The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to tread water as they attempt to keep their deficit behind the division leading San Francisco Giants in single digits, but frustration continues to mount for both fans and players.
It’s apparently something outfielder Carl Crawford couldn’t keep inside any longer as just days after manager Don Mattingly ripped his players, Crawford reversed the table and fired shots back at Mattingly and the Dodgers front office.
“They tell us one thing and something else happens. We can’t go by what they say. It’s been frustrating for all of us. We have to be men about the situation and accept what is going on and try to do the best for the team.”
The ‘situation’ Crawford is complaining about is the musical chairs continually being played in the Dodgers outfield as they attempt to find playing time for he, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
Crawford isn’t the only player to vent in recent weeks as Matt Kemp, who the Dodgers wanted to move to left field, ending up being benched for five days straight after reported pouting while Ethier was seen shouting in the dugout at Mattingly last week.
That of course all stacks on top of shortstop Hanley Ramirez, upset after being removed for a defensive replacement, doing the same.
Clearly, whatever magic the Dodgers had last season isn’t replicating itself right now, though there’s still plenty of games to be played. Hopefully for the Dodgers and their loyal fans, they’ll go much smoother.