Friday, July 19, 2013
A Whole New Blue
Its been an up and down season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, to say the least.
Coming into the season the Dodgers were a strong candidate to come out of the National League. Than game 1 they shutout the World Champion San Francisco Giants, behind Kershaw’s complete game shutout and not to mention his homerun. Everything looked good…Well that is until the injury bug bit the Dodgers, and bit them hard.
A wild night at Chavez Ravine, which resulted in a bench-clearing brawl with the Padres, saw the team lose their new $147M dollar starter Zack Greinke, and than it went downhill for the next two months. With Hanley Ramirez still out due to a thumb injury in the World Baseball Classic, The Dodgers started to drop like flies. Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Hanley (again), the team slipped to 30-42 a season worst 12 games under .500
It was shaping out to be a very expensive and disappointing 2013 season. Don Mattingly was almost out of a job. That is until The Man, The Myth, and The Legend arrived from Triple A. Yasiel Puig. Before fans could even pronounce his name right, he had single handedly won 3 straight games for the Dodgers. He was the lead story on just about every sports outlet, he was throwing people out left and right, hitting grand slams, and go ahead singles, but most importantly he provided a much needed jump start to the Dodgers. Their batteries were on empty, their bodies were ailing, and the team seemed lifeless, Puig not only jolted them, but he infused the team with the confidence, and cockiness that he portrays in his own personality. The team has taken on Puigs persona, and it has worked.
On June 3rd 2013 the Dodgers were re-invented, since that date they have gone 24-15 and have clawed all the way from last place to second place and a .500 record at the All Star Break. Along with Puig-Mania, the Dodgers were also able to get healthy, besides Matt Kemp (who cant seem to get healthy since last season) The Blue Crew has shown a real glimpse of what this team can be when they are healthy and clicking.
With 68 games remaining and 2.5 games behind the Dbacks, the dirty work is done, they have climbed out of the abyss, now is the time to just go out and play baseball, win some games, stay healthy, and take the NL West.
Anything less, is a disappointment and a lot of money spent for nothing.