Mattingly: “Basically, we’re shitty…”

Say what you will about Don Mattingly, but he is the only Dodger manager in recent memory who is not afraid to tell it like it is. No matter how bad the team played, guys like Jim Tracy and Joe Torre always put a spin on the way the Dodgers were performing.

Coming off a horrible home stand, where they were 4-6 against mediocre teams and pitching, Don admitted that his team was not very good. He is tired of answering for his players and told the media to talk to the players. Matt Kemp, who is getting paid 20 million dollars this year, would not man up and face the reporters, leaving it up to guys like Turner and Butera to face the scrum. Even when he does talk to reporters, Kemp almost always spouts some mindless cliché like “It is what it is.”

To his credit, Hanley Ramirez agreed to talk. “I don’t know what to say. I still go out, hustle, do the best I can. Of course you’ve got to be mad,” Ramirez said. “We’re not doing nothing right now, so we’ve got to start playing better. Everybody should be angry the way we’re playing right now.”

Those guys are being paid to put up numbers, not grumble about being removed for defensive purposes late in the game, or being shifted to left field. Kemp, whose monster ego won’t allow him the humility to admit that, at least until he is healthy again, he is no longer a premier player. He has gone 4 for his last 32 at bats and is again striking out by pathetically flailing away at pitches well off the plate and in the dirt.

Dee Gordon has fallen back to Earth after his meteoric start and has reverted to hitting fly balls and making some poor decisions on the bases.

At the moment, only Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner are playing well. André Ethier is playing well in center field but his offense has been spotty.

Going into Denver, the Dodgers will face the Rockies, who, while not high up in the standings, are the best hitting team in the league. Even though the Dodgers starting pitchers have been good, giving up 2 or 3 runs might be more than the anemic Dodgers hitters can overcome.

The Dodgers are in a shit storm and will need a Rocky Mountain sized amount of toilet paper to clean it all up. And if some of these multi multi millionaire Prima Donna players don’t start playing for the name on front of their jerseys instead of the name on the back, even that won’t be enough.


55 Responses to Mattingly: “Basically, we’re shitty…”

  1. grizzy says:

    This pretty much says it.

  2. enchantedbeaver says:

    Shit howdy.

    Donnie doesn’t know shit from shinola.

    Where was Donnie when the shit hit the fan?

    Guess they’d better get their shit together.

    At least we don’t have to endure Andrew Jones’ shit eatin grin anymore.

    Shit on a shingle – its what’s for dinner.

    Eat shit and die Donnie.

    OK, I’m out.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      No one in this organization knows Jack Shit.

      Donnie & Ned have shit for brains.

      No one on this team really knows their shit.

      OK, now I’m really out.

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        Looks like things are in the shitter.

        We need to shit can Donnie’s ideas and go with someone else’s.

        We’ve been taking big bites of a shit sandwich.

        This team’s the shits.

        Too bad shit rolls downhill and not up and hit Donnie & Ned.

        Wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which one fills up quicker.

  3. kahliforni says:

    Upper Management can’t like this. If Donnie loses the team, guess who’s going bye-bye…

  4. crash24now says:

    Thank you, 32and53fan, for an excellent write-up.

    After last night’s fiasco we are in third place for the two wild card spots…and sinking fast.

  5. trublu4ever says:

    Very well said everyone.

  6. The offense, which has always been this teams weakest link is struggle again. It will start hitting, I’m sure, just like it did last year. When? I don’t know, but the sooner the better.

  7. 32and53fan says:

    The Dodgers selected right-hander Grant Holmes out of Conway (S.C.) High School with the 22nd overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Holmes has a fastball in the mid-90s, a power curve and developing changeup. He had 82 strikeouts and 16 walks in 40 innings with a 0.52 ERA.

    In round two, with the 62nd pick overall, the Dodgers selected Alex Verdugo from Sahuaro High School in Tuscon, Arizona as an outfielder, though most analysts see him as a pitcher. He’s a left-handed starter with three average or better pitches, a good command profile and athleticism to pitch in the middle of a rotation.

    There’s been nothing wrong with his offensive performance this season either, with an OPS over 1.500, but the upside on the mound is special. He was also named MVP of the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game with a double and a scoreless inning on the mound.

  8. 32and53fan says:

    The Rockies have lost 6 games in a row and have gone 2-8 in their last 10 games. Their pitchers have an ERA of 6 in the last two weeks. If the Dodgers can’t sweep, or at least win two out of three, then they will certainly match Don’s assessment reflected by the title of this post.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      If you can’t take 2-3 from a foundering team like the Rox with Ryu, Kersh and Greinke, I think Its time to pack it in for the season.

      • trublu4ever says:

        That’s for sure. And, if we don’t, Donnie will be sent packing too. They won’t fire the team, so, our one and only, gets the boot.

        • oldbrooklynfan says:

          It would look like the Dodgers have the advantage in this 3 game series with the Reds that have lost 6 in a row but don’t forget the Dodgers haven’t been much better either lately, sooo it’s not going to be a walk in the park.
          This seems to be what’s driving everybody up a wall. Expecting the Dodgers to win all the time and then getting mad if they don’t.

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            Its not that they’re loosing Brooklyn. We all expect to lose some games. Its HOW they’re losing. They don’t even look like they care. They play listless and can’t even play the sound fundamental baseball that they’re taught in little league. A game here and there like that is one thing, you’re going to have some games where you’re just flat, but an entire season is another.

          • trublu4ever says:

            Maybe the team is doing it on purpose…in order to get rid of Donnie.

  9. JhallWally says:

    Well, say what you will, this team lives and dies by what AGon and Hanley do….. Neither have got the job done over the last 2-3 weeks or so… And, the team is doing bad….. Coincidence, I think not… Please don’t extend Hanley, and please trade Crawford and Kemp…..

    Dildon has lost this team and he needs to go…. No Dildon, you are a shitty manager…..

    • JhallWally says:

      And Ned for being and incompetent ass kissing ass!!!!

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Not helping that Donnie bats these guys 3, 4 or 5 every single game while they’re slumping either. Throw Kemp in and you generally have a 1-12 or 2-12 night in the heart of the line-up.

      Donnie’s always been in over his head as a manager. That’s why you hone your skills in the minors for a few years. If they’d done that with Mattingly, my guess is he never would’ve been hired in the first place. If he’d performed in the minors like he has the majors I doubt anyone would’ve looked at him and said, “This is definitely big league manager material.” Then these buffoons let him whine his way into an extension. How’s that working out for you Stan?

  10. Dodger4life says:

    No game last night… No problem.

    I didn’t even miss it…it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that too.

    I can’t say I’m all that excited about tonight’s upcoming game either.

  11. koufax1963 says:

    I have a hard time separating what the media says is happening in the club house compared to what is actually happening. On the field gives me the story and it is not well. What I would like to see is kemp embracing the move to left, act like a leader and do the best possible, as example. Perhaps something Hanram could of done with marlins when he went to third. My other suggestion would a blow out punch out on the dugout as in the bonds/kent match of 2002 for the gnats . My biggest concern is gonzo not hitting, he has really tapered off. There is too much talent, but no one can make that produce except that talent. There is no reason the dodgers should do any better anywhere if they can’t get more than 2runs a game. Our pitching may be good, but can’t hold teams to that few runs, offensive support a must.

  12. oldbrooklynfan says:

    One thing I’ve learned in my years as a fan, is that just because you play a sub .500 team, that’s been beat up by other teams doesn’t mean they are there for the taking.
    Just because the Giants, who’ve been the class of the league so far, did the job on the Reds doesn’t necessarily mean that the Reds will be easy for the Dodgers.
    I hope we win, but it’s not a given.

  13. trublu4ever says:

    I still think when CC comes back, the shit will really hit the fan.

  14. crash24now says:

    Dodgers’ third round draft pick is a college pitcher from UNLV, RHP John Richy, 6’4″, 210 lbs.

  15. enchantedbeaver says:

    I see they quietly optioned Arruebarrena to AAA yesterday. Someone coming up or is Crawford coming off the DL? Or does he hurt Hanley’s feelings by being on the team?

    • crash24now says:

      Crawford is not eligible to come off the DL until June 12th. Maybe Ned is throwing shit on the pile by bringing up Joc?

      • 32and53fan says:

        Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Colletti obviously will announce the corresponding move within the next few hours before the game. Who will it be?

        • crash24now says:

          Might be Miguel Rojas, who is currently hitting well at Albuquerque. He never hit well before, and at age 25, he has never had a cup of coffee. This would make sense if the Dodgers want Arruebarrena to spend time in AAA to improve his hitting skills.

          • 32and53fan says:

            Looks like you nailed it, Crash. Withrow moved to 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster.

  16. crash24now says:

    The format of this blog is currently in the shitter.

    Anybody else experiencing this or is it just me?

  17. trublu4ever says:

    The old ones look fine here too.

  18. crash24now says:

    Lineup submitted by our intrepid manager

    Gordon 2B
    Ramirez SS
    Puig RF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kemp LF
    Ethier CF
    Turner 3B
    Butera C
    Ryu P

    My interpretation: Hanley needs to be fed a consistent diet of fastballs to get his hitting back to a healthy state.

  19. 32and53fan says:

    I don’t know WTF is wrong with the formatting. I replaced the first video with a new one that is either more shitty or less shitty, depending on how you look at it. More shit quotes from Mr. Lahey, and video is the right aspect ratio.
    BTW, have any of you ever seen or heard of the show “Trailer Park Boys” before?

    I don’t think the change made any difference. On my phone, in desktop mode, I see the background showing through except on comments with replies. Maybe a video as the first item does something weird.

    I have to go mow my lawn and trim the ivy. I will remove the video when I finish, which seems to make it work. Or one of you can edit this post to remove the link, or create a new post if you want.
    Just leave a comment here before you start so there won’t be more than one post being created at the same time. OBF, care to give it a try?

  20. It is hard to read some of the comments.

  21. grizzy says:

    The kid going for the Rocks tonight has apparently just been brought up. Don’t know how good that is.

  22. Here we go, the battle for third place.

  23. trublu4ever says:


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