Traffic in LA is awful. No matter what time of day, what day of the week, chances are you will be stuck in a traffic jam. Having attended a night games at Dodger Stadium on Friday and a day game on Sunday, I can attest to that. With automobiles on the brain, here are my thoughts this Monday:
- If you need a truck to haul big loads, why trade in the sedan for a sports car? The Angels traded for Dan Haren on Sunday, getting a quality starting pitcher. But the one thing the Angels have already is quality starting pitching. I know Haren is hitting .364 this season, but pitchers don’t even bat in the American League. Unless they plan to play him at first base on days he’s not pitching, I don’t see how this helps them score runs.
- If you haven’t driven somewhere before, you should just follow the directions instead of trying to make up your own route - Dez Bryant is rookie for the Cowboys. Dez Bryant doesn’t want to be treated like a rookie. Dez Bryant is refusing to carry the shoulder pads of veteran Roy Williams after practice. Dez Bryant is going to get hazed much worse if he continues his defiance of a time-honored tradition. Dez Bryant needs to get a clue.
- From 600 to zero in no time at all – Nobody seems to care that A-Rod is about to reach 600 home runs. Perhaps it’s the steroids scandal. Perhaps it’s because he’s the most insecure athlete ever. Or perhaps it’s because he doesn’t seem to have any fans, even among the Yankee faithful.
- The engine still runs, but the car isn’t going anywhere if all the wheels fall off – As if Detroit didn’t have enough problems, now the baseball team is falling apart. After Brandon Inge broke his hand Monday, Magglio Ordonez fractured his ankle and Carlos Guillen hurt his calf on Saturday and now all three are on the DL. The team is still in the AL Central race, but one more injury and they might as well send it back to the shop until next year.
- Objects in the rear-view mirror may be closer than they appear - The San Diego Padres may hold a three game lead in the NL West, but the San Francisco Giants are roaring up behind them. Having gone 15-3 in their last 18 games, the Giants look like the team to beat in the NL West. And watch out Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey is right behind you for Rookie of the Year.
- I’ll take gas mileage over looks every time - Andre Dawson always seemed to be breaking down and in pain, but he kept delivering. Despite 12 knee surgeries, “The Hawk” played for 21 years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday. I’ve heard people spout off about how his stats weren’t good enough. I know greatness when I see it. Dawson was great and deserved the honor.
THERE IT IS!