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Big Love
2006-11-05 23:31
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Not being able to post as often as I'd like at Dodger Thoughts has been depressing. Outside of my family, this is really the place where I feel the most special - despite how modest an accomplishment the site really is in the larger world. The combination of the quiet postseason and the quickened pace of my six-week-old job at Variety have limited my ability to do more thought-provoking writing here.

Dodger Thoughts has grown more shallow, and it makes me feel more shallow. I shouldn't get too down, really. I've been working hard at the new job, pushing to make myself as expert as the position requires, an effort that among other things includes seeing more movies in the past month than I had seen in the past couple of years. That passion of mine lay dormant, and it's been fun to revive it. Further, writing at Screen Jam has been like finding a whole new bike path to ride, quieter but with wide open spaces. Not that I have enough time to post as often as I'd like there either, nor does it have an audience 1/20th of the size of the Dodger Thoughts audience, but I have just had a lot more to say.

In past years, these quiet periods for the Dodgers would be when I would get to do some fun historical pieces on the Dodgers, or reviews of the farm system, or knee-deep research into potential new acquisitions. Little of that is a realistic option right now, and it deflates me. It's shameful: I can't give my mistress enough attention.

It's a fine line between "don't" and "can't" - there are ways to make more time for Dodger Thoughts if I wanted to, like not doing Screen Jam for one. At this time, it's not even on the table to let go of Screen Jam - to punish the other other woman for my failings with the original other woman. But I do realize that with every new dalliance, I undermine the previous one. I've started stretching myself past the point of effectiveness. And I hate being mediocre, especially at the one thing I could tell myself that I was doing well.

I'm writing now between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. My work day tomorrow is going to be wall-to-wall - with a story due Tuesday on top of my editing duties, it means dinner and time with the kids at home figure to just to be an intermission. Tuesday might turn out the same way. So I don't know when my next post will be, though I suspect it will either be short or a couple days away.

In the end, if something is important enough for me to write, I'll find the time to write it. This little self-pity party, for example, was important enough for me to shave some sleep for. Nothing else tonight for Dodger Thoughts would have motivated me in the same way, and that's the flaw of the site. My ability to deliver useful content depends on my whims.

Don't get me wrong - I know there are readers who don't mind reading this kind of thing from me. But as time passed with Dodger Thoughts, I began to develop some ambition for the site, and a little recognition came my way. Running smack into my limitations again like a fleet of bumper cars ramming me has been humbling.

I'm going to keep this thing going. It just won't be as good as I want it to be, not right now, anyway.

* * *

At True Blue L.A., one of the sites you should be reading during my slump, Andrew Grant did a nice post comparing the 2005 and 2006 Dodger defenses:

Amongst all the complaints levied against the 2005 Dodgers, one that stood was that Paul DePodesta didn't value defense. After all, he broke up the "best double play combination in baseball" to sign Jeff Kent. He then followed this up by putting Jose Valentin at third and using the non baseball savvy Hee Seop Choi at first.

Meanwhile, Ned Colletti supposedly understood the value of defense and put his players into place. Admittedly, I felt that while the 2006 Dodgers weren't that much better than the non-injured 2005 team, the Dodgers defense was greatly improved.

I was looking up some defensive numbers for other purposes, and this caught my eye:

2006 Dodgers defensive efficency: .691
2005 Dodgers defensive effiency: .706

While individual defensive stats aren't perfect, defensive efficiency is simply the percentage of balls in play turned into outs. This is the definition of what a defense is supposed to do, so the logical conclusion is that that the 2005 Dodgers, who were so maligned for their defense, were a better fielding team than the 2006 Dodgers. ...

The moral of this story is a couple of things. The first is that we tend to focus on what we have gained rather than what we lost. Sure, Furcal, Garciaparra and Mueller were all nice defensive upgrades, but we probably gave those advances back by losing Bradley and Werth. The second is how hard it is to put a full seasons worth of data into context. We remember the acrobatic catches and judge a player's defensive worth based on the relatively few highlight reel catches they will make over a given year. However, the mundane plays that are made time and time again are far more important in the long run, and they form basis of a player's defensive value. This is why, even with the flaws inherent in defensive metrics, I trust them more than what people who "watch a lot of baseball" have to say about defense. It's just too hard to absorb a season's worth of plays, but it's a job that the dreaded computer is perfect at.

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2006-11-05 23:40:13
1.   StolenMonkey86
Nicely said, Jon. Hope things settle in well for you.
2006-11-05 23:40:33
2.   thinkblue0
just throwing this out there...

Gammons says in his new blog that Schmidt could end up in LA...I like that idea because I think he'll take less years than Zito. Thoughts?

2006-11-05 23:44:44
3.   trainwreck
I like how you are so honest with us Jon and have no problem telling us your frustrations. A post like tonight's gives us better insight into you as a person. We all appreciate any work you do here. I do not think any of us take it for granted.
2006-11-06 02:30:55
4.   CanuckDodger
I have to smile when highly-productive people like Jon beat themselves up for not being more productive. It is probably a deeply-ingrained personality trait, one that the people who have it are as powerless over as I am over my natural inclination to fritter away my time completely unproductively. Much like Max Beerbohm once wrote that the world is full of two kinds of people, those disposed to the role of "host" and those more suited to be a "guest," I think there are natural producers, on the one hand, and, on the other, natural consumers, and into which camp anybody falls is all down to inscrutable fortune. Me, I see a lot of myself in a little boy in a certain poem that once caught my fancy, a poem titled "I Want To Be a Consumer":

"And what do you mean to be?"
The kind old Bishop said
As he took the boy on his ample knee
And patted his curly head.
"We should all of us choose a calling
To help Society's plan;
Then what do you mean to be, my boy,
When you grow to be a man?"

"I want to be a Consumer,"
The bright-haired lad replied
As he gazed up into the Bishop's face
In innocence open-eyed.
"I've never had aims of a selfish sort,
For that, I know, is wrong,
I want to be a Consumer, Sir,
And help the world along.

"I want to be a Consumer
And work both night and day,
For that is the thing that's needed most,
I've heard Economists say,
I won't just be a Producer,
Like Bobby and James and John;
I want to be a Consumer, Sir,
And help the nation on."

"But what do you want to be?"
The Bishop said again,
"For we all of us have to work," said he,
"As must, I think, be plain.
Are you thinking of studying medicine
Or taking a Bar exam?"
"Why no!" the bright-haired lad replied
As he helped himself to jam.

"I want to be a Consumer
And live in a useful way;
For that is the thing that's needed most,
I've heard Economists say.
There are too many people working
And too many things are made.
I want to be a Consumer, Sir,
And help to further Trade.

"I want to be a Consumer
And do my duty well;
For that is the thing that's needed most,
I've heard Economists tell.
"I've made up my mind," the lad was heard,
As he lit a cigar, to say;
"I want to be a Consumer, Sir,
And I want to begin today."

2006-11-06 05:39:00
5.   Steve in Rochester
Jon,

No worries, I just joined and started reading in the last few months, so I have no idea what great things you are capable of. All kidding aside, we all appreciate the work you do to keep this site going. It is in my not-very-important opinion the most logical forum for Dodgers fans to converse (it's not too SABR-devoted but also not filled with unfiltered hoodlums like so many other message boards). Thanks for your hard work.

2006-11-06 05:50:10
6.   Eric Enders
I'm probably a hoodlum, but I guess not an unfiltered one.

Hey Jon, no explanations necessary... we'll still be here when you have more time to devote to Dodger Thoughts. The nice thing, I guess, is that the comments are pretty much on autopilot, so unlike maybe a couple of years ago, there still seems to be plenty going on here even when you're away.

I haven't been able to spend as much time here as I'd like either. I think until a week ago I still thought you were working at LACMA.

2006-11-06 06:36:57
7.   Jon Weisman
Thanks, everyone. Eric, I guess maybe I never got around to mentioning my job switch here.
2006-11-06 06:42:01
8.   Disabled List
Jon, have you thought about enlisting some guest bloggers? There are a few DT commenters who I think would make worthy contributors to the main page.

Although I can certainly understand if you want to keep it a one-man operation.

2006-11-06 06:43:39
9.   Terry A
6 - Same here, Eric. Had I not found the offer letter from Variety while sifting through Jon's trash, I might never have known about the job switch. Well, until he changed his driving route to work each day, of course. :)

Jon, post when you can. Quality over quantity. And if you ever neglect your family so you can post something here, I'll call the brute squad on you.

2006-11-06 06:52:37
10.   Jon Weisman
9 - Funny thing is, I didn't really change my driving route. Variety is walking distance from the museum. Most sadly, I eat lunch at the same places.
2006-11-06 07:31:58
11.   Bob Timmermann
9
I think for security reasons, Jon always takes a slightly different route to work. And like J. Edgar Hoover, he has a fear of left turns. It makes for some interesting rides.
2006-11-06 07:47:32
12.   Terry A
Well, left turns are harder to complete when you're wearing pumps.

At least, that's what I've heard...

2006-11-06 07:48:48
13.   Greg Brock
I'm pretty sure that Jon's various chauffeurs and manservants make his safety priority one throughout the day.

The Philosopher King need not drive himself.

2006-11-06 07:56:46
14.   Eric Enders
13 For some reason, that post made me think of the scene in "Coming to America" where the hired help bathes Eddie Murphy.

If Jon's getting that kind of assistance, I can certainly understand the job change.

2006-11-06 07:57:41
15.   dkminnick
Thanks for the update, Jon. I still hopefully (adverb) check DT several times a day for a Dodger fix and appreciate whenever you do post.

8) I also wanted to suggest some guest bloggers. Nate, in particular, would be nice to hear from on a regular basis. Allow me to offer his time to you :-)

Thanks as always for your all of your efforts on DT!

Doug Minnick
Studio City, CA

2006-11-06 08:22:08
16.   underdog
What everyone else said. I'd also imagine that - while there's always something historical to post about with the Dodgers, or tidbits of news here or there - this is the one "dead zone" of baseball news and I wouldn't expect as many posts as during the season or early Spring, f'rinstance.

As for Jason Schmidt, I like him, I've feared him as a Giant, and he would be a little cheaper than Zito, but he's also older, with more injury concerns. Well he'd certainly be a better ex-Giant pitcher pick up than Tomko, but I wonder a little bit about how much more he has in the tank. If we sign him, I hope I'm wrong to be concerned. I like the idea of the Dodgers signing that "other" Japanese pitching star, the one who won't cost the team the farm to buy.

2006-11-06 08:23:14
17.   Greg S
Jon, all living things have cycles and this site is a living organism. It has a natural down cycle which is the offseason. I think part of what makes this site great is your honesty and openness. And clearly you are the "type" who is driven to not have any letdown in what you perceive to be quality. But it is harder to be passionate about the game without games. It's harder to make the sacrifice without the passion driving it. Do what you can during the down cycle and rely that the passion of Spring and the sound of Vin's voice will drive you again. Until then, let your other passions drive you to make those things great!
2006-11-06 08:46:06
18.   regfairfield
Always fun to wake up and see my typos staring at me. Thanks, Jon.
2006-11-06 08:48:15
19.   D4P
At True Blue L.A., one of the sites you should be reading during my slump

Should we stop reading it once you get hot again...?

2006-11-06 09:09:17
20.   Jon Weisman
19 - Um, yes?
2006-11-06 09:11:56
21.   Bluebleeder87
16

for some reason Zito doesn't impress me as much as Schmidt does, maybe because Zito stunk it up during the playoffs he also only throws like 85MPH yes he has a great curve but still...

2006-11-06 09:19:19
22.   dzzrtRatt
Jon,

I think you need the help of a caring nurturer. Just repeat this:

I'm going to write a terrific blog post today! And I'm gonna help people! Because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, I know enough arcane baseball statistics, and, doggonit, people like me!

I deserve good things. I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am attractive person. I am fun to be with. And someday, I'm going to make a whole lot of money.

There...feel better?

Sincerely,
Stuart Smalley

2006-11-06 09:21:58
23.   D4P
22
I recommend that kind of Affirmation on a Daily basis...
2006-11-06 09:23:49
24.   LAT
Jon, you have nothing to apologize for here. Plus, there just isn't much going on in Dodger-land right now. . .a nice break from the turmoil of the last few years.

Now excuse me while I go cancel my subscription to all those LACMA publications.

2006-11-06 09:23:56
25.   Bluebleeder87
i nomenite (sp?) dzzrtRatt as guest writer
2006-11-06 09:27:43
26.   D4P
nomenite

I think that's the spelling Down Under

2006-11-06 09:45:15
27.   D4P
BTW: "Big Love" is one of my favorite Fleetwood Mac songs. When it was released (in 1987 or so?), I remember being shocked at the suggestiveness of the grunts and "uh" and "ah" sounds they make. I couldn't believe they could do that on the radio.
2006-11-06 09:55:00
28.   Jon Weisman
27 - So why didn't they use that for the theme music of the HBO series?

22 - That's making me have Deep Thoughts.

2006-11-06 10:01:06
29.   D4P
28

I'm not familiar with the HBO series (I don't subscribe to HBO)

2006-11-06 10:05:49
30.   natepurcell
In regards to Gammons and his "predictions". I dont think he necessarily has any inside information at this moment, they are all educated guesses and right now, his guess is is as good as anyone else here.

But my philsophy on free agency has a changed a bit with the new CBA. The big factor is that with the new CBA, free agents cannot demand a trade if they sign a multi year deal and is traded in the middle of it. This could allow us to cultivate talent in this winter without worrying about "blocking" any prospect and let all it sort itselft out on the field.

Im not talking about Billingsleys and Kuos rotation spots, because I do believe both need to be in the rotation. Im talking about the 3b battle, the outfield spots and probably 1st base as well. I am partial to the idea of not handing the job to a rookie right away and have them play into the job.

So if we acquire a soriano or a aramis ramirez, it wouldnt be the end of the world for our young pups like Kemp or Laroche. If they want to be in the big leagues bad enough, they will find a way to breakthough and stay up. all the good talents always find a way.

2006-11-06 10:08:17
31.   dzzrtRatt
27,28 Probably because it was only two people uh-ah-ing. If it had been four, then they'd have something.
2006-11-06 10:16:25
32.   Bluebleeder87
29

it's a pretty good show about a guy & three wives

2006-11-06 10:20:26
33.   D4P
31,32
My how times have changed. We've gone from "My Three Sons" to "My Three Wives."

I take it the guy and three wives live together...and, uh, do stuff together...?

2006-11-06 10:29:16
34.   Eric Enders
33 Actually no, they don't. It's about a fundamentalist Mormon guy who looks like Bill Paxton and secretly has three different wives and families living in three different houses in the same neighborhood.
2006-11-06 10:33:27
35.   Bluebleeder87
33

it's actually not that type of a show it's done in very good taste

2006-11-06 10:34:58
36.   Bluebleeder87
they do stuff once in a while but like i said it's well writen & done in very good taste.
2006-11-06 10:38:42
37.   Jon Weisman
35 - I agree. It was remarkable to me how un-tabloid-like the show was.
2006-11-06 10:41:46
38.   D4P
guy who looks like Bill Paxton

Come to think of it, I just read something about that the other day. I think it is Bill Paxton, isn't it? Bill has been in 3 very good movies:

Traveller
A Simple Plan
Frailty

I don't watch a lot of movies, but for some reason I happen to have seen quite a few of his

2006-11-06 10:56:05
39.   jujibee
Easy on yourself there Jon. I don't post much but I thoroughly enjoy reading your writting. That being said, I'll relish it when it's there.

I'm a little confused with Ned and his remarks regarding Matsuzaka. He mentioned that he doesn't want to throw money out there just to win rights to negociate with him. I might be a little over the edge here, but I say it's worth it for the following reasons.

1. There isn't a pitcher out there that can fill our "lack of an ace" issue via free agency. Zito and Schmidt are both quality starters, but they are going to demand too much money for what they're worth. Matsuzaka's contract might be a better bargain in the long haul considering age and dominance (albeit in another league; see Nomo, Hideo)....that's contract, not negociating bid.

2. Any money thrown at the bid will probably be brought back into the organiztion 2-fold for merchandise and TV craze, not to mention all of the seats that a guy like him might be able to fill.

3. A rotation that has a 22 year old right hand throwing "future ace?", a 25 year old left handed flame thrower who has refound himself as a starter, and a 26 year old pitcher who has dominated everywhere he's ever thrown only looks good for the future of this franchise. Not to mention Elbert, Kershaw, and Meloean in the works.

Personally, that would be my main target if I were GM. I wouldn't thrown "beltran" type money at Soriano, Lee, Zito,Schmidt,etc., but I have a feeling Ned will.

2006-11-06 10:57:32
40.   Bluebleeder87
38

Wait Bill Paxton is the guy that played the bully brother in weird science right?

2006-11-06 11:01:23
41.   Bluebleeder87
39 2. Any money thrown at the bid will probably be brought back into the organiztion 2-fold for merchandise and TV craze, not to mention all of the seats that a guy like him might be able to fill.

for some reason my brain hadn't thought of that i'm kind of ashamed in that we (L.A.) has had Hideo Nomo & Fernando Valenzuela very good point jujibee

2006-11-06 11:02:48
42.   D4P
Wait Bill Paxton is the guy that played the bully brother in weird science right?

I think so. I never saw the movie, but I watched the USA TV sitcom version. The bully brother's name was "Chet."

2006-11-06 11:05:05
43.   Marty
I first took notice of Bill Paxton in "Near Dark". He was very good.
2006-11-06 11:11:11
44.   Greg Brock
Frailty is one of the great unheralded movies of the past 10 years.

I'm using the word "great" here.

2006-11-06 11:11:25
45.   Eric Enders
38 You know how much we all love Russell Martin? Well, that's how much I dislike Bill Paxton.

Still, even I am forced to admit that he's been in a number of tremendously good movies/shows and has somehow managed not to ruin them:

Big Love
Apollo 13
A Simple Plan
and above all, One False Move, which is a fabulous film.

2006-11-06 11:14:28
46.   Bluebleeder87
42

one of my favorite sceens in the movie is when the chick turns Chet in to poop his brother & his friend walk in the kitchen & Chet goes "hey dudes" i swear i laughed out loud in that sceen. sorry i can't explain the sceen any better (bad writing skills & all)

2006-11-06 11:19:34
47.   still bevens
Paxton also has one of the great lines in movie history in Aliens:

ITS GAME OVER MAN. GAME OVER.

2006-11-06 11:34:52
48.   Linkmeister
25 Unaccustomed as I am to plugging blogs other than my own, I'll make an exception:

DzzrtRat has his own blog here.
http://johnstodderinexile.wordpress.com/

2006-11-06 11:37:35
49.   Linkmeister
Oh, and Jon? Write what you can when you can. This place seems to simmer along quietly until you come along and change the grounds, then everybody gets a nice fresh gulp (much needed, but also greatly anticipated).

Can you tell I've had my share of caffeine today?

2006-11-06 12:06:45
50.   Bluebleeder87
"from the desert to the see...* is he a fan of that channel nine guy?
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2006-11-06 12:50:22
51.   Bluebleeder87
50

you know the one with grey hair

2006-11-06 13:51:55
52.   trainwreck
If you like horror Near Dark is a good film with Bill Paxton.
2006-11-06 13:57:08
53.   trainwreck
Dang I somehow skipped over comment 43.

Sorry Marty.

Yeah so uh Big Love it is good.

2006-11-06 13:58:10
54.   Sam DC
Hey all, been a while, hope everyone's still healthy, wealthy, and wise.

The Nationals just signed Joel Hanrahan to a one-year major-league deal.

From my perspective Jon, your slowdown has come at the perfect time, since I'm too scattered and put upon to read the stuff you're not writing.

2006-11-06 14:00:52
55.   trainwreck
I thought Club Dread was funny and does a good job of spoofing horror, while making a horror movie at the same time.
2006-11-06 14:04:59
56.   blue22
54 - How did that happen? I figured Hanrahan would be exposed in the Rule V (since he's not on the 40-man), but how did he get FA status?
2006-11-06 14:14:15
57.   gibsonhobbs88
Jon, Don't fret so much. When the biggest MLB news is that Steroid Sammy might come back and play, then it's a slow period. Free agents can't be signed for about another week, so it's a good time to catch your breath regarding Dodger Baseball. Like you said, if some worthwhile news occurs, you will find time to write about it, otherwise "hang loose" and chill.
I, myself may pop in just twice a week during this time to see if anything new is brewing.
2006-11-06 14:16:06
58.   Andrew Shimmin
BA's list of minor league free agents: http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/minors/news/262709.html

Dodgers on the list:
C Edwin Bellorin
C Brad Cresse
C Eric Langill
1B Craig Brazell
1B A.J. Zapp
SS Eric Riggs
OF Nick Alvarez
OF Jeff Duncan
OF Adam Greenberg
OF Ty Meadows
RHP Kurt Ainsworth
RHP Joel Hanrahan
RHP William Juarez
RHP Spike Lundberg
RHP Thomas Nall
RHP Justin Reid
RHP Heath Totten
LHP Ryan Ketchner
LHP Ben Kozlowski
LHP Matt Merricks
LHP Derek Thompson
LHP Kelly Wunsch

2006-11-06 14:17:32
59.   Sam DC
56 Not sure how it works in the minors, but he was on the list of six-year ML free agents, having been picked in 2000.

http://tinyurl.com/u6n4h

2006-11-06 14:19:09
60.   gibsonhobbs88
45 - Wow! I didn't think a workman like character actor would engender such admiration or hostility. I don't get that charged up over whether Bill Paxton is in a production, he is like a lot of other actors, good some of the time and mundane some of the time. If he can get the work, more power to him, many other actors would give their left arm for consistent work as an actor/actress.
2006-11-06 14:21:42
61.   trainwreck
A few years ago a minor league rotation with Ainsworth, Ketchner, Hanrahan, etc would have looked pretty darn good.
2006-11-06 14:23:46
62.   Jon Weisman
54 - Welcome back, Sam. Good to see you.
2006-11-06 14:38:18
63.   Sam DC
62 :)
2006-11-06 14:40:47
64.   blue22
59 - Thanks. I finally found the Post article where it mentioned their plan of hoarding "6-year minor league FA pitchers". Not sure I'd ever heard of that before.
2006-11-06 14:42:47
65.   das411
47 - "Nice night for a walk, huh?"

58 - Craig Brazell will live forever in the hearts of 2004 Cubs fans everywhere...

Jon, just keep doing what you're doing. If anybody starts complaining about a lack of content, maybe you could add a "Top 5 Comment Threads" list on the side with links (close them beforehand, ideally) so we can all relive certain 4-HR-games and the like.

2006-11-06 15:08:46
66.   Greg Brock
Nice to see you around, Sam.
2006-11-06 15:32:28
67.   50 years a Dodger Fan
Just post a Choi update or something and that will engender enough infighting to entertain us for a week...
2006-11-06 15:40:47
68.   Greg Brock
Arrested Development was a terrible TV show
Julio Lugo needs a long term deal
Hybrid cars...Just a bunch of hooey?
Karl Dorrell...master motivator
There is a such thing as a pitching prospect
I'm not going to do the math, you do it for me
Jae Seo didn't deserve a save that day
Bill Paxton, unsung hero
We need to start dealing with the Devil Rays
Bill Plaschke, the new Jim Murray
2006-11-06 15:53:48
69.   King of the Hobos
Along with Hanrahan, the Nationals also signed TJ Nall, who dominated Jacksonville last year after a disasterous 2005, and 19 other guys, including Jermaine Van Buren, Colby Lewis, Chris Michalak, Tim Redding, Michael Restovich, and Joe Thurston. The 21 minor league free agents the Nats signed will help ensure that Columbus wins the IL title (although The Washington Times reported today that Kasten said the Nats "will focus instead on second-tier acquisitions and a large number of six-year, minor league free agents").
2006-11-06 15:55:02
70.   LAT
68.
What about:

Paul Depodesta; misunderstood genius or anti-Christ.

2006-11-06 15:57:42
71.   Greg Brock
70 I figured that DePo would find a way to work himself into the equation eventually.

Oh, and I just watched Godfather III today. Man, that Sofia Coppola is, without a doubt, the best part of that movie.

2006-11-06 16:07:50
72.   Strike4
Jon,
Who else even attempts to write a meritorious seven day a week column anyway? Vin takes off some road trips. Leno works five days. Johnny Carson worked four days and took many weeks off. Sheesh, even Bob Timmermann tried to take some time off this year, although I'm not sure he really did. An occasional guest host would be something to consider. There must be some Joey Bishops out there. Perhaps the sabermatricians can create some new data to identify and avoid the Joan Rivers candidates.
2006-11-06 16:15:18
73.   Jon Weisman
72 - Guest hosts would not address my existential crisis.

But I'm starting to feel like I'm just really insecure.

2006-11-06 16:18:57
74.   Bob Timmermann
I only post stuff in the morning before I go to work or on days off. I get a lot done on days off.

But then I have a cat instead of two children.

2006-11-06 16:22:53
75.   D4P
How is The Mighty Casey these days?
2006-11-06 16:24:20
76.   Bob Timmermann
I have learned that I put too much food out for him. I may have to call him Mo Vaughn.
2006-11-06 16:28:00
77.   D4P
When it comes to food, one of our cats doesn't take "No" for an answer. Interestingly enough, she's by far the smaller of the two...
2006-11-06 16:35:45
78.   Johnson
73 I think that's what psychologists like to call a "self-fulfilling prophecy". Stuart Smalley, anyone?

Seriously, Jon, this site is popular because of the quality of your thoughts, not the quantity of them. Think at your own pace; we'll still be here to digest it.

2006-11-06 16:38:39
79.   50 years a Dodger Fan
Think I saw where they were going to sign Angelina Jolie for the movie version of [Atlas Shrugged]. I hate to see how they butchered the book, she's far too strong a personality for the Dagny Taggert part; maybe they have her for one of the other main characters. I always envisioned Anthony Quinn for the Reardon character. He's the only one I "cast".
2006-11-06 16:40:51
80.   Greg Brock
The real question is "Who is John Galt?"

In the movie, I mean. I can't think of a single good candidate. David Strathairn, maybe.

2006-11-06 16:40:58
81.   Jon Weisman
79 - He's available, but difficult to work with.
2006-11-06 16:42:02
82.   Bluebleeder87
If he can get the work, more power to him, many other actors would give their left arm for consistent work as an actor/actress.

amen to that i bet he's a fun guy to work with.

2006-11-06 16:42:11
83.   Greg Brock
Jodie Foster would be a good Dagny Taggart.
2006-11-06 16:42:34
84.   50 years a Dodger Fan
80 Jim Carey, Who else?
2006-11-06 16:43:50
85.   Greg Brock
84 For some reason, the opening scene to Altman's "The Player" just flashed before my eyes. All five minutes of it, the whole tracking shot.
2006-11-06 16:51:33
86.   Bluebleeder87
I have learned that I put too much food out for him. I may have to call him Mo Vaughn.

you're gonna give the poor cat a heart attack Bob, there's nothing worse than a fat cat

2006-11-06 16:52:00
87.   Greg Brock
All I know is that Stellan Skarsgard would be a perfect Ragnar Danneskjold.

And no, I'm not putting any of those accent thingies in anywhere in those names, thank you very much. Ken can edit them in later.

2006-11-06 16:52:46
88.   Steve
There must be some Joey Bishops out there.

D4P could even walk off the site in a Torii Hunter-related snit.

2006-11-06 17:01:33
89.   50 years a Dodger Fan
Peter Stormare as the bad guy. And we have to find parts for Kevin Spacey and Currie Graham...
2006-11-06 17:10:32
90.   Greg Brock
Kevin Spacey can be Balph Eubank.
Currie Graham can be society.
2006-11-06 17:36:15
91.   Bluebleeder87
i read that Sammy Sota will make a comeback in '07 i really doubt the Dodgers will go after him right?
2006-11-06 17:47:32
92.   Strike4
73, I know what you mean. So when is your topic whether there really is a Big Dodger in the Sky?
2006-11-06 17:53:55
93.   trainwreck
Brock, I bet it made you cry to write Karl Dorrell is a master motivator even when it is a joke.

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