That’s a quote from the great Bill Parcells, who went on to elaborate 4 possible outcomes in The Buffalo News:
1) “You can play very well and you win. That’s the fat-cat syndrome.”
2) “You can play very well and you don’t win. That’s, ‘Well, we gave it our best shot and it still wasn’t good enough.’ “
3) “You play poorly and you win. The psychology of that one is, ‘Well, we can turn it on. We didn’t even play well and we won.’ “
4) “You play poorly and get beat badly. That’s, ‘Oh, my God. We’re terrible. We don’t have a chance.’ “
Face it – the Dodgers played poorly last night and are now in 3rd place with a 19-18 record. “You are what your record says you are.”
Paul Maholm has been, well Paul Maholm, but he pitched well enough to win last night, even though he wasn’t very good, but with no hitting, the Dodgers lost. “You are what your record says you are.”
Lately, when the Dodgers have played the Giants they have been beaten by a better team. “You are what your record says you are.”
The Giants ARE a better team with a record of 23-13, they are 10 games over .500 while the Dodgers are 19-18… just 1 game over .500. “You are what your record says you are.”
Through the first 37 games of the season, the Dodgers are a “Middle-of-the-Pack” team. “You are what your record says you are.”
The Giants have a $149 million team payroll while the Dodgers have a $229 million team payroll. It seems to me that Brian Sabean has outworked and out managed his protege, Ned Colletti. “But the Dodgers _______________________ (you fill in the excuse). “You are what your record says you are.”
As fans we can hope and say that they will get better, they will start hitting, they will win, they will beat the Giants, but right here, right now…. “You are what your record says you are.”
However, here’s the reality of the situation. Your record says what you are right now, not what you will be. Three things can occur (and two of them are bad):
- You stay the same;
- You get worse; or
- You get better.
We all hope the Dodgers get better, but the odds are against it. When you have a club filled with vets, sometimes the passion isn’t there. Crawford, Ethier, Ramirez, Gonzalez, Uribe and even Kemp are all seasoned pros who have learned to keep a steady pace, but then you have the Wild Horse! The Dodgers need more Wild Horses and fewer logical, steady veterans. The Dodgers need an injection of youth into this moribund bunch! The Dodgers need Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero to replace Ethier and Turner. I don’t care if CC is heating up – he’s still part of the problem. When AJ Ellis comes off the DL, hopefully the Dodgers can find a trade partner.
This team needs and injection of youth. “You are what your record says you are.”
I have to admit that I was afraid of what could happen with Puig this year (and don’t tell me you knew better because you didn’t), but he has not fallen to the Dark Side. He is the breath of fresh air into a team of old geysers. The Dodgers need more enthusiasm, more youth. “You are what your record says you are.”
During the regular NBA season, the Pacers were the #1 team in the East. They stumbled around for a while and then David West did his best imitation of Jesus and Roy Hibbert, who was imitating Lazarus came back to life and ignited the Pacers who manhandled the Wizards last night, holding them to an all-time playoff low in points and re-claimed their home court advantage. “You are what your record says you are.”
The Pacers were the best team in the East and they are showing it again. Teams have slumps, players have slumps, it’s a long season, but at the end “You are what your record says you are.”
Who will the Dodger be?
By the way, Madison (isn’t that a girls name?), get over it! Puig flipped his bat. So what? What’s the big deal you little crybaby? It’s a good thing you didn’t confront him physically because he would have broken you in half! Memo to Giants: Don’t think about beanballs. Our next two starters will put one in your ear!
Zach and Clayton need to right this ship.
(photo courtesy of Huffington Post)