At the start of the college basketball season, I said the following about my beloved Duke Blue Devils (who are playing my hometown Butler Bulldogs in what is truly a David vs. Goliath game – I hate to admit it, but part of me wants to see Butler win. Either way, I can’t lose tonight.) :
“They are Top 10 material. They aren’t going to win the national championship, but then again, you never know.”
As Duke is poised to play for the National Championship tonight, I am going to say the same thing about my first love – the Dodgers:
“They are one of the top teams. I am not saying they will win the World Series… but you never know!”
Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times reports that Rafael Furcal had this to say on the subject of whether the Dodgers have the tools to win it all:
The Dodgers’ longest-tenured player, the 32-year-old shortstop and leadoff hitter has seen a group of cocksure rookies morph into a nucleus that he believes could lead the franchise to its first World Series in 22 years.“You reporters said they were can’t-miss prospects and that’s the attitude that Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp had when they came here,” Furcal said.Initially, he said he didn’t know what to make of the pack, which also included Russell Martin, James Loney, Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton.Furcal had been around to know that many can’t-miss prospects missed. Then he saw how they approached their jobs.“What made them successful is that they’re workers,” Furcal said. “They don’t get tired of working. When you’re young, you have to have the desire to get better. You can’t take anything for granted, you can’t think that you’re already good.”After consecutive trips to the National League Championship Series, Furcal said he thinks these Dodgers are ready to advance to a World Series.“They know how to win,” Furcal said. “They’re young men with a lot of talent who already have three, four years of experience. I think we’re ready to go to the next level.”Because their drive is still there.
Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com had this to report:
People can say, ‘We need this pitcher’ or ‘We need that bat.’ But to say we didn’t have enough talent to win the last two years is making excuses,” right fielder Andre Ethier said.
“We’ve got the talent to win with what we had. To be that close, one out or one game away — we just can’t lose the feeling and the emotion like we did. When things go wrong, you have to rebound and come back and play through the series instead of letting down.”
The bell has rung. There are no excuses. It’s time to play ball!
RANTS & RAVES
- Old friend Adrian Beltre looked very good last night for the Red Sox, both offensively and defensively. I predict a monster year for him in Boston.
- The Mets are a “train wreck” and their pitching led Johann Santana is a shambles.
- I will be getting a root canal when the game starts today, but my IT guy is trying to figure out how to record MLB as we speak. I will see the end of the game.