It’s that time of the year once again, when the leaves begin to change. The hot summer days, make way for the warm fall nights and when the sun begins to set on the 2011 Season.
After last nights, heartbreaking loss. There really wasn’t much we could do but try and sleep it off. Already been eliminated a week ago from any playoff contention, this loss still hurt. Any loss hurts, regardless of the standings. But, that is the beauty of baseball, that you have so much love for your team that every win is sweet and every loss is bitter. After a loss like last night, all we can do is clear our minds and look forward to finish off the last game of the season the way we began, with a win.
But when we look back at the 2011 season, what moments or moment jumps at you? what can you take from this season and into the offseason?
There were days we would get out of work or school and rush through LA traffic in an attempt to make it to The Ravine by the first pitch. To me thats what the baseball season is all about, doing the improbable to watch the Boys of Summer.
The anticipation of adding another bobblehead to our collection, will have to be boxed up until next season. When a new series of caricatures will come out.
We plan our day, week and even summer around the Dodgers’ schedule. Not only choosing which games to attend at home but also which Roadtrips we will take with our friends, exploring different cities and stadiums.
The excitement of each of Matt Kemp’s blasts to opposite field, stealing bases and gold glove caliber plays out in center. Those moments we take with us through the fall and winter and into spring.
Young Kershaw’s dominance of each batter, making each of them look like Minor Leaguers. Stacking K’s after K’s on his quest to the throne as a Triple Crown CY Young award winner. He alone electrified this season.
They say “silence is golden”. But when it comes to Vin Scully, the man with the golden voice, his silence is why the offseason seems longer than what it really is. There’s joy and relieve though, knowing that Vin will be behind the mic for at least one more season. His 63rd consecutive year as the Voice of the Dodgers.
This season was a bit different than the rest. It began with frustration and with anger, controversy and disappointment. But It slowly evolved into this euphoria, this indescribable excitement. We didn’t have much to cheer about. But in the final two months, I felt as if I was watching the baseball I had been waiting for all season.
For me, these six months represent something more than just Dodger baseball. It’s a time of relaxation, a time of enjoyment, a break from it all. Stepping into The Stadium, the only thing that matters is the game and the game itself. During those perfect summer nights under the lights, our days seem shorter and our summer feels warmer.
No bad owner, bad record or bad publicity can keep me away from Dodger Stadium. The love, the loyalty and the support for this team is what keeps me here.
This year, standings aside. It was a very fun season after all. I got to enjoy every moment with people who share the same love for the Dodgers as I do. That’s the key to a good season. Enjoying it with good fans, but most importantly great friends.
Today Dodger Stadium, the lights will dim, the stands will be quiet, the parking lot will be empty, the MVP chants will be silent and the season will end. I hate this time of year, so many memories and moments to take with us until April.
Everyone wants their team to make it to October baseball, but only 8 make it. Unfortunately for our Bums, “Maybe Next Year”…and you can best believe I will be there.
The leaves are changing, but not our hopes. To many Christmas is opening gifts. For me Christmas falls on Opening Day. I feel like a kid again, awaiting the start of the new season.
Luckily for me, being a Dodger fan doesn’t stop today, nor tomorrow or next month. There’s 189 days left until opening day but who’s counting?
The sun will rise on April 5th and it will be a bit brighter than the rest of the year. The start of new memories…
So what moment am I taking with me? Kershaw’s last home start, victory #20. the Stadium was pumped. It was my best friends birthday. Wished he was there to feel the excitement. But for that one game there was a great group of Dodger family to witness history. Sweet indeed.
It’s been great interacting with all of you throughout the season, catch you all again next season. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
P.S. This season I truly did enjoy traveling to Denver, San Francisco, down the 5 to Anaheim and San Diego. With old friends and meeting new friends this season as well. You all made all those trips memorable. From getting a little lower now, to “shout” in Denver, to using “it’s Frisco” as an excuse for all the craziness that we did in the Bay. Thank You! To each and every single one of you guys that was there. 2011 was fun, but let’s make 2012 even better. Once again, Thanks. Win, Lose or Tie…bleed blue til…well you know the rest.