Lost in the shuffle yesterday between the sudden retirement of Manny Ramirez and off again, on again, off again, on again, off again, on again, off again game last night between the Dodgers and Padres, was that the Dodgers made a minor transaction. Preston Mattingly, the former supplemental first round pick of the Dodgers who was released by the Indians earlier in the week, was signed Friday to a minor league deal by the Dodgers. Preston is the son of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
On my drive down to San Diego today, I was listening to a little Bob Dylan and it reminded me of how I imagine the conversation went earlier this week in the Dodger offices...
Don said to Colletti, "Sign me a son."
Ned said, "Man, you must be putting me on."
Don said, "No," Ned said, "What."
Don said, "You can do what you want, Ned, but, our offense isn't likely to score that many runs."
Ned said, "Alright, where do you want to assign your son?"