So, I hear that some people are saying that trading Chase De Jong was really stupid – that’s the word they used: STUPID! Of course, most of these people have an “end game.” They are FAZaphobes! They hate Andrew Friedman for reasons they can’t explain (or care to explain in public) and they prefer to wallow in their negativity.
So it was stupid to trade a guy who was like Number 11 or 12 on the depth chart for starting pitchers? That’s this year. Next year, he would probably be like #15 or 16. Stupid? Yeah, he was going to be valuable… Yeah, and I’m Albert Einstein! Those guys kill me. No matter what FAZ does, “it’s strange, it’s bad, it’s stupid!” Never mind that FAZ has won the division in their two years in power. Never mind that they have built the farm system to one of the best in the game. Never mind that they are one of the favorites to win it all this year. It’s always a complaint! Bitch! Bitch! Bitch!
Frankly, I am sick of it and if I offend anyone – just leave. Never come back! We are better without you! You know, if they could articulate a real reason, I could respect that, but I just can’t respect Anti-FAZ-ism just because someone is so biased they can’t see the forest for the trees.
Look, I liked Chase De Jong, but he was buried here! He was a fringy, gutsy itcher without any real good tools – kind of a RH Eric Stults. Sure, we rooted for him, but he had no chance. If you think he did, you are just delusional. There were too many pitchers ahead of him. WAY TOO MANY. So FAZ traded him for two pieces that could be valuable in the future. You never know – maybe they will – maybe they won’t! That’s the risk you take – that’s baseball! I know this: You don’t coach triple digits and Zabala has a tool few pitchers have. Only time will tell if he can harness that, but it’s worth while.
I also like Adrian Gonzalez. He is a class act. However, paying him $43 million this year is stupid! THE TRADE was stupid. I can like A-Gon but still think THE TRADE was stupid, can’t I? Some people think that because I dislike THE TRADE that I dislike A-Gon. Yes, he’s in decline, but he’s good dude! I’m glad he’s on our team! We can’t go back, but I can denounce THE TRADE because it was stupid! That’s why Ned Colletti was broadcasting the game today. OK, Ned is not a bad guy, but we live in different times.
I am just sick of hearing that crap about FAZ.. That’s why I left another site and started this one back up. Every comment was for the purpose of bashing FAZ. If FAZ helped a little old lady cross the street, they would be bashed and if they didn’t, they would be bashed.
You could say: “I think Chase De Jong is just realizing his potential and will be a solid #3 or #4 based upon what he did last year,” and I can respect that… even though that would be wrong! Just don’t play that card too many times… because it’ weak! Let me remind you , that is the last year, FAZ has traded the following pitchers:
- Zach Lee
- Carlos Frias
- Frankie Montas
- Jharel Cotton
- Grant Holmes
- Jose De Leon
- Chase De Jong
There’s probably more, but I didn’t look too hard… and the system is still full of pitchers. We still have too many… and that’s a really good thing.
This is not a site where we just sing Kumbaya and praise FAZ, but frankly right about now, there isn’t a lot to be negative about. I can respect realistic analysis but taking the opposite side just because you are a miserable, negative human being is hard for me to accept! You choose that, I didn’t! If everything you post is negative, you need to check yourself, before you wreck yourself.
I am all for spirited debate and when I am wrong you don’t have to sugar-coat it. A few days ago, Hawkeye Dodger gently reminded me that I predicted the Dodgers would not re-sign Turner and Jansen. He said I was a “bit wrong.” No, I was a lot wrong! No need to be gentile (although I appreciated it). I did not think FAZ would re-sign them and I am glad I was wrong! I WAS TOTALLY WRONG! There, I said it! I own it. Feel free to remind me.
This could be a magical year and I have a hard time with stupid stuff. Tell me I’m wrong and back it up. I can take criticism and I can admit I am wrong! Just don’t say stuff based upon illogical hate of somebody. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming:
Rants & Raves
- The Dodgers are 5-1 – Spring Training games mean nothing! What is the deal?
- Grandal and Turner are ready to go.
- Kershaw was perfect, Wood was good, Romo was lights out and Hatcher didn’t give up a HR (that’s how you gauge how good he is).
- Morrow evidently pitched well.
- It’s hard when the game is not televised. What’s up with that. Isn’t this the 21st Century!
- Kenley Jansen developing a slider? If it’s a good one, he’s going to be even better!
- TrueBlueLA has all the relevant news
- Rich Hill starts today against KC.
I had to post this video for two reasons:
- So that we don;t forget how good of a RF Yasiel Puig is; and
- The great call made by our new play-by-play guy! Joe Davis is going to be great!