To those of you who say I am crying and that I hate the Dodgers, I would suggest that you pull out an English book and see where I wrote any of that. I said that I was happy the Dodgers won – how can you come to the conclusion that I hate the Dodgers from that?
I said that I wasn’t proud of the way they did it, by outspending the competition. Then some moron says “It’s not your money, what do you care?” The money in the purse of that little old lady getting her purse snatched isn’t mine either, but it doesn’t mean I like that kind of activity – maybe you do! Maybe you are the purse snatcher!
I get that the Dodgers have more money than anyone and are drawing more fans than anyone and this can spend more than anyone. It just doesn’t make if fair. If you had a son who played baseball in a league that allowed oversize bats that were ultralight and cost $50,000 and you had the money to get him one, would you be proud that he led his team in home runs after such a huge advantage? I’d be happy for him, but sad too… just like now.
Maybe you rooted for Goliath – I’m a David guy. Maybe you enjoyed bullying smaller kids – I was the guy who protected the smaller kids and hit the bullies in the mouth. I have a hard time relating to superior spending making one superior unless it’s in war – this is a game and someone had it right that I should be mad at MLB because the Dodgers are playing within the rules. Actually, it’s the players association that is responsible for no salary cap in baseball. All the other sports have it, but baseball.
I despised the Yankees because they made stupid moves and then outspent others to cover up their ineptitude. I don’t have a double-standard. When my team does the same thing it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
“1,200 posts on MSTI” just proves that most fans are lemmings and can’t think for themselves. Kind of a circle jerk!
I was proud as hell in 1988 when the Dodgers won, because they didn’t outspend everyone to do it. They out-hustled and out-hearted other teams to win. Somehow this just isn’t as sweet. If it’s as sweet to you, then you are a “win at all costs guy.” I’m not! Maybe you are the guy who loves to see Wal-Mart come into town and put all the little guys out of business. I’m not… but I understand it.
I’m glad the Dodgers won and I’ll root for them to the end, but somehow this feels a little hollow. It was me who wrote this on September 6, 2009 about a player most of you were excited to get, Manny Ramirez:
I’ve said it before – I’ll say it again: “I’d rather lose without Manny than win with him.” In my mind, if we win it all this year, I will have an asterisk by the Championship. But, that’s just me…
There was a nice run there too, but how did that work out?
Watford Dodger is evidently the only one of you who is literate. He responded:
I understand where Mark is coming from in that he would have loved to have won the division but without the huge payroll. He is pleased it’s just that the victory is tainted because of the money. However it is what it is – it is normal for the biggest franchises to have the biggest payroll & the Dodgers are definitely one of the biggest – in many different criteria. The Guggs spent their money to catch up immediately after the austerity of the McCourt era. I think we would have all liked to do it on a smaller budget but it wasn’t to be – 2009 was our last win. So here we are – Mark has mixed feelings but I’m sure that when the fun & games of October begin, there will be no bigger Dodgers flag waver than him.
If I were running the Dodgers, I might have made every move they made. I get the business side of it. It just doesn’t mean I would sleep well at night. And, Badger – I can afford a new Caddy and pay for it tomorrow, but I drive a 2000 Ford Expedition that looks like new. So, just because I can do something doesn’t mean I will.
When your friends say “So what, you won because you outspent everyone but God?“ Do you feel proud. I’m glad we won, but my chest isn’t puffed out like in 1988! Now, that was really something! Baseball has changed. Business has changed… and maybe not for the better.
I supported McCourt because I wanted the little guy to win. I supported him until I found out he was a sleazy greasebag for practically embezzling the Dodgers money. If he could have just waited and eeked by on just $5 million a year, he’d have been super rich next year, but he couldn’t wait! How stupid!
- I like Donnie, but he makes numerous mental blunders. I’m not confident in him and neither were the Dodgers, which was why he’s a lame duck. He has to win out.
- On the swimming pool. I’d have jumped in first. If the D-Bags don’t like it, come to our house and do it next year or quit crying! Much ado about nothing!