Fans rip Dodgers over Scully-gate

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:03 PM ET

TORONTO - A Los Angeles Dodger season ticket holder named John Richards received a ballclub-authored survey in the mail, a survey presumably sent to other season subscribers. He was so stunned and outraged by a section in which he was asked to evaluate the work of broadcaster Vin Scully, that he wrote an e-mail about it to T.J. Simers, of the Los Angeles Times.

Wrote Richards:

“On a scale of 1 to 5, they wanted my opinion of Vin Scully in the following eight areas: 1. Knowledge of baseball; 2. Knowledge of Dodgers organization; 3. Objectivity; 4. Accuracy of calls; 5. Storytelling ability; 6. Focus on the game; 7. Style; 8. Overall performance.

“This is like polling Catholics about Mother Teresa’s work,” he said. “This is Vin’s 62nd year behind the microphone in a broadcasting career that no one will ever emulate. Is this portion of the survey really necessary?”

Just when you thought the Frank McCourt-run Dodgers couldn’t sink any lower, they show you they’ve got another gear.

HUGE HOMETOWN DISCOUNT

Now there’s something you don’t see every day. A Scott Boras client left something on the table.

Not just something. Jered Weaver probably left at least $40 million or more on the table by signing for a hometown discount with the Angels this week. The Halos locked up Weaver, a Southern Cal boy, for five years at $85 million, a year ahead of free agency. Had Weaver waited until after the 2012 season and taken his superb right arm to the highest bidder, estimates run to $150 million in a long term deal.

Weaver didn’t want that. He wanted to stay close to his roots, both familial and baseball. He’s been with the Angels since he turned pro.

“If 85’s not enough to take care of my family and generations to come, then I’m pretty stupid,” said Weaver.

NO SWEARING

It sounded absurd when news came out that Tigers pitcher Brad Penny was yelling at Tampa’s Sean Rodriguez for running “too hard” on a pop-up during Tuesday’s game.

Such criticism seemed even more absurd when Rodriguez actually beat the Tigers on a hustle play on Wednesday, beating a throw to second while the winning run scored.

“For anybody to bark at another player for ... hustling is absolutely insane, ludicrous,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon.

Turns out, at least according to Penny, that he was yelling at Rodriguez for swearing loudly as he rounded the bases at quiet Tropicana Field.

“To me, that’s a sign of disrespect if you’re screaming that loud,” Penny said. “All these kids can hear you, it’s not too loud in here. So to me, that’s not really professional.”

Rodriguez agreed, to a point, but didn’t think it was any of Penny’s business.

“It’s not a good image you want to be sending off, cause with TV the way it is and media the way it is, you can read lips and can see what we’re saying to each other,” Rodriguez said. “So in essence, I can see where he can say it’s not professional. But there’s no need for him to come out and bark at me. He didn’t have to say anything to me, whether it was unprofessional or not, it’s not his place to do that, that’s not the time to do that.”

BOSOX FANS CAN STOP FRETTING

In a 157 at-bat span over 40 games from July 7 to August 23, Adrian Gonzalez hit exactly one home run, causing all manner of speculation in Boston, a city where angst is as much a pastime as baseball itself.

Then, in Texas this week, Gonzalez hit five home runs in 12 plate appearances. The last three homers — one on Wednesday and two on Thursday — came on consecutive pitches.

“I hit them in spurts,” Gonzalez said. “Everybody knows that. When I have a good swing, it’s just a feeling I have, and you hit them in bunches. It’s a time right now when I feel good. Hopefully I can continue swinging like that tomorrow.”

COBB TAKES A REAL RIBBING

After feeling discomfort in his right hand and numbness down his right arm, Tampa pitcher Alex Cobb went on the disabled list early in August. To get to the bottom of the problem, he went to see a vascular surgeon named Gregory Pearl.

The surgeon diagnosed a blood clot in Cobb’s right subclavian vein that needed to be removed. The problem was, to do it correctly, one of Cobb’s ribs needed to be removed.

Cobb went ahead with the surgery but afterward, he claimed his rib back and keeps it in a jar

“I’ve got the rib at my house,” Cobb said. “My dad asked me to keep it. It’s in a jar. It looks like a rib. It looks like you went to Chili’s and got a little baby rib and put it in a jar of liquid.”

Cobb is thinking of putting it on top of his locker in the Rays’ clubhouse.

“I’m okay with that,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I just don’t need to see it.”


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