Dodgers owner Frank McCourt strolls in front of the dugout before a game. (Danny Moloshok / Associated…)
When the talk around the Dodgers is not that they are in last place, but whether Andre Ethier makes the All-Star team, it's time to start rooting for the first-place Angels.
Congratulations to Frank McCourt for filling the stadium by giving away $5 tickets and Ethier bobbleheads.
Here is an even better idea for you, Frank. How about charging $100 a ticket and giving away Frank McCourt voodoo dolls and bags of pins? I think you could easily fill up the stadium every night for the rest of the season and make a ton of money to use for payroll, lawyers, psychics and haircuts.
Took me weeks to figure out why Prime Ticket was showing the same episode of "Two and a Half Men" every night instead of baseball. Turns out it was just the Dodgers' lineup.
When I first saw the headline on Bill Shaikin's article on Friday, "Dodgers rejected on MLB documents," I first thought, "Oh no, some bad news for us Dodgers fans." Fortunately, by the end of the second paragraph I realized that it was good news for us Dodgers fans.
The "Dodgers" are now the bad guys. Hey, McCourt, look what you have done to our team.
Frank McCourt has accomplished one thing as owner of the Dodgers: He turned the "Big Blue Wrecking Crew" into "The Big 'Red' Machine."
In last week's letters, reader William Michael writes, "I know it's not a popular view, but I just don't understand why the Dodgers' awful play this year is somehow a reflection of their jerky owner."
I would like to answer that, William, if I may. It's a fair statement.
The answer is that the Dodgers' poor play is a direct result of McCourt's penny-pinching. The players are giving exactly what they can give. You can't expect to get $1,000 when you try to sell a cubic zirconia. Rod Barajas, Juan Uribe, Marcus Thames, Jay Gibbons — they are what they are. If you've been watching the games, you know that if Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp don't do it, it doesn't get done. Oh, there are exceptions of course. But even a blind hog will find an acorn every once in a while.
Ned Colletti assembled this team, and they are performing exactly to expectations. The budget McCourt gave him necessitates the dumpster-diving Ned does, but even when able to spend real money, Ned doesn't seem to know how to spend it. After the last winter, he spent $80 million and was quoted as saying, "I'm not excited by anything" or something to that effect.
If the Dodgers were able to have a payroll equal to the attendance figures (previous to this year anyway), the on-the-field performance would be dramatically better. But they can't, and they don't. And that is a direct reflection of their jerky owner.
I have an idea for the Dodgers. The general manager has no problem sending a slumping player down to the minors. Because the entire Dodgers team is in a slump, I suggest he send them all down and bring up a new lineup of minor league players.
They certainly cannot be any worse.
Donald J. Brown
Ned Colletti states he's just not ready to start the fire sale of some players, because the last-place Dodgers still might have a chance. Ned, this isn't "Field Of Dreams," so no miracles here. Let the sale begin!
Dodgers fans will soon have to face facts. The kids have grown up and it will soon be time, like loving parents, to let them go. Kemp, Either, and eventually Kershaw, will all fly off on the wings of free agency to teams that can more fully appreciate (i.e., pay for) their considerable talents.
And think about it, would you really wish the mess the McCourts have made of the Dodgers on anyone you truly cared about? Let them go and wish them well.
Now that Matt Kemp has been voted to start in the All-Star game, where are all those naysayers out there who were ready to ship this guy out on a rail last year? He was ripped pretty well by not only the "fans" but also by the local writers as he was labeled moody, disgruntled and a waste of talent.
Today Matt can do no wrong, but he should be careful. If he stumbles again, even just a bit, I guarantee those same folks who slammed him last year will be at it again.
Rodney K. Boswell
I went to the Dodgers game Tuesday and, excluding Matt Kemp, the players that batted during the game had the following home run numbers:
Gwynn (0), Furcal (1), Miles (0), Loney (4), Uribe (4), Carroll (0), Oeltjen (1), Ellis (0), Thames (2), Velez (0) for a grand total of 12 homers. I don't think pitching is their main problem. How in world have they won 37 games thus far?
Casey Blake goes on the disabled list with a persistent sore neck. How did that develop?
Watching home runs going over the fence given up by Ted Lilly.