I’m a bit of a baseball nut, so I’ve really been looking forward to baseball season. This hasn’t been helped by the fact that I got the Ken Burns baseball documentary series on DVD for Xmas. Even though I disagree with a lot of the trades that the Dodgers made, both late last season and during the off-season, not to mention the whole “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Ventura County, and let’s not forget the Inland Empire” thing, I’m still very excited about the start of baseball season.
That said, I pose an open question to Jim Tracy (for those of you who don’t know, he’s the manager of the Dodgers):
Haven’t you learned by now that you can’t leave Jeff Weaver in for more than 4, maybe 5 innings, tops?
I mean, seriously. Every time that surfer boy starts, he pitches fine for the first 4 innings. By the fifth, he’s usually tiring, but most of the time he can manage to get through that inning without any kind of spectacular screw-up. But, hey, Jim? Do me and every Dodger fan in this city a favor and NEVER, EVER leave him in after the 5th. PLEASE. I beg of you.
Case in point: tonight, Weaver pitched fine for 5 innings, giving up only one run, and then gave up two base hits in the 6th, which led to a 3-run homer for Guerrero. Exciting for the Orange County Angels of Riverside, sure, but not so good for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Of Los Angeles.
So, Jim, pretty please, with sugar on top, will you get someone in there to relieve our fair-haired starter if he starts to tire in the 5th? The fans would really appreciate it. We might even consider forgiving you for not getting rid of Dreifort.*
*Please note: The opinions expressed in this post are solely those of the author. Other Dodger fans are not required to forgive Tracy for keeping Dreifort.