Twenty-four hours ago the inevitable felt impossible.
When the A’s announced they were moving to Vegas I told myself I’d become a fan of whoever signed Ohtani since I didn’t want to completely give up the sport. So here we are. Go Dodgers!!
Molly, your article may be perfect. It's that good.
So, naturally, I have to make a point and then get in a line.
The point: Baseball writers are (in)famous for inventing storylines. There's the great story of three of them at the winter meetings in 1959 being bored, noting a managerial opening, and thinking, "Who is the least likely to be a manager?" They all said, "Yogi," and started a rumor about him. It led to regular stories that he was being considered, and of course he went on to manage and, to prove the writers wrong, take teams to the World Series in each league. My favorite piece of these winter meetings was Ken Rosenthal whining about how boring the meetings were. And you can claim he wasn't complaining, but he was.
The line: The only person in Dodger history worth that much money to the team never threw a pitch for the team, except for Union 76 and Farmer John.
I just started looking for Molly’s take when it popped onto my screen. Holy perfect timing!
Thanks, Molly. So exciting. Love that chart from high school. J.P. Hoornstra of the Official Dodgers Nation, who predicted Toronto was signing him, must not feel too good right now. Is he a reporter or just an average Joe or J.P. who can post whatever he wanted? I even wonder if the really wanted the Dodgers to sign him, and thought spreading the rumor Toronto would get him would piss off the Ohatani team, and he would sign with the Dodgers. Crazy stuff. As you said, it would be amazing to know the ins and outs of this whole story, but we might not ever know.
Thanks,Molly. I’ve been watching for this post, knowing it would be good!
so.... what happens to freddie?? ohitani & freddie both play 1st base. maybe ohitani is limited to DH in 24 & then freddie is pushed out?
Molly, thank you for this! I’ve been swamped all day with tasks that seemed short but turned out to be giant-sized complicated puzzles. My eyes were crossing and my fingers were twitching. I had oral surgery yesterday, today I got the RSV vaccine, and I managed four of the puzzles to completion. I did do 3 morning pages early so I started the day on the upswing. My daughter texted to tell me Ohtani signed with the Dodgers. I hadn’t even been online to check the outside world. This is so exciting. And his sophomore year goals matrix is impressive as anything else is. I mean, I was a 15-year old high school sophomore once and my goals were: grow out my bangs and lose 10 lbs. and write a poem in iambic pentameter. 😂 But speaking of butts, I remember when Mookie patted Ohtani’s butt and think I even sent you a photo of it. There was something very sweet about that. Thank you for bringing me up to speed. I’m now going to make the face for our Christmas tree. I’ll share a picture with you when it’s done. Thank you, thank you. ❤️💙⚾️💙❤️
Thanks this has been crazier than following NYers chasing Flaco the escaped Eurasian owl all over the city. What a hoot! Lucky Dodger fans⚾️🦉
I’m gutted since I was hoping beyond hope that the Cubs would be able to convince him to come join Suzuki in Chicago. The Cubs lost out on him and the Dodgers...the *%#*%# Dodgers signed him. Ugh...
It’s so very hard because I want to dislike the Dodgers like I have all my life, but I so love this community of baseball nuts that you’ve built, Molly and I’m so happy for all of you Dodger fans.
I’m choosing to be happy for baseball because we will all get to enjoy more Shohei now and that’s a positive for all of us.
Great article as always Molly! I held hope that he'd come to Seattle as they totally need his production...well, I guess any team could :p
A win for the Dodgers, and ultimately baseball.
Greetings to all my fellow Long Gamers wherever you may be!
Color me with skepticism. I have not been, nor am I jumping aboard the Ohtani train. I feel this signing is both a symbol writ large of the material excesses of our age, along with the converse void in critical thinking, as well as an uber-capitalist hedge like move in the guise of a smart baseball move.
Don't get me wrong, Ohtani is a fabulous player, arguably the best player in baseball today. Yet, he is certainly not the best baseball player ever, as our historically blighted society seems to feel. The Dodgers just ponied up the equivalent of a few days worth of revenue for robber barons like Musk and Zuck for a pitcher who can't pitch next year while they desperately need pitching, who will be a DH on a team that doesn't need one. The money involved reeks of the Guggenheim Group's monopolistic desire to keep him away from other teams, perhaps the Giants especially, so as to take him off the board more than utilize him.
Unless I'm mistaken he has only played one, maybe two full years in the MLB due to injuries? And while still a young man with riveting talents unabated, he has never played in the post season, and has never played outside the cozy confines of the AL West, and the baseball backwater of Anaheim.
Beyond that, and in spite of my red and white cells being colored blue, I hate the fact that we are now the new Evil Empire, as this signing shouts from the mountaintops. Is this good for baseball? Probably not. We will see. I would have liked to see Ohtani sign with the Mariners, a team yearning for a push to get over the proverbial hump, in another magnificent City on the Pacific Ocean with a significant Japanese-American population.
As a Dodger fan, we don't need a media sensation "Savior' to crowd out the churning toward a better future that is just beneath the team's surface.
OK, there you have it.
Have at me!
Always a refreshing perspective from You Molly - Thanks! Really grand Day to be among The Dodger Blue!!
"For most of yesterday, (Ohtani) was Schrodinger’s Cat." LOL!
Congratulations to Dodgers fans who will get to enjoy rooting for Ohtani for the next several years.
lol sorry (but I don't see how it's a deal for anyone except ohitani) not really sure why you say he's in his prime. how are the dodgers going to sign anymore players? but hey look I thought he was playing 1st base after the elbow injury and he was only DH so what do I know. enjoy your weekend. grab him for the fantasy team. enjoy the dream.
As usual great stuff, Molly. What does it say about me that when I heard about the signing you were the first person I thought of and how you must be losing your shit. 🤣