That's what this Dodger trade feels like. It's obvious they are the Richie Rich of the NL, and can just paper over holes in their lineup with humongous wads of cash and have absolutely no care at all about long term finances. It's now-now-now in LA-LA land. Three games out? No problem, just get a $100M first baseman. Pitcher might be hurt? Throw $50M at it. Guy on the DL at $20M/year? Just pencil him in for next season. Wow, George Steinbrenner lives. And he lives right down the road at Chavez LAtrine. The Dodgers want it all now, there's not a thought about next year's budget in this process. Hell, they probably don't even have a budget. It's "get 'er done" Hollywood-style. Look at the Washington Nationals: management want to shut down their ace in the middle of a pennant race because they are worried about his health. The Dodgers think management means "just get a new one."
It's irritating when the collection of billionaires who run the Giants won't fork over the big dough for the right guy. I mean, c'mon. You bought the Ferrari and it's got $1500 wiper blades--shut the fuck up and buy the goddamn things. But they are who they are--this team is going to stay within operational expense parameters, thank you very much. They aren't going to open their wallets. The revenue stream is going to pay for it or they will make do with what they've got. It ain't bad, mind you. The Giants are big spenders compared to most clubs. We've got a good thing going as fans of this outfit. But LA has upped the ante. Hell, the weight of their chips just broke the table! It's a brave new world, now. The West Coast Yankees just stumbled in the front door of your party with a fresh keg and then puked on the carpet.
Meanwhile, back at AT&T, pretty little ballpark of that quaint, well-mannered, thrifty Giants club, a baseball game was played last evening. The fans had a lovely time watching their upright, manly lads defeat the visiting squad. Both clubs were firm and resolute, displaying virtue and courage in the contest. Respectable organizations, these, with long histories and famed ancestral ballplayers. There were rumors, of course, of the new neighbors, but one doesn't rush to judgement in these circles, no, that would be ungentlemanly. But you can be sure their loins were being girded for the battles to come.
Then he caught up two strong spears edged with sharp bronzeAgamemnon and the lads had a bit of a fight on their hands with the Trojans, but they figured out a new angle at the end. Looks like the Giants might have to as well.
and the brazen heads flashed far from him deep into heaven.
And Hera and Athene caused a crash of thunder about him,
doing honour to the lord of deep-golden Mykenai.*
*Iliad, Book XI, 43-45, trans. Robert Fitzgerald