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2008-09-06 10:50
by Jon Weisman

Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, polutropon, hos mala polla
plagchthê, epei Troiês hieron ptoliethron epersen; pollôn d' anthrôpôn iden astea kai noon egnô,
polla d' ho g' en pontô pathen algea hon kata thumon,
arnumenos hên te psuchên kai noston hetairôn.
all' oud' hôs hetarous errusato, hiemenos per; autôn gar spheterêsin atasthaliêsin olonto,
nêpioi, hoi kata bous Huperionos Êelioio
êsthion; autar ho toisin apheileto nostimon hêmar.
tôn hamothen ge, thea, thugater Dios, eipe kai hêmin.

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Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 12:55 p.m.

Comments (628)
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2008-09-06 10:58:00
1.   Tripon
Welcome New York and Philly since their game got rained out. Hope they enjoy West coast baseball!
2008-09-06 10:59:11
2.   Bob Timmermann
Apparently Jon was taught to write in Latin AND Greek at Stanford.

And I thought he majored in American Studies.

2008-09-06 11:00:41
3.   Marty
This is America. We speak American here.
2008-09-06 11:02:10
4.   Tripon
3 So, we all speak Spanish?
2008-09-06 11:03:18
5.   berkowit28
That's a transliteration. Does anyone learn that at university?
2008-09-06 11:07:47
6.   wronghanded
So I'm wondering if anybody is willing to concede that Manny is not only helping with his stick but he's also providing lineup protection for the person batting directly in front of him. It seems like more than just a coincidence that Kent and now Ethier are smoking the ball consistently in front of him.
2008-09-06 11:08:50
7.   LoneStar7
am i getting it here in dallas?
2008-09-06 11:09:15
8.   Jon Weisman
5 - It's not like I typed that from memory. However, in ninth-grade English, we did have to memorize the first 10 lines of the Odyssey in Greek.
2008-09-06 11:09:31
9.   Eric Stephen
I think what Jon is trying to say is that both Manny Ramirez Homers today will each deliver the club on it's Odyssey to first place.
2008-09-06 11:10:44
10.   Jon Weisman
2008-09-06 11:11:04
11.   jasonungar07
6 Top number is 08, bottom is Dre's career. Not all that different. More power. Maybe more Manny fastballs or maybe just a player coming into his prime age wise..

.292 .355 .511 .865
.294 .356 .480 .837

2008-09-06 11:11:12
12.   Eric Stephen
A missed extra point by OSU keeps the score at 14-12 Ohio.
2008-09-06 11:11:24
13.   Tripon
6 Not that I don't think having Manny in the lineup doesn't help the club, but its not like Ethier is say, Berroa. If Berroa was batting in front of Manny, and Berroa was smoking hot then we can just rest this argument once and for all.
2008-09-06 11:14:13
14.   Alex41592
These are the markets that were scheduled to get the Phillies/Mets game.

Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

You'll either get the Tigers/Twins game or D'Backs/Dodgers. I have no idea how they'll decide.

2008-09-06 11:15:17
15.   LoneStar7
i think i was scheduled for mets phillies, does that guarantee that i get the dodgers?
2008-09-06 11:16:13
16.   regfairfield
How does Ethier's home run off a curve ball factor into the Manny equation?
2008-09-06 11:20:28
Meant for the last thread, but alas:

I think it needs to be stressed that Ethier is not just on a hot streak right now. Ethier is locked in and has been getting progressively more locked in since the beginning of the season. He has been giving the team its best at-bats ever since mid-June, coincidently around the time Russ started swinging at low breaking balls. And Ethier hasn't really taken a step back, in terms of the qulaity of his at-bats, since. That distinguishes him from other young players, who you should rightly expect to progress in a two-steps forward, one-step back, sort of way.

Ethier's last three months are also encouraging for the Dodgers in a wider sense. The other young Dodgers will likely make a similar production leap, by simply having less periods of times where they are lost at the plate, as they reach their prime age years.

Ethier has begun the prime of his career. It will be a lot of fun when Russ, Loney, and Kemp do as well. And when Bills reaches his prime, it might just end up being something historic.

2008-09-06 11:22:56
18.   wronghanded
11 Oh I'm definitely willing to say that Ethier is maturing and becoming a better hitter but we can't just look at his numbers for the season, he has been en fuego since he's hit in front of Ramirez. Here are his numbers before yesterday's game:
Ethier: .393/.469/.786/1.255 (7 games).
For further reference here are Kent's:
Kent: .380/.410/.481/.891 (19 games)
To be fair, Martin and Nomar didn't do to much in front of him:
Martin: .227/.261/.227/.488 (6 games)
Nomar: 0 for 4 (1 game)
I still think it's more than just a coincidence though. BTW all numbers were provided by Alex41592 yesterday.
2008-09-06 11:26:29
19.   Eric Stephen
I'm fully on board with Julius Erving as Dr. Pepper pitchman. "Trust me, I'm a doctor" is a great line.
2008-09-06 11:28:41
20.   wronghanded
16 I think pitchers are more aggressive in the K zone with batters in front of Manny, pitch type doesn't matter as much as location. It seems like Ethier and Kent are/were seeing fatter pitches to hit. Not that pitchers were trying to throw non-strikes before, but they could afford to work the corners and try to paint the black even when they were behind in the count. Now when they fall behind they are definitely getting more aggressive with their pitches and often times are aggressive when the count is even as well IMO.
2008-09-06 11:29:28
21.   underdog
This post is all Greek to me.

But I like it.

Go Dodgers!

I'll miss the game live because I'll be teaching writing to a very small group of crabby adults, stuck in a hot room on a hot, sunny day. If I should survive, thankyou, comeagain.

2008-09-06 11:29:30
22.   Alex41592
Andre Ethier since July 2:

50 G 224 PA 202 AB 43 R 65 H 15 2B 4 3B 13 HR 33 RBI 21 BB 41 SO


Ethier was red hot before Manny came over.

Now, you run out of things to say.

Since August 5th:


2008-09-06 11:33:19
23.   Branch Rickey
Going back to the last thread, I think Ethier definitely takes the prize for most improved player or at least the one with the most growth. Two years ago he was really getting in his own way with a poor attitude and a lot of sulking. This year, when he had more justification to sulk, he sucked it up, kept his mouth shut and made the best of his chances. He didn't get down on himself and that resulted in him realizing his potential. I don't know what or who got to him but it's never easy to overcome your shortcomings and he seems to have done just that. Good for him. Good for the Dodgers.
2008-09-06 11:35:02
24.   Tripon
The current mood about Ethier almost makes you forget that Kemp has been quiet lately.
2008-09-06 11:43:10
25.   gpellamjr
I've always thought of Manny Ramirez as being very Achilles-like, and, since my left eye has been very blurry lately, I feel comfortable saying:

Menin aeide, thea, Aristideo Ramirezou!

2008-09-06 11:44:43
26.   gpellamjr
16 It was a hanging curve ball, caused by Haren's sweaty palms due to fear of Manny.
2008-09-06 11:58:13
27.   The Dude Abides
Cross-posted over at MSTI:
I see inexperienced Andre Ethier got thrown out between second and third in a total rookie move that gritty veteran Juan Pierre would never make. I'm sure everyone has noticed that Ethier no longer has a professional haircut. I don't know how much longer Joe Torre can tolerate the hair and the unprofessional mistakes.

Also, I find it hard to believe that Ned couldn't acquire hard-nosed veteran David Eckstein and have him play second base. I'm sure everyone noticed how hard Eckstein runs out ground balls to short and second. Why oh why couldn't the Dodgers trade non-veteran pitchers like Elbert or McDonald (or even both, to make sure the trade went through) to acquire this gritty professional? Eckstein, like Sweeney, Pierre, Proctor, and pro's pro Tanyon Sturtze, gives you a professional haircut EVERY TIME HE GOES OUT THERE TO PLAY. Jeff Kent has been sorely missed these last six games, and Eckstein would have provided veteran leadership and professional interviews in his absence.

I suppose I'll watch the game today, but I will only get depressed marveling at Eckstein's scrappy play, with my depression intensifying YET AGAIN because I have to worry about Ethier making another green baserunning mistake as he clears the bases with another inexperienced drive to the gap.

2008-09-06 11:58:36
28.   Tripon
The Phillies resigned Iguchi. Cross him off the list.

2008-09-06 11:59:47
29.   Bob Timmermann
I hate Ohio State.

That is all.

2008-09-06 12:02:31
30.   gpellamjr
29 I don't know, I hear their graduate students are pretty awesome.
2008-09-06 12:06:53
31.   Tripon
Its kinda funny that Ozuna was DFAed, and still with the team while he waited about two weeks for the Dodgers tried to find an open 40 man spot. And then guys on the DL like Furcal, and Kent get the best seats at the game. Makes you feel like the Dodgers could have 50 or 60 players in the clubhouse if they really want to.
2008-09-06 12:07:24
32.   Bob Timmermann
OSU professors rank very low on the hotness scale.
2008-09-06 12:07:58
33.   Humma Kavula
27 Funny.

I was at the game yesterday. When Ethier's ground rule double bounced into the stands, I cheered, and then said, "Now he just needs the triple!" Mrs. Kavula said, "Don't hold your breath."

Then Ethier came up. I was silently screaming inside my head for a ball to the deepest part of the park. And when he did it, my heart went into my throat.

I saw the ball land and looked back to see Ethier rounding first, then round second, then pick up speed, then stop.

Run, I thought. Even if you're out at third. Run. Even if you're out by six steps. Run. This is history we're talking about -- the Dodgers have a safe lead thanks in no small part to your performance, so give history a shot.

I have rooted for few things harder than I was rooting for Ethier to make it into third.

Then he went back to second, got tagged, and that was that. It wasn't meant to be. Still, it was a fantastic, fun night at the ballpark. People in Section 160 of the Loge were very into Ethier's performance, and Lowe was dominant.

And Spawn of Kavula stayed awake the whole time but didn't get fussy! We saw the whole game! Not bad for a nine-month-old!

2008-09-06 12:09:42
34.   Tripon
They're waiting to see whether Casey Blake can throw across the diamond. You will recall he was hit by a pitch on the right biceps last night. He is batting fifth. If he can't go Nomar will play 3B and bat fifth. -via Tony Jackson.

...Please be able to throw Casey. Please.

2008-09-06 12:10:37
35.   gpellamjr
32 I know a couple of very hot professors here at OSU. Just because I'm ugly doesn't mean my whole university is.
2008-09-06 12:10:55
36.   Daniel Zappala
I feel like eating some baklava.
2008-09-06 12:12:45
37.   Daniel Zappala
When I was in 9th grade, I had to memorize the first part of Beowulf in Old English.
2008-09-06 12:14:20
38.   Disabled List
plagchthê, epei Troiês hieron ptoliethron epersen;

Is this line about Plaschke?

2008-09-06 12:16:32
39.   BlueMamma
In English class, you had to memorize Greek? Interesting.
2008-09-06 12:17:28
40.   Bob Timmermann
Rocco Baldelli with a rally-killing 2-run homer in the 9th for the Rays who trail Toronto 3-2.

No outs.

2008-09-06 12:18:17
41.   Bob Timmermann
2008-09-06 12:20:28
42.   Mike Scioscias tragic illness
From the last thread, I did err in not putting "OPS among outfielders", my mistake in not including that.

And when I wrote that, did have him as 26th in OPS. Now they have him ranked as 19th. I wish I knew when they updated their nightly stats.

Thanks for the link, Jon.

2008-09-06 12:21:09
43.   goofus
31 The club has to pay major league minimum to every player brought up, as well as Per Diem as applicable. Players like Furcal and Schmidt make the dugout appear well stocked, they can't play but they are already in pay status so McScrouge doesn't have to bring up John Lindsey or Terry Tiffee and pay them big league salaries for a month. The empty wallet strikes again!!!!
2008-09-06 12:23:13
44.   Bob Timmermann
D4P has successfully lobbied to get MLB to stop giving players per diems because it offends his sensibilities.

Amazingly both Selig and Fehr agreed to this readily.

2008-09-06 12:24:39
45.   goofus
[33} Going back was a big mistake. The relay to third could have been bad, the 3rd baseman could have dropped it or missed the tag, and largest of all, the ump might have blown the call. They do that sometimes. It was worth the gamble.
2008-09-06 12:25:31
46.   Tripon
43 What?

Guys like Lindsey or Tiffee didn't get called up because they wouldn't be able to help the team, even as pinch hitters, and they're not great defensive players either.

2008-09-06 12:25:52
47.   Bob Timmermann
2008-09-06 12:26:50
48.   Tripon
Can Eric Stults relieve? Because he won't be a starter with the Dodgers.
2008-09-06 12:27:58
49.   goofus
46 No, we don't need any more pinch-hitters as long as we have Sweeney....
2008-09-06 12:28:29
50.   Humma Kavula
45 Especially with the big lead. If the game is 1-0 at that point, Ethier's gotta stick at second... but with a big lead? Definitely, definitely worth the gamble.

Still, it was one of the more memorable individual performances I've seen at Dodger Stadium. I saw McGwire hit one over the pavilion and into the parking lot. I saw Brooks Kieschnick, of all people, lead the Rockies over the Good Guys with two bombs. I saw Ethier's 5-for-5-almost-cycle.

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2008-09-06 12:28:37
51.   Bob Timmermann
Stults can relieve, but he's probably up in case of an injury or the Dodgers either clinching or being eliminated and wanting to use a different starter at the end of the year.

I doubt the Minotaur will pitch after the division race is settled.

2008-09-06 12:29:49
52.   regfairfield
46 Considering our best bat off the bench is Pierre, I think one of those guys could help.

A guy like Lindsey could probably hit a few home runs before big league pitching figures him out.

2008-09-06 12:29:51
53.   Tripon
49 Tiffie or Lindsey wouldn't be any better. The Dodgers can't be the den mother to every over the hill never made it to the Big Leagues baseball player.
2008-09-06 12:30:26
54.   Mike Scioscias tragic illness
According to Diamond, Blake is okay and the lineup is the same as last night.
2008-09-06 12:32:23
55.   Humma Kavula
47 Go Rays!

My allegiances this September and Octovber are very simple:

In the NL, go Dodgers. (I remain hopeful but not optimistic. I said two weeks ago that I'd given up on the season, and while I still have hope that I'm wrong, I still wonder if the best case scenario is that the good guys actually win one game against the Cubs in the NLDS.)

In the AL, go Rays.

2008-09-06 12:32:47
56.   Tripon
52 I would say our best bat is D. Young at the moment. The problem is that our first bat off the bench is JP, or Sweeney. Adding Lindsey or Tiffie wouldn't change that. And its not as if we have room on the 40 man roster. We had to DL a guy who likely isn't hurt in Mario Alverez just to make room for Ozuna. And there's still Saito and Furcal who have to be activated, just where the heck are we going to find room for Tiffie or Lindsey?
2008-09-06 12:33:57
57.   regfairfield
56 DFA Sweeney, Berroa, Ozuna, or 60 day DL Orenduff.
2008-09-06 12:34:42
58.   regfairfield
Plus Delwyn has worse numbers than Pierre at this point.
2008-09-06 12:35:33
59.   Humma Kavula
56 I like Pierre off the bench. I don't know if he's better than Young -- probably not -- but his skill set off the bench is a good one. His ability to put the ball in play and his speed on the basepaths is very valuable.

The knocks on Pierre -- and no one's tougher on him than me -- are that he doesn't get on base often enough to be a starter and that he is overpaid as a bench player. But he is certianly a major leaguer.

2008-09-06 12:36:22
60.   sporky
Randy Johnson has a sore shoulder and won't pitch tomorrow. Scherzer vs Kershaw!!
2008-09-06 12:36:35
61.   Jacob Burch
Has Arizona said who is coming out to pitch Sunday now?
2008-09-06 12:36:49
62.   Bob Timmermann
Free baseball in Toronto after Jason Bartlett guns down the potential winning run at the plate in the bottom of the 9th.
2008-09-06 12:37:16
63.   Humma Kavula
Yahoo says that a play at the plate keeps Jays-Rays at 3-3. Free baseball in Toronto!
2008-09-06 12:37:46
64.   Humma Kavula
Shoulda refreshed. 27 seconds is not close.
2008-09-06 12:38:39
65.   Tripon
57 58 realistic moves. Sweeney, Berroa, Ozuna aren't going anywhere this year. A 60 day DL would be good for Saito, I suppose.

And as for D. Young, he has slightly higher numbers over JP. A 69+OPS for Young, over a 66+OPS for JP.

2008-09-06 12:40:42
66.   Tripon
60 Randy Johnson has a sore shoulder and won't pitch tomorrow. Scherzer vs Kershaw!!

Woo, battle of the 2006 Draft picks!

2008-09-06 12:40:49
67.   Gen3Blue
One down! Mets rained out. I just hope they don't make me watch Min. vs. Detroit or whatever it is. At least a better chance of seeing the game.
2008-09-06 12:42:04
68.   Tripon
59 True. I do wonder if JP knows what went wrong for him this season.
2008-09-06 12:46:31
69.   Bob Timmermann
To confirm, the DBacks website lists Scherzer as Sunday's starter.

Sunday went from Johnson vs. Maddux to Scherzer vs. Kershaw.

Battle of the ages.

Smaller ages.

2008-09-06 12:46:39
70.   Humma Kavula
68 Before this season, the Favorite Toy gave JP about a 1-in-3 shot at 3,000 hits, which would put him in the Hall of Fame. I think he likely thought that he had an outside shot of getting there.

I think Pierre has to wonder what he did differently last season and this season than he usually does that would derail that.

2008-09-06 12:47:47
71.   Bob Timmermann
So no Reynolds for Arizona today. No Tracy either.

Drew bats third and the DBacks start with the guttiest 1-2 punch in baseball: Eckstein and Ojeda.

2008-09-06 12:49:13
72.   sporky
71 Also the shortest 1-2?
2008-09-06 12:50:01
73.   Bob Timmermann
They barely make it to 11 feet combined!
2008-09-06 12:50:32
74.   Tripon
Fox announcers: Its Grace, and er, some other guy. I forget his name.
2008-09-06 12:51:15
75.   gpellamjr
LA/AZ in Columbus, OH! Thank you, FOX and tropical storm Hanna!
2008-09-06 12:54:23
76.   Humma Kavula
Spawn woke up from her nap, so no TV for us. It's Monday-Steiner for the Kavula house.
2008-09-06 12:56:31
77.   sporky
73 I hope Billingsley squashes them.
2008-09-06 12:57:33
78.   Tripon
Eckstein pops up.
2008-09-06 13:00:27
79.   Buffalo Jones
Forgive me if this has been covered already, but why on earth am I getting the Detroit/Minnesota game on Fox in Spokane, Washington. And on top of that, why is blacking out the dodger game when I don't have another option to watch it?
2008-09-06 13:01:33
80.   Tripon
79 Seattle assumes you rather watch an AL game since the M's play in Seattle?
2008-09-06 13:02:27
81.   Disabled List
Dodger baseball on the air in NYC! Thank you, Hanna.
2008-09-06 13:03:30
82.   Buffalo Jones
80 I can sort of understand that, but still don't see why I am blacked out of
2008-09-06 13:04:47
83.   Johnson
Nice walk for Russell. Let's get on Webb early!
2008-09-06 13:04:57
84.   trainwreck
Martin knows how to lead-off.
2008-09-06 13:05:15
85.   Tripon
Martin walks. That's what, 3 walks in the last two games?
2008-09-06 13:06:26
86.   D4P
Wow. Just watched an amazing documentary entitled "Man On Wire". It's a surprisingly emotional and inspiring tale of a man who walked across a wire strung between the World Trade Center towers in 1974.

Again, I say: wow.

2008-09-06 13:07:03
87.   MonkeyBlue
Where are the graphics for pitch count and score?
2008-09-06 13:07:25
88.   Tripon
Ethier's was too eager! Least they won't walk Manny here.
2008-09-06 13:08:45
89.   fracule
82 It's in their contract with Fox. Welcome to part 5 of MLB's plan to alienate fans, and not win new ones.
2008-09-06 13:09:08
90.   Tripon
Martin thrown out at 2nd. Loney gets to bat in the next inning again.
2008-09-06 13:10:44
91.   Tripon
89 I always thought it was odd that Fox wouldn't tier their games so that you'd have baseball all day and all night. I would much rather watch baseball starting at 10 AM to 10 PM instead of low quality cartoons from 4kids, reruns of I love Lucy and COPS.
2008-09-06 13:12:04
92.   Tripon
Did Adam Dunn try to bunt?
2008-09-06 13:16:18
93.   Bob Timmermann
You are assuming that most of America wants to watch baseball games in one day like they watch football games.

They don't.

Most people just want to watch their home team and then do something else. It's not like people are out with a parlay card seeing how they did on all the games today.

2008-09-06 13:16:32
94.   trainwreck
Big Bad Bills has shown up.
2008-09-06 13:16:49
95.   Buffalo Jones
89 well their plan is working to perfection!

It seems ridiculous to black it out for people who can't even watch it on Fox in their area. It's not like i would be watching it rather than the same game on Fox. I just want to watch the game. Makes me wonder why I paid for when they black out half the games. Sorry, I am done venting now.

2008-09-06 13:21:23
96.   Bob Timmermann
MLB, for all of its relatively well-done online content, still uses a 1960s era map to determine blackout policies.

The Commissioner's Office would like to change it, but the teams are resistant to it.

Let me tell you kids about back in the day, when folks in L.A. wouldn't be able to see the Dodgers on the NBC Game of the Week even if they were a road team.

When Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record, NBC had to get special permission from Walter O'Malley to show the game in L.A. And Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek seemingly thanked O'Malley every 10 minutes.

Then again, I also lived in a time when it was big news that there would be no blackout of the Super Bowl between Miami and Washington at the Coliseum.

2008-09-06 13:22:41
97.   Disabled List
Mark Grace is every bit as big an idiot on the national broadcast as he is on the local AZ channel.
2008-09-06 13:23:46
98.   Daniel Zappala
Interesting game ... in Husky Stadium ... so far.
2008-09-06 13:25:16
99.   Bob Timmermann
Has BYU tried to tackle people without hitting them?
2008-09-06 13:25:48
100.   Ken Noe
The Fox announcers just praised the Dodgers for "still standing" after injuries, the losing streak, and "Jeff Kent's negativity."
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2008-09-06 13:26:43
101.   Daniel Zappala
99 They've knocked two Husky players out so far.
2008-09-06 13:28:21
102.   trainwreck
Please lose to SDSU, Notre Dame.
2008-09-06 13:34:06
103.   still bevens
Eckstein: making the most with the least
2008-09-06 13:34:06
104.   Tripon
Bills is an amazing pitcher.
2008-09-06 13:34:35
105.   Rob M
Chad is filthy today.
2008-09-06 13:36:30
106.   Disabled List
Announcer: "Eckstein is listed as 5'8", but he cops to being about 5'6". And Mike Scioscia said about 5'3" of that is heart."

Grace: "And guts!"

Next pitch: swinging strikeout.

2008-09-06 13:36:51
107.   Bob Hendley
58 - I believe that Tripon was discussing pinch hitting. In that regard Pee Wee is .308/.386/.333 as compared to JP at .222/.333/.222.
2008-09-06 13:37:21
108.   Tripon
Blake DeWitt is the superior Blake
2008-09-06 13:37:23
109.   fanerman
Yay. No no-no.
2008-09-06 13:37:32
110.   Bob Timmermann
I will not rest until I make sure that everyone at DT has a deep abiding hatred of Jimmy Clausen.
2008-09-06 13:38:41
111.   John Hale
Unexpected event related to football game:
Former BYU cougar and Utah (Radio Host?) Hans Olsen was on Seattle Radio yesterday and said he would walk to Seattle in a Bikini if the Huskies upset the Cougars.

I am used to people belittling the Huskies but I am not used to BYU smack talk.

Is a good game so far.

And add me to the list of northwest Dodger fans who are forced to watch midwest AL teams go at it.

2008-09-06 13:38:54
112.   Tripon
Jmmmy Clausen has no idea that Weis is not a good coach.
2008-09-06 13:39:06
113.   GMac In The 909
For me, Aaron Cook is the choice for NL Cy Young.

/Come on, seriously, Fox?

2008-09-06 13:41:56
114.   fanerman
113 No love for Chad =(
2008-09-06 13:44:03
115.   D4P
Chad's hasn't had enough games where his (1) offense was outscoring the other team at the point he left the game, and (2) at the end of the game, to be considered for the Cy Young award.
2008-09-06 13:44:16
116.   Tripon
114 I love Chad, but he isn't a Cy Young candidate this year. Should have made the all-star team, but he's not a candidate for Cy Young.
2008-09-06 13:44:21
117.   UVaDodger
Come on Andre!
2008-09-06 13:44:49
118.   regfairfield
116 I agree, but really, Aaron Cook?
2008-09-06 13:45:09
119.   MonkeyBlue
2008-09-06 13:45:11
120.   Tripon
Webb disrespects Manny, by walking Ethier on 4 pitches.
2008-09-06 13:45:34
121.   UVaDodger
Come on Manny!
2008-09-06 13:45:39
122.   scareduck
This is bizarre. Webb all of a sudden can't find the zone.

And Manny up.

2008-09-06 13:46:09
123.   LAbits
Do they think they have Manny's number or has Webb just lost his control... waking Ethier!
2008-09-06 13:46:16
124.   UVaDodger
How many GS behind Gehrig is Manny?
2008-09-06 13:46:23
125.   Tripon
118 A 4.10 ERA(what Cook has) equals 1.15 anywhere else?
2008-09-06 13:46:37
126.   trainwreck
Why even swing?
2008-09-06 13:46:41
127.   scareduck
And Manny swings at ball one. Great.
2008-09-06 13:46:46
128.   D4P
If I were a pitcher, I wouldn't walk Martin and Ethier to get to Manny.
2008-09-06 13:47:01
129.   Tripon
Manny refuses to be walked.
2008-09-06 13:47:04
130.   scareduck
And at ball two.
2008-09-06 13:47:23
131.   Rob M
124 2, i think.
2008-09-06 13:47:37
132.   scareduck
And at ball three.
2008-09-06 13:47:39
133.   fanerman
Oy vey.
2008-09-06 13:47:42
134.   Tripon
Manny didn't get the memo.
2008-09-06 13:47:46
135.   trainwreck
That was just a horrid at bat.

Guy can't throw a strike and he swings at three balls.

2008-09-06 13:47:59
136.   natepurcell
Manny didn't get one single strike. Show a little patience, come on.
2008-09-06 13:48:00
137.   Rob M
wow. swings at 3 straight balls. that was horrible.
2008-09-06 13:48:00
138.   Icaros
That was worse than any Kemp at bat this season.
2008-09-06 13:48:15
139.   MonkeyBlue
Manny with a really bad at bat.
2008-09-06 13:48:45
140.   Disabled List
Webb can't throw strikes, and Manny comes up there and hacks away at two (maybe three) pitches out of the strike zone. Ugh.
2008-09-06 13:48:56
141.   ucladodger

For the situation, that might be the worst AB of any Dodger this year. Yikes.

2008-09-06 13:49:05
142.   LAbits
Guess that's the strategy, walk Ethier to get to Manny. 8-0
2008-09-06 13:49:13
143.   GMac In The 909
129 You don't walk off, umm, Long Island?
2008-09-06 13:49:24
144.   regfairfield
125 Colorado isn't much different from Philadelphia post humidor.
2008-09-06 13:49:43
145.   JoeyP
Manny with some selfish undisciplined hacking there.
2008-09-06 13:50:00
146.   Bob Timmermann
It's like everybody went and got their emergency pitchforks out of the glass case.
2008-09-06 13:50:15
147.   I Love LA
Terrible at bat for far his worse at bat as a Dodger. The guy showed no patience...
2008-09-06 13:50:47
148.   Jacob Burch
146 This made me smile.
2008-09-06 13:51:38
149.   trainwreck
Manny's terrible at bat also got people to post.
2008-09-06 13:51:46
150.   Icaros

I have one on my key ring.

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2008-09-06 13:52:39
151.   D4P
Andrew carries one in his shirt pocket.
2008-09-06 13:54:04
152.   Disabled List
151 I type on my laptop with one.
2008-09-06 13:54:04
153.   bablue
Completely inexcusable at-bat by Manny. 8 balls in a row and you don't even wait for a strike. Unbelievable. Thats a huge opportunity missed.
2008-09-06 13:54:21
154.   Tripon


Torre just compared Bills to Pettitte, Andy.

2008-09-06 13:55:27
155.   fracule
So many rule 6 violations in a row. Good thing Manny is consistently poor at the plate, as he probably deserved all that criticism.
2008-09-06 13:55:41
156.   Bob Timmermann
I wonder if Jimmy Clausen is missing those trips to Fillmore now.
2008-09-06 13:55:57
157.   GMac In The 909
152 That made me chuckle. Great mental imagery.
2008-09-06 13:56:09
158.   KG16
146 - I only keep my emergency torch in a glass case. The pitchfork is kept under my pillow.
2008-09-06 13:57:04
159.   fanerman
Glass case? I'd have to break and replace the glass every other day. I have an extra pitch fork in every room for easy access.
2008-09-06 13:57:50
160.   ucladodger
I don't remember the last time Conor Jackson looked that bad at the plate. Billz is dominant today.
2008-09-06 13:58:00
161.   trainwreck
Could Notre Dame be even worse than they were last year?
2008-09-06 13:59:04
162.   KG16
This Mougey cat for San Diego State looked pretty impressive. Granted, it was against the Notre Dame defense, but still - monster.
2008-09-06 13:59:28
163.   fracule
161 No.
2008-09-06 13:59:39
164.   trainwreck
Jimmy Clausen sure looks cool with his long hair. That WWF professional wrestler look is pretty sweet.
2008-09-06 13:59:53
165.   KG16
161 - don't make Bob dream like that


2008-09-06 13:59:59
166.   Icaros
I am actually the son of two pitchforks.
2008-09-06 14:00:25
167.   fracule
163 That answer is based on the known universe.
2008-09-06 14:00:34
168.   Daniel Zappala
I was just thinking I need to go out and do some weeding. Which is what I use my pitchfork for.
2008-09-06 14:01:27
169.   Bob Hendley
Gots to get Webb now, before he gets on track (un-tracked).
2008-09-06 14:02:31
170.   Humma Kavula
I like to pitch forks.

This annoys Mrs. Kavula, who is responsible for replacing all the silverware as well as spackling and painting over the forkholes in our kitchen.

2008-09-06 14:02:57
171.   KG16
what home run by Gibson are these announcers speaking of?

Never heard of it.

2008-09-06 14:04:03
172.   trainwreck
Washington, you are not supposed to beat BYU. It could make UCLA look really bad next week.
2008-09-06 14:04:14
173.   Eric Stephen
Kemp to steal 2nd. Book it.
2008-09-06 14:04:16
174.   Bob Hendley
Horrible shot of Kirk wearing the dreaded red.
2008-09-06 14:04:25
175.   bablue
Sorry, but which part of what people said was hyperbole?
2008-09-06 14:04:41
176.   D4P
Oregon says: "Yes, Washington, that's right: beat BYU".
2008-09-06 14:06:15
177.   Eric Stephen
I'm going to do my best to not by Sharp products because the albino rocket scientist annoys me.
2008-09-06 14:07:06
178.   Humma Kavula
Good lord, are the Jays and Rays still playing?
2008-09-06 14:07:27
179.   Marty
Monday and Steiner had a mini Eckstein love-fest a few minutes ago. I also noticed that Monday pronounces Los Angeles, Los Angle-es. What a maroon.
2008-09-06 14:08:45
180.   Icaros
That was strike 3.
2008-09-06 14:09:00
181.   natepurcell
Upton should have been rung up. That was a perfect pitch.
2008-09-06 14:09:20
182.   trainwreck
I can't imagine Billingsley's big butt at QB.
2008-09-06 14:10:02
183.   Eric Stephen
Jared Lorenzen-style?
2008-09-06 14:10:04
184.   natepurcell

I thought he was a running back?

2008-09-06 14:10:30
185.   The Dude Abides
OK, I'm happy he got that out, but that missed call on what should have been strike 3 to Upton is by far the worst missed ball/strike call I have ever seen. I don't believe I'm exaggerating, either.
2008-09-06 14:10:43
186.   Bob Hendley
182 - How bout at center?
2008-09-06 14:11:00
187.   scareduck
141 - it's been at-bats like that one that have led to the Dodgers' problems in their last cold streak.
2008-09-06 14:11:08
188.   trainwreck
That would be if Broxton was QB.

They said QB on Fox, but good chance they are wrong.

2008-09-06 14:11:15
189.   fanerman
Chadwick... so good.
2008-09-06 14:11:23
190.   MonkeyBlue
Billy! Webb going to hit next inning.
2008-09-06 14:11:43
191.   Eric Stephen
That comment was the most blatant violation of Rule 6 in the history of the universe. :)
2008-09-06 14:11:57
192.   Icaros

He has some odd pronunciations for a guy who grew up in Santa Monica.

"Two bowls, two strikes to Kemp."

2008-09-06 14:12:07
193.   Eric Stephen
Bills' bio says QB.
2008-09-06 14:15:11
194.   madmac
so is the "protection is a myth" camp ready to concede a little bit?
2008-09-06 14:15:28
195.   natepurcell
of course Colletti would talk to Rosenthal about Berroa.
2008-09-06 14:16:35
196.   Eric Stephen
I don't know if I would say Berroa "saved our butt" this year.
2008-09-06 14:17:01
197.   natepurcell
For how great his Royal Thighness is......learn to bunt please.
2008-09-06 14:17:22
198.   scareduck
192 - odd? If he was caught with two bowls of weed, it could be a second strike offense.
2008-09-06 14:17:58
199.   Icaros
Yes, I'd really like to know how Berroa is suddenly a vital acquisition for LA.
2008-09-06 14:18:08
201.   trainwreck
I am starting to think that Ned just drops acid all day and lives in his own universe.
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2008-09-06 14:18:34
202.   fanerman
Mark Grace makes me want to cry.
2008-09-06 14:18:40
203.   Eric Stephen
Well, it's up to Andre again.
2008-09-06 14:18:43
204.   Icaros

Well played.

2008-09-06 14:19:00
205.   GMac In The 909
192 It's not odd if you remember that he is breaking rule 11 all the time.
2008-09-06 14:19:14
206.   scareduck
194 - concede what? Ethier's hitting better, so it's Manny's responsibility? Ethier also happens to be 26, which means a far likelier reason for his improvement is simply age-related.
2008-09-06 14:21:25
207.   MonkeyBlue
Come on Manny!
2008-09-06 14:21:26
208.   scareduck
Come on, Manny. Swing at strikes.
2008-09-06 14:21:28
209.   Eric Stephen
Let's have a better at bat now Manny.


2008-09-06 14:21:40
210.   Icaros
Get out the pitchforks, folks...
2008-09-06 14:22:09
211.   Eric Stephen
2008-09-06 14:22:10
212.   fanerman
Manny makes up for his bad at-bat. Yay.
2008-09-06 14:22:10
213.   bablue
Redemption time for Manny hopefully.
2008-09-06 14:22:13
214.   GMac In The 909
Pitchfork that!
2008-09-06 14:22:14
215.   trainwreck
That was much better than his last at-bat.
2008-09-06 14:22:15
216.   Icaros
Put down your pitchforks. Wow.
2008-09-06 14:22:19
217.   KG16
I think Manny just swung at ball one
2008-09-06 14:22:20
218.   Rob M
That almost makes up for that last AB.
2008-09-06 14:22:22
219.   natepurcell
hahahahaha....we can put the pitchforks back in that glass case.
2008-09-06 14:22:25
220.   thinkblue88


2008-09-06 14:22:28
221.   MonkeyBlue
OMG!!!!!! I love Manny.... hehehehhehehe
2008-09-06 14:22:29
222.   Humma Kavula
OK, Manny, you may continue to start.
2008-09-06 14:22:29
223.   scareduck
Okay, now that is an acceptable pitch to swing at.

Jeez Louise, did Webb set that thing up on a tee or what?

2008-09-06 14:22:55
224.   whodat807
2008-09-06 14:22:57
225.   Jon Weisman
Manny had preemptively made up for his bad at-bat over the past five weeks. This is more gravy on the cake.
2008-09-06 14:22:57
226.   fracule
That was the worst at bat any Dodger has had all year.
2008-09-06 14:23:07
227.   bablue
2008-09-06 14:23:07
228.   sporky
Oh my god.
2008-09-06 14:23:18
229.   trainwreck
Awww, so close to another one.
2008-09-06 14:23:26
230.   ucladodger
Brilliant. To come back from the previous AB to do that is just brilliant.
2008-09-06 14:23:30
231.   kachang
AMAZING! Almost James!
2008-09-06 14:23:34
232.   sporky
I mean, squee!
2008-09-06 14:23:51
233.   fracule
That was the worst at bat Manny has had all year.
2008-09-06 14:23:54
234.   The Dude Abides
Oh yeah? Well the HR that Manny just hit is the most enjoyable three-run opposite-field HR off Webb in the history of the Milky Way Galaxy!
/nyah nyah
2008-09-06 14:24:36
235.   Jon Weisman
Zaun hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 13th off Percival. Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 4.
2008-09-06 14:24:48
236.   Ken Noe
Manny knew what Webb was going to throw before Webb knew. But also props to Mr. Snipes and Dre.
2008-09-06 14:24:52
237.   scareduck
226 - Perhaps from a results:expectations ratio standpoint, but Mark Sweeney has had worse.
2008-09-06 14:25:25
238.   Ghost of Carlos Perez
I'm in Philadelphia, but still the MLB.TV game is blacked out for me. I thought only Phillies games were supposed to be blacked out. What gives?
2008-09-06 14:25:26
239.   68elcamino427
Ohhh Yeahhh ... Manny ... Oppo Power!
2008-09-06 14:25:32
240.   Bob Timmermann
Meanwhile in Toronto, Gregg Zaun hits a game-ending grand slam off of Troy Percival to give the Jays their seventh straight win, 7-4 over Tampa Bay.
2008-09-06 14:25:59
241.   CanuckDodger
225 -- Gravy on a cake? A cake?
2008-09-06 14:26:08
242.   Ken Noe
We only have the game here in Alabama because the Phils were rained out.
2008-09-06 14:26:17
243.   Jon Weisman
The next person who repeats that Manny had a bad at-bat today might be banned from the site. For crying out loud, do you think the point has been made yet?
2008-09-06 14:26:47
244.   Eric Stephen
I wonder where the Dodgers are going to keep the pink slips of Brandon Webb and Danny Haren. You know, since they now own them and all.
2008-09-06 14:27:07
245.   Humma Kavula
Manny Ramirez now has as many home runs as Ted Williams.
2008-09-06 14:27:23
246.   scareduck
238 - Fox games are not included.
2008-09-06 14:27:26
247.   Jon Weisman
241 - You're being too literal. And you didn't have my high school cross-country coach.
2008-09-06 14:27:31
248.   ucladodger

I'm a little worried about our Rays. Barring a complete collapse they should still make the playoffs, but they need to start winning some games.

2008-09-06 14:27:59
249.   GMac In The 909
241 It's a cake made of mashed potatoes =)
2008-09-06 14:28:02
250.   thinkblue88
these dodgers, they are incredible!!! its too bad people gave up on this team! haha!
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2008-09-06 14:28:03
251.   Bob Timmermann
I had thought Eric meant that Webb and Haren were making unusual wardrobe decisions.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

2008-09-06 14:28:31
252.   Tripon
Manny needs no cap.
2008-09-06 14:28:33
253.   whodat807
Bills is ON today. I wish I could be watching this game in person/on TV.
2008-09-06 14:28:44
254.   MonkeyBlue
Nice and easy inning for Bills. 8 inning is possible now.
2008-09-06 14:28:44
255.   Ricardo
Wow, you must be really good to that against Brandon Webb. Manny is way better than I thought he was when he played for Red Sox.
2008-09-06 14:28:49
256.   scareduck
245 - and he doesn't have crazy mooch kids keeping his sawed-off head in a freezer in Arizona. I mean, there's just so many advantages to Not Being Ted Williams, even if number one is Not. Dead.
2008-09-06 14:29:40
257.   Eric Stephen
A 9 pitch inning for Chad! 79 thru 6.
2008-09-06 14:30:41
258.   I Love LA
Manny Seriously Redeemed Himself...I really wasn't expecting anything from that at bat. Got to love Manny being Manny.
2008-09-06 14:30:46
259.   Jacob Burch
I still don't remember -that- many people actually giving up on the team, with obvious small exceptions. A lot of people said they would unhang their happiness on winning. Ah well.

Happy days for all!

2008-09-06 14:30:54
260.   Tripon
You don't think people are waiting to cut off Manny's head and stick it in a freezer the moment he pop offs? I'm already putting the thing on E-Bay.
2008-09-06 14:31:05
261.   Jon Weisman
You know, Ethier basically had a J.D. Drew at-bat in the last inning, without all the angst.
2008-09-06 14:31:38
262.   MonkeyBlue
258. He has been killing the Snakes and you don't think he'll do nothing?
2008-09-06 14:31:38
263.   fanerman
256 Manny's kids haven't grown up. Who knows if they'll grow up crazy. I mean, look at their dad.
2008-09-06 14:31:47
264.   superbas
i don't wanna jinx it, but is billz extra dirty today? he's been wild lately, i love the 0bb.
2008-09-06 14:31:48
265.   Tripon
Blake keeps on getting hit. There's our 5th hitter.
2008-09-06 14:32:33
266.   whodat807
Casey being Craig (Biggio)
2008-09-06 14:33:04
267.   Tripon
Bison hitting!
2008-09-06 14:33:40
268.   Disabled List
BTW, retroactive LOL to comment 217 .
2008-09-06 14:33:45
269.   scareduck
261 - or the repeated knee injuries.
2008-09-06 14:34:23
270.   ucladodger

Extra dirty with some dirt on the side. He has been phenomenal.

2008-09-06 14:35:38
271.   Eric Stephen
All signs points to a Chad Squeeze.
2008-09-06 14:35:50
272.   MonkeyBlue
Come on Berroa!
2008-09-06 14:36:12
273.   Jon Weisman
Mark Grace would rather pitch to Billingsley/Martin than Berroa/Billingsley.
2008-09-06 14:36:28
274.   scareduck
These announcers are unintentionally hilarious. Of course you go after Berroa. He's hitting eighth for a reason.
2008-09-06 14:36:44
275.   Jon Weisman
273 - with the bases loaded in the first scenario, by the way.
2008-09-06 14:37:16
276.   Tripon
Its as if the Fox announcers forgot the last five and a half years of Berroa playing badly.
2008-09-06 14:37:19
277.   MonkeyBlue
Grace is probably thinking DP since Webb is on his game today.
2008-09-06 14:37:33
278.   trainwreck
But he has been our savior.
2008-09-06 14:37:48
279.   KG16
273 - with one out, Berroa puts the ball in play and a run scores. With the bases loaded, Billingsly has to swing, better chance for the DP. Strategically makes sense on some levels.
2008-09-06 14:37:58
280.   Tripon
Another IBB for Berroa? Are you serious?
2008-09-06 14:38:23
281.   MonkeyBlue
Never thought that a guy like Webb would have to IBB Berroa.
2008-09-06 14:38:31
282.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Pitch outs, or IBB?
2008-09-06 14:38:45
283.   Jon Weisman
279 - But there's no reason for Billingsley to swing away.
2008-09-06 14:38:55
284.   Eric Stephen
I'm calling pitch #2 for the squeeze.
2008-09-06 14:39:06
285.   KG16
282 - balls 2 and 3 were pitch outs, ball four was intentional
2008-09-06 14:39:08
286.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
If Billingsley swings at any pitches I'd fine him $1000
2008-09-06 14:39:18
287.   scareduck
Jebus, two pitchouts in a row?

That fourth intentional walk marks a single-season career high for Berroa. His previous high was three, reached in 2003 and 2005.

2008-09-06 14:39:25
288.   Johnson
I credit that walk to Bowa, who deked the D'Backs into thinking there was a play on and got two pitchouts after 1-1. Nice.
2008-09-06 14:39:42
289.   fracule
283 Yeah, I can't see any reason for Bills to take the bat off his shoulder at all, even to bunt.
2008-09-06 14:39:49
290.   MonkeyBlue
286. 1 g right there.
2008-09-06 14:39:51
291.   Rob M
Why is he even swinging?
2008-09-06 14:40:01
292.   Jon Weisman
Well, Torre succeeds in undermining me by letting Chad swing.
2008-09-06 14:40:14
293.   scareduck
287 -
2008-09-06 14:40:36
294.   Eric Stephen
The kangaroo court treasury department coffers have at least $3,000 now.
2008-09-06 14:40:37
295.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
That's $1000, young man.
2008-09-06 14:40:46
296.   Tripon
Watch, Chad gets his first grand slam this year.
2008-09-06 14:40:48
297.   Jon Weisman
Please, concede the strikeout here.
2008-09-06 14:40:56
298.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
2008-09-06 14:41:14
299.   Eric Stephen
$4,000 fine for Chad, but at least it wasn't a DP.
2008-09-06 14:41:18
300.   thinkblue88
wow....that was not very good.
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2008-09-06 14:41:22
301.   scareduck
Why? Why? Why?

Ned looks like he's ready to eat his moustache after that at-bat.

2008-09-06 14:41:22
302.   MonkeyBlue
296. Give me some lottery numbers.
2008-09-06 14:42:03
303.   Bob Timmermann
Ooh, BYU fumbles in the end zone going in for a TD.

Huskies catch a big break.

2008-09-06 14:42:06
304.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
$3000... $4000, at least he didn't hit into a DP
2008-09-06 14:42:07
305.   fracule
That was a sweet analogy by Steiner. (For those lucky enough to have to listen on radio.)
2008-09-06 14:42:15
306.   KG16
All Billingsly had to do was avoid hitting the ball on the ground and a run should have scored.
2008-09-06 14:42:16
307.   Eric Stephen
I like this hitting with multiple guys on base thing.
2008-09-06 14:42:38
308.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
299 oops. bad refresh.
2008-09-06 14:42:40
309.   MonkeyBlue
Come on Russ! what happen to your patients?
2008-09-06 14:42:56
310.   Jon Weisman
Why would you fine Chad? He should have been given the take sign.
2008-09-06 14:43:02
311.   Eric Stephen
What did he say?
2008-09-06 14:43:13
312.   scareduck
306 - or strike out.

Good grief, that should have been a run.

2008-09-06 14:43:19
313.   MonkeyBlue
What the heck? Go!
2008-09-06 14:43:23
314.   KG16
309 - Martin is a doctor?
2008-09-06 14:43:24
315.   trainwreck
Bison would have charged home and then the Webb better have hoped he was in packrat stance.
2008-09-06 14:43:32
316.   Eric Stephen
That's Blubleeder-worthy! :)
2008-09-06 14:43:52
317.   sporky
315 lol!
2008-09-06 14:44:04
318.   scareduck
309 - he gave up his medical career for a shot at pro baseball.
2008-09-06 14:44:08
319.   fracule
311 In refering to the Diamondbacks stay at 1st place, "They lease on that death's door."
2008-09-06 14:44:28
320.   MonkeyBlue
*patience :p
2008-09-06 14:44:32
321.   KG16
312 - obviously, but I don't see letting him swing as a bad thing. He's a professional baseballer, you can't just give up the out.
2008-09-06 14:44:41
322.   sporky
2008-09-06 14:44:46
323.   Tripon
Another walk for Martin!
2008-09-06 14:44:52
324.   GMac In The 909
Atta babe.
2008-09-06 14:44:53
325.   thinkblue88
walk walk walk!
2008-09-06 14:45:02
326.   Eric Stephen
Time to bring in Ethier's next victim.
2008-09-06 14:45:03
327.   scareduck
315 - more of a Gary C. man, myself.

Here comes the hook.

2008-09-06 14:45:14
328.   natepurcell
3bbs for Martin on the day is great.
2008-09-06 14:45:17
329.   Rob M
Martin has really got his approach back after that little slump. Nice RBI.
2008-09-06 14:45:17
330.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
feh, ball four swung at...
2008-09-06 14:45:22
331.   fracule
319 'The' not 'they', I messed it up too.
2008-09-06 14:45:37
332.   MonkeyBlue
There is something wrong with Webb. No way he walks in a run.
2008-09-06 14:45:37
333.   Bob Timmermann
2008-09-06 14:45:50
334.   thinkblue88
GD has Webb at 7 walks. Wow, great patience being shown by the Dodgers.
2008-09-06 14:46:06
335.   68elcamino427
GG follows the Plan.
2008-09-06 14:46:08
336.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Man, I didn't realize I had a slight Tivo delay going...
2008-09-06 14:47:05
337.   ucladodger
Excellent day for Russell. 3 walks for your leadoff man is awesome and something we havent had since Raffy.
2008-09-06 14:47:18
338.   Jon Weisman
Martin has walked five times in the past seven plate appearances.
2008-09-06 14:47:58
339.   scareduck
322 - I thought it more of a "squee" moment, but "woo" works, too.
2008-09-06 14:48:10
340.   whodat807
Webb and Haren's continued run of mediocrity fills me with confidence.
2008-09-06 14:48:23
341.   trainwreck
I can't wait to say:


2008-09-06 14:48:26
342.   KG16
333 - is that a Wayne's World reference?
2008-09-06 14:49:20
343.   Tripon
337 Kemp walked three times in a game earlier this year.
2008-09-06 14:50:24
344.   MonkeyBlue
My heart is racing.
2008-09-06 14:50:40
345.   sporky
339 I don't want to oversquee.
2008-09-06 14:51:27
346.   ucladodger

I meant it more as a general statement, not jus the walks for one game. Russell is a guy that will work out a walk, and its something that is great to have with a guy leading off.

2008-09-06 14:51:38
347.   68elcamino427
This is a classic Ethier at bat so far ...
2008-09-06 14:52:25
348.   Eric Stephen
Kemp's career high in walks is two. Accomplished 9 times, 6 times this year.
2008-09-06 14:52:28
349.   still bevens
Anyone else think Scherzer is going to be limited in his outing tomorrow since hes been in the pen for the last 2-3 weeks?
2008-09-06 14:52:42
350.   sporky
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2008-09-06 14:52:45
351.   Tripon
So Ethier is now Paul O'Neill and Kirk Gibson.


2008-09-06 14:52:50
352.   Branch Rickey
Eyeball attack!
2008-09-06 14:52:54
353.   MonkeyBlue
2 walk in runs in a row!
2008-09-06 14:52:55
354.   thinkblue88
walk walk walk! lets walk to first place!
2008-09-06 14:52:56
355.   KG16
wow, that was probably strike three.
2008-09-06 14:52:56
356.   ucladodger
Wow, that was mighty close
2008-09-06 14:53:04
357.   scareduck
2008-09-06 14:53:10
358.   68elcamino427
Yes - Stones - the kids got stones
2008-09-06 14:53:12
359.   Eric Stephen
No Unit tomorrow?
2008-09-06 14:53:14
360.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
wow, that could have gone either way, Ethier.
2008-09-06 14:53:18
361.   GMac In The 909
Ethier is just so good.

Oh, and memo to Juan Cruz: that won't help you get calls.

2008-09-06 14:53:55
362.   blue22
355 - Gameday thought so.
2008-09-06 14:53:55
363.   whodat807
Martin and Ethier have done a ridiculously good job today.
2008-09-06 14:54:10
364.   Tripon
Cruz is scared. Cruz is very scared.
2008-09-06 14:54:19
365.   MonkeyBlue
Note to Cruz! you have no where to put Manny!
2008-09-06 14:54:31
366.   Jon Weisman
It's been five batters since a Dodger put the ball in play.
2008-09-06 14:54:37
367.   Branch Rickey
Should Manny swing 2-0 after two runs have already been walked in?
2008-09-06 14:54:45
368.   sporky
359 Sore shoulder.
2008-09-06 14:55:09
369.   fanerman
363 3 BBs each. Very nice.
2008-09-06 14:55:15
370.   68elcamino427
Manny's not very interested in a walk here
2008-09-06 14:55:23
371.   Eric Stephen
I trust Manny's judgement. I think he's earned it.
2008-09-06 14:55:24
372.   scareduck
359 -
2008-09-06 14:55:29
373.   KG16
367 - Manny is allowed to swing whenever he wants.
2008-09-06 14:56:08
374.   Rob M
2008-09-06 14:56:12
375.   trainwreck
LOL that was awesome...

For us.

2008-09-06 14:56:16
376.   Eric Stephen
The stars are aligned!!!!!
2008-09-06 14:56:13
377.   Tripon
2008-09-06 14:56:18
378.   thinkblue88
WOOAAAAAHHHHHH!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-09-06 14:56:18
379.   KG16
BJ Upton, you're my hero.
2008-09-06 14:56:20
380.   68elcamino427
Manny World!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-09-06 14:56:20
381.   Branch Rickey
Wow. Manny is just that good.
2008-09-06 14:56:20
382.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
well, that's not something you see every day!
2008-09-06 14:56:21
383.   nick
Manny up to some new tricks!
2008-09-06 14:56:30
384.   ucladodger
Wow. When it goes right, it goes right
2008-09-06 14:56:30
385.   superbas
ha i'm loving this!
2008-09-06 14:56:30
386.   sporky
2008-09-06 14:56:31
387.   fanerman
2008-09-06 14:56:33
388.   MonkeyBlue
2008-09-06 14:56:36
389.   Eric Stephen
Webb's ERA entering his Aug 21 start in San Diego: 2.74.

Webb's current ERA, 3 starts later: 3.41

2008-09-06 14:56:42
390.   adraymond
2008-09-06 14:56:46
391.   scareduck
And thus a routine flyball out at the warning track turns into a ground-rule double.

Since sporky is all squee'd out, I'll do it for her: squee!

2008-09-06 14:56:49
392.   Icaros
The Big Dodger In The Sky grabbed that one.
2008-09-06 14:57:08
393.   Bob Timmermann
BJ appreciates your support, but he's not playing out there today.
2008-09-06 14:57:25
394.   GMac In The 909
I just LOL'ed myself to death.
2008-09-06 14:58:04
395.   Tripon
Yeah, this game has to knock out Webb out for Cy Young.
2008-09-06 14:58:08
396.   KG16
393 - that's what I get for paying attention to Fox announcers.
2008-09-06 14:58:14
397.   Bob Timmermann
SDSU throws a pick deep in their own end and Clausen throws another one on the next play just as Manny's ball is lost in the sun.

This is making me want to go to church tomorrow.

2008-09-06 14:58:34
398.   KG16
"That infernal song"?

Everyone got their pitchforks?

2008-09-06 14:58:53
399.   Jon Weisman
Poor Loney - he's gotten none of the luck today.
2008-09-06 14:59:33
400.   blue22
So why no video highlights on Gameday? Is it a Fox thing?
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2008-09-06 14:59:40
401.   sporky
395 Maybe not "knock out," but Timmy has to like his chances.
2008-09-06 14:59:50
402.   sporky
400 Yep.
2008-09-06 15:00:16
403.   Jon Weisman
Back-to-back days a Dodger has had five RBI in a game.
2008-09-06 15:00:16
404.   sporky
WE: 99%


2008-09-06 15:00:23
405.   GMac In The 909
398 I re-played that on my TiVo. He also added an awkward pause, as if to let it slide and change the subject.

I might have to lob a complaint Fox's way.

2008-09-06 15:00:29
406.   blue22
402 - Lame.
2008-09-06 15:00:40
407.   Ricardo
It´s nice to play at home, that was a ddouble not an error. Five RBIs to Manny today.
2008-09-06 15:00:57
408.   68elcamino427
In a season with so many twists and turns this is a really fun day.
2008-09-06 15:00:58
409.   Jon Weisman
Four Dodgers today have more runs than hits.
2008-09-06 15:01:02
410.   Eric Stephen
Not to mention CC! He'll get some votes.
2008-09-06 15:01:26
411.   Berkeley Doug
395 Lincecum should get the Cy Young anyways.
2008-09-06 15:01:26
412.   evenatriple
I'm working at my computer today on a deadline and following the game via DT comments every couple of minutes. It is so great to follow along this way. But for the love of cheese will you please tell me what happened on Manny's double?
2008-09-06 15:01:50
413.   scareduck
"Right now, anyway, as we've said, L.A. loves Manny and Manny loves L.A. He's done everything but hire Randy Newman to trail him and sing that infernal song all day long." Infernal? I've got it on my iPod... harrumph...
2008-09-06 15:01:58
414.   Jon Weisman
We went 30 minutes and 150 comments between pitches for Chad.
2008-09-06 15:02:05
415.   Eric Stephen
That would have been a double in any ballpark. No official scorer is going to call a play lost in the sun an error, especially if the ball never touches glove.
2008-09-06 15:02:36
416.   scareduck
412 - routine pop out to the warning track in right, OF lost it in the sun, it becomes a ground-rule double.
2008-09-06 15:02:49
417.   thinkblue88
Upton lost it in the sun at the track.
2008-09-06 15:02:58
418.   Jon Weisman
Dunn is getting the J.D. treatment from the announcers.
2008-09-06 15:03:05
419.   KG16
412 - Upton was about three feet to the right of where the ball actually landed, and then it bounced over the fence.
2008-09-06 15:03:14
420.   Branch Rickey
Outscoring your opponet 15-0 over the first 15 innings of a crucial series is a good way to make a statement to that opponet. A good way to win games too.
2008-09-06 15:03:30
421.   Bilshaw
Player Of the Game : Chad & Manny
2008-09-06 15:03:36
422.   sporky
415 Either way, it still makes Justin Upton look foolish, which I have no problem with.
2008-09-06 15:03:42
423.   ryu
Ethier and Martin have combined for six walks, but they're both officially 0-1.
2008-09-06 15:04:06
424.   Tripon
337 Upton set up to catch Manny's flyball... about 20 feet from where it landed. It then bounced towards the bleachers.
2008-09-06 15:04:16
425.   blue22
418 - They're throwing batteries at him?
2008-09-06 15:04:23
426.   Linkmeister
FYI, the guest on the "Not My Job" segment of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me today was...

Moose Skowron!

2008-09-06 15:04:27
427.   Eric Stephen
The Dodgers pythagorean winning % over these two games is 1.000. :)
2008-09-06 15:05:26
428.   KG16
Adam Dunn strikes me more as a tight end, rather than a quarterback. Even at Texas.
2008-09-06 15:05:55
429.   Tripon
meanwhile Bills gives up back to back singles to Dunn, and Jackson.
2008-09-06 15:06:17
430.   trainwreck
So lucky I get to see Cardinals vs 49ers instead of Cowboys vs Browns.

Thanks, stupid local rules.

2008-09-06 15:06:41
431.   Bilshaw
I can't wait seeing James Mcdonald
2008-09-06 15:07:29
432.   scareduck
420 - not sure how much of a statement it really makes considering the Dodgers lost all those other games to the Snakes. If the Dodgers win today and the Diamondbacks win tomorrow, they'll split the season series.
2008-09-06 15:07:39
433.   GMac In The 909
405 For those listening to the radio or watching on Gameday ... During Loney's AB in the sixth, Mark Grace's sidekick had this to say:

"Right now, anyway, as we've said, L.A. loves Manny, Manny loves L.A. He's done everything but hire Randy Newman to trail him and sing that infernal song all day long.

(Four seconds of dead air)

But it's going great for Manny Ramirez, hitting better than .400 since coming over."

2008-09-06 15:07:53
434.   Eric Stephen
Mark Grace does not recognize the AL.
2008-09-06 15:07:58
435.   Tripon
Bases loaded for the D'Backs.
2008-09-06 15:08:02
436.   MonkeyBlue
Come on Chad.
2008-09-06 15:08:46
437.   sporky
A one pitch GIDP would be nifty.
2008-09-06 15:08:46
438.   blue22
430 - Are you at least in one of those areas? I've got Twins/Tigers going here right now in Seattle. I guess Fox knew I have Verlander on my fantasy team.
2008-09-06 15:08:51
439.   Mike Scioscias tragic illness
Mark Grace just said "the Diamondbacks had the best record in baseball last year."

I think Boston, Cleveland, the Yankees, and the Angels might have something to say about that.

2008-09-06 15:09:04
440.   KG16
430 - I'd rather see Arizona-San Francisco or Carolina-San Diego, but it looks like we're getting Dallas-Cleveland here in the LA market.
2008-09-06 15:09:09
441.   superbas
bad luck with the jackson single, 96 heater that missed and billz it out
2008-09-06 15:09:16
442.   trainwreck
And ND is losing! hahahahhaha
2008-09-06 15:09:18
443.   Gen3Blue
Is anyone watching Bills? I guess so, but I hope this isn't one batter two late.
2008-09-06 15:09:29
444.   GMac In The 909
413 Or what he said =)
2008-09-06 15:10:17
445.   trainwreck
Why in the world would you want to watch teams from the NFC West?
2008-09-06 15:10:46
446.   Branch Rickey
432. Well the statement isn't "we've been the best team all along". The statement is more like "you may be in first place for a few more hours but don't feel too comfortable that you're going to stay there".
So would any amount of kicking their butt around the yard seem like any kind of statement?
2008-09-06 15:11:07
447.   KG16
As a matter of fact, all three games we get don't look very appealing. Fantasy Football aside.
2008-09-06 15:11:17
448.   Tripon
Cory Wade is in. The perfect man.
2008-09-06 15:11:27
449.   68elcamino427
Great Game by Billingsley today.
2008-09-06 15:11:48
450.   scareduck
Not a strike how?
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2008-09-06 15:11:53
451.   GMac In The 909
448 Chuck Norris might have something to say about that.
2008-09-06 15:12:32
452.   Tripon
2008-09-06 15:12:35
453.   MonkeyBlue
Wade! my man!
2008-09-06 15:12:48
454.   Eric Stephen
I don't ever remember anyone calling the current Angel manager Mike Sciosciable.

Nice job Wade!!!!

2008-09-06 15:12:48
455.   scareduck
437 - -(one pitch) + (GIDP)
2008-09-06 15:13:01
456.   68elcamino427
Cory Wade the dealer of strikes induces the double play!
2008-09-06 15:13:02
457.   sporky
Off by 2 pitches!
2008-09-06 15:13:10
458.   whodat807
Oh Berroa, you are a pleasant surprise.
2008-09-06 15:13:41
459.   scareduck
454 - well, he is affable enough to do those godawful Howard's commercials.
2008-09-06 15:13:47
460.   KG16
445 - I've got a soft spot for the Cards and 9ers. And I take it back, of the choices for the early game on Fox, Tampa-Narleans will work.
2008-09-06 15:14:07
461.   Bluebleeder87
I was telling BH, you gotta wonder If Webb has a tired arm
or something, I mean the guy dose not look the same.
2008-09-06 15:14:09
462.   The Blue Legend
Fox might want to get another team of broadcasters that are not such homers. The commentating is terrible. They just said the Dodgers 7-0 lead looks "dicey". They also critize Martin for going to the mound too often. Just terrible commentators.
2008-09-06 15:15:28
463.   KG16
462 - especially since there is a really good announcer not doing anything in the LA area today.
2008-09-06 15:15:36
464.   Eric Stephen
I'm pretty sure they were praising Martin for his mound visits.
2008-09-06 15:15:37
465.   scareduck
Cory Wade's pitching that inning was luminous.
2008-09-06 15:15:46
466.   sporky
WE: 100%

:) :)

2008-09-06 15:16:59
467.   trainwreck
How has no one mentioned Gigantor yet?
2008-09-06 15:17:47
468.   KG16
interesting that the Giants can play spoiler? Did anyone figure they'd be in any other position by now?
2008-09-06 15:18:32
469.   Andrew Shimmin
Pac 10 refs come through for BYU.
2008-09-06 15:18:49
470.   Bob Timmermann
And the BYU fans breathe a big sigh of relief.
2008-09-06 15:18:53
471.   sporky
468 The sum of their IQ scores wouldn't break 3 digits.
2008-09-06 15:19:22
472.   KG16
and I'm pretty sure that Who's on First is in the public domain.
2008-09-06 15:19:28
473.   Bob Timmermann
There's a scenario that could come up tomorrow where a Giants win could eliminate the Padres.
2008-09-06 15:20:09
474.   Daniel Zappala
BYU tried to give that game away. They had a score that they fumbled into the endzone for a touchback. They really got a break on that penalty and walk away with a win. Wow. Not a great way to end a game, even if my school did win.
2008-09-06 15:20:27
475.   KG16
It always amazes me how much more the ball carries during the day at Dodger stadium
2008-09-06 15:21:03
476.   Andrew Shimmin
If I had an obelisk, Pac 10 refs would be on it. And dentists.
2008-09-06 15:21:25
477.   GMac In The 909
It's really difficult stomaching this announcing team. Let me try my SAP button ...

... and I don't even speak Spanish.

2008-09-06 15:21:39
478.   trainwreck
I should go to the Pac-10 office with pitchforks in both hands.
2008-09-06 15:21:46
479.   nick
it's the definition of being a fan to believe that national sports announcers are biased in favor of the other guys...
2008-09-06 15:21:55
480.   Bob Timmermann
I don't think the estates of Abbott & Costello own the copyright to the text of "Who's on First?" but I think the recordings are still under copyright.
2008-09-06 15:22:03
481.   Eric Stephen
What happened on the extra point for Washington?
2008-09-06 15:22:27
482.   Branch Rickey
I love that right after they say something stupid (like that Torre deserves the credit for the Dodgers performance over the last two days) Fox puts up the announcers name. It's as if Fox is saying "HERE'S who just said that".
2008-09-06 15:22:35
483.   Gen3Blue
Yeah the great Joe Torre has siezed the moment. It took him this long to figure out who to play so unfortunately he also created the moment. What baloney
2008-09-06 15:22:37
484.   Tripon
Wow, that was not a strike out on DeWitt.
2008-09-06 15:22:40
485.   grady44

Grace wasn't praising Martin for his # of trips to the mound. He and Darin Sutton were ripping on Martin all night for it last night.

2008-09-06 15:22:58
486.   Bob Timmermann
I have a feeling that Notre Dame will end up beating SDSU by one point because of the missed PAT.

It would be a very Charlie Weis way of winning a game.

2008-09-06 15:23:26
487.   John Hale
You are not allowed to throw the ball above your head to celebrate a touchdown with two seconds left?
2008-09-06 15:23:28
488.   KG16
480 - yeah, that's what I meant. They can't play the Abbott & Costello bit, but they could do their own. Not that I want to hear those two boneheads do Who's on First.
2008-09-06 15:24:09
489.   Daniel Zappala
481 Excessive celebration called on the touchdown, though it wasn't anything big. So they were penalized 15 yards on the PAT, which was then blocked.
2008-09-06 15:24:10
490.   Gen3Blue
482 I can't begin to figure out if they think what has said is notable or stupid.
2008-09-06 15:24:23
491.   Eric Stephen
Last night isn't today, and Daron Sutton isn't doing the game.
2008-09-06 15:24:41
492.   sporky
I want McDonald!
2008-09-06 15:24:53
493.   John Hale
Blocked 37 yard extra point
ridiculous celebration flag after TD
2008-09-06 15:24:56
494.   Daniel Zappala
If there's a crummy way to win, that's it right there.
2008-09-06 15:25:25
495.   blue22
489 - I am going to have some very unhappy co-workers tomorrow. What an odd call.
2008-09-06 15:26:15
496.   Tripon
485 Wouldn't repeat trips to the mound be beneficial to his pitcher though? It shows he's emotionally invested in the situation and he has his pitcher's back. And it breaks up a hitter's rhythm.
2008-09-06 15:26:17
497.   trainwreck
I got a fever and the only prescription is some McDonald.
2008-09-06 15:26:47
498.   Tripon
Wade's still in the game.
2008-09-06 15:27:47
499.   Andrew Shimmin
Asumably: it's like presumably, except more so.
2008-09-06 15:28:01
500.   Tripon
Jeff Kent and firepower. Seriously, does nobody check stats about Kent?
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2008-09-06 15:28:02
501.   Branch Rickey
496. I think that's like asking if it's a good idea to call a girl often. It depends on who you are, who the girl is and what the situation is.
2008-09-06 15:28:13
502.   KG16
so, being a game up in the win column vs game up in the loss column... which one is better?

And you got to love this: Joe Torre won't say anything bad about Jeff Kent, and I guess you won't either, but...

2008-09-06 15:28:37
503.   MSarg29
I love that Josh Lewin keeps highlighting how Kent's negativity may have been a distraction.
2008-09-06 15:28:54
504.   sporky
500 They're right if firepower is a reference to his temperament.
2008-09-06 15:29:29
505.   Tripon
Russell Martin isn't a leader? RUSSELL MARTIN ISN'T A LEADER?
2008-09-06 15:29:31
506.   Andrew Shimmin
When you're over .500, better to be one up in the loss column. When you're below .500, better to be one game up in the win column.
2008-09-06 15:29:41
507.   MonkeyBlue
Take Wade out please. I don't want him to pitch anymore this afternoon.
2008-09-06 15:29:44
508.   KG16


2008-09-06 15:30:00
509.   blue22
502 - Game up in the loss column, since that means you control your own destiny.
2008-09-06 15:30:46
510.   Bob Timmermann
Although announcers call it "the all important loss column" when all is said and done, you still have to WIN more games to get to the playoffs.

Of course, if this were the 1973 AL East, you may think differently.

2008-09-06 15:30:49
511.   nick
ok, they're not biased, but they are annoying...
2008-09-06 15:31:12
512.   Branch Rickey
Does Grace use a certain cliche a lot? In a word, yes.
2008-09-06 15:31:16
513.   The Dude Abides
Gritty, gritty, runout on that grounder by Eckstein. He almost beat it out! Take that, Manny Ramirez!
2008-09-06 15:31:57
514.   natepurcell
I want to see McDizzle pitch.
2008-09-06 15:32:08
515.   KG16
hmmm, 7-0 late in the game, and a ton of college football on. I'll see y'all on the flip side.
2008-09-06 15:32:47
516.   Indiana Jon
506 It's always better to be one up in the loss column.
2008-09-06 15:32:47
517.   trainwreck
I guess I should listen to the physics professor about which TV to buy.
2008-09-06 15:33:02
518.   trainwreck
It's SHARP for me.
2008-09-06 15:33:07
519.   Tripon
Is that boos or cheers for Nomar? I can't tell.
2008-09-06 15:33:37
520.   Icaros

Well, Grace is an actual D-backs broadcaster, and he is a huge homer, so I don't think people are as paranoid as you say.

2008-09-06 15:33:50
521.   Gen3Blue
Hey, Nomar didn't swing at the first pitch!
2008-09-06 15:33:55
522.   Tripon
Does the D'backs has no young arms in the pen? They're even worse than not using their younglings.
2008-09-06 15:34:08
523.   sporky
519 Has Nomar ever been booed at Dodger Stadium?
2008-09-06 15:35:13
524.   Eric Stephen
I'll give Grace credit for toning down the homerism on national broadcasts. Which makes one wonder, if he can be less of a homer why isn't he that way all the time???
2008-09-06 15:35:16
525.   Indiana Jon
522 They have one good one, but now he has to start tomorrow.
2008-09-06 15:35:41
526.   MC Safety
514 Seriously.
2008-09-06 15:35:57
527.   The Dude Abides
Every time Nomar bats, I fear he will dissolve like the people in the Terminator II Judgment Day dream sequence if he comes out of the batter's box wrong.
2008-09-06 15:36:46
528.   Eric Stephen
Ryne Sandberg swung at the first pitch 268 times in his career.
2008-09-06 15:37:16
529.   Tripon
Looks like Marting got tired of walking, so he went for the strike out.
2008-09-06 15:37:47
530.   blue22
524 - I think it's AZ's broadcast philosophy, since Brennaman, Sutton, and Grace have all been shameless homers.
2008-09-06 15:38:06
531.   Gen3Blue
For the first time in ages I actually have an opinion about something in college football. Vanderbilt--I'm for them.
2008-09-06 15:38:08
532.   thinkblue88
I don't think he is a true homer announcer. He always gives credit and praise to players that deserve it.
I think he just goes along with Sutton when he does the Snakes games.
2008-09-06 15:38:31
533.   Tripon
Forceout for Ethier. Where has the power gone!
2008-09-06 15:39:01
534.   Tripon
Fans are booing Repko. HAH!
2008-09-06 15:39:46
535.   Frip
This Fox play-by-play guy is a mega-dweeb. Comes off like a cross between Richie Cunningham and Lisa Simpson.

Mark Grace speaks in a nearly unbroken pattern of cliches.

2008-09-06 15:41:57
536.   Bob Timmermann
Arizona needs its announcers to be homers because the area has so many transplants. The team wants people to come out to root for their HOME team. An ARIZONA team. They don't want their fan base to be Cubs and Mets fans who have moved to Arizona.

The Dodgers announcers haven't been as homerish because:
1) Vin Scully doesn't like to do it
2) They didn't need to as much when they moved to L.A. because the area really wanted to have a team of its own at that time

The DBacks and Rays were born in an era where it was much easier to follow your old hometown team when you moved away.

When my parents moved to California in 1960, they left behind their Cardinal fanhood and became Dodgers fans. Why? Because the only times they heard about the Cardinals was a few times a year.

So they switched.

But now, you can be a Cubs fan or Red Sox fan or Yankees fan or Mets fan or even a Nats fan for life. Even if you move.

2008-09-06 15:41:59
537.   sporky
McDonald, please?
2008-09-06 15:42:09
538.   trainwreck
I guess the refs are just going to cheat for Notre Dame now.
2008-09-06 15:43:34
539.   Tripon
No McDonald, but we get Elbert.

Repko is a outfielder.

2008-09-06 15:44:44
540.   Bob Timmermann
Refs have been cheating for Notre Dame since Knute Rockne was an undergrad.
2008-09-06 15:44:46
541.   Tripon
Elbert is a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit wild.
2008-09-06 15:45:30
542.   Indiana Jon
Top three things I love about this website:

1) Lots of Dodger fans.
2) Bob
3) Notre Dame haters are funny.

2008-09-06 15:45:33
543.   Bob Hendley
Nice jump-bump by Repko.
2008-09-06 15:45:47
544.   Gen3Blue
Double -luck. Repko was in left. And he didn't try to go through the wall.
2008-09-06 15:47:27
545.   Eric Stephen
ND TD. Boooo!
2008-09-06 15:47:34
546.   Gen3Blue
Elbert has a great arm, and a need for some work on control.
2008-09-06 15:48:01
547.   Tripon
Elbert pulled. Runners on first and 3rd.
2008-09-06 15:48:13
548.   natepurcell
What is Torre doing? Can he just sit still in the dugout until the game is over?
2008-09-06 15:48:15
549.   MC Safety
What the heck is Torre doing.
2008-09-06 15:49:01
550.   thinkblue88
Jason Johnson? Really?
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2008-09-06 15:49:44
551.   Bob Hendley
Joe goes with the PVL.
2008-09-06 15:49:48
552.   Eric Stephen
Let's see how long before Kuo and/or Broxton warm up. :)
2008-09-06 15:50:12
553.   Bob Timmermann
The United States government needs to reinstate the military draft.

Then use it just long enough to take Jimmy Clausen.

Assign him to a station in Greenland.

The rest writes itself!

2008-09-06 15:50:34
554.   trainwreck
What a bunch of bull. Stupid Notre Dame.
2008-09-06 15:50:34
555.   MC Safety
Joe Torre is a stupid idiot.
2008-09-06 15:50:54
556.   Sam NYC
Who's pitching for Arizona tomorrow? Johnson got scratched, right?
2008-09-06 15:51:00
557.   CanuckDodger
McDonald is the REAL Minotaur. I am seeing no evidence of his existence.
2008-09-06 15:51:16
558.   scareduck
556 - Max Scherzer, 3.00 ERA in three starts.
2008-09-06 15:51:23
559.   Gen3Blue
I must admit Torre is a sporting fellow.
He will give them a chance.
2008-09-06 15:51:38
560.   Icaros

If the weather down there is anything like the freakish heat in SF, they are warm.

2008-09-06 15:51:40
561.   Eric Stephen
Max Scherzer
2008-09-06 15:52:03
562.   trainwreck
All McDonald did was produce in the minors.

We don't take kindly to those types around here.

2008-09-06 15:52:04
563.   Indiana Jon
556 Scherzer
2008-09-06 15:52:41
564.   Tripon
How is Jason Johnson able to throw 96 MPH?
2008-09-06 15:53:25
565.   whodat807
Kershaw and Scherzer, battle of the phenoms. Pretty much the complete opposite of the original Maddux v Johnson matchup we thought we were getting.
2008-09-06 15:53:33
566.   trainwreck
Chan Ho and him must have the same doctor.
2008-09-06 15:54:37
567.   Bob Hendley
Another co-players of the game. Like that.
2008-09-06 15:55:22
568.   sporky
How is Torre resisting the urge to send in Broxton in a save situation?
2008-09-06 15:55:36
569.   Frip

That made more than a bit of sense.

However if one can say Vin is not a homer because he just doesn't like it. Then one should include "liking it" as one reason for the Arizona announcers being homers.

(I don't particularly mind when announcers are homers against the Dodgers.)

2008-09-06 15:55:46
570.   Sam NYC
Darn. I'd rather face Johnson.
2008-09-06 15:55:47
571.   Indiana Jon
Does Johnson have his cell phone on his belt?
2008-09-06 15:56:08
572.   Eric Stephen
Julis Erving. "Trust me. I'm a doctor."
2008-09-06 15:56:30
573.   blue22
568 - Isn't it still 7-0? Or am I behind?
2008-09-06 15:56:48
574.   Jon Weisman
571 - You mean his insulin?
2008-09-06 15:56:48
575.   Gen3Blue
Torre can make even this awfully hard to watch.
2008-09-06 15:56:50
576.   MonkeyBlue
Oh my goodness.
2008-09-06 15:56:52
577.   scareduck
Jason Johnson loses the shutout.
2008-09-06 15:56:53
578.   Tripon
All, that's lame. Torre makes another pitching change.

Yeah, whatever.

2008-09-06 15:56:58
579.   thinkblue88
2008-09-06 15:57:00
580.   trainwreck
It's either insulin or a blood-sugar meter. Something with diabetes.
2008-09-06 15:57:11
581.   MC Safety
Jason Johnson stinks.
2008-09-06 15:57:17
582.   ucladodger
Booooooo. This is getting a little silly, Torre. Why not just let McDonald pitch the inning to begin with?
2008-09-06 15:57:31
583.   CanuckDodger
571 -- That's an insulin pump. Johnson is diabetic.
2008-09-06 15:57:40
584.   Bob Timmermann
But Vin Scully is unusual in not being a homer.

And when he worked Dodgers game nationally on NBC, he was accused of being a homer.

The DBacks announcers might like being homers because they like keeping their bosses happy and keep getting paid.

2008-09-06 15:57:50
585.   sporky
Upton redeemed himself!
2008-09-06 15:57:56
586.   Indiana Jon
574 Is that what that is? First time I've seen him pitch (luckily). I had no idea.
2008-09-06 15:58:05
587.   Eric Stephen
I'm all for throwing stuff at the wall to see if it sticks, but after a while you've got to realize that you're just dealing with, well, stuff.
2008-09-06 15:58:12
588.   scareduck
573 - you are now. 7-2 Dodgers.
2008-09-06 15:58:58
589.   sporky
573 I was thinking it was 6-0.
2008-09-06 15:59:05
590.   Gen3Blue
You know, if Torre went right to Broxton or Kuo, it would likely be over, but nobody would have gotten their normal work, which seems to be more important than winning.
2008-09-06 15:59:13
591.   I Love LA
I never liked Jason he possibly gave Arizona life and confidence to win tomorrow. Of course that is if we hold on....
2008-09-06 15:59:37
592.   Eric Stephen
Shameful that Broxton has to pitch here.
2008-09-06 15:59:40
593.   ucladodger
Is it really necesarry for Broxton to pitch today?
2008-09-06 15:59:45
594.   blue22
588 - But it's still not a save situation. I guess that means Broxton shuts 'em down here. Or will he struggle since it's not a save situation? I get confused.
2008-09-06 15:59:50
595.   sporky
591 You must be joking.
2008-09-06 15:59:52
596.   Tripon
Broxton's in this game. what the heck.
2008-09-06 15:59:53
597.   Bilshaw
2008-09-06 16:00:13
598.   scareduck
Must be a Type I diabetic.
2008-09-06 16:00:31
599.   trainwreck

No he's not.

2008-09-06 16:00:36
600.   blue22
589 - Sorry, I start to panic when watching via Gameday that I'm missing something.
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2008-09-06 16:00:47
601.   Tripon
Well, better than Kuo I guess.
2008-09-06 16:01:22
602.   scareduck
The Balboa Bay Club is advertising at Dodger Stadium?
2008-09-06 16:02:04
603.   I Love LA
595 - Not joking about the Jason Johnson comment. As far as giving Arizona confidence to win tomorrow, we will see. I mean it is a much different feeling going home being shutout 7-0 two days in a row as oppose to scoring some runs in the 9th inning. Now they know they can score.
2008-09-06 16:02:23
604.   MC Safety
Joe Torre is crazy.
2008-09-06 16:02:41
605.   sporky
2008-09-06 16:02:53
606.   MonkeyBlue
Oh my! Dodgers are first.
2008-09-06 16:03:03
607.   thinkblue88
2008-09-06 16:03:04
608.   scareduck
Meet your first place Los Angeles Dodgers. Cue that infernal song.
2008-09-06 16:03:08
609.   I Love LA to see if our 1st place will be short lived.
2008-09-06 16:03:13
610.   Jon Weisman
2008-09-06 16:03:20
611.   trainwreck
Come on, throw a pick-six Clausen!
2008-09-06 16:03:20
612.   Tripon
Well, at least this game is over. We're 72-70 now. And Kershaw will shut down the D'Backs hopefully.
2008-09-06 16:03:22
613.   Eric Stephen
When the D-Backs scored 2 in the 9th Wednesday to win, they lost the next two. Where was that carry over?
2008-09-06 16:03:23
614.   Berkeley Doug
Dodgers Win!
2008-09-06 16:03:23
615.   whodat807
First place!
2008-09-06 16:03:36
616.   sporky
603 Now they know they can score.

It's not like Arizona has never scored a run off the Dodgers.

2008-09-06 16:03:40
617.   Humma Kavula
First place, all alone!

Now we go for the sweep.

2008-09-06 16:04:01
618.   ucladodger

I severely doubt Arizona cares about scoring 2 runs off of Elbert and Johnson. They know they got their butts whipped twice in a row. Scoring 2 runs with their scrub players off of a major leaguer in his 1st week and Jason johnson isn't going to turn them into an offensive juggernaut full of confidence.

2008-09-06 16:04:06
619.   Bob Hendley
1st place. It feels good!
2008-09-06 16:04:16
620.   Sushirabbit
Dodgers make all the late nights worth it!
2008-09-06 16:05:33
621.   I Love LA
Tomorrow will be interesting....Our future vs their future.....
2008-09-06 16:05:52
622.   MC Safety
Is there an I Love LA imposter? I could have sworn I saw I Love L.A. last night, but I'm too lazy too check.
2008-09-06 16:06:20
623.   Frip
I think all the people who fancy themselves too cool or sophisticated to exclaim something after a win, should have to exclaim something now.
2008-09-06 16:06:32
624.   Gen3Blue
620 A-men from the E. coast
2008-09-06 16:07:18
625.   I Love LA
618 - That's great and all...but I would prefer the killer instinct. I want to go for the kill....would be nice to see the scrubs having that hunger. Perhaps they need to watch Kobe Bryant more. Don't get me wrong..I am glad we won. But back to work...I am not a very content person.
2008-09-06 16:13:13
626.   Marty
So the Fighting Geniuses are going to pull this one out?
2008-09-06 16:14:50
627.   Marty
I hope everyone has the Notre Dame-Michigan game on their calendars this year. Should be a doozy.
2008-09-06 16:15:31
628.   UVaDodger
Sorry Bob, but GO IRISH!!! this game has been too scary for too long!

Also, only one game left against the D'backs...and we just whipped Webb and Haren. it is good to be a Dodger fan.

2008-09-06 16:20:08
629.   madmac
206 yeah, I guess Ethier has grown up a lot since Manny has arrived.

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