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!