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It was indeed a treat to watch Fox Sports' Tuesday night coverage of Simon Cowell's new show, the trailer for "Captain America" and the riveting interview of Justin Timberlake by the Chase Field swimming pool hyping "Friends With Benefits." I kind of hoped for Justin to finagle a costume malfunction of Mark Grace's exposed nipple, but I realize that Fox is a serious network.
The only thing distracting and off-putting were the occasional shots of some kind of boring baseball activity going on in the background. I hope the people at Fox understand we viewers like our infotainment unadulterated by this sort of irrelevant nonsense.
Can't decide what was worse — Matt Kemp's performance in the home run derby or seeing that ubiquitous smurf, Russell Martin, giving advice, drinks and hugs so he could get his mug on TV. And yes, Kemp's "late-inning-just-falling-short" rally personified the Dodgers' season: So close, yet so far away!
During Tuesday's All-Star game coverage, Fox displayed a graphic that indicated that Heath Bell ran 100 yards from the bullpen to the pitcher's mound in 10.2 seconds. If this is true, I am confident that I will be a contender for the gold medal in the 100 meters at the 2012 Olympics.
Maury D. Benemie
The problem of All-Stars skipping the All-Star game can be easily solved. If you claim illness or injury as an excuse to skip the All-Star game then you must sit out the next three regular-season games. Problem solved.
Sixteen players either withdrawing from baseball's Midsummer's Night Classic due to injuries or personal reasons? Since when was the Pro Bowl scheduled in July?
Mark J. Featherstone
Giving the Dodgers a "C" is surely a generous grade for a fourth-place team. What would they have to do to get an "F," go bankrupt? Seriously — no long, middle or closing relief pitching, no left fielder or second baseman, platooning catchers, an aging left side of the infield. The thing that just boggles the mind is that they are still paying Juan Pierre and Andruw Jones. How can it possibly get worse? A "C"? Really!?
Here we go again.
As soon as Tony Gwynn Jr. gets it going — hitting pretty well ever since he began leading off — the Dodgers, who are going nowhere, come up with the bright idea (can I use the word "bright" and Ned Colletti in the same sentence?) to acquire injury-prone, past-his-prime, 33-year-old Juan Rivera and plan on stunting Gwynn's growth by platooning him in left field.
This move is almost as dumb as sending Dee Gordon down to Albuquerque when 33-year-old, oft-injured relic Rafael Furcal is still in a death struggle to hit .200.
Just what are Don Mattingly and Colletti thinking? Or does thought even enter into it?
I was at the Dodgers-Padres game last Saturday afternoon. The published attendance, 29,744, is a question to me.
When they did the Kiss Cam, they couldn't find a couple.
I have an easy solution to the Dodgers' attendance problem — print the correct time of the game on the tickets. Thousands missed the 1:10 start last Saturday because the tickets said it was a night game.
Kevin H. Park
Enough! Every day we see your columnists attack the Dodgers' ownership, the Dodgers' facilities and the Dodgers' players. Then every Saturday we see this criticism parroted by an ignorant and fair-weather slice of the Dodgers fan base.
Don't get me wrong. Frank McCourt has made some terrible decisions that have been bad for the Dodgers. But he also has been the head of a team that has been to two championship series in the previous three years. He brought in Joe Torre. But it seems as though your paper has been on a jihad against this team.
It's as if the Dodgers were the Democratic party and your paper were owned by Rupert Murdoch. I'm not saying that you shouldn't be critical of the team and its ownership when they deserve it, but you guys have been throwing everything and the kitchen sink at this team, and it's time that you stopped.
This little item about the Dodgers acquiring former Angel Juan Rivera for cash considerations and a "player to be named later" has me a little confused. First of all, do the Dodgers have any cash to consider. And why doesn't this player have a name yet?
Is there any truth to the rumor MTA will close Stadium Way for Dodger-geddon?
With apologies to Vin:
"It's time for Dodger bailout!"
Not worth it