I was quietly wallowing in my puddle of life problems this afternoon, full of self-pity and resignation, when the following flashed across the Twitter wire:
It was a sentence of gibberish peppered with entirely familiar names.
Matt Kemp was a Dodger again. And the Braves were taking on most of the troublesome contracts that the Dodgers owned. Sure, Vin Scully Finale Hero Charlie Culberson was gone but, my goodness, we get to go back to 2006-14 and accumulate Matt Kemp Dodger cards again!
However, in these days of instantaneous information, the happy little scenario I had painted for myself in the bubble above my head, vanished the second after I had processed the whole thing. Here came the "yes ... but" tweets.
"You know ... they're probably not going to play Matt Kemp."
"You know ... they'll probably just flip him."
"You know ... he'll probably just be released."
In fact, I feel a little silly even writing about this. I keep checking to see if Kemp is still with the Dodgers.
How about now? Is he still with the team now?
I'm glad the Dodgers were able to make this deal to get under the luxury cap and to have a bunch of money when next year's free agent season commences. But all that financial stuff makes my eyes glaze over and realize that I never wanted to be a baseball beat writer anyway.
My basic hope in Kemp coming back to the Dodgers was seeing him in an L.A. uniform and maybe getting some more cards of the guy. He was always a hoot to collect, one of my favorites.
Right now there's a very slim chance that he does stay with the Dodgers, but probably not.
And that's OK.
I've got plenty of Matt Kemp cards already. Three hundred sixty of them by my last count.
In fact I could make myself my own Kemp Dodger uniform with just these:
In fact, digging out these old memories made me forget what I was so miserable about for a couple of hours.
So that's something.
For as long as Kemp lasts as a Dodger, it's been fun.