More on the Dodgers’ new attitude

If you saw my game coverage in today’s paper, it centered mostly on the fact the Dodgers seem to have taken on a radically different personality over the past week or so, a fact that manager Joe Torre and a couple of the players backed up after Sunday’s game. Well, I ran across this quote while reading the San Francisco Chronicle on the flight home this morning. It came from Giants shortstop Emmanuel Burriss, and it seems to back up the notion that these Dodgers have a new feistiness about them:
“I don’t know if the Dodgers were playing harder (than other opponents) because of the rivalry or because we’re on their tail, but I definitely had that sense out there. There seems to be more intensity.”

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  • Buddy

    Kemp + Ethier + Loney – Pierre = better attitude/intensity.

  • The_Great_Arcade_Fire

    Amen

  • Yeager

    That’s disappointing if it took half a season for a group of Major League ballplayers to realize that it’s a good idea to concentrate and play hard. But it is a fact that they haven’t excelled in “situational” hitting, I guess now we know it’s because they didn’t know the situation. This is why managers lean on veterans.

    I think the trip to China during spring training was a huge mistake. Maybe Joe could have installed his new system (everyone pay attention and play hard!) a little sooner if he’d actually been with the players all spring.

  • coach

    Hot stove MacDonald plus maybe La Roche for Jack Wilson

  • TeamHasHoles

    Hot stove MacDonald plus maybe La Roche for Jack Wilson

    Massive overpayment.

  • Marcel

    LaRoche for Jack Wilson straight up is massively lopsided; then you throw in our #2 pitching prospect and make it even worse.

    I say DeWitt for Wilson is enough.

  • Buddy

    Hmm…I’d probably pass on Jack Wilson. His career on base percentage and his inability to drive the ball would create another Pierre clone in the lineup. I’d rather find someone who can get the ball past the infield consistently and who has a .370 OBP. Don’t be fooled by his batting average.

  • TeamHasHoles

    You see, this is where I think the Dodgers may be a bit misguided. I wouldn’t be looking for a shortstop. If they’re not interested in or can’t get Michael Young I’d be looking to play Berroa (who’s pretty solid defensively) and try to bolster up the 3rd base position.

    If I’m trading a top pitching prospect like McDonald, I’m looking for a guy like Joe Crede who is not only good with the glove, but is a clutch hitter. the Sox have a great young 3rdbase prospect, maybe they’s be willing to part with him for some relief help and a good pitching prospect.

    Jack Wilson isn’t enough of an offensive upgrade IMO to bother with.

  • coach

    We’ll know soon enough…sometimes blood is thicker than water

  • Tony Jackson

    Yeager, I couldn’t agree more. I said way back last winter that the China trip was a huge mistake. You can ask Josh Rawitch. I said it to him on the phone one day. I believe I said something to the effect of, “When you guys are nine games out of first place at the All-Star break, someone is going to look back and write that the team just never recovered from that trip.” That was when I thought the N.L. West was actually loaded.

  • Yeager

    I know the “China trip was a mistake” was not an original thought of mine, just thought it was a good time to point it out again, seems so much of this season has been dedicated to Joe getting to know the players and vice-versa. Okay if you’re “rebuilding”, but not if you consider yourself a contender.

    At least it can’t be blamed on Juan Pierre.

  • coach

    on Wilson.. Dodgers reportedly have restructured the deal if not LaRoche and McDonald (too steep) and since the Pirates will be left w/no ss..could be Hu and McDonald..

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    The China trip was definitely a mistake. Just look at the Padres.

    Actually, although I think the trip may have hurt the Dodgers early on, I also think that much of what has happened recently to the Dodgers is the result of young players beginning to get comfortable in the major leagues, and learning to believe in themselves. None of that could have been expected to happen overnight. Add the need to learn and buy into a new system, and bumps in the road were inevitable. Perhaps without the China trip everything would have jelled sooner, but in any case, it was bound to take time. Injuries haven’t helped either.

    In any case, there may still be some bumps in the road. Hopefully it will be exclusively two steps forward, but in all likelihood we can expect an occasional step backward. Young players learn over time, but it’s not unusual to see temporary regressions.

  • TeamHasHoles

    coach, who’s your source for that? Sounds like a rumor to me. The Dodgers are going to overpay I suppose, because everyone knows they’re desperate, but I wouldn’t do it for Wilson, I don’t care where he’s from.

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    Including McDonald, even LaRoche, makes no sense to me. If the Dodgers are desperate to obtain a shortstop, the Pirates are just as desperate to unload Wilson’s contract, which pays him $6.5 million this year (Dodgers would pick up a pro rata share), $7.25 million next year, and a $600K buyout if Wilson’s $8.4 million 2010 team option is not picked up. Who else is going to take him off their hands? Better to stand pat than give in to the pressure to make a deal. Giving in would set a bad precedent, making future deals that much more difficult.

  • craig_a

    “Better to stand pat than give in to the pressure to make a deal.”

    Juan Pierre, Luis Gonzalez, and Nomar Garciaparra say hi!