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Letters to Sports: Quit picking on Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman



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Dylan Hernández’s demonization of Freddie Freeman struck me the incorrect means. Put your self in his sneakers. He got here up within the Braves group and has many fond reminiscences. These aren’t erased instantly.

Freddie is an emotional man. He requested to shut that chapter, however no, the sensational press received’t let that occur. There may be an excessive amount of demonization by the media within the political world. I flip to sports activities to flee that. Let Freddie show himself on the sector and earn his pay.

Kirk Stitt
Hereford, Ariz.


Dylan Hernández’s column (hit piece?) on Freddie Freeman triggered my gag reflex. Hernández labels Freeman the “archetype of the entitled athlete.” The Dodgers’ roster is filled with entitled athletes paid tens of tens of millions of {dollars} per yr. Hi there Mookie, Cody, Trea, Justin, Clayton, et al.

Hernández accuses Freeman of conducting a three-month publicity marketing campaign to burnish his picture with Atlanta followers. So, if reporters bombard Freddie with questions within the weeks main as much as the collection in Atlanta, and if Freddie solutions these questions, presenting his aspect of the story, that constitutes a publicity marketing campaign? And now, when he says, “That chapter’s closed,” his status as one of many good guys within the recreation is in query?

It appears Hernández desires it each methods. Both Freddie continues to deal with the difficulty (i.e., publicity marketing campaign) or his “picture is a far cry from fact.”

Freeman is a Gold Glove first baseman who hits .300 and drives in runs for the first-place Dodgers. That’s all he owes the staff, their followers and Dylan Hernández.

Charles Spooner
Aliso Viejo


Good going, Hernández!

You’ve taken a proficient new hero that Dodger followers have fallen in love with and blasted him for in search of a greater contract. Why the hatchet job on this ex-Courageous? Was it actually essential? We have now so few heroes nowadays. Should you topple them?

You’ve taken Santa Claus and made him into Trevor Bauer. What upcoming columns do you’ve got for us? Did Sandy Koufax as soon as litter? Was Jackie Robinson as soon as caught jaywalking on Ventura Boulevard?

Disgrace on you.

Arthur Drobes
Los Angeles

Nutty determination

The Dodgers’ determination to ban long-time Dodger peanut vendor Roger Owens from flippantly tossing baggage of peanuts to followers (of his and the Dodgers) is past ridiculous.

Owens has been tossing baggage of peanuts from behind his again, beneath his legs, hook photographs and lengthy bombs for so long as the L.A. Dodgers have been, nicely, the L.A. Dodgers. He’s iconic. You felt fortunate should you have been sitting in his part, and disenchanted should you weren’t.

The choice was made by the geniuses at Levy Eating places, the corporate that now runs the concessions at Dodger Stadium. They declare it’s for “fan security.” Subsequent to go: the Seventh-inning stretch as a result of it endangers the fan sitting subsequent to, or behind/in entrance of you, as you may unintentionally bump them.

I imply, what are these guys, nuts?

Steve Kay
Tucson, Ariz.


With the present local weather of declining civilization and the way badly folks misbehave and commit unspeakable crimes in opposition to humankind, I hardly assume a long-standing enjoyable custom and ritual followers love, comparable to tossing a bag a peanuts at Dodger Stadium to the group, is grounds for a “BAN!” Within the scheme of life and on a listing of what’s harmful and dangerous, this certain goes proper to the underside of all of it. It’s one of many few joyful issues left to get pleasure from, so loosen up, batter up and play ball. Let the peanuts proceed to fly and say it ain’t so!

Frances Terrell Lippman
Sherman Oaks

Blues clues

When are the Dodgers going to get up and acknowledge that Craig Kimbrel cannot be their closer? Kimbrel clearly doesn’t have what it takes. And wouldn’t it’s good to have A.J. Pollock now? If the Dodgers significantly hope to compete for the World Sequence, they’d higher quickly discover a substitute for Kimbrel.

Steve Phillipi


It has change into more and more clear that the one rationale for pitching Kimbrel within the ninth inning is his contract should stipulate he should pitch a specified variety of innings per week/month, and so on.

It should be getting more and more arduous for Roberts to look the Dodger staff members within the face when he persistently reveals poor decision-making.

Lila Oshatz

Recreation over

You’ll be able to blame the Angels’ problems on unhealthy offers and injured gamers. You’ll be able to hearth the supervisor or rent a brand new GM. Or possibly it’s simply unhealthy luck.

No matter it’s, the Angels stink from the top, and that’s proprietor Arte Moreno. You tried dude, however for the sake of the followers, take your revenue and promote this staff to administration that is aware of tips on how to win, since you don’t.

Jim Fredrick
Manhattan Seaside


Please promote, Arte.

Please promote Arte.

Both one.

Kelly Gallagher
Santa Ana

Double hassle

There is no such thing as a doubt in my thoughts that Brittney Griner is a celeb political prisoner. Nevertheless, how immature may she be? Who packs cannabis oil in her suitcase to take to a rustic the place the drug is prohibited? Haven’t American athletes gotten the thought already that whether or not it’s stealing sun shades in China or smoking marijuana earlier than an Olympic drug check, that breaking one other nation’s guidelines will get you in hassle?

Griner not solely broke the regulation however she misplaced a profitable contract to play basketball in Russia. If I have been the Russians, I’d ship Griner residence as one more instance of a spoiled and pampered American athlete.

Mark Walker
Yorba Linda

Can’t LIV with it

Why do you give the LIV blood cash tour high billing? Why do you even present the outcomes? All of these gamers are grasping egocentric traitors to the excursions that gave them a great residing.

Donald Sirney
Manhattan Seaside

Cash ball

The Larry Scott hangover continues with the Pac-12, as USC and UCLA move on for more money to affix the Massive Ten Convention. Kudos to the Trojans and Bruins. NBA gamers are signing contracts for a few quarter of a billion {dollars}. Insane numbers. However when a PGA participant strikes on to the LIV tour to make more cash, that is frowned upon. Our sports activities world is just a little wacky.

Chris Sorce
Fountain Valley


So, UCLA and USC followers will not attend highway video games, however with extra folks watching on TV, they’ll get more money, all to bolster the underside half of the Massive Ten standings. Acquired it!

Gene Miller
Huntington Seaside


The previous president of Fox Sports activities estimates that USC and UCLA have a mixed annual worth of $200 million within the subsequent media rights deal. The remainder of the Pac-12 carries a price of about $30 million per staff.

So when a fan of Cal soccer writes in to name USC — and their $70-million-per-year subsidy of the remainder of the convention — “grasping,” he completely and concisely epitomizes why USC had no alternative however to maneuver on to the Massive Ten.

Mark Backstrom
Newport Seaside


The actually humorous factor is that each UCLA and USC have advanced graduate programs in geography.

If the Massive Ten doesn’t work out, they need to go for a win-win and apply to the Ivy League. Simple victories, plus being an Ivy League college may burnish the tutorial status of each colleges.

Ron Richards
Los Angeles


I suppose the Massive Ten can pay USC in Bitcoin.

David Marshall
Santa Monica


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