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By Joe Torosian

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“If I had my way, I’d shuffle off to buffalo; Sit by the lake, and watch the world go by. Ladies in the sun, listenin’ to the radio, Like flowers on the sand, a rainbow in my mind.”— John Fogerty

I went to three Dodger games last week. Sat in club, dugout, and field…they lost them all.

None of it was my fault.

The Dodgers recently came off an eight game losing streak…and I’m very comfortable saying none of it was Don Mattingly’s fault.

On the club level, after last Monday’s loss to the Diamondbacks, a fan asked Tommy Lasorda to take a picture.

“Alright,” Lasorda growled. “But I’m in BLANK-damn hurry!”

I looked at the people I was with and I asked them why Tommy was in such a BLANK-damn hurry.

They pointed out that Tommy was only about ten yards ahead of current Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.

They said that Tommy probably didn’t want to be in the same hallway with Colletti…And then I understood.

I don’t want to ever be in a BLANK-damn hurry, but there are people I don’t want to be around.

If there truly is a harmonic convergence to baseball, it can get eradicated by bad ownership and lousy decision making in player personnel.

Tommy, so late in life and so close to standing face to face with the Big Dodger in the sky, probably shouldn’t be so crotchety. He’s probably always in a BLANK-damn hurry because his days and time are precious and he doesn’t want to waste a moment being around the people who assembled a cast of Luis Cruz, Justin Sellers, Skip Schumacher, and Juan Uribe to come off the bench.

He probably doesn’t want to be around the people who decided to keep Dee Gordon down on the farm the first month of the season in favor of Sellers, the Illustrated Shortstop.

Tommy’s not feeling any harmonic convergence, not feeling any love, peace, or serenity when down in front at the Ravine. He’s in a BLANK-damn hurry to see some victories.

My emotions are more gosh-darn, than BLANK-damn, but I know how he feels. The 2013 fiesta at Casa Azul is in jeopardy…and it can’t be blamed on Don Mattingly.

Donny Ballgame might not be the next Casey Stengel, and he might not even be the next Mike Scioscia…but he is not the reason the Dodgers are purchasing basement property in the National League West.

That’s on Ned Colletti…bro needs to go…and perhaps in a fashion Tommy would prescribe…in a BLANK-damn hurry!

I’ll settle for gosh darn though.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.