Jerry Seinfeld once joked about how sports fans will cheer for laundry (a team jersey) more than a person, but would Los Angeles Dodgers fans actually embrace Carlos Correa if he and the Dodgers would strike a deal this offseason?
Would Los Angeles Dodgers fans cheer for Carlos Correa if he played at Chavez Ravine?
Seinfeld’s memorable joke about sports fans and their short-term memories when it comes to players changing teams may not hold water when it comes to the Dodgers and Correa. After all, the stigma of the 2017 World Series where Correa was in the middle of the sign-stealing scandal that tainted that season and the Fall Classic where the Astros downed the Dodgers in seven games is still very much alive and well.
Since then, the Astros have had massive amount of boos and obscenities rained down upon them any time they have met up with the Dodgers. And it hasn’t just caused animosity in the stands, but also among players as well as Los Angeles outfielder Cody Bellinger and Correa have exchanged words as well over the scandal. Now imagine Correa and Bellinger as teammates if the Dodgers decided to sign the shortstop after he opted out of his current contract with the Minnesota Twins.
Correa coming to Los Angeles is certainly a possibility, as MLB insiders Jon Heyman and Jim Bowden both have the Dodgers on the list of places where Correa would make sense as the franchise shortstop. Having just turned 28, Correa will be a hot name this offseason, just as he was last year when he left the Astros and eventually chose to sign with the Twins.
Of course, the Dodgers would have to not resign Trea Turner and decide that Correa would be a good fit for the clubhouse for this scenario to come to life. Is it improbable? Perhaps. Is it impossible? No.
On the field, there’s no question Correa could impact the Dodgers in a positive way. But it’s the off-the-field questions that would loom over any decision, including a majority of more than 9,600 Dodgers fans who recently gave a thumbs down to Correa making his home at Chavez Ravine.
Imagine the unthinkable for Dodgers fans: L.A. signs Correa, who starts the season red hot. He’s helping the Dodgers win, the very reason he was given a lucrative long-term deal in L.A. Do Dodgers fans cheer for the laundry and forget all past transgressions, or would they never cheer for Correa, even if he turns into one of the team’s leading players?
What do you think? If you were a Dodgers fan, would you cheer for Correa if he was your team’s starting shortstop? Would you ignore the past for your team’s present? Let us know in the comments section below.