Readers respond to the Dodgers spending money like a large-market team. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )
Maybe it would be easier if L.A. Yankees' ownership offered Bud Selig a sackful of cash and he can just declare them honorary champions.
Don Mattingly had a dream of managing the New York Yankees. Who would have guessed it would come true in Los Angeles?
Marina del Rey
I take exception to Bill Shaikin's depiction of the Dodgers as the West Coast version of the Yankees [Aug. 26]. The Yankees got their reputation by outbidding every other MLB team for free agents, signing them to ridiculous contracts, and essentially buying an All-Star team. The Dodgers built their team through the farm system (Kemp, Ethier, Billingsley and Kershaw) and through trades (Ramirez, Beckett, Gonzalez and Crawford). If other NL teams hate the Dodgers it's not because they're the new Yankees, it's because the Dodgers are smarter than they are.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, September 08, 2012 Home Edition Sports Part C Page 2 Sports Desk 1 inches; 24 words Type of Material: Correction
A letter last week incorrectly referred to Andre Ethier as being a homegrown Dodger. He was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.
To Magic Johnson:
All of us in New England are forever grateful for your taking Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto off our hands. Those few years of angst when you beat our beloved Celtics have been forever wiped away by this deal. If there's ever anything else we can do for you, like dealing John Lackey your way, please do not hesitate to call.
It's about time the Dodgers are being run like a large-market team. Like George Steinbrenner used to say in New York, "If people don't like what I'm doing, change the rules."
By the way, I didn't hear anyone complaining when the Phillies were spending money like it was water the last couple of years.
If the new Dodgers owners were truly as wealthy and powerful as everyone makes out, T.J. Simers would be spellbinding readers in a small Chinese village with his biting humor and bitter commentary.
Bill Dwyre is right. Peggy Lee's "Hey, Big Spender" is an apt song to describe the Dodgers' buying binge. The big question remains: Is that all there is?
Yes, UCLA had a few slip-ups while dispatching the clearly outmanned Rice Owls, but placing Dr. Killjoy's (a.k.a. T.J. Simers') typically hackneyed hatchet job anywhere but on the unfriendly confines of Page 2, is going too far. As you've no doubt already discovered, your strategy of driving down The Times' readership by becoming the print equivalent of talk radio is succeeding brilliantly.
Playa del Rey
In response to Martin Brower's letter last week, claiming the "win-win" situation if USC doesn't finish No. 1 and the Bruins finish in the top 25: Wow! Please tell me there isn't a gap in thought process. Two sets of numbers for you, Mr. Brower: 50-0 and 11 of 12. Dare to aspire.
Albert Pena Jr.
Kareem is getting a statue and he deserves one. However, why doesn't the greatest Laker of all time have one at Staples Center. I'm talking No. 22, Elgin Baylor, the reason many of us became Lakers fans in the first place. It might have been 50 years ago, but Elgin deserves his due and his statue.
The unveiling of a cold and lifeless statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in front of Staples Center is unnecessary. Abdul-Jabbar has been able to project his surly and aloof personality all by himself for many years now.
If we're going to have a Fan Code of Conduct [Aug. 27], why not a Venue Code of Conduct?
1. Ease of entry and exit
2. Parking convenience
3. Ease of ticket purchasing
4. Safety and security
5. Sufficient concessions with minimal wait
6. Sufficient and clean bathrooms
7. Employee politeness
8. Comfortable seating
9. Fan-player interaction
10. No violation of state or local laws
If the local teams were really serious about having fans adhere to the Code of Conduct, then they could drastically reduce most of those bad behaviors by simply refusing to sell alcohol at their games.
Before we let Lance Armstrong and his story fade away, I just want to make sure I've got it right. Armstrong, who has never failed a drug test, and has defeated many riders who have, is being stripped of his seven Tour de France victories because some of those riders who did fail drug tests are ready to testify that Armstrong must have been taking drugs too. That about cover it?
Bill Plaschke's hard-hitting article about Lance Armstrong [Aug. 31] reaches the rarefied atmosphere of Jim Murray. Many will say that Armstrong never failed a drug test, but neither did Marion Jones before her crying jag in which she threw herself on the mercy of the court.