Tonight, after a nearly three decade absence, the Dodgers will play host to Game 1 of the World Series. Clayton Kershaw, owner of an MVP and three Cy Young Awards, will take the mound against the Houston Astros, the team with the second-best record in baseball this year. It’s the first match-up of 100+ win teams since 1970. And the Dodger faithful are excited!
From LAX to City Hall and beyond, Dodger blue lights up the night sky, cheering on our hometown team in the final week of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.
The Dodgers had 104 regular season wins utilizing a roster as diverse and talented as the metropolitan area the team represents. It is only appropriate that a World Series team would feature athletes from around the world: the United States, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Cuba, Japan, South Korea and Mexico. The 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers have delighted, inspired and unified our city around a common goal.
While the Dodgers' payroll is full of veterans and proven performers, it was often a utility player or recent minor leaguer that propelled the team during this magical season. Potential rookie of the year Cody Bellinger was in the minors for most of April. Chris Taylor labored nearly anonymously for years before changing his swing and becoming the everyday lead-off man and eventual NLCS co-MVP. Starter Kenta Maeda has proven to be a secret weapon in the bullpen. And NLCS Game 5 hero Kike Hernandez is a utility player who wanted nothing more than to hug his father and put a smile on the faces of his fellow Puerto Ricans.
This quintessential L.A. team is a combination of star power, intriguing backstories and second chances. Today, they begin a World Series that marks the end of a 29-year drought. We've relived stories of Hershiser's arm and Gibson's bat for decades, and now we finally have the opportunity for new heroes and stories to pass down to the next generation of Dodger fans.
I wish this great Dodger team and all of L.A. the best of luck. It's been a season for the ages and I hope to see everyone at a parade in November!
And that's The Business Perspective.
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