Monday, December 12, 2011

The fate of my favorite team

I started to follow baseball in 1982. (Wow! Thirty years next year!) The Dodgers won the World Series the year before. I have heard so much about Fernando Valenzuela and Steve Garvey I became a Dodger fan. Don't know how it happened considering I live in Giants and A's country. I then went on to live and die with the Dodgers. I was heartbroken in '83, devastated in '85 (Tom f&@%ing Niedenfuer gave up homers to Jack Clark and Ozzie Smith) and finally died and gone to heaven in '88. Ever since then they have always let me down. I remember reading Thanksgiving morning 1988,when local hero Steve Sax signed with the Yankees. Turkey day ruined. (I would experience heartache the following Monday morning at school when a cute girl named Shirley was holding hands with this guy, just as I was about to ask her out. November of '88 was cruel to me!)
Anyways back to the Dodgers. I remember predicting in the school newspaper that the Dodgers would repeat in '89. The Giants and A's fans at school reminded me all through the playoffs about that bad pick! I swore with Eddie Murray at first base and a healthy Kirk Gibson the Dodgers would be a nightmare to the National League. Turned out the Giants were a nightmare to the Dodgers.
Then came the '90s. Not very many memorable moments to speak of. Well a memorable bad trade when a young Pedro Martinez got traded to the Expos for Delino Deshields.
Then came along slugging catcher Mike Piazza. He was very productive in his years in LA. He was then GIVEN away to the Marlins who then traded him to the Mets a few days later. What led to that trade was when the O'Mally family sold the team to Rupert Murdoch and Fox Broadcast Network. Big shakeup that Labor Day weekend in 1998 as Bill Russell and GM Fred Claire were fired.
Then eventually Murdoch sold the team to the McCourts. We all know what happened with that.
Which brings us to present day. I was thinking this morning how people are quick to throw GM Ned Colleti under the bus. If you think about it hes playing with the cards dealt to him. He doesnt have much to work with. His chips are low. He can't bluff. He can't fold either. He plays poker like me. Kinda just go with the flow and hope to ride the game out a bit.
He hasn't been able to dazzle anyone with his recent signings. He's like a broke, hungry college student. Put this and that together and hopefully make something decent out of what ya got. It may taste good, it may not. Last year was decent. I wonder what this year will taste like? But fear not Dodger fans. A new owner is coming along. Colleti will soon have money to buy better groceries and whip up a feast fit for a king!

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