There was still plenty to be thankful for in 2011 Dodgers season
Feeling bloated yet, guilty over that second — or could it possibly have been a third — helping of dressing?
Fear not, amidst the travails of a wild season, the year offered plenty in Dodger Land to be thankful for:
- Frank McCourt agrees to sell the team. Always start these things big.
- Clayton Kershaw. And then keep the momentum going.
- Don Mattingly. He stayed above the fray and developed as a manager as the season progressed.
- Last game of the season. Meant an end to putrid baby-blue throwback uniforms.
- Kenley Jansen — excitement on the mound.
- Dodgertown — again under the direction of Peter O’Malley.
- Matt Kemp — who became the player both his supporters and detractors knew he could be.
- James Loney — the second-half version.
- Andre Ethier — the 30-game-hitting-streak version.
- Chattanooga. The double-A club produced a bevy of prospects.
- Dioner Navarro — when he was released.
- Frank McCourt agrees to sell the team. Sorry, worth repeating.
- Dodger Stadium. It's old, it needs work, its concession lines are ridiculously long — and it remains one of the most beautiful ballparks in the game.
- Dee Gordon. At least when he slows down enough to be visible.
- The final two months — a winning team and hope for the future.
- Javy Guerra. Like anyone saw him coming.
- The MLB. It stood up to the ownership travesty.
- Dodgers fans. Their boycott was heard throughout Los Angeles and all of baseball.
- Vin Scully. Always end these things bigger.
— Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is congratulated by Manager Don Mattingly after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a game at Chase Field on Sept. 28. Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images