Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Meme That Launched A Thousand Drips: Bill Dwyre On The "Invisible" Angels
One final and vital point, though: Manny may be here today. Will he be in Dodger blue come spring training 2009? The Angels could certainly use Mark Teixeira. The Dodgers need Manny. Good as Manny is, the cost of acquiring him as a two-month rental has been rather steep (and getting Casey Blake was rather steeper). If that is how the team is run, it's hard to see how the Dodgers will compete beyond 2008 without squandering the fruits of Logan White's labors. Over the longer haul, fielding a winner is what counts.
Quasi-related: This is what passes for quality editorial content on latimes.com:
The whole “But that’s not the team that’s REALLY captured L.A.’s imagination!” thing is a marvelous bit of self-fulfilling prophecy, not hard to do when you can walk from your office to Dodger Stadium (if, in fact, you ever got yr ass out of the building, or ever — shudder — walked up a hill).Harsher than I would have put it, but yeah. C'mon, the crack about "Newspapers put Angels' results well back in the sports section, as this one did Sunday morning" — well, so what? T.J. Simers, "astute"? Self-fulfilling prophecy, indeed.
I was at the Dodger playoff game in 2004 (back when the Times was saying the same stupid thing), and there was no contest between the fan buzz (and knowledge) inside the stadium, compared to that at the Big A.
The Times has chased off nearly every halfway decent writer in that section, and kept all the self-important losers. They deserve to fail.
perrenial loser trying to get into playoffs will always generate more buzz than a consistent winner that clinched weeks ago.
you make a good point about 'check back next year', but how about 'check back in a week or two'?
(Knock on wood. maybe i should have waited a week or so to say that, but then again, Dwyre should have too; however on the other hand, this may be his only chance the rest of the year to write such a column like that piece. i'm tempted to say 'decade' but who knows what 'superstar big name' will be rented next in Chavez Ravine to generate some "buzz".)