But now that the Phillies, Red Sox and Marlins have let their fans down, the Dodgers have traded for their underachievers who are now considered saviors here.
Most of the time when a team acquires veterans who have been in a pennant race it’s considered a good thing. They have experience, we’re told.
Gonzalez, Beckett and Carl Crawford played for a beer-drinking, chicken-eating bunch of chokers a year ago that went 7-20 down the stretch, wiping out a nine-game wild-card lead and missing the playoffs.
But the thing Dodgers fans have to hold onto is the fact the Red Sox also sold Babe Ruth, who reportedly liked his beer and chicken as well.
Listening to baseball folks, there doesn’t seem to be any doubt Gonzalez will be a standout, one media type going so far as to say he will be the team’s most popular player by next year.
Last season when the Red Sox were eliminated, Gonzalez told the media, “I’m a firm believer that God has a plan and it wasn’t in his plan for us to move forward.”
That didn’t play well with many folks in Boston who thought he was looking for someone to blame, but I think we all agree that sports fans in Boston, and Philadelphia for that matter, are really weird.
Posted: August 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM | 17 comment(s)
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