I always thought that Paul DePodesta got a raw deal as the general manager of the LA Dodgers, being fired after only two seasons. A lot of his major moves look good right now in hindsight, even though the local media (Bill Plaschke) absolutely hated him for it at the time.

Well, as Larry Brown Sports found out, DePodesta (who is now working for the Padres’ front office) started a blog which has a lot of potential. He’s interacting with readers and so far he’s updating it. An excerpt from his first post on Friday:

Nevertheless, hopefully you’ll find it useful to have some unfiltered access to our internal conversations and feelings. We’ll have to figure out the rules as we go since I won’t be able to share everything, but I think it’s important to open this avenue right now.

So, I’m here, and I’d like to be a part of the conversation. I’ll do my best to reply to comments/questions, though I can’t promise punctual responses or regular posts. After all, just like everyone else out there, I already have a job. :-)

Yes, he has a sense of humor. He later linked to a hilarious YouTube video which is a must-see (it has nothing to do with DePodesta, and everything to do with Carlos Zambrano throwing heaters at people intentionally):

I will try to be a loyal reader of DePodesta’s blog, and hope he continues to update it. And I’m not even a Padres fan.

OK, I’m a day late with this, but this deserves a post regardless.

Congratulations to the UCLA women’s water polo team for winning the NCAA Championship on Sunday. It was the Bruins’ fourth-consecutive title in women’s water polo and the school’s 101st NCAA Championship.

UCLA finished undefeated at 33-0, and beat USC in the championship game 6-3. As head coach Adam Krikorian told the Daily Bruin:

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Krikorian said. “These girls played with so much heart today. To go undefeated is incredibly difficult. These girls handled it really well and stayed focused on the task.”

The five seniors on the team have gone an unbelievable 123-6 in their UCLA career.

Congratulations ladies on your championship. I’ve covered water polo in my past, and know how hard they work. They earned this.

(I got the photo from the Daily Bruin/Leigh Alvarez)

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