Jimmy Rollins is seen goofing around with a young child prior to the start of yesterday's game, via the photo above by Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterday's game.
On a side note, I know it feels like we are in the midst of deadly hail storm intent on destroying whatever accomplishments the Dodger have made this season. It's like we're trapped within a dark forest of doubt and fear (us fans, that is), and everywhere we turn, every time we try to move forward, we end up taking a few steps back. Believe me, though, this is just temporary.
There's a constant ebb and flow to the season, and right now we are stuck in the valley. Sooner or later we'll find ourselves climbing that mountain. And when we do your mood and the general attitude of those online with mellow out like a good bourbon on a warm summers night.
Sure, we still have memories of those game decisions that make us to rant like a group of bloodthirsty hyenas, but you should always keep in mind that this game has nothing to do with perfection. Per Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider a few days ago:
Imperfection is not the same as incompetence. Not having reached the ideal — especially in August — does not mean the season is lost.This game is about perseverance, and fortunately we've got plenty of Baseball left to play. Right now, we remain in first place. That's something to not only be thankful for, but is also something that should strengthen whatever faith you have that the Dodgers will be OK.
Below are some links to check out:
- Via Spencer Bingol at Beyond the Boxscore, "Yasmani Grandal is one of the most valuable young players in baseball."
- Via Lyle Spencer at MLB.com, "Dodgers in good hands of steady vet Rollins."
"Losing Howie hurts, but somebody else steps up. Your job as a leader is to make it as easy as possible, to help guys be themselves. Nothing changes; it's still baseball. The only thing that's different is that everybody's an All-Star now."
- Via Steve Bourbon at MLB.com, "Dodgers' Peraza debuts, triples for first hit."
"At first, I thought he was going to get that ball," Peraza said. "When I saw he didn't, I just kept running and running."
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Carlos Frias has option voided, placed back on major league DL." Nothing to really see here. Frias is just reinstated to the Major League DL.
- Just in case you still have a Kemp crush. Via jbox at Gaslamp Ball, "Meeting Matt Kemp and wearing his Oakley sunglasses."
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