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Boras Ennui
2007-05-31 20:44
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

In case you missed it and want to see it, I'm linking to Jeffrey Anderson's L.A. Weekly feature on Scott Boras.

I feel a little obnoxious saying this, especially since the story is nothing if not well-written, but I read this about a week ago and didn't find anything particularly revelatory within the piece. But people are talking about it, so I figured I'd make a note of it.

I think I've said before on Dodger Thoughts that I don't demonize Boras the way others do. As far as I'm concerned, he's doing his job, and it's up to major league owners and general managers to do theirs. If they don't like what he's selling, all they have to do is say no. If they do like what he's selling, why shouldn't they pay what the market will bear. (It's not as if the Dodgers don't do the same thing to their fans. I don't see that cycle ending soon.) And as far as the players he represents, they just have to remember that they're the boss.

To me, aside from providing some atmospheric details and a few small pieces of information, the article mainly gives Boras a chance to spin his case and people such as Dodger general manager Ned Colletti to spin theirs. On both sides, the spin at times is perfectly sensible and other times stretches credibility. Meanwhile, what's the insight?

If you don't know Boras' story - and no doubt a good chunk of the Weekly audience doesn't - it's a good read. But if you do know it, I think this article will seem awfully familiar.

* * *

Kate Sullivan's "Love Letter to the L.A. Dodgers" in the Weekly is disappointing for different reasons, but I suppose reasons just as personal. Consider this passage:

And I'm still a brand-new baseball fan, after all. And it's fun to be a new fan. One thing that bugs me about some veteran fans is their lack of foolish romance about individual players, and their tough-skinned acceptance that "baseball is big business." (Even Vinny, the eternal romantic, disappointed me with his dispassionate Zen reaction to the '04 trades.) Baseball is big business, all right, but that's because it's big entertainment, and entertainment is about much more than pure numbers.

I'll excuse her as a self-described new fan for not trusting enough in Vinny to see his attitude toward the 2004 trades as anything but a contradiction to his love of the game. Reading someone perpetuate the idea that if you didn't disapprove of trading Paul Lo Duca, you were no longer a romantic, that you no longer had foolish crushes on individual players, just makes me feel tired. Talk to me about R.J. Reynolds and Pedro Astacio. Talk to me about Buddy Carlyle. For that matter, talk to me about Lo Duca - I adored him. Even for those fans today who really are jaded, I'd be surprised if you could find many that didn't harbor a long lost baseball love. Irrationality and rationality can coexist.

I'm truly glad she's a new fan - I welcome her heartily to the club - and I can only hope her excitement is contagious. But she reopened some old wounds in an unpleasant way. Fortunately, she does end on a more agreeable note (for me).

Firstly, stadium staff need to shoot on sight anyone with a beach ball. Fans trying to start a wave should be forced to watch the remainder of the game in their underpants. Fans trying to perform a wave during tense late-innings moments should be lined up and tickled by the bullpen, then banished for the remainder of the season. Fans trying to start a chant that includes the word "suck" should be lightly beaten about the head and shoulders, and reminded that a truly great team doesn't need to insult anyone else.

Fans who choose instead to chant, "Let's go Dodgers, let's go!" should be given free ice cream as reward for their sportsmanship and good taste.

Let's go Dodgers, let's go!

Comments
2007-05-31 21:21:13
1.   capdodger
I think the sidebar ad might be a Rule V violation.
2007-05-31 21:31:10
2.   Eric Enders
Or a rule 5 violation. This ain't the Super Bowl.
2007-05-31 21:34:43
3.   Eric Enders
I like Kate Sullivan's ending.

A few years ago, I started making a list of 100 edicts I would hand down in the unfortunate and highly unlikely event that I am ever named commissioner. Edict #1: Snipers will be present at each game. Anyone seen behind home plate talking on their cell phone and waving will be shot on sight.

2007-05-31 21:35:57
4.   capdodger
4 The 'V' key was closer than the '5'.
2007-05-31 21:36:19
5.   Branch Rickey
I get genuniely excited when new people or groups of people enter the club. 1994 was such a hard time to live through with the mass exodus of baseball lovers. I felt like I was being left alone in one of the few places I had felt a connection with a large chunk of the public. I think being a fan is part of an evolutionary drive to be a part of a group as it squares off against a rival. It seems to fulfull a basic need that is hard wirded. So when people abandoned baseball, it cut deep.
But times are getting better and it feels more like Spring then Winter for baseball.
I was thrilled when I was in San Diego at the ealier series and saw the stadium packed with kids. And when Alyssa Milano started her blog, it made me smile. So welcome new fans of all types. Be part of the club and we'll band together to make our tribe the World Champions.
2007-05-31 21:39:07
6.   Branch Rickey
5. Long posts like that should be spell checked and "then" should be more "than" than "then".
2007-05-31 21:40:09
7.   Bluebleeder87
Boras has a way of getting under a casual fans skin, but i kind of agree with him in a 9 game series & a host city for the world series.
2007-05-31 21:42:25
8.   Eric Enders
5 Nice post. But Milano, in her blog, has bent over backward to make it clear that she is anything but a new fan.
2007-05-31 21:45:19
9.   Branch Rickey
8. True. But the reason I'm happy about her blog is I that believe (and her commenters seem to confirm) that her blog will attract many more women to become fans and validate they're doing so.
2007-05-31 21:47:32
10.   StolenMonkey86
4 - Well I for one will be sure not to shop at any California grocery stores, just to be sure. :)
2007-05-31 21:50:03
11.   Branch Rickey
9. Sigh. Their/they're. Okay, I'm going to stop correcting myself and you're just going to have to trust that I did graduate the 8th grade.
2007-05-31 21:56:28
12.   Branch Rickey
Are these kids sandbaggers or what? They act like they're so confused and take so much time and then nail it every time. I think they're going for endorsement contracts.
2007-05-31 22:26:39
13.   Robert Daeley
11 You missed a comma after "myself." ;D
2007-05-31 22:49:52
14.   Andrew Shimmin
1- Dedicated to the hardworking bag boys of America ...

... whose ineptness and greed were the inspiration for this episode.

http://www.snpp.com/episodes/CABF13

2007-06-01 07:38:58
15.   Disabled List
Firstly, stadium staff need to shoot on sight anyone with a beach ball.

Fire Drew McCourt, hire her.

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