It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… at least here in Indy. I got up to this as I let The Mighty Quinn out for his morning business. The snow is only a little over an inch, but it is snow. So here in Indy, it is a White Christmas. So, Merry Christmas from AC and I and we really appreciate what a group of Dodger fans we have at this site. This has been the most enjoyable year I have had on this blog since starting it in 2001.
We have a group of knowledgeable readers with over 1,100 subscribers, but a lot more people read it. In October we had over 799,000 visits and the average visit was 22 minutes. We have some very intelligent posters who have their own take, but can disagree without being disagreeable. Everyone has a great deal of respect here and we all appreciate it.
It has been a pleasure hosting such a site and we are always looking for new writers if you are so inclined. The pay is horrible as we do not monetize the site. I suppose who could make a couple thousand a month if we did, but I hope that some of the appeal here is that you don’t to put up with those damn ads, like what I do in my real business. By the way, it’s my real business that helps pay for this so Merry Christmas from all of our friends at US Water Systems too.
“May your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmases be White.”
Matt Kemp – Dodger MVP?
Yes, the odds are against it. It likely won’t happen. No way, Jose! It’s almost a joke to even write that, but….
As late as July 1, 2017, we were reading stuff like this:
He’s hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI—numbers that have him in the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game.
That was written about Matt Kemp! THE Matt Kemp who is now on the Dodgers roster. THE Matt Kemp who many say needs to be released or traded. THE Matt Kemp whom many despise, distrust and dislike. THE Matt Kemp whom many Dodger fans pine for.
Matt Kemp may or may not be an A-Hole, Jackass, Clubhouse Cancer and Whatever Else… but he does have talent. I have met Matt’s parents and they tried to raise him right. Even though his parents are divorced, they both are very committed to him. Matt is not without resources and he likely realizes that the Dodgers are his next, best, last chance!
Matt started out as a Dodger. I used to watch him on minor league cams from Vero Beach to Jacksonville, and I knew he was a talent to be reckoned with. I also knew that when he was traded for Yasmani Grandal that his time as a Dodger had come to an end. I never looked back!
But now, he is back – not because he was wanted but because he was the lessor of evils. The Dodgers traded for him in order to get under the salary cap and because no one else wanted him. So, there is that!
Rumors are running rampant that Matt Kemp is in great shape and ready to turn it all around. OK, maybe, whatever! I am not holding my breath.
Sometimes your body betrays you. Sometimes you can no longer do what you used to do. Boy, do I know that (damn arthritis!). But, sometimes a guy can pull his head out of his a$$ and ignore the pain to become a “Damn Legend.” I can give you $43 million reasons why the Dodgers might let Matt Kemp to do just that.
I am only talking about a minor miracle… one that allows him to have 2 or 3 at-bats a game before his caddies (Kike, Joc or Andrew) take over. Guys who hit like Kemp don’t grow on trees. You might swing from one if you think the Dodgers can trade him and get value back. Moses, Jesus, Noah and Abraham could not perform that kind of miracle. What have the Dodgers go to lose?
Toles, Pederson, Verdugo and Hernandez are young – one more year won’t hurt them ! What is the problem in letting Matt Kemp start the season as the everyday left fielder? I have sneaking feeling this could be amazing! Am I predicting it? NO! But, I can see no way the Dodgers release Matt Kemp.
What if he blasted 30 HR from the #6 spot? What about that?
Christmas photo from the Los Angeles Dodgers