Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Power Is the Ultimate A-rod-isiac

Need proof why sports writers (save Nate Silver, who's really a math geek at heart who follows the numbers wherever they lead) should stay out of politics? Saturday in the LA Times sports editor Bill Dwyre wrote a column about how hard it is to be Joe Torre right now, with the steroid scandal back in the news thanks to the A-Rod confession. And Dwyre wrote this:

At the beginning of the week, the Dodgers' manager could have reasonably assumed he would be addressing the media here, on this day before spring training, about Manny Ramirez . . . or his recently released book on his years with the Yankees . . . or his pitching rotation.

Not this time. There were bigger fish to fry. Overviews sought. Philosophies established. Damage control begun.

Badly needed was a sense of the future, of the mood on the inside and expectations of the mood on the outside. This occasion needed more Henry Kissinger than Tom Lasorda.

So a war criminal will help more than someone who knows baseball?* One more reason I hope newspapers never go out of business--it hurts less to bang one's head on the paper than it does to bang one's head on a computer monitor.

*And I'm not implying Lasorda knows baseball, either. After all, I'd point to his failures with Ramon Martinez's right arm if Ramon could still lift it. But at least Cambodia and Laos have no problems with him.

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Blogger E-6 said...

And Pol Pot had a tendency to overuse his bullpen.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

If Kissinger could broker a Manny to the Mets deal, I'd overlook his foreign policy hijinks.

3:31 AM  

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