Luckily, one of the city's greatest living athletes had nother better to do than to greet them with a town-warming gift in the form of bottles smoky whiskey: Clayton Kershaw.
The Los Angeles Dodgers ace, who hasn't pitched since suffering a hernia in his back in late June, gifted the team 200 bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, which run about $229 apiece. The bottles are of the "Year of the Ram" edition. That ougthta cover at least one bottle per person, including coaches.
— Liz Habib (@LizHabib) August 9, 2016
Maybe we'll see the classic American whiskey put to use in this year's season of HBO's Hard Knocks, though, unlike HBO's producers, the Rams front office is likely hoping that won't be the case.
Kershaw was a lock for the NL Cy Young and a possible threat for the MVP—a dual feat he accomplished in 2014—before he went down, going 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 121 innings.
Somehow, the Dodgers have not only managed to stay afloat in the big lefty's absence, but excel, posting a 21-12 record since then—the best mark in baseball during that span—and catching the San Francisco Giants for a tie for first in the NL West before the Giants won on Wednesday. Without Kershaw, however, this writer's fantasy team hasn't fared quite as well … but take your time, Clay. Really.
Kershaw, on the 60-day DL, won't be eligible to return until August 27. He's started playing catch, but for now the team is uncertain as to when he'll return to the mound.