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Wasn’t This Sweet

Posted by Mike on September 29, 2008

In an unprecedented move, Los Angeles Dodgers manger Joe Torre decided to turn over the managerial helms to Nomar Garicaparra on Sunday. Needless to say the Dodgers lost to the San Francisco Giants 3-1. It looks like the Manny Ramirez joy has spread like the herpes virus in Dodger land, so much so that even Nomar is happy in LA. According to the LA Times, Nomar was the manger, Mark Sweeney was the bench coach, and Tanyon Sturtze was the pitching coach. The often miserable Nomar has seemed to turn the corner in Los Angeles when he’s not on the DL, or just because Jeff Kent makes even Nomar seem pleasant, or maybe he has finally found Zoloft. The questions comes to mind, do you think Nomar made the players stand behind the red line ? (In Boston, Nomar has a piece of tape outline his locker, and made reporter’s stand behind that line) More from LA Times:

Torre on Saturday night had given Garciaparra a list of players he couldn’t use, which included Manny Ramirez and Jeff Kent. Furcal had asked Torre for a day off Sunday, but word didn’t reach Garciaparra until the day of the game.

Garciaparra acknowledged that the task made him nervous.

“I made three lineups last night,” he said. “You think I’m kidding?”

Asked whether he feared having to protest a controversial call, he said, “That’s probably what kept me up last night.”

Garciaparra joked that he had worked on how he’d talk to reporters.

“If I had shown you the three lineups, right below them were all the cliches,” he said.

Sturtze made two trips to the mound, visiting Clayton Kershaw in the sixth inning and Cory Wadein the eighth. Garciaparra made two pitching changes.

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