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As a Dodger fan, I’m upset about Greinke being out for eight weeks. But I am also upset by all the hateful things being said by other Dodger fans on all social media outlets. I’ve read just about everything from threats made to Carlos Quentin to warnings that Dodger Stadium will require full LAPD support on Monday (the upcoming Padres/Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium) to actual threats made to San Diego fans who decide to attend on Monday.
To these “fans”, can we all just grow up a little? One: Greinke’s collarbone broke because he did not know how to properly defend himself from a batter charging the mound. Lowering your shoulder to stop the charging batter is not the way to do it. Since Greinke has eight weeks to kill, I recommend he watch tape of a certain 1993 game between the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox. There he will see a young, 40-year-old pitcher by the name of Nolan Ryan show exactly how it’s done. Two: Let the players handle their differences on the field. Taking personal player feuds out on other fans is simply idiotic. Greinke stands to make $19 million this year and Quentin $9.5 million. If they want to fight, they can fight, accept responsibility for their action, pay fines to the MLB, etc. If a fan decides to jump a Padres fan on behalf of Greinke (or so he thinks he’s doing), Greinke, nor the Dodgers, will stand up for him and bail him out of whatever he gets himself into.
The irony of it all is that the Padres/Dodgers game that some people are touting as a retaliation game is also the Jackie Robinson tribute game. Robinson endured some of the worst abuse a professional baseball player has ever received during a season and his retaliation was to play ball better than anybody else who stepped on that diamond. And here we are in 2013 promising violence over the outcome of a player scuffle. Dodgers’ ownership is doing all they can to turn this organization around and make it the pride of the MLB as it used to be. We shouldn’t make their work harder by doing something everyone will regret immediately.
New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/
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Well, I’ve always hated his attitude but I have to give him a chance now that he’s a Dodger. This likely means he’ll move to left and our outfield now consists Kemp, Ethier, and Victorino. That’s not bad.
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For some reason my Dodgers app is skipping from May to July in the schedule. It’s for the best.
It looks like another 9 scoreless innings by the Dodgers. At this rate, we’ll be at the bottom of the division by the All-Star game.
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Good game by Kershaw but we simply have no offense right now. The Dodgers haven’t scored a run since the 6th inning of Sunday’s game against the Angels.
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Tommy Lasorda Recovering from Mild Heart Attack
I’ve never really believed you could have a “mild” heart attack so I was concerned when I heard the news. Reports say Lasorda is recovering in the hospital and may be released as early as tomorrow.
Get well, Tommy. We need your heart to continue pumping Dodger blue blood for many more years.
Petco Park, followed by an IPA and a Dead Seas at the Mission Brewery. Excellent day. Now if only the Dodgers could pull a miracle comeback.
Driving to Petco Park right now. This is the only current California MLB park I have not attended.
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