The 2018 Dodgers: A Rollercoaster Ride of Emotions

A baseball season, as well as the mere concept of being a diehard fan of one its teams, if nothing if not a rollercoaster ride, eliciting a full spectrum of emotions from those who choose to take the ride. A nightly visit to Twitter during games, among many other things, is proof of how much many of us care about this team. This 2018 Dodgers season has indeed already proven to be its own especially bumpy ride, with highs and lows, twists and turns that no one could have prepared for.

After a less than inspiring first month of the season, May arrived with the promise of spring and a new beginning. Then, the devastating news about Corey Seager punched the organization and its fans square in the gut, a rookie and 3 members of the team’s previously beleaguered bullpen threw a team no-hitter in Mexico, and our universally beloved Clayton Kershaw hit the disabled list.

The bullpen is good but the offense is asleep!  The ride pivots. The bullpen is bad but the team scored 15 runs against the Giants! Our seats flip upside down and we are suspended in mi-air. The bullpen is good again but we will never score another runner from 3rd ever again! The ride enters a dark tunnel. We all scream!

And just think, it’s only mid-May. I  hope you all have your seatbelts on, Dodger fans, because the ride is not ending for another 5 1/2 months.

When the ride of the season is over, whether we realize it right now or not, we will catch our breath and be sad that it’s over, already getting in line for the next ride. In the meantime, I hope you will all stick along for this one.

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Gail Johnson

Biggest Dodgers fan north of the border, living about 3,500 miles from my beloved Boys In Blue, in Moncton, NB, Canada. I think Dodger Stadium is the happiest place on Earth. I'll catch up on my sleep in the off-season.


  1. Roller coasters are about fun and adrenaline. This poorly prepared season of professional Dodger baseball is not fun, and it is more often then not, downright boring and ugly. Lets not sugarcoat this, lets speak the truth. The next moves are up to the folks who have accumulated this collection of mediocrity.

    1. top brass will be forced to face the music and many departures if and when this team misses the post season this year.

    2. I could not agree more jrwhitmore. The bad move of starting Darvish over Wood and then leaving him in too long in Game 7 of the WS has morphed into many more bad decisions by Roberts this year. Last night, pulling Stripling after 70-some pitches, was stupid. I am sick of hearing about pitch count and luxury tax. The WS Champion Astros actually win out and upgraded their team in the off-season along with other teams that want to win it all. The Dodgers did nothing of the sort because Friedman and Zaidi think they’re geniuses and they aren’t even close. Recycling cast-offs while trying to save money is NOT working. Yes, the injuries have hurt, but the poor decisions by Roberts and the front office have hurt even more. 30 years and still waiting…

    3. Well Stated. They are such a disappointment, that I’ve stopped watching the games online on mlb.
      They were without Kershaw last year and did very well. The front office let Marrow and Watson leave the bullpen. The front office is always gambling on damaged goods to save a buck. Last year, they should of gone for a solid starter Verlander instead of Darvish. Darvish wash tagged for 8 or 10 runs by the Marlins in his last start for Texas. The Dodgers would have won the series last year with Verlander.

      Harper and Kershaw want a world series ring, so I don’t see either in a Dodger uniform next year.

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