Monday is a rough day in Dodger land, as the Dodgers are fighting a battle on a few fronts today. For one, the Manny Ramirez era is over, which is something we all knew was coming. It’s a bad day not so much for the loss on the field — after all, the Dodgers are out of contention anyway — but rather we know get to endure the self righteousness of the national media regarding Manny, although Ramirez didn’t help himself by getting ejected after one pitch in his final appearance as a Dodger.â†µ
The glee in Jeff Passan’s words on Yahoo! Sports is almost palpable:â†µ
And what a beautiful sight it was, somebody emasculating Manny the way he has done so many others. Because he is among the best right-handed hitters to ever play, and because others have for so long enabled him, Manny forever strutted around without anyone calling him on his nonsense until he was gone. Torre flipped the script.â†µ
Even worse than that, the McCourt divorce trial starts today. Dodger fans will now be subjected to bickering millionaires — but enough about their lawyers! — while the future of the Dodgers hangs in the balance. Cutting through the sensationalism and conjecture will be key over the next month or so, and Josh Fisher did just that over at Dodger Divorce with a wonderful guide to the trial.â†µ
In addition to the slings and arrows from the Manny departure and the Divorce McCourt, the Dodgers only have to face Roy Halladay, arguably the best pitcher in baseball, tonight as they open a three-game series with the Phillies. Then again, maybe concentrating on the field of play won’t be such a bad thing after all.