If Charles Dickens were alive and a sportswriter, he would be telling the tale of Dodger right fielder Andre Either, a classic saga of young man whose pure athletic talents led to fame and fortune yet who was beset by a mercurial blend of greatness and woe.
After six years with the Dodgers, Ethier finally got the extended, extensive contract he had deserved, $85 million over five years. Then he went into a slump batting just .218 in June.
If that isn't Ethier in a nutshell, nothing is.
Sure, his stats, when looked at over the life of his career, seem pretty consistent. He has batted .272 once and .308 once, otherwise hovering around the career mark of .291. He holds the record for doubles among Dodger players, but his power numbers are relatively meager for someone of his stature.