If you have not been involved in watching major league baseball before, you may think that things are dire for the Dodgers… and you may be right! Or, you could be wrong. You see, in baseball anything can happen. You may think it is unlikely, but Rafael Furcal, Casey Blake and Juan Uribe could come back with a vengeance. You may not believe that Andre Ethier could re-discover his April 2010 stroke. You may believe that James Loney will not right his ship and Kuo, Padilla and Broxton could not all come back with “lights out.” You may dis-believe that Jerry Sands is showing signs that he might be a stud and Rubby looks as good as advertised. It’s logical to point out that Ian Snell is a head case, but so was Padilla.
See, in baseball you never know. Some of you are breaking your arms patting yourself on the back right now and saying “Yep, that’s about where I thought the Dodgers would be!“ About this time last year, the Giants fans were saying the same thing – and don’t tell me they weren’t because I have a ton of Giants fans as “in-laws” (“out-laws” may be closer to the truth). You don’t “know.” I don’t “know,” either.
In a week, Frank McCourt could be flush with cash… or the Dodgers could be in receivership. In a month, the Dodgers could be sellers, or they could be buyers, and I think there will be some real “buys” out there. YOU DON’T KNOW! I DON’T KNOW!
What I do know is that there is a lot of talent here. The Dodgers have been severely injured. That may continue, or it may change. The team has been anemic in plating runs. Here’s what I do KNOW: In baseball, things change. The guy who goes 1 for 50 can go 11 for 22 over the next few days. That’s the beauty of baseball. That’s the frustration of baseball. Bloggers try and extrapolate statistics and predict what will happen next.
Bloggers hated Jamey Carroll and loved Jon Broxton. Neither emotion was warranted… and it was Emotion – an emotional reaction to a statistical feeling!
A big part of me wants the McCourt Era to be over, but there’s this nagging voice that tell me “it ain’t over.”
If the Dodgers are sellers, look for Broxton, Kuroda, Garland, Lilly, Kuo, Ethier, Barajas, Blake, Furcal, Navarro, Loney, Uribe and Guerrier to be available.
If they are buyers, names like David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and others will surface.
If you don’t expect the unexpected, you don’t know baseball!
P.S. Russ Mitchell = Casey Blake – Look it up!