What’s to Become of Mannywood?

MAY 7, 2009: Manny Ramirez, The Dodgers star slugger, tested positive for PED’s. He received a 50 Game Suspension from Major League Baseball, and won’t be able to play again until July 3, 2009.

Mannywood.JPG 

MAY 8: Manny’s statement says that his Doctor prescribed medication thinking it was not on Major League Baseballs list of banned substances. In short, the doctor made a mistake according to Manny. Until more evidence pops up stating otherwise, we need to give Manny the benefit of the doubt. But since the drugs he was using is on the list of banned substances, Manny should serve his full 50 game suspension.

 

MAY 9: Eric Stoltz pitches a Full Game Shut out against the San Francisco Giants (8-0) as the team wins its first game since Manny’s suspension. Stoltz even batted in a run with a single to right field.

MAY 14: Without Manny, The Dodgers won a 3 game series against the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies in the City of Brotherly Love.

MAY 17: Without Manny, The Dodgers won a 3 game series against the Florida Marlins, 2 games to 1.

MAY 20: Without Manny, The Dodgers completed a 3 game sweep of one of the best teams in the National League–the New York Mets.

JUNE 2009: The Dodgers remained over 5 games ahead of the other teams in the NL West, as Manny’s replacement, Juan Pierre was red hot. Overall, Manny’s suspension did not hurt the team considerably much.

____________________

JULY 2009: Manny returned to the line up just before the All Star Break and received a warm reception from Dodger Fans.

Following All Star Break 2009: Though Manny Ramirez has gotten a warm reception as he returned to the starting line-up, he has received constant criticism from fans of other ball clubs, particularly the fans of the Anaheim Angels just down the I-5 Freeway from Dodger Stadium. Check this out:

Last year, The Angels were the only MLB team to win 100 games. In the middle of the Summer 2008, The Angels dominated the Boston Red Sox during a three game series. The Red Sox were beat by buku runs during that series. The Angels Team exhibited Freak Power Surges pretty much throughout the entire 2008 Season just like they did during that Summer Series with the Red Sox. Then came the post season, when The Anaheim Angels would once again face the Boston Red Sox. Anaheim couldn’t even touch the Red Sox. The Halos played like they didn’t even belong in the Post Season, probably because they didn’t belong there. How do you explain all this? Well, I do know one thing. If players use PED’s during the play-offs these days, they are going to get caught. So, the players usually will refrain from using PED’s during the post season these days.

Let’s think about this. Manny Ramirez got caught using PED’s at the very start of the 2009 Season, and received a 50 game suspension which really didn’t hurt The Dodgers too much as they remained a long ways out in first place in the NL West. During that time, the awareness of PED’s was once again brought out in the open to where MLB players needed to think twice before using. During this 50 Game Period which Manny willingly paid his dept and served the 50 game suspension, The Angels were not producing nearly what they were in 2008. After Manny served the suspension, the issue of PED’s in Major League Baseball began to fade into the background. Right after the All Star Break, The Anaheim Angels Freak Power Surges suddenly started up again, even though their best players, including Tori Hunter, were (and are)  on the DL. I am not making any formal accusations that Arte Moreno and The Anaheim Angels are cheating, and using PED’s, but there is enough writing on the wall here that I have strong suspicions. For the time being, Angel fans should keep their remarks about Manny to themselves.

 

Blog 2. 

True Blue Los Angeles Baseball.

ArmadaFan’s Sports*World.

The “Lewis and Clark” of Major League Baseball.

     It was Meriweather Lewis and William Clark who opened up the way west back around 1801 (with the help of Sacajawea). Before that, America was all concentrated in the East, especially on the East Coast. When the Famous Lewis and Clark Expedition was successful, and reached the Pacific Ocean, a lot of the heavy concentration on the East Coast felt compelled and began to move west and settle there more and more.It was same set up with Major League Baseball in tis earlier years. The MLB was mostly concentrated on the East Coast with some in the central states like Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio. Then along came Walter O’Malley and Gene Autry. In the late 1950’s there were more than two teams playing in The Big Apple. The were no MLB Teams out on the West Coast. O’Malley took the plunge, since there were at least two other teams in New York, and moved his team to Los Angeles. 


      A lot of fans have questioned Walter’s loyalty to Dodger Fans when he left Brooklyn for the West Coast. Loyalty is a “Two-way Street” or a “No-way Street.” By the late 1950’s, Ebbett’s Field was ancient ruins. O’Malley knew his Dodgers were in dire need of a new stadium. He sought the City of New York for land to build the new stadium. That community did nothing to comply. What did the fans do to help talk the city into honoring O’Malley’s request? Nothing. O’Malley tried to keep his team in New York. O’Malley was disloyal to the fans? it seems to me The Community and the fans were disloyal to O’Malley first. So one more time, Two-way Street or No-way Street. O’Malley began to consider other options. Soon, Los Angeles offered O’Malley everything he wanted from the City of New York, and then some. You know the rest. Ebbet’s Field was in terrible shape, and no way was it ever going to be used again, so it had an appointment with the wrecking ball.

As it turns out, Horace Stoneman, owner of The GIANTS, was having the very same problems with New York, and finally San Francisco was willing to give Stoneman what he couldn’t get frm New York.The very first National League Team on the West Coast turned out to be a huge huge success. Shortly Later Gene Autry bought an American League Expansion Team and brought The American League West for the first time as well. This later prompted other MLB Franchises to set up in Yhe West as well, in San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Seattle, and later on, Phoenix (Arizona) and Denver (Colorado).

As Lewis and Clark opened up the way west, for American Settlers to settle there, Walt O,Malley and Gene Autry did the same for Major League Baseball, which is why I call O’Malley and Autry the “Lewis and Clark” of Major League Baseball.


Blog 2.

Axis of Greed in MLB.

By William Baxter.
      What has Steroids Use in Major League Sports, The Major League Baseball Strike of 1994, The Black Sox Scandal of 1919, The Anaheim Angels name change to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (along with other franchises which market to cities they don’t play in), players and their agents wanting eight and nine digit salaries during America’s worse economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930’s, all have in common? It comes down to one word which The Bible doesn’t speak to highly of: GREED. This has taking over America’s Greatest Past Times more and more with each passing year.  The “Axis of Greed” in Major Professional Sports (not just Baseball) are:

1) BUD SELIG: He has permitted the steroids use in Major League Baseball to go on unpunished, he allowed the Angels Name Change, he allowed the Strike to go on despite the fact that players were being paid far more then anyone is worth, and he still refuses to enforce salary caps. The reason is: more cash flow. Some of this may be more because of cowardice than greed, but since he is in a position to provide solutions to Greed in Major League Baseball, and he chooses to do just the opposite, he is a major part of the problem. Meanwhile, it is the fans who end up paying the price as ticket prices continue to soar.
2) ARTE MORENO & ANGELS FRONT OFFICE: Moreno and the Angels Front Office ultimately defied the fans in Anaheim and Orange County, plus the Fans of Los Angeles, California. They are only interested in capitalizing on the City of L.A’s name.  They also defied tradition., which is something that most franchises and their fans take a great deal of pride in. All this was for what? All this was for “The Almighty Dollar.” Billionaires  quite often are not only among the richest men in the world, but often among the most discontent people in the world. Fan Friendliness and Greed cannot co-exist together.
The worse thing is that The Amgeels Front Office has sought to turn the small market Angels into a big market team at The L.A. Dodger’s expense, which is the one thing you can’t do as an Anaheim Team.
3) GEORGE STEINBRENNER AND SON: The Yankees have the best history and tradition in the History of Major League Baseball, not to mention a good percentage of the World Series Rings. That in itself is worth a king’s ransom for those who own this franchise. But for these two, it is never enough. The Steinbrenner’s spending of buku bucks for players has triggered inflation in Major League Baseball which has become more and more costly for the fans of all the MLB Teams.
.

4) SCOTT BORAS: He manages to represent all the super stars which fans would like to see get signed on by their favorite teams. The more the fans want to see players represented by Scott Boras signed by their teams, the more Boras drives up the price and tries to stuff his own pockets. In short, If the fans want to see these players (like Manny Ramirez) signed by their favorite team, it will cost THEM more and more at the ticket window. So much for “The customer (fan) comes first” or “The customer is always right.”
_______________________________________
    I’m not trying to judge these people. That’s something I have no desire to do.  What I want to make clear is that all the franchise owners, agents, and players are NOT the backbone of Major League Baseball. In any business, the customer is the backbone of its success, and in Major League Baseball, the customer is “The Fan.” The fans come first, and I believe it is high time that MLB Fans unite and take back America’s Greatest Past Time which is being distorted more and more by greed. Major League Baseball  is about The Fans above everything else. The Fans must always come first. Greed takes way from this, and then the main focus is always shifted away from the fans and the love of the game.  
     A lot of times, when the customer in any business ceases to “Be first” or ceases to be “Always right,” all the customers boycott. That is what needs to happen here. I have been boycotting Major League Sports, especially The Angels. I have decided to keep my Major League Fan Websites ( [1] True Blue Los Angeles Baseball, [2] Showers of Sparks-Chargers Site, and [3] Pecos Bill’s Quack Attack-Ducks Site) up and running, but on my memoir pages I will only be recording team victories. I won’t be attending any more Major League Sports for some time, and starting now, I will not be buying anymore memorabilia for The Dodgers, Chargers, or Ducks for quite awhile. I have become a fan and season ticket holder for two Minor League Franchises the last few years, and I have no regrets. In Minor League Sports, The Fans and the Love of the Game still comes first, and that makes a great deal of difference when one is enjoying passive recreation and spectator sports. The teams I support now for the most part are the Long Beach Armada in the Golden Baseball League, and the Anaheim Arsenal in the NBA-Development League..
  Watch the games at home, stay away from the ball parks and arenas. If you believe that America’s Greatest Past Times belong to the fans, please pass this on to your friends and loved ones and let the boycott begin. 
WEBSITES HOSTING THIS ARTICLE:

Dodgers-Angels Rivalry???

There are three Noted Rivalries in Major League Baseball:

1) Yankees-Red Sox
2) Dodgers-GIANTS
3) Cubs-Cardinals

THERE IS NO ANGELS-DODGERS RIVALRY, PERIOD. What has been going on is a corporate turf war between the two front offices, mostly initiated by Arte Moreno. Frank McCourt has quite a big piece of the pie in Los Angeles. Frank has it, Arte wants it in addition to a smaller piece of the pie–Orange County. The Fans of each team has gotten caught up in this turf war, and there has been a lot of animosity, but none of that animosity related to baseball.


In MLB, there is what I call “The Big Four:” they are The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Cubs. These four teams have stood out from all the other MLB Teams. Where all the other teams have fan bases and team merchandise only in the geographical areas they represent, The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Cubs have a fan base which extends throughout the USA; and their team merchandise are sold in stores all over the country, and not just in the geographical areas they represent. Obviously, its not just winning and World Series Rings that have set these four teams apart from all the others in the MLB. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series for one whole century. There are a lot of factors which contributed to what set these four teams apart, and I don’t know what was all involved in that. I do know that each of these four teams own the stadiums they play in. I do know that Arte and his “Followers” want The Angels to be one of “The Big Four” instead of The Dodgers. As far as these three noted rivalries go, each of the rivalries involve at least one team from The Big Four. I can understand why Arte and a lot of his followers would want a rivalry with The Dodgers. But one needs to understand that again,  there is no Dodgers-Angels Rivalry, and The Angels will never be The Dodgers, or will they ever “Replace” The Dodgers .

 

THE CURSE OF THE NAME CHANGE (2005):

Three years ago, January 3, 2005; Arte Moreno broke the hearts of Anaheim and Orange County, not to mention a lot of the loyal baseball fans from Orange County. Changing the Angel’s name from the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels was a slap in the face to the people of Orange County. Arte Moreno was not thinking of anyone but himself. The Angels won the World Series in 2002 as the Anaheim Angels, but since the name change it has been the same thing year in and year out. They perform well during the regular season only to get humiliated in the first round of the post season. According to the recent Harris Poll which is conducted on a regular basis, The Angels, despite their 100 win season, was voted the most unpopular MLB Team in the United States, and they are always “Under the radar” where the sports media is concerned. Is this all coincidence? I don’t think so.
 
      A curse is on the so called Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. From this day on, they may make the post seasons in the coming years, but just like the last couple of years, they will never get past the first round. Never again will The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim see one at bat in the World Series, until such a day that the team’s owner sees fit to give Anaheim and Orange County, and the loyal fans in Orange County, back their team. Until “Los Angeles” is dropped, and the title is restored to Anaheim Angels or OC Angels, every post season will be like this one.

The Curse of the Name Change (2005) has officially begun. The Dodgers are “True Blue Los Angeles Baseball.”

 

Blue Los Angeles Baseball

ArmadaFan’s Sports*World.

2008 Dodger Player of the Year.

2008 National League West Division Champions.

To All Angels Fans.

Dodgers Overcame All Odds in 2008.

For much of the 2008 Season, the Los Angeles Dodgers maintained Second Place in the National League–West Division Standings. The turning point of the season came right after the All Star Break, when the Boston Red Sox traded Future Hall of Famer, Manny Ramirez, to The Dodgers.  Even though he migrated 3,000 Miles across the USA, “Manny continued being Manny.” In a short time after he started playing for The Dodgers, Manny broke Mel Ott’s all time Home Run Record of 512 homers.A couple of months later, Manny broke Ted William’s All time Home Run Record, and at the end of the 2008 Season, he had a career total of 527 Home Runs. Casey Blake also joined The Blue Crew which also contributed to the team’s improvement.

 

      After Manny joined the team, The Dodgers endured one major slump in August on the road as they were swept by The Phillies and The Nationals. After those two sweeps, they faced The Diamondbacks where they lost the first game. After that game, The Dodgers won the other two games of the series, and after that they developed a winning streak that didn’t end for the remainder of the 2008 season.  During their ill-fated road trip against The Phillies and The Ntionals in August 2008,. The Dodgers dropped to four games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in The NL West Standings. In September of 2008, The Dodgers regained their confidence, and jumped to four games ahead of The Diamondbacks to eventually clinch the Division.

 

      At the start of The 2008 Post Season, The Media and The Angels Fanbase all predicted that the Chicago Cubs (who had the best record in the National League) would blow The Dodgers right out of The Play Offs. As it turns out, it was quite the opposite. The Dodgers won the first round of the National League Post Season by sweeping The Cubs three games to none. As The Cubs were on the brink of elimination, people began to reflect on The Curse of the Billy Goat, which is something that started way back 1945, about 63 years ago. But throughout that series with The Cubs, Manny continued being Manny, and The Dodgers Pitching was lights out, and The Dodgers simply seemed to be doing everything right and playing like a championship calibur team. The Dodgers went on to play the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2008 National League Pennant.

BLOG 2.

True Blue Los Angeles Baseball.

ArmadaFan’s Sports*World.