This has been an ongoing saga for a while now and it feels like everyday something new is going on. McCourt going on TV and Radio giving hot air, MLB taking over, Chapter 11. It goes on and on and the fans are getting tired of it. The one thing that I’ve noticed is the drop off in attendance which is due to the fans boycotting games refusing to give McCourt any of their money. As of late to me it seems like almost a lot of focus have been going into whether McCourt will sell the team and MLB trying to get McCourt out rather than games or guys on the field. This week its been something else. Dodgers have a thrilling victory…Next day the Dodgers dominated the news but not cause of the victory. Because they filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy. Kershaw won NL player of the year and look what little attention that got. Seemed like after the 15-0 win we got a bit of a break from it only for the next day back to Ch 11 and McCourt. Every moment I start to wonder where should our main focus be? on the Field or the Front Office Drama?
Some fans make a mention of the McCourt issue and then talk about the game and what we can do to turn this around while others talk about the McCourt issue then mins before Gametime they’re about the game then back to McCourt issues. Well I can’t speak for the Millions of Dodger fans but my focus is on the field rather than court room. Our Boys in Blue are out on the field playing in almost a half empty stadium worried about turning it around rather than Ownership and If that’s where their focus is then I’m right with them. Im never a with Court room or Ownership smarts but I’m aware McCourt’s duchebagary or poor selfish acts for his personal interest rather than the teams but if the Dodgers will keep on playing then I will keep on cheering and give them my focus and attend games. Now I know others can’t bring themselves to give McCourt any of their money and I can respect that but I refuse to be one of the fans who Boycott the team I grew up loving. I know I turn my attention to whats going on but I also know that I have to let MLB and Bud Selig do the fighting for me to release the Dodgers from an evil, hated, money hungry, Selfish owner in Frank McCourt. I know that what goes on in the court room doesn’t have effect on How many runs our Dodgers get in a Game and it shouldn’t have any affect on my ability to be mad when we lose or happy when we win.
Yes Frank McCourt is a very BAD owner and I do know he will be gone but if the Dodgers aren’t letting it bother them on the field then I will continue to give them my focus. Now I’m not saying their isn’t a way to have an effect on ownership because the Sacramento Kings taught me a valuable lesson in it but what I’m saying is that we are fans of the game of baseball..Not the politics of front office ownership and MLB issues and maybe our boys in blue should get A lot of the attention of cheering them on constantly before during and after the game to give them positive vibes to turning this around rather than putting majority or 60% of it on the MLB/Frank McCourt issue. Everyone has their own ways of worrying and I’m not going to tell you because you are your own person but I alway go back to my road trip for Opening day with my dad. We didn’t spend that money just to see McCourt or hear about Ownership issues..We spent that money to see our Dodger Players play on the field.
Matt Kemp and Andre Either are having the season of their career right now dispite all the issues going on but they trail in the All Star Voting! Right now it you have Arguebly the best player in MLB right now in Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier behind in All-Star voting which doesn’t make sence. Lets get behind our Boys in Blue and Vote forMatt Kemp and Andre Ethier. We have two days left so Lets Go All In and Get Them To Arizona!!!
On a day where is seemed like the dark days were even darker the Dodgers gave us a reminder why we love this team. Yesterday Morning news broke that the Dodgers filed for Chapter 11 Bankrupcy thanks to Frank McCourt. Seemed like everyone wanted to talk about the Frank McCourt issue over the Dodgers thrilling win over the Anaheim Angels and Kershaw’s back to back Complete Games. It also seemed like everyone pretty much forgot about the game that night as well. All the talks and jokes were on Chapter 11 Bankrupsy and so on. Well lets fast foward to the game wondering if the Dodgers will even score runs seeing they’ve struggled alot but that night the Dodgers play washed away all the pain. The Dodgers managed to have a field day in Target Field scoring 15 runs, getting 25 Base hits and All but Ethier got an RBI. Trent Oeltjen and Tony Gwynn had big games, Casey Blake got a HR, and Matt Kemp…..Was Matt Kemp. The players weren’t worried about whats going on and they know thats not their job to. They just played baseball.
After the game I saw on my twitter account all the Dodger fans having a ball with this and it was a good thing to see. As a Dodger fan that was a well needed pick me up after all the crap that had nothing to do with Baseball at all but as I sat there I wondered what did this win mean to the Fans. Well I can’t speak for everyone but to me it felt great because when I see games its always an escape from the crap that has nothing to do with the game on the field but this win FURTHER showed that Baseball is played on a field and not a court room or anything. I also hope its the start of something new with the Dodgers. I know everyone will say this was the Dodgers taking out their frustraitons out on the Twins with the McCourt issue and Bankruptsy but it wasn’t It was the Dodgers finally playing great baseball getting a well needed blow out. Thats all. Players are going to worry about how to turn this thing around instead of McCourt, MLB, or anything most of us worry about.
In the end This was something that I hope get Dodger fans spirits up and minds off this whole drama for a while. Lets just hope the Dodgers keep this up on the twins. One final message to my Fellow Dodger Fans: No matter the situation, Record, or any circumstance NEVER be emberassedto be a Dodger Fan and NEVER turn your back on the Team that you loved for oh so long, The Past and Present players that we adored, and the Memories that was brought to you. WE ARE the most Loyal Fan Base in the MLB and lets continue to show why no other fan base can EVER touch the Los Angeles Dodgers fan base!
The McCourt Drama been draging on for almost a year and seems like theres no end. I’ve been upset about the situation but after reading a Yahoo article about McCourt and Some of the things some Latino Leaders said. The Article as passed along by twitter and I couldn’t help but to read it and while they supported McCourt which isn’t an issue their comments was totally out of wack. Some of the comments were “Selig get your foot off McCourts Throat”, “We act like a Small Town Team” and that “The Expensive players don’t do anything anyways” Thats where I lost it. Now While I have no issue with people supporting McCourt these comments are far from the truth and it seems as of now McCourt is feeding people with BS.
I think the Leaders in this article haven’t been paying attention to the whole issue. McCourt hurting the team causing a Legendary Franchise get to the point where they can’t make Payroll, Limiting the team ability to get the players to compete for WS, Parking and ticket prices being horible, etc etc has been enough to make everyones arguement. While I was watching the Phillies/Dodgers game on ESPN 2 the Broadcasters were asking for McCourt to Sale the team because he’ve been hurting this Franchinse that we love and care for. Thats enough for you right there. This leads me to ask this question for the Latino Leaders who make this statement. What are you guys looking at?
While theres no issue supporting McCourt theres NO proof out there to make the arguement to keep him as Owner. This man shouldnt’ve been owner in the first place. I question what they are seeing right now. You can’t ride on Manny all the time. Plus he was aquired Via trade so where does that help? McCourt time as owner has ran out and I think the Latino Leaders need to open their eyes and see that. Dodger fans are very well knowlegeable about the team I think the Leaders are buying into the Hot Air that he’s feeding people. Here’s a bit of advice from a Die Hard Dodger fan. Look at all the issues and put it into a fans view. This issue have alot of affect on us. Its not that we think Small Market because we don’t. We know that McCourt has driven this team into the ground and it has hurt us fans. Heres a message to all those who believe McCourt should stay owner. Put yourself in a Dodgers Fans shoes and look at how bad it is for us. Will you Support McCourt then?
The Dodgers play have been inconsistent through out the Season but one player is starting to make a very strong case as a NL MVP candidate. That player is Matt Kemp. Before the season started everyone was saying that Kemp would have a better year than last season when he didn’t have the best of numbers to help out the Dodgers sub-par year. Through out the ups and downs Kemp managed to stay consistent and at times put the team on his back to carry them. This has led us to ask is Matt Kemp MVP Worthy…YES!! At this point right now he’s the best player in Baseball (Yes that arguable) If you look at the stats it backs that up. Kemp right now is on Pace for 30/30. So far he has 16 HR and 14 Stolen bases. He also leads the NL in Total Bases and RBI.
Want to get defensive Matt Kemp has a Fielding Percentage of .972 and yes that’s pretty good. He’s been doing MVP work in games but theirs plenty of games that need to be played. If you look at Kemp right now he’s on a Hot Streak but can he keep this up? Kemp will have to do his best to stay consistent if he want that award. So far he’s been a huge bright spot for the Dodgers. No doubt he’s an All-Star but MVP will take Kemp to continue this good play and continue putting numbers up like he has right now.
Overall I believe by All-Star Break Matt Kemp will be NL MVP of the halfway mark but he will have to keep this up. Do I see that happening yes I can. Matt Kemp can do it but weird things happen in the MLB. We’ll see how it goes by season’s end but so Far so good. All I have to say is this. #KEMP4MVP!!
We are getting closer and closer to All-Star Break which can be a make or break for a team pending on where they are. The Dodgers right now are 28-32 and are in 4th Place in the NL West. Winning 3 straight series and winning 2 straight games including a big comeback against the Reds on saturday they find themselves 5.5 games out of the NL West as they go into the series with the Phillies. Many Dodger fans like myself have been asking this question..Can The Dodgers get into striking distance to take a Division/Wild Card lead? Some things are going to have to come in to play in order for that to happen. especially with a tough road ahead of them.
One thing the Dodgers have to do is stay healthy. Through out the season the Dodgers been hit with injuries losing key players like Casey Blake, Juan Uribe, and Rafael Furcal. Furcal in the first game of t series against the Reds was hurt and sent to the 15 Day DL along with Garland. I always said the Dodgers are a better when healthy (Look at Opening Day and the Last two series at home). If the Dodgers can keep healthy then look for them to make a strong push.
Constant play will also have to come if staying healthy isn’t their thing. From the offense to the pitchers. In most games the Dodgers bats are either there or not and from what I’ve seen/Hear it’s not there. Besides Kemp and Either the offense either can’t get a hit or leave runners stranded and it does get irritating to watch. So far guys like Jamie Carroll and at times Aaron Miles have stepped up. This team has to play the same way they have in the last two games. Pitching also has to be constant as well. The Starting Pitchers (Lilly and Billingsley can not continue to have Bi-Polar games) The more guys they let on base the worse it will look. Dodgers can keep relying on Kershaw to get them out and at times Karoda. The Bullpen is a whole new issue. The Bullpen had been depleted by injuries and closers blowing the lead. Dodgers need better Bullpen play and in BIG need of a closer.
As far as off the field distractions Don Mattingly has taken care of keeping the teams mind focused on the field. Confidence and So on will help this team mentally. Can the Dodgers get into striking distance? I believe they can but those will have to come into play. The road doesn’t get any easier for the Boys in Blue but they’ve gotten off to the right foot. All of it starts now with beating the Phillies the continuing to winning series. We can only watch and see what the Dodgers can do but they will need to get into third and get to .500 in order to do some damage. Time is ticking fast and they have to get to work in a hurry.