While the last few (OK, 31 and counting) seasons have not ended the way that Dodgers fans would like, we still have so much to be thankful for.
The Dodgers have won the NL West the last seven seasons and look to be a big contender to win next season as well.
The pitcher of this generation, Clayton Kershaw, has spent his whole career within the Dodgers organization and will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame as a Dodger. He was just named the top pitcher of the decade by Jayson Stark of The Athletic.
The reigning National League MVP belongs to the Dodgers’ own Cody Bellinger. The versatile defensive player had a stellar offensive season to win his first MVP award, hopefully the first of many.
While we all quibble with the owners and the front office, and their ‘lack’ of going for the big players, they have taken over from the McCourt era and set this team up for the long haul. The team is really good now and will be really good for the foreseeable future with the way they have drafted and hugged their prospects, while still putting out a first rate team on the field every season.
Dodger Stadium is one of the most iconic stadiums in all of baseball, and the Dodgers lead the league in attendance year in and year out.
Off the field, many players in the Dodgers organization go above and beyond with their charitable donations of time and money. Kershaw has a foundation for orphans in Africa, and third baseman Justin Turner has one for veterans and their families. Many other players take time out of their busy schedules to visit schools and hospitals.
Many former legends of Dodger baseball still hang out and assist the current players in many ways. Sandy Koufax can often be seen in the stands, and until his passing last year, Don Newcombe would often visit, becoming very close with closer Kenley Jansen, in addition to passing along valuable advice to the next generation of Dodger players. The Dodgers organization is also that of Jackie Robinson—his legacy continues to live on is so many ways.
No other organization has been blessed with a long time sportscaster such as Vin Scully, and we really have been doubly blessed with those who succeeded him in Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser. The mix of old school, and former World Series hero in Hershiser plus the new school and dynamic voice of Davis made the transition from an irreplaceable voice in Scully a little bit bit easier to bear.
Fans of the Dodgers are an incredibly diverse group of fans, stemming from their time in Brooklyn, to Southern California, to their rich tradition of having iconic players from Mexico, Japan, South Korea and beyond. Dodger Twitter Fam is also some of the most passionate, involved and welcoming group of fans out there, as for this writer who lives all the way across the country from her team, make me feel like I am right in the thick of things.
These are just a few things off the top of my head today, in Thanksgiving. But most of all, here at Think Blue Planning Committee, Dennis and I are thankful for all of our readers who keep our little dream alive. We appreciate your loyal readership and your lively discussions in the comments section. From us to you, we hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!