March 14, 1987
I am sick and tired of hearing the same old meteorological report from the Dodger front office: "Sunny today, no Raines in sight." Tim Raines is clearly the center fielder that millions of L.A. fans have been praying for (the same millions who pay admission to Dodger games). I am sure the Big Dodger in the Sky would give the long-reformed superstar his blessing to help put the Dodgers in the World Series. If Dodger management truly has no intention of pursuing Tim Raines after the dam breaks on signing free agents, then watch out. Disgruntled fans will change the music from "Blue Skies" to "Stormy Weather" in a hurry.
September 4, 1993
May I suggest that the Dodgers be magnanimous and that the "player to be named later" in the Eric Davis trade be reversed and Darryl Strawberry be the chosen special person? And if the Dodgers want to show their love of the game of baseball, send Fred Claire as an "extra special" bonus. I suspect this will do more for the fans than has been done in all the recent trading of these past few years. ROBERT ARONOFF, South Pasadena Now that Eric Davis has been traded, if Darryl Strawberry is also let go, perhaps Dodger management would be able to reduce ticket prices by at least $1. ROLANDO TOSTADO, Glendale ARTURO VARGAS, Los Angeles If he really buckles down, Jos(e-6)
July 25, 1987
Until now, it appeared to me that the demise of the Dodgers could be adequately explained by the cupidity of Peter O'Malley and the stupidity of Al Campanis. Trader Al threw away talent like a drunken sailor throws away his gold, and Peter the Pennypincher never stops looking for bargains that do nothing for the team. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that Loudmouth Lasorda, the man of many bleeps, deserves his share of the blame. There are simply too many players who improve markedly once they get away from the Dodgers.
April 26, 1986
When was the last time a Giant-Dodger game from San Francisco was not televised back to us? Did Dodger management have a premonition of Tuesday's game (a 10-3 loss)? I'm sure they didn't want the fans to see how the team stumbled and fumbled and bumbled to their 11th loss. Folks, that's not the horses at Hollywood Park you smell. JOHN SOJKA Glendale Editor's note: Although all Dodger games in San Francisco were once televised, that hasn't been the case since the team's TV schedule was increased to 50 games in 1981.
June 26, 2004
Every time I read anything about the Dodgers trading Eric Gagne I shudder. Does management not realize that trading away this gifted pitcher would be at least as unpopular as trading away Piazza or, for that matter, Pedro Martinez? Wake up, Dodger management, unless you want to make the remaining Dodger fans out there irate. Marty Brown Long Beach While watching a game against the hated San Francisco Giants, which of the following scenarios is scarier for Dodger fans?
February 24, 2001
Ohhhh. So that's why fans boo Gary Sheffield in Milwaukee, San Diego and Florida. STEVEN SMULLEN Redondo Beach How great an irony that on the same day the paper carried the news that America had lost an icon, Dale Earnhardt, an adjacent story reported the Dodgers may lose a punk, Gary Sheffield. Dale Earnhardt was a good son, brother, husband, father, neighbor, spokesman, businessman, philanthropist, and, arguably, the best race car driver who ever lived. He will be greatly missed.