It’s always tough saying goodbye to your favorite players as they depart the franchise. It stings, even more, when they are off succeeding for another team, although you hope they do succeed.
That’s been the case so far with guys like Kiké Hernandez, Alex Verdugo, and even Joc Pederson. Pederson and Kiké were both postseason stars with the Dodgers and not much has changed. Kiké was red hot for the Boston Red Sox before being eliminated by the Houston Astros. Pederson on the other hand is heading back to the World Series after helping the Atlanta Braves eliminate the Dodgers.
In a message published by The Players’ Tribune, a news media company for athletes founded by Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, the former Dodger revealed that some former teammates had a message for him after the NLCS.
“It’s a couple of former teammates I’m really close to, coming up to me postgame and saying, ‘Hey — I love you. Now go beat the Astros for us.’”
Of course, who told him that wasn’t revealed, but it sure is likely that they had to be from the Dodgers. Los Angeles was knocked out of the postseason by Joc and the Braves to earn a trip to the NLCS.
Pederson spent his first years in the league with the Dodgers and was a part of the 2017 team that was robbed of a World Series title by the Houston Astros. Whoever those teammates were had the right idea. Many baseball fans, Dodgers fans especially, will be rooting for the Braves. Having Pederson in Atlanta gives LA fans extra incentive to support a National League winner, not that they needed it.