Dodgers fans are ready for the 2020 MLB Playoffs, especially after this hype video.
The stadium lights. Cool October nights. A Modelo Negro resting on your kneecap, creating a moisture ring on your board shorts. There are many things we’re missing about the experience of witnessing Dodgers playoff baseball in person, but the team is trying its best to keep the fans engaged during these trying times.
On the verge of opening the 2020 Wild Card round against the upstart Milwaukee Brewers (a team we very specifically remember from 2018), the Dodgers dropped a hype video meant to keep Los Angeles glued to this race from afar.
And, uh, it totally worked.
It’s a helpful reminder that there are some new faces here — namely Mookie Betts, who came over from the Red Sox in a blockbuster deal in February. It seemed for a little while like he might not play a single game in Dodger blue, due for free agency at the end of a year that might be getting canceled.
Now, he’s unlikely to play a game out of Dodger blue ever again, after signing a monster extension this summer to secure his position for a long, long time. Jokes on them!
Other prominent new faces in here? Brusdar Graterol, the flame-throwing reliever the Red Sox declined to add in the Betts deal, and AJ Pollock, who was very much on the ’19 team, but is a new man in 2020, entering October with a scorching 16 home runs.
Everything hits different in 2020. You can’t be at the ballpark, unless you climb up the ravine and hijack a telescope. It doesn’t feel quite the same to win playoff games, but at the same time, the task is harder than ever (13 wins vs. 11, a bubble, the whole nine yards).
At the very least, the Dodgers are doing their part to energize the city, from a distance.