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Who Am I Wearing?
2005-12-19 21:52
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Substitute Joan Rivers for Bill Ferris and the red carpet for Baseblogging, and it's like I'm being interviewed at the Oscars.

Comments
2005-12-19 22:13:35
1.   Xeifrank
Jon, very nice interview. I think you should do something special for your 500th (keeping track of) game. I think 500 usually is a lock to make the HOF. Good luck finding a sports writing gig that pays you what you truly deserve. DT should be glimmering light on your resume. I'd be curious to know what possible employers say about your blogging empire. :) vr, Xei
2005-12-19 22:16:21
2.   popup
Good stuff. I hope the current book sells well and that you will find time to do another. I have mentioned this before, but a Vin biography please. Put in a cd of Vin's play by play down through the years to go along with the book and you would have an instant best seller.

Stan from Tacoma

2005-12-19 22:41:19
3.   molokai
Come on guys, support the man.
for the price of
2 movie tickets and one large popcorn and drink
2 dodger tickets in the pavillion and 2 hot dogs
1 loge ticket and one hot dog
1 field ticket
1/4 of a laker ticket in the lower level
1/2 of a clipper ticket in the lower level
one round of drinks for your friends

you can support the man who writes DT for free and gives you hours of pleasure and pain.

2005-12-19 23:07:56
4.   Bob Timmermann
But in the spirit of the season, I think the important question is:

What's in it for me?

2005-12-20 00:02:12
5.   math1um
i bought mine.

thanks, jon.

craig in houston

2005-12-20 00:38:35
6.   Eric L
I feel guilty about the book thing. Last year at this time, I would have bought the book without question. At the end of August this year, I decided I needed to make changes in my life (like quitting my dead end job) and I have no money.

When I get the cash, you'll have my support. Other than my own site, this is my favorite website.

2005-12-20 00:44:20
7.   natepurcell
everyone can be a grabowski! yes, even mike ditka!
http://www.orange32.com/grabowski/
2005-12-20 01:33:26
8.   brandesh
Is it just me or is that picture at the top of the Baseblogging site a bit er... shall I say Georgia O'Keeffe-esque?
2005-12-20 01:44:27
9.   Eric Enders
It's also 0.25% the cost of buying in to the World Series of Poker.

I got mine today. Tremendous stuff.

2005-12-20 05:19:15
10.   CT Bum
2 I agree whole heartedly! I'd love to see a Vinny bio, and Jon, you're just the guy to give us one!

Got my book last week, but Lulu hasn't delivered it yet.

2005-12-20 06:15:50
11.   Doug N
Speaking of baseball blogging & reporting, has anyone heard Will Carroll's take on the Dodgers? On his 12/10 podcast BP Radio, he said that Ned Colletti was the wrong guy for that division, Grady Little was the wrong guy for that position, and that the Dodgers hadn't gotten any better. Of course, he also thinks Izturis' name is Carlos. Good podcast though; lots of interesting interviews. Maybe there should be a Weisman-Timmmerman hour...
2005-12-20 06:51:43
12.   Just One of the LADz
11. I heard that podcast as well. He never backed up his comments with any reasons.

I've been playing with podcasts recently and found some older MLB Radio casts. One was McCourt's press conference on the DePodesta firing (Oct 31). I was not impressed. Constant stutters and evasive answers.

The second was Colletti's press conference after being hired (Nov 16). He was articulate, gave pretty good answers, and not too many evasions (though it probably helped that he'd been in the job for less than 24 hours). What I liked was his comment around signing free agents to long contracts that would block some of the newbies in the minors.

2005-12-20 07:01:19
13.   Sam DC
I'm with Molokai. While some folks understandably aren't in a position to support DT financially right now -- and I know Jon would be concerned that any hectoring for donations not make anyone feel unwelcome or anything less than totally valued and appreciated -- a lot of folks whiling away a lot of time on this site probably can afford to spare a bit of the holiday cash they are burning through in any event right now. Jon gives up a lot to make this place excellent; if you can support him, you should. (If the book's too much, can also make a paypal donation directly to the site.)

Now, if we can just get 25 more donations this hour, we promise, we'll never run that Peter Paul and Mary clip again.

2005-12-20 08:17:39
14.   Sushirabbit
Aahhhheeeee, I'm reeling from the Grabowski spot... I'll buy the book to have it erased from my memory... A standard issue neuralyzer, please.
2005-12-20 08:19:07
15.   Marty
The Paypal route has the added enjoyment of explaining why you are giving money to someone named "ShiftyJ"...

"no, really honey, I'm NOT gambling anymore!"

2005-12-20 08:22:23
16.   Kayaker7
You guys are making me feel guilty about not buying the book AND not donating to NPR...which I listen to 4 hours a day--almost as much as I read DT. :(
2005-12-20 08:23:39
17.   Sushirabbit
15 Interesting. Mine shows up as Lule Press Inc.

Looking forward to reading.

2005-12-20 08:25:12
18.   Marty
17 Sorry, I was referring to just donating to the site, not buying the book
2005-12-20 08:32:26
19.   dagwich
I'm looking forward to getting the book, but I must say I don't exactly know when I'll get around to reading it. I have an extremely long list of big books to get through. Between reading DT and other Dodger stuff, trying to keep up with the real news, socializing and, oh yes, the job, who has time? But I think next offseason will be a fun time to review the historical record of the Depo years contained in the book and compare it with what Colletti (2 Ls, 2 Ts) era brought us.

All that said, thanks Jon, you do a great job and it is my pleasure to help support what you do here at DT.

Another vote in favor of the Vin biography. Actually I'd love to hear a radio segment similar to what Bob Edwards used to do with Red Barber at 7:40am every Friday morning. That was extremely good radio.

2005-12-20 08:57:11
20.   Rob M
Just bought the book. I should have done that earlier. It will serve as a great tool to reeducate my comrades on proper baseball principals.

And I'm sure I'll enjoy reading it myself. My time on the blog only goes back about a year (or a little less) so there's lots of pieces in there I haven't seen.

2005-12-20 09:46:33
21.   Peanuts in My Shoes
Just got my copy, too. Looking forward to lurking on paper for a while. I guess I'll have to post the occasional comment in pencil in the sidebar.
2005-12-20 10:00:18
22.   Robert Daeley
Looks like Lofton is officially official:

http://tinyurl.com/cyo6z

2005-12-20 10:03:12
23.   jasonungar05
So this Washburn deal makes the Lowe deal look good. I know wins is not the end all (or even the start) but pitching for a very winning team over the previous 5 years and only winning more than 11 games once isn't that great.
2005-12-20 10:03:50
24.   Winthrop
Baseball Prospectus summarizes well many of the issues in the Nomar signing and the Choi purging.

http://baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=4665

2005-12-20 10:31:28
25.   bigcpa
24 Wow that was depressing. Sheehan didn't even point out that Nomar's signing immediately called into question the Mueller and Saenz signings in the two weeks prior. And here I was just getting over the DePo fiasco.
2005-12-20 10:41:34
26.   Humma Kavula
I keep telling myself that I'm not sure I really think that Nomar will post just a 775 OPS. I'm telling myself that much of his outside-of-Fenway production was dampened by his many injuries. I keep telling myself that his August and September numbers from last year are real. I keep telling myself that if he can just hit .320, everything else will sort itself out.

I also keep telling myself that it's not entirely unreasonable that Angelina Jolie would love to have a threeway with me and my wife and that my wife would think that it's a good idea.

2005-12-20 10:51:13
27.   blue22
26 - His 50 at-bats he got in April prior to getting hurt masked what was a pretty good rest of the season. He OPS'd just under .900 in his AB's after returning from injury, in 180 at bats. That's consistent with his career numbers, even in his recent injury-plagued years.

When he's healthy, he hits. I'm not expecting a .900+ OPS, but in the low to mid .800s wouldn't be unreasonable.

Now how many AB's will he wind up with?

2005-12-20 10:54:19
28.   Jon Weisman
Marketing lesson: A passive-aggressive guilt trip will have a positive effect in the short run, though it may hint at long-term softness in the market.

Anyway, thanks to all of you.

2005-12-20 10:54:38
29.   Jon Weisman
I meant to add ... new post up top.
2005-12-20 10:57:02
30.   popup
#19, I assume you are aware of this, but just in case you are not, Bob Edwards wrote a book about Red and his Friday conversations on NPR called Fridays with Red. I assume the book is out of print by now, but it is available in a good used bookstore or over the web. Red wrote several books and he is the subject of an excellent autobiography written in collaboration with Robert Creamer.

I am shocked that Vin has not been the subject of a biography. In the early 60's there was an excellent long article about him in Sports Illustrated, but as far as I know no full length biography has been published. If I lived in LA, I would take on the task myself. I am not a good enough writer to write such a book, but if the book was accompanied by a cd of Vin's play by play, who cares what I would write anyway: I am sure people would discard the book and listen to the cd.

Stan from Tacoma

2005-12-20 11:00:18
31.   bigcpa
I think Sheehan goes a bit too far in painting the Nomar signing as an Old School name-over-performance move. We know DePo pursued him last year despite his injury history and Fenway splits. If the guy puts up .310/.375/.475 on a 1-year deal you effectively got him below market. The soft market for Nomar reminds me a lot of last year's market for Kent. The response to Kent's deal was lukewarm locally and nationally.

I will agree with Sheehan that position is the big issue. Nomar has to stay healthy and play at the high-end of expectations just to match the Choi/Saenz platoon. Ugh.

2005-12-20 11:04:38
32.   Jon Weisman
30 - I have that book - it was fun for me because I didn't listen to NPR back then.

31 - The difference between Kent and Garciaparra really boils down to injury history.

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