Giants-Dodgers trash talk part 5,342 came on Saturday at Giants FanFest courtesy of Brandon Belt.
During a Q&A session, the first baseman was asked for his thoughts about the Dodgers’ willingness to open up the checkbook lately. Belt wasn’t afraid to throw some shade:
“All I can say is, you can’t buy chemistry.”
Burn. The crowd predictably erupted with cheers.
It’s no secret the Dodgers have been throwing around the cash, like they’re the sports franchise version of the Romney campaign or something. They used their deep pockets to throw $147 million at Zack Greinke in November. Of course, by then it was abundantly clear they weren’t afraid to pull the trigger on expensive, risky moves. At the trade deadline last season the Dodgers traded for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett and their $276 million in salary, after which the team subsequently nosedived in the standings.
For 2013, L.A. is expected to exceed $210 million in payroll, the highest in MLB.
The Giants, in comparison, have had a quiet offseason after winning the World Series, instead focusing on re-signing key players in the lineup, such as Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro, rather than any of the big names available on the market. That is, unless you want to count Andres Torres as a big-name free agent. If so, please seek help.
At any rate, it could be interesting to see how the Dodgers respond to Belt’s remarks.
Pitchers and catchers report next week.