To The Dodgers, Thank You For Getting Me Through My Life

To The Dodgers, Thank You For Getting Me Through My Life

I love a good Dodger baseball game, but for more reasons than one.

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In 2016, I visited Dodger Stadium for the first time because my mom, who has been a fan forever, had never been there before. At the time I was so not interested in going, but I went because I knew how happy she was going to be when we got there. We sat in the right-field pavilion, which had all you can eat hot dogs and nachos, enjoyed the game, and saw the Dodgers win on a walk-off home run. Well, that moment is when I fell in love with the game of baseball, and more specifically, Dodger baseball.



This past July, something pretty cool happened while my mom and I were in Atlanta for the Dodger vs. Braves games.
I am going to give some background information first though. The Braves are the only team that sells batting practice tickets. When my mom and I looked to see how much they cost, we found out that they were sold out, and am I so happy they were sold out. The day of the second game of the series, we decided to go to lunch in Atlanta. While sitting there, I looked at my mom and said, "Dave Roberts just walked in." She was very persistent on going inside and asking for an autograph, but I begged her not to because I did not want to bother him. But she won the fight and went to talk to him.

She came back to our table and said, "He said to bring you over, and we can get a picture." As I walked timidly over to his table, we took pictures, bonded over our love for Chris Taylor (that is a whole different story for a whole different time), and got an autograph. Well, he said, "Write your names down, and you can be my guests at batting practice." 'Holy Wow' was all I could think because I could not say anything but thank you.

Fast forward to when it was time to pick up our tickets. We asked someone where we could find them and they told us they would probably be in the Friends and Family pick-up. Low and behold they were there and we went on our merry little way into batting practice. When the Dodgers took the field, Roberts looked like he was looking in the crowd for someone. Spoiler Alert: he was looking for us. He treated my mom and I like queens, and I will never be able to thank him enough for everything he did for us.



But here is how Dodger baseball has helped me through life. I have always been one to hide what I am feeling. I really do not like talking about things that I am going through, so to have a distraction like baseball games helped me a lot. It is my outlet, just like some people like to paint or go on runs, I like to sit down and get completely invested in a baseball game, and that is okay. It is a good way to get the anger out, and a good way to celebrate victories. It has made me feel special.

The connections I have made just because of Dodger baseball are amazing; I mean I kind of personally know the manager now, right? Being a woman in the Athletic Training major, I feel that is a major accomplishment that I have already made connections with people in professional sports. I am just one step ahead of everyone else. So, do not be afraid to get completely obsessed with something because you never know what will come out of it.


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The Trade That Never Was: Matt Harvey For Mookie Betts

A player protected, a legacy denied.
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It was the winter of 2013. The Red Sox were fresh off a World Series victory, and the Mets were a rebuilding franchise with their sights set on success in the near future. The Boston rotation needed a bonafide ace, and the Mets lineup needed a contact hitter that could provide a spark at the top of the order.

If there were any two teams that were primed for a swap of offense and pitching, it was New York and Boston, and if there were any two players that were destined for a straight-up trade, they were Matt Harvey and Mookie Betts.

With a stellar lineup already in tow, the Sox were eager to plug up holes in their rotation before the start of the 2014 season, and the Mets had pitching to spare. With prospects like Jacob DeGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard in the pipeline, Matt Harvey was merely an established piece in an up-and-coming rotation. But with Harvey coming off a year where he started the All-Star Game and finished 4th in the Cy Young Award voting, it’s easy to see why the Mets wouldn’t want to deal away the ace of their rotation.

But Boston persisted. At the time, Mookie Betts was the top prospect in the Red Sox farm system, and it would have taken a blockbuster deal for the Mets to budge. With key pieces of the Red Sox rotation like Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester nearing the end of their contracts, it was imperative for Boston to secure an ace if they wanted to stay competitive.

And thus, the table was set: Betts for Harvey, no questions asked. But Sandy Alderson and the Mets refused. The New York front office was hell-bent on keeping their “ace."

Harvey would win the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2015, posting a 2.71 ERA through 189.1 IP, while later bringing the Mets just three outs away from a potential 6th game of the 2015 World Series. And although Harvey showed shades of brilliance in 2015, his 2016 and 2017 seasons were nothing short of nightmares. With an average ERA of 6.19 over the past three years, Harvey was unable to finish any of the aforementioned seasons with the Mets, suffering injuries in 2016 and ‘17, and of course, being designated for assignment earlier this month.

On the flip side, Boston held on to Mookie Betts, and since the trade was proposed, Betts has become one of the strongest players in all of Major League Baseball, as he’s placed in the voting for MVP each year since his debut. As of today, Mookie Betts is a career .300 hitter, with nearly 100 HRs, and over 330 RBIs.

Five years removed from the “trade that never was," Mookie Betts has become a perennial MVP candidate, while Matt Harvey has tarnished his legacy forever.

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So, I've compiled a list of the hottest baseball players so that you can know who to watch next year even if you aren't a baseball fan.

1. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals 

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2. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals 

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6. Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays

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9. Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

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10. Jose Iglesias, Detroit Tigers

Jose Iglesias

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