This might be the first time, in history, that a non-Los Angeles Dodgers fan is incensed about the team spending too much money and not winning. Usually, that’s something for all the haters to celebrate each and every October.
But not (San Francisco Giants fan) Chris “Mad Dog” Russo. He just enjoys being mad. And the viewers love it. How can they not? His rants are one of a kind. His voice forces you to listen to every word coming out of his mouth. He’s both elevated and ruined sports talk radio/sports debate shows. It’s a beautiful thing.
His weekly appearances on “First Take” with Stephen A. Smith have lit the sports world on fire. You will not go a week without seeing something absurd being clipped from that show when the two are sharing the screen. It’s premier garbage television for a reason!
This week, Russo went off on the Dodgers for their rumored interest (per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand) in Aaron Judge. Feinsand’s report claimed LA could explore moving Mookie Betts to second base to pave the way for Judge in right field.
First it was Betts. Then it was Freddie Freeman. Now it’s potentially Judge?! Can’t blame them for having a big payroll while also being smart enough to make it all flexible! Or, we guess you can if you’re Russo!
Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo lost his mind over the Dodgers-Aaron Judge rumor
"“The Dodgers might be interested in Aaron Judge and then put Mookie Betts at second base. Here’s the franchise that gave $180 million to Freeman, they gave Betts $400 million. They have more money than God. They haven’t won since ‘88 in a 162 game schedule. And now they want to bring Judge in to play right field? The Dodgers did absolutely nothing offensively against the San Diego when they lost. And Judge, by the way, wasn’t exactly Ruth and Gehrig against the Guardians and the Astros. But now the Dodgers, who don’t spend enough money, have to spend another $400 million? Enough with the Dodgers going out there and poaching all these players from other organizations. That has me bothered.”"
Hey, maybe Russo is just a fiscally conservative guy and hates seeing money go to waste.
If the money isn’t being spent to win championships, then what’s the use?!
How mad will Russo be if the Dodgers sign Aaron Judge, build another iteration of a super team, and fall short in 2023?
Stay tuned, but we can assure you LA fans will be even more infuriated.