The Philadephia Phillies and the Houston Astros are this year’s World Series matchup. The Phillies got hot at the right time and will be heading home for games 3,4 and 5, tied at 1-1.
The Astros won a crucial game two to tie the series and won handily, 5-2. The win came at the forefront of their superstar and elite slugger, Yordan Alvarez.
Many of you may not know this, but Yordan Alvarez was a Dodger.
Yeah, you read that right. You’re probably thinking, “How in the hell did we let Alvarez go?”
There was nothing to be excited about in 2016 when Yordan was with the organization, and the Dodgers traded him for essentially nothing (Josh Fields).
Alvarez recalled his time with the Dodgers organization, the very little time he was with them, and shared how he felt being traded.
“I was a little scared,” Álvarez said in Spanish.
“I didn’t know what a trade was here,” Álvarez said. “I didn’t know how that worked.”
“I was happy when they told me about the trade,” Álvarez said. “I knew people in West Palm [Beach, Fla.] and I knew the Astros were going to construct a complex there, so I was happy.”
The 25-year-old All-Star vaguely remembers working out twice on the field in shorts and a T-shirt. He never played a game as a Dodger or wore a uniform, and his time was very short-lived.
At the time, it was a minor move. Los Angeles needed bullpen help to make a playoff push, so the trade was necessary.
The Dodgers have made some great trades that have benefited them and have led them to be a powerhouse organization, but trading Alvarez was the worst one they’ve made. I’m sure Andrew Friedman and the front office would not make that trade looking back at it.
The Cuban superstar is young, elite, can do it all at the plate, and is considered a top player in the league. Yordan has a career batting average of .296, 98 home runs, 283 RBIs, and a .974 OPS. And in 2022, he slashed .306/.406/.613 with a 1.019 OPS and is currently playing in his third World Series in his fourth season.
It hurts knowing we had Alvarez, and he didn’t even get a chance to play in Dodger blue. Seeing him thrive in Houston makes it even worse.
Yordan is the one that got away (sad emoji).
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