1. East Coast Media Bias. Yes, it exists. And it's why so many national baseball reporters are digging in their media guides to find out who this Andre Ethier fella is. And it will always be a sore spot for any fan whose team starts most of its games at 10p ET. Finally, something everyone in the NL West can agree on!
2. Preferential treatment for underachieving veterans. Exhibit A: Garret Anderson (.137/.167/.216, and recipient of lots of rope from Ned Colletti and Joe Torre). In baseball, the only guarantee of present performance should be...present performance. But sometimes a history of steady productivity will help you get cut some slack. We should all be so lucky to have that happen near the ends of our careers.
3.Pulling the starting pitcher too soon. An especially risky move with an unreliable bullpen. Let's face it: A manager is going to be second-guessed on any pitching move that doesn't work out perfectly, i.e., a good many of them. Joe Torre pulled Chad Billingsley after only 5 1/3 innings on Monday. The Dodgers won, but most of us at least raised our eyebrows at his itchy trigger finger. Too soon, too late — but rarely just right.
4. Tickets for the Yankees playing at Dodger Stadium are not available for individual purchase. A hot topic, judging by many of the emails flying into the SoSG mailbox. Will the extra revenue generated by the mandated mini-plan or season-ticket package sales outweigh the negative publicity generated by this policy? Probably not, especially once fans realize that StubHub, eBay and Craigslist are their friends.
5. Frank McCourt. Ned Colletti. Really, has a single positive thing about these men been written in the Dodgerblogosphere? "McCourt" is synonymous with "eyeroll" in the circles we run in, and contract-wise, Colletti has more albatrosses than a fishing fleet working overtime. But here we are, in the playoffs four of the past six years, and with a core of players most teams can only dream about. Yet the feeling is that all this happened despite McCourt and Colletti. With blame comes credit, and credit blame. There's plenty of both to spread around.