Last we heard from the boss of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting rotation – Clayton Kershaw – he was freshly arriving at Camelback Ranch and talking some Houston Astros.
Now, the topic is a lot more light-hearted although still important. Recently, Kershaw threw his first bullpen of Spring Training. In addition, he talked to SportsNet LA about the excitement he has for the upcoming season.
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Alanna Rizzo asks Kershaw how his first bullpen session felt. He answers with a smile.
“Good first day, every year the first day of spring training is a lot of fun. Then it starts being a grind, and you’re ready for the season.”
Next, Rizzo points out that Cody Bellinger commented that he’s never been more excited to start a season then he is in 2020. Therefore, does Kershaw feel the same?
“I’m the same way. We won a lot of games last year, and we knew we had a really good team coming into 2019. But there’s something about adding guys, there’s a little bit of excitement with that. You add guys the caliber that we did in Mookie and David, that’s really exciting. Seeing the potential of our lineup and what it could look like, that’s scary as a pitcher.”
Finally, one more nugget to file away. The old bull Kershaw likes the new young bull, Brusdar Graterol. He acknowledges as much with this next quote and a grin.
“We added a guy in Graterol who throws 100 with some sink. I know Boston had concerns, but he’s pretty good.”
Indeed, it’s hard to remember entering a season with this much excitement. Obviously the players are just like us in this manner, they’re pumped. And I’m starting to get that good old fashioned feeling that the Dodgers could very well win it all in 2020, when I look at the names that dot the roster like Kershaw is.