This post takes Dodger4life’s theme and visualizes it.
This is the day many of us have been waiting for. The call up of Yasiel Puig has injected some excitement into us Dodger fans. Whether of not this move will bring great results for the Dodgers has yet to be determined. The Dodgers have a record of hyping prospects only to find that they didn’t pan out. Guys like Greg Brock and Mike Marshall come to mind.
Probably the biggest disappointment based on the expectations heaped on him was Willie Crawford. As some of you may recall, Crawford was an 18 year old high school football star from Los Angeles, who was pursued by many colleges. But baseball had it’s eye on him too. Both Charlie O. Finley, owner of the then Kansas City A’s, and Tommy Lasorda, then a scout with the Dodgers, were eager to sign him and went after him hard. Lasorda won out and signed Willie 2 days after his high school graduation. Willie never reached the lofty expectations that people held for him. He was expected to become a star with the stature of Willie Mays, but he struggled for playing time year after year and never made much of an impact with the Dodgers. His frustration with that contributed to him becoming an alcoholic.
Let’s hope that Yasiel becomes a monster superstar and propels the Dodgers to many World Series championships. But let’s not get too upset if that doesn’t happen. Vin Scully said “Good is not good when better is expected.”