Written by: Chris Bibona
In response to the recent punishments onto the Astros organization, as well as the punishments soon awaiting the Red Sox organization:
Fellow Dodger fans, is this really what we need? What we deserve?
Being a Dodger fan this past decade was quite possibly the most bitter-sweet experience in sports history. Our team dominated and had unbelievable memories; yet always fell short of the big prize.
Today, we have an explanation for our suffering. But am I supposed to feel better knowing this news, that we were cheated out of one, potentially two World Series titles? To me, this is just salt in the wound. Yes, I am now assured that our Boys in Blue did not “choke” like so many other fan bases like to taunt but to know that a truly once-in-a-generation team cannot get the credit they deserve will haunt me.
It is not reasonable to think that Major League Baseball will give the Dodgers reparations for the ‘17 and ‘18 World Series Scandals. Even so, it really is not the same. Let’s say our team is announced rightful winners of the World Series. So what? We will never replicate the feeling of pure happiness; jumping up and down the house crying tears of joy for the team that played their hearts out for seven months straight. We will never have that victory parade. All Dodger fans, from all walks of life, united by one common cause together on the streets of LA. For God’s sake- to win is one more World Series for Vin Scully.
Cheated. Taken from us.
This is the same greed that almost killed our great game in 1919. The type of toxic atmosphere that wounded baseball in ‘94. The precedent that has now been set will affect our game for the remainder of time. Teams will cheat, face mild punishment, but keep their championship rights. In 20 years, will our kids know the crimes of these organizations if not explicitly mentioned? Absolutely not. Major League Baseball must stop this disease before it kills our game. Revoke the trophies of both the Astros and Red Sox: Protect the Dodger organization’s integrity.
Whatever may amount of these investigations, know this Dodger Family: we did not lose in these past two years. We, in fact, rose above; and will continue to do so for as long as our organization operates.
Chris Bibona – Lifelong Dodger fan and baseball enthusiast