There may be nothing more challenging for Dodger and Giant fans than seeing one of their favorite players don the enemy’s uniform. Seeing Orel Hershiser in a Giants’ tunic caused me to develop physical symptoms akin to a malady usually only acquired by having been bitten by a Tsi-Tsi Fly during an Amazonian romp. I’m sure Giants’ followers didn’t relish watching Jeff Kent drive in runs for the Dodgers, either. There’s just something “icky” about it that takes some time to get used to – and sometimes you never really do.
Generally a trade to the opposition signals a player is coming to the end of their career. Duke Snider spent one his last seasons in San Francisco while Juan Marichal whittled away the tail-end of his baseball life in Dodger Blue. Pretty yucky, right? Yeah, you never really get used to it.
Take Juan Uribe … please. Dodger fans have grudgingly come to terms with Juan Uribe. He’s played a Gold-Glove caliber third base for us and still has a knack for getting that hit you need when you don’t expect it – but, it’s just hard to see him as anything other than Panda-Lite … and he ain’t that Lite. We can all still picture him in that orange and black get-up he used to wear. Since coming to L.A. he’s been our go-to whipping boy (that first season, he deserved it). If the Dodgers slump, it’s Uribe’s fault. If the concession stand runs out of onions for your Dodger Dog, Uribe probably had something to do with it. It’s not fair, but that’s how a fan’s mind works.
So, I’m proposing a deal to all of you Jints Fans … want him back? You sure? I mean, yeah, you have McGehee penciled in at third but don’t you want something, I don’t know, heftier, more Panda-ish over there? If you squint, Juan could do a passable Pablo.
The reason I bring this up is the Dodgers are currently flirting with the idea of signing another Cuban import, Hector Olivera, to play The Hot Corner. Since Hector would cost the Dodgers muy, muy, muy dinero, they will want him to play. That would either A) Make Uribe expendable or B) Make him a pricey bench player (scoot over, Andre Ethier). If he’s let go, why shouldn’t the Giants take him back?
Of course, Olivera isn’t a Dodger yet. Da Bums may still be in on Moncada as well, but the prospect is intriguing, ain’t it?