But, hope is really wishful thinking. If you said you had faith in this team, I would have you committed, but hope… now that’s OK! I get that we all hope the Dodgers get their act together, but face the facts – this team has been mediocre, at best, since the beginning of last season, except for the magical 42-8 run created by Puig and Ramirez’s arrival to LA. That is a once in a lifetime thing that won’t happen again anytime soon.
We all saw some nice things last night from Clayton, Matt, AJ, Hanley and others, but I look at the big picture and it’s not so good with aging, injury-prone players. Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated wrote an insightful article in SI this week that gives you a glimpse of the Dodgers soul. It won’t be online for a few days, but here are a few quotes:
- “This is a tough team to manage.” – Andre Ethier
- “The manager doesn’t change the way you play, but he affects the attitude, the whole atmosphere.” – Don Mattingly
- “The Dodgers may have the most talent, so what you root for is internal drama.” – NL GM
- “You better have your mind right or you’re going to be embarrassed.” – Don Mattingly
- “I enjoy Puig, but he drives me crazy.” – Don Mattingly
- On having four starting outfielders making a combined $429 million: “It’s not a good issue, honestly.” – Don Mattingly
That pretty much sums it up. I have great hope, but I don’t have faith in this bunch. They need tweaked. (not twerked, like Miley Cyrus) The question is: Does Ned have it in him?