For all the heartbreak and frustration of how the 2022 Dodgers season ended, the vast majority of what happened prior to the third week in October was like something out of a storybook. To celebrate the year that was and to send us into 2023 on the right note, L.A. put together a highlight video to celebrate a special year, narrated by Joe Davis.
Let’s take a look at what you’ll see in the video.
0:28 — The Dodgers arrive at spring training and are soon joined by the biggest free agent on the market, Freddie Freeman, who came home to Southern California after more than a decade with the Braves.
1:00 — The Opening Day festivities, including a first pitch from legendary Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, who would retire at the end of the season after 64 years in the Spanish-language booth.
1:19 — The early-season double by Freeman that inspired the “Freddie” chants and made him get a little emotional standing on second base.
1:34 — Highlights from Clayton Kershaw’s first start of the season, in which he threw seven perfect innings against the Twins in Minnesota.
1:48 — Kershaw strikes out Spencer Torkelson for his 2,697th career K, making him the all-time Dodgers leader in strikeouts.
2:06 — A local artist creates a mural of Jackie Robinson at John Muir High School, Robinson’s alma mater.
2:24 — Celebration of Jackie Robinson Night at Dodger Stadium, including honoring his widow, Rachel Robinson, who would turn 100 years old later in the season.
2:53 — The Dodgers retire number 14 in honor of the late Gil Hodges, who was finally elected to the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee.
3:37 — A quick montage of some of the big hits and defensive plays by the Dodgers during the season, including some classic Jarrin calls.
3:58 — Unveiling of the Sandy Koufax statue behind center field at Dodger Stadium. The absence of Vin Scully was a big hint that our time with him was growing short.
4:30 — The Dodgers host the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium for the first time in over 40 years, with appearances by former Dodgers Corey Seager and Albert Pujols and a starting pitching assignment for Kershaw.
5:16 — The legendary Vin Scully passes away and is honored at the stadium and throughout Los Angeles and the United States.
6:06 — Legendary base-stealer Maury Wills, the 1962 NL MVP for Los Angeles, also passes away and is honored by the team.
6:49 — The celebration of the outstanding, Hall of Fame career of Jarrin.
7:29 — The Dodgers win 111 games, the most in franchise history and the most in the National League in over a century.
And then, the video has the good sense to stop. There’s no point reliving the pain of October, but this video serves as a wonderful reminder of why we love baseball. It’s more fun when our team is the last team standing at the end of the year, of course, but the six or seven months of beautiful, wonderful baseball every season — with a truly great team that is fun to watch no matter what Dillon Fernandez says — are worth so much more than we sometimes realize.
Here’s to a fun 2022 and hopes for a magical 2023 season!
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