Oh, L.A. Dodgers, how do I hate thee?
Let me count the ways…
As if we Giants fans needed any more reasons to loathe the team in blue caps from the city of brown skies, a report from <a title="FS Arizona: "Could La Russa end up with the Dodgers?"" href="http://www.foxsportsarizona.com/03/18/12/Could-La-Russa-end-up-with-the-Dodgers/cactus_league_landing.html?blockID=690748&feedID=3702" target="_blank">FOX Sports Arizona this past weekend suggests a potential buyer of the discombobulated franchise may have his eager, evil eyes focused on none other than Tony LaRussa.
Steve Cohen—the hedge fund billionaire and front-runner to purchase the Doyers—supposedly wants LaRussa on his executive team should he become the heir to Frank McCourt’s porcelain throne.
Go ahead and puke now, Giants fans.
Those of you who have followed me for a while know how much I despise LaRussa.
It all started back in ’89. An untimely earthquake. A certain four-time 20-game winner being used in Games 1 and 3 of the World Series. And a four-game, momentum-built sweep by the other Bay Area baseball team.
Yes, I’m still bitter. Even though the Giants finally brought home the hardware themselves, in 2010.
As for the Dave Stewart thing, I realize LaRussa did what any manager would have done in his situation. But that doesn’t me I have to like him for it.
On the contrary, I’ve never liked LaRussa. Not when he was leading the A’s to five straight winning seasons (which included three playoff berths and the aforementioned World Series beat-down of my Giants). Not when he got <a title="ESPN.com: "Cardinals manager arrested for DUI in Florida"" href="http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2807935" target="_blank">drunk and fell asleep at the wheel of his car and picked up a DUI. Or the gazillion times he’s complained about other teams stealing his signs. Or the umpteen pitching changes he likes to make in an inning.
Remember the <a title="Yahoo! Sports: "La Russa is to blame for Cardinals’ Game 5 loss"" href="http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-passan_world_series_game_five_la_russa_102411" target="_blank">malfunctioning bullpen phone in Game 5 of last year’s Fall Classic? That was me you heard laughing in the apartment upstairs.
Batting the pitcher 8th? Who do you think you are, Tony? Albert Einstein or something? (Why, yes. Yes he does think he’s Einstein.)
Now comes word the man who <a title="Wall Street Journal: "So What’s the Deal With this La Russa-Twitter ‘Settlement’?"" href="http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2009/06/08/so-whats-the-deal-with-this-la-russa-twitter-settlement/" target="_blank">sued Twitter because someone created a Tony LaRussa parody account could soon be coming to L.A.
I can see it now. Tony and Tommy. Tommy and Tony. Chumming it up over a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. Only, Tony’s sauce will be meatless, of course.
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