Dodgers starting pitcher Joe Blanton reacts after giving up a run against… (Justin K. Aller / Getty Images )
Which is least likely to happen in baseball?
A) A player hitting .400.
B) A player hitting 70 homers.
C) A pitcher throwing back-to-back no-hitters.
D) A player hitting in 56 straight games.
E) A Joe Blanton bobblehead night.
I disagree with people who say it's time for the Dodgers to dump James Loney and find a good first baseman. Three or four years ago it was time for the Dodgers to dump James Loney and find a good first baseman.
Please stop the torture that is Juan Uribe. It's like watching a USC team coached by Tollner, Smith or Hackett. How can you pinch-hit him? All the pitchers are better hitters. Who stays in the majors while hitting below the Mendoza line for two straight seasons?
Are you watching this, Ned? I know Donnie is, but it doesn't seem to matter — he keeps running him out there. This defies any and all logic. He doesn't belong on anyone's 25-man roster or 40-man roster. Stop this painful display, it's just not pretty to watch.
I love Vin Scully as much as anyone, but if he mentioned anything about the Melky Cabrera situation, guess I missed it. I would like to have heard Vin tell us how losing their best hitter might affect the Giants down the stretch. That certainly would have been as newsworthy as informing us how many hits Hunter Pence has on Tuesday nights.
Baseball has devolved into a terrible chemistry whodunit. Last year's MVP skated on some technicality and two players have been caught this last week. I and everyone else have to question every record and accomplishment ever cherished since the steroid era began. It seems to have diminished some of the joy of watching gifted athletes competing. The cheaters have sucked the pleasure out of watching a ballgame. I thought somehow that we were better.
Bartolo Colon busted! Who knew In-N-Out burger had synthetic testosterone on their secret menu?
Thanks to Bill Plaschke for highlighting Dodger Stadium's traffic mess. On the allegedly "sold-out" Fernando bobblehead night Tuesday — actual attendance must have been in the mid-40s max — it took nearly an hour to get from Figueroa and Sunset to the parking entrance up Elysian Park. While shrinking Dodger Stadium might have some impact on traffic, as Plaschke suggests, it seems that the approach to the ravine via Elysian Park would be made easier if the Dodgers blocked off cross traffic on Stadium Way as they used to do. With the Elysian Park/Stadium Way traffic light changing every minute, traffic was worse than the rush-hour 405.
Marina del Rey
Plaschke nailed it. My buddy and I left the Gardena area at 5 p.m. and just made it in time for the first pitch at 7:10. Really puts a damper on the MLB experience. I love baseball and the Dodgers, but after two-plus hours in the car and buying a couple rounds of beer for $25.75 a round, sitting in my living room watching on TV seems to be the way to go.
Matthew D. Kerster
Lance, a lot
Lance Armstrong has taken many a high road in his, uh, illustrious road racing career, but none has been as precarious as the one he has embarked on now, giving up his legal fight over doping allegations while at the same time painting himself victim of a witch hunt. Many believe his resignation to the charges is a move calculated to keep witness statements and other evidence out of the public eye. Armstrong has never failed a drug test, but I'm afraid he has failed the smell test.
I was very upset to hear of USADA's decision regarding Lance Armstrong. I think it's rash, and it comes across as an act of vengeance, not justice.
Armstrong passed hundreds of drug tests during his years as the world's greatest cyclist. Yes, athletes do everything they can to optimize their performance. They develop strategies within the bounds of law and the regulations of oversight organizations. And they push those boundaries constantly. Those organizations create tests for methods of enhancement that they deem unfair or unacceptable at that time. Testosterone? HGH? Coffee? Some herb from the Amazon? Whatever it may be.
Armstrong passed the tests for the allowable substances at the time of his competitions. It is unethical to change the terms of what is acceptable and what is unacceptable years after the fact.
Long after the name of Travis Tygart — a.k.a. Inspector Javert — has been forgotten, that of Lance Armstrong will be remembered, not because of his athletic success but for his unstinting efforts on behalf of cancer survivors.
Guilty until proven innocent? Lack of due process? Conviction on hearsay evidence? Who does the USADA think it is? The NCAA?
San Luis Obispo