Oh, it’s not that mean. C’mon.
While Juan Uribe certainly doesn’t deserve the juvenile label that some in town have used to replace his last name, he has earned most of the scorn L.A. fans have thrown his way the last two seasons. Really, he has.
So when I suggested June 26, that after three with the Giants the last trip to San Francisco, the team just leave him there, I don’t think I was particularly out of line. For perspective, Uribe was hitting .217 at the time; he’s at .196 now, with one home run and five runs batted in since, the homer and four of the RBIs coming in the game of his Los Angeles career, last weekend in New York.
I think the thing that irks the L.A. faithful the most is that, like ex-Giant Jason Schmidt before him, Uribe played so well for them – them – and he’s been such a disaster for us. It’d be worse if, were S.F. to pick him up after his release here, to watch him suddenly get hot, but I’m confident that’s a chance most of us would welcome.
He’s still with us for two reasons. First, the Dodgers are spending money like it’s going out of style, sure, and they’re not done yet, but they owe Uribe a good $10-plus million as of this minute. And as one executive told me, “it’s not Monopoly money,” we’re talking about here, and if there’s a way in bleep to save some of that dough, the club needs to try.
Second, and while it doesn’t seem likely, it is possible for the guy to turn it around. It’s a physical possibility, anyway.
So I don’t know anymore, and for today it doesn’t matter. It’s the Dodgers and the Giants for three big games, starting tonight at 7:15 on Prime Ticket.
The Blue will be ready. The three-out-of-four lost series in St. Louis is history. It was a nightmare of perspiration and frustration, but it’s over and done with. Matt Kemp got his mini-slump out of the way, Clayton Kershaw did the same with a rare ugly outing, and the Cards battered L.A. pitching something awful. But I’m telling you, the Dodgers and Hanley Ramirez will be ready.
Stephen Fife gets his second big league start against Matt Cain to begin the series, Chad Billingsley takes the ball Saturday versus Barry Zito, with Kershaw closing it out opposite Ryan Vogelsong Sunday afternoon.
Huge, huge, huge series, and Juan Uribe or no Juan Uribe, I’m fired up. By the way, above is a photo of the Willie McCovey statue outside AT&T Park, with my license plate propped for political statement, and a grander view, from this great Josh Pahigian article on baseball statues, courtesy of ESPN.com below.
Remember, glove conquers all.
we gotz the left side of the diamond covered
in blue by the way of the dominican republic !
looks like pee gordon will have a tough time claiming his steals & near below the mendoza-line
batting average, will be enough to get his job back from our new CRUZ control island man;
get with it dodger folks;
it's the dreaded FIRST place
giants, for the love of the game ......
felling this trio the opposition has to face, in the likes of kemp
/ either / hanley, give spots 2 & 6, really good pitches to hit.
well, it's been fun. I enjoyed today, despite the game's result. probably see you all tomorrow.
Tom in San Mateo I pretty much never miss a kershaw game. usually it's the billingsley games I look for an excuse to do something else. see ya tomorrow.
see ya tomorrow. jon miller on radio is doing game's highlights. all Dodgers.
Howard Cole Remember? MLB won't let me watch any games with the Giants or A's.
This one was carried by Fox on Redding 20 so I was able to bypass old MLB.
Johnny Dodger oh right. well you could always get on your horse and head to bakersfield or someplace. lodi? I mean, if you're dedicated.
so I hope you guys realize, I have handed you my once great lead in points. if someone went through and liked all of mine for the last two days, I'd have 200 or so. but that's the kind of guy I am. I want my guys to be happy....especially since I ain't payin you.
I have not clicked like for any posts. not one. don't even pay attention to that.
rotarandy whew is right. probably tolleson or wright for the ninth. probably wright, and he won't have a big problem.
dodgers also have four days off in september, plus a whole bunch of games with colorado, arizona and san diego. what's karros talking about? they're better off with some challenges down the stretch. it's not a hard schedule.
eric karros just said something about how the giants don't travel in september and how the dodgers schedule is a "nightmare." but that's ridiculous. from august 20, the dodgers have all of one week on the road outside the division, and they have a day off just before and just after. they'll be fine.
years ago before he died I asked my old man why he never brought me to Giants'Dodgers games at Candlestick. he brought me to lots of games when i was a kid. he said, "too much like an NFL game. Too many drunks."