Would Manny jilt the Dodgers for someone who will pay him more money? Manny would!
Would Manny dog it in the outfield chasing a double and playing it into a triple? Manny would!
Would Manny take an illegal drug in order the get an unfair advantage? Manny would!
Would Manny ditch his teammates if he made more money? Manny would!
We all know the story. Here’s the Cliffs Notes’ version: Manny held out for exactly what the Dodgers offered initially. Manny started out hot. Manny was suspended for 50 games. Manny is currently a shell of himself. You think the Jason Schmidt contract was bad? How about $25 million (less the suspension money saved) for a guy who has 16 HR and 51 RBI in early September? Those kind of guys make $5 million a year.
We won last night without Manny in the lineup. We have a better record without him than with him. Spin that how you want, but it’s a fact! Look, I was not in favor or signing Manny, but I root for him because he’s a Dodger. I don’t like his antics, I don’t like what he did in Boston, I don’t trust his character. I can’t fault Frank McCourt for signing him. After all, it’s a business and Manny puts butts in the seats, but Manny has become a liability. Mannywood should be closed. Manny should not be glorified! Manny should not be the face of the organization. Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw should be the face of the Dodgers. Manny may have taught the young guys how to play and have fun, but I can no longer tolerate his character (or lack of it).
McCourt was right to close Mannywood when Manny was suspended. He made a mistake in re-opening it. Instead of glorifying Manny, his staff of lawyers should have been busy trying to figure out how to void Manny’s contract. By taking him back, that avenue could possible be closed, but as a Dodger fan, I am asking that Manny not be on the team next year. The despicable character of a quitter, a guy who beats 64-year-old men, doesn’t always hustle and is a convicted cheater can lead to nothing but Bad Karma from the Big Dodger in the Sky! Should the Dodgers worry about doing what is best for them? Manny would!
I’ve said it before – I’ll say it again: “I’d rather lose without Manny than win with him.” In my mind, if we win it all this year, I will have an asterisk by the Championship. But, that’s just me…
Rants & Raves:
- Are the D-Backs morons? Everyone knew about the Abreu Grievance (which is ultimately why the Dodgers didn’t keep him – bad blood).
- James Loney is heating up!!!!
- Hiroki Kuroda goes tonight on the Sunday Night Game on ESPN. This is a huge game for him and the Dodgers. If he pitches a good game, the complexion of the staff is much improved.
Minor League Recap – 9/05/09 by Jared of http://thinkbluela.blogspot.com/
Albuquerque won 8-3
Tony Abreu – 1 for 4, 2 RBI, R, BB, K (.354 BA)
Blake DeWitt – 2 for 5, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R, K (.255 BA)
Scott Van Slyke – 0 for 1, K (.000 BA)
Chin Lung Hu – 3 for 5, 2B, RBI, R, SB (.299 BA)
Chattanooga lost 5-4
Trayvon Robinson – 0 for 4, BB, 2 K’s, SB (.220 BA)
Andrew Lambo – 0 for 4, 2 K’s (.254 BA)
James Adkins – 6 IP, 6 Hits, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K’s (4.48 ERA)
Javy Guerra – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, K (3.33 ERA)
Inland Empire won 11-8
Steven Caseres – 3 for 5, 3 2B’s, 2 RBI, R, K (.265 BA)
Jaime Ortiz – 2 for 5, 2 HR (5), 5 RBI, 2 R, 2 K’s (.249 BA)
Preston Mattingly – 5 for 5, 3 2B’s, R, CS (.235 BA)
Great Lakes won 9-2
Dee Gordon – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 K’s (.301 BA)
Kyle Russell – 1 for 4, 3B, 2 RBI, R, K, OF Assist (.270 BA)
Alfredo Silverio – 3 for 4, 2 2B’s, RBI, 2 R (.282 BA)
Jerry Sands – 2 for 2, RBI, R, 2 BB (.245 BA)
Ogden won 9-8
BCG – 0 for 5, RBI, R, K, SB (.321 BA)
Clay Calfee – 3 for 5, 2B, RBI, R, K (.373 BA)
Kyle Orr – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI, K (.214 BA)
Blake Smith – 1 for 5, RBI (.204 BA)
Javier Solano – 2 IP, 3 Hits, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s (4.31 ERA)
Steven Ames – 0.2 IP, Hit, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s (1.91 ERA)
Players of the day – The 66ers’ offense
After losing Trayvon Robinson last month, the 66ers were dealt a blow when Scott Van Slyke was promoted to Triple A. But the bats responded with aplomb, accounting for 11 extra basehits (and 18 total) leading to 11 runs. I don’t recall ever seeing 2 separate players collecting 3 doubles in a game before, so that’s a notable achievement. And Jaime Ortiz nearly doubled his home run total for the season in one night. The season’s almost over for the Empire and they’re fighting their way out of the cellar, so let’s hope they can at least finish on a high note.