My favorite Dodger teams are the ones who are consistent winners. In other words, no long losing streaks.
This year’s Dodger squad fits that description. Going into the final week of the season, they had been swept just one time all year in 3- and 4-game series.
One sweep all season long. That’s impressive. Even the powerhouse Cubs had a 6-20 stretch in July.
The Dodgers just seemed to win 11 out of 20, 11 out of 20, 11 out of 20 — all season long.
And a .550 winning percentage will keep you in the pennant race almost every year.
Four years ago, the Dodgers took on hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts in a trade that netted Adrian Gonzalez from Boston.
The Dodgers were widely criticized for the trade. Experts said they were crazy to take on the huge, burdensome contracts of Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford.
In retrospect, I would argue that it may have been the best trade in Dodgers history.
The Dodgers have always struggled to produce consistent offense since moving to Los Angeles. So acquiring a guy like Gonzalez, one of the most dependable run-producers in the major leagues for the last decade, was the most essential piece of the puzzle as the team looked to build a winning team.
You can’t argue with the results. The Dodgers have won four consecutive division championships since Gonzalez arrived. That is the most sustained period of success in franchise history.
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Maisa’s competitive-level softball team finished second in the North Des Moines league tournament Sunday.
The girls notched two mercy-rule victories before falling in the championship game.
Sunday was Maisa’s best day of the year at the plate. She kept hitting these hard line drives into left field. I wanna say she reached base and scored every time, but Jill would know for sure because she keeps the scorebook for the team.
So, for the weekend, Maisa’s softball teams recorded five wins and two losses. Pretty darn good winning percentage. 😀👍🏼⚾️
Maisa and her teammates had a lot of fun, and they really love softball.