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So, Is This What I'll Look Like in 10 Years?
2008-07-21 13:39
by Jon Weisman

The bizarre on top of the bizarre ...

Today at the Television Critics Association press tour, a man began asking strange questions to NBC execs Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff about the future of Tonight Show host Jay Leno, who will be leaving the show next year. Turns out that this was really Leno himself in beard-and-bald disguise, as part of a planned gag.

I had planned to attend and would have seen this, but had enough work to do after last week's In(law)vasion 2008 that I decided to just head into the office and leave the TCA coverage to the daily staff. And so, my credential was left unclaimed at the press table. Unclaimed, that is, until Leno grabbed it himself to complete his costume.

So if you ever wanted to see a bald Jay Leno wearing my name on a lanyard, the wait is over.


My colleague Stu Levine tells me that at the end of it all, NBC's brass even thanked him - meaning me, only not really - by name. It's a day that will live in famy.

Comments (118)
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2008-07-21 13:55:13
1.   trainwreck
That's awesome!

Did anyone ask him why NBC is punishing us with Jimmy Fallon?

2008-07-21 13:57:27
2.   Eric Enders
Oh my god, that's hilarious.

We need a high-resolution shot.

2008-07-21 13:59:08
3.   Kevin Lewis
Yea, I want to be able to read the press pass.
2008-07-21 14:00:51
4.   trainwreck
Jon could use his new found power and try to get Friday Night Lights extended.
2008-07-21 14:00:54
5.   Eric Enders
I hope there will be some sort of advance warning as to when this will actually appear on the Tonight Show, since I don't normally watch the show.
2008-07-21 14:03:14
6.   underdog
Hah hah.

Is this the first funny thing Leno's done in years?

2008-07-21 14:04:18
7.   overkill94
Rotoworld released their mid-season top 150 prospects today and the following Dodgers made the cut:

#2 - Kershaw (Price was #1)
#53 - McDonald
#62 - Meloan
#81 - Elbert
#116 - Lambo
#133 - Bell

and, if he weren't in the majors right now, LaRoche would have slotted in at around #15

2008-07-21 14:05:54
8.   Eric Stephen
Finally we have an answer as to the person fake posting as Jon over at!
2008-07-21 14:07:57
9.   trainwreck
Didn't Kershaw put up more impressive numbers than Price at same levels and he was far younger?
2008-07-21 14:08:12
10.   JoeyP
7--No DeJesus?

How can he make the Futures game, but not the Rotoworld's 150 list.

2008-07-21 14:08:19
11.   trainwreck
At least when it comes to strikeouts.
2008-07-21 14:08:57
12.   LogikReader
With all this energy Leno has left, you have to wonder if he really retired from "Tonight" on his own will.

I also read about talks to get a show on ABC. Imagine... Leno and Kimmel back to back (talk about punishment!)

um am I allowed to use this? --> :)

2008-07-21 14:10:21
13.   Eric Enders
9 Definite no on the first part of the question; definite yes on the second part.
2008-07-21 14:12:02
14.   trainwreck
I know Kershaw has more walks, but Price does not even have a K/IP of 1.
2008-07-21 14:14:23
15.   Eric Stephen
Woo hoo, I finally removed a virus from my laptop. Now I can be more flexible in my DT commenting! I don't like the negative stigma associated with the type of virus though: Trojan Horse.

How do you do?

2008-07-21 14:14:43
16.   Eric Enders
14 Kershaw has twice as many walks at each level, and, yes, a few more strikeouts. Price's ERA's are much better.

I'm not saying Price is a better prospect than Kershaw. The age thing is huge. But Price's actual performance has been better, and it's not close.

2008-07-21 14:16:20
17.   D4P
Was the virus named "Virtumonde" or "Vundo" by any chance...?
2008-07-21 14:17:44
18.   jujibee
Callis gave the nod to Kershaw a couple of weeks ago FWIW. I think it's so close that because of the age difference and the ceiling of Kershaw with a better curve and fastball, I give the nod to Kershaw. Most immediate success in the majors has to go to Price as I think Kershaw still has a year and half to become what we expect him to be. Santana not making the top 150 and Josh Bell making it is a bit ridiculous.
2008-07-21 14:17:48
19.   underdog
Hmm, I think the Yankees want to trade for Gary Bennett.

(Just kidding, nick.)

With Posada possibly out for the season, though, I wouldn't be surprised to see the work a trade with Texas, who has a surplus of catchers.

2008-07-21 14:19:49
20.   jujibee
189. It sure would be nice to have Navarro right now. He with McDonald might be able to get something pretty decent back.
2008-07-21 14:20:13
21.   jujibee
20 should be 19 not 189
2008-07-21 14:21:51
22.   Eric Enders
The question I wonder about is: Which of them, Price or Kershaw, is likelier to be a weapon in the major league rotation as his team makes a push for the playoffs?

I assume it's Kershaw, but I could also see a scenario where Tampa Bay calls Price up and he goes all Jered Weaver on the league.

2008-07-21 14:21:55
23.   underdog
20 And I'm sure the Yankees wish they'd kept Navarro around in the first place, since he was originally their prospect.
2008-07-21 14:22:30
24.   underdog
22 I predict both of them will be.
2008-07-21 14:22:47
25.   trainwreck
Yeah, I think they will call up Price and because of his polish he will have more immediate success.
2008-07-21 14:23:58
26.   trainwreck
Plus, the Rays are more patient with their young guys in case he doesn't set the world on fire.
2008-07-21 14:24:53
27.   Eric Enders
19 It really is bizarre how many catchers Texas has. They have four guys who are basically above-average MLB starting catchers. However, they're having some injury issues and so all four of them are either on the MLB roster or on the DL right now.

For a while, I was hoping the Dodgers would get Teagarden as an excellent backup to Martin, but I think he's played himself out of that type of future now.

2008-07-21 14:26:21
28.   JoeyP
Kazmir, Shields, Garza, Price, Jackson/Sonnastine would be one loaded rotation.
2008-07-21 14:32:05
29.   delias man
What is the consensus on an above average OBP?
2008-07-21 14:45:30
30.   Eric Stephen
What is the consensus on an above average OBP?

My knee-jerk reaction to that is .350, but it might be lower.

In MLB this season, all batters have a .331 OBP. Removing pitchers, the OBP is .335. So maybe .340-ish should be considered above average.

2008-07-21 14:51:11
31.   twerp
Usual disclaimer about not being able to follow DT real closely, usual apologies if this has been discussed overmuch, and regrets for writing a DT novella===

Given Torre's comments about not being able to use someone who throws as hard as Brox day after day in save situations, and talk of how Brox might not be "ready" to close, would he give Kuo a try as co-closer? And structure it so Brox is available if Kuo doesn't get it done, and maybe vice versa? And NOT give up immediately on Kuo if his first try or two don't go so well? IMO, Kuo probably would do just fine.

Reasons Torre might not be willing----

--Kuo has no closer experience (yep, FWIW. Lots of other closers didn't have experience until someone gave them a shot; kinda hard to get closer experience otherwise).

--He's injury-prone (yep, but not this year so far, and as far as I know hasn't compained about any physical problem).

-- He has trouble throwing his breaking pitches for strikes (maybe, but he seems to use them often enough to make his fastball very effective--see his K totals).

-- He needs to have his innings limited to reduce chances of injury--the same reason offered for his not starting--(maybe, but does not a setup or closer role kinda automatically limit your innings?)

--His control isn't the best (dubious; he seems to have walked very few just about every time out).

--Not sure if he has the closer mentality (dubious; see the "no experience" bit above, and then think of an assassin at work, which is how I visualize Kuo after seeing his results and DT comments when he's on the mound.)

Historically closers need just two pitches to be effective. Kuo seems to have more, but the FB has been his bread and butter. IIRC, he hasn't been lit up but once or twice, something any pitcher is going to see occasionally. No pitcher gets it done every time out, just like no hitter gets multiple hits every day.

But what are the percentages? Seems they'd be pretty good putting a pitcher out there fairly often in high leverage situations who routinely makes major league hitters look silly.

I'll end with a few questions: Has anyone seen informed comment on why Kuo is so effective and gets so many Ks? The other day Torre said something like Kuo was "throwing an invisible ball up there," which I take to mean his delivery is deceptive. And he must have a lot of movement; in the spring Torre was talking about Kuo bringing "a lot to the plate." Two-seamer, four, what? And doesn't he have a real high percentage of getting his first batter out, something any closer better have? What do folks who've actually seen him pitch think about why he is so effective? A case might be made that he has been the Dodgers' best pitcher.

Joe, as long as Kuo's effective, let's see much more of him in whatever role you can manage if not co-closer, and when it matters in games..

2008-07-21 14:54:09
32.   Jon Weisman
Kemp, RF
Ethier, LF
Martin, C
Kent, 2B
Loney, 1B
Jones, CF
LaRoche, 3B
Berroa, SS
Stults, P
2008-07-21 14:56:05
33.   Eric Enders
Good lineup, assuming you have to give Nomar a day off sometime.
2008-07-21 14:57:00
34.   fanerman
LaRoche? Against a RH?
2008-07-21 14:57:35
35.   The Trolley Dodger
32 Hey, who's that at 3B? Some new guy?
2008-07-21 14:57:46
36.   Jon Weisman
31 - The bigger issue is how often the ninth inning isn't a high-leverage situation. I'm hoping that Kuo will get plenty of important use while Saito is out, regardless of the inning. But I don't know what will happen.
2008-07-21 14:58:14
37.   silverwidow
Maybe Torre has seen the light.
2008-07-21 14:59:13
38.   underdog
the appearance of LaRoche more than counteracts any feelings I may have about Berroa. I wish Ozuna was more comfortable at short because I'd be more comfortable about him. But I bet the Dodgers are also wanting to give Berroa a few more chances to prove himself before letting him go. At any rate, it's a good line-up overall and most importantly I hope that Stults can be effective.

I predict a 6-4 final.

2008-07-21 15:00:07
39.   D4P
LaRoche? Against a RH?

Not saying this has anything to do with it, but DeWitt has been better vs. LH this year than RH.

2008-07-21 15:00:27
40.   JoeyP
No complaints about that lineup.
2008-07-21 15:00:48
41.   cargill06
32 laroche? maybe that "clutch" single gave Joe some confidence in the kid

what does FWIW mean?

2008-07-21 15:01:13
42.   cargill06
41 oh, i think i just figured it out, for what it's worth?
2008-07-21 15:01:43
43.   silverwidow
41 For what it's worth
2008-07-21 15:03:29
44.   okdodge
27 I've wathced Teagarden play quite a bit in OKC. I really like his game and it was cool to see him go deep for his first big league hit the other day.
2008-07-21 15:04:08
45.   delias man
Berroa 2-2 both singles career vs. Wells.
2008-07-21 15:04:25
46.   Eric Stephen
The Dodgers have never lost a game started by Kip Wells.

4 games
26 IP
5.88 ERA

The only time Kip Wells went more than 5 IP against LA was in a 2003 game in which he took a shutout into the 9th. The Dodgers exploded for 5 innings in the 9th to secure the final win of Troy Brohawn's major league career.

2008-07-21 15:04:36
47.   Kevin Lewis
I wish I still had sat tv, so I could watch this on Prime. Alas, I must wait for the next KCAL9 showing.
2008-07-21 15:04:44
48.   Bob Timmermann

There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, now, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

2008-07-21 15:05:16
49.   underdog
Haven't you ever heard that Buffalo Springfield song, "FWIW"?


2008-07-21 15:05:33
50.   Eric Enders
The other nice thing about seeing Andy's name is that we know one of two good things. Either:

1) Mark Sweeney won't be activated today, or
2) If Sweeney is activated today, it won't be LaRoche going down.

What are the chances that they simply give Sweeney the welcome-back-now-we're-going-to-DFA-you treatment, a la Loaiza?

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2008-07-21 15:05:43
51.   underdog
Darnit Bob!

Mine's more puzzle-like though, so I think you'd approve.

2008-07-21 15:05:54
52.   Eric Stephen
"...5 runs in the 9th..."
2008-07-21 15:06:45
53.   Marty
Obviously, Berroa owns Wells.
2008-07-21 15:07:14
54.   Bob Timmermann
You're making it sound like he'll never win another game!
2008-07-21 15:07:40
55.   delias man
50 I am willing to bet on it. I feel a rash of common sense coming on.
2008-07-21 15:08:02
56.   Eric Stephen
I'm trying to see if I have the same reverse jinx magic you had with Kuo.
2008-07-21 15:08:24
57.   Marty
Was anyone here around for the Sunset Strip riots?
2008-07-21 15:09:07
58.   Eric Enders
Troy Brohawn is so old that when he pitched for Nebraska, he made the all-Big 8 Conference team.
2008-07-21 15:09:39
59.   MollyKnight
July 21st, 2008!!!
2008-07-21 15:10:06
60.   D4P
How many Big teams were there in Erstad's punting days...?
2008-07-21 15:10:55
61.   Kevin Lewis
Hmmm, I am seriously considering a monthly purchase of team is getting too fun not to watch
2008-07-21 15:11:44
62.   Bob Timmermann
Define "around."

I was alive. But I was unemployed, incontinent, and I could neither feed nor dress myself.

2008-07-21 15:13:32
63.   Tripon
62 Define "around."

I was alive. But I was unemployed, incontinent, and I could neither feed nor dress myself.

What is that? Around 25 years old?

2008-07-21 15:13:35
64.   Marty
I was like 10, and was in Monrovia, so I wouldn't be considered around.
2008-07-21 15:13:39
65.   Eric Enders
60 Seven. Eight if you count Iowa State.
2008-07-21 15:15:18
66.   Eric Enders
62 "But I was unemployed, incontinent, and I could neither feed nor dress myself."

So you were a blogger already.

2008-07-21 15:16:04
67.   trainwreck
There were riots on Sunset Strip?
2008-07-21 15:17:07
68.   Kevin Lewis
in honor of LaRoche starting, I will purchase a month of

Sorry, I had to type/talk myself into it

2008-07-21 15:18:55
69.   Eric Stephen
The Unit is facing the Cubs tonight, and is 12-0 lifetime against them. Per SportsCenter, here are the highest active winning % vs. one team (minimum 10 decisions):

Johnson v. Cubs, 12-0
Oswalt vs. Reds, 19-1
Pedro vs. Mariners, 13-1
Peavy vs. Dodgers, 12-1
Pedro vs. Indians, 11-1

I love that Pedro is on the list twice.

2008-07-21 15:19:00
70.   fanerman
68 There's no way I'd ever call it perfect, but living away from LA, I find it's worth it.
2008-07-21 15:19:13
71.   Tripon
LaRoche's future isn't playing 3rd base for the Dodgers, its hocking to the unwashed masses.
2008-07-21 15:19:30
72.   Eric Enders
Considering the functionality of, and the frequency with which LaRoche plays, what are the odds that he'll ever actually be able to see Andy play during the month?
2008-07-21 15:20:13
73.   underdog
68 - It's worth it, except for the occasional (and lately pretty rare) technical glitch, or having to listen to Darren Sutton.
2008-07-21 15:21:20
74.   Bob Timmermann
The D-Backs Sutton is a Daron.
2008-07-21 15:21:53
75.   Marty
67 Yeah, in 1966. Inspiration for the song Bob posted up above.
2008-07-21 15:22:18
76.   fanerman
72 Besides tonight?
2008-07-21 15:22:35
77.   D4P
What's a "D-Backs Sutton"...?
2008-07-21 15:22:40
78.   Marty
Ostensibly over the closing of a place called Pandora's Box.
2008-07-21 15:23:36
79.   Marty
I didn't start hanging out at the Strip until about 10 years later.
2008-07-21 15:23:39
80.   Eric Enders
69 I could have called Peavy. Some others I would have guessed:

Webb vs. Dodgers
Penny vs. Rockies
Lawrence vs. Dodgers (not active?)

2008-07-21 15:24:58
81.   underdog
74 - Oh, is it Daron? Oh well, just another reason he's irritating.
2008-07-21 15:26:03
82.   natepurcell
Please do something good today Andy.
2008-07-21 15:26:04
83.   underdog
69 I don't want to jinx it and he could easily continue that streak, but from what I've seen of him this year and given how the Cubs are playing, I feel like tonight's the night the streak ends.
2008-07-21 15:26:47
84.   Eric Enders
80 Looking those up... Webb 9-3, Penny 14-3, Lawrence 10-5. None quite good enough to make the cut.
2008-07-21 15:28:40
85.   Eric Enders
I wonder what the greatest record of all time is against one team? Ford against the A's? Koufax against the Mets? Gomez against the Red Sox?
2008-07-21 15:29:38
86.   Prescott Pete
I was also like 10, and was in Monrovia, but I was a mover and a shaker.
2008-07-21 15:29:42
87.   Alex41592
Tulowitski has been activated for the Rockies. Atkins will be the first baseman with Helton on the DL and Koshansky in the minors. Ian Stewart will play third.
2008-07-21 15:31:40
88.   Marty
I was in the southern, unincorporated part of Monrovia called "Cow Town" because it had two dairy farms.
2008-07-21 15:32:57
89.   Bob Timmermann
Remember that "irritating" name was given to him by a guy who was one of the Dodgers greatest pitchers.
2008-07-21 15:34:38
90.   Kevin Lewis
Sometimes I feel bad for Felix, since he has to pitch for the Mariners
2008-07-21 15:34:55
91.   natepurcell
Kershaw has been better than David Price this year when comparing both of them in the Southern League.
2008-07-21 15:36:38
92.   MollyKnight
Diamond just told me Kershaw is starting tomorrow. Is that old news?
2008-07-21 15:36:39
93.   MC Safety
79 Marty, did you ever get to see The Screamers play?
2008-07-21 15:38:13
94.   cargill06
92 NO! good call earlier today by someone i forgot who
2008-07-21 15:38:30
95.   Kevin Lewis

Woo hoo!!!

2008-07-21 15:38:38
96.   delias man
More common sense?
2008-07-21 15:38:43
97.   natepurcell

He hasn't mentioned it on his blog....

therefore Molly, you are breaking the news!

2008-07-21 15:39:12
98.   overkill94
92 It's what we all assumed/hoped would happen, but Johnson had been the scheduled starter since he got called up
2008-07-21 15:39:17
99.   MollyKnight
Diamond Leung is the greatest thing to happen to the Dodgers since Vin Scully.
2008-07-21 15:40:01
100.   natepurcell

Did he tell you to write that?

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2008-07-21 15:40:11
101.   MC Safety
79 Marty, have you ever seen The Screamers play?
2008-07-21 15:40:37
102.   underdog
89 I'm irritated that I was irritated. But I still find his offspring irritating as an announcer. (I really like Don as an announcer, though.)
2008-07-21 15:41:25
103.   MollyKnight

Related: Clayton Kershaw is the best thing to happen to the Dodgers since Diamond Leung.

2008-07-21 15:43:16
104.   delias man
It is on the blog now.
2008-07-21 15:43:27
105.   MC Safety
Whoa. 93 wasn't there a sec ago.
2008-07-21 15:44:06
106.   Jon Weisman
99 - On my anniversary no less!
2008-07-21 15:44:10
107.   68elcamino427
Clayton's bringing his game back to the big time. PE
2008-07-21 15:44:34
108.   Neal Pollack
92--O Happy Day! I think management is starting to listen to us!
2008-07-21 15:44:57
109.   underdog
Weird, for a few moments I felt bad for Jason Johnson, about the Kershaw news (although he could still end up pitching some innings tomorrow if Kershaw falters tomorrow). (Assuming he's not the roster cut...)
2008-07-21 15:45:00
110.   Sagehen
Re: LaRoche. There have been enough rumblings lately about 3B: Torre feeling the need to explain why DeWitt is playing there, Colletti saying he might bring in a thirdbaseman, that Torre has perhaps finally let it sink in that DeWitt has not been doing the job. Then LaRoche finally had a really good atbat yesterday. Perhaps I'm just being optimistic, but I tend to think this is just the beginning of LaRoche having a solid shot at the 3B job ... unless Colletti does something stupid and so long as LaRoche continues to have "good at bats." If, however, LaRoche loses concentration and has a bad at bat, I won't be surprised to see him on the bench again.
2008-07-21 15:46:30
111.   fracule
89 I realize a quick search on the internet would have answered my question, but I have been wondering that for 3 days. =) You should work somewhere that allows you to dispense or work with large amounts of information.
2008-07-21 15:46:45
112.   MollyKnight

You know how I feel about you and this site!

DodgerThoughts is the best thing to happen to me since Google!

2008-07-21 15:47:21
113.   Kevin Lewis

I saw it initially, but then I thought I was having deja vu

2008-07-21 15:48:02
114.   fanerman
I wonder if Kershaw will throw his change-up more this time around.
2008-07-21 15:48:43
115.   jasonungar07
Congrats Jon for making this place so great. 6 years, wow....I have been here since the time of the Choi/Penny/LoDuca trade and have had a blast.
2008-07-21 15:49:40
116.   Jon Weisman
112 - Anyway, the best thing to happen to the Dodgers since Vin Scully is more Vin Scully.


2008-07-21 15:50:18
117.   Sagehen
Re: Sweeney. I'm expecting the Dodgers to stay with 12 pitchers through the Colorado series and then add Sweeney, while dropping down to 11. Troncosco has seen so little again that 12 pitchers has not seemed necessary, while the Dodgers have been hurting for an extra bat off the bench. In the meantime, Sweeney's been coaching the kids on how to be a decent pinchhitter, apparently taking LaRoche aside and telling him to hit off a tee during the game to prepare.

Funny, but LaRoche starts preparing in game to be a pinch hitter, and he has a good at bat, and all of a sudden we see him starting against a right-handed pitcher. I get the feeling management's been waiting for him to have an attitude adjustment of some sort before giving him the job. Hmmm. I guess he showed the requisite "willingness to learn."

2008-07-21 15:51:32
118.   delias man
Cubs have been fined an undisclosed amount for undisclosed violations in the June draft.

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