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.