The 2021 season did not end as Dodgers fans hoped it would. LA got bounced in the NLCS to eventual champs Atlanta Braves in six games, and everyone was gassed by the end.
Unfortunately, LA suffered two massive blows to their championship aspirations even before the playoffs started. Clayton Kershaw was placed on the IL with a left forearm injury, and one of their biggest bats and MVP candidate in 2021, Max Muncy, tore the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left elbow. Both Clayton and Max missed the entire postseason.
Muncy’s injury came after a collision at first base with Jace Pederson of the Milwaukee Brewers. The 32-year-old was extraordinarily missed and showed the Dodgers’ lack of depth last postseason. He was recently asked about the injury he suffered on the last day of the 2021 season and reflected on the difficulties of it.
“That’s one of the hardest things I ever had to go through. It stuck with me for sure. This past week driving to the field everyday, it’s just sitting in the back of your head. Me and my wife Kelly we got a little bit superstitious. It was Family Day and last year Family Day was the day I got hurt. Everyday I just had to think ‘man I got to get through this game. get through this game.’ You can try to get over it as much as you want but it just lingers with you. It’s nice to get past that point and be out there with the guys getting ready.”
Vassegh also mentioned the hardships that come in baseball and Muncy could testify that nothing comes easy in this game.
“Nothings easy in the game at all…I had to get over the roadblock. It took a little bit of time but I’m feeling good and ready to help the team win.”
And now, that’s the only thing that matters. Muncy had a slow start to the season, but with a few tweaks he made mid-season, he’s been a reliable bat at the plate.
The overall numbers may not show it, but Dodger fans know how much of an improvement Muncy has made throughout the season. We’re thrilled to have Mad Max back and ready to go and dominate in the postseason as he always does.