Utterly Embarrasing

It has been painful to  read some of the stories about Frank McCourt vs MLB.  Headlines like “Dodgers ask bankruptcy judge to reconsider limits on arguments” make me cringe.  Other headlines and sentences from recent articles include: “MLB calls Dodgers’ document demands ‘totally irrelevant'”, “The Dodgers also alleged that discovery “has been one-sided in favor of MLB” because Gross denied the Dodgers‘ previous requests…”, “Dodgers‘ argument fails to move bankruptcy judge”, “The Dodgers failed again on Wednesday to persuade U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross that they needed documents about other Major League Baseball teams”…

These stories make the Dodgers sound like a whiny, pathetic organization.  This is the organization of “The Boys of Summer”, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.  It is not “the Dodgers” making all of these desperate legal ploys, it is Frank McCourt!  I for one, cannot wait until this weasel is long gone from Los Angeles and the Dodgers can begin the long journey of rebuilding the legacy that we have come to know and love.

Attention headline writers and reporters: Stop writing Dodgers and write that McCourt is the one responsible for the legal maneuvering.

Brewers advance to NLCS

The Milwaukee Brewers just defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in extra innings.  In the other game five action, the Cardinals are leading the Phillies going into the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Colletti talks about the off-season

Ned Colletti talked to ESPN’s Jim Bowden about the 2011 performances of some players and his thoughts for next year at http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/7071525/los-angeles-dodgers-gm-ned-colletti-assesses-team-personnel-season-come

Jon Weisman remembers 2011

The Dodger Thoughts blogger has been busy in the last week taking a look at various Dodger players including Justin Sellers, John Ely, Eugeni0-for-ever, Nathan Eovaldi, Casey Blake, Juan Castro, Aaron Miles and Javy Guerra.  See http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/dodger-thoughts/archive/_/month/october-2011

Dodgers signal they won’t bring back Rod Barajas

Wallach on Red Sox’ list of manager candidates

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95 Responses to Utterly Embarrasing

  1. 32and53fan says:

    I hope that Tim Wallach will return next year. Mattingly is not a lock long term, especially if the team gets new ownership. I wanted him to take over after Torre but Mattingly was anointed years ago upon Torre’s arrival.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    Thanks for the new thread, 32&53fan. I also hope we keep Wallach. I want to keep Matty, Kersh, Dre & James too. But, as in past years, I know my hopes will be shattered by an inept GM and a corrupt owner!

  3. Nellyjune says:

    That was a fabulous play by Raffy.

  4. 32and53fan says:

    Congratulations to the Cards…. what an amazing feat to get to this point.

  5. trublu4ever says:

    Ho-hum, the Cards are in. GO BREWERS!

    • JhallWally says:

      Clap….Clap

      I’m with you Tru. Hell of a run by the Cards. They were 8.5 games out of the wild card in September. Gotta give’em credit. I didn’t think they had much of a chance of getting by the Phillies and that pitching staff.

      Go Brewers and Go Tigers!!!

  6. Nellyjune says:

    Being a tad biased about what a pitcher goes through these days, what a great game pitched by two of the greatest pitchers in the game. This was one of thr greatest pitcher’s duals no doubt!

  7. Nellyjune says:

    However, now that it’s over….GO BREWERS!!!

  8. Nellyjune says:

    Raffy must be happy.

  9. Nellyjune says:

    It is very refreshing having the “pay-as-much-as-you-can-to-win” teams out of the picture.

  10. I feel I must say that I am ecstatic that both the Wanks and the Weenies are both out. I also must admit that my previous hopes for a Rays v. D’Backs WS was, in best, an attempt to give different teams a chance at glory. With today’s results, I must say that I am confident that the Tigers and Cards will make the next round interesting.

    So far, the playoffs have been entertaining, and so long as the Brewers don’t win, the happier ill be. Congrats to the Cards.

    Also, when is this whole judgement on Frank going to come down. I can’t wait till that day. On a side note, I think I saw a Frank McCourt Halloween costume.

  11. JhallWally says:

    Thanks for the new thread 32/53. Again, nice job.

    So the Red Sux are gonna interview Wallach. For his sake, I hope he gets the job. I hate to lose him before we get a new owner.

    Also the article about Barajas is interesting. I think Ned is once again posturing and blowing more shit. He’s trying to keep the price down on Barajas. Not a bad move. I just hope he’s got the balls to carry the bluff thru and go with Ellis/FedX if Barajas doesn’t cave in and sign for $2M or less. I’d bring Barajas back for $1.5M or so.

    • Nellyjune says:

      I think Ned is just blowing smoke up the fan’s asses to sell season tickets. If I were in the position to buy season tickets, I would 1) make sure Frank is no longer the owner, and 2) make sure these “so-called” key players are actually signed. However 1 is a must first and foremost.

  12. vl4eccjr says:

    Hallady pitched a helluva game, but Carpenter was downright surgical going the distance backed with sparkling defense. Raffy surely did his part, and I’m happy for him.
    Phuck the Phillies! Once again, a HUGE payroll doesn’t mean squat! I’m so pleased that the Yanks & Phills aren’t moving on in the playoffs. Now things may get interesting. . .
    I’m still going with Tigers – Brewers.

  13. Tim Wallach leaving for the Red Sux would be a wonderful move for a great coach. He understands players and the way to run a team. Imagine what he could have done with this team had he not had the distractions of old vets around, and the youth movement in full effect. An owner with half a brain and a GM with some sense would have given any manager the tools necessary to hire his own staff, integrate his philosophy, and implement his own minor-league ideals.

    With enough time, Dee could have been ROTY, we could of had a better understanding of what we needed this off-season, and we wouldn’t of had to do the whole THAMES/GIBBONS/GWYNN/SANDS/RIVERA musical chair parade.

    If Ned had any sense, he’d call Russell Martin’s agent, and ask about him. That Federowicz kid scares me, in all the wrong ways. Ellis and Martin make a good combo. He needs way more seasoning.

  14. Speaking of the off-season, as if there was nothing else to do, would a trade of Billz and Ethier for David Wright be a win win for a team looking for stability at 3B, and some bop in the lineup?

  15. nedisajerk says:

    Oh no RIP Al Davis.

  16. JhallWally says:

    Good morning OTD. Some darn good games yesterday. The first round of playoffs certainly did not disappoint. Like Nelly mentioned last night, it is cool that the big spenders are gone. I’m sure the TV people are not thrilled that the Wankees (Thanks to VL for inspiring the new Yankoff nickname) and Phillies got knocked off. It’s funny that the majority of pre-season predictors had the Phillies and the Red Sux in the WS. Many had the Phillies already being fitted for WS rings with that starting rotation. I’ve got to admit, I was leaning on that wagon myself.

    I’m rooting for a Tigers-Brewers WS matchup myself.

    Just checked out the Collettitis interview with ESPN. Of course with Nedcompoop, I take everything with a grain of salt. Actually, I should say; with a pile of shit. He is in reality a PR trained spin guy and as we all have seen, not really GM material. Reading thru the article/interview, he is saying the right things. The problem is however, that when the talking stops and the dealing begins, the Dodgers are seriously out gunned by the other teams GMs and player agents. He has shown an almost incredible propensity for making the wrong decision. Even when the right decision is sitting right in his lap staring up at him and screaming. When it comes down to a battle of wits, with Ned, the Dodgers are going in unarmed. The other interesting thing I got from the article/interview was that there seems to be a serious difference in the definition/perception of what constitutes a “GOOD” season between myself and Ned. As well as some media and baseball insiders. Anyway, here is the article for those who have not read it yet. It sounds like they may take a different approach and go with the young inexpensive guys and get away from the broken down dumpster shit that they have employed in the past to fill out the roster. I’m not buying it however. For some reason, wafting out from between the lines like a silent but deadly gaseous human emination, I see alot of cheap talk to try and bamboozle the season ticket buyers and the same old dung heap acquisitions to fill out the lineup and hold the kids back. The only thing I am holding out hope for besides a new owner and thus, a new GM, is that they will get a long term deal done with Kemp. If they can just get that done, you would have to call it a successful off season.

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/7071525/los-angeles-dodgers-gm-ned-colletti-assesses-team-personnel-season-come

  17. Hi OTD
    I knew there was something about those headlines, that irritated me, I agree 100% that it’s not the Dodgers, per say, it’s McCourt..
    I don’t know why they’ve suddenly are reporting this case this way.
    But I would like to add that I think Gross is a very fair judge and Selig must come through with a very good explanation of his treatment of McCourt. If he fails to, we all fail.
    On another subject, I don’t care who wins it all in the postseason as long as it isn’t the Cards.
    To explain this as shortly as I can, it’s because of the Cards outstanding all time postseason record. I wouldn’t want them to improve it.

  18. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Brewers! Time to rebound tomorrow Tigers!

    • JhallWally says:

      Clap….Clap. 🙂

      • trublu4ever says:

        The Tigers have their work cut out for them….Ordonez & Young both out 😦

        • JhallWally says:

          I saw that. Really sucks. Seems like injuries are taking over baseball. Darn shame. Growing up and until 10-15 years ago, I don’t recall hearing about so many injuries. Maybe its just me but all these modern athletes with all the advanced training products and techniques, are pretty damn soft compared to the old days.

          Anyway, it was fun watching Saito in the 7th.

          Sammy said: Fu-Q!!!!

  19. trublu4ever says:

    Oh, and, yes, Saito did great! The other night too. It’s amazing to me that most of the pitchers who leave us, do a pretty good job with future teams. My conclusion……Honeycutt sucks!

  20. trublu4ever says:

    So, that goes to prove that neither of them belong in baseball….the sooner they are gone the better!

  21. Hi OTD
    I’m happy that the Brewers drew first blood last night, needless to say, although I picked the Cards to win it all, I favor the Brew crew.

  22. vl4eccjr says:

    Not looking good for the Tigers now with Maggs broken ankle. Sounds like Young is back from his injury. Someone else from the club has to step up and make a big impact, or the Rangers will be going back to the WS.

  23. nellyjune says:

    I’ve got baseball fans in the classroom!!! Yeah!!!I am letting them watch 15 minutes of the Texas/Detroit game, and we have cheering for both teams. It’s going to be a fun class this year!! ….and the fact the gnats are not in the playoffs makes it a much more fun series to watch!!
    I hope you all are having a wonderful day!!
    Go Tigers!!
    Go Brewers!!

  24. trublu4ever says:

    Okay, Tigers, you have a one run lead. Please, don’t put Penny in the game!

  25. lbirken says:

    Embarrassing indeed but unfortunately it is the Dodgers on all the court records and not Frank McCourt. Yes, we all know it is him so really, what difference does it make? The divorce and all the money being spent on that should be embarrassing enough.

    Does anyone really believe the Dodgers would have done better with Wallach as manager this season? We still don’t know how much say, if any, the manager has with regard to player moves. Yes, I understand any manager who starts someone like Velez is opening himself up for questions but with the way this team was put together on the hope that the veteran players still under contract or signed over the winter would play at a high enough level and stay injury free, any manager would have had his hands full. We all knew that, Donnie certainly knew it and even Ned knew it. We will never hear them say they knew just as we will never hear Ned say anything really meaningful in a national interview.

  26. lbirken says:

    By the way, I saw Moneyball yesterday and I highly recommend it. When I heard they were making a movie out of the book I found it hard to see how such a book could be brought to the big screen. Brad Pitt and everyone else involved did a good job doing exactly that. We talk a lot on this forum about how teams are put together and this movie shows some of that. It is entertaining and even though I had heard there wer some slow spots, I found it kept my attention all the way to the end.

  27. trublu4ever says:

    Good game. It looks like the Rangers are going to make it through.

  28. trublu4ever says:

    The Brewers were “Utterly Embarrasing” last night!

  29. The only thought that keeps recurring during the playoff games I’ve watched is, “So THAT’S what a full stadium looks like. There are no fans dressed like empty seats!” Amazing!!!

  30. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Tigers….awesome pitching Doug!

  31. Nellyjune says:

    Wooo Hooo!!! WAY TO GO TIGERS!!!

  32. JhallWally says:

    Go Tigers!!!

  33. JhallWally says:

    Well Crap!!! Not looking so good right now for my teams.

    C’mon Tigers and Brewers!!!

  34. trublu4ever says:

    Too bad Tigers. Not looking good now.

  35. JhallWally says:

    Have you noticed how important the bullpens become in the playoffs? You’re just not gonna win a championship unless you’ve got a lights out bullpen now days. Guys like McDoo, Grrrear, and Hawkshit are not the guys you want to be counting on in meaningful situations.

    • trublu4ever says:

      You’re right….I do like Javy & Kenley…now, if we can get a 7th inning man, we’d be in good shape 😉 However, we do need our starters to go at least 6 innings, which could be a challenge.

      • JhallWally says:

        Yep. Kenley and Javy are fine. Elbert and Lindblom were acceptable. When the starters don’t go at least 6, it really does have a very bad ripple effect. Seems like Billz’s outings just keep getting shorter and shorter. I think he needs a new training regimen as well as a sports shrink. Oh wait, isn’t that what a pitching coach is supposed to do?

      • JhallWally says:

        We’re stuck with freaking Grrrear so all we can do is hope he improves next year. McDooDoo is a free agent and I hope he is not back. Hawkshit is young, has a good arm, and is under team control so I expect him to be back.

        • trublu4ever says:

          Maybe we will get lucky and somebody will want Grrrear & pick up his contract….yea, sure!

          • JhallWally says:

            LOL!! What have you been drinking tonight?

          • trublu4ever says:

            Kool-aid…lol. I’m just thinking maybe most teams haven’t seen him pitch and, think he would be a good asset for their team 😉

          • JhallWally says:

            It’s a wonderful thought. The only shot is if he is having a great first half next year and we unload him in July to a contender. However, I can only think of one GM stupid enough to eat that salary. And unfortunately, it is Nedcompoop!!!

  36. trublu4ever says:

    Crap, Cards just won.

  37. JhallWally says:

    Well Rats!!! Brewers lost.

  38. Nellyjune says:

    Not exactly the baseball results I was hoping for, but it is pretty exciting stuff nonetheless.

  39. With today’s news making it official that Epstein is moving onto the Cubs, there is now almost no hope that someone, anyone, takes Ned away from us. The RedSucx won’t ever, and he won’t go freely.

  40. St. Louis is exactly why I hate the wild card BS. All too often the WC is the way hot team coming into the playoffs and overrun teams that earned their way in by being good all season. They need to go to 4 divisions and let the 4 teams play that earned that right all year. If you have to, throw a couple more expansion teams in to bring each league to 16 teams. Can’t dilute the quality of play much more than it already is now.

    • vl4eccjr says:

      I see some similarities with the NHL playoff structure. A team that scratches & claws their way through the season, just making the cut at the end suddenly has a goalie getting red hot at the right time where nothing gets by him.
      Same with Pujols right now. It’s like he knows what’s coming. He’s going to make some $erious coin next year. I wonder who’s going to get him?

    • JhallWally says:

      Hi’Ya Beav. I understand where your coming from. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Two 16 team leagues with four 4 team divisions would be ideal. Just not likely to happen anytime soon. What cities would you propose for expansion? Vegas, Salt Lake City, Nashville, and Charlotte are some interesting possibilites.

      Anyway, it looks like Houston is going to be moved to the AL when they finalize the sale in the next few weeks. That will open the door for Selig’s plan for 2 wild card teams. So, at least they will have to play each other before they actually play a division winner.

      Good to see you as always. Don’t be a stranger.

  41. vl4eccjr says:

    Oh well! It appears my prediction of a Brewers-Tigers WS is looking pretty bleak. I have to agree with wally. I don’t see the Tigers winning three straight. They will need a lights out performance by Verlander today, and try to gain momentum going back to Texas. This is a real stretch with Napoli & Cruz doing what they do.
    The Cards are proving to be much better than expected, or should I say Pujols? With Wolf on the mound for the brew crew tonight, it’s not looking very good.

  42. JhallWally says:

    C’mon Verlander!! Go Tigers!! At least send it back to Texas.

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