The 2023 season was supposed to be a step-back type of year for the Dodgers, but they never got the notice. They came into the year with something to prove, since everyone was doubting them after a lackluster offseason.
But the team still had some of the better players in the game, and a sense of fight left in them. With a few weeks left in the season, LA has now clinched another NL West division title, and that makes it 10 out of the last 11 years for them.
As the players reflect on another strong season, it’s a reminder of what most people were expecting for them entering the year. LA starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw provided some thoughts on the season and everything that has come with it.
“I think everybody talked about what we didn’t do [in the offseason], but we still had Mookie, we still had Freddie, it’s not like we were underdogs by any means,” said Kershaw. “It wasn’t like a ‘silence the doubters’ kind of moment. We were expecting to do this. We were supposed to do this. But it doesn’t make it any less special.”Per The LA Times
Kershaw has been with the team for each of the division titles over the years, so he understands what it takes to win. He has also been one of the more consistent pitchers for this team throughout the year, amid all of their pitching struggles.
The Dodgers have worked together all year long toward a collective goal. They aren’t done yet, but it’s also nice to look back on everything. Star first baseman Freddie Freeman explained what he has enjoyed about this team this year.
“That’s what’s so awesome about this team,” Freeman said. “It’s not only the rookies. It’s not only the Claytons. It’s everyone that’s pulling on the same rope.”Per The LA Times
LA will continue to rely on each other as the players get started here soon. It will take everyone contributing for them to win another World Series, and their quest starts in a few weeks.
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