Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Juan Pierre is locked in on the ball
The Los Angeles Dodgers officially passed the halfway point of star slugger Manny Ramirez suspension last night. They have weathered the storm so far. Fifteen wins and ten losses while Manny has been away, nursing his overly medicated libido.
The steady hand of manager Joe Torre at the tiller has no doubt been crucial. The Dodgers youthful line-up has continued to produce. Slap singles hitter Juan Pierre has stepped into the batting order and hit at a nearly .400 clip. The pitching staff has continued to throw quality start after quality start.
The Dodgers haven't been to the World Series in twenty years. Not since 1988 when Kurt Gibson had the gimpy pinch-hit, two run, game-winning, miracle dinger off of Dennis Eckersley, that set the tone for an upset of Tony LaRussa's 104 win "Bash Brothers" A's. Could this be the Dodgers year?