Okay… enough of the kid gloves approach. We’ve been coddling the Los Angeles Dodgers — for what reason I don’t know — since they broke camp.
So far the only real fight displayed by the blue crew has been from Zach Greinke and the poor kid took a hit like an NFL linebacker after an errant pitch and broke his collarbone. Well… okay, Dodger manager Don Mattingly kind of fumed a little bit and said a couple of bad words after that, but it didn’t really qualify as fight.
The fact is, the Dodgers need to get some ‘tude and start putting to use that high-priced lineup and quit taking prisoners. They will only come back to get you in the end of the season, just like they did last year.
All is happy in L.A. “I love L.A.” the song goes. That doesn’t mean they can’t pull out an arsenal of devastating power hitters and destroy the competition. For goodness sake, they are all out to destroy you, Dodgers!
The mantra should be no more Mister Nice-guy. The Dodger pitching staff, which was supposed to lead them to the Promised Land, is depleted. So far, the big hitters are guys not named Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier. What’s up with that?
With the losing streak broken at six games and a day off before the blue crew faces one of those other beloved-we-don’t-need-to-be-nasty-to-be-good-teams, the New York Mets, the time is right for the Dodgers to become just that — nasty.
They don’t have to cheat. They don’t have to be dirty. Mattingly doesn’t have to start spitting tobacco at little kids instead of taking a handful of their popcorn. They just need to start playing baseball with a little more urgency.