Head West, Young Men! That's Where Baseball Is

Head West, Young Men! That's Where Baseball Is

The idea is that you'll be at Urasawa in Beverly Hills watching Zack Greinke on your iPhone when Matt Kemp goes yard off Tim Lincecum and you can barely hold the eel in your mouth. Another bottle of wine? Who cares that the bill is passing $2,000?

 

It's the Dodgers.

 

In the end, Greinke is ending up where most everyone thought he'd end up. Oh, he undoubtedly was "blown away" by his engagement with the Rangers -- it's easy to be fascinated when you're a pitcher who loves the game and you get to talk to Nolan Ryan and Greg and Mike Maddux.

 

But in the end, it's the Dodgers, baseball's destination event for whom petty cash is no object. Mark Walter and The Guggenheim Group paid the Red Sox $260 million for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. They have more than $500 million tied up in five players. And after agreeing to make Greinke the highest-paid right-handed pitcher with a six-year, $147 million deal, know that in the coming months he will be only the second-highest-paid pitcher on the staff.

 

Step aside and let a boy do a man's job, because Clayton Kershaw is 24, has finished first or second in the National League Cy Young Award balloting the past two seasons, is 61-37 with a 2.79 ERA for his career and is going to zoom past CC Sabathia's record $161 million deal -- perhaps even before he turns 25 in March.

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