In Andrew Friedman’s first year as Predident for Baseball Operations, the Dodgers were bounced in the National League Division Series. The next year they went a round further before losing to the Cubs in the National Lgeague Championship Series. Right here, right about today, they are ahead of the Cubs 3-0 and on the cusp of being in the World Series for the first time in 29 years. Since the hiring of Friedman and Zaidi (“FAZ”), I have been in a verbal war with some Dodger fans who insisted that FAZ was over-hyped and incompetent, and should be fired. Shoot, some morons wrote exactly that during Spring Training THIS year.
Finally, at age 63, I have learned that you can’t tell stupid people anything. I could never shut them up, but FAZ could and Did! The Anti-FAZ-O-PHOBES in the Stupid Tree have finally cut off their branches! The Dodgers… THE ANDREW FRIEDMAN DODGERS are one game away from the World Series! Exactly 18 of the 25 players have been aquired by FAZ since 2015. They have rebuilt the roster and the farm system while winning at the same time. This is unchartered ground. I cannot think of anywhere this has been done before. Usually, the Big Club has to suck for a while to rebuild the farm, but not the Dodgers.
The Dodgers future is bright and their NOW is shining just as brightly as well. This is baseball where anything is possible, but being up 3-0 in a 7 game series, with two more games in LA, I happen to like their chances of their stated goal all year “WORLD SERIES OR BUST!” Do you know that the Dodgers are 14-2 in their last 16 games! So much for the Mother of All Losing Streaks killing their season.
- Andre Ethier stayed ready and it paid off. I am not sure he can play back-to-back games, but we might see today.
- Yasmani Grandal can’t be elated but he can’t agrue with success either. Alex Wood like pitching to Yasmani, but will Doc keep Barney in because they are on a roll?
- I find it curious that Adrian Gonzalez is at home and not with the team. Very curious.
- Nice to see Joc have some success.
- Thanks to Hawkeye, Yu Darvish may have a new theme song: