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The Pulse of Dodger Fans: The Struggles of Support



This is what I mean, there is nothing that quite captures the intensity of baseball in the Fall and late Summer, and that is exactly why being a fan of a good baseball team is one of the more difficult things you can voluntarily do.

So we are here, it’s July 25th and the real playoff push is just about to begin and I’m in a very familiar spot, as are many Dodgers fans I assume.

It’s right around the time when I have to start warning and apologizing to my friends and roommates for my behavior in the coming months, and start padding up my living room for the onslaught of assorted projectiles that is sure to be coming.

Also considering that one of the apartments next to mine has already changed their Wi-Fi name to “OurNeighborsAreLoud”, I might have to start going around issuing sound warnings like a teenager throwing a party when his parents are out of town.

What I’m trying to say is, the last part of the baseball season and subsequently the playoffs are a really special time of year for a lot of good reason as well as a lot of bad ones. It’s fun, it’s stressful, it’s fit-inducing, and most of all, it’s exciting. It is not easy being a fan of a good baseball team, but, it is exciting.

It is exciting because until that very last out in the very last inning, there will still be that hope that this is year that the last game leaves you in tears of joy instead of sadness. In other words what Vin Scully calls The Push.

My Emotional Rollercoaster

Anger

I (sports) hate Matt Adams. I hate Matt Adams so much. I hate Matt Adams more than is probably reasonable to hate another human being that you have never met. But, I don’t for one second feel bad for hating Matt Adams. What he did to Kershaw in that fateful 7th inning a couple years ago is reason enough to be blacklisted for my entire lifetime, but that just wasn’t enough for him. He had to go and hit a walk-off home run in the 16th inning against the Dodgers last week.

So congrats Matt Adams, you’ve earned the first ever spot on this list because you can’t just leave us alone. Take your stupid mohawk and your stupid bat flip and your stupid home runs and just go away forever. Please and thank you.

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Confusion

Why do the Dodgers seem so intent on trading Yasiel Puig? Why do I constantly see his name when I look at trade rumors? Why are so we keen on giving up on a 25-year-old with largely better than average stats and a cheap contract? Why? Why why why? Mr. Friedman, Mr. Zaidi, if I may offer my humble opinion on all these ludicrous trade rumors involving the wild horse.

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Frustration/Hope

Over the past 3 or so seasons, it has become standard for the Dodgers to have at any given time what feels like half the roster injured. Rarely have we had good luck with health in recent times, but this season has just been too much. Like…come on. The team has sustained a total of 33 separate DL stints throughout this season and by the looks of it, probably a few more by the end of the season.

This is beyond frustrating because we have all seen what the team is capable of doing with a severely handicapped roster, therefore it is tough not to imagine what could be if the team had a full compliment of players. But, that is where the hope comes in. I am, perhaps foolishly, hopeful though that as the season comes to a close more and more players will be returning to full health and we can have all hands on deck for the playoff push.

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Written by Trip Westmoreland

20 year old with an almost unhealthy obsession with all things pertaining to LA Sports (Except the Clippers). Hip-hop head and gamer in my spare time.

You can follow me on Twitter @Twest208

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  1. Just know that whatever this FO does or does’nt do will probably whined up on the wrong side of Dodger history. Most of the good that we see can be attributed to Colleti. The way that they use their resources would be akin to Bill and Melinda Gates relying on an old VW to get them around town.

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