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They Bled Blue

Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen: The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers
Narrated by: Jason Turbow
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Sports, Baseball
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They Bled Blue is the rollicking yarn of the Los Angeles Dodgers' crazy 1981 season, a watershed campaign that cemented the team's place and reputation as fitting thoroughly within the surrounding LA culture. That it culminated in an unlikely World Series win - during a split season demarcated by a strike, no less - is not even the most interesting thing about this team. 

The Dodgers were led by the garrulous Tommy Lasorda, whose office hosted a regular stream of Hollywood royalty. They had Steve Garvey, the first baseman with the movie-star good looks. Garvey was teamed with Ron Cey, Davey Lopes, and Bill Russell in the most durable infield in major league history, with 1981 presenting their final chance to win a championship as a unit. The difference maker was an entirely unexpected 20-year-old nearly straight out of Mexico, with a wild delivery and a screwball as his flippin' out pitch. Fernando Valenzuela didn't speak much English, but his baseball ability broke down cultural barriers and helped fill Dodger Stadium to the brim with a Southern California Latino population that had been thirsting for just such a success story.

©2019 Jason Turbow (P)2019 HighBridge Company

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Dodgers history smeared by a Giants fan...

The author narrates the story and does really well, but he seems more interested in all the negatives surrounding the 1981 season and our heroes than placing them among the greats of World Series lore. Full of back-handed compliments, tales of prostitutes, cocaine use and other such darkness, you'd think that the author meant this book as a psuedo-persecution instead of a championship story. When he admits to growing up a San Francisco Giants fan, you begin to realize his motivation for trying to smear the Boys in Blue. Totally unimpressed and a little angry as well.

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