Enough is enough with the Joe Torre praise. I for one am glad he is leaving and I would offer to take him to the airport to make certain he did leave. Before you start calling this guy a Hall of Famer, here are the facts: Take away his Yankee years (where he had unlimited funds and unlimited talent), he is a sub-.500 manager. He has never taken a team not called the Yankees to the World Series. Joe Girardi won a title with the same team Torre couldn't during his last seven years as a manager. He is the only manager in the history of baseball to have a 3-0 lead in a playoff series and lose. If it weren't for Manny Ramirez in 2008, the Dodgers would not have made the playoffs. In 2009, they took advantage of a division that was pretty bad. This season was a total disaster. Isn't it a manager's job to motivate and make correct decisions? The fact is, he should've been fired. Joe Torre stole money this year and he is the most overrated manager in baseball today.
So, Joe Torre returned to Yankee Stadium where he belongs. He and Don Mattingly both received the warmest ovations from the crowd in taking an evening to bask in the association for which they will both be remembered — the pinstripes of the New York Yankees. The Dodgers are not the Florida vacation home for Yankee legends. Please return the Dodgers to the Dodgers. Will the Yankees be hiring Steve Garvey as manager any time soon? I don't think so. I know you are from the East Coast, Mr. McCourt, but we do have some pride out here — stop hiring Yankees to lead the Dodgers.
I have been a die-hard Dodgers fan ever since they arrived in L.A. and I learned to pronounce Koufax. I was hoping the McCourt's divorce would force a sale of the Dodgers, and enable them to become relevant again, but to my disappointment, I heard Frank McCourt say he plans to own the Dodgers for a long time to come. Since it is against my principles to be an Angels fan, and I hate to say it, but I guess I'll have to become a fan of the G ... G ... Gi ... , I just can't, so I'll be a Padres fan.
At the Torre/Mattingly news conference, Frank McCourt grimly set forth that he intends to own the team for "a long, long time." No other comment. No acknowledgment that the public now knows he bought the team on credit with the intent to loot it for personal gain; to advance his own delusional agendas by highly leveraging a storied and glamorous professional sports team.
McCourt's tin ear is worthy of the Guinness Book.
Are we Dodgers fans that stupid that we can't see their business plan between the lines? Be only good enough to somehow contend, but not really. Don't spend money on the farm system. Pretend the core of this unit (no true impact hitter, no ace) can compete with the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies and Braves. Pretend they weren't lucky the last six years, playing in the worst division in baseball. Pretend they "care" so much about "the fans" by putting a middling product on the field while jacking up ticket prices and concessions.
Larry Silverstein's whining reminds me of a first-grader who got caught cheating. He should be laughed right out of the courtroom ... immediately after being disbarred! Contracts exist, and are signed, as legal contracts. Any mistakes, miscommunications, or intentions after the fact are irrelevant. It seems like a no-brainer, even to a layman like me.
To anyone who has been following the McCourt divorce trial it should now be very clear why the legal profession is called a "practice."
It will be a grievous miscarriage of justice if Frank McCourt prevails in the disgraceful proceedings now underway a mile or two south of Dodger Stadium.
On the other hand, it will be equally odious if Jamie wins.
The best we can hope for in the court outcome is some sort of lose-lose situation. But we can hope for much better in the Dodgers ownership quandary.
Allen E. Kahn
Marina del Rey
I have been a Dodgers fan since 1955. Frank and Jamie McCourt, please sell the team. Sell to someone who does not have to resort to Mickey Mouse financing to buy the team. Sell to someone like Walter O'Malley or Arte Moreno.
How about Scully for manager?
I guess for all us die-hard Dodgers fans, the only other worse announcement other than Don Mattingly appointed as the new manager would be Vin Scully coming out and saying, sorry, folks, I changed my mind.
Somebody should tell USC Coach Lane Kiffin that the odds against making a two-point conversion are about 3 to 1, probably worse with some of his unbalanced or widely split-line formations. That's why almost all coaches, at least above the Pop Warner level, don't try it unless the score makes it reasonable.