THIS WEEK IN SPORTS: Dodger’s Dew This Spring

Dodgers Open Spring Training

CAMELBACK, ARIZ – Boasting a $200 million dollar payroll, having twenty-one players returning from last season’s roster and the sting from last year’s loss to the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 NLCS is the fuel which will ignite the Boys in Blue in 2017

CamelBack Ranch, on the outskirts of Glendale AZ, is a gorgeous, picturesque setting. Especially since Los Angeles area has been a deluge of rain. Thousands of native Angelino’s residents make the pilgrimage to the desert oasis, to get a glimpse of the Dodgers. Akin to traveling to Mecca or Jerusalem for baseball purists.

“The whole narrative for me is going to be – and Andrew (Friedman) and I have talked a ton, and Farhan (Zaidi) and all the guys in the front office – we have to get to a place where people that are here are choosing to be here and they want to be nowhere else but here, playing with the Dodgers,” said Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts.

Expectations are sky high, the “experts” are projecting the Dodgers to win 95 games, and repeat as  National League West champs. These ballplayers are fighting for spots, specifically in the outfield and at Pitcher.

Obviously, Clayton Kershaw will start Opening Day(April 3rd Vs. the San Diego Padres at Dodgers Stadium), and Kenley Jansen will slam the door as our closer. Everything else is up for grabs.

To fill the last two positions, the Dodgers have at least seven potential options: Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Julio Urias, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Wood, Brock Stewart and Ross Stripling.

The elephant in the room: What should the Dodgers do with Yasiel Puig? The crowded outfield has only nine spots for twelve players. Roaming Center Field is Joc Pederson, and Andre Ethier is a solid vet who still is capable of clutch hits.

Shortstop Corey Seeger hit 27 Home Runs in 2016 and won Rookie of the Year. He is an early favorite to win the NL MVP. Third Baseman Justin Turner was re-signed, as was Rich Hill and the ageless Chase Utley.

The new middle reliever is a familiar foe-former San Francisco Giant-Sergio Romo. He isn’t the only Romo changing teams, now is he? The 3-time World Series Champ brings experience and leadership to a bullpen that frankly, is the Dodgers Achilles Heel. It won’t be the same without legendary Broadcaster Vin Scully, who retired last season. It will take time getting used to, but no one could ever possibility fill those shoes.

As the saying goes: The future is so bright …You gotta wear shades.

RAMS RETURN TO THE PAST WITH NEW UNIFORMS

The Los Angeles Rams are harkening back to their familiar stomping grounds of the beloved Coliseum, with the return of their vintage 1960s  style uniforms.

First, the iconic horns the Rams are known for will be changing back to white, evoking memories of the FEARSOME FOURSOME-Jackie Slater, Rosie  Grier, Jack Lundy, and Merlin  Olsen. It’s a fitting tribute to the defense, as the talented young core will need to sack more QB’s, to bounce back from last season’s dismal 4 -12 record.

Last season, the Los Angeles Rams ranked NO. 9 in total defense. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson, Defensive Lineman Aaron Donald and Linebacker Alec Ogletree.

“This just goes to show all the hard work my teammates and I put in while wearing those uniforms isn’t forgotten,” said Gabriel. “We loved those uniforms and wore them with pride. I know the current players will wear their uniforms, especially the white horns, with just as much pride,” said former Rams Quarterback Roman Gabriel.

Over 90,000 fans voted via Facebook and Twitter to choose the Rams new look. The jersey and pants will be white with a navy blue racing stripe down the pants.

Here is a schedule for Spring Training:

March 1 – Dodgers at Giants, 5 p.m.

March 4 – Dodgers at Cubs, 4 p.m.

March 7 – Giants at Dodgers, noon

March 11 – Angels at Dodgers, noon

March 13 – Dodgers at Angels, noon

March 16 – Cubs at Dodgers, 1 p.m.

March 29 – Cactus League finale at Mariners, 1 p.m.

March 30-31 – Dodgers vs. Angels, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m.

April 1 – Dodgers vs. Angels, Dodger Stadium, 6 p.m.

April 3 – Opening Day vs. Padres at Dodger Stadium, 1 p.m.

 

 

Christopher Floch

Christopher Floch was born in 1985. At birth, he was born with a condition named: Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. Arthrogryposis is when your joints are in a fixed postition, and unable to bend.(Sidebar: it's the same disability as the journalist from the New York Times, who President Donald Trump shamefully insulted) Floch was enamoured by the news at an early age. Even waking up at the crack of dawn to catch the morning's top headlines, so he'd break the story the moment his family awoke. Unfortunately, he never got an opportunity to hone his craft, as many advisers were close-minded, and he was denied several times for Newspaper/Yearbook in High school. The heroes of this tale are surprisingly, Community College and Underemployment; both factors proved instrumental as fate would have it. In his brief career, he has covered two Super Bowls, UCLA and USC football. The Los Angeles Dodgers and three Rose Bowls. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his nephew, Liam. He drinks far too many sodas, however, he will swear it's all a big conspiracy. He loves Rock music, and is glad to share why Kobe is better than LeBron! The man is a card, the jester. He thinks he is funnier than he truly is! GOD BLESS