Athletes sometimes have a perception of invulnerability, with the paychecks and life style most of us can only dream of. In those dreams, we rarely think about the hardships and struggles that money and fame can’t buy away. The roller coaster that is Kenley Jansen’s life right now is something that can test any human, with a life threatening heart condition, the birth of a new baby boy and coming back into a pressure packed playoff race that has left his fellow bullpen mates struggling to carry the burden.
Last night, the Dodgers fought to win a game versus the San Diego Padres, but with a one run lead in the top of the 9th, California Love was asked to put aside all the other things going on in his life to help the Dodgers get back into the playoff race.
A misplaced cutter and the game is tied 4-4, as a deflated crowd in Dodger Stadium tries to muster up enough energy to get the boys in blue a shot in the arm to get another run to win this game.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 26, 2018
After some divine intervention in Blue Heaven, the lights came back on and the Dodgers were able to make up for Kenley’s mistake and win the game.
Now onto the reactions and questions from Kenley, fans and the media:
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) August 26, 2018
POLL: Would you give the ball back to Kenley in a save situation today?
Why or why not? If not, when and how do you bring him back? #BeNiceToYourFellowFan
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 26, 2018
Kenley Jansen, asked what most frustrated him about tonight: “Life, honestly. You can’t control life.”
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 26, 2018
Kenley Jansen looks broken. The LA bullpen can't succeed without him. This is… bad.
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) August 26, 2018
The Dodgers can either accept the fact that Kenley Jansen isn't himself and needs more time, or they can continue to put him into games late and watch him give up home runs.
3 appearances since he came back. 3 blown saves.
Want to guess what happens if they put him in again?
— John Ireland (@LAIreland) August 26, 2018