Kershaw Finds Spirit of Koufax and Valenzuela

Kershaw Finds Spirit of Koufax and Valenzuela

Kershaw Finds Spirit of Koufax and Valenzuela

Opening day of the MLB season in Los Angeles saw a shutout by their ace pitcher.  They defeated the world champion San Francisco Giants 4-0.

The Dodger ace, Clayton Kershaw rewound memories of the “bombers” past as he dominated the Giants with a four hit game.  The topper was a homerun by the left-hander to center field in the 8th inning.

The game began with a display of Hollywood “magic”.  Former Dodger greats, Tommy Lasorda, Maury Wills, Tommy Davis and Orel Hershiser, were introduced, and then part-owner Magic Johnson went to the mound and pretended to be about to throw out the first pitch.

Manager Don Mattingly then came out of the dugout and “pulled him,” calling for a lefty instead.

In walked none other than Sandy Koufax, wearing his familiar No. 32 and drawing a huge ovation.

77 year old Koufax did not appear to show his age until Mattingly urged him to step to the rubber instead of keeping his position in front of the mound.  He proceeded to bounce the ball into home plate.  The three time Cy Young award winner was still wildly cheered by the crowd.

A sellout crowd of 53,138 saw the Dodgers win their first game of the season.  It was Kershaw’s day.  He was the dominant defensive and offensive player.

Has Los Angeles purchased a winning team?  Who knows?  There are 161 more games to be played.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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