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Rat Fac really did suck didn't he? He'll catch on somewhere. We wish him well.

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye.....An Ode To The Dodger Rentals

It’s so hard to say goodbye…..to yesterdaaaaaaayyyyyyyy……

I’ll pour one out for the homies as well.

I know it’s hard to say goodbye sometimes, but in this case, I must. This is an ode to all of the rental Dodgers from last year. The guys we’re not likely to ever see again. The players picked up from the waiver wire, or traded for during the summer of our discontent. The short term, or store bought Dodgers. The memories……. So without further adieu, here are the guys that we won’t see again. Most were lousy, so I won’t shed a tear. Or maybe I will? let’s say goodbye to them in style. The good times….and the bad……

Goodbye Shane Victorino also known as Rat Face, or Rat Boy….

He may have been a rodent on the base paths, with his 15 stolen bases, but that was about the only way he was able to pester anyone’s opposing pitcher, thanks to some lousy and declining batting skills. It seemed like a great idea at first. The Dodgers traded popular middle reliever Josh Lindblom, and a minor leaguer for Victorino. It seemed like a smart idea at the time. The Dodgers needed a left fielder and a lead-off hitter badly. Of course batting .245 in 53 games with just a paltry .316 OBP won’t make anyone miss you. So goodbye Rat boy! You sucked something awful, and you won’t be missed.

It’s so hard to say goodbye….to Yesterdayyyyyyyy……ooooooooooohhhh!

Joe Blanton

32 earned runs in ten starts. buh-by Bumton!-Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Our next goodbye goes out to starting pitcher Joe Blanton. (Bumton). Blanton was picked up off of waivers from the Phillies because of all the injuries to the rotation. The Dodgers needed depth, and Blanton seemed like a cheap veteran pick up. Until he began to serve up runs like hot cakes that is. Blanton served up some runs. Blanton allowed 32 earned runs in ten starts, with an astronomical 10.3 hits per nine rate. Overall the 31 year old right hander finished with a 2-4 record, and a 4.99 ERA. Now he did finish strong, allowing just four earned runs over his last three starts. However that doesn’t make up for the 32 earned runs he served up. He’s headed for free agency this year, and he will not be back wearing Blue. Anyone want to ask him now what he thinks about the Dodger boo birds that came out every time he took the mound? Remember he told the L.A. Times that it didn’t bother him because he had heard worse in Philadelphia. Well, I’m sure he’ll be hearing those boo birds again real soon, just not wearing a Dodger uniform.

How do I say goodbye to what we had? The good times that made us laugh…….

The Memories……

 

How do I say goodbye to what we had?

The good times that made us laugh Outweigh the bad.

I thought we’d get to see forever But forever’s gone away

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

I don’t know where this road Is going to lead All I know is where we’ve been And what we’ve been through.

If we get to see tomorrow

I hope it’s worth all the wait

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

And I’ll take with me the memories To be my sunshine after the rain

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

And I’ll take with me the memories To be my sunshine after the rain

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

 

Matt Treanor

Treanor’s wife Misty-May had more hits then he did with the Dodgers.-Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Our next tearful farewell goes out to backup catcher Matt Treanor. Oh the memories……

Perhaps we might not be saying goodbye to him if he had hit above the Mendoza line. But his .175 batting average, and triple slash line of .175/.282/.281 made sure that he bought a one way ticket to free agentsville. It is such a shame. Only 18 hits all season assured us that his wife Misty May had more hits than he did. His highlight of the season was his confrontation with L.A. Times writer Bill Plaschke in the Dodger clubhouse. Peace out Treanor!

 

I thought we would get to see forever, But forever is gone away…..

Bobby Abreu

Bobby is one player from this group, I’m actually sad to see go.-Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Our next tearful goodbye goes out to outfielder and pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu. Bobby Blue is actually the only player in this group, that I’m sad to see go. The 39 year old veteran will probably retire, but I guess another season wouldn’t be too far out of the question. Unfortunately it won’t be in Dodger Blue. Abreu still put up a decent batting average of .245 with three home runs, and 19 RBI. Of course, his .159 average in the second half might have something to do with him not being resigned. He hit only .188 in September, and could never duplicate his hot start. (.318 in May). Good luck with your retirement Bobby!

 

And I’ll take with me the memories…..To be my sunshine after the rain

Randy Choate. (The Big Iguana)

Will the Big Iguana be back next year in Dodger Blue????-Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Our last goodbye goes out to Lefty reliever Randy Choate. Although the Dodgers might bring him back. However I won’t shed a tear if they don’t. We took the goods with the bad with the big Iguana Randy Choate. He pitched in 80 games, posting a 3.03 ERA, and held lefties to a .461 OPS. That’s the good. The bad, he allowed an .821 OPS to right handers. It remains to be seen if Choate will be back in Dodger Blue. But if he is not, I tip my hat, and my beer to him, and all of the memories he gave to us in 2012.

It’s so hard, to say goodbye, to yesterday……..I tip my hat, and spill my beer in tribute to these Dodgers who will no longer be with us in 2013. This is an ode and goodbye to the rentals. I’ll pour some out for the homies as well.

Tags: Bobby Abreu Joe Blanton Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Treanor Randy Choate Shane Victorino

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