The Los Angeles Dodgers, long thought to possess the best roster in baseball, are now playing like Andrew Friedman intended, rolling into an off day Monday with the best record in baseball by a wide margin.
Remember when the Yankees were the talk of baseball? Good times. Now, the Dodgers have stolen Joey Gallo, ignited, and run over the Giants and new-look San Diego Padres repeatedly, extending their division lead past 15 games. The Padres traded for All-Star closer Josh Hader a week ago, then had zero chance to even consider using him in the weekend series in LA. Makes you think!
Those good vibes rolled directly into Clayton Kershaw’s annual charity ping pong event at Dodger Stadium on Monday, a perfect chance to lay back for a good cause while letting guys be dudes, etc.
Kershaw’s Ping Pong 4 Purpose event featured a number of Dodgers players competing for supremacy on the small table, all for a good cause. Probably the best parts of the evening, though, other than some wicked spin, were the outfit choices.
Kershaw was decked out, as usual, in some sort of full ’80s workout body suit, presumably a tribute to Olivia Newton-John, while Walker Buehler got physical in his frat boy best, rocking a full Budweiser sweater and pairing the outfit with a liquid Budweiser.
Gavin Lux noticed.
Dodgers ace Walker Buehler got roasted by Gavin Lux
All in all, it doesn’t get more Buehler’s Day Off than this.
Ultimately, Buehler going Full Budweiser was not the most impressive flop of the tournament. Somehow, All-Star Trea Turner finished second in the ping pong portion, despite pairing up with former PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER Mardy Fish.
How do you not end up taking home the chip there?
Look. Turner knows he’s got some things to work on. He’s just got to regroup and come back stronger. This is a bump in the road, but it won’t be the end of the road. Now’s the time when winners get after it and learn a little something about themselves.
The Dodgers might be able to take the rest of the regular season on autopilot, so they might as well hone their pong skills instead in the cage pregame.