Chavez Ravine is 31 miles and a 45-ish minute drive from Hart High School, a long stretch of I-5 connecting two of Southern California’s staples, Magic Mountain and Dodger Stadium, which once again is the home of the reigning World Series champions.
It’s now a symbolic journey for the newest and best-paid Dodger, who began his baseball career as an aggrieved outsider and now has the hardware and the direct-deposit receipts to tout that he prevailed over the losers and haters.
Just one question remains: How will Trevor Bauer handle life as the conqueror?
Bauer’s free-agent journey ended Friday with his announcement, via myriad social-media channels, that he was headed to the Dodgers, jilting the Mets and accepting an offer that reportedly will pay him $102 million over three years, including single-season records of $40 million in 2021 and $45 million in 2022.
Should he match his pitching excellence from a shortened 2020 season, during which he ran away with the National League Cy Young Award, he can opt out after ’21 or ‘22 and start all over again.