The $50 million renovation of Dodger Stadium isn't enough, suggests Don Sutton, the former Dodgers pitcher and member of the Hall of Fame. The foundation needs to be repaired.
In a biting interview with a Los Angeles radio station, Sutton said the Dodgers have lost the "charm, class and elegance" of Walter O'Malley's family operation.
Now a member of the Braves broadcasting team, Sutton said he was "shocked and disappointed" by what the Dodgers had become, labeling the Fox organization another cold extension of "corporate America."
"It hurts," he said Wednesday in San Diego. "I contributed a lot of blood, sweat and tears there. I was part of the history, but you wonder if they even remember. You wonder if they even have a history book.
"I was talking to a veteran player there and he said he had never seen so many cellular phones and so many players so quick to leave after a game. It's like a covey of quail scattering."
Sutton, who spent 15 years with the Dodgers, said, "We didn't always win and agree, except when we crossed the white lines. There was a common sense of purpose and a pride in the . . . uniform. I don't sense that now."
PIAZZA SIDELINED: Mike Piazza did not start the Mets' game last night against the Phillies because of a bruised left hand. Piazza left Friday night's game before the second inning after being hit in his catching hand by a foul ball from Ron Gant.
"It feels better than last night," Piazza said yesterday. "The swelling has gone down, but there is a little numbness in the thumb. Doctors said that's normal for the injury."