Still premature to come up with Football talk — In order to prolong the avoidance of the subject of pigskin for a little longer, it’s my honor to honor Bruin Dave Roberts, the Rookie Manager of the Dodgers, who has just been honored as the 2016 National League Manager of the Year
For only the 6th time in National League History, a 1st-year Manager has won the Manager of the Year Award. Dodger Manager and Bruin great Dave Roberts received the Award a couple of days ago, for leading the Dodgers to 91 wins and the NLCS despite a record number of injuries.
The Dodgers started the year with TEN players on the disabled list, and ultimately put TWENTY-EIGHT players on that list, which is the most of any team in THIRTY YEARS. That laundry list of players included Superstar Pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who missed a big chunk of the season. Despite all these seemingly insurmountable hurdles, Roberts kept morale high and kept the team focused as they overcame a big deficit in the standings, out-deuled the Giants to win the Division, and then beat the Nationals in the ALDS. They finally fell to the Cubs, who went on to win the World Series, but Roberts’ Managerial acumen had already been on display long enough to earn the Award as Top Skipper in the League.
The current Manager of Bruin Baseball — John Savage — is also Award Caliber, and has a National Championship at UCLA to show for his expertise. He also has a beautiful daughter named Julia, who recently graced the UCLA Dance Team. And that’s my segue to these 74 photos of the UCLA Dance Team, UCLA Cheer Squad, and UCLA Yell Crew, in action last Saturday.