ATLANTA – The in-flight entertainment for the Dodgers’ cross country trip to Atlanta on Monday afternoon required reliable wi-fi aboard their charter flight.
While the Dodgers were high above the western half of the United States, the final hours before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline were ticking off the clock.
“It was just an hour straight of guys staring at their phone, refreshing their (Twitter) feeds,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “Obviously it’s an exciting time.
“We felt like we’re the best team in baseball and feel like we just somehow got better.”
That was the consensus both onboard and elsewhere after the Dodgers acquired right-handed starter Yu Darvish and left-handed relievers Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani in three deals just before the deadline.
“We thought something would go down. We didn’t really know,” Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood said. “We weren’t worried about it one way or the other. It’s kind of like just putting the icing on the cake, so to speak.
“We saw it and everybody was like, ‘How do we get better?’ And then somehow we did.”
Not everyone on the Dodgers’ plane was anxiously awaiting trade-deadline news.
Manager Dave Roberts said the news caught him “in between naps.” Kenley Jansen said he was sleeping when lefty reliever Edward Paredes woke him up as news was spreading that the Dodgers had acquired Darvish from the Texas Rangers.
Jansen had slept through the Watson and Cingrani news so his first reaction was greedy disappointment that the Dodgers had only acquired a starting pitcher.
“I didn’t know we got Watson,” Jansen said. “I was sleeping. I woke up and heard we got Darvish and I said, ‘We need to get a bullpen guy.’ Then they said we got Tony Watson. I was, ‘Oh great.’
“It was electric, to be honest with you. It just fired everybody up, got everybody even more motivated that we got more help. … Everybody was talking about it (on the plane). Then we had dinner with a few guys and we kept talking about it.”
Jansen was already talking about acquiring Darvish last week, saying “why not?” make a big move like that and equated it to upgrading to a luxury vehicle like a Ferrari.
“We got the Ferrari,” Jansen said with a big smile Tuesday. “Now we just have to get the right oil in it, get it serviced and then we go.”
Darvish is expected to join the Dodgers in Atlanta on Wednesday, throw a bullpen session and then make his first start…