Last Man Off the Ship
A ship goes aground. The captain reporting to naval command has two questions to answer, and only two questions to answer.
One, did the ship go aground? Two, were you the captain at the time the ship went aground? Thats what it comes down to. Nothing else matters.
We can argue whether or not the Dodger ship is fully aground, maybe, but were not talking the high seas here. This is as far as you get from smooth sailing, and its all too familiar.
Frank McCourts words in his introductory press conference say all thats needed: This is the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dont talk to me about injuries and underachieving, and if you even begin to start the word chemistry out of your mouth, Im going to smack you. Been there, done that.
It doesnt matter if the manager is a nice guy. Fine if he is, dont care one bit if he isnt. Jim Tracy is not a leader of men, hes not an in-game tactician, he cant manage his most important players, he has no answers for any problems, ever.
The new owner has his entire management team in place. All things Fox have been excised, from steamed hot dogs on down; all except for Tracy. Its time. Right now. Not the All-Star break, right now.
Yes, Howard, but tell us how you really feel
Trivia: When Maury Wills set the major league record with 104 stolen bases in 1962, he was caught stealing just 13 times, a startlingly low number. In distinct contrast, Lou Brock, in his record season of 118 steals in 1974, was nailed a considerably higher number of times. How many?
For extra credit, what was Rickey Hendersons total in 1982, when he swiped 130? Answer below
A bunch of writers looking to hookup here, chimed in recently with some great suggestions for Where Are They Now. Youll see some of them in the coming weeks. Also proposed were pieces on players who sadly are no longer with us. Alan Wiggins, for example. I suggested that if a reporter could get that interview, there was a sure Pulitzer Prize in it for him, with a nice Weekend Escape article as a follow up
Trivia answer: Brock was caught 33 times, Henderson 42
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