Thursday, July 26, 2012
ESPN Retcons The Dodgers
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It was a coincidence more than anything. A function of the proximity of the Los Angeles Lakers' training facility to the airport that Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was landing at Wednesday afternoon.In truth, they never have been. The O'Malley's proffered reason for selling was the changes in the free agency marketplace, which they didn't wish to meet. Fox did, but faceplanted when they did, with points to be given for the productive years of Kevin Brown, and subtracted from his injury years. That is to say, the Dodgers, when they were anything like the Lakers, were mediocre at best.
But man, was it fitting that Colletti and the Dodgers borrowed the Lakers' conference room to speak Wednesday afternoon about the team's trade for Miami Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
For years the Lakers have been the gold standard in this town. Always willing to spend what it takes to compete for championships in the NBA, always believing that those investments pay off in the long run because of what they mean to your brand and fan base.
It has been a long time since the Dodgers were that kind of franchise.