Fresh off celebrating their first World Series title in 32 years, Los Angeles Dodgers fans have been anxiously waiting for the club to make another splash in free agency.
Outside of a few marquee bullpen additions — which bolstered a strength more than it did upgrade an area of weakness — the front office hasn’t really made any blockbuster moves. Given that they’ve been linked with seemingly every big-name free agent on the market, fans are understandably starting to grow antsy.
Unfortunately for them, however, this collective feeling of disappointment continued on Wednesday when veteran reporter Alanna Rizzo announced her departure from SportsNet LA. Refusing to let their emotions impact their judgment of the situation, the fan base responded by congratulating her on a great run with the network and wishing her all the best in the future.
Dodgers reporter Alanna Rizzo was met with an outpouring of love from LA fans
This is a crushing loss for the Dodgers, as Rizzo is one of the most revered reporters in the league and quickly established herself as a popular figure among the fan base. She spent seven seasons on the Dodgers beat and was one of several individuals who had been with SportsNet LA since it launched back in February of 2014.
Perhaps nothing encapsulated Rizzo’s commitment to her craft more than this past season, when she braved the pandemic-plagued campaign and covered every game from Dodger Stadium while being deprived of perhaps her greatest attribute: conducting in-person interviews.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, she didn’t skip a beat and continued producing incredible content.
Prior to 2020, Rizzo traveled with the Dodgers on all their road games and was a regular source of insider knowledge at the annual Winter Meetings. Despite on-field reporting being her strong suit — not that she had any weaknesses — she often contributed to the network’s studio coverage and had a weekly spot on AM 570 LA Sports Radio, famously called the “Rizzo Report.”
For anybody having trouble reckoning with the news, there are hundreds of more reply tweets of fans thanking Rizzo for her contributions over the years, so grab a box of tissues and read through them all.
Despite being blessed with one of the best broadcasting teams in MLB, the Dodgers will feel her absence severely. Like the entire fan base, we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.