So I stopped by the Top of the Park store Friday over at Dodger Stadium, and I bumped into old friend and long-time SoSG hero James Loney. Dressed in an unassuming yet fashionable short-sleeved shirt, the other fans in the store barely even recognized the quiet Dodger first baseman.
My first thought was, I hope he at least gets a 10% employee discount on all merchandise (I've heard that was one of the clinching deal terms for Manny).
But then I thought, why is James Loney having to work a second job at the Top of the Park store just to make ends meet??? Clearly, $465K in salary doesn't go very far in Los Angeles, else Loney would not have to pick up another shift making sure the Top of the Park store shelves were appropriately stocked with t-shirts and jerseys.
Come on, Frank McCourt, Give James Loney A Raise!!! And, while you're at it, a contract extension.
In all seriousness, though I have had the honor of meeting Loney before, I continue to be impressed at how polite and articulate this young man is. He's a great ambassador for the Dodgers and I am proud to root for him as a fan and SoSG staffer. Thanks for the time you took for a quick conversation today, James, and we'll be looking forward to more back-breaking home runs this post-season.