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The Worst Trade in the History of Baseball…….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 28, 2012

….that’s what they’ll one day call it.

Everyone says this was all about the Dodgers desire to pick up A-Gone and being willing to *eat* 260 million to do so. That alone, if it were all the trade was about, could make  it the worst trade in the history of baseball. Gonzalez is a nice first baseman but he’s not a *game changer*. And for 260 mil, that’s what he should be. The fact is, there are huge questions about him being able to ever do that. He was great in San Diego where the pressure level is literally below sea level. Then he moved on to Boston, scored the big contract and while his numbers *held sway* in an ok way, there were definitely cracks in the U.S.S A-Gone. He was front and center involved in the attempted coup against Valentine last month. Now he’s back in the California where everyone thinks he’ll ease right back into the easy breezy NL West. But he’s not coming back as the guy who left for Boston. He’s coming back as a guy with a mega deal whose new team dropped a quarter of a billion dollars to acquire and who was brought here to win—*winning* is not really something that Gonzalez has ever been a part of. That’s some serious pressure to perform and your guess is as good as mine as to how he’ll do with that type of burden game in and game out–limited sample so far: he’s hitting .250 as a Dodger…….

But this trade isn’t just about Gonzalez. It’s about Josh Beckett. It is HUGELY about Josh Beckett. While the Dodgers await Lady B to un-bunch her panties from the DL, the square fact is that their starting staff is leaking major oil heading into this stretch drive. Unless they plan on pitching Kershaw every single game, that starting staff is nothing but one big question mark. If Beckett decides to slam that beer and wipe the left over fried chicken off the corners of his mouth, he might be THE MAIN factor in this mega-stupid deal. Last night he got his first start and it was largely underwhelming. His ERA for the game was 4.76 and his WHIP was an unsightly 1.76. All in all, it was a pretty Beckettish 2012 start. I have grave concerns about Beckett being able to simply *flip the switch* and get back to his dominant self. This guy doesn’t throw 94-96 anymore. These days, most of his fastballs run around 91.

Some have claimed that chemistry is overrated and that there are tons of examples of teams that won with poor chemistry. That’s true, but there are also tons of examples of teams that have lost because of it. The best example is the Boston Red Sox who have failed miserably the last 2 seasons. Many players were to blame for those 2 seasons of failure. The Dodgers just paid 260 million and gave away some great prospects to secure the services of three of them.

Unless they win it all this year, this will go down as The Worst Trade in the History of Baseball. And though you might be having a hard time seeing it, that’s what’s going down. Book it……..


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  1. ewisco said, on August 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    how’d it come out? i threw the tv through the window when cain coughed up the home run two pitches after he was given the lead.

    • DJLoo said, on August 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      So he had one shutdown pitch…

    • TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      What’re you fucking Keith Moon?

      • DJLoo said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

        I prefer the Travis Bickle method of TV destruction…

      • TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        Wheaties and whiskey. The breakfast of ex-champions. Hard to beat, Loo

  2. Nipper said, on August 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Ah ….another Giants win and Dodger loss! YES!

  3. Nipper said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Glad Mota is back too.

    • TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Just hope he doesn’t get another cough

  4. Flavor said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Mota-schmota…nice smile, good clubhouse guy, but without his steroids I’m not interested. Either that or shot-gun 3 or 4 Nyquil’s before each game. Fuck it, beer bong ‘Em during the 7th inning stretch if ya gotta…

    • TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm


    • snarkk said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Would that be regular Nyquil or Nyquil PM?…

  5. willedav said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Mac, that’s 2 W’s in a row for a Rox SP, which had been pretty rare. They did whip LA twice down there with well pitched games too. Tracy does seem to have them playing harder–8-2 in last 10.
    I don’t really have anything against Mattingly or Kirk Gibson, whose Bax are about lose 5th in a row to fall 8 and half back. I just think they must find it hard to relate the guys they played with and against in their era as opposed to the players of today. The game is just different with all the specialization, and of course the $$$$.
    I guess that’s the way it’s always been…Kuiper still tells stories of playing for hardass Frank Robinson as a mgr. There was just stuff you didn’t do, fraternizing being one of them, because that’s how he learned it.

  6. zumiee said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Weird game in a weird ballpark. That ballpark never seemed as weird to me as it did tonight. Huge win; puts pressure on the Dodgers.

    • TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Yeah, I never noticed all the hazards. It’s like an obstacle course in the outfield

      • zumiee said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        I saw several things I’ve never seen before. I finally saw somebody eat it on that hill in the outfield. I saw a ground rule double bounce off the foul pole. I’ve never seen anything quite like that flip play with Sandoval. And also a near-serious collision between the shortstop and leftfielder, trying to retrieve a desperate throw from the centerfielder who crashed on the hill. That was a game of hardball that had wiffleball moments.

      • TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm

        True dat

  7. snarkk said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    That win was Freeekin’ HUUUUUUge. One of the biggest wins of the year, considering the time, the dogmeat competition, the late comeback, and the LA loss. I turned it off to have a late dinner after the bottom of the 8th because the Snarkettess had to deal with all sorts of paperwork after the first day back in school, and ate my pasta disconsolately. Then, I turn the radio on while sipping some German Riesling, and the wrap is on talking about a win. Ach Du lieber Gott! Kudos to all the late heroes, and to Cain, for toiling again for a no decision…

    • James said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      That would be “Ach”. If you can get hold of a Sylvaner from the hills above Wurzburg, the eternally about to be trendy Riesling becomes less of an imperative. Awesome stuff.

      • TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

        James, I don’t understand a word you wrote.
        But I’ll fight to the death your right to type it

      • zumiee said, on August 28, 2012 at 10:05 pm

        I think it means he watched c-beams glitter in the dark near Tannhäuser Gate, and attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.

      • snarkk said, on August 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        If you see that after drinking a glass of Sylvaner, I want some of that shit. BTW, that movie is in my Top 10 of all time. I loved it when it first came out, none of this revisionist history love. Way, way ahead of its time. The production design and set design was genius. Add classic Vangellis with an in-his-prime Harrison Ford and a shimmering Sean Young, along with Ridley Scott calling the shots, and you’ve got a classic…

      • snarkk said, on August 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        Ich habe gute Riesling getrunken, seit ich erstmals Deutschland in 1979 besuchte. It would have to be a great Sylvaner to put me off of a solid Mosel Auslese or Spatlese. But, I would love trying…

      • James said, on August 28, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        If you’ve never been there, I recommend a trip to the Bradbury building in downtown LA.

      • James said, on August 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        Schnark, du Feinschmecker, du! I’m just jealous because Mrs. James hates Riesling.

  8. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Yeah, and they got those rectangular insets in the outfield for no apparent reason. Still haven’t seen anyone hit the flagpole on the top of the hill. RF and LF are fricking little league dimensions. I do not understand the reasoning behind building a retarded park like that.

    You can say the same about pac bell, but there are reasons for the short RF line, not some arbitrary lines on a goddamn piece of paper.

    • TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Pac Bell’s tough but it ain’t an obstacle course

  9. TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    blade, your political comments may get lost now that we’ve moved to a new wing/page on this thread.

  10. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I think Jim Tracy still holds a grudge against the Dodgers. He sure seems to be exacting some sort of revenge on them

    • TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Jim Tracy is just jealous because his brother is more successful and famous than him and yet everyone calls them by the same name…Dick

  11. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Pagan gets #3, Pablo and Crawford get #1 in top plays . . .

  12. TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Well. It’s late enough. Giants win. Du..du..du..du..Dodgers lose.
    All is good in the world. I shall call this a oneflapdown.77 evening.
    Goodnight, gentlemen (question mark).
    Looking forward to the thoughts accross the pond tomorrow morning

    • TedSpe said, on August 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm


  13. snarkk said, on August 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Should the Giants go on to make the playoffs, this great win will be remembered, though the individual contributions may be lost in time, like Tears in Rain…

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