T.J. SIMERS

Logic is swept aside in Don Mattingly's crazy Dodgers comments

Expressing cockeyed optimism after a three-game sweep by the Giants is conduct unbecoming a Dodgers manager, but Don Mattingly is standing by his story.

It's one thing to leave your heart in San Francisco, quite another to lose your mind there like Don Mattingly.

Has there ever been a more ridiculous comment offered by a Dodgers manager, and take into account Tom Lasorda said a lot of ridiculous stuff while on the job, than what Mattingly said Sunday?

The Dodgers lost three straight to the Giants, whom they will probably have to beat if they are to win a division title.

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And Mattingly said: "I feel better about our club walking out of here than I did walking in."

My apologies to Mike D'Antoni for thinking he was the most clueless coach in town.

"So you're now counting moral victories?" I began.

"I didn't say moral victories," Mattingly said. And I wonder if when he was a Yankee he ever considered three straight losses to Boston so uplifting.

"Don't put words in my mouth."

OK, so I pulled out Bill Shaikin's story in The Times on Monday and read to Mattingly what he'd said a night earlier.

"I said that," Mattingly agreed. "And I knew you'd have trouble with this.

"It isn't one of those things you say that makes a lot of sense from the standpoint of just looking at the bottom line in the three games."

I worry Magic Johnson will take notice of the bottom line and start talking about the Dodgers like he did the Lakers.

"For me," Mattingly continued, "it was more a feel that you get from your club. It kind of almost gives you a confidence if we can continue that, it's going to work out."

I have no doubt the Dodgers can continue to lose like they did in San Francisco.

But come on, yahoo because they got within a run of the Giants in every game?

"I didn't have any yahoos in there," said Mattingly.

That apparently was the cue for the Prime Ticket yahoo who butted in to save Mattingly. He was just doing his job, of course. Prime Ticket is the Dodgers' TV partner and employs yahoos rather than journalists to keep the Dodgers happy.

"I think part of what you are onto is that your team was able to produce comebacks in going down by multiple runs," the Prime Ticket yahoo told Mattingly, while extending a microphone in front of Mattingly's face. "Is that part of the encouraging signs you were talking about?"

Mattingly stammered a little, still a little uneasy at times when questioned by a cheerleader.

"It's not really so much the comebacks," Mattingly said. "It's more the feel you get and how they are going about their business now.

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