Among many emotions, Dodger fans are sad and mad, frustrated and disappointed. Theyre also jealous.
Jealous that their No. 1 rival, the dreaded Giants, have smartly built the best team in baseball.
While the Dodgers have become an ATM machine for marquee players, the Giants have done it the old-fashioned way, drafting wisely, emphasizing pitching and filling holes admirably with free agents who have been under the radar (see Scutaro, Marco).
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, for that matter continue to stagger under the weight of huge long-term contracts while the Giants have pieced together a team that elicits envy from every franchise in the game.
The team has been crafted masterfully by general manager Brian Sabean and orchestrated on the field by the underappreciated Bruce Bochy. Its pitching, defense, depth and a marvelous young catcher in Buster Posey thats paying dividends in the Bay Area,officials responsible forroads say
. Down here, teams are built on money and that foundation is simply not working
No player was elected to the Hall of Fame this past year, but look for a significant influx next year when Greg Maddux,true religion jeans outlet
, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas all figure to gain entry on their first try while Jeff Kent and Mike Mussina will be given strong consideration
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; Five Down: (Through Tuesday) Bostons Clay Buchholz (6-0), Tampas Matt Moore (5-0), Kansas Citys Jeremy Guthrie (4-0), the Mets Matt Harvey (4-0) and Arizonas Patrick Corbin (4-0) are 23-0. Washingtons Stephen Strasburg (1-4), Tampas David Price (1-3), Phillys Cole Hamels (1-4),chanel bags 2013
, San Franciscos Matt Cain (1-2) and Torontos R.A. Dickey (2-5) are 6-18,true religion Outlet
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April Fool: Albert Pujols, he of the $240 million contract, shouldnt even suit up in April. In his two years with the Angels, he hit ,chanelbagsrose.com
.235 with two home runs in 178 at bats
A road trip to a day game in Anaheim is always pretty special. Traveling with baseball royalty like Al Rosen and Bobby Winkles, as I had the honor of doing last Saturday, is priceless
Rosen, Winkles, author-cartoonist Murray Olderman, all desert residents, and I made the round trip to the Angels-Orioles game where we visited with Mike Scioscia, had lunch with Clyde Wright and shared dozens of stories from Reggie Jackson to Billy Martin to Rick Monday and more,http://www.truereligionjeansoutletrose.com/
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Pete Donovan is a Palm Desert resident and former Los Angeles Times reporter. He can be reached at .