Corey Seager is out for the rest of the 2018 season to have Tommy John surgery. When the news hit – I was numb. This was the first time in a while that I actually had to force myself to watch Dodger baseball. I felt like I just couldn’t without Seager being on the field. Following a sense of loss, I realized that this was a special player who will be back better than ever.
Dodgers Nation is a family. That extends beyond this site and our staff. It exists in the blood of everyone who watches the team, tweets, listens on the radio every night, and lives and dies with every pitch.
Within that very family I saw an outpour of support towards Corey, and I wanted to put it in a post. This is what makes the Dodgers unique; and it says a lot about this particular player.
Dodgers Nation Staff
Clint E.: I have to say, from the first time I saw Corey play in late 2015; I knew it was not only a special player and competitor wearing the Dodger uniform at that time but a special individual. It was at that time that we had my son, and I told my wife that if I could have him grow up like one athlete or player; I would want it to be Corey Seager. I typically don’t feel this way – and don’t ever remember having that thought about a player before. Since that time, Corey has only furthered those feelings. The way he goes about his business each day is a pleasure to watch, and I can’t wait until we all get to see him again. He’s not just my favorite player, he’s my family’s favorite player. He’s everything a professional should be, and his make-up will serve him well in his recovery. Until that time when we see the next line drive or great play at short, I’ll be thinking of you Corey, as will my young son Brody. Thanks for being what being a pro-athlete and baseball player is all about!
Brook S.: Corey has always been a special type of player to me. The Chase Utley type, that grinds it out every single day. His hustle on the field is truly something to behold, and I am so thankful to get to watch him play. I got to see his Game Two homerun, and the raw emotion that poured out. It’s so rare to see him react to anything, so that got me fired up. Injuries obviously suck, but I am so very confident he will come back stronger than ever. Can’t wait to see the bright future this guy has, and I really hope he is in Los Angeles for the long haul. He’s exactly the kind of player every dad hopes his son will become. Get better soon Corey!
Brian: As I fan, when I first heard the news about Seager, I selfishly thought about what that meant for the Dodgers, and how bad it was going to be for the team. Of course, the bigger concern is the health of the young star himself, who we all wish a speedy recovery for. Hope this is just a small setback in what will undoubtedly be a great career. Get well soon Corey.
Gail: Every Dodger fans remembers September 25, 2016 – the day the Dodgers clinched the NL West pennant on Vin Scully’s last call at Dodger Stadium – for Charlie Culberson’s home run. Having been lucky enough to witness it in person, I will always remember it for that, of course, but I hope to never forget the sight of Corey Seager’s blast over the right-field fence to tie the game with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th.
Clint P./FRG: I think we all sort of knew it was coming… but we just didn’t want it to. We all thank you for your service and enduring the pain day in and day out. This season has been tough – one setback after another – but losing #SeagerSmooth really is the biggest gut punch. We all feel your numbness, only in a different way… Here’s to wishing you the best in a smooth and speedy recovery. Don’t push it for us, just get well and get ready for a big comeback season in 2019. Our open arms will be willing and waiting.
Corey, when I met you last season I wasn’t ashamed to say love you (my wife is totally cool with it). Wishing you a speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/HWDUelXc86
— Joey (@Joey_N_LA) May 1, 2018
@coreyseager_5 the heart of the @Dodgers,I want to wish you a speedy recovery.Praying for you I know surgery isn’t the easiest.May God help you heal and feel no more pain.Stay the amazing man you are on and off the field.We miss you already and I’ll still proudly wear your jersey
— Catelyn Miller (@CatelynMiller) May 2, 2018
I know all #Dodgers fans are going to miss you. We can't wait to see you on the field again in 2019. This is just a little bump in the road. You are an awesome baseball player and an even better person. #DodgersNation everywhere is praying for you. #5 #LADetermined #AFamilyThing
— Adam (@adamjoy85) May 2, 2018
Your home run in game two of the World Series last year, followed by that triumphant cry, has been an endless source of inspiration for me, especially as I pursue my amateur boxing career. Get well!
— Marshall Garvey (@MarshallGarvey) May 2, 2018
I feel the same way, Marshall. That home run was a moment that will remain forever in my baseball memory.
— Sylvia Aranda (@sylviaaranda23) May 1, 2018
Mr. Steal Yo Girl!!! Get well soon @coreyseager_5 all the best wishes to you in you’re recovery. The dodgers are going to need you!!! We have a World Series to win!!!
— ®? (@EvolRu77ian) May 1, 2018
Wishing you all the best Corey – a speedy & healthy recovery. Have so enjoyed watching you. Can’t wait until your return. God Bless
— Michele Taplin (@TaplinMichele) May 1, 2018
This was truly the most support I’ve seen come in for any player who has fallen injured – in any organization. I felt like it was important to capture it, to show that even during a trying season; we can all pull together more than ever. Corey Seager will be back with a vengeance. I’ve never felt so certain of anything in my 30 years of watching the game.
A brighter day will shine upon us all. When it does, we will all remember this in the rear view mirror and the outpour of support that this player received. That in itself, is a very special thing.
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