Letters to Sports: Stop picking on Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman


Dylan Hernández’s demonization of Freddie Freeman hit me the wrong way. Put yourself in his place. He came to the Braves organization and has a lot of great memories. These are not erased immediately.

Freddie is an emotional guy. He asked to close this chapter, but no, the sensational press will not let that happen. There is too much demonization by the media in the political world. I turn to sports to escape this. Let Freddie prove himself on the pitch and earn his payday.

Kirk Stit
Hereford, Arizona.


Dylan Hernández’s column (hit?) on Freddie Freeman triggered my gag reflex. Hernández calls Freeman “the archetypal empowered athlete.” The Dodgers’ roster is full of eligible athletes paid tens of millions of dollars a year. Hello Mookie, Cody, Trea, Justin, Clayton, et al.

Hernández accuses Freeman of running a three-month advertising campaign to restore his reputation with Atlanta fans. So if reporters bombard Freddie with questions in the weeks leading up to the show in Atlanta, and if Freddie answers those questions, presenting his side of the story, does that constitute a publicity campaign? And now, when he says, “This chapter is closed,” his reputation as a good guy in the game is in question?

It looks like Hernández wants it both ways. Either Freddie continues to address the issue (i.e. an ad campaign) or his “image is far from the truth”.

Freeman is a Gold Glove first baseman who hits .300 and drives in runs for the first-place Dodgers. That’s all he owes to the team, his fans and Dylan Hernández.

Charles Spooner
Aliso Viejo


Well done, Hernandez!

You took a talented new hero that Dodger fans fell in love with and slammed him for looking for a better contract. Why the ax on this ex-Brave? Was it really necessary? We have so few heroes these days. Should they be reversed?

You took Santa Claus and made him Trevor Bauer. What upcoming topics do you have for us? Has Sandy Koufax ever given birth? Was Jackie Robinson ever caught crossing Ventura Boulevard?

Shame on you.

Arthur Drobes
Los Angeles

Crazy decision

The Dodgers’ decision to ban longtime Dodger peanut salesman Roger Owens from lightly tossing bags of peanuts to fans (of him and the Dodgers) is beyond ridiculous.

Owens threw peanut bags behind his back, under his legs, hook shots and long bombs for as long as the LA Dodgers have been, well, the LA Dodgers. He is iconic. You felt lucky if you sat in his section, and disappointed if you didn’t.

The decision was made by the geniuses at Levy Restaurants, the company that now runs the Dodger Stadium concessions. They claim it’s for “fan safety”. Next step: the 7th round, because it endangers the fan sitting next to you, or behind/in front of you, because you could bump them accidentally.

I mean, what are these guys, weirdos?

Steve Kay
Tucson, Arizona.


With the current climate of civilization in decline and how people are misbehaving and committing unspeakable crimes against humanity, I don’t think a long, fun, ritualistic tradition that fans love, like throwing a bag of peanuts at Dodger Stadium to the crowd, be grounds for a ban!” In the scheme of life and on a list of what’s dangerous and dangerous, it certainly gets to the bottom of it all. It’s one of the rare happy things to enjoy, so kick back, kick and play ball. Let the peanuts keep flying and say it ain’t!

Frances Terrell Lippman
Sherman Oaks

Blues Clues

When will the Dodgers wake up and recognize that Craig Kimbrel can’t be their closest? Kimbrel clearly doesn’t have what it takes. And wouldn’t it be nice to have AJ Pollock now? If the Dodgers are serious about making the World Series, they better find a replacement for Kimbrel quickly.

steve philippe


It has become increasingly clear that the only justification for pitching Kimbrel in the ninth inning is that his contract must state that he must pitch a specified number of innings per week/month etc.

It must be getting harder and harder for Roberts to look Team Dodger in the face as he consistently exhibits poor decision-making.

Lila Oshatz

Game over

You can blame the Angels’ problems on bad deals and injured players. You can fire the manager or hire a new general manager. Or maybe it’s just bad luck.

Anyway, angels stink of their heads, and that’s owner Arte Moreno. You tried man, but for the sake of the fans, take your profit and sell this team to management that knows how to win, because you don’t.

jim fredrick
manhattan beach


Please sell, Arte.

Please sell Arte.

One or the other.

Kelly Gallagher
santa ana

Double Trouble

There is no doubt in my mind that Brittney Griner is a famous political prisoner. However, how immature could she be? Who puts hashish oil in his suitcase to take him to a country where drugs are illegal? Haven’t American athletes already realized that, whether it’s stealing sunglasses in China or smoking marijuana before an Olympic drug test, breaking the rules of a another country will cause you trouble?

Griner not only broke the law, but she lost a lucrative contract to play basketball in Russia. If I were the Russians, I would send Griner home as another example of a spoiled, pampered American athlete.

Mark Walker
Yorba Linda

I can’t live with this

Why do you give LIV Blood Money Tour first place? Why are you even showing the results? All of these players are greedy selfish traitors to the tours that made their living.

Donald Sirney
manhattan beach

silver ball

Larry Scott’s hangover continues with the Pac-12, as USC and UCLA move for more money to join the Big Ten Conference. Kudos to the Trojans and the Bruins. NBA players sign contracts worth around a quarter of a billion dollars. Crazy numbers. But when a PGA player moves on to the LIV tour to make more money, it’s frowned upon. Our world of sport is a bit wacky.

Chris Sorce
Fountain Valley


So UCLA and USC fans won’t attend games on the road anymore, but with more people watching on TV, they’ll get more money, all to bolster the bottom half of the standings. of the Big Ten. I understood!

Gene Miller
Huntington Beach


The former Fox Sports president estimates that USC and UCLA are worth a combined $200 million annually in the upcoming media rights deal. The rest of the Pac-12 carries a value of around $30 million per team.

So when a Cal football fan writes to call USC — and their $70 million-a-year grant for the rest of the conference — “greedy,” he sums up absolutely and concisely why USC doesn’t. had no choice but to move to the Big Ten.

Mark Backstrom
newport beach


The really funny thing is that UCLA and USC have advanced graduate programs in geography.

If the Big Ten don’t work out, they should go for a win-win and apply for the Ivy League. Easy wins, in addition to being an Ivy League school, could boost the academic reputation of both schools.

Ron Richards
Los Angeles


I assume the Big Ten will pay USC in Bitcoin.

David Marshall
santa monica


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