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There was still plenty to be thankful for in 2011 Dodgers season

November 24, 2011 | 11:10 am

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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

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