Today, around 5:30 pm ET, I was listening to WFAN (660 AM in NYC), while Mike Francesa and Mad Dog Russo ridiculed Brian Cashman for having extremely long and rambling answers to questions from the media – during the Yankees’ conference call regarding their announcement that they hired Joe Girardi. While Mike & Mad Dog had a somewhat valid point, I thought it was excessive the way they kept beating the point to death. But, on the whole, from what I heard, from the call, it seemed like the Yankees and the media did a decent job of manning their sides and doing it in a professional manner.
Later this evening, I was watching ESPN News when they broke into the Los Angeles Dodgers’ conference call regarding their announcement that Grady Little had “resigned.” This call was a train wreck. The media on the call went after Dodgers’ G.M. Ned Colletti like hungry pit bulls. And, Colletti seemed as comfortable as an embezzler being interviewed on “60 Minutes.” Plus, I’ve seen dung fights in the monkey cage at the zoo that were better organized than this call. At one point, someone on the call had WFAN on in the background, and you clearly heard Steve Somers lamenting about the Mets – while people on the call kept asking for someone to “please turn off the radio.”
Needless to say, it was easy to notice a contrast between these two conference calls.
Now, I see that (according to George King) Joe Torre has agreed in principle to a three-year contract worth $14.5 million to manage the Dodgers (and that Don Mattingly and Larry Bowa may join him there).
When you think about how the Dodgers handled the whole Grady Little situation, in general, and then factor in how poorly they handled something as simple as a conference call with the media, it seems like the nightmare stories that you hear about the way (Dodgers owner) Frank McCourt handles team affairs there may just be near 100% true.
Good luck in L.A., Joe. I think you’re going to need it.