A great pitching performance by Chad Billingsley again today and a nice win, giving the team two consecutive series victories. Taking it one day, one series at a time seems to be a good way to get back on the right track.
If you’re free tonight (and in LA), the South Pasadena Public Library is screening the award-winning movie American Pastime and there’s more information here. The film is about baseball that was played at the Japanese internment camps during World War II, so if watching Saito slam the door this afternoon didn’t give you enough "Japanese baseball" for the day, check this out tonight. The Dodgers also donated a Saito autographed ball to the library so they could auction it off at the event, so maybe it’ll be yours.
Also, I did my best to read the posts from this morning and obviously there are a lot of you who simply don’t agree with Grady’s lineups. That’s certainly your right and Ken Gurnick does address this in his notebook from today. But I’d imagine that after a win like today, Grady shouldn’t get any of the credit for putting Ramon Martinez in the lineup or any of the other moves that worked out. It’s the nature of the game…when we win, the players get the credit and when we lose, it’s on the GM and the manager.
I can assure you Grady has a pulse (I’m assuming that question was a joke) and that he does actually know a little more about baseball, the players on this team and their availability, injuries and tendencies than me, you and just about anyone else who follows the team. Just like those of you who work in any other industry know more than those who follow it from afar.
I really don’t really understand the comment that this is "just a job" for Ned and Grady and that because they didn’t come up through the Dodger system, they somehow care less about what happens here than all of you do. These two (and their staffs) literally spend every waking minute of their life trying to help this team win and just because they don’t have the same theories as some of you doesn’t mean that winning is less important to them.
And while I greatly respect Logan White and the job he has done drafting players for the farm system, the comment that somehow he has that "Dodger pride" but that Grady and Ned don’t is simply absurd. Did he get his Dodger pride working for the Orioles for seven years or the Mariners for two before he came here? Or was it the years he played in the minors with the Mariners? Keep in mind, he has spent more time with either of those organizations than this one. And is Kim Ng, who has had as much to do with the rebirth of the farm system since coming here at the same time as Logan or anyone else at the team, any more of a Dodger than someone who has only been here for three years? We’re a team – on the field and in the front office and we win and lose that way.
There is tons of Dodger pride running up and down these hallways and in the clubhouse. Just ask Mariano Duncan or Manny Mota or Rick Honeycutt or any number of the people who pour their heart and soul into this team every day to create a winner and a great fan experience. To suggest otherwise is a slap in the face to all of them. The decisions made here won’t always be right or the ones you’d make, but the people who are making them have earned the right to do so from countless years of hard work and dedication.
So, while I love how devoted many of you are and wholeheartedly respect your opinions (and am very glad we have created this forum to do so), the vicious personal attacks on the people in the organization do get a little old and I thought it was about time I addressed it.
I hope you all enjoy a night off and we’ll be back at it again tomorrow from New York.