Staying positive with the Dodgers, even during negative times

The Dodgers are slumping, but fans don't think Page 2 should be harping on that. So it's "Go Dodgers go," at least until they lose another game.

PHOENIX — Ninth inning, down by one run with Kemp, Gonzalez and Ramirez due up.

Go Dodgers go.

And yes, the following story is brought to you by your hometown columnist with the positive slant that you have come to expect from your hometown newspaper.

Or as Zachary put it in an email early Wednesday: "Right now the Dodgers don't need people asking them about their joy. They need to figure out their problem and fix it from within.

"What team would want to win games when their city's newspaper continually publishes unproductive stories like this that plant ideas in their heads that not even their own city supports them."

Hard to argue, an NFL official telling me years ago the league decided to give an expansion franchise to Houston just because the Houston paper was more supportive than The Times.

I thought Houston got the team because Bob McNair wrote a $700-million check and L.A. millionaires went belly up at the deadline, but maybe he's right.

Maybe I should be writing how good the Dodgers are even if they are not because they are our team.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has new owners and one of them was quoted as saying he expects his writers to push for a new football stadium and call out anyone who thinks differently.

Union-Tribune sports columnist Tim Sullivan wasn't so sure, claiming such a stance might damage the paper's credibility.

His position: "The paper's primary responsibility is to protect the public from another bad deal, such as the one that resulted in San Diego agreeing to guarantee sellouts for the Chargers."

Sullivan was fired.

You wouldn't want me to end up like Sullivan? Never mind.

If the people want to read only good things about the Dodgers, why fight it?

In fact it was like watching little kids playing ball, only the grown-up Dodgers, hooting, hollering and taking infield practice before the game Wednesday night without the ball.

The standings, the team's recent play and the monotony of pregame warmups replaced with nothing but joyous fun.

Imagine that.

It starts with Albuquerque Isotopes Manager Lorenzo Bundy, acting as if he's tossing a ball in the air and then hitting groundballs to the infielders.

He begins with Luis Cruz, who goes to his left as if stopping a double down the line. He throws it across the field to Adrian Gonzalez, and let me just say, as imaginary throws go, it's a great one.