File this under somewhat unnecessary, but new Anaheim Angels star third baseman Anthony Rendon explained at least one reason why he wouldn’t have chose the Dodgers in free agency. And it is something of a head-scratcher.
New #Angels 3B Anthony Rendon on #Dodgers: “It’s not that we didn’t want to play for them, they’re a great organization that’s built to win. But what we heard about how the organization is, the Hollywood lifestyle, it didn’t seem like it would be a fit for me and my family.”
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) December 14, 2019
Of course, the report came out that Andrew Friedman and company did not extend Rendon a contract offer at the winter meetings.
Nevertheless, at an introductory press conference with his new team on Saturday, Rendon fielded questions about his experience in off-season free agency. He ultimately settled on 7 years and $245M with the Angels, but was oft-linked to the Dodgers.
Now the wonder is where he would get the feeling that the Dodgers are too Hollywood as it really is out of left field. Despite several rookie faces, most of the team is happily married and looking to do more good in the community over partying late into the night.
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Perhaps something came about during the Rendon's dinner and conversation with manager Dave Roberts that was misunderstood?
Is the Dodgers annual Blue Diamond Gala too much flash? Does Clayton and Ellen Kershaw's Ping Pong 4 Purpose bring out too many celebrities while raising thousands of dollars for charity? That the Dodgers would be too Hollywood these days seems somewhat laughable. Tommy Lasorda hasn't managed the team since the 90s... that was a manager that loved the Hollywood limelight.
Surely Rendon will be asked to clarify his comments at some point -- at the latest, he'll be at Dodger Stadium on March 23 for the annual spring training freeway series. Until then fans will wonder what "Hollywood lifestyle" Tony two bags is talking about.