The Dodgers have drawn a lot of ire this offseason by doing nothing other than being successful. Every free agent signing has brought at least one enemy, new or old, onto the Dodgers hate train.
Shohei Ohtani brought basically half the league, but mostly the Blue Jays. Yoshinobu Yamamoto brought the Yankees and Mets. Teoscar Hernández brought the Red Sox, and then James Paxton doubled down. As things stand, there is no love lost between the Dodgers and any of the other 29 teams in the league.
Non-Dodgers fans have found plenty to complain about, whether it's the deferrals or the lineup being stacked or just a general, "Why can't my own team have nice things?" There's been an uproar of outrage over the fact that the Dodgers keep feasting and other teams stay picking at scraps.
But Mookie Betts, in an interview with AM 570 LA Sports, summed up what all Dodgers fans have been thinking this offseason in response to that kind of criticism: "I don't know what you want us to do. You want us to not try and win?"
Mookie Betts claps back at haters angry about Dodgers free agency additions
Betts went on to send a mocking apology to haters: "Sorry for trying, guys. We won't do that again." This does a good, succinct job of summarizing how ridiculous the complaints directed toward the Dodgers have been. Are they supposed to not be competitive and just roll over on free agents because it'd be...nice? Because it would give other teams a better shot? To say that, or suppose that the Dodgers wouldn't try to be the best and not put their considerable resources to good use, is ridiculous. It shouldn't be about the Dodgers coming down to the rest of the league's level, but the other way around.
Besides, nothing is ever guaranteed. Ohtani will be coming off of a second Tommy John, Yamamoto has never pitched in MLB, Hernández strikes out a lot, and Paxton is getting older. Superteams, like the one the Padres tried to assemble last year, oftentimes don't work. The Dodgers have just put themselves in the best possible position to succeed next year, and that's really all that any team can do before the chips fall where they may. Critics should take a deeper look at their own teams, their own front offices, and keep their attentions there before wasting time hating on the Dodgers.