The Dodgers Are Perfect
What a glorious day for baseball. Not too hot, not too cold and a bright blue sky. Well as bright as it can get in LA.
In the emotional pregame ceremony, the Dodgers brought out the legendary former players starting with Duke Snider and concluding with the elusive Sandy Koufax. It showed how much Dodger fans appreciate the history of the franchise and always yearns for a team to carry on the legend.
When the game finally started and Slappy McPopUp safely relegated to the bench, the Dodgers managed to show they had some offense jumping to a quick 4-0 lead after two innings. While Brad Penny was erratic at times the Dodgers bailed him out on defense. Rafael Furcal made a great defensive play in the fifth inning snatching a grounder way out to his left, spinning and throwing out speedy runner Jose Castillo.
Perhaps the funniest moment of the game came in the sixth inning when the Giants sent out reliever Merkin Valdez. I shit you not. That’s an even better name than Angel Pagan.
So one game in, one victory notched. While it was a great victory, let's not get too ahead of ourselves. The Dodgers beat a team that have a distinct possibility of losing 100+ games. So while it did help lift my spirits with respect to this team, it doesn't exactly make me hopeful of a World Series championship.
My biggest concern is the pitching. The Dodgers are in injury away in the rotation from either winning 90+ games or 80 games. Given the recent history of the health of the Dodgers, you can see why I'm skeptical.
Don't get me wrong. I really do hope that the Dodgers will make me look like a jackass. I'm used to it. But they need to prove it on the field before I sip that Kool-Aid.
The first thing they can do to prove it is to get hits off of Matt Cain. Cain in his two outings against the Dodgers last season gave up only two earned runs. Cain is a much better pitcher than the 7-16 record he posted last season, so the Dodger bats better not fall asleep tonight.
But for now, a perfect way to start of the season.
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