If ever there was a way not to start the season against your biggest rivals, Friday nights game was it. The only thing worse than being behind 7 - 0 before the end of the second inning was watching Andre Ethier being directly responsible for five of the runs. I don't know why, but I hate Ethier. Okay, I pretty much hate anyone wearing a Dodger uniform, but Ethier is easily my least favorite of them all these days. More than Manny, more than Broxton, and even more than Suck It himself. Perhaps its the way he quietly kicks the Giants ass game after game, or the way he's made an all star pitcher like Matt Cain his personal bitch. Maybe its that the loser A's practically gift wrapped him to the Dodgers, because genius Billy Beane decided that it was a good idea to give up such a highly regarded prospect for a season of clubhouse roulette with Milton Manson Bradley. So of all the current Dodgers, Ethier is the one I most hope to be paid a visit by the pulled hamstring fairy in the near future.
As for all time hated Dodgers though, its hard to say where Ethier ranks. Considering this is the team that forced Giants fans to endure the ghastly site of Tommy Lasorda bounding around the dugout like a hippo on meth for decades, I'm not sure he even makes the top ten. Names like Steve Garvey and Mickey Hatcher have a place on the list, and Paul LoDuca is definitely guaranteed a spot. I still cringe anytime I hear the name Hideo Nomo, and Mike Piazza, Kevin Gross, Steve Sax and Todd Hollandsworth certainly felt their fare share of my wrath throughout the years. When I was a kid in the 70's, Reggie Smith was my least favorite Dodger, but he redeemed himself when he helped lead the Giants surprisingly deep into the '82 season. Same goes for Orel Hershiser, who would have been in the top three if not for his solid '98 season in the orange and black. Conversely, some former Giants favorites who turned traitor and donned Dodger blue like Jeff Kent and Brett Butler were easy to root against, but once a Giant always a Giant.
As far as my all time least favorite Dodger goes, without question it was Kevin Brown. Here was a guy who spent a career treating the Giants like they were swinging wiffle ball bats against him, and that was before he ever ended up in LA. He was also a sour, irritating pain in everyone's ass who made it easy to despise him. About the only good thing I can think of to say about Kevin Brown is that he broke down before his massive contract had run out and the Dodgers ended up eating millions of dollars. Of course by that logic, my favorite all time Dodger was Darren Dreifort, although it was sure nice seeing Jason Schmidt suck up millions while rotting on the disabled list the last few years. And here's to hoping that the divorce McCourts continue to own the Dodgers for years to come, forever dooming them to frugal mediocrity.