Danville, Kentucky - How does one replace that which is irreplaceable? It is a question, by nature rhetorical, that has been screamed into the void by many disciples and foot-soldiers following the departure of a respected leader. It is a question that the irascible New Englander and former Vice President John Adams asked himself upon succeeding George Washington as the young American republic's President in 1796. George Washington, the father of this great country, shepherded the nascent nation through many trials and tribulations. General Washington was a larger than life figure, who steadfastly guided America through both bitter defeat at the Battle of Long Island and joyous triumphs at Saratoga and Yorktown. The General's steely resolve and cool demeanor secured the Jay Treaty of 1974; he was truly "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
|Adams and Bud Norris: Kindred Spirits|
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Come on Bud Norris guy. 6 innings are not enough to earn good american dollars.— Juan Cisneros (@JCisneros413) July 2, 2016
On top of it all, Bud Norris is Clayton Kershaw's replacement. LA sucks.— Beau Wright (@LeftbutWright35) June 30, 2016
Bud Norris sucks at baseball. I wouldn't trade a '94 playboy for him. #FatLoser— Mr. Compassion (@trashman_23) June 30, 2016
John Adams was hailed with a similar hail of insults when he assumed the office of Presidency. In October of 1800, Treasure Secretary Alexander Hamilton wrote a public letter slamming President Adams as egotistical, jealous, vane, and unfit to represent the Federalist Party. Bud will react as President Adams did to these insults; by putting his head down and doing his job.@OccupyDodgers Mr Fraudman , and I ask this sincerely , why ? He looks like Mat Latos type . Only hope is to recreate 2014. Ship sailed ?— Bill Patton (@wpatton3) June 30, 2016
I rarely agree with roster moves made by Andrew Fraudman, sabermetric saboteur of the Tampa Bay Rays and now the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the acquisition of Bud Norris must be applauded. Bud is a winner, having guided the Orioles to postseason success in 2014. The triumphant return of Clayton Kershaw remains pivotal to the World Series hopes of the Dodgers. Yet, every winning team requires role-players to complement the talents of other-worldly heroes like General Washington. Kershaw and Washington are both fearless and indispensable leaders. Just as America learned to survive in the absence of President Washington's steady leadership, the Dodgers must learn to win without their ace. On this 4th of July, let us not forget the irreplaceable contributions of unsung heroes like John Adams and Bud Norris.
@Ken_Rosenthal big vet arm. They won't miss Clayton much with Bud on board.— The Will To Win (@TWTWsports) June 30, 2016