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Don't Drop the New Boy
2008-03-20 13:13
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Smooth as a Jamaal Wilkes jumper from the corner, unbelievably mellow as a summer afternoon (at least for the first two hours), our new boy has brought us serene amazement. A new season has begun, and we're dazed but not at all confused. Welcome to the lineup, little one.

21 inches, 8 pounds, 1 ounce, 10:50 a.m.

Comments (274)
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2008-03-20 13:29:13
1.   bhsportsguy
Congrats
And now you can bail on your family in time for the Stanford game.
2008-03-20 13:32:16
2.   sporky
Congratulations!!!!
2008-03-20 13:33:57
3.   Marty
Wow, great news Jon. Congrats to you and the wife.
2008-03-20 13:34:04
4.   rockmrete
Congratulations on the new arrival.
2008-03-20 13:34:26
5.   scareduck
Congratulations.
2008-03-20 13:35:39
6.   ToyCannon
Shifty scores
2008-03-20 13:35:53
7.   Bob Timmermann
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-woha
There she stood in the street
smilin' from her head to her feet;
I said, "Hey, what is this?
Now maybe, baby,
maybe she's in need of a kiss."
I said, "Hey, what's your name?
Maybe we can see things the same.
"Now don't you wait, or hesitate.
Let's move before they raise the parking rate."
All right now, baby, it's a-all right now.
All right now, baby, it's a-all right now.
2008-03-20 13:36:07
8.   Alex Belth
CONGRATS, BRO! That's so amazing. And that fact that you tossed in a J. Wilkes reference shows that, as a father o three, you've still got it, baby! Sending all my best to you and your fam.
2008-03-20 13:36:14
9.   kngoworld
Congratulations!
2008-03-20 13:37:51
10.   Hythloday
Congrats Jon
2008-03-20 13:38:53
11.   Archivist
Congrats.

Here's John Sickels on the Bison:
http://www.minorleagueball.com/

2008-03-20 13:38:55
12.   bhsportsguy
7 Saw that same guy singing this song on the big screen at Staples Center and kept wondering why is this relevant to Stanford?
2008-03-20 13:39:05
13.   Bob Timmermann
The kids are going on the parents, 3 on 2. They've got numbers!
2008-03-20 13:40:49
14.   Daniel Zappala
Congratulations Jon!
2008-03-20 13:40:58
15.   Eric Stephen
Jon, you've got a long way to go to catch the Zappala crew, but congrats!
2008-03-20 13:41:27
16.   madmac
congrats! Our three really keep us busy. Having two so close in age has kicked our butts though. Good Luck!
2008-03-20 13:45:17
17.   madmac
back to the thread the other day about DT posters and their pictures. Cargill mentioned how he always pictured JW. Well everytime I think of Bob Timmermann, please forgive me, I picture him looking like Bill Plaschke.
2008-03-20 13:46:29
18.   cargill06
congrats to jon and the mrs. hope she and the baby are doing well.
2008-03-20 13:47:00
19.   Humma Kavula
Great news! Congratulations.
2008-03-20 13:48:06
20.   Bluebleeder87
Jon sounds like a season Vet. At this baby making business... Te deseo lo mejor senor Jon...
2008-03-20 13:49:06
21.   Sam DC
So wonderful, Jon. I don't know you alot, but well enough to know that's one lucky boy.
2008-03-20 13:49:11
22.   Bob Timmermann
17
I don't look at all like Bill Plaschke.
2008-03-20 13:49:45
23.   Lexinthedena
Congrats Jon!....what great news...glad to hear it well well....Serene amazement is a good way to put it....these last few days have been nothing but that for me.....

CONGRATS!!!

2008-03-20 13:49:51
24.   ToyCannon
20
We've never heard how you came to DT? I'm curious.
2008-03-20 13:51:02
25.   madmac
22 yeah, I was guessing you didn't, but no matter how hard I try, that's the image that comes to mind. please don't put me on notice
2008-03-20 13:51:14
26.   Penarol1916
Congratulations on moving from man-to-man to zone. My third is the one that keeps me on my toes, may you get that much joy from yours.
2008-03-20 13:52:38
27.   vegasblueman
Congrats Jon!
2008-03-20 13:53:36
28.   Bob Timmermann
26
Jon is officially on record as telling me that he doesn't understand the zone defense joke.

I believe we have to say that the kids are on the power play now.

For about 20 years.

2008-03-20 13:53:57
29.   madmac
23 I remember having our first child, a c-section, so the wife and baby stayed in the hospital for a few days. When it was time to leave the hospital I couldn't believe they were letting us take the baby. I kept thinking someone was going to stop us on the way out to the car.
2008-03-20 13:54:03
30.   silverwidow
All the best!
2008-03-20 13:54:55
31.   Rob M
Congrats, slugger.
2008-03-20 13:56:07
32.   Lexinthedena
29 I was so happy to get out of the hospital...If there is a next time, I will be looking into home birth.
2008-03-20 13:57:01
33.   madmac
maybe the most I've posted here, ironically? it's also the busiest I've been at work.
2008-03-20 13:57:21
34.   Bluebleeder87
Bob is actually very youthful looking...
2008-03-20 13:57:26
35.   Midwest Blue
Perfect. COngratulations!

From the last thread (Raiders' Thoughts continuation):

218 - I also would prefer Dorsey, but I think they've made too many commitments to the defensive line this offseason already, including Kelly and Joseph. I wouldn't cry if we chose McFadden, but I think I'd like the final piece inthe defensive armor better. With a standout D, our offense with Russel, Fargas, Bush, Walker, Carter and Miller should be more than adequate.

220 - Can't argue with having the best secondary in the AFC. I miss Hayes and Haynes; any semblance of it would be outstanding.

2008-03-20 13:58:43
36.   madmac
32 all of ours were c-sections, so that is about 3 nights each in the hospital. small price to pay though
2008-03-20 13:59:46
37.   worz
Whoo hoo! Congrats!
2008-03-20 14:01:10
38.   SoSG Orel
Congrats, Jon!
2008-03-20 14:02:27
39.   Andrew Shimmin
So, Jamaal Wilkes Weisman? I like it. It's got panache.
2008-03-20 14:03:25
40.   El Lay Dave
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Jon. And welcome to Clayton James Andrew Russell Coltrane Bison Weisman.
2008-03-20 14:04:35
41.   El Lay Dave
Sure, 58 seconds late to the first name joke.
2008-03-20 14:05:38
42.   El Lay Dave
32 Isn't that the lady's call? Her opinion will carry waaaaaaay more weight.
2008-03-20 14:06:41
43.   Bob Timmermann
Actually, the kid needs a Stanford name.

How about Wolfe Perry Weisman? Todd Lichti Weisman? Hank Lusetti Weisman? Brook Robin Weisman? Jarrod Jason Weisman? Doctor Tom Weisman? Richard Kelley Weisman?

2008-03-20 14:07:23
44.   El Lay Dave
The last thread was simply great. Really enjoyed the posts from all the infrequent-to-never commenters - great reading.
2008-03-20 14:11:43
45.   Linkmeister
Does Stanford put its logo on cloth diapers? Great baby shower gifts, folks!

Congrats and best wishes to the entire Weisman family!

2008-03-20 14:12:34
46.   Marty
Tiger Woods Weisman?
2008-03-20 14:13:47
47.   El Lay Dave
43 How about Gary Tyrrell Weisman? I know you wouldn't suggest John Elway Weisman.
2008-03-20 14:14:09
48.   Marty
Kentucky was my upset special. Unfortunately, they weren't very special.
2008-03-20 14:15:39
49.   Xeifrank
At first I thought you named the baby Jamaal Wilkes. :) Congrats. vr, Xei
2008-03-20 14:18:27
50.   alex 7
Raiders secondary can be solid and all, but their problem has been - and seemingly will continue to be - run defense. Ellis should be the pick, but with the new money thrown at Kelly, I doubt Ellis comes this way.

Haven't had solid DTs (and thus a solid defense) since the D. Russell / G. Jackson / J. Parrella / R. Coleman days.

I think Davis grabs McFadden or Gholston.

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2008-03-20 14:19:00
51.   trainwreck
Congratulations to the Weismans! That is a pretty big kid. He has good timing, as Stanford just started playing.
2008-03-20 14:19:44
52.   trainwreck
50
I believe they want Kelly to be a DT, so then we have to go Chris Long or Vernon Gholston.
2008-03-20 14:20:30
53.   alex 7
And yes, congrats Jon. Keeping this site updated as often as you do is quite the accomplishment.

I have a mellow 2 1/2 year old daughter and my goodness are those calm kids a beautiful blessing.

2008-03-20 14:22:58
54.   Jacob L
Congrats to my favorite Cardinal/Indian/Robber Baron, and family! On behalf of all the Cal folks here, I'll endorse any of the names in 43 so long as you don't use Tommy Vardell Weisman.
2008-03-20 14:23:17
55.   alex 7
Kelly can play both, but yeah he'll most likely play DT. Better against the pass than the run though, so we're still weak in the middle.

Gholston has some speed/strength, but it looked like Richardson was developing well last season at that spot.

With Fargas' injury history, I won't be as bummed about McFadden as I was before the Hall trade. Was thinking back then that one of the stud RBs in the draft would drop to the early 2nd round. Just not sure if Davis wants to / can pay top 5 money again.

2008-03-20 14:25:28
56.   ToyCannon
My oldest brother had all four of his kids born at home in a birthing bathtub that he made. Floating in water after birth must have something going for it because his kids are incredible.
2008-03-20 14:28:40
57.   alex 7
Also a positive to have a dad who thinks of and can build a birthing bathtub.
2008-03-20 14:29:09
58.   Bob Timmermann
54
As an older fan, I would strongly object to Brad Muster Weisman.
2008-03-20 14:32:38
59.   trainwreck
55
Richardson seems solid, but Gholston and Burgess would give us monster pressure on the QB. As we saw with the Giants, it helps to have a lot of pass-rushing depth.

I was originally on the McFadden bandwagon, but not anymore. We re-signed Fargas and Rhodes surprisingly took a pay cut to stay. In addition, the staff still has high hopes for Michael Bush. After Rhodes got all those yards for us in the two games he starts, I think we can plug in anyone and be productive.

2008-03-20 14:32:55
60.   KG16
Congrats, so, what, 4 more to field a baseball team? Or are you good with a basketball team?
2008-03-20 14:33:41
61.   trainwreck
I forgot to wish that Jon's baby is a quiet one and let's you get some sleep. That seems to be the biggest issue with babies.
2008-03-20 14:35:22
62.   LOB
Congratulations, Jon. When the time comes, I can give you and your wife tips on maintaining sanity and composure while boy-child is at bat in Little League game.

Not.

2008-03-20 14:38:07
63.   ibleedbloo
Congrats Jon. My buddy just had his 3rd and another friend is about 4 months pregnant (actually it's his wife). I feel left out, but I am guessing over the long run its much easier being the cool uncle than the mean dad.
2008-03-20 14:40:52
64.   ToyCannon
63
It is easier but it isn't as satisfying. I have many regrets, not being a Dad is at the top of the list.
2008-03-20 14:41:54
65.   Midwest Blue
59 - Nobody wants Dorsey instead of Joseph? I wish Chris Long would fall to the fourth pick, but that's wishful thinking. My preferred picks (if available):

Chris Long
Dorsey
Ghoulston
McFadden
Jake Long
Ellis

2008-03-20 14:44:25
66.   Sac Town Dodger Fan
Congrats Jon! Best of luck to you and your family.

I was born in Nov. of 1980. Next baseball season, you know who won the World Series, so I wish the same luck to your child for the sake of us all!

2008-03-20 14:44:44
67.   Jim Hitchcock
Jon, that is so great! I'm happy for you and your wife.

P.S. Ignore all the suggested names. Name him after me. It's easy to spell, and easy to remember.

2008-03-20 14:46:11
68.   BlueMamma
Congratulations to you and the mrs. I just had my fifth in January, and I'd like to tell you that three is pretty easy - easier than two, in fact. Good luck to the five of you.
2008-03-20 14:47:07
69.   Eric Enders
Congratulations, Jon.
2008-03-20 14:47:11
70.   underdog
Congrats Jon! Best wishes to the family.

And I thought what Xei and Andrew thought, that you'd named him Jamaal Wilkes. Or Keith?

I think Blue Weisman would be a cool name.

2008-03-20 14:47:19
71.   BlueCrew Bruin
Congrats, Jon! My wife is due next month with our first.

Next month! Yikes!

2008-03-20 14:47:59
72.   underdog
67 Hitchcock Weisman just doesn't work, sorry.

Sandy Koufax Weisman, now that works.

2008-03-20 14:50:12
73.   blue22
Congrats, Jon. Best wishes to the whole family.
2008-03-20 14:51:18
74.   Midwest Blue
Matt "Bison" Weisman? It rhymes -- and how many kids do you know named Bison?
2008-03-20 14:51:21
75.   Andrew Shimmin
Just don't call him Seven. I'm saving that one.
2008-03-20 14:51:44
76.   trainwreck
Theolde Wiseman works.
2008-03-20 14:52:20
77.   trainwreck
*Weisman

Well I totally ruined that terrible joke.

2008-03-20 14:52:27
78.   Im So Blue
Congrats and best wishes to the Weisman family!
2008-03-20 14:55:06
79.   trainwreck
65
I would be happy with any of the top d-line prospects. I am not sure if Jake Long would fit our system, but I would not have a problem if we drafted him.
2008-03-20 14:55:49
80.   old dodger fan
My sincerest congratulations to you and your bride.
2008-03-20 14:56:32
81.   Bob Timmermann
74
Bison Dele retired the name when he was murdered.
2008-03-20 14:57:56
82.   ToyCannon
By his brother Cain.
2008-03-20 14:59:40
83.   underdog
I guess it's time for me to strike up some Broncos Thoughts and just talk quietly to myself. ;-)

I think we should draft Ryan Clady out of Boise State. He's a great lineman, and has experience being a Bronco already!

2008-03-20 15:00:01
84.   bhsportsguy
Two completely opposite injury reports by our local teams. In one, Phil Jackson now says he expects Bynum to play by week of the 4/7 or so instead of his pronouncement that Andrew would be out until the playoffs.

Now, today, Nomar says that he will not swing a bat at all in Arizona, has no timetable on his return and Torre says that Abreu, Dewitt and Hu are the leading contenders for the job. Joe also says that long term, the Dodgers will not trade away the future for a fix, saying that LaRoche and Dewitt (emphasis mine) are the future at 3B.

http://tinyurl.com/2zhhvq

2008-03-20 15:00:57
85.   KingKopitar
If you want to make sure he never walks salty, you could name him Juan Weisman.

I have to admit, that sounds pretty cool.

2008-03-20 15:03:06
86.   ToyCannon
Hey you lurkers had your thread, now go move a trashcan.
2008-03-20 15:03:12
87.   Sushirabbit
I just now realized that there was a NPUT. (ha! been a strange day at work) I was starting to get worried. So YEY! I wish I could have been there giving you the thumbs up through the little window and getting a good look at the new Weisman. But I'll settle for hearing this one sing, too.
2008-03-20 15:05:29
88.   ToyCannon
Babies being born
March Madness
Dodger Spring Training
Lakers have the best record in the West

and I hear football thoughts.

2008-03-20 15:05:54
89.   Eric Stephen
Perhaps a comp for Billingsley? Adam Wainwright just signed a 4/$15m deal with the Cards today. Wainwright has just over 2 years service time, and has a 122 ERA+ in 279 career IP. The contract:

Signing Bonus: $750k
3rd yr (2008): $500k
1st arb yr: $2.6m
2nd arb yr: $4.65m
3rd arb yr: $6.5m
FA yr 1: $9m option
FA yr 2: $12m option

Billingsley is about a year behind Wainwright in service time, so perhaps next offseason will be the time to extend him. I'd do it now, since he's bound to be more expensive based on his soon to be stellar 2008.

For comparative purposes, Billingsley has a 130 ERA+ in 237 career IP.

2008-03-20 15:07:59
90.   DXMachina
Congratulations, Weismans. Can the kid play third?
2008-03-20 15:08:20
91.   Neal Pollack
Mazeltov, dude! How's his OBP?
2008-03-20 15:09:31
92.   madmac
83 Underdog is no longer my favorite.
2008-03-20 15:12:41
93.   trainwreck
83
You got Hallux with you.
2008-03-20 15:18:09
94.   eekrock
Congratulations to the Weismans!
2008-03-20 15:18:50
95.   Disabled List
Congratulations Jon! My suggestion for a name:

Clayton Bison Coltrane Hee-Seop Weisman.

At the very least, please don't name him Pierre Weisman.

2008-03-20 15:23:59
96.   dkminnick
Congratulations, Jon and wife!

When I first read your post I thought it said 21 LBS. Seemed like it all went pretty quick considering that.

2008-03-20 15:24:07
97.   cargill06
dodgers web site is reporting nomar is doubtful for season opener
2008-03-20 15:25:05
98.   cargill06
andruw jones now has 10 bb compared to 9 strikeouts this spring.
2008-03-20 15:26:48
99.   sporky
Gameday link: http://tinyurl.com/367rlf
2008-03-20 15:27:09
100.   bhsportsguy
97 I don't usually do this but see 84
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2008-03-20 15:28:13
101.   Midwest Blue
I don't think anyone here would have a problem with Vin Weisman.
2008-03-20 15:29:42
102.   LOB
Don't look now, but Ethier's starting in LF.
2008-03-20 15:31:21
103.   Sam DC
I realize it's been a busy day and all, but I'm surprised the Spotted Eagle Stingray story isn't getting more play.

Seems like something Greg Brock would have an opinion about.

For me, this headline at cnn.com is sort of compelling: "Experts: Ray Incident Highly Unusual." On the one hand, this is the second stingray killing in the last year so is this headline really fair? On the other, well, no kidding it is pretty unusual for a stingray to leap onto a boat and knock someone to their death.

(And yes, this comment is mostly offered as proof that, really, you don't need to have much to say to jump in the comment pool.)

2008-03-20 15:31:33
104.   cargill06
102
i wrote a couple letters to joe.
2008-03-20 15:33:00
105.   El Lay Dave
104 LOL!
2008-03-20 15:34:12
106.   El Lay Dave
Today's full batting order:

Furcal SS
Ethier LF
Martin C
Jones CF
Kemp RF
Loney 1B
Hu 2B
DeWitt 3B

2008-03-20 15:36:28
107.   bhsportsguy
103 Did the woman living on the toilet seat get much play here, I was living Pac-10 basketball last week so I didn't really follow the story.

And yes, that story does conjure up images of flying sting rays but it must be unusual. Or a product of global warming.

2008-03-20 15:37:03
108.   cargill06
106 maybe this is a sign of the opening day line-up??? throw laroche and kent in there now you get something.
let me not get my hopes uo
2008-03-20 15:39:18
109.   sporky
Penny got 7 outs on 9 pitches?
2008-03-20 15:42:01
110.   El Lay Dave
Commenter alex41592@aol.com is providing 1/2 inning recaps on ItD (Rawitch) again. He notes that Russ Langer is doing play-by-play.
2008-03-20 15:42:22
111.   bhsportsguy
Wondering what to get the new addition to the Weisman family, well I am sending a little donation to both the cause Jon talked about yesterday and to DT via the Paypal link on the side.
2008-03-20 15:43:12
112.   trainwreck
103
I just saw that. Sting rays want to take the land from us!
2008-03-20 15:44:49
113.   alex 7
trainwreck, how much better is Gholston than Chris Clemons though? Clemons had 8 sacks in limited time last year. Good stuff, but again, the Raiders problem is stopping the run. Not sure how much Gholston improves that. With 2nd rounder gone, 1st round is last good shot at disruptive DT. Just looks like Oakland will be happy with Warren, Kelly, Sands rotation (Joseph?). Doesn't cut it from my perspective.

Dewitt with a walk, Ethier continues to swing it well.

2008-03-20 15:45:02
114.   bhsportsguy
Raffy must be okay, he's hit homers right and left now.
2008-03-20 15:45:25
115.   berkowit28
Furcal homers, bottom 3rd. Dodgers 1-0. Ethier flies out (hit a single in first).
2008-03-20 15:47:53
116.   cargill06
114 ,115 furcal having a big year would be huuuggee
2008-03-20 15:48:27
117.   bigcpa
Congrats Jon- we will always remember March 20th, 2008... as the day Andre Ethier cracked the starting lineup.
2008-03-20 15:49:06
118.   madmac
115 well Pierre can do that
2008-03-20 15:49:58
119.   El Lay Dave
Buehrle vs. Penny, BTW. I'm guessing Brad's been pretty efficient based on 109 and that he faced the minimum in 3 IP, Konerko's single was followed with a GIDP. 5 grounders, 2 Ks, 1 popup.
2008-03-20 15:51:03
120.   ibleedbloo
As for the new edition's name, its 2008, sell the rights. You could probably get college paid for. I could think of some good ones; Sprint Weisman, Fox Weisman, Chevy Weisman, Walmart Weisman.

Of course you are taking the chance that the kid could be Pacbell, AT&T, and SBC all before he is potty trained.

2008-03-20 15:52:18
121.   ibleedbloo
120 edition? addition? I guess they could both be correct.
2008-03-20 15:53:50
122.   sporky
The Gameday operator has to be counting wrong. Four innings on 16 pitches, all for strikes?
2008-03-20 15:54:35
123.   El Lay Dave
120 Jon's classier than the rest. It would be [given names] Weisman, presented by [sponsor].
2008-03-20 15:55:12
124.   bhsportsguy
Corey Patterson fans rejoice, Ryan Freel admirers, breathe easy.

http://tinyurl.com/286l28

And there were some out there who wanted Johnny B. back in Dodger Blue. (Not anyone here) But he was one of my favorite players.

2008-03-20 15:55:31
125.   berkowit28
116 Furcal is 2 for 2, and put out a lot of White Sox, including a double play.
2008-03-20 15:56:22
126.   alex 7
lot of 1st pitch swinging by Chicago. Just scanning their lineup, I can see why the Swisher deal was criticized heavily. Chicago is old at most of the important offensive positions. Their staff is up there too.
2008-03-20 15:56:51
127.   El Lay Dave
122 Can't be right, although I can imagine an Ozzie Guillen managed ballclub being that hacktastic.
2008-03-20 15:58:01
128.   El Lay Dave
Penny might have to go nine and throw extra to reach his pitch count at that rate!
2008-03-20 15:59:35
129.   alex 7
nevermind, Gameday is showing one pitch for all hitters that I've looked at. No clue on pitch count now.
2008-03-20 15:59:40
130.   Bluebleeder87
24 not much of a story, I use to post a lot over on the dodger board & somebody from there envited me over here & now I'm pretty much "The thing that wouldnt leave"
2008-03-20 16:03:54
131.   sporky
From Rotoworld:

Wilson Betemit (3B) had a two-run homer, an RBI double and a walk to lead the Yankees to a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

2008-03-20 16:06:17
132.   trainwreck
113
But Ellis is more of a pass rushing DT like Sapp. Dorsey would be better just because he eats up more space. I think Gholston can produce more pressure than Clemons did, plus Gholston is good at open field tackling. He is like a Terrel Suggs.

Either way, we will need a DT and a DE in the next two years. Unless, Sands actually does his job. This is what this all comes down to.

2008-03-20 16:06:21
133.   Bob Timmermann
So I assume that no time at the birth today, Joe Starkey yelled "Oh, the baby is out of the womb!!!"
2008-03-20 16:07:29
134.   ROC
Great day at the park, here. I got a good lineup & SP. The only thing would make it better is Kemp hitting one off the 'Bison Museum' billboard just right of center.

Sox bullpen just got called for interference preventing Ethier from catching AJ's foul fly.

2008-03-20 16:09:47
135.   berkowit28
Furcal 3 for 3 with a double.
2008-03-20 16:11:28
136.   berkowit28
Ethier almost got one out of the park, but just got out instead. Too bad.
2008-03-20 16:13:54
137.   berkowit28
Abreu in for DeWitt at 3rd. Penny still there for 6th inning, has retired 16 out of 17 so far.
2008-03-20 16:20:31
138.   berkowit28
138 1-1. Middle of 6th.
2008-03-20 16:22:26
139.   Ken Arneson
Congrats, Jon!
2008-03-20 16:23:27
140.   ROC
Penny and his crazy shoes have finally given up a run. He just threw a batch of fastballs, hitting 94. The nice man in front of me brought a radargun, his friends seem to have a stopwatch fethish ;)

As I look back to the press box, I wonder how The Man will stick it to Tony Jackson seeing Phoenix Stadium has no elevators.

2008-03-20 16:24:41
141.   berkowit28
Martin to 2nd on throwing error by Cabrera. No out.
2008-03-20 16:25:04
142.   underdog
It's fun to see the Dodgers play someone different for a change, at least. The Nationals-Marlins rotation gets old after awhile.
2008-03-20 16:26:25
143.   berkowit28
Jones walks. Kemp up. Gameday Audio goes dead...
2008-03-20 16:27:54
144.   Xeifrank
ROC, does the stadium have a wireless network for fans in the stands? You bring your laptop to the game?
vr, Xei
2008-03-20 16:28:15
145.   berkowit28
GA back, Kemp GIDP, Martin on 3rd.
2008-03-20 16:30:15
146.   berkowit28
Loney walks. Hu up.
2008-03-20 16:32:13
147.   ROC
There is a locked A's press box wifi AP, but I'm using EDGE on an iPhone.
2008-03-20 16:32:29
148.   berkowit28
Hu triples! Martin and Loney score. 3-1.
2008-03-20 16:33:10
149.   LOB
Wu-Hu!!!

(triple)

2008-03-20 16:34:30
150.   ROC
Hu clears bases with a triple. Abreu strikes out to end the inning.

Oh snap, Sammy on to pitch :)

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2008-03-20 16:37:27
151.   underdog
So, Hu's on th...

Ah, never mind.

I wonder if he's gonna be on third to start the season.

2008-03-20 16:37:42
152.   berkowit28
Saito in. Cabrera gets a single on 2-2.
2008-03-20 16:38:23
153.   underdog
ROC, how's the crowd numbers as far as percentage of Dodger fans?
2008-03-20 16:44:05
154.   underdog
What's up with Sammy! Good thing it's still early in the spring process for him.
2008-03-20 16:44:14
155.   ROC
A lot of blue here. I'd guess 75%+ Dodger fans. Oh yes, definately that based on the 7th inning singalong.

JP on to hit.

2008-03-20 16:45:16
156.   madmac
151 I keep thinking about how much fun it would be if Choi had panned out and Hee was on 1st with Hu on 3rd or wherever.
2008-03-20 16:46:57
157.   ROC
Or walk. Nice to see him run the count full first.
2008-03-20 16:49:07
158.   berkowit28
Pierre walks, Furcal gets another single (4 for 4), Pierre gets to 3rd.
2008-03-20 16:49:44
159.   berkowit28
Furcal steals 2nd.
2008-03-20 16:52:39
160.   berkowit28
Ethier singles, Pierre scores, Furcal gets to 3rd. 4-2.
2008-03-20 16:53:09
161.   berkowit28
Martin hits a double. 5-2.
2008-03-20 16:54:22
162.   Jim Hitchcock
Cactus League Weisman. That's the ticket.
2008-03-20 16:55:19
163.   berkowit28
Jones strikes out. He's taking his time getting going.
2008-03-20 16:56:11
164.   berkowit28
Kemp homers - 3 runs in! 8-2.
2008-03-20 16:57:40
165.   ROC
Kemp misses the Bison billboard by 20', but I won't complain about a 3 run jimmyjack.
2008-03-20 16:59:55
166.   berkowit28
(Pierre was pinch hitting for Saito, by the way. Seems to suit him.)

Loney grounds out. Hu too. End of 7th.

2008-03-20 17:00:32
167.   ROC
The Bull on to pitch.
2008-03-20 17:03:42
168.   underdog
165 That's sweet! I was hoping he nailed it but it's a little hard to tell via GameDay.
2008-03-20 17:03:54
169.   berkowit28
Pierre replaces Ethier in LF.
2008-03-20 17:04:37
170.   berkowit28
Oops - Ethier now in RF. Broxton "replacing" Kemp.
2008-03-20 17:05:21
171.   ROC
No less than 7 radar guns popped up when Brocton started throwing. 95 is the high so far.
2008-03-20 17:06:03
172.   ToyCannon
Dodgers are finding Arizona pitching to their liking. As Cargill said, plug LaRoche into that Lineup and baby we got something. Screw Kent, Horton hears a Hu
2008-03-20 17:09:16
173.   bhsportsguy
172 BTW, had LaRoche won the job by default, I thinkt the bet would have been ruled off.
2008-03-20 17:09:21
174.   berkowit28
Two WS get on after Broxton gets two out, but Hu throws out next batter (missed who that was). End of 8th.
2008-03-20 17:10:42
175.   scareduck
The ad for Bill O'Reilly's show on KABC during a Dodgers game qualifies as a rule 5 violation.
2008-03-20 17:10:52
176.   berkowit28
It was Cabrera, and it's the middle of the 8th.
2008-03-20 17:11:36
177.   bhsportsguy
Russ Langer sounds a lot like Ted Leitner (don't put me on Notice Bob). But he is not only better, he doesn't whine.
2008-03-20 17:14:57
178.   berkowit28
The two WS who got on base both batted to Pierre in LF. Don't know if it was his arm that let them in or not. Abreu grounds out. Pierre just grounds out in bottom on 8th. Good thing there's just one of him. Furcal flies out, first time he doesn't get a hit (4 for 5). Now it's the end of 8th. WS pitcher Jenks gets 3 up, 3 down.
2008-03-20 17:15:20
179.   Bob Timmermann
177
That's two people who have feared being put on notice by me!
2008-03-20 17:15:44
180.   berkowit28
Beimel coming in for 9th.
2008-03-20 17:16:08
181.   Bob Timmermann
Is anyone going to the Coliseum game next willing to give me and two friends a ride back to Downtown L.A. after the game?
2008-03-20 17:16:41
182.   Bob Timmermann
181
Insert "Saturday" in there.
2008-03-20 17:17:05
183.   bhsportsguy
181 Maybe, I'll check with you next week.
2008-03-20 17:20:56
184.   berkowit28
Swisher singles, Konerko GIDP (Hu-Furcal-Loney). Loney has caught about 15 today to put out runners. 1 to go.
2008-03-20 17:21:14
185.   ROC
Furcal capped off his nice day at the plate with a sweet barehanded turn on the DP.

1 out to go.

2008-03-20 17:22:43
186.   berkowit28
Dye popups out to Loney on the mound. All over. Good guys win 8-2.
2008-03-20 17:24:07
187.   bhsportsguy
It sounds like Joe is easing into his decision regarding the outfield but unlike last year, I think he will communicate a reason for his decision.

http://www.beloblog.com/Pe_Blogs/prosports/mlb/dodgers/

2008-03-20 17:25:17
188.   jasonungar07
Congrats Jon. My boy's first game will be May 7th vs the Mets. He will be almost 6 months then.

Day game 12:10

Anyone care to join us??

2008-03-20 17:26:11
189.   ROC
Loney snags the pop up, game over. Great start to Dodger ST in AZ.
Congrats, Jon!
2008-03-20 17:35:18
190.   preacherroe
Congratulations to the host. Speaking of chillun's ; I'm taking two of mine to see the Dodgers tomorrow and Sunday afternoon.Easter and the resurrection of Dodger hopes. Ah Springtime. Can we play two?
2008-03-20 17:35:26
191.   bryanf
Congratulations Jon! Another little slugger. Nice.
2008-03-20 17:37:23
192.   njr
Congratulations!
2008-03-20 17:39:51
193.   bigcpa
187 two guys who are experienced and talented, and two guys who are inexperienced and talented

Is it fair to call a (soon to be) 26 yr old player with 279 career games inexperienced?

2008-03-20 17:40:24
194.   berkowit28
184. Loney has caught about 15 today to put out runners. 14, including 3 DP, plus that final pop out.
2008-03-20 17:42:57
195.   trainwreck
Sickels loves Kemp, but not so much for this season.
2008-03-20 17:44:26
196.   fanerman
Congrats Jon on the newest Weisman!
2008-03-20 17:52:07
197.   El Lay Dave
193 If Torre can play Melky Cabrera (2 years younger than Ethier, 209 more PAs), he can't be afraid to play Ethier.
2008-03-20 18:02:11
198.   bigcpa
197 To extend the analogy, if Bernie's 2005 line of .321 obp, .367 slg with a noodle arm merited benching... wouldn't .331 obp, .353 slg fit the bill? Although Bernie was 5 yrs older than OBP Juan, and Torre had the luxury of the DH to eeeease Bernie out.
2008-03-20 18:06:43
199.   madmac
Duke looking overrated
2008-03-20 18:07:46
200.   regfairfield
198 I don't know exactly what kind of weight Torre puts into this kind of thing, but Bernie also hit .249 with no steals and had no hope of ever actually catching a ball.

And he still did pick up almost 500 plate appearances that year.

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2008-03-20 18:24:17
201.   bigcpa
200 Course they were going to score 900 runs either way. With 5-time All Star Nomar Garciaparra sidelined, we're gonna need all the offense we can muster.
2008-03-20 18:25:37
202.   gpellamjr
My world view has just been dramatically altered. Apparently there are people in the world who do not like Vin Scully.

http://deadspin.com/369939/media-approval-ratings-vin-scully

2008-03-20 18:28:10
203.   Ken Noe
Congratulations Jon!

197 198 200 Torre had a long relationship with Bernie, whereas all of the Dodgers except Proctor are new to him. He has no complicating emotional bond with Ethier or JP. My guess is that he really hasn't made up his mind yet--and that's not a bad thing, considering the alternatives.

2008-03-20 18:41:53
204.   ChemicalMachine
Congrats Jon!

First time poster, long time lurker here. 28 year old life long Dodger fan who reads this site daily. Took my 20 month old nephew to his first spring training game today - he spent his 1st bday at Dodger stadium along with about 20-25 other games last season. He was screaming "Dodgers" today in left field to cheer on the boys. Highlight of my day? Getting a hug from Either's mom in the ladies room as a thank you for wearing his t-shirt. Great game in AZ that was well worth the sunburn I got.

2008-03-20 18:51:40
205.   Gen3Blue
With the new Arizona times and having a dinner I couldn't get out of, I couldn't follow the game, but I must say the lineups will look pretty darn good now that we are not split-sqaud. And so far no sign of the two bizarre predictions I hear this spring.
Hoping to cause no jinx, why do projections say Penny's going to be barely above average, and Billingsley is a tremendous injury risk(B Prospectus, I believe). I hope these are as wrong as they sound to me.

Furcal certainly does seem to be a different player than last year-lets hope.

2008-03-20 19:01:22
206.   El Lay Dave
202 I scanned the comments under there and I like this one:

"I am a Giants fan ..., and I approved Vin Scully. My wife worked for a PR agency that had dealings with an LA city disaster preparedness office. They commissioned a poll to the effect of "Whose voice would you trust the most giving you important information in case of emergency?" Vin won, and it wasn't even close."

2008-03-20 19:05:22
207.   MollyKnight
Congratulations, Jon! A healthy baby boy! Excellent news!!!!

How 'bout Delino DeShields Weisman?

2008-03-20 19:06:03
208.   arbfuldodger
Congrats on bambino #3 Jon & growing family
2008-03-20 19:08:24
209.   jasonungar07
My guess is his mind is made up. He wants to play Ethier and Kemp but has alot of ego's to massage.

Furcal is our leadoff hitter and you need more ability out of the two hole than JP can provide (power and OBP aside, just ability to hit the ball to different places etc like the gaps and behind runners.)

2008-03-20 19:10:11
210.   CeyHey10
I too was at the game -- scored front row tickets right behind home plate, on the Dodgers' on-deck circle side. Jotted down notes on my scoresheet. What I learned (in chronological order):

Penny's like the fat kid in little league who just grunts and throws harder than anybody else in the league. I'm glad we have the fat kid on our team.

Russ Martin keeps a can of dip in his back pocket. Mancrushing a bit less.

Furcal is back. That was a bomb, and it got out of here yesterday. He didn't turn on a pitch like that all year last year.

Orlando Cabrera's bat always looks like it swings him. Is it me, or is he using an older brother's bat?

So Penny actually grunted on the fastball that struck out Dye in the 5th. Remember that little league trick where the kid would grunt -- and then lob a changeup? Genius! I miss those crafty days.

Is there any other place besides baseball games where it's acceptable to eat shelled peanuts? What a narrow window of a market for a truly superior product. Unfortunate.

During Mike Macdougal's warmups, Ozzie Guillen called out to Andruw (in the on-deck circle), pointed, and mocked his own pitcher's spastic delivery in full pantomime. Andruw was in hysterics.

Baseball games are more fun with beer, but you notice more without it.

It's really remarkable how many perfectly audible and perfectly horrible things are yelled from the seats right next to the on deck circle. Also amazing: how many perfectly audible things AJ Pierzynski says during the course of a game. None profound, many profane.

Huuuuuu's name amuses fans to no end -- most all of whom think they're the first to come up with all sorts of funny things!

I swear the Bison cracked his bat on that bomb -- it sounded like it, and the batboy ran out and checked it right away. He's so Winfield. And as a "birthday gift" to Jon and the entire DT crew, I give you this (and yes, it says what you think it does):

http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=PqCZnxJ

2008-03-20 19:14:53
211.   Peanuts in My Shoes
"Is there any other place besides baseball games where it's acceptable to eat shelled peanuts? What a narrow window of a market for a truly superior product. Unfortunate."

OB's in Manhattan Beach has a big ole barrel of them that patrons can scoop up and reject the shells on the floor. Or maybe it's discard the shells on the table. Hmm, I wonder why they asked me to leave?

2008-03-20 19:16:12
212.   ChemicalMachine
210 It was amazing how endlessly entertaining Hu's name is. I must have heard "Hu's on first?" 30 times during the game.
2008-03-20 19:19:21
213.   Sam DC
Five Guys = Free shelled peanuts all over the place while you wait for your burger to be cooked and your fries to be piled towards the heavens.
2008-03-20 19:28:29
214.   Bob Timmermann
207
You mean Jon had a really good baby but traded him for a mediocre baby?
2008-03-20 19:39:31
215.   trainwreck
My local pizza joint gives out full peanut shells. They have a couple buckets of them.
2008-03-20 19:40:21
216.   Gen3Blue
214 I know , but I hate names that are too mixed and Pedro Weisman just doesn't work.
The Weisman's need all the time and room they need to do the naming thing.
2008-03-20 19:42:11
217.   Lee Corbett
I'll add my congratulations from Australia. Read your site daily Jon; I'm glad the Dodgers are such a well blogged team, as my other interests in baseball, Australians (in particular Chris Snelling), are much much harder to keep up with. I feel like I know exactly what's going on with the Dodgers without watching a single game. Thanks.
2008-03-20 19:51:49
218.   madmac
For those of you who wish you had kids, this evening with my 9 year old would make you all thankful you don't.
2008-03-20 20:06:14
219.   kinbote
I'm committing the Cardinal sin of jumping ahead 218 comments to say: Congrats, Jon. All the best to you and your family.
2008-03-20 20:08:12
220.   Bluebleeder87
Just finished reading the play-by-play posts, wow, the kids look sharp & yes I know it's only spring but with injuries to La Roche, Nomar & Kent it's pretty encouraging to see the kids looking good.
2008-03-20 20:12:31
221.   KG16
210, 213, 215 - Goat Hill Tavern in Newport Beach is a peanut shells on the floor kind of place. Though, other than cement floor bars and stadiums, I can't really think of places that scream "peanuts in the shell".
2008-03-20 20:19:11
222.   CanuckDodger
To answer #73 in the last thread, for Ceyheyjay, I am afraid I never heard anything about Chuck Tiffany after he blew out his arm and needed surgery. Sorry.
2008-03-20 20:21:32
223.   El Lay Dave
210 Thanks for the eyewitness observations and that is a great photo.
2008-03-20 20:21:40
224.   Dodgers49
So, does anybody know what, if anything, happened with Esteban Loaiza? On Tuesday it was announced on Dodgers.com that he would start Thursday's game. However, last night while looking at the remaining schedule I noticed that today's game lines up with Opening Day (and we all knew Loaiza wasn't going to start that game :-) ). Then I notice that Torre scheduled Chan Ho to pitch Friday and said that would push Lowe back a day and move Billingsley to a simulated game but no mention was made of Penny who was due for a start ahead of Lowe. So I wasn't surprised to see Penny get today's start. I'm just curious if anyone here read anything about Esteban's sudden vanishing act. :-)
2008-03-20 20:22:08
225.   Gen3Blue
All right. Seems like will get an ST game vs. Arizona at about 4:00pm EST. At least the competition out here will be relevant.
2008-03-20 20:27:06
226.   El Lay Dave
Per Diamond Leung, it will be Penny on Opening Day. The suspense wasn't killing me.

Brad Penny pitched [today] ... and afterward, Joe Torre named him the opening day starter. "Why not?" Torre said.

2008-03-20 20:27:46
227.   Jack Dawkins
Congratulations, Jon! That is so cool that it all went so beautifully for your wife and you.

Picking up on the previous thread -- I have posted a coupla times but read every day even when traveling (which is a lot.) I don't remember how I landed here, but I discovered DT mid 2006 and have been grateful for sensible and passionate (frequently in the same post) analysis.

I grew up a Dodger fan in Phoenix when all you had was the Suns, minor league hockey, and the Giants PCL team. I guess my earliest clear Dodger memory would have to be the 1974 WS and being mad at that stupid Bill Buckner for getting thrown out in game 5. When you're young you don't think about larger issues of why your team just got owned.

I got back from Florida, incl. Vero, less than a week ago and yes, it was all that it promised. Another thing to be grateful for.

2008-03-20 20:30:22
228.   MollyKnight
214-Speed is all anyone cares about anyway.
2008-03-20 20:32:28
229.   KG16
the Lakers are up 47-25 with 7:21 left in the first half, and while everything has been dropping for the Lakers, they really haven't looked great.
2008-03-20 20:33:09
230.   El Lay Dave
Gurnick: Schmidt recovering slowly
http://tinyurl.com/2osvag

Jason Schmidt ... still is not throwing off a mound and is not expected to be pitching until May or June, according to manager Joe Torre.

2008-03-20 20:44:12
231.   El Lay Dave
230 I meant to add that I interpreted the article to indicate that Schmidt wouldn't be pitching anywhere until then, after which he has to build up strength, then a rehab assignment would follow, ....
2008-03-20 20:49:38
232.   El Lay Dave
84 Perhaps it was a correction, but the "LaRoche AND DeWitt are the future" part is attributed to Ned. There are a number of interesting quotes in there. I feel somewhat reassured that Colletti won't make a dumb 3B acquisition. Plus, they do downplay DeWitt's chances, which is realistic, I think.
2008-03-20 20:52:09
233.   neuroboy002
230 May or June of what year?
2008-03-20 20:57:40
234.   El Lay Dave
Torre on the OF:
http://tinyurl.com/27vyzk

"They've all shown enough to warrant playing every day," said Torre. "It's something I'll fiddle with and rotate. There's always the danger in doing that, as much as you get to keep everybody involved, you don't want to take away from someone who won't be as good when he doesn't get the at-bats."

Wasn't he quoted saying something similar to the emphasized part a couple days ago? Which OF's play will suffer, in Torre's opinion, if he plays less? Every day J?

A couple compliments for Ethier, Kemp from Torre also.

2008-03-20 21:02:52
235.   Telemachos
I'm tremendously late to all this, but Jon, my heartiest congratulations on your new bundle of joy. :)
2008-03-20 21:06:33
236.   Noel
A belated congratulations from here as well, Jon. All this talk of babies makes me pine once more for another wee one to offset the suddenly big lug I have now who's natural state, at 14, is to sulk.
2008-03-20 21:07:35
237.   immouch
Congrats, Jon.
I don't know you well enough to suggest a name. But I'll toss out a few to avoid: Ghengis, Barry, Ned... Well, I can't think of any others... Happy burping.
2008-03-20 21:08:27
238.   Dodgers49
I seem to remember Bigbie once having a great Spring Training with the Dodgers:

Bigbie exiled after breaking code

http://tinyurl.com/29f6gv

2008-03-20 21:27:49
239.   Bluebleeder87
I'm thinking of how I wanna head out to the Coliseum game (planning) I'm kind of leaning towards hiring a taxi cab but the shuttles also sound pretty good, I don't know, I'll wait & see I guess.
2008-03-20 21:34:29
240.   Dodgers49
Loretta could be answer to Dodgers' problems

http://tinyurl.com/3873ec

2008-03-20 21:36:24
241.   CeyHey10
Actual text from the photo in 210:

Bison Museum, Scottsdale

Arizona's Premier Bison Collection

2008-03-20 21:45:19
242.   Dodgers49
No $40,000 for China

>> When the Boston Red Sox yesterday threatened to boycott their trip to Japan because Major League Baseball wasn't extending to coaches, trainers and staff the $40,000 stipend that was due the players making the trip, the logical question became how much the Padres and Dodgers players received for going to China.
"We got a gift bag," said reliever Heath Bell.

"Inside was a ball, a T-shirt, two Snickers bars, a bottle of wine imported from California, a stuffed animal and a box of tea. I must have missed the money."

Yesterday an official of the Major League Baseball Players Association notified a Padres official that the players who traveled to China could expect a small stipend.

The Padres probably will learn more today when Donald Fehr of the MLBPA makes his annual visit to the team's compound. <<

http://tinyurl.com/ys8opp

2008-03-20 21:59:25
243.   Bumsrap
Glad to read all are fine Jon.

Regarding peanuts on the floor--Northwoods remains my favorite peanuts on the floor establishment.

2008-03-20 22:03:10
244.   68elcamino427
Jon, congratulations to you and your family!
Wishing you all many, many happy days and years filled with love.
Thanks again for creating this great Dodger place.
2008-03-20 22:05:19
245.   Bumsrap
Most everybody is being really cautious to not hype Dewitt before his time although I admit I have done so on a few occasions. I would love to see him hold onto the third base gig all season.
2008-03-20 22:24:51
246.   dzzrtRatt
CONGRATULATIONS JON AND FAMILY!

A spring training baby. Auspicious.

2008-03-20 22:33:42
247.   underdog
Man, today was a bad mojo kind of day. Something major broke in our computer system at work. I saw a really bad accident when coming home from work. My soccer team was annihilated tonight by the best team I've ever seen (I scored a goal but when you lose 8-1 it's hard to feel satisfied). Our cable went out so my Tivo recorded an hour of darkness instead of "Lost." I did terrible in today's NCAA pool action.

And yet.. knowing the Dodgers and Lakers and UCLA won (even if former is meaningless), that there's a new Weisman out there, that tomorrow can't be any worse than today (I hope) and that I have in my freezer the best darned chocolate soy ice cream I've ever had, makes things not as bad as they might seem.

Here's to tomorrow!

And to me hiding under the covers until today is officially over.

2008-03-20 22:38:59
248.   trainwreck
Did not know there was soy ice cream, but not surprised it exists.
2008-03-20 22:40:38
249.   Lexinthedena
It was great to see Derek Fisher and the Lakers make the statement tonight...
2008-03-20 22:42:32
250.   Dodgers49
Fans give Dodgers a taste of desert

http://tinyurl.com/3cy94z

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2008-03-20 22:55:18
251.   underdog
248 Yep, some of it's bad, but some quite good - like Soy Delicious, or even better, Maggie Mudd's in San Francisco's Bernal Heights. Great regular ice cream and soy, all home made. Incredible.
2008-03-20 22:56:32
252.   trainwreck
251
I should check that out. I used to eat a lot of soy, until I read about thyroid problems so I do not know how much you are supposed to eat.
2008-03-20 22:57:03
253.   KingKopitar
249 The Kings made a statement tonight, too; it was something like, "We're not good."
2008-03-20 22:57:21
254.   natepurcell
Goat Hill Tavern in Newport Beach is a peanut shells on the floor kind of place. Though, other than cement floor bars and stadiums, I can't really think of places that scream "peanuts in the shell".

That place is filled to the rim with cougars.

2008-03-20 23:06:33
255.   trainwreck
254
Wish I lived in Newport.
2008-03-20 23:10:21
256.   trainwreck
Though, every time I went to Newport, the bars would not even put one TV on the Dodger game. Dang Angels fans.
2008-03-20 23:22:42
257.   overkill94
254 So Nate, we gonna rip it up on Saturday night or what?
2008-03-20 23:36:09
258.   Just Blue
Congratulations Jon! Here's to hoping your children are as loyal to you as you are to the Dodgers!

I don't get much time to post here, but since I missed the last thread I thought I'd better chime in. I've been a faithful reader of Dodgerthoughts since about y2k. I remember that I was hungry for Dodger rumors in the off-season when I stumbled on to this site and was impressed by the opinions of this forum.

My Dad took me to Dodger Stadium for the first time when I was 8 yrs old in 1967. The atmosphere was thrilling and I was instantly hooked. I missed the Koufax yrs, but caught the tail end of Drysdale's career and can clearly recall the night he set the scoreless innings record of 58+ (later eclipsed by Hershiser). Scully has always had such a comfortable way of sharing a baseball game, he made me feel like I was almost actually there. It's gonna be a sad day when Scully's not broadcasting anymore. My son refers to him as his "3rd Grampa".

It's hard to believe that no Dodger hit more than 10 HRs in 1968, except that was the "year of the pitcher" when Denny McLain won 31 games & Bob Gibson had a 1.12 ERA. That same year the Dodgers moved their single A farm team here, Dad got season tickets, and I got the privilege of watching Ron Cey and many other prospects hone their skills before they made it big.

The most memorable game I've attended was game 1 of the '74 World Series when Joe Ferguson cut in front of Jimmy Wynn to throw Sal Bando out at home on an attempted SacFly by Reggie Jackson. My proudest season was '77 when Garvey/Smith/Cey/Baker each hit at least 30 HRs. My biggest surprise was when Gibby hit his famous HR against the McGwire/Canseco A's in game 1 of the '88 World Series which propelled the over-matched Dodgers to victory (along with some help from a certain Bulldog). My saddest moment was when O'Malley sold the team to Fox, who then traded Piazza.

Thank God those Fox years are behind us! We are now in position to be very competitive for several years. I'm not as critical of Colletti as many fans are. Though he's made several mistakes, I understand the rationale behind most of his moves, and I understand that each move is a gamble. I'm mostly glad that he's held on to his prospects...that, too is a gamble. I understand why he signed Pierre at the time, though I would have preferred a 1 or 2 year commitment to Lofton instead of 5 yrs for Juan.

FWIW, I prefer LaRoche over Nomar, Ethier over Pierre, Repko over Young, and I can't wait for Kershaw to arrive.

I'm also a BIG fan of Arrested Development.

Thanks again, Jon, for providing a clean forum with reasonable rules and good insight. Best Wishes to you and your growing family.

2008-03-20 23:37:07
259.   Bulldog1988
Congrats Jon on the new baby.

I think you can eat peanuts and discard the shells at the Gladstones on PCH in Malibu too. At least you used to be able to, I haven't been there in a while.

2008-03-20 23:40:28
260.   Shotupthemiddle
Congratulations on the new little Weisman.

And hopefully, sometime in the near future, a TV camera will catch you holding the newest member of the family at Dodger Stadium so Vin can say, "Awwww, will you look at that? Isn't he the cutest- a boy and his father...."

Best wishes to your entire family.

2008-03-21 00:05:50
261.   Jim57
Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family Jon. Ain't it great!!!!
2008-03-21 00:17:49
262.   trainwreck
For Arizona and US fans, there is a rumor going around that Floyd will got LSU and Demar Deroazan would go to Arizona.
2008-03-21 00:18:08
263.   trainwreck
*USC fans
2008-03-21 02:54:56
264.   dodger fan in hong kong
Congratulations Jon! My wife and I are also expecting our third anyday now, but these final days are really hard.

Like many others, I visit your site regulary if not daily. I discovered your site about a year ago, and immediately got addicted to the intelligent conversations, fine writing and light banter/humor. You are obviously the glue that hold it all together, but the community of posters with different perspectives is what makes Dodger Thoughts the place it is. I especially appreciate Canuck/Toy/Nate's insight on the kids, D4P's concisely worded 'our world is crashing' commentary, Bob's knowledge of history (despite his bad taste of not liking peach...).

I became a Dodger fan in 1982, a year after my family immigrated from Hong Kong to the Los Angeles area. I have now been back working in Asia/China for 15 years. It is hard to follow my favorite sports teams here(Dodgers, Lakers, Rams) as not many of the games are on TV. (And no, MLB TV doesn't work well.) Dodger Thoughts, in reality, are my eyes to the Dodger games. And I know I will get the full picture of the team and games from you all. Like many on this site, I too am looking forward to this next baseball season.

2008-03-21 02:55:51
265.   Strike4
Congrats Jon!

That's a sure fire way to be rid of any lingering malaise about turning 40. Now you'll be too happily exhausted to think about it.

2008-03-21 06:10:33
266.   Ken Noe
My son just called, two days late from spring break already thanks to a bad transmission, wanted to let us know the check engine light had come on. He's nine hours from home. Enjoy parenthood Jon ;-)

A new twist on JP from the LAT: "That's going to be my toughest stuff I have to deal with, the outfield," said Torre, who said he spoke to all four players early Thursday, then called Pierre into his office for a short postgame chat." Wonder what that was about.

Rosenthal-nak the Magnificent has added Loretta to our list on potential fill-ins.

2008-03-21 07:05:36
267.   CGeary
I've been a fly-on-the-wall reader for a couple of years, but this seemed like an appropriate time to add a congrats to Jon and family, and take-up the theme of the last thread.

I became a Dodger fan in the 70's during my elementary school days in NJ. My grandfather had not turned his back on the team when they left Brooklyn, so I have vague recollections of his passion for the team and his rantings at the NY Post, including: "Lasorda, you idiot! Why have Guerrero steal a base during the last game of the spring!" or "Lasorda, you idiot, you left Reuss in the too long..."

Not until 1988 did I truly appreciate my love for the Dodgers. I am still convinced that I played a key role in their WS run by religiously wearing the same blue t-shirt during the series with the A's. One of my favorite memories from that series is the role Mickey Hatcher played during the stretch...not a great athlete, and likely past any prime he may have had, Hatcher's scrappy enthusiam remains as vivid a memory for me as Orel and Gibson performing their magic.

Excellent site, excellent posters, excellent team. This is a great diversion during the day and a perfect way for us fans on the east coast to remain "in the know" about the Dodgers.

2008-03-21 07:20:34
268.   dianagramr
Jon,

Congrats on the "bonus baby" ... any pics?

2008-03-21 07:52:00
269.   Bob Timmermann
I believe up top a new post beckons.
2008-03-21 07:53:23
270.   madmac
In reading Torre on mlb I can't help but get the feeling that Torre is leaning toward Ethier, Jones, Kemp. In fact I wouldn't be suprised if he's already made up his mind, but is just trying to figure out how best to deal with the situation.
2008-03-21 07:53:36
271.   El Lay Dave
New Post Up Top.

This is a public service announcement.

2008-03-21 08:00:47
272.   Gen3Blue
I'm a bit surprised to find that for many people, the road to Dodger fandom still leads through Brooklyn, sometimes generations ago.

And a belated best wishes to Jon and family who I thought I congratulated early in these comments. As sometimes happens I apparently forgot to press that second button.

2008-03-21 16:42:08
273.   be2ween
CONGRATS, Jon! Ya know, when you have three kids you have to play Zone. No more 'Man-to-Man'.
To parapahrase Irving, 'Good night, you king of the Toaster, and to the new prince of Dodger Thoughts.'
2008-03-23 20:19:21
274.   Bako Joe
Congratulations, Jon! First-time poster, long-time reader. Anything should work for the name, as long as it's not Barry.

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