He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision—he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath—”The horror! The horror!”
— Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Like the Conrad novel, later adapted by Francis Ford Coppola for the movie “Apocalypse Now”, the duality of human nature is explored through the Kurtz character who tried to tame the natives along the Congo River in the former and those along the Mekong River in Viet Nam and Cambodia in the latter. The above quote was uttered just before he died when he realized the mass destruction that he wreaked without reaching his goal.
One might see some parallels between Kurtz and Ned Colletti. In the Coppola movie, Martin Sheen plays Captain Benjamin L. Willard, a US Army officer charged with navigating up the Mekong River to “terminate” the command of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando. In the case of the Dodgers, an Enchanted Beaver, assisted by some of the OTD minions, is making his way from the streams winding down the western slopes of the Sierra mountains, up the Los Angeles River to the northern edge of Chavez Ravine to terminate the command of General Manager Ned Colletti.
When he looks to the field from his luxury seat at the team he has assembled, Ned has to be whispering to himself, “The Horror! The Horror!”
- Gordon SS
- Ellis C
- Abreu LF
- Rivera RF
- Kennedy 2B
- Loney 1B
- Cruz 3B
- Gwynn CF
- Capuano P
(I apologize to Crash for stepping on his post. It wasn’t here when I started this one.)