Some of the sentiments around town regarding the release of Fernando Valenzuela are ridiculous. To insinuate that Fernando was used, abused and then cast aside is absurd. I will agree, Fernando's dedication to his profession and to the fans that idolized him has been nothing short of inspirational during the past decade. But one should not forget that the Dodger organization and the game of baseball has taken a youngster from a poverty environment and introduced him and his family to a way of life far beyond their wildest dreams.
I will certainly miss Fernandomania, but I cannot go along with the used-and-abused theory. His efforts have been justly rewarded.