Lots of big trades over the last couple days. The biggest deal the Dodgers could pull off was acquiring Scott Podsednik.
Just how are the Phillies able to trade for Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt in the course of 12 months? How much money does that team have? How many prospects do they have for trade bait? Gee whiz!
Don’t get me wrong — the Dodgers have been players leading up to the trade deadline the last few years. General manager Ned Colletti has made his share of good deals, acquiring impact players such as Manny Ramirez, Greg Maddux, Casey Blake and George Sherrill.
This year, though, the Dodgers’ owners are tied up in divorce court and our chances of landing a big-time player are remote.
Until recently, I’ve been a big supporter of Frank and Jamie McCourt. After all, the Dodgers have advanced to the playoffs in four of the six seasons the McCourts have owned the team.
After going through the drought of 1997-2003, all those playoff games have meant a lot to Dodger fans.
But what bugs me about the McCourts is the nasty crap coming out of the legal proceedings. The lavish spending sprees. The dozens of high-priced homes. The hiring of a voodoo doctor to improve the team’s fortunes. The inflated attendance numbers.
It must be great to be a Phillies fan these days. Their ownership and management is seriously committed to winning.
The Dodgers are committed to winning, too, of course. The difference is that Philly is able to put its money where its mouth is.