I really like the idea of putting Clayton Kershaw on the DL to “protect himself from himself.” Limit his innings and let him be fresh at the end. Good idea!
I know a lot of you think it is so barbaric to fight in baseball, and someone even said:
“Charging the mound is stupid. Retaliating is stupid. These are adults and professionals making millions of dollars. They should act like it and not be hateful. The way you gain respect is by being the best not by being the nastiest. People remember Greg Maddux. They don’t know who the hell is John Rocker.”
I don’t see the comparison between Rocker and Maddux, but I guarantee you are clueless about the real world. Yes, it’s worth a suspension or two to send the message that “the Dodgers take no prisoners when you hit one of theirs.” I look at winning the war, not just the battle.
Hitting batters is a form of “bullying” and if you hit a bully in the mouth, they will leave you alone. That’s not the Mamby Pamby viewpoint, but that’s the real world. You earn respect, that’s true – but you earn it in a number of ways and one of the ways is by not just accepting getting hit.
YOU HAVE TO RETALIATE, whether by charging the mound or drilling the pitcher who hit yours. Watch and learn!
I learned that as a Freshman in High School. The basketball coach told some Seniors to essentially bully the Freshmen at practice. One kept elbowing me hard and pulling my shorts and I told him to quit twice. The second time it happened, I said: “if you do it again, you will regret it.” He did it again and I picked up the basketball and threw a 97 MPH fastball at the back of his head. He went down like a rag doll and he never messed with me again. The coach kicked me out of practice, but took me aside later and told me he liked my fire. I have rarely been in a fight as an adult, but when I was, it was because I won’t tolerate that kind of behavior. By the way, the other kid was bigger than me.
Suffice to say that right about now, the Dodgers don’t have that reputation. Charging the mound is not always warranted, but retaliation always is, when your player is hit.
Now, we get to find out what this team is all about. Kemp will be back soon and I think he is motivated to show he’s still one of the best in baseball. I think A-Gon, Hanley and Matt will have great years, but the keys are Puig and Gordon. If they can play to their potential – watch out!
I also think the Dodgers will be very happy with Chone Figgins and Juan Uribe as complementary players.
Finally, it is very clear that some Dodger players were/are upset with Puig, although they may not want to go on the record with it. Believe me, it’s there and has been addressed, but those of you who want to make those of us who KNOW some players are upset, look stupid – JUST QUIT! You are wrong, so peddle your papers elsewhere. Hopefully, it ends up alright. Puig is taking the criticism appropriately. We have a similar player in Lance Stephenson on the Indiana Pacers, who other teams hate, but we love. Let’s hope we can keep loving Puig, but don’t be blind!
FYI: We had a cyber bully here, but I blocked him, unless he knows how to get around it. He may, but he’s still a cyberbully! I’ll bet he feels really big!