Dodgers pitcher Brandon League is dressing up as Psy for Halloween. The Korean rapper is
best only known in United States for the song and music video “Gangnam Style,” a frequent champion on “Dodgers Jukebox” this year.
Coincidentally, San Francisco Giants broadcasters Jon Miller and Dave Flemming were doing the “Gangnam Style” dance today — a “perk,” I suppose, when your team wins the World Series and throws a parade.
Usually, another “perk” of winning the World Series is that you’re considered the favorites to win your division next season. Not in League’s opinion.
“We are going to be the team to beat next year,” he said. “We have everyone coming back, everyone coming back healthy.”
League talked at length about his new deal and the expectations that come with it, one day after signing a three-year contract worth a reported $22.5 million.
“We welcome the expectations,” he said. “When you’re expected to win and when it’s a surprise you’re a winning ballclub – I’d rather be on a team that’s expected to win. We don’t want it any other way.”
On the Dodgers’ crowded bullpen:
“I think we have a really great group. Everyone’s supportive of everyone no matter what role people have. You have the collective in the bullpen. Everyone’s supportive. You can’t ask for a better bullpen scenario, where you have multiple closers, guys who can close in the ‘pen. You also have Belisario who can close … he was lights out in the eighth inning. Hopefully the Dodgers bring back Jamey Wright, who was a huge part in the bullpen, like the veteran guy, keep things in line you could say. Hopefully we have other options like Randy Choate, maybe Paco (Rodriguez), (Scott) Elbert coming back.”
On whether he’s labeled the closer to start the season:
“I don’t really feel that being labeled is important. I kind of said from Day 1, the day I got traded to L.A., that my job here is to hep the ballclub win any way I can, help them win any way I can. Whether it be the fifth inning or ninth inning or anywhere in beteween, my job is to get outs. However many outs Donnie sees me fit for. I had that experience last year and the year before in the ninth inning. If that’s where they see me fitting … I feel OK pitching anywhere else. The ninth inning is where I feel comfortable. I think I showed that at the end of September.”
On why he re-signed with the Dodgers before exploring the open market Friday:
“I didn’t feel a need to test the market because the dodgers were number one my list. It would have made no sense to talk to other teams. The opportunity to get something done with them, I didn’t feel a need to test the market.”
On the craziest thing that’s happened to him since the season ended:
“Probably the craziest thing was finding out I’m going to be a Dodger for the next three years and dressing up as Gagnam Style today.”