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Memories, may be beautiful and yet
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget …
Ah, yes, but sometimes they do come flooding back. Which would explain the barrage of emails, tweets and texts I’ve been receiving all day asking – no, pleading – for me to write the Dodgers off.
Some of you are truly amazing, remembering all the way back to 2006 when the Dodgers also lost eight consecutive games and I said they were done. In July.
This was while I was at the Los Angeles Daily News, and The Times’ T.J. Simers was so aghast at my boldness that he got out his pompoms and wrote an entire column ripping me for it. Must be where he learned to be so negative.
It was, of course, simply a ploy by me to inspire the troops, kick them in the derriere and right the ship. You got it, but Simers …
The ruse worked beautifully, the Dodgers winning their next 11 consecutive games after the column ran and 17 of their next 18. Modest guy that I am, I took full credit. The Dodgers went on to finish tied for first in the National League West.
So now you want more. You want me to rip into the Dodgers for sleepwalking through games. Moan about the bench, question the missing power of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, rip the bullpen, call for Don Mattingly’s head, demand a new medical staff, wave goodbye to Ned Colletti and wonder when the team will be sold to owners who actually care about the product on the field.
It worked so well once before.
Sorry, the Boys in Blue are on their own this time. I’m out of the inspiration business. It was a special, one-time deal, not a life's calling. Besides, May is a tad early even for me.
So stop with all the begging, it’s not becoming. I will not fall victim to your puppy-eyed pleas. Either you believe in this high-priced team or you don’t. Any questions, please see T.J. Simers.