Thoughts and Musings from Dodger Fans as 2021 Season Begins

It’s here, it’s finally here! The beginning of the 2021 Major League Baseball season is beginning today, April 1st, and that’s no joke. (But that was a bad one).

This season is going to be different for a multitude of reasons. We’ve never had a full season like this after a shortened season like last year. No one knows what the impact of last season will have on bodies and particularly pitchers’ arms. Even though the season is slated to be a full 162 games, with Covid-19 still prevalent in many areas, teams still can and will be affected. Just today, a player for the Washington Nationals tested positive, and as a result, five other people in the organization had to be quarantined. Something to keep an eye on as the Nationals are the Dodgers’ next opponent.

The Dodgers are once again entering the season as the prohibitive favorite to win it all. And when we say prohibitive, I’ve seen predictions that have them at almost 50 percent chance to go to the World Series while other teams are in the 20 percent range. This team, is really, really good.

I asked some Dodger fans on Twitter what they were most looking forward to this season, what worries do they have, and if they’d like to make any predictions.

Many shared this thought. Just being able to breathe and enjoy the season without the looming possibility that they’ll blow it again and never get the ring is a very comforting thought going into a season.

On the specific player side, many are excited to see Clayton Kershaw pitch without that weight hanging over him. Getting to see a year of a healthy Corey Seager, a full season of Mookie Betts, and seeing what Gavin Lux can do excites fans, too.

When asked what worries them most, fans responded that expectations may be a little too high. Bill Plaschke wrote an article in the L.A. Times that said this team could be the best ever. That is the epitome of high expectations. Rarely does the team that wins the most throughout the season win the World Series. We all remember the 116-win Seattle Mariners.

But again, we are so lucky to have to worry about such things. This team gives us a legitimate at shot at the World Series every year and as a baseball fan, that’s really all one could ask for.

Personally, I am going to do my best to join the others and try to just enjoy this team, and do my best to remember that there will be injuries, there will be slumps at the plate, blown leads, and bad loses. But with this team, those should be few and far between.

Here’s to a healthy and fun and exciting season!

5 thoughts on “Thoughts and Musings from Dodger Fans as 2021 Season Begins

  1. You mentioned that the Nats were the Dodgers’ next opponent Andy, but actually they go to Oakland for three before coming home to face Washington on the 9th for the home opener, so we have some time, although we don’t know exactly how this will play out.

    Wouldn’t it be something if the home opener had to be postponed after not being able to celebrate the championship when we won it. Hopefully that won’t be the case.

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  2. Pretty sloppy opener. Bellinger robbed of a homer by some really bad base running by Turner. 0-7 with runners in scoring position until Lux singled home Belli. Seager does and Ole on a easy grounder costing them a run.

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    1. I don’t blame anyone on that Belli homer. Tapia had the ball in his glove. It’s easy to see how JT thought he caught it. But as for the rest of the game, one of the sloppier games we’ve played in a long time. Along with the errors, there were lots of plays that should have been made that weren’t. This is just one to forget.

      I’ll be interested to see how Bauer does tomorrow considering how large a part his breaking ball plays in his arsenal. He probably has relatively little experience at the park in Denver, so tomorrow might not be pleasant either.

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  3. Actually the bad base running was bellinger. He could see what happened and instead of yelling at the umpire , should have been yelling at Turner. Not very aware of what was happening.

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