GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw, while accepting his National League MVP Award and NL Cy Young Award last month, thanked the St. Louis Cardinals for reminding him "you're never as good as you think you are."
As the face of the Dodgers, Kershaw echoed that message on Thursday, when pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training.
"I wanted everybody around me to know I'm not oblivious to the fact we didn't win the World Series," Kershaw said of his acceptance speech. "I wanted to make sure to get that message across."
Kershaw said the Dodgers have established -- through back-to-back NL West division titles -- that they can get to the postseason. While the World Series is the goal, Spring Training is just Step 1 in the process of getting there.
"For me, I can't make up for everything that didn't go well in October, and do that in April," he said. "We've got to do this first."