As I watch the Dodgers allow an injured Clayton Kershaw to pitch down the stretch as the team's playoff hopes stand at something like 5-10%, I'm reminded how stupid and short-sighted this organization has been, can be, and is. There is in fact baseball beyond 2012 guys. Remember that as you allow Kershaw to pitch with a hip injury that - even though doctors say it can't get worse - could lead to Kid K altering his delivery and hurting his amazing arm.
You know, like Eric Gagne did all of those years back. Sometimes I wonder what it's like to be a fan of a team that has intelligent ownership and an intelligent General Manager. I mean, I'm stoked to be rid of the McCourts, and this ownership group has potential, but throwing money around doesn't inherently solve problems, especially when it seemingly has no rhyme or reason and might just be a P.R. ploy. Oh, and keeping Colletti is, well, turrible.
The team will easily be better next year when you factor in Matt Kemp isn't likely to miss 60ish games, but without Kershaw, 2013 could be a lost cause. Anyways, on a brighter note, the above Kershaw 1/1 Yellow Printing Plate from 2011 Bowman Finest Futures was had for just under $16 and is only my second Clayton plate. Clayton has followed up his Cy Young season with another 5 WAR season.