What is it with the NL West letting their best guys go to division rivals? First the Padres let Dave Roberts go to San Fran, then the Dodgers let Maddux go to San Diego, and now the Giants are letting their ace go to the hated Dodgers? What are these guys thinking?
Regardless, Schmidt's a great signing and he'll be in a pitcher's ballpark, so there should be no excuses for a bad season. But if I were him, I'd wear the old Groucho mustache and glasses disguise when getting back to San Fran, because there's nothing Giants fans hate more than those who defect to Dodger blue.
(edited by It's False on 6.12.06 1253) "That's the thing: Maybe he'll be up and down this season, but when he's up, is there another center in the league quite like him? He protects the rim, passes out of double teams, has great hands around the basket, up-fakes on his jump-hooks, rebounds in traffic, even has a motor that keeps going and going (unlike a stiff like Eddy Curry). I'm not sure what's missing here. This is stunning. This is startling. There's almost no precedent for it. Just what the Lakers needed: More obscenely good luck. Meanwhile, I have to watch Al Jefferson whip jump-hooks off the front of the rim for the third straight season. I will now pour scalding hot water down my pants." -Bill Simmons on Andrew Bynum (11/08/06)
I think the Padres were more in need of ANY decent lefty reliever, which Old Man Orosco somehow continues to be. Besides, a veteran pitcher would be like an additional pitching coach to help out all their young pitching prospects.