Trevor Bauer’s comments after a weekend loss had Dodgers fans split. Bauer talked about being angry with the way the team was playing and that he came to Los Angeles to win ballgames. Obviously, that wasn’t happening over the last couple of weeks.
Fans across the internet mostly agreed with Bauer, given that the Dodgers had been playing pretty terribly. But there were also some fans that felt like he was being selfish when he said that he came here to win.
Former Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier doesn’t quite agree with those fans. Dre appeared on am570’s Extra Innings podcast with Dave Vassegh to talk about how he would react to Bauer saying that to media if he was in the clubhouse.
For a guy who is now the highest-paid player in baseball, the top free agent. And on a limited-year contract. To clearly state that he wants to win, and he’s here to win and be successful, a hometown guy from LA and that’s his goal? I mean yeah I don’t take any offense, I don’t think that rubs anyone the wrong way. If I was in that locker room that would not rub me the wrong way one bit, showing that frustration.
If anyone knows what it’s like to carry weight in a Major League clubhouse, it’s certainly Andre Ethier. So if he tells you that he doesn’t view it in a negative light or in a selfish way, you can probably assume most of the Dodgers clubhouse feels the same way.
Fans are entitled to their opinion and they should be. But in this particular instance, I don’t think the goal for Trevor was to say that he wants to win ballgames just for himself. Everyone knows what this Dodgers team is capable of, and losing 15 of 20 games is absolutely frustrating.