Sunday, August 28, 2005
DePodesta's Mea Culpa, Tracy's EvasionJon wondered whether, after Paul DePodesta and Frank McCourt issued mea culpas, how long it would be before Tracy would apologize for the lack of success on the field. If today's exercise in evasion is any indication, he's got a long wait ahead.
"It's very flattering, if you get right down to that," Tracy said. "If young players weren't developing, [and] the performance on the field was completely lackluster, [if] you didn't see passion, you didn't see energy, then that falls into my boat. And that's something that I would expect to be completely held accountable for, 100 percent.I suppose that's code for, Sayonara, Milton Bradley. So be it.
"But as I was alluding to in here yesterday, I think last night's game is another indication of it. We have played with whatever lineup, with whatever group of names from one day to the next, [and] over the course of the five years I've been here, I get everything they've got, every single day -- with the exception of probably a couple, and what ballclub doesn't go through that?"
Arte To Host Schwarzenegger FundraiserGovernor Schwarzenegger wants to stay governor, and Arte Moreno intends to help him by hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday. The article has a quote from the ill-named Larry Noble, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Responsive Politics, who correctly notes that the Gov is soliciting donations from those with business before the state. However, what I suspect he objects to is that the governor isn't packing an agenda he agrees with; would he be pointing this out if, say, the donors were a public employees' union?
- Ben Sheets, the ace of the Brewers' staff, tore his latissimus dorsi muscle and is likely out for the rest of the season.
- The Giants unloaded OF Michael Tucker to the Phillies, for minor league pitcher Kelvin Pichardo and cash.
Hard ThingsFrom today's Times:
Left-handed hitting Finley is not starting against left-handers, and Scioscia is having a harder time justifying starting Finley against right-handers.The season's five sixths of the way over and he still hasn't produced, and they don't know if it's time to pull the plug? That's organizational patience...
"Every player is responsible for production, which leads to playing time, and his playing time has been diminished," Scioscia said. "Hopefully he can pick it up. I don't know if we're ready to pull the plug on it."
And with that, the bad dog reminds me it's time to go for a walk. Enjoy your day, everyone.
BTW, Richard, nice graphic.