Don Mattingly was on the "Mason & Ireland Show" on 710 ESPN and was honest with his answers. I was hearing this live yesterday and was a bit surprised by what he said. I had to hear the replay later that night to believe it.
When John Ireland asked him what he needed to take the team to another level, Mattingly said "Offense, no question. We need a bat. We need that one-two punch".
I guess Matt Kemp is the first punch and Andre Ethier is not even a second punch.
That answer is not surprising. We all know they need another bat. This is what surprised me. Ireland asked him "Donnie, are you confident you can get it given the financial situation the Dodgers are in?"
Mattingly said -
Nice. I like honest answers. Plus that's the way every Dodger fan feels. We're not confident that they are going after a big bat like Pujols or Fielder. And how is the budget going to look? Is Frank McCourt still going to be around?
Click here to hear the entire interview on ESPN 710am.