You guys actually crack me up…don’t worry, no one’s mad at you, especially not me. The lineups have been late this week because I’m not with the team right now. As you’ve seen throughout the year, I split the the 80 road games with our assistant PR director so when I’m not there, it takes a little longer to get them online, but I’m certainly not holding it against anyone just because I’ve been criticized this week. It comes with this job and I accept that.
I should, however, clarify one thing in the comments of the blog and that is that I have never worked for the Giants, nor am I a Giants fan. It seems kind of silly to have to explain myself given that I’ve been working for the Dodgers since I was 18 years old (with the exception of two years in the middle) but I was born and raised in LA and have been coming to Dodger Stadium since I was five years old. I’m as big of a Dodger fan as the rest of you, but I obviously get the benefit of hearing why we do the things that we do directly from those making decisions so it’s a little easier for me to understand it. It’s no easier when we lose, I guarantee that. I take these losses as hard as you all do.
For one season in 2002, I covered the Giants for MLB.com just like the guy who covered for the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, etc. I’m no more of a Giants fan than Ken Gurnick, Tony Jackson, Diamond Leung, Al Balderas, Kevin Baxter or any of our other media members are Dodger fans. The job I had is an impartial one and that’s why I continue to try to make it clear that I have no problem with DodgerTalk’s host or callers criticizing the team (or me, for that matter). The only reason I moved up North was because my girlfriend at the time (now wife) was living up there so I figured it was an easy way for us to live in the same city. It seems to have worked out perfectly for us, but I can tell you that I have never drawn a paycheck from the Giants (MLB pays those who work for the league’s site).
For that matter, I don’t think that just because people like Ned or Stan Conte did work for the Giants at one time, means that they are secretly sabotaging the team and remain Giants fans. I can assure you that you would be hard pressed to find two people working harder or more diligently towards bringing the Dodgers a championship than those two – whether or not you agree with what they or the rest of the team does.
Here’s today’s lineup: