Friday, November 18, 2011

Scenes from a Coronation

"These baseball cards are huge."

"We winners gotta stick together."

Cy Youngsters: Fernando, Newk and Kershaw.

From "Clayton Kershaw's Cy Young is a connection to Dodgers tradition" by Bill Plaschke at the LA Times:

Clayton Kershaw was preparing to walk across the diamond and into Dodgers history Thursday afternoon when he spotted a man standing alone, staring at him like a father would stare at a son.

It was Dodgers scouting boss Logan White, tossing his phone from hand to hand, rocking on his heels, trying to act composed, failing miserably.

"What are you doing over there?" Kershaw shouted. "You need to hug me!"

On the infield dirt they embraced, the new Cy Young Award winner and the man who was responsible for scouting, drafting and signing him.

"Thank you, thank you," whispered Kershaw.

"A great day, a great day," whispered White.

If you understand baseball scouts, you will understand why White views Kershaw as his child.

You will also understand why, after they hugged for a long minute, White's sunglasses could not hide a long trickle of tears.

"It's like watching somebody grow up," said White. "What a wonderful day."

1&2: AP; 3: @Dodgers


rbnlaw said...

*hides a trickle of tears*

We may suck next year, but my kids will see Kershaw pitch again.

Steve Sax said...

How awesome is it that Kemp showed up to support Kershaw.

Here's hoping Kershaw has the opportunity to return the favor in a week.

MeanieBreanie said...

Just what I needed today, a touchy feel good story.

Kyle Baker said...

Now I'm crying like a schoolgirl.

This is just what we needed after such a rough couple of seasons. Really proud of our lads and of the organization, which, through all the turmoil, still made sure to give this auspicious occasion its proper due, and in some meaningful way help start bringing back some of that Dodger Way.

And allow me to compose very long sentences.