Drink Up, Johnny 

My favorite quote so far from today's news about the new steroid (and amphetamines!) policy:

Players who test positive for amphetamines for the first time will be subject to mandatory evaluation and follow-up testing. "That's going to shake it up a little bit," [Atlanta catcher Johnny] Estrada said. "Amphetamines have been around since the days of Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle. It was kept hush-hush and just accepted. Now that they're in the public eye, guys are getting criticized for taking them. I've heard guys say they'd retire if they can't take amphetamines. I don't know if they're joking or not."

"I'm 29 years old, I drink my coffee and that's all I need. But 10 years from now, I don't know what it would take for me to be able to catch nine innings every night."



Ned Colletti's a Dodger. I always knew I hated that guy for some reason. The Giants assistant GM will be announced as the new L.A. general manager tomorrow, according to wire reports. He beat out longtime Dodger executive Kim Ng, who would have become the first woman GM, not to mention the first Asian American GM. And the first GM with only two letters as a last name. This guy is bummed.


I've now seen this reference to Colletti repeated a couple times:

A native of Chicago and graduate of Northern Illinois University, he has authored four books.

Hey, wow! A fellow traveler! Gotta go to Amazon to see what he's written...whoa, languid French bisexual erotica.

Oops. That's Colette. Not Colletti.

Let's try this again. After a bit of searching, I could only find two books of his own solo penmanship: You Gotta Have Heart: Dallas Green's Rebuilding of the Cubs, and Golden Glory: Notre Dame vs. Purdue. Classics, both. Thanks to Ned's work, it's rare you hear the words "Dallas Green" without the word "heart" somewhere nearby. Like "green-eyed monster" and "jealousy." Or "Portnoy" and "liver."

Finally: dammit, how come I never saw this picture before? At least when Ned decorates his new Dodger Stadium office, he won't need to buy an extra rug.


A sampling of reactions re. Colletti from around the Web:

Catfish Stew says "Dodger fans can now expect that every single pitching prospect they have will be traded for some sort of average major-league talent. Every. Single. One."

Dodger Thoughts listened to Colletti's press conference and was struck by his humility and by the difficulty of getting a read on his true nature. "The hiring of Colletti is somewhat like the approval of a Supreme Court justice. People are projecting their own fears or desires onto Colletti based on scraps from his past, but I'm not sure any of us can really know how he'll act wearing the black robe until he throws it over his sport coat."

Brian Sabean says Colletti will probably eat a lot of pasta with Tommy Lasorda.

Colletti says, "What, you talkin' to me?"

Bill Plaschke, the L.A. Times version of Bruce Jenkins ("I'll take a guy who wears his socks high over some computer-derived on base percentage any day!"), says Colletti is a solid old-school guy, "a batting-cage guy," but untested in being out front. "Colletti could be out of his league, a guy who blinks hard under the Hollywood lights."

Tommy Lasorda, on his very own blog, says he doesn't like Colletti because he's Italian..."I love him because I’m Italian!" Fuggedaboudit, Tommy! In the comments section of Tommy's post, somebody left this note:

What are the odds that Tommy will stab Ned in the back by the all-star break?

Posted by: dodgers@justwrite.us | November 16, 2005 04:15 PM

Thought I'd record it for posterity before Tommy's blog-handlers forcibly remove it from the premises.


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