Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Price of Victory? UPDATED w/COOKIE PUSS

Over $15 Million... if you do Schmidt math. $47-Million contract. Three Years. Three Wins. And he's out of here.

DENVER -- Jason Schmidt's time as a Dodger, and probably as a player, effectively ran out Thursday when he was shifted from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day list to make room on the 40-man roster for Thursday's starting pitcher, Vicente Padilla. Schmidt -- plagued by shoulder problems from the start of the $47 million contract he signed during the 2006 Winter Meetings -- won three games and underwent two shoulder operations in three seasons with the Dodgers.

While considering being shut down while rehabbing in Arizona in July, he instead was activated almost out of desperation as the Dodgers ran out of fifth-starter candidates. He went 2-2 in four starts with a 5.60 ERA but waved the white flag when faced with pitching in pain. "When he left [Aug. 7], I told him he may win a game for us in September, and he sort of nodded," manager Joe Torre said. "He was probably surprised when he came back. He had a couple wins, but it's been a frustrating time for him. Even though he was a shell of what he once was, you could still see the competitiveness, even if he was searching for how to get it done."

Speaking of other dogs named Dollar, I just came across this similarity. Creepy.

And in honor of all you talkbackers...

16 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

That's f'd up. I need to re-think my entire childhood.

rbnlaw said...

So, if we average what the Dodgers paid Schmidt with what their paying Padilla, and Padilla gets a couple of wins and possibly one or two in the post-sason, then the whole thing is a wash.

I did the math. Poorly.

Dusty Baker said...

By the way, I meant the Richie Rich v Casper comaprison might cause me to re-think my childhood. Not the Schmidt part. The Schmidt part was disturbing, but not Richie Rich kind of disturbing.

fanerman said...

Bart Simpson pointed out that Richie Rich and Casper look similar in some Simpsons episode, I think...

Dusty Baker said...

@Fanerman

That sounds familiar now that you say that.

Guess I just filled up my internet research calendar for the afternoon.

Dusty Baker said...

http://tinyurl.com/lwycnz

"Casper was parodied in an episode of The Simpsons. Bart and Lisa were comparing each other's comic unfavourably, when Bart pointed out that Casper bore an uncanny resemblance to Richie Rich. Lisa then mused that perhaps Richie had become disillusioned with wealth, and took his own life."

Xeifrank said...

100

Fred's Brim said...

oh man - that's like how Carvel used the Fudgie the Whale mold to make the Santa cake

or the Cookie Puss mold to make a Chanukah cake?!

Dusty Baker said...

When I first glanced I saw "Cookie Puss" and thought an obscure Beastie Boys reference was coming up.

Fred's Brim said...

haha good Beasties knowledge there!

Delino DeShields said...

How sad is it that our COMPLETE lack of shock over Schmidt's future has led us to only debate the finer points of Casper and Fudgie.

Paul said...

Schmidt also looks very much like that very good Giants Pitcher a few years back.

I don't care Jason could stil kick Richard Jr's ass.

rbnlaw said...

"Yo, I'm lookin fo Cookie Puss. Where he at?"
"You'll have to talk to the manager"
"Yo, where do managa at. You da managa?"

Yeeeeah boiii.

Dusty Baker said...

Delino-

Entirely my fault that this thread got off to the wrong start. Trying to map it would take some considerable time and resources since it's now at a Beasties level (also mostly my fault).

That said, I'm lovin it.

Delino DeShields said...

You kidding? I was hoping Richie and Fudgy got their due. One of the great bits from Howard Stern was when his sidekick (Fred) admitted buying his Mom a CookiePuss for Mother's Day. Howard berated him in that creepy CookiePuss voice the rest of the show.

Fred's Brim said...

to keep this going, here's one of my favorite moments from The Critic