The Atlanta Journal Constitution has been stalking Andruw Jones like a jilted boyfriend since the preseason when we first reported on Jones' move to Los Angeles. Today, the AJC reprints an AP story about Jones' struggles with the Dodgers, and it just reeks of emo nonsense. Even manager Joe Torre is in on the melancholy bullshit:
"This is the first time he's left the nest," the manager said. "He's been with an organization his whole life. He ventures out; he doesn't do very well."
Jesus, he's a big boy, Joe. I think Andruw can deal with playing baseball in a different place. Sure, he's hitting just .170 now (a full 70 points below his weight). But the Braves did go on road trips from time to time, even to the West Coast. Why is relocation so difficult for a professional baseball player? I'm sure Jones is man enough to not use that as an excuse. Or not:
"It's tough when you live in your own house, in your own bed for so many years," said Jones, who has kept his home in the Atlanta area. "It's been a tough change. My family's not here. You walk into a house you don't normally walk into. Some people take a long time to adjust."
Note to Andruw Jones' family: get off your ass and move to Los Angeles and support your goddamn husband/father/uncle whatever. He's bringing in the big bucks to keep you all in the lap of luxury. The least you can do is make him some goddamn fried plantains after a hard day's work at the ballpark.