Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Tuesday Notes, 'Happy February' Edition

  • Armando Galarraga is moving on. Can Jim Joyce? Contrite Joyce seeks new beginning after haunted winter (Scott Miller, CBSSports.com)
  • First they tried to appropriate Jackie Robinson's legacy. Now the Mets are trying to bogart Frank McCourt's financial issues! Could Mets saga offer hint of Dodgers' future? (Steve Dilbeck, Dodgers Blog)
  • Speaking of which, thanks to Mets Grrl for dropping by to comment on the Robinson thing. Her take:
    If you've only noticed it the last few years, you haven't been paying attention. And be careful when you say "The Mets" because it's "The Wilpons" who have the fixation with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

    Their party line is "Jackie Robinson played for the National League in New York, and we are the National League team in New York, so we honor his legacy" - which of course is bullshit. The Jackie Robinson Rotunda was in place for Citi Field Opening Day, long before the Mets Hall of Fame or the championship banners or a whole host of other things, the first thing you saw when you got to the top of the escalators after coming through the rotunda was the "Ebbetts Club" (now renamed the Champions Club).

    But this is all Fred Wilpon. All of it.

    I think they host Rachel Robinson for reasons of proximity - she is a woman of advancing years - but I don't think you can get on someone for commemorating the day with pomp and circumstance. You really can't. You can, however, excoriate Fred Wilpon on the rest of it.

    What, fans of other teams get annoyed with their owners?

  • Ah, the Dodgertown Classic. A tradition stretching back all the way to 2010. Dodgers to host USC, UCLA in Classic (Tony Jackson, ESPNLosAngeles.com)

47 comments:

Josh S. said...

I actually kind of liked New Dodgertown and wish they hadn't switched back to Dodgertown Classic so quickly.

Fred's Brim said...

it tasted too much like Pepsi

Mr. Customer said...

Can we have baseball yet?

Josh S. said...

@Mr. C: One more football, then just a week until baseball.

Josh S. said...

MLBTR just recapped the baseball deals of last February, reminding me that we signed Brian Giles and Eric Gagne. I could have sworn that was a fever dream I had.

Mr. Customer said...

@Josh

Foot...ball?

karina said...

@Mr C 8:32 am I thought the same thing last night and I've only been without baseball ONE night. My recommendation would be Serie del Caribe. two baseball games per 6 days in a row, the perfect transition for Spring Training :)

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

Great minds think alike.

You know I'll be keeping an eye out for a baseball fix!

Spank said...

When does Badminton season start?

Josh S. said...

Do you long for some shuttlecock, Spank?

Mr. Customer said...

Badminton never takes a day off!

Spank said...

@ Josh S 10:33am

*blushes*

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

Pirating the thread a moment, this is important.

We have a developing issue we must put an end to.

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/01/sf_giants_beat_la_dodgers_bann.php

and

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2011/01/giants_fans_to_fly_banner_over.php

This must be stopped.

Apologies if this has already been mentioned, but, I don’t recall seeing any such thing yet.

karina said...

Josh.did you see what you've done? you made Spank to blush!

Mr. C, just wanted to give some suggestions to the baseball-crazed crowd ;).Besides, I'll be watching and it'll be fun to discuss it around.

karina said...

@Pistol Pete can't read the links, can you shorten them, please?

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

Even better, since I screwed up the link anchors, just google

"giants banner dodgers stadium"

that alone should do the trick.

Spank said...

Fuck that shit and FUCK THE GNATS!

Mr. Customer said...

I've seen that story, and I've been trying to decide what the appropriate response would be. Or rather, since I don't have a surface-to-air missile battery at my disposal, what the next most appropriate response would be.

karina said...

@Mr C hire some gangs to wait for the pilot on land?

karina said...

This confirms my theory Jints fans are not very bright or proud: who on Earth will celebrate the championship of their team putting the name of the opponent on the air too?

Sincerely, these people, unlike most of us, are fans of the rivalry, not even their own team!

karina said...

they have just reached 58% of the goal :(

Mr. Customer said...

Can we pay them NOT to fly it?

Dusty Baker said...

I think I can get my hands on a few SAMs.

Alternately, I like the idea of hiring some MS-13 fellas to rain down holy hell on the pilot before s/he is able even to take off.

Mr. Customer said...

At the very least, we should get them to fly it upside-down.

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

Settle it old-school. Just beat their lame-asses on the field after they've wasted their 8 large.

The general sentiment I've read is very negative towards these losers for revealing their enormous (justified) feelings of inadequacy.

If Dodgers brass act appropriately, this may not happen for public safety/relations purposes - frankly, some drunk Dodgers fans might take serious exception to anyone wearing orange in the park that day - this action would only serve to exacerbate that.

Spank said...

I'll settle it new school with a fly by shooting.

Steve Sax said...

If this is the best way they can think of to spend $8K--and I wouldn't put it past Giants fans after the Barry Zito deal--then have at it. They will confirm their role as petulant also-rans on national television.

Idiots.

Orel said...

Several people have mentioned the banner thing to us. I don't want to give them more publicity by posting about it, but maybe other Sons will feel differently.

Mr. Customer said...

@Sax/Orel

It does accomplish exactly the goal that those chumps intend.

I'd rather talk about Charlton Athletic being just a single point out of the promotion playoff, frankly.

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

Yeah, I've calmed down a bunch after swallowing some vomit earlier.

Let them gloat and waste their money and look like fools while our guys get pissed and paste them for a respectable 6-2 victory en route to a sweep.

Mr. Customer said...

I still hate those guys, though.

Dusty Baker said...

"some drunk Dodgers fans might take serious exception to anyone wearing orange in the park that day"

I resemble that remark, Pete. That's exactly what I would do.

Mr. Customer said...

...but people like you and I would do that anyway, Dusty.

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

I take exception to them wearing orange in their "park", let alone My Blue Heaven. Still haven't encountered one I can respect. I suppose it's possible one might exist. Maybe. Nah.

Fred's Brim said...

That banner thing will be so lame, to the point of being laughable. The plane will fly way too high and the banner will be too small to read, like some cheesy Spring Break plane coaxing me to go to Senor Frogs after I get my sunburn on. It'll cause a stir in the first inning and people will completely forget about it after that

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I bet somehow, the spelling will get screwed up, and they'll have a banner reading "BETA AL."

Josh S. said...

BELT AA!

Orel said...

There's a joke in there about no one being at the park on time to actually see the banner.

NicJ said...

I find it oddly appropriate that they are only flying ONE banner.

5 > 1

Fernie V said...

Driving from san diego to l.a., how do I avoid freeway traffic and get to game on time.

Paul said...

They probably won't have enough funds and have to split the banner with some other goober.

So it will say "Beat LA! I Love you Jane will you marry me?"

But they might get their punctuation marks mixed up so it will say "Beat LA? I love you Jane will you marry me!"

Dusty Baker said...

EAT LAB!

It's better than poodle.

Josh S. said...

Or, a banner more relevant to us:

ALE TAB!

Jason said...

Just for fun, I should start a beet farm, name it Beet LA and then start threatening lawsuits.

Spank said...

@ FV re: traffic

You can take the I-15 to the I-10 then head west to L.A. I don't know the traffic situation on that route but it should be better than the I-5. Anything is better than that B.S. Look into it.

Mr. Customer said...

I prefer commuting by zeppelin, but that will work, too.

Fernie V said...

Thanks Spank, will try. Though a zeppelin would be cool, woo hoo a zeppelin.