December 06, 2004

Chat with Ricky Ledee, 4:30 EST

Former Phillies outfielder Ricky Ledee stopped by the BPF chat room earlier to field some of your questions, including questions about Barry Bonds, steroids and the Hall of Fame. Hours later, he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to a two-year contract. Here’s a portion of that transcript.

tAggert099: is anyone here? is ricky ledee here? hello?

tAggert099: eh???

Ricky Ledee: Sorry for the holdup. I’m stopping by Berks County on my way to NY to see “Movin’ Out” with Marquis Grissom. He’s waiting in the car, so I’m in a hurry. I’m ready for your questions now.

Doug, Fleetwood, Pa.: Ricky, after you were traded to the Giants, you really struggled to get it together. How come?

Ricky Ledee: First of all, I’d like to say that Philadelphia was a great place to play baseball. I have nothing but great memories and admiration for the fans. We tried to give you a winner. It’s a good group of guys: J-Roll, Bobby. We still communicate through our fantasy football league message board. Ryan Madson is in the lead, but I’m hot on his tail! Go rickys_wrecking_crew! As for San Fran, it was a tough adjustment. Obviously, Barry was a big distraction, obviously Jason Schmidt was a distraction with his “political rants.” Pedro Feliz showed up before a game one time in a new H2, and Jason was going on and on about SUVs and the environment. I say, if you have the money, why not???

Dennis, Reading: What are the chances we’ll see you back in Philly? Has E. Wade called you?

Ricky Ledee: I’ll have to speak with my agent, but as far as I know, they haven’t contacted me. Speaking of Ed Wade, guess what? I ran into him at Blockbuster just before I was traded and saw that he was returning “Unfaithful.” It’s not a nudie movie or anything, but that’s a pretty steamy selection.

tAggert099: kenny lofton! lol!

Ricky Ledee: That’s right, Kenny Lofton. How about that? They trade me for Felix, then trade Felix for an aging centerfielder. I don’t know what Ed’s thinking – he’s got Diane Lane on the brain, that’s what.

Mark in Bernville, Pa.: Ricky, I think you were the Phils’ best bench player last year. You got on base, hit a bunch of pinch-hit homers. Why no love? Why didn’t we see you more?

Ricky Ledee: Lieby kept making that argument, too. He said I should have played more, and kept referring to this book about “win shares,” and this whole new way of thinking about baseball. I didn’t really understand it – I was just doing what I’ve always done. I’m the first to admit that I stink in the outfield—I’m no Doug Glanville—but Lieby said it doesn’t matter because, in the grand scheme of things, my bat makes up for it. I tried to explain that to Larry, that I had good “win shares,” but it didn’t seem to help. Larry took Lieby’s book and locked it in his desk drawer. I have time for one more question, Marquis is waiting.

Ron in Topton: Where do you think you’ll be next year?

Ricky Ledee: Who knows? But for now, I’m off to NY. The open road is calling me and Marquis. Billy Joel, here we come!


At 4:19 PM, Blogger el123chico said...

obviously you missed the news since ricky does know where he'll be playing next year - with the dodgers. $2.5 mil for 2 years.

and how come no one asked about the denny neagle incident?

At 4:19 PM, Blogger mark said...

I'm surprised Ricky didn't know he'd already signed with the Dodgers. ;)

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

Bad timing on the Ledee spoof. I saw the news last night - it's in the editors note at the top, which you missed, chico.


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