Another Day, Another Hero
Although the Dodgers lost last night, five times they have come from behind, in dramatic fashion, and won. Whether the heroics come from Milton Bradley?s bat, Cesar Izturis?s glove, Derek Lowe?s arm or Jeff Kent?s competitive drive the bottom line is the Dodgers won.
Frank McCourt and Paul DePodesta have withstood a lot of criticism for moves they made on and off the field. Frank promised to bring the fans an exciting brand of baseball back to Dodger Stadium. This team fits the bill.
I am very pleased with our 12-3 start. There?s an old saying in baseball: Win ?em in April and you don?t have to win ?em in September.
I was on the 1955 Brooklyn team that opened the season by winning 10 in a row, losing two and winning another 10 to go 20-2. In 1977, my first year as manager, our record was 17-3 after 20 games and 24-6 after 30. Well, the Brooklyn club won the World Series, and my ?77 club won the National League Pennant. I hope our start this year will end up with Jim Tracy and company hoisting the World Series trophy above their heads this October.
I have been very impressed with the play of Jeff Kent. The acquisition by Paul DePodesta is tremendous. He is a tough competitor. He wants to beat you at all costs, and his gritty play reflects his passion for winning. If you put him at the plate with the game on the line, he will deliver. He knows how to hit in clutch situations and drive in big runs.
Let?s not forget Jeff is a future Hall of Famer. There?s a locker waiting for him in Cooperstown because he has hit more homeruns than any other second baseman in the history of the game.
As we resume play tonight in Colorado, I want all Dodger fans to be proud of our team. I want you to get behind our players and have fun watching them compete. They?ll play their hearts out for you because they want to win, and they believe they can win every game they play.
This is LA baseball.