Back in the early 70’s the Eagles made an absolute fortune off of their platinum song ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling‘ – I know because I was a huge Eagles fan and had it in LP, 8-track, 4-track, cassette and eventually CD. But after last Tuesday’s press conference and in spite of the overwhelming confidence shared by everyone in attendance, I left the Dodger Stadium parking lot with anything but a peaceful easy feeling. In fact it was downright unpeaceful and uneasy.
Once the bright lights from all of the television media went dark, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten generously took the time to meet with the written and blogging media for an interview (TV media trumps all, in case you were wondering). Kasten was still beaming with pride over the Dodgers signing of top free agent right-hander Zack Greinke and Korean left-handed phenom Hyun-jin Ryu – and rightfully so.
As has been well documented since the Ryu and Greinke press conferences, writers have pretty much “left no stone unturned” with regards to the two newest Dodger starters.
Well leave it to yours truly to unturn a huge stone that landed squarely on Kasten’s big toe – the Clayton Kershaw stone:
RC: “What’s the time frame on negotiating a contract extension with Clayton Kershaw?”
Kasten: “We’re focused right now on building this team going forward. Other issues are on the back burner.”
RC: “Do you hope to get it done at least by spring training?”
Kasten: “Not something I’m even going to discuss today, but thank you for the question.”
Loud and clear, Stan.
Maybe it’s just me and maybe I’m making a big deal over nothing at this stage of the game, but if this doesn’t give you even a slight unpeaceful and uneasy feeling, nothing will.