Kenny Shulsen Lasorda’s Lair recently had an interesting interview with Ned Colletti and Don Mattingley that lots of fans are” ga-ga” over, and while I admit I read these things too, I have to tell you that I don’t put much stock in it. On the record, you are going to get the corporate line, but you don’t really know anything more. You don’t really know if Carl, Crawford, Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley and Kenley Jansen are going to be healthy. You don’t have any inside information, even though you think you do.
I have done interviews with people only to have them tell me the opposite off the record. I stopped doing interviews a couple of years ago because of that. You get a “can of corn” from these guys – players, coaches, managers and front-office types, but you don;t really know anything when you are done, for lots of reasons: ticket sales, tipping off the competition, potential deals, et al.
I have other ways to get info which is feel is right from the horses mouth, but sometimes the fans think it’s from another part of the horse. However, I trust it a lot more than an interview with these guys. They aren’t going to give you any inside info and if they did and you wrote it, they would never talk to you again. I’m a fan… not a groupie.
Super Bowl Prediction: Ravens 24/49′ers 19. Headed to Napa this morning and back to SF to watch the Super Bowl later.