If you guess that inhabitants of Boston have taken over Los Angeles, you’re close. All the Dodgers need now is to get beaten in a playoff game by Bucky Dent’s kid.
On Sunday, the Dodgers came to terms with Nomar Garciaparra. Though he was most recently a Chicago Cub, that is merely a technicality. Garciaparra is a member of the Red Sox through and through, and he has the stacks of negative press clippings to prove it.
The Garciaparra signing comes on the heels of two other Dodger acquisitions with a Boston flavor. The team hired Grady Little — he of the “You don’t look tired to me, Pedro” miscalculation in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS — to be their manager. Shortly after that, they signed third baseman Bill Mueller, a member of the 2004 World Series champions, to a two-year deal. And these moves weren’t just to give some company to Derek Lowe — the Game 4 starter for that Series — who was signed before the 2005 season.
McCourt is from Boston. He owns parking lots there. He wanted to buy the Red Sox once, but the team was instead sold to people with access to money rather than asphalt.
After McCourt stupidly fired manager Jim Tracy because he wasn’t on the same page with his then GM, Paul DePodesta, only to fire DePodesta shortly afterward, McCourt’s next move in next year’s reconstruction was to hire Ned Colletti from the Giants as general manager. Then, after a managerial search that included the name of every tobacco spitter who has ever prowled a dugout, Colletti hired Little, who had been the Cubs’ roving catching instructor.
The Little hire, as it turns out, was integral in the way this massive repair job is playing out. The Pedro blunder aside, Little was well-liked and well-respected among the Red Sox players. He’s a country fellow with a penchant for honesty and no room for bull. If he has a problem with a player, that player won’t have to hear about it second-hand.
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Harvey pitched six hitless innings, John Buck homered and the New York Mets held off another Atlanta comeback, beating the Braves 4-3 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
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