July 12th-Los Angeles
Okay, so maybe it was funny that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp could muster only two home runs at the All-Star game Home Run Derby competition. But leave it to “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David to add his own warped sense of humor to the disaster known as the 2011 Dodgers.
Sunday’s premier of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the only show on my “must see” list, saw David take a “jab” at the ongoing divorce proceedings between Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie.
The episode opens with David, whose character is going through a divorce, listening to his divorce lawyer outlining what appears to be an agreeable settlement. Later on, David runs into the owner of the Dodgers, conveniently named O’Donnell, who laments how he needs a good lawyer to handle his own divorce. Of course, the one thing O’Donnell wants to keep is the Dodgers. In a funny plot twist, Larry finds out his current lawyer isn’t Jewish and, believing Jews make the best lawyers, hires a new one only because he is Jewish. He refers the new lawyer to O’Donnell who then loses the Dodgers in his divorce. Naturally, O’Donnell blames everything on David and the stupid lawyer. Hilarity ensues as the brief clip shows:
Oh the pain
A man who some in baseball have referred to as the “anti-Christ,” super-agent Scott Boras, has weighed in on the current Dodgers situation. Even a man who has caused owners a great deal of mental anguish says it is “painful” to go to Dodger Stadium. Click here to see Boras speak.
Ironically, the Dodgers top draft pick this year, Stanford pitcher Chris Reed is represented by Boras.
Aye, Captain, We’ve Got No Power
Tuesday, the Dodgers acquired journeyman outfielder Juan Rivera from the Toronto Blue Jays for baseball immortal Player-to-be-Named-Later and some cash. The Dodgers opened up a roster spot by sending free agent disappointment Marcus Thames to the minors.
Rivera, 32, was sent to the minors by the Blue Jays on July 3rd after batting .243 with eight home runs this season. He began his career in 2001 with the Yankees but never quite grew into the player they envisioned. Rivera joined the Angels in 2005 and blossomed in 2006 batting .310 with 23 home runs and 85 RBI. In 2007, he suffered a broken ankle that was slow to heal and played in only 103 games the next two seasons. He bounced back in 2009 with 25 home runs but slipped back in 2010 prompting the Angels to trade him and catcher Mike Napoli to the Blue Jays for Vernon Wells.
Thames, 33, who played for four other AL teams before signing with the Dodgers this off season, was expected to provide some right handed power in a “platoon” situation in left field. Although Thames averaged 18 home runs a season between 2006 and 2010, he never adjusted to the NL and was hitting .197 with two home runs in 36 games.
And finally, from the “Do Not Attempt This At Home” Department
As someone once said, if life were a store, sports would be the toy department. See if this story doesn’t put things into perspective. Click here for a cutting edge story.
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