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Monday, January 24, 2005

So This is the New Year

We're not far off from Spring Training, so I think now is as good as time as any to start emotionally and mentally preparing ourselves for another roller-coaster Dodger season. Here's my contribution:

If J.D. Drew and Brad Penny miss half of the season due to injury (which--given past histories--is clearly not outside the realm of possibility), how many games will the Dodgers win?


Does anyone think DePodesta sleeps well?


  • If your scenario turns out to be true, I think they'll win 80 games. I think the pitching is deeper than most people believe ('most' defined as the yahoos at the LAT). Drew, IMO, would hurt more than Penny but if Drew is out with a season ender, I think Depo makes another trade.

    How's this for a question? At what point during the season will Plaschkers attempt to eviscerate the Dodgers? Not that they haven't done so already but here's some nominees:

    1. Choi starts off slow. He is public enemy number one for Plaschkers.

    2. Green starts off fast. See #1 above.

    3. Penny or Drew get hurt.

    4. Ross continues to deteriorate behind the plate (did he really get released by a Dominican team?)

    5. Kent gets snarky with a reporter and the LAT treats it like he just kicked a kid.

    6. Lowe's ERA by May is over 5.00.

    7. Valentin struggles mightily. Come to think of it, this one could be higher on the list.

    8. The team struggles AND there is a clubhouse argument that gets blown up like a couple of Dodgers just kicked a couple of kids. The word 'chemistry' rears it's horrible head.

    9. Depo makes any other trade that does not result in the other team getting so nakedly ripped off any fool could see it ('fool' here meaning the yahoo's at the LAT).

    10. Any indication of McCourt's finances being less than stellar.

    Mind you, only one of these things need to happen for Plaschkers to whip out the poison pen. If none of these things happen, count on this: the Plaschkers will say the Dodgers got lucky.

    I talked with a buddy of mine who's on the east coast. Guy reads seven newspapers a day (he's in the sports business). I asked him which paper has the worst columnists. Without knowing my own feelings, he didn't hesitate: Plaschkers, with no else even in contention.

    Kind of sad, really.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/25/2005 04:04:00 PM  

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