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Friday, January 28, 2005

See, Anyone Can Do It!

Please don't miss Steve's latest post down below. I just wanted to have a little fun and see if I could write a Plaschke column. This took me ten minutes:

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How will it feel?

When area native Jeff Kent steps out of the dugout on April 12 to take his first infield warm-ups with Cesar Izturis & Co., how will Dodger fans respond?

Can they ever embrace the once key member of the hated Giants?

Can thirty home runs erase the magical memory of Alex Cora’s 18-pitch at-bat against Matt Clement?

Cora’s familiar middle infield presence and spectacular defensive skills will be a tough act to follow.

How could whiz-kid Paul DePodesta discard such a vital cog of the Dodgers’ greatest asset: their defense?

And let’s not get started on the gaping hole opened up at third base by Adrian Beltre’s absence.

How will it feel for injury-prone J.D. Drew?

Can the team count on him for leadership when he wouldn’t even play for the Philadelphia Phillies?

And when you consider Kent’s well-known clubhouse troubles, this team appears headed for a mid-June breakdown.

Or worse.

Will the kids even come to the games anymore?

Shawn Green won’t be there to give them his batting gloves after every home run.

Yes, it will be different this year in Chavez Ravine.

The O’Malley days, these most certainly are not.

Instead of grit and tradition, we’ve got Google and sabermaticians.

We should’ve known last July, when DePodesta pawned off Paul LoDuca, our version of Tom Brady.

No fancy stats, but plenty of guts and heart.

Did you see it?

DePodesta never did.

Now LoDuca’s flying high in Miami with a new contract and Carlos Delgado at his side.

On this coast, offseason gambles Derek Lowe and Odalis Perez will be throwing at the Catcher-of-the-Week.

Strange days indeed.

Will the Dodgers win ninety games this year? Who knows.

But it sure will feel different.

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