Originally written September 02, 2013 on ChadMoriyama.com:
Disclaimer: If you don’t care or don’t want to read about stupid, childish men getting catty over the Internetz — you know, like a normal human being wouldn’t care — then click out of this article. Seriously. It’s really dumb. —– So yesterday, I wrote a Michael Young post basically saying that we shouldn’t expect much, I didn’t see the point in his signing, and that it’s fine to hope he can catch lightning in a bottle, but stupid to assume it. It’s not exactly an opinion that is out there among the blogosphere, and I feel I supported it well with evidence and what not. Standard stuff, really. Apparently though, a couple people didn’t take to it kindly, namely Howard Cole and whoever runs Lasorda’s Lair. Both not only disagreed with me and others, but seem to have taken the liberty to finally let their true feelings out and make it personal in print. Either that, or Young is a SUPER IMPORTANT PERSON to them. Don’t listen to this, don’t buy into this (and note the near-compulsive use of word “I” in the writer’s posts), and with the exception of the comment about defense, really really really don’t listen to this and this, from a Sports Illustrated writer who is smart enough to know better. The linked articles are to a pair of national writers and to me and Mike Petriello. Mike doesn’t need me to defend him, so I won’t bother. Anyway, it gets personal because of stuff like this: Pay special attention to the cynics who actually think they know better (and always think they know better) than the professionals in the front offices of major league baseball clubs, most of whom have worked their entire adult lives to rise to those positions. Which he justifies with stuff like this: Do listen to Ned Colletti when he talks about character and experience. Listen to Colletti when he sums up his thoughts about Young like this: “I think he’s a professional player who has a chance to help us…We have a long way to go and when you can add people this time of year who bring what he brings, we’ve gone for it and will continue to go for it.” Listen to Don Mattingly’s complementary comment here: “He makes us stronger. He gives us more options. Gives us a chance to spell Adrian [Gonzalez], if we want to spell Juan [Uribe]“ In itself, it’s not that bad. He has his strong opinions, which is totally okay. Also, he decided to disparage me and others because we disagree with him, which it’s over the line and full of logical fallcies, but not worth a call out, right? Sure, I agree, but stuff like this seems a lot worse personally, because in context to me, I know it’s been preceded in the past with **** like this: @mike_petriello Stay in NY where you belong you prick. Fake ass Dodger fan — LasordasLair (@LasordasLair) June 15, 2013 I think writers from NY who have been to Dodger Stadium like twice in ten years shouldn't be calling themselves a Dodger fan — LasordasLair (@LasordasLair) June 15, 2013 @atk825 @mike_petriello Seriously **** off both of you. Andy you are a putz. and Petriello is an uncredentialed snobby prick — LasordasLair (@LasordasLair) August 19, 2013 And then you see comments like this: Plus, following this tweet, he made a crude personal dick joke that I ignored but got him called out by even his followers. Even got a DM from somebody asking if he was drunk or not. But seriously, those are just the ones I favorited because it’s so incredibly dumb. And yet, Howard and that other guy had lots of other stuff to say over the months. So with that established, I mean, you’ll have to excuse me if I do take this a bit more personal than it appears on the surface. Because, well, it clearly is. So what the hell, why not address it, right? I don’t think it’s out of line to defend myself. —– 1) Yeah, I use “I” a lot, because it’s a personal blog and it’s my opinion. If you don’t like how I write or whatever I do, then don’t read it and don’t care. Also, I do it because I claim my opinions. You know, unlike writing something about someone and making snarky comments about him in the comment section about how he REALLY need to see it, but then hide it from him and just HOPE that he sees it. Much more effective way of concern trolling than actually having the nuts to let us know. Thanks for the life lesson, wise one. 2) That picture is a great segue into my next point which is: Really? Calling me out on being self-important? @asdfcriiiis @LAWeekly Better not. I haven't done anything. Stick with Howi. — Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole) August 5, 2013 @Visco7 @CandacePParker Howi is the voice of reason. You know you'd all hide under your seats if it wasn't for me:) — Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole) August 7, 2013 @dodgers52 @LAWeekly And Howi sending a message of his own, no? — Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole) September 1, 2013 I have my opinion and I go strong with it, but never have I done **** like write about myself in the third person. Hell, I don’t even take myself that seriously online. I do this because I like to have fun with it, not because I think I’m some kind of ******* baseball guru who knows everything. But hey, yeah, everybody else are self-important, arrogant jerks. You’re not, you just constantly say to listen to you and only you. So glad you’re above this. 3) Also, just to get this straight, you’re the only one allowed to come strong with your opinion, but once other people strongly have their opinion, we are the arrogant, all-knowing cynical assholes who doubt everything the Dodgers do? WHAT? This coming from the guy who, just off the top of my head in the past few months: 1) told me to “watch the games” when I argued for Kenley Jansen over Brandon League 2) argued about against the Ricky Nolasco trade because of the MINOR LEAGUE STATISTICAL profile of the prospects sent to the Marlins? Now you’re appealing to authority with stock quotes from Don Mattingly and Ned Colletti and saying they know what they’re doing? Really? From this guy? Don bleeping Mattingly. He simply will never learn. — Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole) August 7, 2013 Don putting the individual ahead of the team again. Not a good trend. — Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole) August 27, 2013 Sorry, but that's malpractice. — Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole) August 27, 2013 That’s just said I randomly scrolled down and found with a search, you know damn well there’s tons more where that came from. In May, you were absolutely insistent that Mattingly be canned. In fact, that whole mess of a Twitter meltdown by Lasorda’s Lair was because Mike and I said that firing him wouldn’t solve ****. And both of you were so against Mattingly as manager that I thought you were both about to ******* lynch Mattingly yourselves. But now, NOW, you feel comfortable using the logic that because Mattingly and Colletti say something, we should pack our **** and go home because they know everything? What in the ****? Besides, you’re talking about throwing Young back in our faces if he does good for the Dodgers? Why? Because we ******* disagreed? When did I ever throw the League or Nolasco outcomes back in your face? I never mentioned it to you once since the said discussions. Why? Because THIS IS BASEBALL and WE’RE RIGHT AND WRONG ABOUT **** CONSTANTLY and I don’t feel the need to act like a 10-year-old by being a piece of **** to a fellow Dodgers blogger. That’s how it normally is, because we’re all in this guessing game together. But nope, because we have a disagreement over the value of MICHAEL ******* YOUNG, you guys choose to take shots? What. A. Joke. 4) Constructive criticism? I get that all the time. People call me out all the time and I’m wrong all the time. It happens with moves, prospects, and … uh … anything, really. As they say, that’s baseball. I have no problem with constructive criticism that makes sense. Hell, as an example, this whole Young thing started because Jon Weisman pointed out the Jerry Hairston/Young comparison. The difference is that he writes his blog and makes his point and is civil to me, and he doesn’t resort to calling me out on ******* grammar mistakes and asinine ******** all the time. @ChadMoriyama Watch your comma placement, please. — Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole) August 15, 2013 I know Oxford added ‘selfie’ and ‘twerk’ to the dictionary recently, so this is a crazy time and all, but did I miss when “constructive criticism” and “being a repetitive agitator” were revesed? 5) Honestly? I don’t care anymore. Take your revenge for this post however you want it. Sorry, not gonna take it from a guy (guys) who refers to himself in the third person constantly, has the gall to tweet vague ethnic jokes to me, and that mock people behind their backs in comment threads because they don’t go to the stadium enough or whatever the **** you guys meant by that comment towards Dustin Nosler (well we all know how you feel about that stuff regarding Mike, right?). —– Just admit it, this isn’t about Michael Young no matter how much you want to use that as a front. This is about your not-so-secret resentment that always comes out whenever you’re in a bad mood or decide to tweet wasted. When did I EVER make personal attacks on you even after you do all this condescending **** to me? I can be a dick about baseball opinions? Okay, I own that, I’ve ALWAYS owned that on my Twitter. But the both of you are snide assholes to me PERSONALLY, and I’ve done NOTHING but disagree with you about baseball and your bi-polar switches between insane egotism and trying to generate sympathy. The mature thing for me to do would have been to let it go, but unfortunately, I guess I’m not that good of a person. I do know this, though, I’ve been better and more tolerant with the two of you personally than you’ve EVER shown me. That has ended. I’m done. Anyway, moving back to baseball.

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