As I’ve said before, sometimes life gets in the way of Dodger baseball. As I sit here and write this article I am in beautiful Cancun, Mexico with my beautiful girlfriend. I’ve had a wonderful and emotional vacation. I’ve also missed a lot of Dodger baseball this past week. Thankfully my amazing writers have picked up the slack. I can’t thank them enough. Those guys have not missed a beat while I’ve been sun tanning in the tropics. It’s also been a wonderful and emotional home stand for the Dodgers.
While I’ve been gone I’ve missed 6 games, but so much has happened in those six games. The Dodgers took two out of three from the hated Giants essentially leaving them for dead in the National League West, and then they swept the Rockies clinching their fourth consecutive division title on Sunday afternoon. Charlie Culberson’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning won the game for the boys in blue sending Dodger Stadium and all of Los Angeles into delirium. When Culberson rounded the bases we all celebrated. The Dodgers have done it again, and in Vin Scully’s final home stand it was even more emotional. If you feel like crying go ahead, because I’m reaching for a tissue now.
The home stand was filled with even more tears when the Dodgers and all of Baseball said goodbye to beloved broadcaster Vin Scully with a moving ceremony to honor him. Scully is in his 67 and final season and will broadcast his final games in the Dodger’s last series of the regular season in San Francisco. We all must come to terms with the stark reality that Vin will not be there to guide us through the murky waters of the 162 game Dodger regular season. I get choked up as I type this.
But please be happy to know that Vin is going home to his family. He gets to spend more time with his wife, children and grand children, and knowing that makes me very happy. We’ll all miss him and Dodger baseball will never be the same. Vin is our guiding light. Dodger Stadium and baseball will be a little dimmer without his beautiful dulcet voice.
As the Dodgers won the division and said goodbye to Vin it played out in the background after the entire sports world was stunned by the tragic and painful loss of Miami Marlin’s pitcher Jose Fernandez. We all felt a little bit of the loss felt by Fernandez’s family and the Marlin’s organization.
The sudden passing of Fernandez reminds me of the terrible boating accident that claimed former Dodger pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews back in spring training of 1993. Losing Fernandez is such a painful mark on the end of the season. It seems silly to even be thinking of baseball games at a time like this. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Fernandez family and the Marlins during this horrible time.
As we head into the final week of the regular season the Dodgers will turn their attention on evaluating players to decide the postseason roster and get everyone healthy. The Dodgers are a deep and talented team and everyone has had a hand in helping the Dodgers advance to the postseason. First year manager Dave Roberts has simply done a tremendous job and should seriously be considered for NL manager of the year.
He may not be the greatest tactician, but his hardnosed approach and never give up attitude has permeated the clubhouse, rubbing off on the players. The front office while making a few mistakes along the way has done a terrific job of putting together the roster. The depth they acquired that some people including me scoffed at times is the reason why the Dodgers are going to the playoffs again. Most of all the players are talented and determined to win. The Dodgers have an excellent chance of winning the World Series this year.
This has been a frustrating season at times with the hoards of injuries that have befallen the Dodgers. However they battled through it like a true team. They overcame so much and now we have another nerve wracking postseason to look forward to. I hope you guys will join us over here for the ride. Let’s win this thing for Vin, and for Fernandez and everyone who has lost a loved one.
Oh and don’t forget to watch this over and over and over and over and over again.
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