Larry Bowa's still not making friends
(Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
(Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Posted Feb 17, 2009

Just ask players like Pat Burrell how much fun it was to be around Larry Bowa when he was in Philly. Well, now players in Los Angeles have much the same reaction to Bowa's act.

Pat Burrell and Larry Bowa had an open dislike for each other. In a now infamous moment, it was Burrell who purposely avoided Bowa, who was waiting to greet Burrell in the dugout after a home run.

For his case, Pat Burrell has generally taken the high road, and not commented about his disaffection for Bowa outside of when he was initially asked about his reaction after his home run.

In a different case, Brad Penny is taking a different approach now that he is away from Bowa and the L.A. Dodgers.

"A lot of stuff went on last year," Penny told Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. "There were a few people I didn’t get along with on the coaching staff that don’t respect people. I mean, me and Joe [Torre] got along fine. I just feel like nobody had my back there. You’re in the clubhouse and you have players coming up to you saying coaches are saying this to them about you. And that’s just not a good situation to be in."

When asked which of the coaches Penny had issues with, Penny replied. "Your boy, Larry Bowa."

The funniest part of the exchange came when Bowa was asked about Penny's comments.

"You mean the same guy who was never on time, out of shape and has one complete game? He has more stuff to worry about in the A.L. East than me. He has to worry about getting people out. He was never on time, was out of shape and never helped the kids out. Put that on the (expletive) dot-com. Put it in the headline," Bowa told Tony Jackson of Inside The Dodgers.

"He never watched the game (when he was on the DL). Jason Schmidt watched the games. Nomar Garciaparra watched the games. Mark Sweeney watched the games. You go right down the line, everybody who was on the DL watched the games. But not him. He was out of there," explained Bowa. "I'm in everybody's corner when they work. When they're lazy and don't work. I could give a (well, you get the picture)."

Ironically, Jackson never even got around to telling Bowa what Penny had said about him.

As for Dodgers manager Joe Torre, he's staying out of it and said that he prefers to save the stories like that for his next book.

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