Printer Friendly
The Free Library
22,738,802 articles and books

SO DODGERS DON'T WANT TO GIVE PEACE A CHANCE?



Byline: KEVIN MODESTI

VERO BEACH Vero Beach (vēr`o), city (1990 pop. 17,350), seat of Indian River co., E Fla., on Indian River (a lagoon and part of the Intracoastal Waterway); founded c.1888, inc. 1919. , Fla. - Sometimes you find a revealing anecdote to lead the annual Dodgers spring-training ``mood of the camp'' column, and sometimes a revealing anecdote finds you.

Reporters were in Jim Tracy's office, taking down the manager's comments after an exhibition game here last week and minding their own business, when Jim Colborn
    James William Colborn (born May 22, 1946 in Santa Paula, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.
The right-handed Colborn pitched for the Chicago Cubs (1969-71), Milwaukee Brewers (1972-76), Kansas City Royals (1977-78) and Seattle Mariners (1978).
 leaned through the door. A writer kidded the pitching coach about what had seemed to be a tongue-in-cheek remark during his own postgame press session minutes earlier. Colborn had said straight-faced that a sharp effort by Kevin Brown The name Kevin Brown can refer to several different people, including the following:
  • Kevin Brown (baseball) (b. 1965), a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher with 211 career wins
  • Kevin D. Brown (b.
 that day had ``pushed Andy Ashby
    Andrew Jason (Andy) Ashby (born July 11, 1967 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a former starting pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1991-1992, 2000), Colorado Rockies (1993), San Diego Padres (1993-1999, 2004), Atlanta Braves (2000) and Los Angeles Dodgers
     into the bullpen.''

    Colborn didn't smile at the reporter's reminder and explained he hadn't exactly been goofing around.

    ``I was being sarcastic to express my bleeping bleep  
    n.
    A brief high-pitched sound, as from an electronic device.

    v. bleeped, bleep·ing, bleeps

    v.intr.
    To emit a bleep or bleeps.

    v.tr.
     ticked-off attitude about what you guys are writing,'' he said (give or take a word or two), a reference to L.A. newspaper and Internet articles speculating Ashby will be relegated to the bullpen and quoting the pitcher's hope to remain a starter. ``That's how I treat my opponents.''

    The next morning, when an mlb.com writer approached Ashby's locker, the pitcher said loudly he no longer was speaking with reporters because the articles had caused Colborn to ``yell at me.''

    ``You can call me (Kevin) Brown II when you want to talk to me,'' Ashby said, naming that occasionally press-shy teammate and causing other Dodgers in the clubhouse to break up laughing.

    The irony there is that Brown has been terrific with reporters this spring, at least in comparison to Ashby and Colborn last week.

    Ashby later claimed implausibly that he was joking when he threatened to shut out the press, and Colborn has been cordial since calling reporters ``my opponents,'' but the episode raises questions.

    During a spring when the Dodgers seem to be finding the harmony and optimism they've craved throughout the Fox ownership's tempestuous tem·pes·tu·ous  
    adj.
    1. Of, relating to, or resembling a tempest: tempestuous gales.

    2. Tumultuous; stormy: a tempestuous relationship.
     half-decade, why do they seem to want to rekindle re·kin·dle  
    tr.v. re·kin·dled, re·kin·dling, re·kin·dles
    1. To relight (a fire).

    2. To revive or renew: rekindled an old interest in the sciences.
     ill will?

    While the team celebrates having chased away many of the distractions of recent seasons, why is the pitching coach distracting a key pitcher by complaining about some honest quotes?

    Is this a reflection of the franchise's obsession with avoiding controversy, a product of the growing pressure on the staff to win, or an attempt to foster an us-against-them spirit?

    Or has the sometimes-caustic press of the Fox years driven the Dodgers nuts?

    The Dodgers responded to ``mood of the camp'' questions by saying this has been an unusually relaxed, workmanlike work·man·like  
    adj.
    Befitting a skilled artisan or craftsperson; skillfully done.


    workmanlike
    Adjective

    skilfully done: a neat workmanlike job

    Adj. 1.
    , team-oriented spring training, which is pretty much what they say every year.

    ``I think we're getting back to the point where (we're) all about baseball instead of all about in-house fighting,'' Tracy said.

    Tracy laughed softly when the Colborn incident in his office was brought up.

    And the manager offered an analysis that's either good news for Dodgers fans or the bravest attempt at spin control in Dodgertown history.

    ``He's very protective of his flock (the pitchers),'' Tracy said of Colborn. ``As is the manager. So when he reads something that he feels is premature (in casting Ashby to the bullpen), he takes a little offense. As does the manager. ... That's not a bad thing, (as long as) a grudge doesn't enter into the equation.''

    The Dodgers' front office has to know Colborn mishandled the situation.

    ``I've said to players in the past, `Don't create controversies,' '' said Derrick Hall
    ''For the Irish cricketer of the same name see Derrick Hall (cricketer)


    This article or section is written like an .
    , the club's senior vice president for communications.

    But Hall amplifies Tracy's upbeat take on last week's flare-up.

    ``It just shows how close everyone (on the team) is and how protective they are of one another,'' Hall said, suggesting Colborn was trying to defend Ashby against negative thoughts rather than to stir him up. ``It shows how much they care for one another.''

    I called this a revealing anecdote and it is.

    Either it reveals the Dodgers' most rancorous ran·cor  
    n.
    Bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will. See Synonyms at enmity.



    [Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin, rancid smell, from Latin
     era is not quite over.

    Or it reveals comradeship unseen in Dodgers clubhouses of the recent past.

    In the Dodgers' dreams, the day Jim Colborn ``protected'' Andy Ashby will go into history alongside the morning 15 springs ago when Kirk Gibson
      Kirk Harold Gibson (born May 28, 1957) is a former American two-sport athletic star, best known as a Major League Baseball player noted for his competitiveness and clutch hitting. Currently he serves as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
       stormed out of Dodgertown, furious an unbusinesslike unbusinesslike adj [trader] → poco profesional; [transaction] → incorrecto;
      (fig) [person] → poco práctico: (= without method
       teammate put eye-black in his cap, and set the no-fooling-around tone for the club's last World Series championship.

      Maybe this is not as far-fetched as it seems.

      As long as they treat the opponents carrying bats and gloves the way they treated the opponents carrying pens and notepads.
      COPYRIGHT 2003 Daily News
      No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
      Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

       Reader Opinion

      Title:

      Comment:



       

      Article Details
      Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
      Title Annotation:Sports
      Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
      Date:Mar 11, 2003
      Words:738
      Previous Article:BRIEFLY HOCH SEES THE BALL, WINS IN PLAYOFF.
      Next Article:KINGS RE-SIGN MILLER, THEN LOSE DEFENSEMAN GETS FOUR-YEAR DEAL DETROIT 3, KINGS 2.



      Related Articles
      DODGERS NOTEBOOK: LOSS OF ASHBY MEANS TEAM NEEDS STARTERS.
      LITTLE SLUGGERS TO COMPETE FOR TRIP TO DODGER STADIUM.
      DODGER DOLDRUMS L.A. FAILS TO BACK STRONG ASHBY EFFORT TORONTO 2, DODGERS 1.
      FOX WANTS OUT, BUT WHO'S BUYING? WITH SNAGS GALORE, DODGERS' SALE WON'T BE A HOME RUN.
      SURFING THE TUBE.
      AGONY FOR ASHBY, DODGERS TEAM SUFFERS THIRD ONE-RUN LOSS IN A ROW SAN FRAN. 5, DODGERS 4.
      OPPORTUNITY AT THE DOOR KIM NG EARNS FRONT-OFFICE RESPECT.
      SURFING THE TUBE.
      TRACY SHOULD BE GIVEN BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT.

      Terms of use | Copyright © 2014 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters