I have to admit that I am somewhat embarrassed to be a Dodger fan. I was embarrassed when McCourt filed Bankruptcy and have also occasionally been embarrassed at other junctures that we won’t revisit right now. I am embarrassed that the Dodgers playroll (not real money, so it’s not payroll) is about the same as the D-Backs and Giants COMBINED! I’m embarrassed that a $216,000,000 payroll doesn’t sway the experts, most of whom are still picking the Giants to win the NL West over the Dodgers. I’m embarrassed that the Giants play baseball the Dodger way. I’m embarrassed, because like it or not, money doesn’t buy a title. I’m embarrassed because I have made fun of the Yankees overspending for years and refuse to be a hypocrite and pretend that it’s OK because the Dodgers are my team. I have a bad taste in my mouth about it and if you don’t, you may have a double-standard.
Now that I have said that, I can tell you that I can get over a lot of embarrassment if the Dodgers win. Winning cures all.
I will say this: The most important player for the Dodgers in 2013 is someone not in the lineup, that being Hanley Ramirez. If Hanley can return to his MVP form, he’s a game-changer. As good a s Matt Kemp is, Hanley Ramirez can be even better. That would be staggering!
Prediction for 2013: 93 wins based upon what I see. 98 wins based upon possible trades! Winning cures everything.
It’s time for Dodger Baseball.