Last week, free agent Joc Pederson agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. He says goodbye to the city of Los Angeles & the Dodgers after going out as a champion:
I was 18 years old when I got drafted and signed with LA. In other words, I was just a kid. And now I’m 28 years old as I’m saying goodbye. So much has happened over those 10 years — it’s wild to think about. Of course, all that BASEBALL happened: six straight division winners, three NL pennants, and one epic World Series title. But somehow it’s the LIFE that’s happened that’s even harder to believe: I started dating Kelsey, and we got married. We have our two amazing kids, and our dog, Blue. We straight-upbuilt a family, you know?? All of that happened while I was a Dodger. Sometimes I can’t even wrap my head around it.
And it’s left me with a hell of a lot of people to thank.
I want to thank my teammates, first and foremost. There’s too many to name here, obviously, but they know who they are. We made a lot of history together — but more importantly, I’ve made friendships for life. It’s just an incredible culture. The best group of guys.
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