In the celebration last night, I sensed that the boys still know this is only one step to get where they want to be. They have traveled this path before only to have their dreams shattered by a team they might have to play again. I sensed that, while happy, they will really celebrate when they get past the NLCS. If I would picking a MVP of the NLDS, I would split it between two guys I have ragged on quite frequently, because they deserve it – Big Jon Broxton and Big Game Andre Ethier! What a change and a difference they have made. I also think both players have much more to show us. They will both get even better!
Ethier and Furcal both hit .500 in the NLDS, but this was also a team win, with the pitching leading the way, and let’s not forget Russ Martin who only hit .111, but had a .385 OB% and played flawlessly at C, saving several wild pitches. While I would single out Andre and Jon, this was truly a team victory if there ever was one. The Big Dodger in the Sky may be finished punishing Manny and it looks like he’s heating up!
Vicente Padilla went from the outhouse to the penthouse when he can to the Dodgers and he looks like the biggest bargain ever. Let’s see, the Phils gave up 4 or 5 prospects and have millions in salary obligations to Lee and the Dodgers got Padilla for… FREE! What a game he pitched! Good for him!
Now we have to wait and see who we play the next round, but the odds are pretty good that Clayton Kershaw will start that series. There are reasons (not the least of which is his age) to delay that, but this kid is a man. Soon, he will be THE MAN! Garland was not used in this series and if we play Philly, I would put Elbert in his place due to the LH pitching matchups. If Chad Bilingsley could get the mindset, he could be very powerful out of the pen. There is a lot to be decided.
TJ SLIMERS of The LA Times, praised JOe Torre in a piece today and also wrote this:
IT BECAME apparent recently the Dentist was missing, the Dodgers’ image maker hired to replace the Tipper Gore Lady, who had been hired to replace Derrick Hall in an effort to make the McCourts look good. And you think your job is tough.
Dr. Charles Steinberg was not at the two playoff games in L.A., and for those holding hands over ears, it was pretty apparent someone else was calling the shots in regard to the music being played in Dodger Stadium.
Insiders say Steinberg lost ground when the McCourts fell for Dennis Mannion, hired as COO.
An anonymous e-mailer said that Steinberg irritated one of Mannion’s hires, CFO Michael Young, when he invited the USC marching band to Dodger Stadium to perform and then billed the team for lunches given to the band members.
The Dodgers refused to make Young available even though some folks might be left with the suggestion the Dodgers are cheap.
The Dodgers would only say, “Dr. Charles Steinberg is not available. However, the Dodgers have granted Charles permission to entertain offers from other Major League Baseball clubs and he is currently doing so.”
Looks like they’re going to need a new image maker.