Fire Jim Tracy

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Whine On, Harvest Moon!

If Penny can't pitch, I can hear it all now. LoDuca trade all over again. Blah, blah, blah.

But one shiny nickel to the first person who at least acknowledges that if DePodesta hadn't been whined out of it, we would have been rid of Green AND Penny AND Ishii, all we would have been out is one replaceable three-out pitcher, perhaps less than half the money that we had to give Arizona to get rid of Green later (depending on what the final dollar number had been), we would have had Vazquez instead of Lowe (maybe with Lowe, certainly picking up Duncan would have given us more to deal with as well), we would have had Navarro, Duncan, probably Koplove.

All the whiners (Plaschke? Whine? nooooo....) must have certainly assumed the risk that Penny wouldn't be able to pitch. Please don't start crying again when you lose your bet.

By the way, speaking of Bill, perhaps his column tomorrow will discuss how Pauley Pavillion and his bestest buddy Ben Howland will be able to keep up that Wooden-esque excitement for the first round NIT game Westwood will be hosting?

UPDATE: Commenter "Gold Star for Robot Boy" has cracked the code. The Vero Beach reporter seems to have mistaken Jim Tracy's statement that the plan is to have Brad Penny ready to play the week of April 5th for a statement that Penny will not pitch during spring training and cites to various news sources, including the Times, Daily News, and the Dodgers website that Penny will throw. Tracy makes a similar statement in the Dodgers article "As long as he is ready by April 5th" etc. So while I still don't want to hear your whining if Penny goes down, that time has not yet come to pass.

UPDATE 2: No, I am not a USC fan and I am not trying to taunt UCLA fans. I could care less about both of your measly schools, because Claremont McKenna alumnus Henry Kravis can buy all of you a thousand times over (Yes, I 'm talking to you Mr. Big Shot Ph.D living somewhere in the vicinity of Atlanta. I know you're going to read this.). I just would like to know why UCLA gets the benefit of Mr. Plaschke's empty boomerism while the Dodgers get treated like scum. Plaschke's embarrassing and shamelessly fawning UCLA coverage puts the lie to any claim that he is doing anything but reporting his relationships.


  • Re-read the story to which Rob links, then check it against coverage in the Times, Daily News and the Dodgers' own site.
    The TCPalm writer, Lisa Penny, got it wrong. When she wrote "Manager Jim Tracy said the medical group plans to have Penny ready to play by the week of April 5, which is after spring training," did she not notice that was Opening Day?
    From the Dodgers' site: "Injury update: Tracy said pitcher Brad Penny's first bullpen session will probably be Tuesday or Wednesday."From the Times: "He will be on a strict pitch count throughout the spring, with the goal to bring him to 90 to 100 pitches by early April."From the Daily News: "Penny is expected to catch up with the rest of the staff by Opening Day..."In short, Penny WILL pitch in Spring Training games.

    Gold Star for Robot Boy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2005 08:38:00 PM  

  • Of course. They told her ready to "play" by Opening Day -- meaning ready to "play" actual games in actual competition with things at stake. What happened to my rule of not believing the newspapers?

    Robot Boy gets Gold Star.

    Nevertheless, if Penny goes down, I don't want to hear about it.

    By Blogger Steve, at 2/20/2005 08:48:00 PM  

  • Speaking as "Mr. Big Shot Ph.D living somewhere in the vicinity of Atlanta" ... it's not my fault that Plashke likes UCLA. Blaming UCLA (or its fans) for Plashke is like blaiming the Red Sox for Gammons, or (insert name of NBA center here) for Walton. You can't choose your relatives or, apparently, your fans.

    And, given last year's effort, this UCLA alum will be grateful if Pauly can host an NIT game. Given today's (ahem) effort against Stanford, even that is looking iffy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2005 11:05:00 PM  

  • Don't worry, Jeff...I blame you for being a UCLA fan, and you alone. :)

    Air Force should be fun.

    By Blogger Steve, at 2/20/2005 11:18:00 PM  

  • Hey, isn't Plashke's love of UCLA more than made up for by Simer's asinine commentary regarding Howland and the Bruins?

    By Blogger Adam, at 2/21/2005 06:43:00 PM  

  • I suppose that's one way to achieve balance. Unthinking homerism balanced by unthinking criticism.

    Never fret UCLA fans. It appears that most commentators believe UCLA is still in. I guess those early season wins over Chicago St., Long Beach St., and Western Illinois were convincing enough that everyone's willing to overlook losing at home to Cal.

    By Blogger Steve, at 2/21/2005 09:15:00 PM  

  • Steve:

    Don't tell me you're a fellow alum?

    CMC '82

    By Blogger lloyd, at 2/26/2005 08:15:00 AM  

  • CMC '00.

    By Blogger Steve, at 2/26/2005 01:33:00 PM  

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