Calling for a cease fire …

… even though I know I’m not going to get one. But here’s the deal: after posting a response to some comments that were posted overnight about Pierre, I am now placing a moratorium on myself. I will no longer respond to your comments bashing this guy. While you are still welcome to post, and encouraged to post, your thoughts — this is, after all, a blog, and your thoughts are what make it work — I’m no longer going to engage in this debate. It is for the same reason that I don’t believe staunch Democrats and staunch Republicans should ever discuss politics with each other — they are NEVER going to change each other’s minds. And you and I are never going to change each other’s minds about Juan Pierre. You know where I stand, and I know where you stand. But there is one fact that can’t be disputed, and that is this: JUAN PIERRE IS GOING TO BE THE DODGERS’ EVERYDAY LF IN 2008. You aren’t going to change Joe Torre’s mind, either. The only thing that will change his mind is if he watches Pierre play and draws the same conclusion so many of you have, and I don’t think that is going to happen because, well, as you know, I think Pierre is going to be a key piece of this lineup, and I think Joe Torre is going to love what he brings to this lineup. There are things about his game I don’t like. I wish he would get better at bunting his way on, or else stop trying it so often. I also wish he would draw more walks, but I don’t believe that is so much a shortcoming on his part as it is the way he is pitched to. But I still believe the Dodgers are better with him in the lineup. And, as I promised in a previous post, I WILL admit it if I turn out to be wrong. … And while we may disagree, I do want to say that I appreciate all of you posting your opinions — and I especially want to thank Mr. Weisman, not only for his well-stated comment he posted here last night making the case against Pierre, but also for his taking the time to grant me a phone interview last week on the topic for a print story I wrote about Pierre than ran in yesterday’s Daily News. I thought his comments really helped to balance the story. … And finally, I want to say this: I KNOW there have to be some JP supporters out there somewhere, people who actually like his game. If you’re one of those people, don’t be afraid to post your thoughts on here, as well.

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