When there was optimism

Before the game starts, the possibilities seem infinite - David Young

Before 28 - 37 was a reality, before 21 pitchers passed through the pen, before nearly uncountable days lost to the disabled list, there was a sparkle of optimism in Chavez Ravine on Opening Day for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Perhaps it will be fun to look back to a happier time, to Opening Day for the Dodgers, when hope was springing eternal and the outlook was sunny.

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Glimpsing the nearly empty stadium, we could project anything we wished onto the tabula rasa of a new season, it was clear who a prime focus of Opening Day would be (Clayton Kershaw of course), and the only acceptable form of bunting was in full display.
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Sparkling new sculptures adorned the hallowed grounds, the last of these behind right field (should he be dubbed "Yasiel"?)
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The new scoreboards were resplendent, and the field was dressed to the nines, albeit with one exceedingly ugly accessory.
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LA sports legends graced the grass as they performed the time-honored first-pitch ritual.
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The rosters were introduced with each player receiving his welcome, the anthem was sung, and finally the players took the field.
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And then the season began. Perfectly.

All photos by the author. Cover photo of Clayton Kershaw by the Dodgers.

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