Monday, October 22, 2007

oops...stepped in poo poo.

As a life long Dodger fan, and the recent recipient of an Indian's castoff by the name of Grady Little, I can only say that Eric Wedge nicely fits the mold of the Hargrove/Manuel/Little/Wedge quartet of managerial blunder pusses. He was completely exposed during this ménage a trios of games that solidified the Tribes place in epic loser lore.

The horror for any team that has the epigram "fear" as its mascot and leader. Looking into that dugout the last three games and watching Wedge disintegrate, I was reminded of what I have had to watch day after day from Little and his co-horts in LA. Particularly Rich "Skinner" Donnelly, who would either send player after player to his untimely demise, or freeze like a deer in the headlights, shooting up his paws to stop the terrible possibility of being wrong. Fear is indeed the enemy, and it is us.

I have great sympathy for the mistake by the lake. At least you were there, the candle clearly in your grasp. We in Little land had to endure the nightmarish ness of a season of this blue-print, obviously straight outta' Cleveland.

Recipe for disaster: Add Lofton and shake well. Five times now a game seven bad luck charm after leading 3 games to never.

And my dear friend Evan has still not recovered from Edgar Renteria. Someone help him, please!!!!!


Blogger Michael Pascoe said...

What a somber looking sack he is. Doesn’t he have a goatee now? Don’t even jest about getting another sour puss on our team. Let’s bring our pison Giuseppe Torre to the fold. And he can bring his teammates from the Yanks with him. What a team that will be?

9:46 AM  
Blogger Michael Pascoe said...

Sources: Developing opportunity for Girardi in L.A.

By Buster Olney
ESPN The Magazine

Joe Girardi might have an opportunity to manage in the majors in 2008 -- even if he doesn't get the Yankees' job.

Officials familiar with Girardi's job prospects said Thursday if the Yankees do not hire him to succeed Joe Torre, then Girardi could have a developing opportunity with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The agent for Girardi, Steve Mandel, was asked if Girardi had been approached about a job opportunity with the Dodgers, and Mandel would not comment.

Dodgers manager Grady Little is under contract for next season after the team picked up his option for 2008 on March 7. Little also has a club option for 2009.

"Grady Little is our manager," a Dodgers spokesperson said Thursday.

Dodgers executives could not be reached for comment about Little's status.

Girardi and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti have known each other for almost two decades. Colletti came to know the former catcher as media relations director for the Cubs; Girardi was selected by Chicago out of Northwestern as a fifth-round pick in the 1986 amateur draft.

Teams are not allowed to make major announcements during the World Series unless commissioner Bud Selig grants permission. There is a chance an announcement could come Friday, an off-day for the Series. The earliest end to the Rockies-Red Sox would be Sunday; if the Series goes seven games, Game 7 would be next Thursday.

The Yankees said their interviews will stop at Girardi, bench coach Don Mattingly and first-base coach Tony Pena. Girardi interviewed on Monday, Mattingly on Tuesday and Pena on Wednesday.

"There has been widespread speculation about who the next manager of the New York Yankees will be. The evaluation process is continuing and there will be no immediate decision or announcement," Yankees spokesman Howard J. Rubenstein said in a statement Thursday.

Girardi, speaking at a charity dinner Wednesday, refused to answer any questions about the Yankees' search.

"The only thing I'm going to comment about the Yankees situation is what I said a few days ago," Girardi said. "I had a great interview. And it's an honor for whoever gets that job."

Pena has the most managerial experience of the three candidates, having led the Kansas City Royals for more than three seasons. Girardi managed the Florida Marlins in 2006, his only season in that capacity, and was named NL manager of the year. Mattingly spent the three seasons before becoming Yankees bench coach as the franchise's hitting coach.

Torre took over for the 1996 season and led the Yankees to four World Series titles in his first five years but none since. He left after 12 seasons -- and 12 postseason appearances.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, are coming off what is considered to be a disappointing season in which the team collapsed in September. Los Angeles lost 11 of their final 14 games to finish 82-80, and there was griping among younger and older Dodgers during the last weeks of the season.

Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Michael Pascoe said...

Well I hate to say I told you so, but. . . Boston is the team of destiny. Not in the usually sports way, but because Boston teams are set up to win. Look how all of the Boston area teams are winning lately. Boston College is ranked number two, the Patriots are undefeated, and the Celtics have Kevin Garnet. And look how they had to rub it in when they announced that A-Rod may go to the Red Sox next year.

Who ever is doing this, does not want New York or L.A. teams to win. Come on, how strange was it that the Mets tanked it near the end of the season. And do you think it was strange that the Yankees got rid of their manager that brought them four World Series? Yeah, you can say it was Steinbrenner, but even he is not capable of that.

Why did the Dodgers make stupid mistakes this year? The topper being letting Dusty Baker get away. And why did the Lakers make boneheaded moves in the off-season? And you mean to tell me that USC is as bad as they are playing? I don’t buy it.

I knew Boston would win the World Series. Unless a freakish thing happens, I expect Boston College, the New England Patriots, and the Celtics to follow suit. Get ready for boring games.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Tony Forkush said...

Get down on your knees, say as many mother mary's as you can, and pray to God that Torre comes to LA.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Michael Pascoe said...

I am saying twenty Hail Mary's as we speak. Let's end this maddness and bring quality back to L.A. Torre can do it. I am getting goosebumps as I write this.

8:04 AM  

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