“Ain’t it nice to be so lucky
Ain’t it nice to be so loved
Oh come on darlin’ won’t you let me
Won’t you let me drive you home”
~The Head and the Heart
The last post for me of 2016. Quite the year this one has been, in so many ways. But I’m just going to focus on the good, no, great things that have happened this year to me, and in the Dodgers Family.
First of all, many many thanks to Dennis of Think Blue Planning Committee for asking me to write for this space. I love that this blog is just the two of us (as of now), and that we are both huge fans of the Dodgers even though we both hail from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Secondly, thank you to all of you who take the time to read it, and especially to those of you who read it faithfully, and give me feedback. I read them all and truly appreciate all the comments and thoughts.
And if you’ll all allow me to get a little sappy and wax a little poetic, I’ll like to take the chance to thank my Twitter DodgerFam. As I’m SURE you’re sick of hearing from me by now, being here in PA I didn’t grow up with a lot of other Dodgers fans. I’ve been lucky enough to make it to Dodger Stadium four times in my life, but I would be there all the time if I could. I live vicariously through your tweets from the games, the pictures, the reactions of being there. And I relish talking to you all on Twitter, and celebrating and commiserating and the highs and lows of the season. Where I live is pretty homogeneous, and I love seeing all the different cultures and races that make up the Dodgers family. I’ve learned a lot from you, and broadened my horizons quite a bit. And, there are quite a few women who know as much if not more than the men about baseball, and you all are my heroes.
I was lucky enough to travel to LA in September to see our boys in blue, and meet a bunch of you in person. My suspicions were confirmed – I love you all. Gail, you were an awesome travel-mate, and Kandice your generosity was outstanding. The rest of those that I met are just as awesome in person as you are on twitter.
And this team – we all get mired down in the day to day minutiae. The missed opportunities, the blown games, the coulda, shoulda, woulda. But we are so lucky to be fans of this team. We have the greatest pitcher on the planet. A top-notch closer that after testing the market, decided he’d rather stay with this team. A rookie phenom who has lived up to and exceeded his hype. A fully stocked farm system with so many players to watch and enjoy as they make their way to big leagues. A manager who won Manager of the Year in his rookie year. Yasiel Puig‘s arm. Andrew Toles‘ smile. A third baseman in Justin Turner who not only does good on the field, he does good in the community as well. A team, that despite a record number of injuries during the season, won the division, and made it within two games of the World Series. And that team is coming back again next year. We are so so very lucky.
It was quite the eventful year, and in many ways I’m happy to see it go. But, mostly because the new year brings us closer to spring training, and Opening Day. Thanks again for this year, and I can’t wait to see what the New Year brings. Happy 2017 Dodgers Family!
(Feature Photo Credit: baseballstadiumreviews.com)