[Los Angeles Times]
More history goes down in the annals of this great game we all love. My personal connection to this one is that I saw 97% of the game and had it on before it was really a thing. I’ve been watching the Dodgers a lot lately due to owning (and loving) Puig, Dee Gordon, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenley Jansen, and Clayton Kershaw in fantasy.
And the reason I didn’t see 100% of it is my pregnant wife decided out of the blue that she had to have Chipotle Guacamole; so I had to run to the burrito shop and get it for her while she still had an appetite. On my way out the door I tested my wife and said ‘keep your eyes on this game, he’s going after a no-hitter and I want you to tell me if he still has it when I am out’. Like a good wife when I was on my drive home she texted and said he was four outs away. I knew this because; I had the game going on the radio.
I made it time in home to see Beckett blow away Chase Utley for the final out and the 24th in Dodgers history. The last time the Dodgers had a no hitter I was 14 years old, and it was Hideo Nomo at Coors Field. The last time the Phillies were no-hit was in the late 70’s, and I wasn’t even born yet. How amazing is baseball history as it ties your life together in some small way?
And on this Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia, Josh Beckett had the signature moment. And I’ll always remember that it came the day after finding out I’m having a baby girl in the fall and while running to get the pregnant lady her precious guacamole fix.
I’m laid up here on the couch laid night trying to watch the Dodgers and Nationals game on MLB.tv, and there’s something that is causing me disturbance. What could make a man disgruntled when he is free of responsibility and The Great One is calling the game?
Then I see it. Josh Beckett is meandering and fiddle-fucking his way through the second hitter of the game.
I don’t know exactly how I began feeling this way, and there’s no stat for it. But is there a guy in the big leagues today who strikes you as more of a ‘just pay me every two weeks and lets go home’ type of guy?
It’s been so long since he was even in the decent category, yet I get the feeling that Josh Beckett feels he’s still amongst the elite. He takes forever in between pitches. He’s worse then Steve Trachsel’s Mets days. He’s horrible television. And he’s awful. Yet you get the feeling that Beckett probably thinks the reason he’s had a rough go of it the last five years is because of someone else’s doing.
When all else fails he probably retires to his soft 40,000 thread-count sheets and complains to his girlfriend that he’s ‘too good for the losers in Los Angeles’ and ‘at least he’s filthy rich’. You know he plays that card. Then his dog denies him affection because even this man’s pet knows he is an asshole.
I can’t wait until the game doesn’t include Josh Beckett. A true turd.
That’s what I think of the 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers as things begin. It’s not a bad thing for baseball if these guys are restored to relevancy.
It would be unrealistic to think that all of these former superstars will put together superstar seasons at the same time. However, if just a few of them manage it while the others become solid contributors, the Dodgers are going to be one tough out in the National League.
Major offseason moves:
- Signed SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
- Signed SP Zach Greinke to a 6-year, $147 million contract
- Traded minor leaguer Jake Lemmerman to St. Louis for Skip Schumaker
- Signed RP JP Howell
- Signed RP Brandon League to a 3-year, $22 million contract
Of course, let’s not forget all the damn moves they made at the end of last season. They acquired a small army of misfit toys in getting Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett for basically nothing.
After the jump, we’ll take a look at the Dodgers from top to bottom.
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