Dear Mark, Magic, Stan, and Ned:
It’s been a few months since I last wrote to you. First, congratulations on a semi-successful first season at the helm. At lot better than McCourt. You spent money. You promised renovations to The Ravine. You smiled with us. You were frustrated with us (more on that in a minute). But overall, we Dodger fans felt like we could come back to The Ravine. We were comfortable and felt safe. We felt at home. Thank you.
OK. Now to the nitty-gritty. There were some things that happened during the season that, no matter what steps you took, may not have been avoidable. Kemp’s injury. Kershaw’s injury. Billingsley’s injury. Ellis’ injury. Pretty much all the shitty injuries we encountered. But next season the team should be healthy. But right now, we have a bigger problem. Possibly the biggest problem you may ever face as the new management of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Giants are winning. They’re winning a lot. They’re winning too much. It’s hurting me. It’s hurting all of Los Angeles. It’s more frightening than the Swine Flu or SARS. THIS CAN’T HAPPEN!
I was born in 1990. I have seen my favorite team in the World Series a grand total of ZERO times in my life. I have seen my favorite team’s biggest rival, a team I was taught to hate with every fiber of my being, in the World Series THREE TIMES in my life! That’s not OK. That hurts. I kinda want to cry thinking about that. Really.
When you are all gathering together in a few weeks to prepare for the Winter Meetings, you should have one thing on your mind. Pitching. The Tigers have a 1-4 that (until now) was proving to be unstoppable. The Giants have a bullpen that can probably be trusted to throw 8 out of 9 innings. We have 2 for sure starters (but one of them is rehabbing an injury and has been spotty in the past). We then have 2 questionable pitchers (Beckett and Capuano). We have a decent bullpen, but it needs to be solidified. We need a hitting coach who, you know, knows how to teach people to hit the ball. And finally, we need some good (not over the hill) bench players who can come in a provide solid defense, as well as some power.
Is that too much to ask!?
I just want to make sure you are all watching what is happening right now in San Francisco. The goal every year should be to have a better season than the Giants. Every. Year. So let’s do it! Let’s make 2013 the best year in Dodgers history! Take the things you promised us (winning) and make them happen! Winning games comes from the guy on the mound. Priority #1. Let’s go!
If the ones from the North win the Series, this will all be more urgent than ever. Dodger fans can’t handle this again.