Now that the Dodgers are starting training camp, the media frenzy starts again.
Manager Don Mattingly is determined not to let it get to his guys though. He said:
"All these expectations are just noise to me and noise to our club. We should win the World Series and this and that. That's all fine. That's all good, but my job is to prepare this team to play and to cut out the noise. I expect to win. I expected to win last year, I expected us to win the year before, honestly. I just believe that you can do anything if things work out. Granted, this year I have some more leeway."
Expectations and coverage are something that every team has to deal with, but especially a team in Los Angeles with the recent sordid history and proud past of the Dodgers.
Coverage is also a necessary evil, because fans are passionate about their teams, and especially in this age of information, they want to know everything possible.
The unfortunate thing is, as seen with the Los Angeles Lakers, the media can sometimes over-cover things and that's when issues can start.
With this new-look Dodgers team, people are very excited and have high expectations for them to deliver. This means people will want even more of a piece of the team and players than before, especially with all the high-profile signings they've made.
It's good that Mattingly has set a tone of tuning everything out, which will hopefully permeate the clubhouse. While not everyone will be able to, some will, and that will certainly help the team as the season beings.