Kingsford Charcoal has a book out titled, “Taste of the Game”. The book includes 30 iconic dishes inspired by the teams of Major League Baseball. The hardcopy of the barbecue cookbook is available for purchase today, and will include a number of feature stories from legendary players about family recipes/traditions and the cultural impact on barbecue and baseball.
One of the players involved with sharing his stories in the book was former Dodger, Eric Karros. I had the chance to talk with him about the book, and the upcoming trade deadline and what he thinks the Dodgers should do moving forward.
What made you want to be involved in “Taste of the Game”?
“Barbecuing, baseball, the summer theme. I’ll be the Dodger guy to do it. It’s a pretty interesting book, it’s kind of cool to be a part of it.”
Do you have a speciality dish?
“I’m not going to say I’m a good cook, but I can grill a few things. The lemon chicken is easy, I’ll go with thighs instead of breast. Throw some lemon zest, some juice, oregano, garlic and a little olive oil. Throw those suckers on the grill and you’re ready to go.”
As a player, what’s the trade deadline like? Did you ever feel like you’d get traded, and did it affect you?
“There were rumblings many times throughout my career, just as there are with any player. It sounds crazy, but you can’t let it consume you. Some instances it was, ‘Hey I might be going to this club,’ or, ‘This might be kind of cool,’ but I didn’t want to go anywhere. I was very comfortable in Los Angeles. The reality is that the game is still going to go on, the guy is still going to try and get you out. Nowadays with social media and everything, there’s no question you become aware of it. You just have to block everything out.”
Do you think the Dodgers need to make a move, or do you think they’ll be fine with their current roster?
“They don’t have to do anything. When you’re in that position you have the leverage and power. I don’t think they overpay for anything. The versatility of the roster and the fact that there is such a large gap in the division. They’re going to have two months where they need to address things, if they don’t go outside the organization. The one thing the organization has shown is that there are a bunch of different roads they can go down. What you’re seeing now, the names may be the same, but they may be in different roles. Maybe guys that we haven’t seen at the big league level that will have a huge impact.”
What are your thoughts on holding onto prospects?
“If I’m in that clubhouse, I’m saying ‘I don’t care, go get whoever’. I don’t care about minor league guys, or prospects. I played in an era in the mid-90s where we made a Pedro Martinez trade in 1993. For the next five years, we kept every prospect we had. We didn’t want to make the same mistake. Reality is, not everybody is going to pan out, and most of the guys didn’t pan out. We could’ve gotten a boatload for some of them at the time. Do I feel like it guarantees me a World Series? There are no guarantees, but it sure strengthens things. As a player, I’m ready to make the trade because I want to win now.”
Do you think Cody Bellinger might break your Los Angeles Dodgers home run record?
“That’s a long ways away. If there’s anybody that can do it, it would be him. There’s a lot of things that go into it — you have to be with the organization for a period of time and you have to stay healthy. As far as talent, no question. There’s so many other things that don’t really have anything to do with somebody’s ability to hit a home run, but he is having an MVP type of season. If anybody is going to do it, I’d love to see him do it.”