The Brooklyn Dodgers spent much of their existence playing “bridesmaids” to the other teams in New York and the league. They put together strings of successful seasons, only to come up short each year in the playoffs. Dodger fans sustained themselves with the mantra, “Wait ’til next year.” The LA Dodgers are continuing that tradition.
This year has been one of the most interesting with the collapse in May and June leading to a massive deficit by July only to come back strong in the last two months. Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw had monster years with each of them having a great shot of winning the MVP and Cy Young Award respectively. We got some great pitching by guys that started the year in Double A.
If the Dodgers can re-sign Hiroki Kuroda, they have a chance of being very competitive next year. It should be a fun hot stove league this fall and winter.
The greatest deal we can hope for is the sale of the Dodgers and the exit of Frank McCourt but it looks like that will not happen until sometime late in 2012 at the earliest. So we will be in limbo for another spring and summer. Ned Colletti said he is open to signing an impact bat to a big contract in the hopes of satisfying a disgruntled fan base. That might make us a little more gruntled, but we won’t be hugely gruntled until McCourt is gone.
I would like to thank all of you who have viewed this blog, commented and posted threads here. It has been fun to read and be part of the conversations of a very dedicated group of Dodger fans. The ITD/OTD community have made watching the Dodgers much more enjoyable. Even though we are spread out all over the country, our love of the team has brought us together in a friendly atmosphere.
I started this blog to give us a place to meet after the new posts on Inside the Dodgers became few and far between. Unlike Josh, I was not above posting some nonsense for the sake of having a new post every day. But some of that nonsense was fun to create; the main idea was to give us a place to talk to each other, not to be the fountainhead of new Dodger information. There are about a dozen very good web sites that provide that type of news.
OTD is unlike most other blogs in that most of the regular readers have full editing privileges and can create posts. Thanks to yunghitters89, dodgereric, enchantedbeaver and JhallWally for your contributions. I will not be creating new posts daily during the off season. I welcome each of you to take advantage of the opportunity to create a post whenever the urge strikes you. If you see your name on the Author Grid at the right, you can create a post. If you don’t see your name there, leave a message here and I will add you to the list. Look at the “How to create a post” link at the bottom right for guidelines on making your contribution.
Thanks again to all of you. You have made this a fun year to be a Dodger fan. 🙂
This Day in Dodgers History
1951 At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, Don Newcombe becomes the first black to win twenty games in a season. In a must win for the Dodgers, the right-hander bests Robin Roberts, also a 20-game-winner, blanking the Phillies, 5-0.
1959 At L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams being tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning, after the first two batter make outs, when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.
1976 Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as Dodger manager. ‘Smokey’, compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558), during his 23-year tenure with the club winning seven pennants and four world championships.
1979 Manny Mota sets a major league record with his 146th career pinch hit, a single to right field, in LA’s 6-2 victory over Chicago at Dodger Stadium. The Dominican Republic native surpasses the all-time record set by Smoky Burgess, who collected his last hit as a pinch-hitter in 1967.
2000 Gary Sheffield ties Duke Snider’s 1956 mark for the Dodgers’ franchise single-season home run record with his career best 43rd round tripper helping Los Angeles to defeat the Padres, 3-0.