Seemingly every team with a chance of making the playoffs was making moves ahead of the 1:00 pm PT non-waiver trade deadline Monday. That is, except for the best team in baseball.
Was the Dodgers front office going to make a move to improve a team destined for a deep playoff run?
With a half hour to go before time ran out, the plan began to take shape. But when the clock reached one, the Dodgers had only two lefty relievers and neither was named Zach Britton. It was Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani instead.
The Dodgers needed a lefty upgrade for the bullpen but this came off as a little underwhelming.
Then 12 minutes after the deadline passed:
Source: Darvish TRADED.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2017
Suddenly there was hope again for Dodger fans who hoped their team would throw a big pile of chips in the middle of the table and take a gamble.
It was confirmed within minutes that the Dodgers were the team that landed the big fish in Yu Darvish. It cost them Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis.
Every @Dodgers fan right now.... pic.twitter.com/PV7ckYvupo— Oliver Severios (@OliverSeverios) July 31, 2017
Can you believe it?
The move sent shockwaves through the baseball world and a message that was clear.
“The fact that the front office stepped up and did what they did at the deadline means that they’re as serious as we are,” said third baseman Justin Turner told reporters.
This is the season that has been nearly 30 years in the making. The Dodgers are the bully on the block and they just got better.
This 2017 team is a 14-7 finish in the remaining 21 home games from the most home wins in franchise history — 17-4 gets them the highest home winning percentage in franchise history.
Just 30 wins gets the Dodgers the most wins they’ve ever had in a season, surpassing the 105-game mark set by the 1953 team.
Still none of that remains as exciting as what 11 wins in the playoffs could bring.
As little as 27 games and as many as 32 are left to play at Dodger Stadium in 2017. How many will you be at?
Players like Brett Eibner and Mike Freeman will get a World Series ring for being part of the team for any period of time. The equivalent for fans is to be in the building for each moment that moves the team closer to the goal.
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