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Fun with Dominoes
2006-03-02 08:58
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

With Jose Cruz, Jr. (along with Ricky Ledee) headed off to the World Baseball Championships, otherwise known as Grady Little's "You Do the Math" zone, the starting left field job has become rookie Joel Guzman's to lose. And while it's true that Guzman may still misplace it at the outset of 2006, it's fun to think about what might happen if he puts it in the vault.

Not only does the Dodger starting lineup become that much more interesting to watch, but the bench becomes stronger with Cruz (or Kenny Lofton, on his days off) joining it.

If the Dodgers were truly Strat-o-Matic players, they would let Guzman also serve as a backup/double-switch shortstop and first baseman, thus providing even more flexibility - although the team seems pretty determined to end Guzman's shortstop playing days immediately.

What's important to keep in mind is that just because Guzman might not be ready to start in April doesn't mean he's a failure - it just means he isn't ready. But it's fun to think of what it would mean if he were.

* * *

Bill Plaschke's Times column today on Derek Lowe's actions of July 2, in a nutshell:

He didn't want to be there.

He didn't want to be there.

He didn't want to be there.

In a startling contrast, however, Plaschke refrains from wielding the judgmental stick the way he did last week with Sasha Cohen, who had the temerity to be nervous at age 21 about winning a gold medal. Plaschke's conclusion, that butterflies meant that Cohen did not want to go for gold, was as much of a stumble off the ice as Cohen made on the ice.

This week, athletes are allowed to be human. I'm not sure what prompted the change - perhaps Lowe's checkout moment wasn't in the championship round, so it was all okay - but I like the change.

* * *

The oxymoronically official exhibition opener is today! Brad Penny, Aaron Sele, Lance Carter, Kelly Wunsch, Tim Hamulack and Danys Baez are scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers in Vero Beach against the Braves at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

And fresh over the Associated Press wires, Eric Gagne will be away from camp for a few days for personal reasons. Grady Little said that Gagne "feels great" and will pitch next week, but Little did not go into specifics about Gagne's departure.

Update: "Family reasons" are cited as the cause for Bob Welch's departure from Class A Ogden as pitching coach - for the entire season.

Update 2: My boss at SI.com, Jacob Luft, has a short bit on Dodger catcher Dioner Navarro which begins thusly:

Dioner Navarro has the baseball cards of two players on top of his locker: Pudge Rodriguez and Jason Phillips. Can you guess which one he put there and which one is the product of a practical joke?

Update 3: Former Times sportswriter and assistant sports editor Randy Harvey will replace Bill Dwyre as Sports Editor. (Thanks to Kevin Roderick at L.A. Observed for passing on the news.) Harvey spent more than two decades at the Times in a previous stint. He will start in April; Dwyre will remain on staff, perhaps as a writer.

I always knew this day would come, except that I had expected the announcement to name Dwyre lieutenant Dave Morgan. But Morgan recently left the Times for Yahoo!.

By the way, I should have said more about the recent passing of Otis Chandler. Just haven't had the time to find a meaningful perspective. L.A. Observed covered it very well.

Comments (133)
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2006-03-02 09:43:44
1.   Another Tom
This Gagne thing has BAD written all over it.
2006-03-02 09:49:01
2.   Curtis Lowe
1- Why does it have "BAD" written all over it? When he's hurt they say he's hurt, maybe he wants to go watch canada play since he's not playing.
2006-03-02 09:49:03
3.   Steelyeri
I'm excited. Finally, baseball is back (kink of). I hope Guzman has a good spring. I want to see the youn guns play. I also want to see how the new additions look in Dodger Blue.
2006-03-02 09:50:27
4.   Bob Timmermann
Re: Plaschke column

AUGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!

My eyes!!!!!!!!

The Plaschke protective goggles! They do nothing!

2006-03-02 09:52:17
5.   natepurcell
game on!!!
2006-03-02 09:55:52
6.   Jacob L
Yeah, because veteran players never leave camp for a few days. Maybe he just didn't want to be there.
2006-03-02 09:59:29
7.   overkill94
Why was I under the impression that KFWB was going to have all the spring training games on? Looks like they're mostly just doing weekend games.

I asked these questions about mlb.tv in the last thread but got no responses:

1. I can only pay for one month and then cancel right?
2. Do they have the games available to watch after they're completed?
3. Are there any blackouts?

2006-03-02 09:59:44
8.   Giant Hater
Plaschke...Simers....I read more sympathetic news about the Dodgers in the S.F. Chronical than those two Angel monkeys ever give.
2006-03-02 09:59:55
9.   Another Tom
2 - Color me paranoid but it's not a good way to start spring training. Gagne is now the face of the organization and his right elbow/arm will be the most closely scrutinized body part in Vero (insert Derek Lowe comment here if you must). To have him leave camp for "personal reasons" sets off an alarm for me.

Maybe it's just bad Dodger PR - as if that could ever happen. One would think that if it was truly nothing the organization would go out of their way to explain his absence to stop any speculation. But to shroud it in "personal reasons" just seems odd.

Hopefully it's nothing but bad PR.

2006-03-02 10:01:49
10.   overkill94
Anybody else get goosebumps when they heard "Let's go! batter up! we're talking the afternoon off!"?
2006-03-02 10:02:27
11.   natepurcell
damn the la game isnt on, ill just watch the yankee phillie game.
2006-03-02 10:03:10
12.   overkill94
9 They've already said he'll be back on Sunday, this is no Zack Greinke situation.
2006-03-02 10:04:12
13.   natepurcell
1. I can only pay for one month and then cancel right?
2. Do they have the games available to watch after they're completed?
3. Are there any blackouts?

1. yes, you have to call and cancel.

2. yes.

3. yes, depends where you live. for example, i live in tucson right now, and san diego and dback games are blacked out on mlb.tv :(

who know whys san diego is blacked oout.

2006-03-02 10:04:18
14.   Johnson
So...can anybody find the Dodgers/Braves game on GameDay Audio? I'm getting the Pirates game when I click on the Dodgers link. (It's the Jim Tracy thing, I KNOW it!)
2006-03-02 10:04:56
15.   Giant Hater
I think Gagne heard his favorite Sushi bar back in Canada was having a weekend special. "Personal Resons"=weekend off=eating sushi.
2006-03-02 10:05:55
16.   Curtis Lowe
Why am I getting Pirates Audio when Im trying to listen to the Dodgers!!!
2006-03-02 10:07:26
17.   Bob Timmermann
Listening to Pirates audio can put you, individually, but not team-wise, in a position to succeed with your ability to listen to baseball games better.
2006-03-02 10:07:32
18.   natepurcell
the curse of jim tracy lives on!
2006-03-02 10:08:19
19.   overkill94
13 Thanks Nate.

I'm assuming I wouldn't be able to watch regular season games, but are there any blackouts during the spring?

2006-03-02 10:09:11
20.   KAYVMON
Re 7:
1. Yes, but if you pay for the whole year it is a better deal.
2. Yes, usually right after they are done, but sometimes itll take a while, and on rare occurances the game will never appear.
3. Yes, there are lots of blackouts unfortunately. Anything that could be considered local, so for example, if you are in upstate New York and the Dodgers are playing the Mets, you cannot watch the game. The main other one is on saturdays with the fox national coverage. Essentially, anything national will be blacked out unless you are out of the country. I had what would have been a really bad experience in 2004, as the Finley grand slam game was blacked out, but i got to listen to it on the radio.
2006-03-02 10:09:45
21.   Curtis Lowe
Am I the only one experiencing this?

Is this Tracy's way of getting back at the Dodgers? Dodgerthoughts Posters?

2006-03-02 10:09:54
22.   natepurcell
i dunno about ST. i dont think so.
2006-03-02 10:12:02
23.   overkill94
20 I probably should have specified a little better. I live in LA so I'll get all the regular season games on TV, but for the spring I'd like to watch the games since only a few are televised or even on the radio.

Since they're all the way in Florida and I'm all the way in LA, they couldn't block out spring games right?

2006-03-02 10:12:05
24.   Giant Hater
Seriously, haven't we all needed personal time at one point or another that required us to not show up for work? Death in family. Family member sick. Baby being born. Skipping work for big game. Skipping work for exhibition game? Need to place a bet. Need to pay loan shark. Need to run from loan shark. Need to have sushi immediately. Don't want to go to work that day.....point is....Gagne is fine.
2006-03-02 10:12:25
25.   student of the game
21 I am also getting the Pirates game.
2006-03-02 10:12:51
26.   Johnson
21 Me too, Curtis. They've got to screw it up once when they start the season. Why they screw upthe Dodgers game when all the others seem to be OK (well, no audio for any of the Pirates feeds, but hey, at least their feed is SOMEWHERE) is a mystery to me. If you listen closely, you can hear me crying.
2006-03-02 10:13:35
27.   Curtis Lowe
I can get the Dodgers game in spanish too bad I dont understand spanish when its spoken that quickly.
2006-03-02 10:13:57
28.   overkill94
See everybody, Lofton still has it!
2006-03-02 10:14:48
29.   overkill94
Am I the only one actually able to listen to the game right now?
2006-03-02 10:15:20
30.   Jon Weisman
24 - Actually, it seems only fair that the Dodgers should take a day off from work to come see an exhibition open where I work - then I can return the favor.
2006-03-02 10:17:51
31.   JMK
It seems to me that Guzman needs more seasoning. His numbers last year don't indicate he's ready to hit Major League pitching and I don't think a good month of March is enough to know if he's ready. Let him show what he can do for at least a half a year at AAA. Besides, what's the rush? Why start the service clock early? He may be like a majority of major leaguers who take time to adjust. Pujols and Cabrera are exceptions, most guys take time to adjust. Better to start him too late than too soon. That way we increase the chances we get his best seasons before he hits free agency.
2006-03-02 10:17:57
32.   Johnson
29 How are you doing it?
2006-03-02 10:18:01
33.   overkill94
For those experiencing difficulties, here's a quick recap...

Penny pitching in the 1st:
ground to SS
pop up to 3B
single to center (i think)
HBP
ground to 2B

Sosa pitching to us:
Lofton singles off the pitcher's leg
Aybar pops to Crespo (3B maybe?)
Nomar singles off the pitcher's butt (might be changed to error)

2006-03-02 10:18:51
34.   overkill94
32 KFWB, news 980!

I'm local

2006-03-02 10:19:19
35.   Bob Timmermann
24

Gagne like me probably has a new cat at home and his wife couldn't find him in the basement.

I told Eric not to feed his cat poutine!

2006-03-02 10:19:43
36.   Curtis Lowe
29-What did you do to be able to listen to the game?
2006-03-02 10:20:49
37.   Johnson
34 (Disappointed sigh) I thought you were getting it on Gameday Audio. The KFWB feed there is mislinked, so all we can do is listen to Pittsburgh/Washington.
2006-03-02 10:21:23
38.   natepurcell
wow ive waited so long for actual baseball. im so happy.
2006-03-02 10:21:32
39.   KAYVMON
23 Id call the friendly people at mlb.tv if you have a problem. Ive had a lot of problems in the past and the people that work there seem like the cool laid-back stoner IT guy type, rather than the more demanding IT guy with a ponytail type.

24 So lets all make guesses on what the personal problem was. Im going with the house in Quebec needed more firewood. I think, as a result, we should all hold a candlelight vigil and pray to the gods that the tree does not fall on his right arm.

2006-03-02 10:21:45
40.   Purple Hippopotamus
Any gameday's out there covering the inaudible ST game?
2006-03-02 10:22:08
41.   overkill94
To clarify, I'm not listening to the MLB game day audio, I'm listening on the radio. God bless my job for allowing whole days where I can sit at home and get paid.

After Ledee fouls out to 3B, Cruz knocks one up the middle to score the 1st run of the game.

2006-03-02 10:22:47
42.   DXMachina
I'm getting the Pirates, too. Meanwhile, the Pirates actual feed, KDKA, has been silent. I sent an e-mail to mlb.com complaining, but I suspect they won't read it until after the game is over. Bother.
2006-03-02 10:24:18
43.   overkill94
Now Mueller knocks one in with a single to left, 2-0 Dodgers.

The veterans who have gotten a lot of strife from the DT crowd are off to a good start.

2006-03-02 10:24:20
44.   Curtis Lowe
KFWB.com has the game for thsoe interested.
2006-03-02 10:27:03
45.   student of the game
42 I also sent an email. I have tried to call but the line is busy. For all those wishing to complain the number can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/dgz8p

2006-03-02 10:28:24
46.   KAYVMON
My frustration in not being able to listen to a spring training game made me realize that i need to get a job.
2006-03-02 10:31:21
47.   Curtis Lowe
YaY gameday is now working correctly.
2006-03-02 10:31:27
48.   D4P
I'm now hearing Steiner and Monday on MLB audio.
2006-03-02 10:31:42
49.   Curtis Lowe
Just in time for me to hear the Braves score a run : (
2006-03-02 10:31:50
50.   DXMachina
46My frustration in not being able to listen to a spring training game made me realize that i need to get a job.

Heh. My frustration is that it's snowing like crazy here in RI, and a little baseball would be great.

And they finally got the feed straightened out. Woo hoo!

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2006-03-02 10:32:46
51.   Johnson
I'm not getting the game at KFWB.com, I'm getting a traffic report and the news. Sigh.
2006-03-02 10:35:48
52.   DaveP
51 - I had the same problem. I have it on the radio, but could only get news and traffic with the online feed.
2006-03-02 10:36:50
53.   Marty
35 Poutine is one of those things I just don't get. There's a cafe in Monrovia that serves poutine fries, but it looked more like phlegm on fries.
2006-03-02 10:37:40
54.   KAYVMON
Im also frustrated that I got the seat by the door in a shady internet cafe in France, and all these people here look like they want to steal my bag.

But on the bright side, the audio started working.

2006-03-02 10:40:44
55.   Daniel
27. Lowe, How were you getting the game in Spanish?
2006-03-02 10:44:10
56.   KAYVMON
53 You gotta have poutine in Montreal, there's your problem right there. No seriously, never understood it myself even when I lived there. Same with roqlette and fondue, its like as long as the place speaks french, they feel like they cook up a bunch of cheese and make it some kind of internationally reknowned cuisine.
2006-03-02 10:47:31
61.   student of the game
All our collective concerns about this year's version of the Dodgers can be alleviated; Gagne and Mueller took out their young teammates to dinner. As Monday just officially announced, they are now a team.
2006-03-02 10:47:36
62.   Bob Timmermann
53
Ahh, the Canadian cafe in Monrovia. I've never heard anyone say they like it.

Yet it seems to stay in business. Go figure.

2006-03-02 10:50:23
63.   KAYVMON
61 No we knew they were a team, thats the only way to play baseball. Monday told us that taking them out to dinner makes them a family. The Dodger family is winning right now.
2006-03-02 10:53:06
64.   Ken Arneson
Testing...ignore...
2006-03-02 10:54:17
65.   overkill94
Hmmm, sounds like Nomar's adjusting pretty well to 1B. Maybe those throwing concerns that dsfan (?) has will be offset by the added range.

For those not able to listen, he made a couple nice plays in the hole this inning.

2006-03-02 11:01:34
66.   Marty
On chowhound.com you'll find fans of the Canadian Cafe. I wasn't impressed.
2006-03-02 11:04:57
67.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Ack! The Plaschke column was about the one game I saw in Dodger Stadium last year! (I don't live in L.A. anymore).

Fascinating to know that was what was going on. It was a real downer to watch.

2006-03-02 11:09:36
68.   D4P
Can't say I have much simpathy for a guy who knowingly signs a $36 million contract under conditions that are likely to have a negative impact on his performance. Interesting how Hughes lost her job over the affair, but Lowe kept his and still gets paid millions.
2006-03-02 11:11:47
69.   D4P
68
Nor do I have much sympathy...
2006-03-02 11:16:21
70.   Steve
Oh BROTheR
2006-03-02 11:18:54
71.   D4P
70
Steiner just praised BROTheR for his incredible defensive abilities, and Monday reminisced about The Catch.
2006-03-02 11:22:17
72.   Steve
I was unfortunate enough to hear it all -- fortunately, my window doesn't open.
2006-03-02 11:24:43
73.   D4P
72
How long til you reconsider my Steiner petition?
2006-03-02 11:24:56
74.   underdog
I said this in the other thread but in case you missed it, the game tomorrow is on ESPN in the morning (tivo anyone?) Especially fun for those of us outside of LA who will otherwise not get to see them much or at all this spring...

C

2006-03-02 11:34:41
75.   overkill94
70 What does the B stand for again? Ban? Burn? Bemoan?
2006-03-02 11:35:20
76.   overkill94
Wow, Carter actually struck two guys out in one inning.
2006-03-02 11:36:04
77.   Sam DC
Cristian Guzman, 3-3 for this Spring. He got third today against Jim "no sample size is too small" Tracy's Pirates.
2006-03-02 11:50:48
78.   DodgerJoe
What is the score? Inning? Keep the updates coming.
I am stuck at work with no access to the game. My only updates are from everyone at DT.

Thanks in advance.

2006-03-02 11:53:23
79.   Blu2
1
Maybe someone said the 'T' word (trade) to him and he's mulling it over to see how he feels about the possibility...
2006-03-02 11:54:31
80.   overkill94
I think we're through 6 innings, still 3-1 Dodgers. Haven't been a whole lot of baserunners the last few innings.

Dodger pitchers so far:
Penny - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER
Sele - 2 IP, 0 ER
Baez - 1 IP, 1 BB, 0 H, 0 ER
Carter - 1 IP, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K

now Hamulack's in the game.

2006-03-02 11:55:31
81.   overkill94
Hmm, it's actually the top of the 8th, maybe Carter went 2 innings? I haven't been following super closely.
2006-03-02 11:59:02
82.   Brendan
I tuned in just as LaRoche lined out to 3b. Is/was guzman in the game?

Hamulack 1st three batters. Walk, ground single through second, line drive hit, runner held, bases loaded.

2006-03-02 12:00:07
83.   overkill94
I haven't heard anything about Guzman, I'm not sure he made the trip.
2006-03-02 12:05:37
84.   overkill94
Kemp just hosed a guy at home for a fly ball double-play. Followed by a pop up to Alomar to get Hamulack out of the jam.

End of 7 1/2, still 3-1 Dodgers.

2006-03-02 12:06:25
85.   Daniel Zappala
A great throw by Kemp on a sac fly attempt nailed a runner at home, Alomar with the tag. Don't know what position Kemp was playing. Double play, and next batter popped out to Alomar to end the inning.
2006-03-02 12:06:52
86.   bigcpa
84 Heard that- Steiner got pretty pumped for a March 2nd game. Was the throw on the fly?
2006-03-02 12:07:29
87.   Daniel Zappala
All right, so you call the game.
2006-03-02 12:08:14
88.   Jon Weisman
80 - Sele's Ericksonian campaign begins?
2006-03-02 12:10:26
89.   overkill94
Guzman's up, aaaand struck out against Joey Devine. Wunsch is coming in to pitch the 9th.
2006-03-02 12:11:26
90.   Sam DC
Any 3-0 counts today?
2006-03-02 12:11:28
91.   overkill94
86 I think he said it was on the fly. However it got there, Steiner said it was right on the money.
2006-03-02 12:13:46
92.   D4P
90
Grittle forgot to add "We swing on 1-0 and 2-0 here".
2006-03-02 12:14:37
93.   overkill94
88 Blasphemy
2006-03-02 12:17:05
94.   Jon Weisman
93 - Is it blasphemy to say the devil takes many forms?
2006-03-02 12:17:07
95.   overkill94
Almost all young 'uns out there right now.

C - Alomar
1B - Loney
2B - R. Martinez
SS - Abreu
3B - LaRoche
LF - D. Young
CF - Repko
RF - Kemp

I guess Guzman was pinch-hitting for the pitcher, or maybe I just heard the name wrong.

2006-03-02 12:19:02
96.   overkill94
When did the Braves score their 2nd run?

Dodgers only got 4 hits today and I think they were all in the first two innings against Sosa. Better luck for the prospects tomorrow.

Game's over by the way, Dodgers win 3-2.

2006-03-02 12:19:36
97.   Jon Weisman
The Ogden Raptors have announced that Bob Welch will not be returning as pitching coach this year, for "personal reasons," but that he is always welcome there.

http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3275423

2006-03-02 12:21:09
98.   DXMachina
88 Sele's Ericksonian campaign begins?

Steiner invoked the name of Erickson when Sele came in. At least Sele managed to strike out a couple of guys.

2006-03-02 12:22:18
99.   Brendan
96 Hamaluck walked in a run before the double play on the attempted sac fly.
2006-03-02 12:26:08
100.   Jon Weisman
Also, a new bit about Dioner Navarro up top.
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2006-03-02 12:26:22
101.   Bob Timmermann
97
I'm not welcome in Ogden at any time. It must have been because I once mooned the crowd at a Weber State basketball game.
2006-03-02 12:27:07
102.   overkill94
99 Ah, I think I was making lunch at that point, got back just in time for the DP.

So all 4 Dodger hits were in the first inning. I guess you can't expect a ton when Kent, Drew, and Furcal aren't playing yet. It'll be nice to see the game tomorrow.

2006-03-02 12:31:34
103.   Sam DC
PSA: SWAGGERING Tom Boswell hosts an online chat tomorrow at 8 am Pacfic. Questions can be submitted in advance.

http://tinyurl.com/rdn6b

2006-03-02 12:36:07
104.   Vishal
hey, a reference to fielding win shares in the SI article, what do you know.
2006-03-02 12:40:43
105.   willhite
88

You can never have too much pitching, or too many middle relievers.

I wonder what Sele's wife looks like.

2006-03-02 12:46:29
106.   Bob Timmermann
New sports editor at the LA Times: Randy Harvey.

From L.A. Observed
http://tinyurl.com/ja2po

2006-03-02 13:03:52
107.   Sam DC
Funny Dodger Thoughts lines I missed the last time around: "If I were the one that were pregnant, this afternoon might have induced labor."
2006-03-02 13:04:19
108.   ToyCannon
Nice story on JD
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-dodgers-drew&prov=ap&type=lgns
2006-03-02 13:05:45
109.   ToyCannon
106
Plaschke and Simers better start looking for new jobs and Jon will look good on Page 2.
2006-03-02 13:12:43
110.   Sam DC
HAHAHAHA

Stated in the All-Baseball Dodger Thoughts comments, in December 2004, by some lunatic who used to have parentheses around the DC in his screen name: "Given the strong views on all sides, I think Choi Watch 2005 will be a particularly fun part of this site."

Seriously, you should consider revoking that guy's commenting privileges.

2006-03-02 13:27:37
111.   Sushirabbit
Now I'm going around singing Ebony Eyes and wishing I had a decent working turntable.

This was almost like a gameday thread.

2006-03-02 13:35:38
112.   King of the Hobos
The boxscore:

http://tinyurl.com/jbtxl

Seems no one wanted to walk. Although no one wanted to get on base at all, so it's not so bad. Sure is nice that baseball's back. And at 6:30 tonight, Choi and Seo take on Hu and Kuo, for even more Dodger baseball

2006-03-02 13:36:00
113.   Johnson
100 Of course, the SI article doesn't answer the question of which baseball card was the practical joke. The answer seems so distressingly obvious that I'm afraid it's actually a trick question.
2006-03-02 13:40:28
114.   Linkmeister
111 Ha! I'm currently attempting to restore my 33-year-old turntable in order to play my 300 vinyl albums. Believe it or not, parts can still be found (how did we scavengers survive before the Internet?).
2006-03-02 13:44:36
115.   Robert Fiore
L.A. Observed is reporting that Bill Dwyre is out and Randy Harvey is in as Sports editor at the Times. Thank Christ. It would be nice if the section were run by people who appear to enjoy sports again.
2006-03-02 13:45:40
116.   Sam DC
? Marty's first comment?

"Excuse a stupid question that has probably been answered elsewhere a few times but, can someone please explain VORP and what its supposed to signify? Thanks.

BTY, love the blog Jon.

Posted by Marty at August 24, 2004 12:56 PM "

2006-03-02 13:51:25
117.   Sam DC
More treasures from my afternoon's archaeology:

"Werth looks very little like Kingman to me.

Posted by Jon at August 26, 2004 11:08 AM"

2006-03-02 13:52:48
118.   D4P
117
BTY

Is that like MYP?

2006-03-02 13:54:42
119.   Marty
That probably was my first comment. I was just a naive 48-year-old then...
2006-03-02 14:03:10
120.   Marty
It's "old Friend" Randy Harvey over here. He left for the Baltimore Sun a couple years ago. I knew something was up a month ago when I saw Dwyre, Harvey and another editor at a restaurant. The old number two man in Sports left for Yahoo when, rumour has it, he wasn't guaranteed Dwyre's position.
2006-03-02 14:08:39
121.   Bob Timmermann
115

I guess no one pays attention to my comments anymore. :-( 106

2006-03-02 14:09:09
122.   Sushirabbit
114
Before Gore's Super Highway, you had to talk to more people and it took longer to find the hard parts. And we like it! I sold my old turntable because my wife loved hers. It sucked. It finally died. Now I am saving pennies for a Thorens.
2006-03-02 14:10:42
123.   Bob Timmermann
Don Knotts
Darren McGavin
Dennis Weaver

and now ...

Jack Wild

http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,18473,00.html

Steve will be sad because I'm sure he was a big "H.R. Pufnstuf" fan.

2006-03-02 14:16:20
124.   willhite
Our old friend JT is undefeated:

Pirates 9 - Nats 1

They had a shortstop playing by the name of J.Guzman. Have we traded him already? I hope we got something good, like Jim Tracy's treatise on arm angles.

2006-03-02 14:25:31
125.   oldbear
My Dodger MYP today is Kerry Wunsch. Good to see him out there after the most freakish of freak injuries last season.
2006-03-02 14:29:21
126.   Bob Timmermann
The most freakish freak injury would be breaking your ankle while trying to avoid being hit by a rampaging elephant that was spooked into running into the bullpen after it was chased by a bunch of wildebeasts that became engraged after someone told them that Bill Plaschke didn't think they had what it took to succeed in the mass migration business.
2006-03-02 14:31:43
127.   Curtis Lowe
126- That's pretty freak.
2006-03-02 14:32:17
128.   Bob Timmermann
127
Yeah, I hate when that happens.
2006-03-02 14:34:09
129.   Curtis Lowe
Is anyone else going to stay up for the WBC? I'm thinking about watching it in the morning at work but if theres gonna be a DT party I might stay up.
2006-03-02 14:35:23
130.   Bob Timmermann
129
I might watch it, but I would have to watch on my computer as my cable system doesn't get ESPNDeportes. I would watch the first game, but not the second as I like sleeping.

But I don't know if I can get the video on my Powerbook. Anyone have experience with that?

2006-03-02 14:35:50
131.   gvette
123-- If Hollywood Deaths supposedly happen in "threes", Jack Wild's passing may be bad news for two more elderly celebrities. Hate to think that the Grim Reaper is looking for Abe Vigoda or Wilford Brimley.
2006-03-02 14:43:59
132.   Jon Weisman
New post up top.
2006-03-02 14:46:24
133.   bhsportsguy
Charley Steiner's break starts now...
...the Dodgers announced today that we'll be bringing a few guest analysts to KFWB during Spring Training. Jerry Reuss, Steve Yeager and Tom Goodwin will all be on the air at various times, as will A Martinez and a pair of Dodger "farmhands," Brian Petrotta and Russ Langer."

Petrotta does the VB Dodger games (2003-2004 he was in Ogden doing the Pioneer League games for the Dodger farm club) and Langer is the Las Vegas club radio broadcaster. Petrotta might have insight on some prospects since he saw Chad and Russ in Ogden and Andy LaRoche (both in Ogden and VB) and Matt Kemp in VB. Also Yeager was a coach at Jacksonville, so that might be interesting if he doesn't go back and tell the story about the invention of the throat protecter.

I guess Dusty won't be calling Tom Goodwin for an outfield spot (at least not until July).

2006-03-02 14:46:29
134.   ToyCannon
Hard to believe Abe is still alive. How come no one mentions Barney Miller when were talking about great ole comedies? That was one of my favorites.
2006-03-02 15:49:42
135.   Jon Weisman
134 - It gets my vote.
2006-03-02 16:12:44
136.   JeffinTokyo
Bob Welch has always been one of my favorites. Besides his World Series heroics and his overcoming his personal demons, it was always fun to count how many times he would say "You know" in an interview.

His book 5 O'clock Comes Early was inspirational for me.

That being said, I would like to point out that on the press release, it states "family reasons" not "personal reasons." Considering his past, I think that is an important distinction.

2006-03-02 16:15:08
137.   Jon Weisman
136 - Thanks, I'll make the correction.

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