LOS ANGELES – Don Mattingly is not one of theirs. He's just a guy with sloped shoulders, a Yankee pedigree, a letter of recommendation from Joe Torre and a résumé a little light on top-step wherewithal.
So the folks of Los Angeles, fine with Mattingly when the stakes were low – or non-existent – have their doubts today. Their Dodgers are in last place, which wasn't at all what Magic Johnson promised them. The billboards talk about a Whole New Blue, apparently just a fresh way to be glum about the local baseball team.
Mattingly could stay or go, far as anyone was concerned here, or so it seemed. Which is why, when the Dodgers didn't win, Mattingly became the target. He continues to be. The alternative is to wonder what happened to Matt Kemp, and folks aren't quite ready to go there yet.
Even as team management says it will support Mattingly up to a point, news stories say different, and now Mattingly not only must win, but he must win in the worst of climates. That is, with the windsRead More »from Don Mattingly talks tough, now needs Dodgers to play the same way