11-05-08 - Mothers, Kershaw and Jones

Mothers, Kershaw and Jones

Happy Mother's Day (pink bat day) to all you mommies out there. I wish you a happy day.


It is time. We can't wait any longer. It is time to bring up Clayton Kershaw. I don't know what is going on with our starting pitching (it is hard to not point fingers at our pitching coach considering all of our starters are struggling), but it's time to give the kid a chance.


The Dodgers called up Yhency Brazoban for relief. For those of you who don't remember, he had surgery last June to repair his labrum. It seems as though Jason Schmidt is going to make a rehab start today. He is expected to pitch one inning for Inland Empire at Lancaster tomorrow. Wow. One whole inning. At that pace he should be healthy to golf in the offseason. Let's hope I am wrong.


At this rate, we are going to have to make some moves. I don't have a clue what they should be but...surely this can't continue.


Totally switching gears to our offense -- I have a favor to ask of all you Dodger fans who attend the games. Please try and refrain from booing our players. And you know who I am referring to. I know what you will say. You will say, "It's our right to show our displeasure." But come on. It hurts my heart a little. Andruw Jones clearly has a flaw in his swing. We know that. I have news for you -- he knows that. But what started out as a technical flaw has now clearly turned mental. There is no way the guy has just physically lost his ability to hit a baseball. He hit a double Friday night, for crying out loud. No amount of booing is going to help him find his way. Let's show some support. Compassion. I get the frustration, but don't you want him to get better for the sake of the team? I sure do.


Which brings me to another point: If a player isn't producing, I don't care how much we are paying him ($18 million a year, is it?) -- either sit him or send him down to Triple-A. Putting him out there every night isn't helping matters. Andre Ethier, Juan Pierre and Matt Kemp should be our outfield right now, especially since every Jones at-bat is riddled with a vocal crowd that is causing more harm to the issue.


Andruw, if you happen to be reading this (by some miracle), hang in there buddy. I know this can't be an easy time for you. You are a competitor. Of course, I can't speak for every Dodger fan out there, but in my circle of family and friends, we want you to succeed. We have compassion for what you are going through and know that you will eventually pull out of this. I'll be cheering you on from my couch and the stands.




And baseball,



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