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BILL PLASCHKE

Dodgers Have a Lot More to Lose

September 17, 1997|BILL PLASCHKE

Giants lose, it has been a wonderful season.

Dodgers lose, it has been a devastating one.

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Giants lose, Dusty Baker is still manager of the year.

Dodgers lose, Bill Russell might be manager for only one more year.

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Giants lose, J.T. Snow is still that tough first baseman from Newport Beach.

Dodgers lose, Eric Karros is playing first base next year in Cincinnati.

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Giants lose, they are revitalized and ready for the construction of a new ballpark.

Dodgers lose, next year they are playing in Pac Bell Field.

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Giants lose, Bill Mueller is still their third baseman of the future.

Dodgers lose, what on earth do you do with Todd Zeile?

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Giants lose, Jon Miller will still be glowing after his first year of brilliant broadcasting.

Dodgers lose, you wonder how much longer Vin Scully is going to want to put up with this.

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Giants lose, Barry Bonds is still The Man.

Dodgers lose, Darren Lewis is gone, and Todd Hollandsworth is gone, and maybe they are looking for Barry Bonds to be the man for them.

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Giants lose, General Manager Brian Sabean will still be hailed as one of the game's top young minds.

Dodgers lose, Fred Claire will be nothing but an old sportswriter.

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Giants lose, Shawn Estes is still one of the top left-handers in baseball.

Dodgers lose, Ismael Valdes needs courage, Ramon Martinez needs surgery, Tom Candiotti needs a new pitch and Hideo Nomo needs a new team.

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Giants lose, all those kids for all those White Sox will still be the trade of the year.

Dodger lose, Pedro Astacio for Eric Young will be insanity.

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Giants lose, fans in San Francisco will still rip the Dodgers for being underachievers.

Dodgers lose, fans in Los Angeles will rip the Dodgers for the same thing, only it will be worse, because they will do it louder, longer and sober.

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Giants lose, Rod Beck is still a cult hero.

Dodgers lose, Todd Worrell is Tom Niedenfuer.

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Giants lose, Stan Javier and Jose Vizcaino will still say, "I told you so."

Dodgers lose, Brett Butler cannot say much of anything except, "See ya."

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Giants lose, pitching coach Ron Perranoski is still thrilled with his new job.

Dodgers lose, first base coach Mike Scioscia may blow the chance at his potential new job, as manager of the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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Giants lose, they still win praise as baseball's most improved team.

Dodgers lose, Mike Piazza loses MVP.

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Giants lose, their owners probably still give some of their executives a bonus.

Dodgers lose, Rupert Murdoch gives some of their executives the boot. Excuse me, he will order Peter O'Malley to give some of their executives the boot.

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Beginning with their first showdown tonight at 3Com Park, and for the remaining 11 games of the baseball season, the Dodgers and Giants will be talking about championship-race pressure, the throat-tightening fear of finishing second, the difficulty of performing when your personal future dips with every pitch.

Only one will be telling the truth.

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