Graduation Speech: Dodger Fans

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Well, Dodger fans, over a week ago we received the worst possible news in the history of all horrible news. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole, but it sure feels legit.

Clayton Kershaw heading to the 15-Day DL for a mildly herniated disc in his lower back. I know, I know… group hug. He was joined a day or so later by Joc Pederson, who made a spectacular, albeit shoulder crushing catch into the wall, which in turn sent him to the 15-Day DL with a sprained right AC joint. They joined a plethora of other Dodger players currently in varying degrees of rehab. It's safe to say the injury bug has plagued this team. But, Kershaw, our ace, our 3-time Cy Young Award winner, our MVP, the force behind our team and the best pitcher in baseball, that one really took the wind out of our sails.

We, as fans, had to
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Ok, this is happening, this has happened. Clayton Kershaw is on the DL. But, we as fans can't give up. There’s still half a season left to play. More importantly, there's (only) half a season left to hear the dulcet tones of our Vin Scully. Win or lose, I personally, won't give up one second of Vin's final broadcasts. The Dodgers have an uphill battle going into the second half and they're going to have to dig deep. They need us, the true blue Dodger fans.

So, you pick up that Dodger gear you tossed across the room last week, you put them on and wear them proudly and root, root, root for the home team.

The bottom line, this team is not out of it. LA fans have a reputation for leaving games early, let's not live up to that by leaving the season early.

Bandwagon fans jump ship when a team struggles, come on man (and women!), don't be a bandwagon fan. Everybody hates those guys.

So in closing, who better than my personal favorite Dodger, Tommy Lasorda, to give us a pep talk to guide us into the second part of the season. If Tommy doesn't get you outta your seat and cheering for the Dodgers than I don't know what will.

Take it away

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