Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Pentamiscellany

1. Matt Kemp has no excuses. Criticized by Larry Bowa? He's gone! Bumped heads with Bob Schaefer? He's gone! Distracted by a high-profile romance with Rihanna? She's gone! If Kemp felt like he was under the microscope last season, then 2011 is his chance to prove how he can perform at his most focused.
2. Scott Podsednik has better taste in women than in baseball contracts. MSTI already covered this, but Pods doesn't look likely to best the $2 million he gave up when opting out of his Dodgers contract. Sorry, Scotty!
3. Could it get any worse than Frank & Ned? Terrifyingly, the answer is YES. Exhibit A: The Mets and the Wilpons. Even Arte Moreno is catching flak for Tony Reagins' head-scratching $86 million commitment to Vernon Wells. Ned's hands may be tied, but at least it made him stay away from those megacontracts that never work out.
4. Take it easy during BP, Andre. If you recall, Andre Ethier broke his pinkie finger in a freak BP accident last year. He was never the same after that. May we suggest some pre-game oven mitts?
5. New York is where Dodger catchers go to die. Russell Martin. Paul Lo Duca before him. Mike Piazza before him. But we got Gary Carter, and now Rod Barajas. So it's even!

11 comments:

Fred's Brim said...

Let's not forget Todd Hundley. Looking at BR, I remember the .207 average in '99 but did he really hit 48 homers for us between '99 and '00?

Mr. Customer said...

@FB

Can we forget Jason Phillips?

...Please?!

Jason said...

Piazza's working on his autobiography. Based on the many times I ran into him when we both lived in Hermosa Beach, I am not predicting any literary awards. I would not be surprised to find 318 photos of him and random blonds, though.

Spank said...

Back in high school,I gave myself a haircut that my sister said looked like Moe's. Good times.

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

@ Jason

318 photos of Mike with random blond women. I think he would want to be clear on that point.

Also, I hope he devotes a chapter to the blond hair-dye period in NY.

Josh S. said...

Swell. Dodgers signed Merkin Valdez to a minor league contract with an invitation to cover someone's naked crotch. (But not Spring Training, thankfully.)

Fernie V said...

Freaking Podsednik and screw Piazza. He didnt even mention Dodgers when he retired, it was about him and Mets.

Mr. Customer said...

HCK up in dis bish through 2012, per the twitterverse.

karina said...

I love baseball! Mexico just won over the Dominican Republic in 15 innings! how not love Caribbean winter baseball?

Orel said...

Karina knows where to get her baseball fix.

karina said...

...like a true addict, Orel ;)