The Dodgers put up another clunker of a performance tonight. They lost 6-0 to the New York Mets in a vacant Dodger Stadium. It was another pathetic output by a flawed roster that is so typical of the 2011 Dodgers. How did it get to this?
The easy answer is Frank McCourt. He is the cause of most of the problems the Dodgers have. McCourt doesn't seem to care about wins or losses on the field. These days he is more concerned about court appearances. Even before his divorce, he seemed to care more about money and smiling in front of cameras. He always came across as a politician. McCourt always wanted to say what he thought was the right thing to say rather than do the correct thing with his actions. He still doesn't get understand that he is supposed to be more of a caretaker of the Dodgers as opposed to being an owner.
I would love to blame Frank McCourt for Scioscia managing the Angels but, that would be unreasonable. When Fox was dumping him and Scioscia was teaching the Angels how to win games, McCourt hadn't even known baseball was played west of Chicago. This move by Fox totally changed the modern Dodger history books. Things would be different if Mike Scioscia stayed in the Dodger organization.
Tracy is probably happy to be out of LA. I don't blame him. I wouldn't want to work for an owner that views winning as not the main goal. Winning for Frank McCourt is down on his list of priorities between buying a third country club membership and hiring a tenth public relations person.
I believe Frank McCourt did this to save money. That always seems to be what drives his decisions. He was probably too cheap to bring in an experienced manager because they cost more money. It also probably costs money, time and resources to even interview different candidates.
He didn't even interview Dodger hero, Kirk Gibson, for the job. Gibson is now at the helm managing the surprising Arizona D-Backs. It is kind of similar to the Scioscia situation a decade ago. Someone with Dodger blue in there blood isn't given a chance to manage the team. I am sure McCourt probably doesn't even know recent Dodger history and know how much it irks Dodger fans to see Scioscia in Angel red. Gibson would have been a fine choice over the Yankeeness of Don Matingly. McCourt blew it again!
Ok....deep breath...deep breeth....
The card above is from the 1988 Mother's Cookies set. It shows Kirk Gibson as a player wearing the uniform that he should be wearing now. Those were happier times in Dodger Land. It was a time before McCourt was getting weekly $150 haircuts.
Ok...deep breath....deep breath....
This is a blog about baseball cards not about raging against Frank McCourt. There are many other great sites doing that a lot better than me. The first half of this post may have lost some people expecting just to see some cardboard and a couple remarks about each card. I'll get on track towards the end here.
I also wonder if Fernando would be smiling if he unloaded his famous screwball right at Frank McCourt's face. That would be awesome! Frank McCourtColletti! He passed over Kirk Gibson! He put the team in poor financial standing! Oh no, the anger is coming back. Sorry!
Ok....deep breath....deep breath.....