What a great day in Los Angeles for us Dodger Fans! First we get the news that Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier win Gold Gloves! Congratulations guys!
Dodger fans are celebrating everywhere!
I am off to the SABR AFL conference in Arizona early tomorrow morning! details here http://sabr.org/latest/exciting-schedule-deck-sabr-arizona-fall-league-conference I am excited about attending and also to see Dustin Pedroia there. Maybe Ethier will also be there….
Love what John Thorn has to say about SABR here http://sabr.org/content/john-thorn-why-im-sabr-member That is the way I felt when I attended my first SABR convention this year. John just says so well. I was thrilled to meet him this year. Take a look at this baseball card from John Thorn. I got the set of Major League Writers from Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary:
While I was at Union Station in Downtown LA yesterday waiting for some friends, I was reading the Los Angeles Downtown News. I look forward to the yearly feature of “Readers Choice The Best of Downtown.” But a picture and another article caught my eye.
As he drags the Los Angeles Dodgers through bankruptcy, Frank McCourt has done something rare: He has managed to unite Los Angeles. Just about everyone hates him and wants him to lose the team. Photo by Gary Leonard.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – He’s Hannibal Lecter, eating the hearts of fans and seeming to enjoy every bite.He’s Bernie Madoff, squirreling away a fortune, and we didn’t realize it until it was far too late.He’s Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-nemesis, apparently intent on destroying something — the Dodgers — that means so much to so many. We cringe, cry and seethe as he caroms into bankruptcy court, and he doesn’t care about what the rest of us hold dearly. We’re aghast that the greed of one mad man overwhelms the hopes and wishes of millions.He’s Frank McCourt.He’s the best villain in Los Angeles.No one else comes close. Not Charlie Sheen, who’s more of a nut job than a bad guy. Not Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who’s mainly a disappointment. Not Arnold Schwarzenegger, and come to think of it, is anyone actually surprised by Arnold?No, Frank McCourt is in a league of his own. His feats, if you can stand back and gape at them, are actually amazing. In the less than two years since he and Jamie split and opened Pandora’s Dodger-blue box, he managed to destroy the half century of fan dedication that the team built up. He’s managed to make the bad guy of the summer of 2010, the talents-taking LeBron James, look like Mother Teresa.
Great article Jon! And yes, the Tribe has united and spoken!
To read the rest of the article go to http://www.ladowntownnews.com/articles/2011/07/21/news/doc4e20cbaf5d54e298748127.txt
I am stunned! I’ve been in meetings at work all day long when I started getting updates in my cellphone about MLB taking over the Dodgers. I know I should not be stunned when Frank McCourt had to take a 30 million loan to pay the payroll last week.
I’ve been super busy that I have not updated my blog since Jackie Robinson Day. I am sad because of the status of the Dodgers, once a proud organization, having to get reduced to this.
Well, heading to the stadium in hopefully 20 minutes.
Lots to talk about at the stadium. The crowds have been small. Lots of cops there and I expect lots of media today.
Tonight matchup: Garland versus Derrek Lowe.
The good: Chad Billingsley pitched seven great innings. He struck out 13 D’backs and went out winning the game 4-1.
The Bad: The Sherril and Broxton. Again, they let it get away. Sherrill gave up a two run homer. That was Tony Abreau’s first homerun. In came Broxton who gave away another two-run homerun.
I have said this many times, they should have shutdown Broxton some time ago. I dropped him from my baseball fantasy a long time ago. This loss was tipical of other losses this year.
This morning I was reading Jonathan Shapiro’s review in the LA Times about Michael Connelly book “The Reversal.” It starts with:
Los Angeles has much to lament, Our Dodgers, victims of a broken marriage, are the neglected boys of summer. the Trojans are on probation, the Bruins are bad and the NFL has abandoned us entirely…
Thank God for Michael Connelly. Without him, Los Angeles would just be Houston without humidity, Phoenix with the sea..
It concludes with:
We’ve still got Vin Scully, at least for another year, Huell Howser, the Lakers. And we’ve got Connelly. To quote another L.A. luminary, Randy Newman: I love L.A.
Talking about books, I found three more books that a local library discarded. I got lots to read this off-season.
Fist of all, congratulations to the Phillies and their fans! You are the better team. Good luck!
Now let the hot stove begin. Ned and company should start working on the 2010 team now. He got a lot of work to do.
I want pitchers that can go more than 4 innings. I want pitchers that can pound the strike zone.
I want a better option at 3rd base. Casey Blake did not deliver in the postseason. Can we undo this trade and get back Carlos Santana? and who else did we give there? Meloan I believe.
Which Rafael is the real deal, the one that played against the Cardinals or the Phillies.
Manny. Is Manny done? At times, he looked awful swinging.
Russell has not been the same since making the All-Star game a couple of years back. His production has been regressing.
Billingsley won 9 games to start the season. Was it his leg injury that stopped him in the second half?
Broxton will be fine. Even with his blown save, I’ll take him. He will get better but you do need a short memory.
Kemp and Ethier are progressing nicely but can Kemp learn to be more patient at the plate?
Who’s on second? I think we saw the last of Hudson so I am glad that he homered. So who plays second Hu?, DeWitt. BTW, how is Ivan DeJesus progressing? he had a bad break (leg) back in Spring Training.
Loney needs to step it up. We need more power from a first baseman.
We need an ACE starter who can go deep into a game.
Bullpen was great up until facing the Phillies but they were overworked.
Who do we bring back? Wolf, Garland or Padilla?
What is going to happen now that the McCourts are splitting? oh oh, what a way to start the hot stove with Frank McCourt firing the CEO, Jaime McCourt.