I’d like to pretend that this season didn’t happen and that our rivals didn’t win the World Series… *closes eyes* ….Okay, I guess that didn’t work as well as I hoped. *cough* Congrats *cough* to the World Champs *mumble mumble, cough, sniff* yeah!
Enough of that! It is now officially the off-season and we’re all very sad that there is no baseball to watch! I’m counting down the days until spring training to visit Camelback and watch my boys do what they do best, which is play some ball! However, the Dodgers concern isn’t with spring training just yet. What is of biggest concern to our ball club is the roster. We have a lot of players who are eligible for free agency this year, some players who are up for raises through arbitration, player options and freed up salary for next year. I will break down the Dodgers’ options. A lot of moves need to be made if we’re looking to win a World Series in the next decade (which we should be!)
Ted Lilly- After his stellar performance last year since moving to the club that he’s dreamed of playing for since childhood, it was only proper to re-sign the California native. He’s signed to a 3-year $33 million dollar deal. Along with Kershaw & Billingsley, he is the only certainty we have in our rotation.
Jay Gibbons- Signed a 1-year contract for $650,000. Provides middle of the line-up run support and possible left-fielder position.
Scott Podsednik- Declined his 2011 option, which would have landed him $2 million.
Possible Free Agents
Hiroki Kuroda- Was struggling in the beginning, but came into his own during the second-half. Possibly the veteran pitcher Ned will sign.
Vicente Padilla- Pitched a hell of a season before getting injured before the playoff push. Possible veteran pitcher to be signed, but being prone to injuries may make it unlikely. I would like to see him come back. I mean, if he could keep up with CC in the NYY series, why not?
Rod Barajas- Insurance behind the plate seeing as Russell Martin finds himself on the injury list. Ned mentioned he wanted to sign him before the club lost exclusive negotiation rights.
Reed Johnson, Jeff Weaver- Doesn’t seem like Dodgers are yes or no about these two. Don’t add or take away from the team. I say let them go and get better pitchers!
Loney- Had a second half slump. Overall, he has a general lack of power. Defensively, he’s a gem, but we desperately need the offense!
Kuroda vs Padilla
Kuroda will cost us $15 mil and Padilla will cost us $5 mil
Left fielder- Can be filled by Gibbons or another player to have 4 OF
Infielders- 1st base power, 2nd base is locked down by Carroll since Theriot hit a slump, 3rd base power. Casey Blake isn’t cutting it. I’m not fearing the beard here.
Catching- Rod City seems to be working, we’ll see how he does in training if he’s signed.
Pitching- Veteran starter and veteran reliever needed to round out the bullpen. Broxton needs major work.
$10 million is freed up from last year’s payroll
Names Being Mentioned (Pulled these from other blogs, articles, and even fan comments)
- Prince Fielder
- Adrian Gonzalez
- Dan Uggla
- Ivan De Jesus
- Adam Dunn
Personally, I think we need all need to take one for the team and develop our farm system. LA is NOT going to win a world series with short-term fixes. Look at what the Giants have done. They are all Farm Boys! Sorry to say it, but we’re not buying our way to a World Series. We are not the Yankees. Way too much money has already been spent and it hasn’t gotten us anywhere, but I’d like to hear some of your thoughts.
Figured I’d bring back the “Wait ’til next year” motto that Dem Brooklyn Bums adopted. However, for us, it may be YEARS from now. We need to re-build this franchise. It means building from the bottom up. Strong foundation. Working with our prospects (instead of trading them away). We’re going to be ridiculed for having crappy everything regardless. So, I say we take another 3 or 4 crappy years and come back with a team that rivals this year’s Giants and last year’s Yankees. What do you say?
Also, don’t forget to vote for Kuo, Belliard, & Dodgers Ballboy in the TYIB awards!
Until next time, think blue!
- Dodgers absent in playoffs
- Giants stealing the NL West Division Title from Padres
- Giants take best of 5 from the Braves in 4
- Phillies sweep Reds
- Giants/Phillies NLCS showdown
- Howard strikes out looking and the GIANTS become the NL Champs
Dodger fans found themselves in their own personal hell this post season. Rooting for any team playing against either Giants or Phillies. “Giants won’t make it past the division series. They haven’t made playoffs since the turn of the century,” we kept telling ourselves. Then they made it to the NLCS. So, who do we root for? Some fans rooted for Giants. “They’re from the west!” Uhh, no. They’re the GIANTS! Blasphemy, I tell you! As much as I hate the Phillies for killing us in the NLCS the past two years, I was rooting for them to murder the Giants because I couldn’t even begin to imagine the ridicule we would have to endure whenever the Giants were in town. Making playoffs was bad enough. Making it to the NLCS AND doing what the Dodgers couldn’t do twice, we should just wear bags over our heads.
Have you bought yours yet? Because the Giants have won the NL pennant! Wait, did our long-time rivals just do what the Boys in Blue failed at? Did they play the game so well that they earn the title of National League Champs? Yes and I think I’m going to crawl under a rock and die!
Let me clarify. I am not saying that these teams do not deserve to be where they are. They do! They played the better ball all year and they are where they are because of it, but the boiling hate that fills me up even thinking about it is real.
This year’s Fall Classic will stage two unlikely organizations battling for the title of World Champions. The Rangers will be making their first appearance in their 40-year history. The Giants will be attempting to win their first title since moving to the West. Who will you be rooting for? If you say the Giants, please don’t call yourself a Dodger fan. True Blue fans will be rooting for the Rangers to take it all! Regardless of the outcome (crosses fingers for Giants to get swept), I will be expecting some good baseball! Because I am a Dodger fan first and a baseball fan second.
Interesting to note: Bengie Molina will be the key to Rangers winning the title. Being that he was a Giant for half of the season, he not only knows how the rotation pitches, but also knows the offense and their batting tendencies. He will most likely be getting a WS ring whether the Rangers win or lose (they’re going to win!)
Hoping for a great fall classic. As always, Viva Los Dodgers!
162 games played by each of the 30 teams from the 2 circuits spread over 6.5 months. Each team is vying for a spot in the Fall Classic. It is known as Mission October. Playing baseball in October signifies you’re one step closer to the World Series and the ultimate series you can win that year. 8 teams in a battle royale to stay alive for one more game…one more series…a chance at the title of World Champions. It is where the tension is crowding the stadiums & every pitch is calculated and watched. This is what baseball is made for. This is where players are born and destroyed. How far will you go and how hard are you willing to work for it?
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2010 season ended at game 162 with no hopes of October games. It was a roller coaster ride of a season. 7-game win streaks to 6-game losing streaks. Record-breaking 170 strikeout-season to 5 homers in 5 games. Injured for weeks on end to coming back and having a .376 batting average and NL Player of the Week Honor. Quarrels, rumors, arguments, struggles, financial woes, divorce, speculation, boos, chants, cheers, grand slams, walk-offs, blown saves, saved games, manager leaving, new manager, retirement, you name it.
Though the Boys in Blue didn’t make it to October, they gave us all a hell of a year. I know I personally had one of the best seasons so far, just in game attendance itself. Attended 30+ home and away games, visited SD and Anaheim to cheer my boys on and met some amazing fans each with their own stories to share and teach. Got some baseballs signed and some memorabilia. Turned my niece into a die-hard and she’s only 2. The memories alone are worth so much because they happened all because of my love for the Dodgers.
When a team doesn’t make it to the playoffs, the saying goes, “There’s always next year.” You know, I’m tired of saying that, especially when just last year we were 2 wins away from the World Series. Some people may not like what I have to say, but I don’t advertise this blog to have an unbiased opinion. However, I know if you don’t like what I have to say, there’s is no need to have to argue any point with me. I respect everyone’s opinion, and we can agree to disagree 🙂 I just want to say, don’t settle for next year. I want to celebrate a World Series title and I want to do it LAST YEAR. Dodgers are well overdue for a trophy and people need to stop talking about next year. Next year is too long! I’m tired of waiting, but it seems like that is what the Dodgers fans will have to do…once again.
I will NOT discuss the McCourt divorce. It seems like there’s just too much to even try to begin talking about it. The ONLY thing I will say is this: Give up the team & allow the city of Los Angeles to become the owner. No good will come from the current ownership. Can Steinbrenner come back from the dead??
Farewell, Dodgers. I anxiously wait for May to come to see you train and April 1, 2011 for the home opener. It’s been a wild ride. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for making me fall in love. I’ve met amazing people who share the love for the Boys in Blue. I’ve met baseball enthusiasts and fanatics that share the same love for the game as I do. I spent long summer nights at the Ravine taking in the game and the sounds of the ballpark. I spent hours sitting in the living room with Vin’s soothing voice calling the games of the team we both adore. Those memories will definitely stay with me.
To all those that I’ve met through the love for this team, you guys are all amazing people! I hope to spend more time at the games with each and every one of you, from sitting in LFP to the Dugout Club, The Shortstop before and after games, flaming margaritas pre-season, blowing the airhorn in Anaheim whenever the boys scored, standing in line to see Loney from the window and to have Matt Kemp sign a ball, dressing up in 80’s gear, creaming the birthday boy with a cupcake to tanning in Loge, it was a great year. Let’s make sure to keep in touch, okay?
I will try to update in the off-season with any movements in staff or players. Again, follow me on twitter! Much love, my readers. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the Spring!
“I bleed Dodger Blue and when I die, I’m going to the Big Dodger in the Sky!” -Tommy Lasorda
I cannot even begin to discuss tonight’s game. Angels, you took game 1. We will come back and fight tomorrow. That’s all I can promise. Instead, I will talk about this thing known as team rivalry.
I’m sure all Dodger fans have had their share of encounters with countless Angels “fans” & had some sort of argument to whatever degree or extent. These are the fans that have either hopped ship because they lost hope in the Dodgers not having a WS since ’88, those that hopped ship back when the Angels were from “California,” or the those who were unfortunate enough to grow up in an Angel fan family (then the rare few that actually love the team lol jk).
They speak of Dodger players going to the better team or of loving a good team, blah, blah, blah. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Angels organization is an excellent one, with amazing roster acquisitions & countless playoff appearances. However, I can still argue that my team is better. Statistically speaking, Angels have won more games against the Dodgers than the Dodgers have the Angels. SO WHAT! My team is better =) The rivalry that happens between certain teams are sometimes what makes a season, too! Take a series, bragging rights! Lose one and you shake your head & say your team will get them next time. Being a fan is about being loyal to your team, no matter how they play. Sure, get angry. Give them the Bronx Cheer (boooooooooooo), but love them no matter what. Win, celebrate with them. Lose? Cry, shake your fist, throw something or punch someone (I suggest an Angel fan). Regardless of stats or win/losses, or averages, or a lucky game, your loyalty lies in your team, whether haven’t won in 22 years or whether they’ve only been around for 40.
Take for example, the country selections for the World Cup. These teams have the most loyal fan-base you could ask for. People have cried for team losses & cried for team wins. For a championship that comes around every four years and that has been dominated by Brazil & Italy since it’s conception in 1930, these fans have a lot of heart.
So whether your team hasn’t won a WS in 100+ years (Cubs) or you’ve dominated the WS since the beginning of time (think Yankees), cheer & boo with all your heart because one day, you may be part of history!
Today’s game: Elymania goes up against Kazmir & the Halos to try & take game 2. I will be at the Ravine in Reserve 25. Catch me there =)
Arriba Los Doyers!
FIFA World Cup 2010:
South Africa 1-1 Mexico
Uruguay 0-0 France
All teams have 1 point.
Arriba Mexico! Arriba Chicharito! Arriba Vela!