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Shades of 2003
2006-03-06 13:29
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers played 20 innings of baseball in two split-squad games today, scored one run and allowed one run.

Marlins 1, Dodgers 1 (10 1/2 innings)

Nationals 0, Dodgers 0 (9 1/2 innings)

Cody Ross homered and doubled for the Dodgers' main offensive production. Greg Miller allowed the Florida run. Aaron Sele continued his assault on reality with 2 2/3 scoreless innings against the Marlins, while Brad Penny faced the minimum over three innings against Washington. Jonathan Broxton also pitched a shutout inning to bring his Spring ERA into the finite (36.00).

Comments (147)
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2006-03-06 14:02:14
1.   Bob Timmermann
Where's Wilkin Ruan? Larry Barnes? Jeromy Burnitz?
2006-03-06 14:03:56
2.   King of the Hobos
I can't say I'm celebrating Sele and Meadows managing to go 5 scoreless innings.

So far, all 5 of our projected starters have done well (although it's far, far too early). Three of the four backups (four if you include Saito), have also done well. I guess I would consider that a good thing

2006-03-06 14:04:21
3.   Jon Weisman
Read The Best of Dodger Thoughts to learn the fate of Wilkin Ruan!
2006-03-06 14:05:43
4.   DXMachina
They had a shot to win the Nats game in the bottom of the ninth. Justin Ruggiano (running for Loney, who had doubled) got thrown out at home on an infield grounder for the final out of the inning.
2006-03-06 14:11:07
5.   King of the Hobos
Tomorrow's game will feature Brett Tomko and Eric Stults both pitching numerous innings I would assume, then the 2006 Spring Training US debut of Hong-Chih Kuo, followed by Scott Elbert and Jonathon Meloan
2006-03-06 14:11:08
6.   Bob Timmermann
I had thought of naming my cat The Black Mike Ramsey, but that wouldn't make much sense since my cat is not black.
2006-03-06 14:12:07
7.   D4P
Where's Ron Coomer?
2006-03-06 14:13:17
8.   Bob Timmermann
And Hong-Chih Kuo will go back to having his last name pronounced with a K sound instead of a G sound.
2006-03-06 14:16:46
9.   Bob Timmermann
Ron Coomer, retired from the big leagues, has been hanging out on street corners offering passersby a chance to see "a professional at bat"
2006-03-06 14:31:06
10.   jasonungar05
Is IZZY going to be ready by opening day? It sure seems like it.
2006-03-06 14:32:03
11.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
!0 comments in, and I'm the first to mention that a split squard of the Marlins is like dividing 0 by 2?
2006-03-06 14:36:47
12.   kent
11- What's a squard?
2006-03-06 14:42:25
13.   LAT
Nice outting for the Angel's newest pitcher. I think he has a higher ERA than his brother.
2006-03-06 14:53:29
14.   Marty
0 can be divided by 2, just don't try to divide 2 by 0. The universe will explode.
2006-03-06 14:55:55
15.   Bob Timmermann
One and one don't make one, one and one make two.

And you know that's a bargain.

The best one I've ever had.

2006-03-06 15:01:50
16.   Marty
I didn't know you were a Who fan Bob.
2006-03-06 15:03:30
17.   Bob Timmermann
Marty,

I don't know if I'm a big Who fan, but their lyrics always stay in my head.

And not just the ones that the CSI shows stole.

2006-03-06 15:08:00
18.   Jon Weisman
I saw the opening credits of CSI for the first time last week and did not get the connection between Baba O'Riley and forensic medicine.

Back during a time where I was listening to people like Dan Fogelberg, my friends introduced me to The Who. Changed my (musical) life. I'm happy to say I went to their 1982 farewell tour at the Coliseum - the concert where T-Bone Barnett opened, followed by The Clash, who were so out of it that they were booed off the stage.

2006-03-06 15:13:44
19.   D4P
18
Does that mean you stopped listening to Dan Fogelberg? I went through a serious Fogelberg phase in the early 90s, though it was limited to his greatest hits cassette.
2006-03-06 15:16:40
20.   underdog
More signs of the meaningless of spring training statistics: David Ross hit two home runs for the Padres today. (Vs. the Royals, of course.)

But then, somebody named Chip Ambres hit two for KC, off somebody named Kenny Baugh and somebody named Erick Burke.

Somebody fast forward me to April, please.

2006-03-06 15:23:51
21.   Jon Weisman
19 - I stopped proactively listening to him, but have a sentimental pang every time I hear him, especially "Same Auld Lang Syne."

I went to summer camp in Colorado in the 1970s - which spawned a rather mellow taste in music in me for quite a while. Yes, Olivia, I have indeed ever been mellow.

2006-03-06 15:26:45
22.   oldbear
Is IZZY going to be ready by opening day? It sure seems like it.

Wasnt Izturis leading off today? I figured with 1 run in 20ip, he had to be in there somewhere.

2006-03-06 15:29:35
23.   D4P
"Same Auld Lang Syne" is a great song. Haunting in its reminiscence. It and "Leader of the Band" were my favorites.

I've become less mellow in my tastes since then, but I still have room for my old favorites.

2006-03-06 15:30:27
24.   D4P
22
I figured with 1 run in 20ip, he had to be in there somewhere.

Technically, you could be referring to his offense or his defense. I'm guessing the former...

2006-03-06 15:30:30
25.   dzzrtRatt
I can hang with mellow. I like the Carpenters. Olivia Newton-John did a fundraiser I was involved with, so I'm fond of her. James Taylor put out a few good albums. I even like "House at Pooh Corners" by Loggins and Messina. But I could never stand Dan Fogelberg. He always seemed like someone with an extreme sense of his own importance. Didn't he end up writing a symphony or something? Kiss of death for rock stars of the 70s.
2006-03-06 15:46:19
26.   Bob Timmermann
Dan Fogelberg sang the national anthem at the Colorado Rockies first home game on April 7, 1993.
2006-03-06 15:47:07
27.   D4P
26
I did not know that.
2006-03-06 15:50:16
28.   Bob Timmermann
26
Sadly, I did.

In other news, a native Chinese speaker tells me that our favorite fireballing Taiwanese left-hander should have his name pronounced "Gwoh Hoong-jer"

2006-03-06 15:50:39
29.   Spageticus
Anybody remember the dude that wore the Panama Jack hat and clocked pitches behind home plate?

What was that guy's name?

2006-03-06 15:51:18
30.   Doug N
If the topic of J Seo's pitching for Korea has been discussed in another thread, I'm sorry.

Here's his line so far:

IP: 3.2
H: 2
BB: 2
K: 3

He didn't allow a run against Chinese-Tapei who put up a more respectable showing than the abysmal China team. The political irony may be a bit too delicious for baseball.

At any rate, my anecdotal, amateur analysis while watching Seo pitch is that he reminded me of Ishii with a much better fastball. I hesitate to compare the two pitchers' control, because I'm not sure if Kaz couldn't hit the plate or didn't want to because he knows MLB hitters enjoy 85 mph pitches.

It'll be interesting to see how Seo does when the competition is a bit stiffer. Korea will be matched up against Pool B winners, which should be the US and Mexico.

Is anybody keeping track of Choi's WBC performance? He's 3 for 11 with a 2B and 3 K's.

2006-03-06 15:54:35
31.   D4P
29
It was something like "Mike Brito". I never saw it in written form: I only heard it announced.
2006-03-06 15:55:45
32.   Doug N
Also, what happened to Luke Prokopec? I expected to see him playing for Australia.
2006-03-06 15:57:00
33.   thinkingblue
re: dodger thought,

If we get this kind of pitching during the year-especially from our starters, we will walk to the division title.

Our offense should be fine once Rafael Furcal, JD Drew, Bill Mueller, Kenny Lofton, Jeff Kent, and Nomar are all in the same line up, instead of having 3 of our starters at most in any given day's line up.

2006-03-06 15:57:48
34.   Bob Timmermann
I think everyone expected Taiwan to be better than China. China has only been playing baseball for a few years. The Taiwanese have been at it longer. And they have their own pro league (which has been rife with corruption in the recent past).

The Chinese started playing baseball before the Japanese. They just didn't keep up with it with the wee bit of dosmetic upheaval they had in the 1930s and 1940s.

Sun Yat-Sen played baseball for a time according to a book I read on Asian baseball.

Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping weren't so big on it. I believe Mao was disappointed that "The Great Leap Forward" was not an effective way of learning how to hit curve balls.

2006-03-06 15:58:33
35.   fawnkyj
It would be nice if Seo has a great showing in the WBC and takes that confidence into the regular season.
2006-03-06 15:59:03
36.   Bob Timmermann
31
It was indeed Mike Brito. He was the scout who signed Fernando Valenzuela, earning him essentially lifetime employment with the Dodgers.
2006-03-06 16:03:16
37.   LAT
You guys are killing me. This is so embarrassing. This thread reminded me that I used a Dan Fogelberg song as part of my 1980 yearbook quote. I haven't thought about that in at least 10 years. So I have spent the last few mins on Amazon figuring it out. Lesson's Learned off the Nether Lands album.

High school lyrics are the greatest. No matter when you went to school or who the band/singer is, Led Zeppelin or Carly Simon, you always think those lyrics are soooo very deep. As though you and your close friends are the only people on earth who truly understand them.

2006-03-06 16:09:54
38.   Linkmeister
It still gives me pause when I hear a Who song used as a theme for anything on TV. I always want to call up Pete and Roger and say "What are you thinking?!?" until I realize that money is fungible and doesn't care where it goes, so it might as well find its way into their pockets.

I do wonder what Keith Moon might say, though.

2006-03-06 16:13:12
39.   thinkingblue
37.

I've always wondered what the song "stair way to heaven" means. Is it like I think, a bunch of gibberish, or some evil message, like others say.

2006-03-06 16:14:53
40.   Bob Timmermann
I always thought that song was about the songwriter's wife wanting to buy anything and everything possible.
2006-03-06 16:17:03
41.   overkill94
39 It's essentially gibberish with a theme. The story goes that Page figured out the music first, then Plant just started jotting down lyrics with a basic theme of spirituality.
2006-03-06 16:20:20
42.   ToyCannon
35
I think Seo can use his 2nd half of 2005 against major league hitters as his confidence builder.

Keith Moon would say the same thing that every other rock & roll icon has said and that is "show me the money" and I'll sell my soul.

2006-03-06 16:25:24
43.   thinkingblue
40.

Well, that's what it says at the start of the song.

2006-03-06 16:25:26
44.   LAT
All time jibberish song:

Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen

Runner up:

Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Traffic

2006-03-06 16:29:24
45.   Bob Timmermann
All time gibberish song:

Anything by "America".

Horse With No Name
Sister Golden Hair Supply

These songs must be eradicated from human culture for the good of future generations. Every record must be melted. Every CD destroyed. Every computer or portable device with these songs must be erased. Every master of these recordings must be burnt and then have the ashes sealed in a lead-weighted barrel and dropped into the Marianas Trench.

2006-03-06 16:30:44
46.   thinkblue0
44-

you obviously haven't been listening to Pavement (even though Pavement be dead, Pavement be king!)

2006-03-06 16:36:46
47.   Jon Weisman
45 - I listened to America for a long span than I listened to Dan Fogelberg. There's no mystery to Sister Golden Hair.

28 - Did you notice during the Oscars that Ziyi Zhang's name was pronounced like "Zooey."

2006-03-06 16:37:12
48.   Linkmeister
45 Are you mixing "Sister Golden Hair" by America with the entire oeuvre of Air Supply?
2006-03-06 16:38:35
49.   Marty
Man I loved Low Spark when it came out. I was a big Steve Winwood fan.

42 The Clash nailed that in Death or Glory (I'll clean up the lyrics)

every gimmick hungry yob digging gold from rock 'n' roll
Grabs the mike to tell us he'll die before he's sold
But i believe in this-and it's been tested by research
That he who (sleeps with) nuns will later join the church

2006-03-06 16:43:47
50.   D4P
Speaking of high school lyrics:

"Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx was on one of the radio stations on my way home just now from Kinkos. That was one of my "songs I would sing to my girlfriend, if I had one" songs in high school.

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2006-03-06 16:45:21
51.   ToyCannon
Who was doing the radio broadcast of the National/Dodger game today that I heard on MLB audio? They were a huge improvement on Stiener/Monday or maybe it was just nice to hear voices that didn't put me to sleep.
2006-03-06 16:45:23
52.   dsfan
49

It's posts like your that make this special. That's an equisite slice from one of my favorite bands. Feel free to post Clash lyrics every week or so.

2006-03-06 16:46:05
53.   Jon Weisman
I still haven't been told what Baba O'Riley has to do with forensics.

Any Loyola Marymount hoop hopefuls out there? The Lions are in a Round of 128 game against Gonzaga in abotu an hour.

2006-03-06 16:47:04
54.   ToyCannon
Thanks Marty, can you post a few X lyrics while your at it.
2006-03-06 16:47:18
55.   regfairfield
53 I thought "Who Are You?" was the theme to CSI.

If it's from one of the spinoffs, maybe you get a deal if you buy songs from The Who in bulk.

2006-03-06 16:52:45
56.   ToyCannon
Zags will win in a walk, the better question is will Morrison be held to < 35?
2006-03-06 16:58:21
57.   Bob Timmermann
LMU has won just three nonconference games all year. They beat BYU, UCSB and Northern Colorado. They were 3-11 outside of the WCC.

Although they were close in a lot of the games. Except the one against Washington. They lost in Seattle 112-65.

2006-03-06 16:59:31
58.   Marty
Re X, I like "We're Desperate":

I play too hard when i ought to go to sleep
they pick on me because i really got the beat
some people give me the creeps
every other week i need a new address
landlord landlord landlord cleaning up the mess
our whole effin life is a wreck
we're deperate, get used to it
its kiss or kill

2006-03-06 17:05:33
59.   Steve
They beat BYU

Geez.

2006-03-06 17:08:39
60.   Bob Timmermann
BYU lost to LMU in Provo too.
2006-03-06 17:10:28
61.   natepurcell
you know whats a pretty good invention? a grill cheese maker.

especially when you can turn it into a grill turkey and cheese maker, a grill tuna melt maker, a grill roast beef and cheese maker... well you know.

2006-03-06 17:12:24
62.   ToyCannon
With March Madness about to descend upon us and ST in full bloom, it could be a good time for a book signing get together on a March Sunday.
2006-03-06 17:13:02
63.   Steve
I am told that the one AP voter who kept Duke at #1 this week is the voter at the Provo Daily Herald.
2006-03-06 17:13:15
64.   Steve
Not AP -- whatever they're using now
2006-03-06 17:15:17
65.   Jon Weisman
61 - In my day, we called that a toaster oven.

62 - As usual, let me mull ... tough to break away from the kids on a weekend day. I always envisioned a get-together being closer to their bedtime.

2006-03-06 17:16:47
66.   Bob Timmermann
Sad post up on the Griddle.
2006-03-06 17:18:34
67.   natepurcell
no jon, this little device is a bit different. its like a waffle maker and it cuts your sandwiches into perfect little diagonal pieces. its great for the lazy college student.
2006-03-06 17:19:38
68.   natepurcell
twins are my second favorite team. this sucks :-(
2006-03-06 17:19:52
69.   Jon Weisman
67 - In my day, we called that a toaster oven and a knife.

God, I can't believe Puckett is gone, yet I can believe it.

2006-03-06 17:24:09
70.   LAT
Today its called a Panani Press and for $99 Williams Sonoma will make you wonder how you lived without one before.
2006-03-06 17:26:40
71.   natepurcell
i got mine at target for like 12 dollars.
2006-03-06 17:30:25
72.   dsfan
49-

you grow up and you calm down
working for the Clampdown
You start wearing blue and brown
working for the Clampdown

So you got someone to kick around
make you feel big now
You kick until you brutalize
make your first kill now

2006-03-06 17:30:26
73.   Marty
That's too bad about Kirby. I wonder if the beaning had anything to do with it.
2006-03-06 17:30:47
74.   LAT
Today its called a Panani Press and for $99 Williams Sonoma will make you wonder why your a schmuck who didn't buy it at Taget for $12.
2006-03-06 17:34:59
75.   Marty
Six minutes between the double-post. Sweet, LAT.
2006-03-06 17:38:28
76.   LAT
Marty, not a double post, just me clowning.
2006-03-06 17:39:29
77.   Marty
I'm an idiot. I only read the first part.
2006-03-06 17:40:20
78.   Marty
72 London Calling is one of my favorite albums.
2006-03-06 17:46:03
79.   LAT
Wow. I don't think I realized that Kirby Puckett had a lifetime average of .318 or anywhere in that neighborhood.
2006-03-06 17:52:10
80.   natepurcell
he had pretty darn good contact skills.
2006-03-06 17:53:45
81.   ToyCannon
I read somewhere that all the men in his family died before 50. How strange that I'm playing a shuffle and the 3 tenor version of "amazing grace" just came on.

A sad day for all Twin and baseball fans. Everyone makes light of clutch but he made me believe in it in 1991.

2006-03-06 17:57:39
82.   Linkmeister
Bat-Girl has a nice tribute.

http://tinyurl.com/pwv79

2006-03-06 18:00:45
83.   FirstMohican
I graduated from LMU a few years ago. My freshman year I think basketball went 0-18 in conference.

My interest in LMU sports begins and ends with my "LMU Football: Still Undefeated" shirt.

2006-03-06 18:14:07
84.   Jon Weisman
Just read Ken Gurnick's Dodger.com mailbag - someone can send him the HSC FAQ.
2006-03-06 18:16:15
85.   Steve
But replace any multi-syllable words before you do.
2006-03-06 18:25:34
86.   oldbear
I think its time to put Gurnick into the MSM category. He's just about as bad as Plaschke.

Question: Whats Willy Aybar's status?
"In a word, uncertain. The Dodgers paid Aybar $1.4 million at age 17 because they thought he would be a power-hitting third baseman. The power never came, so he's evolved into a versatile utility infielder who showed his value during last year's callup. But the signing of Rafael Furcal, the continued exceptional play of Oscar Robles and the addition of Ramon Martinez leave the Dodgers with far too many middle infielders, not counting when Izturis returns from injury.

What did Robles do to get the label of 'exceptional'?

More trife...

Am I the only person that thinks Hee-Seop Choi is getting a raw deal?

Gurnick: Choi has put up some interesting numbers, but what he hasn't been is consistent. Even worse, he tends to pile up his most impressive stats in very short bursts, meaning that he slumps for extended periods. He hasn't helped his cause this year by leaving for the World Baseball Classic, although he had no shot at regular playing time once Nomar Garciaparra was signed. It's hard to argue that Choi should be playing over a two-time batting champ.

Actually its pretty easy to. Some people wont ever learn.

2006-03-06 18:30:03
87.   Jon Weisman
With 11 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half, it's LMU 13, Morrison 12, Morrison's teammates 2.
2006-03-06 18:31:59
88.   Jon Weisman
86 - Yes, whatever regression Aybar might have from his September performance would still leave him ahead of Robles, much less Martinez.

"impressive stats in very short bursts" - i.e., he can carry the team at times.

2006-03-06 18:44:58
89.   oldbear
Which label is of least current relevance?

two time batting champion Nomar Garciapparra

All-Star Lance Carter

All-Star Cesar Izturis

Exceptional Oscar Robles

Gold Glove winner Kenny Lofton

2006-03-06 18:47:28
90.   natepurcell
IMO.... all star lance carter.
2006-03-06 18:51:46
91.   Andrew Shimmin
It isn't about Nomar vs. Choi. It's about Nomar and Choi vs. Nomar and Repko/Werth/Cruz, or Nomar and Choi vs. Nomar and Mueller. There's no reason to pick Repko, Werth, or Mueller (since Aybar is available in case of injury) over Choi; and Cruz over Choi isn't all that defensible. Certainly not on grounds of consistency.
2006-03-06 18:54:27
92.   ToyCannon
Wow, my favorite college basketball player on my favorite team just turned out to be a jerk.
2006-03-06 18:55:41
93.   Jon Weisman
92 - Explain.
2006-03-06 19:00:15
94.   Jon Weisman
Wow - 20 minutes to go and seven points to spare for the 12-17 Lions to make the tourney.
2006-03-06 19:06:31
95.   Bob Timmermann
There's a Hassan Adams fan among us?
2006-03-06 19:12:40
96.   Bob Timmermann
I was very surprised to find out that Kirby Puckett had shaved a year off his age while he was playing. I guess with a shape like that, you needed all the help you could get.
2006-03-06 19:12:57
97.   natepurcell
i see hassan around school sometimes. what did he do?
2006-03-06 19:14:29
98.   Bob Timmermann
Adams got arrested for DUI. He's suspended for the Pac-10 tournament. This is good news for Jon's Cardinal.
2006-03-06 19:14:44
99.   natepurcell
ha, my roommate just walked in and told me. DUI eh.
2006-03-06 19:16:42
100.   natepurcell
its okay, this year was a lost year anyways. next year when that 5 star recruit larry bird clone comes on campus, we are going to take over the pac 10 again.
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2006-03-06 19:19:06
101.   natepurcell
this is hassans second arrrest in the last 3 months as well.

this is going to hurt his draft status.

2006-03-06 19:22:38
102.   godvls
52

Midnight to six man
For the first time from Jamaica
Dillinger and Leroy Smart
Delroy Wilson, your cool operator

2006-03-06 19:26:14
103.   godvls
101

I see that loot has finally deemed Adam's actions worthy of suspension. I respect Lute as a coach, but he has a history of not suspending guys who've run afoul of the law. I can't talk though, we had Frieder the Clown as our coach.

2006-03-06 19:27:45
104.   Jon Weisman
Fourteen minutes until bedlam in Westchester: LMU 46, Gonzaga 33.
2006-03-06 19:30:14
105.   Marty
Say, where did I see this guy?
In Red River?
Or a place in the sun?
Maybe the Misfits?
Or From Here to Eternity?
2006-03-06 19:34:39
106.   FirstMohican
This LMU/Gonzaga game is almost as exciting as riding down the "L" on a cafeteria lunch tray.
2006-03-06 19:36:49
107.   FirstMohican
Apparently Worthy is a heart & soul kinda guy. I suspect everyone here's pulling for Gonzaga.
2006-03-06 19:38:16
108.   godvls
When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun

When the law break in
How you gonna go?
Shot down on the pavement
Or waiting on death row

You can crush us
You can bruise us
But you'll have to answer to
Oh, the guns of Brixton

2006-03-06 19:40:14
109.   Jon Weisman
107 - Not me.
2006-03-06 19:41:08
110.   Johnson
106 I love those metaphors that I have no idea how to interpret. I mean, is riding a lunch tray down the "L" exciting or not? I have no clue!
2006-03-06 19:46:13
111.   Bob Timmermann
I can't root for Gonzaga. Bing Crosby murdered my grandfather!
2006-03-06 19:48:22
112.   D4P
Bob's posts make me feel stupid.
2006-03-06 19:49:29
113.   skybluestoday
Bye, Kirby.

Really sad.

I don't post too often, but I really enjoyed watching him play baseball back in my college days (late 1980s) and afterwards (early 1990s).

Thanks for the good times, dude.

You are already missed.

2006-03-06 19:52:06
114.   skybluestoday
Oh, and --

Re: 108 --

Anything I want, he gives it to meeeee!

Anything I want, he gives it -- but not for free!

And it's hateful.

And I'm so grateful.

To be nowhere!!!

2006-03-06 19:54:34
115.   Bob Timmermann
111

Actually Bing Crosby didn't murder my grandfather (although my grandfather did die of suspicious causes). In reality, Crosby and my grandfather were embroiled in a heated patent dispute over a process to mass produce petticoats.

2006-03-06 19:58:12
116.   bill cox
Dumb America songs:Tin Man

Dan Fogelberg song "Leader of the Band" though kind of cornball is moving if you have sons.

Arizona having a very bad year with no interior defense ,bad chemistry.You wonder if Lute is losing his touch.Recruiting has got him to a place where he's not getting just choirboys but more thugs.

2006-03-06 20:02:17
117.   Bob Timmermann
Mr. Tention, Mr. Tention,

There's a pumpkin outside the arena for you.

2006-03-06 20:27:32
118.   Bob Timmermann
If Chick Hearn were calling the WCC final, the last play would be:

BLOWS THE LAYUP!

2006-03-06 20:28:34
119.   Sam DC
From the comments of the Dodgers House Blog,no answer yet:

Hello Mark,
Recently i read in article were Little said told Ethier to swing on a 3-0 count. When a manager gives a player the green light that means he has the option to either swing or not, right?
If Ethier didn't like the pitch than why should he get in trouble for it? Can you clarify? I think that there are sometimes when you shoul be aggressive when you are batting but you should also have enough discipline to hold off on some pitches. There should be a happy medium between the Oakland thing and the Anaheim thing. Which way is this team going? With Eddie Murray as our batting coach i thought he would teach these young kids about patience as well a power.

Posted by: erikb_77@yahoo.com | March 6, 2006 04:48 PM

2006-03-06 20:30:23
120.   oldbear
I dont understand why 6'11 players dont try to dunk the ball everytime they are underneath the basket.

That LMU blown layup was probably the biggest choke I've seen in a long long time. THats the easiest shot in basketball for a player almost 7 feet tall.

2006-03-06 20:31:09
121.   Uncle Miltie
Kirky only had about a .40 difference between his BA and OBP. I'm not impressed.

J/k

2006-03-06 20:39:17
122.   Uncle Miltie
One of my friends played against Hassan Adams and Trevor Ariza while they were both at Westchester. He said Adams was one of the best athletes he's ever seen. He's been sort of a disappointment at Arizona. I think he should have come out after his sophomore year.
2006-03-06 21:43:09
123.   LAT
the women UCLA-Stanford game is on ties with one minute left in OT.
2006-03-06 21:49:13
124.   LAT
Interesting that Barry still has not played a ST game. You never really know what's going on with him but that can't be good if you're a Giant fan.
2006-03-06 21:49:37
125.   Bob Timmermann
It's Timmermann vs. Weisman - the distaff battle.
2006-03-06 21:53:49
126.   Bob Timmermann
That was a pretty surprising ending. I didn't think I'd ever see the UCLA women win a big game over Stanford ever. UCLA outscored Stanford 25-7 down the stretch.
2006-03-06 21:56:07
127.   Sam DC
If you're trying to figure out what a distaff battle is, and you use wikipedia, there is no direct entry, but you do get offered the Sheena Queen of the Jungle page, which contains this line: "Sheena, herself a distaff Tarzan, inspired a wealth of similar comic-book jungle queens. These include . . ."

To see the rest, with pictures of course, you'll have to wikipedia on your own.

2006-03-06 21:58:08
128.   Bob Timmermann
You can go to Google and just go "define:distaff"
2006-03-06 22:01:55
129.   Steve
Someone at Primer posted this fun and timely mind game. Over and under wins proposed on the following teams:

Chicago Cubs 85
Los Angeles Dodgers 85
New York Yankees 97.5
Philadelphia Phillies 82.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 76
San Diego Padres 78
St Louis Cardinals 93.5
Toronto Blue Jays 87

Way under, Very Close, Under, Over, Under but Close, Under but close, Under, Under

All predictions right or your money back (as TMQ would say)

2006-03-06 22:08:00
130.   Sam DC
128 But then I would have missed the serendipity of "zebra-bikini'd Camilla."
2006-03-06 22:10:18
131.   Sam DC
129 I worry that if Steve did the whole league we'd find that a lot of games were played where both teams lost.
2006-03-06 22:10:39
132.   regfairfield
129 Sure why not.

Cubs: Under
Dodgers: Close, but over
Yankees: Close, but under
Phillies: Over
Pirates: Under
Padres: Way under
Cardinals: Under
Blue Jays: Under

2006-03-06 22:25:20
133.   Steve
Other than the Cubs and Pirates, I wouldn't be surprised to see any of those other teams meet or exceed those numbers.
2006-03-06 22:38:38
134.   regfairfield
133 Even in this terrible division, I don't see the Padres winning 78 games. They have nothing outside of Giles and Peavy.
2006-03-06 22:43:04
135.   Steve
Figure we won 71 last year with an outfield of Chen, Ross, Grabowski, and Repko (in that order). Seems like just about anybody could win 78 games in comparison.
2006-03-06 23:24:03
136.   Johnson
128 Darn it, lost another loom to Distaff!
2006-03-06 23:34:13
137.   oldbear
They have nothing outside of Giles and Peavy.

I dont think I'd agree with this.

Cameron in CF.--most productive CF in NL West
Giles in RF.--he's great
Piazza at C.--most productive C in NL West
Sledge/Johnson-LF- Each of these guys have Jayson Werth-esque career stat lines. Decent patience and power. I think a platoon of these two could produce.
Greene- SS--he's not much of a hitter.
Gonzales- 1b- question mark
Barfield- 2b- question mark
Castilla- 3b- Stinks

I think the Padres have a good (in comparison to the NL West) lineup depending on how well Barfield and Gonzales do.

They could win 80+ games. It depends on how dominant Peavy is.

I'd probably rate the Padres as having a better offense than the Dodgers. The Dodgers should have better pitching. I could see either team winning at most 85 or at worst 70.

2006-03-07 00:18:01
138.   regfairfield
137 The thing is, with that lineup, their good hitters are only good for their position, i.e. Cameron and Piazza, but they don't back that up with good hitting at the traditional power positions. First base Klesko, third base Castilla, and left field Roberts certainly aren't going to contribute to the offense in any meaningful way.
2006-03-07 01:14:01
139.   natepurcell
tony jackson tells us billingsley is taking the initiative and asked gagne to teach him how to throw his change up. niceeee.
2006-03-07 02:56:17
140.   oldbear
First base Klesko, third base Castilla, and left field Roberts certainly aren't going to contribute to the offense in any meaningful way.

Unless Ryan Klesko is completely washed up, I think he can still contribute something. Klesko's career line is: .280/.371/.507
Obviously the last 3 years havent been so great:
2003-.252/.354/.456
2004- .291/.399/.448
2005- .248/.358/.418

Klesko still has his plate discipline. Perhaps his SLG was due to roids'... who knows? It wouldnt surprise me if Klesko OPS's more than Nomar does this year though. I think he'll bounce back from a bad 2005. IF he hits like 03/04 he can still contribute.

Klesko might be one of the most undervalued talents. I didnt realize he was this good. His 2001- .286/.384/.539 and the most surprising stat..23 of 27 in SB's.

I'll agree with you that Roberts and Castilla wont do much. But if the Pads go with a platoon of Sledge/Johnson, I think LF can at least be league average or better.

The Pads have quite a few 3TO hitters on their team. Their offense is probably the most sabre inclined in the NL West IMO.

2006-03-07 06:48:02
141.   Sam DC
Hey LAT -- Tony Kornheiser came out today on his radio show for the Lerner group.
2006-03-07 07:24:12
142.   King of the Hobos
From Jerry Crowe's LA Times article (he filled in for Henson, who wrote an article on Robles and Martinez)

"We're getting his feet wet in one spot out in left field," Little said, "but if we feel like he's got some comfort out there, maybe before spring training's over we'll give him a shot in right field too."

Seems like more proof that Guzman is only in LF to get use to the OF and to give him a shot at the opening day roster. It makes far more sense to play him in RF in Vegas

2006-03-07 08:10:11
143.   Peanuts in My Shoes
141.

Came out, came out?

2006-03-07 09:49:49
144.   Curtis Lowe
Oldbear-

Why is that anytime something good is said about the Dodgers you try with all your might to rip it apart yet you'll defend just about any other team till the end? IE

When someone brings up Nomars possible production this year based off his past stats you call them idiots yet you use the same line of logic to predict Klesko will have a good year? Is there something I'm missing? Or are you suffering from "The Grass is always Greener syndrome"."

2006-03-07 10:03:37
145.   Jon Weisman
144 - I shouldn't speak for Oldbear, but I think you've missed pegging his leanings. He strikes me as very pro-Dodgers - but he has more faith in the prospects than many (all?) veterans Colletti signed. If anything, he's very much a homer.
2006-03-07 10:35:03
146.   Curtis Lowe
145- Maybe.
2006-03-07 19:44:40
147.   oldbear
Klesko has had better numbers the past two seasons than Nomar has. Klesko is a patience oriented hitter, which still benefit players as they get older even if their bat speed subsides.

Nomar is not that type, and as contact hitters get older, they seem to drop off much more swiftly.

Regairfield talked about how Klesko wont give the Padres normal 1st base production. But in comparison to the rest of the division, he's probably better than Nomar and still behind Helton.

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