. They wanted the moon and stars and checked to see if there were any takers.
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There’s no denying, the Dodgers are banged up and hobbled. We have a complete roster on the DL, not to mention the best pitcher in all of baseball, Kershaw, sidelined. What we need more than anything right now is a miracle. Oddly enough, we’re getting one by way of the struggling Giants no less. Despite our numerous injuries, our hot and cold offense and our struggling starting pitching we are still in this race. As of this writing, we sit only two games back and lead the Wild Card race. Where are the Diamondbacks, the team all the “experts” had as contenders for the NL West, yeah, they’re cleaning the basement, as usual. Baseball is a funny game and winners aren’t always the likeliest teams.
“In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened.” ~ Vin Scully
Here’s where I may annoy some of you with my optimism in the face of defeat. I wrote the heart of this piece while the Colorado Rockies were crushing us, thankfully we avoided the sweep. I did some editing the morning after the Red Sox shellacked us. So, don’t doubt my optimism isn’t real. It’s not always easy, but it’s at the heart of my fandom.
Bottomline, as we head into the homestretch, this mangled team is what we have to work with. Although, hopefully, some of our DL dwellers will return to help this team move forward. I’m looking at you Clayton Kershaw! We, as fans, can continue to rant and rave or we can plant our butts onto this bandwagon of blue and root for our boys. I intend to do the latter. Let’s not give up hope until Vin calls that last out. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if Vin’s last career game call doesn’t also crown the NL West winner between the Hated Ones and us.
As you can see below, I temporarily thought about scrapping this piece because maybe it was too upbeat. But Jeff and many other Twitter friends reinforced my belief that optimism isn’t a dirty word. Jeff went one step further and gave the best reason for fans to stay invested:
the ultimate reason for fans to be positive and invested right now is to enjoy the last 2 months of Vin.
— Go Bruins (@wstrojan) August 4, 2016
So, as you read these last paragraphs, imagine me as Tommy Lasorda (not just a Dodger loving girl from Oxnard – Shout-out!). Nobody would roll their eyes or sneer at Tommy for bleeding Dodger Blue and pushing for optimism.
So, here goes… Baseball is a mixture of skill, luck, grit and magic. And this team needs all of those elements, now more than ever. No doubt they’re struggling, but despite adversity, they didn’t lay down and die. That’s grit! The elusive component needed when all signs point to failure. With a healthy dose of luck and magic we can still win this thing. So now it’s time for this fanbase to believe in magic, wish for some luck and don’t give up until the very last out. True Blue means always, good or bad. Like it or not, these are OUR Los Angeles Dodgers and they need us to continue believing in them. It’s not over, until it’s over and not a moment sooner. So settle in and let the melodious voice of Vin Scully guide us into the play-offs.
As always, GO DODGERS!