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The End of an Era
Phew. So many thoughts. So many feelings. If you didn't know, Matt was traded to the San Diego Padres today! I know I haven't published anything in a long time. Honestly, a lot of the things that have happened over the past two seasons are just book worthy. A lot of tears and frustrations and pushing each other to stay strong and keep trusting the process. So those are in the vault for now.
But now that Matt is officially a part of another organization that's not the Dodgers I feel like that deserves a post because I have a lot to say that couldn't simply be posted in a short social media post.
In 2015 when Matt was drafted, we were so freakin happy. We also had no idea what this journey entailed for us.
Matt played at every level in the Dodgers system, Ogden, Midland, Rancho, Tulsa and OKC. We met some of our closest friends in that system. We had some of the best times on road trips, sharing apartments, meals, laughs and exploring cities we would have never went to if it wasn't for baseball.
The people that the Dodgers staffed and the player development in their minor league system is top notch. Matt puts in all the work and has the tools, but I think it's fair to say he wouldn't be the player he is without the help along the way with some of the hitting coaches, mentors, etc. through the system and teaching him how to be a big leaguer.
Then in 2019, Matt got the opportunity to have his dream come true. Being a big leaguer. I'll be honest when the Dodgers drafted Matt I never thought they would be the team he made his debut with. Too much talent. Too much money to do whatever you want, get whoever you want. Matt earned that debut year and every opportunity that followed.
A walk-off. Some go-aheads. A grand slam. A ton of RBIs. Almost three years of service time. Three playoff runs. A WORLD SERIES. We've been through more (both good and frustrating) than we could have imagined with the Dodgers.
I can't say enough about how the Dodgers treat their families. I know I have only experienced one team, but I know it won't get any better. They always make sure the families are right there and involved in everything, and for that, I will always be grateful. I left my career to travel with Matt and experience every ounce of this, and the Dodgers made that easy.
Thank you to the fans, reporters, SportsNet LA crew, Backstage Dodgers crew, beat writers and the people we met along the way. Meeting people along this journey is one of my favorite parts, and our paths crossed with some real gems. We're overwhelmed with the support we've received from Dodger fans since the DFA last Wednesday. We're grateful for all the stories, packages, etc. that LA gave our fund efforts.
We're grateful to have been a part of this organization for such a long time. But we're also so freaking pumped for this new chapter!
San Diego has always been our favorite place to go during the season. As always, we don't know what the heck is going to happen, but we're so excited for this new opportunity and fresh start.
Go Padres! (Is that what we say?!)
3/28/2022 12:05:38 pm
I’m super bummed to see Matt go but at the same time was excited to see him DFA’d (I know that seems really bad). I’ve been a huge fan since he was here in Tulsa and he has too much talent to sit on the bench everyday, I see more opportunities for him in San Diego and know that he’ll be playing a hell of a lot more. I guess it’s time to upgrade my mlb tv package. Thanks for the memories in Tulsa and LA guys and best of luck in San Diego!
3/28/2022 12:12:29 pm
So bummed to see you guys leave the Dodgers but I'm thrilled for the thought of Matt getting the playing time he deserves. Julia will be crushed and I haven't told her yet but we will still be fans no matter what.
3/28/2022 12:16:45 pm
I always thought Matt deserved soooo much more playing time and I hope he gets that now! I have always been a fan. Good luck Beaty fam! Once a Dodger, always a Dodger 💙
3/28/2022 12:19:20 pm
I am now a San Diego fan. Know there are good things ahead.
3/28/2022 12:38:57 pm
Bittersweet for sure. Sad to see you leave the Dodgers. Welcome to our beautiful city. Wishing you all the success you deserve. Hope to see you in SD. We will be cheering you on at your at bats for sure.
3/28/2022 12:39:30 pm
I have been a fan of both Matt’s and yours since he came up in 2019. To be honest, I have only been a diehard Dodgers fan since then too. (I grew up a Mariners fan, but the Dodgers were forced on me by my significant other and I haven’t looked back.) one thing I have loved most about them is the feeling that they are a big family. Not only the players, but the wives too. I am sad to see you and Matt go, but really hope he gets a chance to shine in San Diego. I’ll always root for Matt, even though I can’t root for his team. 😂 and I’ll always enjoy your social media posts, because they are some of the best!
3/28/2022 12:47:06 pm
The Padres are fortunate to have Matt and everything he brings to baseball. He's been a favorite player of this long-time Dodger fan since he first took the field. Let the journey continue for both of you! PS. I hope you keep blogging . . . love the up close and personal look at life :)
3/28/2022 12:52:47 pm
God bless you both on youre journey. We will miss you! Great things lie ahead. Jeremiah 29:11
3/28/2022 01:28:04 pm
Rooting for Matt to do big things in San Diego! I have no doubt he will do well!!!!
3/28/2022 01:36:23 pm
Go Padres is right! Welcome to SD, glad to have you. If you’re looking for a great way to connect with the fan base, might I recommend an interview with the Ben & Woods morning show on 97.3 fm? I’m sure they’d love to have you and/or Matt on the show.
3/28/2022 02:35:05 pm
I’ve so much enjoyed following your journey over these years. I’m glad to see Matt get a great new opportunity with the Padres and I look forward to seeing many great things from Matt in the future. He’s a great guy and he’s also blessed to have such a wonderful spouse and companion in this journey.
3/28/2022 04:03:18 pm
born and raised in Los Angeles, watching the Dodgers since Orel "Bulldog" Hershiser's record-setting 59 consecutive scoreless innings.
3/28/2022 10:06:21 pm
I am so sorry to see Matt (one of my favorites for so many already stated reasons)!
3/28/2022 10:41:35 pm
Love you, forever + always! Beautifully worded my friend! Beyond excited for all the amazing things coming your way.
3/29/2022 12:37:36 pm
Been a fan of Beaty. Such a gamer, always a solid at-bat. In clutch situations, I was always confident and comfortable with him at bat. Best of luck in SD
3/29/2022 02:07:44 pm
I’m sad to see Matt go he’s one of my favorites I was so sad to see him sent down and then excited to be at the game he came back and I was really looking forward to watching him play this year with the dodgers. Even convinced myself to spend the money on a custom jersey with his name this season! I was always looking forward to him at bat sure that he would make things happen. I hope he gets the playing time he should have. Best of luck to you both!!
3/31/2022 03:37:35 pm
I had mixed emotions myself when Matt was DFA. One one hand, I was disappointed but on the other I was excited because I knew he would get an opportunity to really grow and spread his proverbial wings with another team. He is too talented to be relegated to the bench and with the Padres he will without question capitalize on those opportunities. As for you, I will never forget when Matt was called up initially and after his MLB debut in San Francisco, the next trip was San Diego. That Sunday morning Matt was suddenly sent down to OKC (despite his strong showing) and you found out about this when you were out and about. You had to return to the hotel post haste and pack for the both of you. The raw emotion you displayed in sharing what a young baseball couple experiences was both touching and enlightening and gave us a rare glimpse on the trials and travails a family goes through in trying to make it in the bigs. Happily, he was brought back up quickly enough through his hard work and talent but your including us on your journey made watching Matt succeed all the more meaningful. Thank you, Jesica and Matt from all of us Dodger fans. We will always be fans no matter what uniform he wears. Hopefully he will be kind to our pitchers lol. All the best and thank you again! We appreciate you and Godspeed to you both.
3/31/2022 08:54:48 pm
So sad to see you go. Huge fan of both of you. Hoping to see Matt her the opportunity to play every day. Sad it won't be with the Dodgers, but I'll always be rooting for you.
10/19/2022 10:45:48 am
After together already research. Feel option difficult stand kitchen.
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"Strive for the impossible because it makes the possible seem effortless." -Matt Beaty