Yay, 6 games on TV! Who give a shit?!
Random thoughts, in lieu of Twitter psychosis…
TWC putting the final 6 games on KDOC doesn’t impress me. They hold the city hostage all season and I’m supposed to think they’re good guys for “letting us” watch the final week on TV? Every other commercial is for them, and they even had Vin selling his soul by saying how wonderful they are before the game. I love Vin more than anything in life, but Vin also said McCourt was a gentleman – he can be gotten to. Keep your games, TWC, I will never switch.
The Kemp love by everyone from lookalike 18-24 brunette fans and closeted gay men to Buster Olney is funny. What a great half he’s had – could be a great story, could be something else. Suspicious how he’s gone from a pace of 13 homers and 45 RBI to chasing A-Gone for the team lead in production. I want to believe everyone in the bigs is legit – I say thoroughly test every player for anything in their system that shouldn’t be and let us know the games we watch are legit. It will never happen though – too much money. The NBA is dirty, the NFL is really dirty and MLB has long been dirty. Perhaps the NHL isn’t – and lo and behold, the Kings just around the corner. And on TV too!
While on Kemp… all the smug idiots who keep referring to fans rightfully concerned with Kemp’s 2+ year snooze as “haters” need to get a life. This is the same player who had his agent daily demanding a trade mid-season. If fans didn’t have a right to criticize a guy whose own team and manager thought he was phoning it in, and who himself wanted out, who can we criticize?
While A-Gone is the heart of the team’s offense, I admire the jobs done by Dee and Uribe. Dee reinvented himself and has become the best leadoff man around and a solid defender to boot, and Uribe has gone from a reliable .255 hitter to a .310 hitter who plays Gold Glove defense. Amazing! That infield, once Hanley finally moves on (thank goodness for his hot September, now he’ll have suitors!), will be something to behold.
Bubble machines and selfies aside, teams don’t win without solid defense in the post-season. Dodgers better become more consistently good than consistently bad or mediocre if they want to go far.
Which team will show up in the post-season? The Dodgers who have hit the ball well this month and have scored runs in clumps, or the one who has been scored on in clumps with shaky starting pitching (beyond Opie Kershaw) and an abysmal bullpen?
Stan Kasten is an enigma. He’s had every opportunity to make changes this year and has resisted. It’s as if he has to pay out of pocket for plane fare when kids get called up. Paco making him look stupid for not using him more this year, as has Yimi Garcia. That pen is a mess, and if the post-season roster includes Wilson and Chris Perez, buckle up, it’s going to be a rocky ride.
Enjoy the final 6 games and hopefully a Western Division title. For those older than 22, winning the West isn’t good enough. You can tweet your love all you want, but $235M means you SHOULD expect to win the division and winning it isn’t a major accomplishment. It saddens me not only that fans don’t know much about baseball and judge teams by their asses and dance skills, but also how satisfied they are with nothing.
Oh for baseball pundits who actually spoke openly about the elephants in the middle of the proverbial room. How strange, unnatural accomplishments by sexy stars in SoCal and back East are not mentioned for fear of lost access to baseball locker rooms and pre-game buffets. As always, oh to shoot Vin up with truth serum, or be a close family member sitting around with him at the holidays, to hear what he really thinks of the modern stars, McCourt, bubble machines and the like. Alas, to dream.
Go Dodgers. You aren’t a good team, but you have familiar uniforms so I need to root for you.