Sometimes, you just need to get lucky and that is exactly what the Dodgers did last night.
On-the-job-training is tough. We went through it with Matt Kemp. We we’re tantalized in the beginning by Andre Ethier and watched his softness and moodiness and then watched him mature. We have seen it with Clayton and many others. We are now seeing it with Dee Gordon. I have changed my position and now think Dee should stay at SS with the Dodgers and not sent down. The man has character and spine. That goes a long way with me.
I learned a lot about young Mr. Gordon last night. After committing two errors and probably wanting to crawl into a hole, he came back with 2 hits and 3 Stolen Bases. Tony Jackson of ESPN/LA reported that Dee said this:
“Honestly, the whole year has been tough,” Gordon said in describing the way he felt after the second throwing error. “It’s just like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to be better. Go get it back.’” ”Dee bounced back awesome,” Kershaw said. “He knows everybody has his back on this team. Just the way he came back out and got a couple of hits, stole some bases and got us going offensively. That’s what you do. You make some mistakes and just put your head down and keep playing, and that’s what he did.
“I can relate to that now. It doesn’t feel good … for me, personally, walking guys, giving up hits or runs. We all know how hard this game is. We can’t lose sight of that, and Dee showed a lot of character tonight coming back.”
Across the clubhouse Gordon was standing in front of his locker and watching the way Kershaw handled himself.
“I really want to have his back,” Gordon said of Kershaw. “He handles stuff well. He’s a great guy. That’s why he deserves everything he gets.”
Terry Collins toiled so long for the Dodgers, it’s sad to see him somewhere else … and doing a great job I might add.
We will rue the day Carlos Lee rejected going the to the Dodgers. He’s so fat that with Uribe at 3B and Lee at 1B the dodgers would only need one more infielder. That way we could play with four outfielders. Lee is soooooo massive! Good riddance to bad rubbish. The Dodgers were right to withdraw their trade offer.
How different would the Dodgers look with Adrian Beltre at 3B? Silly DePodesta. Everyone predicted he would be the next great GM. Dumb! Hard to believe owners aren’t lining up to sign him. He is what he is – Assistant GM, Stat-Geek.
This time last year, Clayton Kershaw had a 3.23 ERA. Now he has a 2.65 ERA and people are complaining?
Wisely, Andre Ethier rejected Matt Kemp’s invite to participate in the HR Derby. Obliques are a lot different than hammys… Smart! I believe they will put him on the DL retroactive to last week and let him return after the break with Kemp.
As bad as the Dodgers have been the past two week, they may be just as good as they have been bad after the break. Getting Ellis, Kemp and Ethier back doesn’t just mean the Dodgers with have more firepower – it will also make the “role players”around them better. The rest of the team will benefit by their mere presence and get better pitches to hit. Physically, the team will benefit, but the mental boost it will give the team to see them back will be tangible. Don’t forget that Javy Guerra will be back then too. Blake Hawksworth however, has been shut down with a sore wing. Mark Ellis was 1-3 last night – his comeback has been nothing short of amazing!
The Phillies want 4 or 5 prospects for Cole Hamels and he is allegedly on the market. I would say that Lee, Webster, Gould, Tolleson and Sanchez would be a lot!
Here’s a thought for LF – Minnesota’s Josh Willingham!