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Sunday, August 26, 2012

T.J. Simers: Dodgers fatten the roster but it’s still slim pickings for fans

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.

Thanks to Geo.

Repoz Posted: August 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: August 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM (#4218456)
I think it's a stretch to characterize what Crawford did in Boston last September as "playing".
   2. BDC Posted: August 26, 2012 at 10:35 AM (#4218457)
Gonzalez told the media, “I’m a firm believer that God has a plan


God has a plan for the Cubs. The other 29 teams are pretty much on their own.
   3. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: August 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM (#4218459)
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.
Right, LA's notoriously pious fanbase would have welcomed that sentiment.
   4. zonk Posted: August 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM (#4218486)
So that's where Ray's been all weekend... ghostwriting for Simers!
   5. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM (#4218491)
God, this guy is an #######.
   6. Belfry Bob Posted: August 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM (#4218504)
That's some really bad writing.

What's he writing about? The fan experience at games? How lousy and uninteresting the Dodgers were up till now? The crappy trade?

Nice two-sentence structure, too.

Ugh.
   7. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM (#4218518)
So that's where Ray's been all weekend... ghostwriting for Simers!


Not true. How could he see the keypad with all that egg on his face?
   8. TerpNats Posted: August 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM (#4218520)
Typical T.J. -- I can't wait to see his reaction if the Dodgers don't make the postseason, even though this move was made as much with 2013 in mind as 2012. And unless the Los Angeles media plans to shift its soap opera from Staples Center to Chavez Ravine, Gonzalez will find Dodger Stadium a breath of fresh air compared to Fenway Park.
   9. jyjjy Posted: August 26, 2012 at 01:28 PM (#4218562)
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.”

Love this. So many athletes thank God when they succeed but it's rare to see "Him" invoked for the failures.
   10. phredbird Posted: August 26, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4218563)
all i can add is that with one or two exceptions i have not enjoyed my experiences at the stadium this year. i don't know, maybe its me but i find the stadium employees to be apathetic if they aren't giving you a hard time about something, and the security is surly.

most of the games i've been to have been real letdowns. i'll keep going, but it hasn't been a good year.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: August 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4218696)
God has a plan for the Cubs

Apparently a VERY long-range plan.
   12. akrasian Posted: August 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM (#4218730)
God has a plan for the Cubs

Apparently a VERY long-range plan.


That assumes you know the plan.
   13. nick swisher hygiene Posted: August 26, 2012 at 08:40 PM (#4218779)
I could use this ###### to show college freshmen how not to write expository prose (Dept. of "Just Because You Don't Make Grammatical Errors Doesn't Mean You Aren't a Shitty Writer")

The problems are all at the sentence-paragraph level; the almost complete absence of words that indicate some kind of causal, logical, developmental process of thought makes this extraordinarily hard to understand.

Of course, this is Simmers, so one can assume the absence of coherent sustained thought is not merely a writing problem....
   14. Lassus Posted: August 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM (#4218866)
I don't remember our Simers' defender's name, but I really hope he shows up.
   15. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM (#4219113)
I don't remember our Simers' defender's name, but I really hope he shows up.


It's "T.J. Simers".

Or did you mean his handle on the board?
   16. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM (#4219116)
It's "philistine", and there's at least an 80% chance that it's actually Simers.
   17. zonk Posted: August 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4219123)
God has a plan for the Cubs


Apparently a VERY long-range plan.


...and what makes you think the plan involves success?

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