Dodger Thoughts

Jon Weisman's outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball and life

Be strong

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

Dodgers at Giants, 6:05 p.m.
Dee Gordon, 2B
Yasiel Puig, CF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Matt Kemp, RF
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Juan Uribe, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Zack Grienke, P
Note: Paco Rodriguez was activated from the disabled list today.

By Jon Weisman

It’s not about the setback. It’s about how you respond to the setback.

And it’s not about instant gratification – not that I’m not a big fan of instant gratification. It’s about how things play out in the long run.

It’s understandable to be worried about Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers following the lefty’s injury-shortened outing in a 9-0 loss Friday to San Francisco, but don’t surrender to the worry. Twists and turns are all too common in baseball to get worked up over a single event.

If the Dodgers couldn’t overcome challenges, of which there have already been plenty this season, they wouldn’t have a National League West lead in the first place.  Whatever might come, assuming no resiliency of a team that made up 9 1/2 games in the standings makes no sense.


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  1. I am reminded of the wise words of The Vin. In the first game of the 1959 World Series, the White Sox beat the Dodgers 11-0. Vin said the Dodgers looked like they were playing at a fat man’s picnic. He went into the clubhouse and they were, he said, totally unphased–they had lost, they knew it, and they knew they would do better tomorrow. And they did. A.J. Ellis can say it felt like a punch in the mouth, but if he walks on the field thinking that way, he should be benched for the rest of the year, because that isn’t how a winning team can play.

  2. oldbrooklynfan

    I haven’t heard anything yet on the how seriously Ryu is hurt or how long he may be out. So I’ll just hope for the best.

  3. Well, they seemed to respond to the setback just fine tonight.

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