Not Much of A Generational Gap After All

September 22, 2011

I was perusing across the web last night, trying to get that awful game outta my mind, and came across some interesting pieces. Most of them were of the same things we write and speak of on here. However, it wasn’t until I scrolled down to someone’s comment that I got to thinking, this is interesting. What I’m referring to is the fact that someone brought up the fact that another crop of youngsters are about ready to step in for the veterans, again, and yet, this team has stayed in some sort of a limbo, where they’ve yet to know what they have in certain players (Loney), and know what they get in others (Kemp). Then there’s the enigma that is Broxton, and Martin, two Dodgers who became integral parts of this team when they first came up way back in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

With the likes of De La Rosa, Guerra, Jansen, Federowicz, Sands, Gordon, Lindblom, Elbert, Eovaldi, Sellers, De Jesus Jr., Van Slyke, etc., being ready to claim their place in Dodger lore, what can we say about our first core group of the new Millennium.? Most have matured and hit their peak, some have yet to find it, some have found a need to re-invent themselves, and yet, all are under 31. The only lack of minor league talent seems to be 3B, as again, we have used the old adage of signing players instead of developing them in order to fix our problems.

My rambling is such as to not only draw concern for this group but also to say, in a way, what would of been. Had Broxton not imploded, had he had a coach force him to lose the weight, had Martin eased up on his workload, had he not stepped the way he did when running home. What would of been in those playoffs, had Broxton not given up that bomb to Matt Stairs or the hit by Rollins. Would we have made it to the World Series?

What I can’t argue is the fact that had we won both Game 4’s, we’d of been tied up at 2 a piece, and from there, who’s to say we wouldn’t of won the next two. So many ifs, but with the 1st core, we accomplished so much, if even overachieving, with grit and determination. What can we do with this bunch. Dee looks to be a demon on the basepaths, Guerra and Jansen look deadly in the pen, Sands in hitting, Elbert is finally pitching well, and others should come along.

In essence, I write this not only to ask for some thoughts on what would of been, but also of what will be of this group, and can they jell together in time to see Loney, Billz and Ethier produce like they were intended to, not too long ago.


Work With Me Here Dodgers!

August 22, 2011

So what’s to say after a tough loss at the hands of Hawksworth.? Can we say that we can only trust our starters named Kershaw now to pitch us a good game. Can we continue onto say that we can’t win a game, even with a lead when given to our best option outta the pen in Guerra. Granted he had his first case of the yips, but all in all, it came out pretty clean when seen as to who was his opposition. Can we say that this team is gutsy to the point where the kids are now the leaders. Are we doomed to lose a starter every single month this year.?

Many questioned can be asked, but are there many answers to be given anymore. I have never seen a team rely more on backup players than this team this season. To be certain, you can relate this to what is probably going to happen in California real soon. The grocery workers are scheduled to strike against major grocery chains in an effort to get better health care options amongst other things. To add to what is already a dreaded forecast, the grocery chains are going to solicit the services of back up workers, otherwise known as scabs.

They make minimum wage, don’t get the benefits associated with the job at first, and are prone to excuse their learning curve as a fault of the people which they replace. The same can be said of those that are now playing the role of starter for this Dodger team. Sellers, Gwynn, Barajas, Navarro, Miles, Rivera, Carroll are all backup players at best on any other team. A well equipped team would have these players mixed in with others and use them accordingly, but on this team, they have started more than their counterpart.

So what can be said about this team besides the fact that we are seeing our own strike in action. Maybe they don’t get paid the same as do the supermarket workers, but in the end, the people that are supposed to work aren’t able to work, and others are brought in to replace them. Just makes you wonder the almighty question, when will the Dodgers get workers that are capable of playing as starters, and leave the backups to their intended roles.

This Day in Dodger History

August 22, 2000 – Hitting a solo blast and a three-run round tripper during a nine-run sixth inning of a 14-6 victory over the Expos, Dodger first baseman Eric Karros becomes the first player in the 111-year franchise history to hit two homers in an inning.