Until the last couple of years due to the McCourt meltdown, we Dodger fans have always tended to look at our team as one of the premiere teams in MLB history. Despite the fact that a Dodger almost never appeared on one of the daily recap shows depicting the best plays of the day, we seemed to think our players were somehow more gifted than those of other teams. And overall, there may have been some merit to that type of thinking. But in the past few years, we looked at our young core as something really special. This year, it turns out that Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw actually delivered on that promise. But the others really have not risen above the rest of the MLB pack.
That brings me to the concern that Oldbrooklynfan has about the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series. A few years back, I remember Vin Scully remarking that over the entire history of both teams, they were actually tied in wins against each other. I don’t know how much that has changed since and I am not anal enough to spend the time to look it up. The point is, as Mr. Pierre has pointed out, is that both the Cards and Dodgers have won 22 pennants but the Cardinals have won 10 championships to the Dodgers 6.
Our heroes include Zack Wheat, Dazzy Vance, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Don Sutton and many others. Currently, Kemp and Kershaw are star players for LA.
If we bled Cardinal red instead of Dodger blue, we could point out that history has not ignored the St. Louis team with players such as
Rogers Hornsby, Jim Bottomley, Dizzy Dean, Stan Musial, Enos Slaughter, Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Bruce Sutter, Ozzie Smith, among others. Now days, they have Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman providing the power.
Both of these teams have a long and glorious history in the National League. As Dodger fans, we look to the farm teams and hope that our prospects will pan out. But in many years, our minor leagues have only provided a few pitchers. I can’t remember that last power hitter other than Kemp that has made a big splash. We Dodger fans like to think with our heart and not our head. Looking around the league, many teams have brought up premiere hitters who are now performing well in the MLB and are featured on the web gems on a regular basis.
Maybe thinking with our hearts is not a bad thing. Like Danny Kaye sang, “They may be bums but they’re my bums.”