Whether you are Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, Wicca, Taoist and any other religion, you already know about the Big Dodger in the Sky. How do you know that he is real? Tommy Lasorda told us so. That’s all you need to know.
What else you need to know is that he is not happy and when he is not happy Dodger players drop like flies, their hitters can’t hit and the team looks lost (sound familiar?). I will explain why.
The Big Dodger is the Sky is comprised of the collective consciousness of many former Dodgers. I will name but a few:
- Walter O’Malley
- Branch Rickey
- Al Campanis
- Jackie Robinson
- Duke Snider
- Walter Alson
- John Roseboro
- Don Drysdale
- Junior Gilliam
What is notable about this group is that they were not always THE BEST, the biggest or the highest paid, but they were Dodgers and played baseball The Dodger Way. They all had Dodger Blue in their veins. When Jackie Robinson got traded to the Giants, he quit! There was no compromise – he was born a Dodger. He believed in Blue. He was not going to play against his Dodgers brothers.
Therein lies the problem with the 2013 Dodgers as they are currently comprised. The team is comprised of a Band of Mercenaries and overpaid prima donnas. The LA Dodgers are not a team. They are not a Band of Brothers. They are comprised of a bunch of selfish, unworthy former stars – many of whom were not wanted by most other teams because of their atrocious contracts. How many teams would take Gonzalez, Crawford, Ethier, Greinke and Beckett if they had to assume their contracts? Not as many as you might think. Gonzalez the only hitter they might take and he has been on a 4-year decline.
Zach Greinke picked the Dodgers only because they offered him the most money. Mercenary! Ted Lilly, Hanley Ramirez, even Matt Kemp are all about themselves. There is no sense of team here, especially when you are led by an ex-Yankee who was part of some biggest payrolls that never won anything either.
Guggs and Company are learning the hard way that you can’t buy a championship. You can’t buy Dodger Baseball. Dodgers are born, not bought! The sooner the Dodgers return to their roots, the sooner they will take a step toward winning. This is not the right way to run a Dodger baseball team.
Have you considered that the Dodgers might become sellers in July and that nearly everyone not named Clayton could be part of that fire sale as Stan Kasten admits “I have learned a hard lesson?”