Like clockwork, every day, every way, they got in the digs. It was predictable, futile and boring. Some people just love to be miserable, I guess. In fact, it does no good (that I can discern) to complain because 50% of the people don’t care and the other 50% revel in your demise. Complaining is like drinking poison and thinking someone else will die. Being bitter eats you up and bores the hell out of others. If I don’t like our current President, it does me no good to complain. Just get out in the next election and vote. A couple of weeks ago, voters just did that. You can do that too, and you can make a difference. Until the election, complaining is counter-productive, unhealthy and downright boring.
Which brings me to the point of this post: I don’t write much about the McCourt Divorce because it’s downright boring! Tony Parker cheated on Eva Longoria with Barry’s wife. I could care less. I discuss the McCourt case in as much as it is germane or newsworthy, but the incessant sniping and predictable McCourt references fall in that same category. You can vote with your feet and not go to Dodgers games. I get that. But for the foreseeable future, Frank McCourt is the owner of the Dodgers and even an adverse ruling by Judge Gordon isn’t going to change that very quickly.
You’ll make yourself sick complaining about this (to say nothing of sickening others). I repeatedly hear that McCourt won’t spend money and maybe he’s not the Yankees, but the Dodgers are trying to improve. Yeah, Ned has made some dope-fiend moves and you can feel free to nail him for that, but I do need to remind you that Lambo, McDonald and Santana have not “made it” as yet. The Grand Jury has indicted Ned, but the case is still at trial and a verdict is yet to be rendered.
I remember a plethora of Dodger fans being absolutely outraged by the trades of Joel Guzman, Chuck Tiffany and a boatload of other prospects. In the past five years, very few of these prospect trades have came back to bite the Dodgers. But have at it! Blast the GM. Blast McCourt – just don’t be so predictable and boring!
Ken Gurnick writes about Rick Rhoden wanting to return to the Dodgers. Here’s a quote from Rhoden:
“I haven’t been around the game for a long time, but the game hasn’t changed,” said Rhoden, who had 10 seasons of double-digit victories in a 15-season Major League career. “The athletes are bigger. They’re better athletes. But maybe they don’t know how to play the game as good as we did because they get rushed. They just have to learn how to pitch, to throw over the plate and hit the spots with movement.
“I know the Dodgers want to get back to being the Dodgers. When I signed, you were a Dodger, period. You weren’t just playing baseball. It was the Dodgers way to play baseball, Branch Rickey. You watch TV and see all these guys who were Dodgers — Dusty Baker and Ron Washington managing and a lot of guys coaching. There’s something to be said for that.”
Kevin Baxter of The LA Times wrote this:
In 2009, Dodgers relievers led the National League with 37 wins and led the majors with a 3.14 earned-run average. But even though the team started last spring with nearly the same relief corps, the bullpen’s ERA jumped to 4.07.
That, and the hitting malaise after the All-Star Break were what led to the Dodgers demise in 2010. I don’t know how anyone could say they predicted that and say it with a straight face. The Dodgers of 2010 grossly under-performed. Look at the stats.
Here’s a very interesting stat from Steve Dilbeck of The LA Times, which may make James Loney interesting to some teams:
Here’s what’s so encouraging about the thought of getting Loney out of Dodger Stadium and experiencing a breakout season: He hit 41 doubles last year and has been a much better hitter in his career on the road (.307 with a .854 OPS) than at home (.268 with a .711 OPS). He should interest the Rays, Jays, Nationals and Diamondbacks.