Well, well well. In a twisted turn of events Dodger fans who once wanted to throw the baby out with the bath water (let go of Pierre) are now thanking their lucky stars they have a seasoned vet to take over in left field.
At the outset of the season Juan Pierre was in the way. In the way of Manny, Ethier, and Kemp, all of whom are considered 'better' at their job than Juan Pierre. Fans started to doubt Pierre's abilities, doubt the impact he has on games, doubt what he has done for the club. Now they're singing a different tune.
In this long season anything can happen. How will the lose of Manny effect the team this year?
Not one bit.
Sure they're losing a great player in Manny. Sure I'd rather see him on the field in every game. But the Dodgers are producing as a team. Torre has let players take days off giving them the experience of playing without key players let alone giving them rest to help them perform throughout the rest of the season.
The Dodgers have won without Manny.
The news of performance enhancing drug use by Manny is still in it's early stages. While I'm hoping it wasn't deliberate Manny is taking it the way he should. He is ultimately responsible and has stated so.
Dodger fans are lucky to have someone like Pierre to fall back on. While he won't produce home runs in dramatic fashion, he will produce runs. When Torre had Pierre batting 9th they were pretty successful as well.
The Dodgers are playing as a team and will continue to do so, thus the effect this will have on them winning games is little to none. Now without Pierre being their to step up......