Re: [j-ball] Re: Is Nagashima's Head Really on the Chopping Block?
- To my poor description:
>> Actually, it goes back a little farther than that. Just about a weekbefore
>> his managerial career ending heart attack (or was it a stroke?), Watanabeadeebros-san wrote:
>> declared Nagashima to be the Giants' "manager for life - like the Dodgers'
>> Tommy Lasorta."
> When did Nagashima have a heart attack? I don't remember readingMy poor writing skills. It was Lasorta who had a heart attack or stroke that
> anything about it.
sent him from the Dodgers' bench after being there as long as I can remember.
> I don't like Nagashima or the GM. Their style of hogging sluggers andMany feel that way. It's what drove me away from the Giants. Yet it was a
> pitchers is killing the excitement of the league. All the way back
> from Ochiai Hiromitsu to Etoh, Nagashima just likes to hog hog hog.
> If it wasn't for him, we would see a balanced central league with
> everyone having a chance to win.
that made me realize that there is no shame in liking Nagashima-kantoku. And
I do like him, regardless - or perhaps because of - his many eccentricies.
He's one of the most entertaining personalities in the game.
And I don't think that it's him that likes to "hog hog hog." It's a
combination of the fact that the Giants have the money and the draw to get
the best players. Like Microsoft, they buy out the competition until they
have a monopoly, using their media empire as Microsoft used unfair OCM
contracts to push their wares. (I work in the software industry, and many
colleagues have compared liking the Giants to liking Microsoft, so this isn't
an original view point.)
Nonetheless, Nagashima will talk with players who are thinking of joining the
Giants. That's part of his job, and it does help influence players a great
deal in wanting to join (despite what many think about his managerial
skills). He's a living legend, a figure head of what was once great about
the game, an icon to nostalgia. But I have a hard time picturing him as
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