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Save It for Later
2008-09-25 10:15
by Jon Weisman

Just to stay vigilant for a little while longer ... if the Dodgers take things for granted and stumble in the next two days, and Arizona ekes out two wins, well, that won't mean the Dodgers are blowing it, but I guarantee it'll be enough for panic to set in. Dodger fans should be happy, but stay cool.

* * *

As The Griddle, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball Musings point out, there's still quite a close race remaining for two playoff spots in the National League.

89-70 Phillies
87-71 Mets
87-71 Brewers
83-74 Astros

Without too much going awry, Philadelphia, New York and Milwaukee could end up in a three-way tie. Less likely but still possible, there could even be a three-way tie between Houston, New York and Milwaukee for the wild card.

Now, Houston has a makeup game to play against the Cubs on Monday if necessary. So potentially, we might not know until the p.m. of that day whether a three-way tie exists. And then it would take at least two more games to break it: The Astros, based on their superior record in direct competition against the other two teams, would play the winner of a Mets-Brewers game.

In a three-way tie between the Phillies, Mets and Brewers, the Phillies and Mets would play a tiebreaker game for the NL East title, with the loser then hosting the Brewers in a wild-card winner-take-all.

Want any more potential complications? As Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus notes, rain is in the forecast for New York tonight.

* * *

Diamondbacks at Cardinals, 11:15 a.m.

Comments (649)
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2008-09-25 10:22:32
1.   Kevin Lewis
What an exciting season all around for baseball.
2008-09-25 10:24:58
2.   larry slimfast
Sooner or later your legs give way, you hit the ground
Save it for later don't run away and let me down.
Sooner or later you hit the deck you get found out
Save it for later don't run away and let me down, you let me down.
2008-09-25 10:26:15
3.   Harold M Johnson
Great to see our potential competition clawing for their playoff lives, hopefully it will come down to the wire for all 3 and they'll be drained.
2008-09-25 10:28:06
4.   Bluebleeder87

honorable mention:

Chan ho Park

W 4 L 3
IP'd 94
BB 35
Dingers 12
K's 78
ERA 3.06
ERA+ 145

I totally forgot to mention Chan Ho Park on my "stand outs for 2008" another thing I noticed while checking out his numbers on B-R.Com is that he totally rocked as a Dodger & not so much with Tex, Mets & Pads.

2008-09-25 10:31:47
5.   Jacob L
2 Don't make me bore everybody with my English Beat stories again. Thanks for that, though.

3 True, true, but the Dodgers still don't have any guaranteed downtime themselves.

I'm really torn on the remaining races. I probably like the Brewers best, in a vacuum, but I'd rather the wild card come out of the east, so that the Dodgers don't play the Cubs in round 1.

2008-09-25 10:33:37
6.   Kevin Lewis

I understand that, but I would ask for nothing at Christmas if the Dodgers swept the Cubs in three games.

2008-09-25 10:34:03
7.   LoneStar7
3 well that wouldnt exactly help us if we draw the cubs who have been at ease for a while now..
2008-09-25 10:34:50
8.   larry slimfast
2 for those of you unfamiliar with the English Beat...

Go Cards

2008-09-25 10:37:46
9.   underdog
I don't want the Cubs in the LDS either but if they did have to play a game on Monday (and/or doubleheaders this weekend), that wouldn't exactly help them right on the heels of a playoff series. Still, would rather face Phils or Mets, so... go Mets!
2008-09-25 10:38:02
10.   Jon Weisman
7 - It could if they have to play makeup games. Longshot, of course.
2008-09-25 10:38:27
11.   Humma Kavula
I mentioned this last night, but it bears repeating: these two months of Manny have been two of the most enjoyable months of baseball I've ever experienced.

Now, if I may, here is Who I Am Rooting For, In Order, From Here On Out, Among the Teams That Are Still Alive:

1. Dodgers.
2. Rays.
3. Twins.
4. Brewers.

Big Gap.

5. Red Sox, I guess. Old habits die hard.
6. Cubs.
7. Astros, for lack of a better choice.
8. Mets.
9. Angels.
10. Phillies, why not.
11. White Sox.
12. Diamondbacks.

I really, really dislike the White Sox.

The "ESPN Best-Case Scenario," a Red Sox-Cubs World Series, is not what I'm rooting for, but would be acceptable.

A White Sox-Phillies World Series would be an anathema.

2008-09-25 10:40:29
12.   underdog
11 - That's pretty much how I'd rank 'em, too, at least the first 4. I'd have Red Sox, Cubs, Mets, Angels and White Sox all tied for last. :-)
2008-09-25 10:42:19
13.   Humma Kavula
12 The first four are easy. Ranking the last eight is very tough. I don't really care about any of them.

But until the D-Backs are eliminated, they have to be last.

2008-09-25 10:43:55
14.   cargill06
SS Drew
CF Young
LF Jackson
1B Dunn
RF Upton
3B Reynolds
C Snyder
2B Ojeda
P Davis

LF Barton
2B Lopez
1B Pujols
CF Ludwick
3B Glaus
C LaRue
RF Ryan
P Pinero
SS Izturis

2008-09-25 10:44:50
15.   Linkmeister
11 You still hold a grudge because of 1919?
2008-09-25 10:45:26
16.   Bluebleeder87
Bleeder's fall classic wish list:

Dodgers versus Halos
Dodgers versus Red Sox
Dodgers versus Rays
Dodgers Versus White Sox

2008-09-25 10:45:56
17.   Xeifrank
Rays (150:1 to win W.S.) can clinch today with a win. They are 1-1 with Detroit in the 2nd inning (Detroit threatening to score). If I had to list who I am rooting for in order, the list would only be three teams long. I am leaving for China for three weeks on saturday, so I will miss the first two rounds of the playoffs. Please do your best to get the Dodgers and Rays into the W.S. for me. Thanks! If they don't, I want Bob to take names for me!! :)

1A. Rays (based on monetary reasons).
1B. Dodgers
3. Angels
X-1. Cubs
X. Red Sox
vr, Xei

2008-09-25 10:48:33
18.   Dane Bramage
What?!? Nobody wants an Angels-Dodgers "freeway" series? ;-)
2008-09-25 10:49:32
19.   Humma Kavula
15 I hold a grudge because of 2005. "Smart Ball," indeed. I hate Ozzie Guillen.

Fun fact about Ozzie Guillen: he is one of only a very small number* of men to be caught by the Hidden Ball Trick three times.

*That number might be one. I got bored as I tried to confirm that. Let's call it one. Why not? It's more fun to say that Ozzie Guillen is the only man to be caught by the Hidden Ball Trick three times, whether or not it's true.

2008-09-25 10:50:07
20.   bhsportsguy
Keith Law made me smile this morning. His opening lines before today's chat.

So here's my campaign for the moment: if the Dodgers reach the World Series, Fox needs to take one game at Dodger Stadium, lock its regular broadcasters in their hotel rooms (give them the minibar keys if they must), and let Vin Scully call one game, solo. I would be glued to the TV for that.

2008-09-25 10:50:08
21.   Jon Weisman
This is barely funny, but I thought I'd pass it along. SFW.

2008-09-25 10:51:12
22.   Humma Kavula
18 I don't, but I think I'm in the minority. I would guess that 75% or so of DT would prefer Dodgers-Angels, 20% Dodgers-Rays, and 5% Dodgers-Other.
2008-09-25 10:51:53
23.   bhsportsguy
Heres's a puzzle for Bob, if the Cubs v. Mets game gets rained out and then the Mets and Astros tie for the wild card, who would the Cubs play first?
2008-09-25 10:52:46
24.   DaDoughboy
Did you happen to put any $ on the Dodgers at 40-1?
2008-09-25 10:52:52
25.   fanerman
17 The Rays need someone to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for their first ever playoff game. There are no notable Rays of the past who are really worthy to do it. You should fly to Tampa Bay to do it. You believed in them since the beginning of the season.
2008-09-25 10:53:13
26.   Jon Weisman
20 - I'm willing to make that a cause.

My rooting interests among teams still eligible for the playoffs:

1) Dodgers
2) Cubs
3) Rays
4) Angels

5) Astros
6) Brewers
7) Twins
8) Phillies
9) Diamondbacks
10) White Sox
11) Red Sox
12) Mets

2008-09-25 10:53:19
27.   bhsportsguy
22 Actually, I have never been really excited about a Dodger v. Angel World Series. Personally, I would prefer the Red Sox only because I always wanted to see the Dodgers play at Fenway. (And this year, Manny going back to Fenway would be awesome).
2008-09-25 10:53:58
28.   bhsportsguy
25 How about Ned Colletti? (ducks)
2008-09-25 10:58:26
29.   bhsportsguy
Today's lineups at Busch.

1. S. Drew, SS
2. C. Young, CF
3. C. Jackson, LF
4. A. Dunn, 1B
5. J. Upton, RF
6. M. Reynolds, 3B
7. C. Snyder, C
8. A. Ojeda, 2B
9. D. Davis, P

1. B. Barton, LF
2. F. Lopez, 2B
3. A. Pujols, 1B
4. R. Ludwick, CF
5. T. Glaus, 3B
6. J. LaRue, C
7. B. Ryan, RF
8. J. Pineiro, P
9. C. Izturis, SS

2008-09-25 10:59:06
30.   Humma Kavula
26 With regard to your last two teams, I do have to say: a Red Sox-Mets World Series would not be any fun at all.
2008-09-25 10:59:30
31.   cargill06
24 I did in May when they were 11-1 to win the NL.
2008-09-25 11:00:29
32.   Humma Kavula
Betting on baseball? Now you guys can't get into the Hall of Fame!
2008-09-25 11:02:04
33.   DaDoughboy
But I wasn't managing the team so it should be ok in a few years, right?
2008-09-25 11:04:06
34.   cargill06
Paul Philadelphia: I know this is a touchy subject and won't get picked, but do you find anything disturbing/odd about how few of the "scraptacular" players out there are of non-white descent?

Keith Law: (1:17 PM ET ) There is no question in my mind that "scrappy" is a term used to elevate white players who are not that athletic. You almost never hear about unathletic black players who play hard. There's still a lot of latent racism in baseball.

Jeez Keith, sometimes it maybe best to just bite your tounge.

2008-09-25 11:04:41
35.   Linkmeister
19 Ah. Like the old intra-Kremlin fights: no cult of personality here, comrade!

I'm a sentimentalist in the AL; I want the 150:1s to win until they meet the Dodgers (if Our Boys get that far).

2008-09-25 11:05:00
36.   Bluebleeder87

another reason (for me at least) is that the Dodgers have a poor record against the Halos. other than that, for entertainment purposes, I'm all for it.

2008-09-25 11:07:24
37.   bhsportsguy
34 This is nothing new, it is something that has been talked about for about 30 years, particularly in baseball and basketball.
2008-09-25 11:07:34
38.   ToyCannon
Jon said Now, Houston has a makeup game to play against the Cubs on Monday if necessary. So potentially, we might not know until the p.m. of that day whether a three-way tie exists.

If that was to happen however improbable it would be, that would really screw the Cubs as instead of an off day they would have to play. For the integrity of the game since it would decide a playoff partner how would Lou play. Screw integrity and rest his team and best pitchers, or try to win with his starting lineup and his 3rd/4th pitcher? I'd hate to be in that situation but I'm hoping for it just because I'd be interested in seeing how it plays out.

2008-09-25 11:09:02
39.   JoeyP
There is no question in my mind that "scrappy" is a term used to elevate white players who are not that athletic. You almost never hear about unathletic black players who play hard. There's still a lot of latent racism in baseball.

Keith Law, meet Juan Pierre.

Maybe Keith thought Juan was latino & didnt qualify.

2008-09-25 11:09:27
40.   njr
Last night was an experience I literally don't have words to describe. Through my work I got invited to go to the game in some really nice "company" seats that were given to us. I knew they were Dugout Club so I was incredibly excited. But they were not just Dugout Club. They were perfect. They were as close to that dreaming point of view (where you are the players, or sitting next to the players) as one could possible get. I realize the expression "like a kid on Christmas" is clichéd, but it's also entirely accurate. My senses were so heightened the entire night, straining to take everything in.
With the Dodgers winning, it would have been an amazing evening no matter what. But to get to hear: the sound of Andre's bat as he took practice swings; an inconsequential but touching greeting of Tommy Lasorda by Matt Kemp as he entered the on-deck circle; the sound of a Clayton Kershaw fastball hitting Russell's glove (like the sound it makes in little league only infinitely more crisp and wonderful); Frank McCourt thanking his guests for giving him the chance to go eat dinner with his kids for a few innings once the Dodgers had pulled ahead.
For one night, there was no front office tumult. No fears about playoff matchups or even magic numbers. I was able to experience everything I love about baseball totally viscerally. I kept my glove on my hand for most of the game. Amazing plays, like Casey Blake's snag of a hard hit ball down the line, were all the more amazing getting to see them from almost a catcher's perspective. I know it's been said before, but I'll say it again. These guys are amazing physical specimens. I always thought Blake looked like kind of a bean poll. But he is far from thin. His baggy pants barely hide thighs so strong and explosive they could eat my face. And everything everyone has said about Matt Kemp as an athlete is true. Even among other professional ball players his strength and speed are astounding to see up close.
A lot of the unfortunate stereotypes about the Dugout Club are true. With my LA hat, Dodgers jacket, and baseball glove I felt deeply out of place. Until I remember that I was at a baseball game. The section (perhaps because it was by the owner's box) where I sat was eerily quiet in the first few innings. I found myself feeling a little insecure, and unsatisfied in that way that being around a lot of power and privilege tends to make one (or at least me). But luckily I was able to let it all go. To let it be completely about the experience. To take as much in as possible. And it was magic.
I debated whether or not to post pictures here, but decided—what the hell! Why not try to share the experience:

2008-09-25 11:09:47
41.   KG16
i'm all for a freeway series. since the only world series game i've been to was at angel stadium, i'd like to see one at dodger stadium.

actually, i'd like to see games at both stadiums.

2008-09-25 11:11:53
42.   regfairfield
39 Juan Pierre generally isn't called scrappy though.
2008-09-25 11:11:54
43.   JoeyP
if the Dodgers take things for granted and stumble in the next two days, and Arizona ekes out two wins, well, that won't mean the Dodgers are blowing it, but I guarantee it'll be enough for panic to set in

Of course.
Sat/Sun the Dodgers face Cain/Lincecum.
Today is Peavy.

The game the Dodgers should clinch is Friday's game.

2008-09-25 11:13:00
44.   JoeyP
42--I've heard Pierre called scrappy many times.

Scrappy is another word for players with no power.

I dont beleive it has a racial connotation.

2008-09-25 11:15:05
45.   Jon Weisman
39 - Or, maybe that's why he explicitly used the word "almost."
2008-09-25 11:15:22
46.   DaDoughboy
I'm wondering if my head will explode: getting married in Cabo (will be there from 10/4 to 10/18) on 10/9/08..which is when the NLCS starts.

Does anybody know if they get TBS down there? I'm assuming the nicer hotels have cable, but..

2008-09-25 11:15:30
47.   underdog
34 Keith Law, meet Juan Pierre. Juan Pierre, meet Keith Law.
2008-09-25 11:15:44
48.   Bob Hendley
39 - Meet Maury Wills. For that matter meet Jr. Gilliam and Mr. Robinson. Always considered them to be scrappy, so I guess I didn't know what it meant.
2008-09-25 11:17:32
49.   Jon Weisman
Gameday link above is fixed.
2008-09-25 11:17:51
50.   Alex41592
And they are underway with a Stephen Drew flyout to left.
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2008-09-25 11:19:21
51.   Humma Kavula
46 Congratulations!
2008-09-25 11:20:12
52.   Linkmeister
News flash! Mets suspend season!

2008-09-25 11:20:36
53.   underdog
Pineiro vs. Davis in St Louis could = quite a few runs today. No runs for AZ in top of 1st though.
2008-09-25 11:20:41
54.   cargill06
Josh Chicago: Alexei Ramirez is pretty damn scrappy and he isn't white.

Keith Law: (1:57 PM ET ) Your "s" key is stuck.

This made me laugh, boy does he hate Alexi.

2008-09-25 11:20:42
55.   Alex41592
D'Backs go 1-2-3. Cardinals coming up in the 1st, No score.
2008-09-25 11:21:12
56.   Bob Hendley
46 - Or, you could enjoy Candy and Sr. No-nono-no, on the Latin feed.
2008-09-25 11:21:39
57.   underdog
52 Hey! I made that joke here yesterday (with AZ instead of NY); I want partial credit from Slacktivist.
2008-09-25 11:21:39
58.   ToyCannon
I'm with BHsportsguy this year. Normally I'd be rooting for a Angel/Dodger World Series but with the whole Manny angle I think a Dodger/RedSox World Series would be the biggest world series in years. Fox would be giddy. Almost as giddy as a Cub/RedSox matchup. They must be dreading a Dodger Ray/Phillie match up or Dodger Ray/Brewer match up.
2008-09-25 11:23:35
59.   JoeyP
How can he not like Ramirez?
He's a 2nd basemen thats hit 20hrs, and has an OPS of .801. I probably wouldnt desribe him as scrappy though.
2008-09-25 11:23:43
60.   Jon Weisman
That joke now falls under rule 5 and rule 8 ...
2008-09-25 11:23:55
61.   Alex41592
One on, one out for Pujols.
2008-09-25 11:25:02
62.   Jacob L
Here we go Cardinals, here we go! Clap. Clap.
2008-09-25 11:26:26
63.   underdog
60 Party pooper... ;-)

Now 2 one with 1 out for the Cards bottom of the 1st.

2008-09-25 11:26:44
64.   Alex41592
1st and 3rd for Ludwick.
2008-09-25 11:26:56
65.   Jacob L
Rooting for Pujols is fun because he's good.
2008-09-25 11:27:10
66.   Alex41592
Ludwick pops out. 2 out.
2008-09-25 11:27:44
67.   Linkmeister
57 Oh, sorry. In a thousand comments I must have missed it. Fred certainly took it to logical extremes, though, you gotta admit.
2008-09-25 11:28:34
68.   ToyCannon
Your actually going to bring up players from 50 years ago who were all all-stars for racial discussion in the 21st century related to fringe ballplayers? Peruse the rosters and find the 24th/25th guys who are black. They are hard to find, even the Lenny Harris/Sharperson combo of time past is not very evident anymore.

Is it racism or do fringe black players quit while the gazillions of Hispanic fringe players continue to play? I don't know and I don't agree with Law's use of the word "scrappy" in defining racism but I think studies have shown that if you are not a above average black player the odds of making the major leagues are longer then the odds for other races. Reggie Abercombie excepted.

2008-09-25 11:30:26
69.   Alex41592
Full count to Glaus.
2008-09-25 11:31:06
70.   Alex41592
And he walked him. Bases loaded for LaRue.
2008-09-25 11:31:44
71.   Jacob L
65 Jason LaRue, on the other hand . . .
2008-09-25 11:31:52
72.   KG16
in play, runs


2008-09-25 11:32:00
73.   Alex41592
Line drive...BASE HIT!

2-0 Cardinals Bot 1!

2008-09-25 11:32:04
74.   underdog
Yay! LaRue comes thrue!
2008-09-25 11:32:15
75.   bhsportsguy
71 He mocks you.
2008-09-25 11:32:21
76.   overkill94
Frenchy LaRue with the two-run single!
2008-09-25 11:32:35
77.   JoeyP
Dodgers may not need any more wins to clinch.
2008-09-25 11:33:51
78.   Jacob L
75 Hey, that's the Kreuter Phenomenon (in which I rip a player right before he comes through)! Note - cannot be intentionally invoked.
2008-09-25 11:33:58
79.   Alex41592
2-0 Cardinals Top 2.
2008-09-25 11:36:11
80.   Jacob L
2008-09-25 11:36:15
81.   Alex41592
Adam Dunn solo HR 2-1 Cardinals.
2008-09-25 11:37:07
82.   underdog
Stupid Dunn halves the lead.
2008-09-25 11:38:36
83.   underdog
Like I said, this one could be high-scoring, predict about a 7-5 final. Hopefully with Dbacks on the losing end.
2008-09-25 11:38:55
84.   KG16
i'm not liking adam dunn.
2008-09-25 11:39:15
85.   Alex41592
#200 for Reynolds.
2008-09-25 11:39:50
86.   Kevin Lewis
Dunn was all over that 1st pitch
2008-09-25 11:40:07
87.   Alex41592
2-1 Cardinals Bot 2.
2008-09-25 11:40:18
88.   DaDoughboy
thanks..! Should be the best week of my life I figure. Golf/Marlin fishing/Dodger playoff baseball..Oh, ya, and wedding..
2008-09-25 11:40:51
89.   Kevin Lewis
Joe Maddon from the Rays looks just like my pastor
2008-09-25 11:40:53
90.   overkill94
85 At least he's in the record books now
2008-09-25 11:41:34
91.   cargill06
jennnifer chicago: compare the potential of kershaw, schrezer and lincecum and there stuff and numbers please

Keith Law: (2:36 PM ET ) Changing your user name doesn't make me more likely to answer, jeff/jennnifer/whoever. Scherzer's slightly behind the other two, and I've said before I see him as a reliever. Kershaw could be as good as Lincecum is now, but from the L side, three-pitch power pitchers with + curveballs. Lincecum's control improved in his early 20s, and I expect Kershaw's to do the same.


2008-09-25 11:46:30
92.   Alex41592
2-1 Cardinals Top 3.
2008-09-25 11:50:45
93.   overkill94
I thought the current Cardinals would have great numbers against lefties since they're mostly right-handed, but it didn't quite turn out that way. Pujols and Ludwick have raked lefties and righties fairly equally this year, but Glaus is actually much better against righties (.881 OPS vs. 740). Yadier Molina was the only one with favorable splits and he's hurt.
2008-09-25 11:52:43
94.   MC Safety
That YouTube vid on The Juice Blog is wild.
2008-09-25 11:52:45
95.   Alex41592
2-1 Cardinals Bot 3.
2008-09-25 11:53:50
96.   overkill94
This is a strange story - according a clubhouse insider for the Mariners, a lot of players on the team hate Ichiro so much that there was talk of beating him up earlier in the year.

2008-09-25 11:54:45
97.   KG16
96 - if we don't resign Manny, I'm down for an Ichiro trade.
2008-09-25 11:56:11
98.   Bob Hendley
68 - I just brought up those players in regards to how I understood the term "scrappy", all the rest of this discussion seems like something you needed to get off your chest. Go for it.
2008-09-25 11:56:33
99.   Disabled List
How did the Diamondbacks lead the NL West all summer long without Adam Dunn?
2008-09-25 11:59:05
100.   Bluebleeder87
I'm gonna do most of my traveling during my golden years.
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2008-09-25 11:59:31
101.   underdog
2 on, nobody out for Cards after Pujols walks.
2008-09-25 11:59:34
102.   Humma Kavula
99 The same way the Dodgers stayed right behind them: no team in the NL West was good. The two best were both mediocre.
2008-09-25 11:59:52
103.   Alex41592
Lopez and Pujols reach. Two on, nobody out for Ludwick.
2008-09-25 12:01:46
104.   cargill06
96 Maybe a trade to Cleveland?
2008-09-25 12:02:42
105.   Alex41592
Ludwick K.
2008-09-25 12:04:37
106.   LoneStar7
larue can be a hero
2008-09-25 12:04:40
107.   Alex41592
Bases loaded again for LaRue.
2008-09-25 12:05:40
108.   Neal Pollack
In two hours, we will be champions of the West.
2008-09-25 12:06:04
109.   Alex41592
GIDP 2-1 Cardinals Top 4.
2008-09-25 12:06:14
110.   LoneStar7
106 and he keeps the dbacks season alive
2008-09-25 12:07:18
111.   fanerman
knock on wood
2008-09-25 12:08:21
112.   JRSarno
Awesome DP, Cards.
2008-09-25 12:11:37
113.   Dane Bramage
111 Knuckles bloodied and crushed by now?
2008-09-25 12:13:35
114.   Alex41592
2nd and 3rd with two outs. Reynolds up.
2008-09-25 12:13:45
115.   LoneStar7
uh oh...reynolds with a chance to take the lead
2008-09-25 12:14:51
116.   fanerman
113 I knock softly. Otherwise people at work will get mad at me.
2008-09-25 12:15:07
117.   Alex41592
Base hit 3-2 Arizona.
2008-09-25 12:15:11
118.   underdog
Confarnit! I knew Pineiro was due to stink.
2008-09-25 12:15:16
119.   Bluebleeder87
Things I didn't know (Wikipedia on Tony La Russa): La Russa was signed by the Kansas City Athletics as a middle infielder prior to the start of the 1962 season. He came up to the A's the next season, making his debut on May 10, 1963. In the following off-season he suffered a shoulder injury while playing softball with friends, and the shoulder continued to bother him during the remainder of his playing career.
La Russa has Hispanic ancestry and speaks fluent Spanish

I knew of the shoulder injury but didn't know it was caused by playing softball. I use to think Tony La Russa was Italian & Torre was hispanic, seriously.

2008-09-25 12:15:16
120.   LoneStar7
well shoot
2008-09-25 12:15:45
121.   KG16
you know what, I don't even care if the Diamondbacks win today. The way the Dodgers have been crushing the ball lately, I want them to have something to play for in the last home game of the season.

And please don't remind me that it's Dodger Killer Jake Peavy taking the mound tonight.

2008-09-25 12:16:13
122.   Icaros
Oh well, the Cards won two for us, can't ask for much more than that.
2008-09-25 12:16:46
123.   Alex41592
3-2 D'Backs Bot 4.
2008-09-25 12:17:25
124.   Jacob L
I was about to contribute to the fake, old-timey profanity with a "goldaggumit" or something like that, but it seems like you guys have got it covered.
2008-09-25 12:17:59
125.   Bluebleeder87
kind of like Piazza (Wikipedia) Ludwick Ryan Ludwick played for the UNLV Rebels for three seasons before being drafted in 1999 by the Oakland Athletics in the second round, 60th overall.

man, Oakland sure knows how to pick-them.

2008-09-25 12:19:36
126.   MollyKnight
Um, if anyone cares about the songs baseball players use when they come up to bat, here:

The player lets you select the songs and listen.

I worked on this project for a very, very long time.

2008-09-25 12:20:00
127.   Bluebleeder87

I agree. Let's not get greedy people.

2008-09-25 12:20:00
128.   Jon Weisman
121 - It's Dodger Killer Jake Peavy taking the mound tonight.

What you said is a leading contender for "famous last words." :)

2008-09-25 12:20:17
129.   underdog
125 Wasn't Piazza picked in the 67th round or something ridiculous? And mostly because he was Lasorda's godson. Talk about picking a nugget. Ludwick in the 2nd round is a little different. :)
2008-09-25 12:20:39
130.   Alex41592
Leadoff walk for the Cards.
2008-09-25 12:20:46
131.   underdog
I wouldn't give up on this game just yet anyway, it is Doug Davis pitching after all.
2008-09-25 12:21:33
132.   Alex41592
Runner at 2nd and one out for Izzy.
2008-09-25 12:22:03
133.   Ken Noe
126 I actually was looking for that the other day, thanks Molly.
2008-09-25 12:22:04
134.   dzzrtRatt
ohnoarizonaswinningpeavyispitching thedodgersaregonnablowittheyhavenoheart

...just warming up.

2008-09-25 12:22:10
135.   underdog
Hail Cesar! He comes through!
2008-09-25 12:22:11
136.   Alex41592
Triple for Izzy.


2008-09-25 12:22:26
137.   Icaros

They should let me pinch hit.

2008-09-25 12:22:58
138.   dzzrtRatt
Why did we ever trade the best double-play shortstop in history!
2008-09-25 12:23:36
139.   bhsportsguy
126 Happy belated birthday Molly, if you were here, I would bring you red velvet cupcakes.
2008-09-25 12:24:58
140.   Alex41592
Wow, Brian Barton is just awful.
2008-09-25 12:26:20
141.   oshea2002
I know he's a rule 5 guy, but was it really worth keeping Brian Barton on the roster all year. He is simply terrible.
2008-09-25 12:27:03
142.   Jon Weisman
126 - I'm impressed.
2008-09-25 12:27:34
143.   underdog
Molly, that at bat music tracker thing is really cool. Kudos! Fun to sample the Dodgers tracks via iTunes.


Every time I see him, Barton just does not impress me in his at bats at all. I'm sure I'm just seeing him at his worst, but not impressed.

2008-09-25 12:28:30
144.   Dane Bramage
126 Very impressive! It sure lets me know how vastly out of touch I am with current pop music...
2008-09-25 12:29:15
145.   Alex41592
3-3 Top 5.
2008-09-25 12:30:04
146.   LoneStar7
126 yes this is awesome! I never recognize any of those rap songs, and finally I know what James Loney's song too, nice job.

I think I might have to make a good mojo playlist if we make the playoffs

2008-09-25 12:30:35
147.   oshea2002
143 - they're one of the three teams in my market with the 2 chicago teams, so I watch the Cards a bunch. He never impresses.
2008-09-25 12:30:49
148.   Icaros
I think you have to be a Manny-level hitter to have hair like Barton's work for you, too. Otherwise you're just Royce Clayton.
2008-09-25 12:32:47
149.   MollyKnight
Thanks, guys. I literally pestered every MLB team for months. And in the article in this issue of the Magazine I did a chart comparing a team's winning percentage to their average Billboard chart ranks.

Yes, I am a dork.

Also, see the Lil Wayne interview. It spawned him becoming a blogger for espn, which has blown up bigger than I could have imagined.

2008-09-25 12:33:00
150.   JJ42
126 That's awesome Molly. Actually, paying attention to a player's theme music is one of the fun things my friends and I do at the game. We then get into what would be our personal theme songs.

Funny thing, during Manny's first game with the Dodgers, his theme music was "Sent from Heaven" by Keisha Cole.

Oh and it was your birthday? Red velvet cakes, double fudge cupcakes, may you get whatever you wish for!

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2008-09-25 12:33:29
151.   Jon Weisman
149 - Did I miss your Top Chef story?
2008-09-25 12:33:57
152.   Jacob L
Far be it from me to judge the Dodgers musical tastes. I've never heard of the vast majority of songs/artists. I do think its at least marginally cool that Joe Beimel likes the White Stripes, and marginally hilarious that Mark Sweeney's song is "Dr. Feelgood."
2008-09-25 12:34:32
153.   Dane Bramage
Could someone fill me in on what occurred for AZ's third out in the fourth? Snyder's at-bat just vanished into the ether on Yahoo gameday...
2008-09-25 12:35:30
154.   bhsportsguy
153 I believe he struck out.
2008-09-25 12:35:56
155.   Jacob L
153 He struck out.
2008-09-25 12:36:30
156.   MollyKnight
151-No, it got combined into the "102 Things About Chicago Baseball" feature:

I did the Dempster and Soto interviews, too.

2008-09-25 12:36:58
157.   Alex41592
126 - Beyond excellent. ace, banner, blue-ribbon, brag, capital, champion, fine, first-class, first-rate, prime, quality, splendid, superb, superior, terrific, tiptop, top.

The boys' songs are one of the things I think about during the course of a game. So, thank you.

2008-09-25 12:39:17
158.   Alex41592
3-3 Bot 5.
2008-09-25 12:39:57
159.   MollyKnight
Thanks so much guys. They hyped the stuffing out of the Lil Wayne stuff I did but I don't think this has been added to's main page yet. I worry people aren't going to see it, and I think they would like it!
2008-09-25 12:40:08
160.   Xeifrank
7-5 Bot 8.
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 12:40:30
161.   kngoworld
The random button is also fun, I love Diamond Trax.
2008-09-25 12:41:55
162.   JJ42
149 Lil' Wayne pulls for the Dodgers? That's great. And the Rays, because of David Price? That's cool because he said that even before Price got called up.

Maybe the Dodgers' crack PR team should hook him up with some free tickets so he could go to his first MLB game.

2008-09-25 12:42:34
163.   Alex41592
Pujols leads off with a double.
2008-09-25 12:43:30
164.   surfing slug

Number 43 on the old season.

2008-09-25 12:43:52
165.   Ken Noe
Come on Redbirds, you owe us.
2008-09-25 12:44:54
166.   underdog
If the Dbacks lose this one, I think they should repress the score from Dodger players and not show it on the scoreboard. Then if the Dodgers win, they celebrate. And if they lose, they reveal the score and they celebrate. IF.
2008-09-25 12:46:09
167.   Alex41592
Ludwick walks. 1st and 2nd for Glaus.
2008-09-25 12:46:31
168.   Alex41592
Doug Davis' regular season is over.
2008-09-25 12:47:03
169.   Jon Weisman
166 - Ah, if only it were 1908.
2008-09-25 12:48:40
170.   LogikReader

On the other hand, if things work out, the Dodger regulars could get some valuable rest.

That reminds me...

The Angels, unless they're still fighting for Home Field, have played nearly a month of meaningless games. Not saying it affects them per se, but I still think they'll be the first to be bounced in the playoffs.

Maybe I'm biased...


2 on, nobody out. LETS DO THIS THING St. Louis!!!!

2008-09-25 12:50:07
171.   LogikReader
A walk! The bases are loaded!!
2008-09-25 12:50:46
172.   Disabled List
Bases loaded for LaRue, AGAIN.
2008-09-25 12:50:50
173.   Alex41592
Leo Rosales comes in and throws 4 balls.

Hey, the bases are loaded. Guess who's up?

Jason LaRue.

2008-09-25 12:51:04
174.   I Love LA
166 - but what if the guys are checking DT as we speak.
2008-09-25 12:51:18
175.   Bluebleeder87

has anyone one like this? it must be a little weird for the Dodgers I would think.

2008-09-25 12:51:32
176.   Jacob L
Bases llenos. No hay outs.
2008-09-25 12:52:09
177.   oshea2002
Hopefully Kennedy demanded a trade again today. That seems to work for him.
2008-09-25 12:52:11
178.   Ken Noe
Prediction: Lineup if Arizona loses:
C Ardoin
1B Sweeney
2B DeWitt
SS Furcal
3B Ozuna
OF Repko, Pierre, Young
P Maddux
2008-09-25 12:52:28
179.   Alex41592
LaRue 3 pitches 3 strikes. Adam Kennedy pinch hitting for Ryan.
2008-09-25 12:52:59
180.   Jacob L
LaRue coming through twice would have been too much to ask.
2008-09-25 12:53:07
181.   LoneStar7
larue could become a dback legend
2008-09-25 12:53:15
182.   underdog
Even with the bases loaded and nobody out, given the sorry lot of hitters due up for the Cards I don't have much faith they do much here.

And there's LaRue, alas not proving me wrong.

2008-09-25 12:53:37
183.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
If the D-backs do lose this, let's hope the Dodgers save the champagne until after the game.
No need to play like that drunk Russian high-jumper.
2008-09-25 12:53:50
184.   LogikReader
Wow... just wow, Kennedy.
2008-09-25 12:53:54
185.   I Love LA
170- I am rooting for the angels to be bounced. I work in the OC and their fanbase is arguably the most ignorant fans in sports. They don't have a clue as to what they are talking about.
2008-09-25 12:53:56
186.   Alex41592
A weak little pop up to third.
2008-09-25 12:54:03
187.   oshea2002
The cards should be burying the Snakes today, yet it's tied.
2008-09-25 12:54:40
188.   whodat807
If this is true, I want no part of the Mets this postseason:

2008-09-25 12:54:44
189.   underdog
166 Was not meant to be too serious - I don't think it's possible to repress the score from the players, yet alone the fans.
2008-09-25 12:54:44
190.   still bevens
This is what it sounds like... when doves cry.
2008-09-25 12:54:52
191.   Jacob L
Wow, he pinch hits for Ryan, but not Piniero. Thanks for the help, Tony.
2008-09-25 12:55:11
192.   Xeifrank
Tampa Bay 150:1 Rays will have to wait atleast a few more hours to clinch the AL East. Lost 7-5.
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 12:55:38
193.   Alex41592
2 and 1 to Joel Pineiro
2008-09-25 12:55:50
194.   Xeifrank
Yeah, can't believe Pineiro hits here.
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 12:56:32
195.   LoneStar7
2008-09-25 12:56:42
196.   Alex41592
And he strikes out.

3-3 Top 6.

2008-09-25 12:56:50
197.   Disabled List
2008-09-25 12:56:58
198.   Jacob L
At least the Cards will now have 2 crummy leadoff men to start the 6th.
2008-09-25 12:57:06
199.   underdog
Bleh. That was pretty sad.
2008-09-25 12:57:43
200.   Jon Weisman
I would guess the Dodgers will start pretty much their regular lineup tonight, with the possible exception of Martin, no matter what - for the benefit of the sold-out crowd and for the good vibes they would get. But they could get subbed out early if the division is already won.
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2008-09-25 12:58:55
201.   Xeifrank
Wonder what game LaRussa is saving his bullpen for?
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 12:59:22
202.   Xeifrank
201. I know, I know... what bullpen!
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 13:01:15
203.   Xeifrank
200. Good point, plus they probably want to help Maddux get his 391st win.
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 13:01:55
204.   LoneStar7
adam being adam
2008-09-25 13:03:05
205.   Alex41592
3-3 Bot 6.
2008-09-25 13:04:04
206.   Ken Noe
I'm feeling a little better about Pineiro staying in.
2008-09-25 13:04:49
207.   Alex41592
I have no idea if this has been said but J.T Snow will be the Giants starting first baseman tonight. Sort of.

2008-09-25 13:04:55
208.   Xeifrank
206. I am a little bit too, especially after I reminded myself how bad the Cardinals bullpen is.
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 13:06:07
209.   trainwreck
Not a lazy day at the ballpark for us, Cards announcers.
2008-09-25 13:06:15
210.   Alex41592
Izzy with a leadoff walk.
2008-09-25 13:06:36
211.   Bluebleeder87
I seriously want Russell to rest man.
2008-09-25 13:07:24
212.   underdog
Wait, is GameDay right? Did they just IBB Izturis to start the inning? I guess they think Barton is that terrible, too.
2008-09-25 13:07:33
213.   Alex41592
207 - For Saturday's game against us.
2008-09-25 13:07:52
214.   Jon Weisman
14 baserunners for St. Louis so far.
2008-09-25 13:08:05
215.   oshea2002
I really want this game. I want our regulars to rest, I want to see McDonald start a game, and I really would like to see Furcal, a lot, over the next 4 days.
2008-09-25 13:08:22
216.   Bluebleeder87

that was really cool, I sent it to my cubicle neighbor, he's all cracking up right now.

2008-09-25 13:08:53
217.   LogikReader

...only the Giants

2008-09-25 13:09:43
218.   Alex41592
Izzy steals second.
2008-09-25 13:10:05
219.   oshea2002
If La Russa is gonna hit for regulars I wish he would have sent Schumaker up here.
2008-09-25 13:10:48
220.   overkill94
Sideshow Barton with the bunt hit!
2008-09-25 13:10:54
221.   oshea2002
I'd say I stand corrected, but that was a terrible bunt by Barton. Better to be lucky then good I guess.
2008-09-25 13:10:55
222.   Alex41592
Bunt hit for Barton. 1st and 3rd for Lopez.
2008-09-25 13:11:08
223.   underdog
That JT Snow thing just makes me shrug my shoulders but it's kinda hard to believe they had open spots on their 40 man. I know they're not in a playoff race but also points to their lack of depth in organization right now. Whatever, Snow gets to take the field then take a seat. I just pray that game is totally meaningless separate from that.
2008-09-25 13:11:15
224.   Ken Noe
Awesome little bunt.
2008-09-25 13:11:36
225.   Alex41592
Pena in, Rosales out. Upton out, Salazar in.
2008-09-25 13:11:46
226.   underdog
Barton shows some scrappiness, bunts and makes it safely, 1st and 3rd no outs.
2008-09-25 13:11:49
227.   Disabled List
The Cardinals are driving me insane today. Break this game open, already.
2008-09-25 13:11:56
228.   bhsportsguy
224 Has Auburn recovered from last Saturday?
2008-09-25 13:12:46
229.   underdog
Upton out?!
2008-09-25 13:13:11
230.   LogikReader
For some of us that game could have some meaning. Who was it (besides me) that had a bet on whether the Giants could win 73 games?
2008-09-25 13:13:59
231.   Tripon
jennnifer chicago: compare the potential of kershaw, schrezer and lincecum and there stuff and numbers please

SportsNation Keith Law: Changing your user name doesn't make me more likely to answer, jeff/jennnifer/whoever. Scherzer's slightly behind the other two, and I've said before I see him as a reliever. Kershaw could be as good as Lincecum is now, but from the L side, three-pitch power pitchers with + curveballs. Lincecum's control improved in his early 20s, and I expect Kershaw's to do the same.

2008-09-25 13:14:37
232.   Alex41592
Lopez pops to left. Pujols up.
2008-09-25 13:14:50
233.   bhsportsguy
Walk Pujols here?
2008-09-25 13:15:06
234.   Ken Noe
228 Pretty much with the Vols arriving soon, but it was plenty glum first of the week. Not just the loss, mind you, but losing to rival LSU. Three Bayou Bengals tried to start fights with me walking to our stadium, and as you now know bh, I'm not a kid anymore. Worst fans in college football.
2008-09-25 13:15:29
235.   Alex41592
They will pitch to Pujols.
2008-09-25 13:15:40
236.   I Love LA
come on Albert show us why you deserve the MVP
2008-09-25 13:16:11
237.   oshea2002
234 - u guys are gonna roll the Vols on Saturday.
2008-09-25 13:16:24
238.   Bluebleeder87
so I guess it's still tide up right? you guys are my window to the score, don't wanna open up to many windows on the computer.
2008-09-25 13:16:24
239.   Alex41592
Sac fly to center.

4-3 Cardinals!

2008-09-25 13:16:39
240.   Ken Noe
2008-09-25 13:16:46
241.   Jon Weisman
Three innings to go.
2008-09-25 13:16:53
242.   bhsportsguy
234 Nick Saban isn't helping matters.
2008-09-25 13:17:01
243.   LoneStar7
2008-09-25 13:17:20
244.   underdog
Whew, that was pretty close at the plate but Izzy's hustle gets it done!
2008-09-25 13:17:23
245.   JRSarno
Oh yea!
2008-09-25 13:17:26
246.   Nigel
Sac fly for Albert. Close play at the plate but Izzy is SAFE!

4-3 Cards.

2008-09-25 13:17:28
247.   bhsportsguy
Ludwick will hit it out.
2008-09-25 13:17:52
248.   Ken Noe
237 Hope so; the offense is still way out of synch.
2008-09-25 13:18:32
249.   underdog
230 Hah hah. Oh noes! Forgot about that.

Regardless of what it means, I would like to see the Dodgers span the Giants, even if carried out by their backups.

2008-09-25 13:19:01
250.   oshea2002
How about 9 more outs, a division title, the Trojans roll by 40 tonight, we play our bench players but beat Peavy anyway, and celebrate. That is what I'm hoping for.
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2008-09-25 13:19:01
251.   Alex41592
Full count to Ludwick.
2008-09-25 13:19:43
252.   trainwreck
Yeah, D-Backs bullpen!
2008-09-25 13:19:47
253.   Alex41592
Base hit!

5-3 Cardinals!

2008-09-25 13:19:51
254.   underdog
Spank, not span.

Yes! Ludwick comes through!

2008-09-25 13:19:51
255.   LoneStar7
2008-09-25 13:20:45
256.   fanerman
2008-09-25 13:21:00
257.   underdog
I've heard cooked snake tastes just like chicken. :-)
2008-09-25 13:21:04
258.   Ken Noe
Dunn fields first base like I did--can't get the glove on the ground. Course he hits better.
2008-09-25 13:21:08
259.   Alex41592
Glaus singles up the middle. 1st and 2nd for who? LaRue that's who.
2008-09-25 13:21:22
260.   LoneStar7
alright Larue has got one good at bat, and two bad ones..lets see if he can do it.
2008-09-25 13:21:40
261.   Ken Noe
242 Parole Tide Parole.
2008-09-25 13:21:47
262.   Bluebleeder87
i'm glad the D-Backs bullpen is bad this year man.
2008-09-25 13:22:11
263.   oshea2002
248 - I'd like to see Burns play a bit more. I just think you run the best athlete out there when running the spread, unless the other guys is light years ahead in running the offense and throwing the ball. I liked what I saw from Tate on Saturday. Running on LSU is nearly impossible, but he ran hard.

Auburn and UGA are the only good teams in the SEC that I can stand. I hope you guys win big. We all went out there for the 2003 game, we were treated amazingly by the Auburn fans, even after our big win.

2008-09-25 13:22:28
264.   ucladodger
Molly, love the work, especially the interview with Wayne. Send that interview to the Rays and maybe they'll get Wayne to throw out the first pitch!
2008-09-25 13:22:47
265.   Alex41592
LaRue flies to left.

5-3 Cardinals Top 7.

2008-09-25 13:23:03
266.   underdog
PU, LaRue. But we'll take the two runs. Given the Cards' bullpen I would hope for one more.
2008-09-25 13:23:27
267.   Disabled List
Jason LaRue has left 8 men on base. Collectively, the Cards have left 25 runners on.
2008-09-25 13:25:50
268.   MollyKnight
I'm going to the Cubs/Mets game tonight. What should I be cheering for?
2008-09-25 13:26:09
269.   DaDoughboy
25 LOB for Cards today, this could be a lot worse (or better I guess)..
2008-09-25 13:26:34
270.   Jacob Burch
2008-09-25 13:26:49
271.   Alex41592
2008-09-25 13:26:59
272.   Disabled List
268 Mets. We want them in the first round, not the Cubs.
2008-09-25 13:27:00
273.   Jon Weisman
Eight outs to go.
2008-09-25 13:27:21
274.   Jacob L
Reynolds has the record and is piling it on.

268 I'd say Mets. They have to make the postseason for us to play them.

2008-09-25 13:28:02
275.   Tripon
Mark Reynolds is a bad player.
2008-09-25 13:28:03
276.   fanerman
268 Cheer for Carlos Voltron from 188
2008-09-25 13:28:16
277.   Alex41592
268 - A long grueling great game.


2008-09-25 13:28:17
278.   Jacob Burch
7 outs
2008-09-25 13:28:17
279.   underdog
The only prediction I'll make for this game is 2 more DBacks will strike out before it's over.


Molly, root for the Mets, as noted above, we'd rather see them or Phils than the Cubs.

2008-09-25 13:28:22
280.   Jon Weisman
Okay, I'll let Alex do it.
2008-09-25 13:28:40
281.   DaDoughboy
For Pedro to revert to Pedro circa 1999.
2008-09-25 13:28:51
282.   dodgerstang

Mets. First, they could use all the help they can get. Second, they still have the slim chance to grab the east, which would mean, assuming the brewers fall off, that we'd get to feast on that bullpen.

2008-09-25 13:29:02
283.   underdog
6 outs to go, amigos y amigas.
2008-09-25 13:29:04
284.   Alex41592
5-3 Cardinals Bot 7.


2008-09-25 13:29:08
285.   Jacob L
6 to go. Pretty solid effort from Pineiro, who I assume is headed to the shower.
2008-09-25 13:29:09
286.   bhsportsguy
I would leave the starter out there with StL bullpen.
2008-09-25 13:29:12
287.   oshea2002
Gotta pull for the Mets.
2008-09-25 13:29:21
288.   Jacob Burch
6 outs
2008-09-25 13:29:41
289.   DaDoughboy
2008-09-25 13:29:49
290.   BlueinBerkeley

Love the rhyme job.

2008-09-25 13:29:59
291.   Alex41592
We can all count it down!
2008-09-25 13:30:29
292.   underdog
If it's still this score in the 9th I may have to listen to the DBacks broadcast, just to hear Sutton's very sad panda voice.
2008-09-25 13:30:41
293.   Ken Noe
263 Thanks. Burns is supposedly still banged up, but the new OC likes Todd irregardless. That 2003 game was fun just to hear your band in person.
2008-09-25 13:31:22
294.   JRSarno
6 outs
2008-09-25 13:31:52
295.   underdog
290 Hah. Thanks. That was not planned, but it comes close to poetry.

I forget to stay in character sometimes, and don't often bust out with the rhymes.

2008-09-25 13:31:54
296.   JRSarno
288 - LOL. didn't see that.
2008-09-25 13:32:31
297.   Bluebleeder87
2008-09-25 13:32:48
298.   blue22
292 - Yes! Taste the sad, Sutton!
2008-09-25 13:32:54
299.   Alex41592
Kennedy leads off with a double plus a SCY bobble and ends up at third.
2008-09-25 13:33:00
300.   Jacob Burch
Adam Kennedy still demands a trade.
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2008-09-25 13:33:04
301.   DaDoughboy
A-K with the trey!
2008-09-25 13:33:14
302.   trainwreck
Can you smell it?!!

It smells like victory.

2008-09-25 13:33:15
303.   underdog
Woo hoo! "Trade Me" with a triple!
2008-09-25 13:33:43
304.   blue22
300 - Hey, if he keeps this up, someone might actually want him.
2008-09-25 13:34:44
305.   Alex41592
Base hit Miles!

6-3 Cardinals!

2008-09-25 13:35:16
306.   Xeifrank
268. A rainout.
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 13:35:16
307.   trainwreck
A slow agonizing death for the Diamondbacks.

In my weaker moments, I pity them.

2008-09-25 13:35:21
308.   Jon Weisman
Insurance run brought to you by AFLAC.
2008-09-25 13:35:29
309.   cargill06
2008-09-25 13:36:56
310.   overkill94
156 Awesome article! Unfortunately I don't have iTunes so I can't hear any of the songs. Anywho, here are some of my favorites:

Cherub Rock (Jacoby Ellsbury)
Danger Zone (Nick Swisher) - for comedy's sake
Elevation (Scott Podsednik) - because it's fitting in Colorado
Poison (Curtis Granderson) - kickin' it old school!
Unsung (Geoff Blum)
Rhythm and Police (Kaz Matsui) - because the artist is Dance Dance Revolution
Want Your Body (Mark Teahen) - because it's sung by Jose Lima; did he lose a bet or something?
No Leaf Clover (Casey Blake) - his Killers songs are good choices too!
We've Had Enough (Chan Ho Park) - Chan Ho is an Alkaline Trio fan?!?
Joe Mauer Theme Song (Joe Mauer) - I love that it has explicit lyrics
Seek & Destroy (John Maine)
You're the Best Around (Andy LaRoche)
Moby Dick (Michael Barrett)
15 Step (Barry Zito)
Walk (Eric Hinske) - this one would be a finalist for my own at-bat song
Hanging Tough (AJ Burnett) - never thought I'd see NKOTB on this list

Seems that baseball players are big into hip-hop, country, and hard rock. I also realized that I've never heard of Rick Ross but he seems to be very popular.

2008-09-25 13:37:20
311.   Xeifrank
Cardinals win expectancy is 96.3%.
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 13:38:34
312.   Alex41592
Izzy bunts Miles to 2nd. Schumaker pinch hitting for Barton. Thank you.
2008-09-25 13:38:56
313.   Bluebleeder87
I've got chills, there multiplying...
2008-09-25 13:39:14
314.   underdog
If the Dbacks do lose this game, personally I think having a lot of K's, lack of clutch hitting and bad pitching from the bullpen will be an appropriate way for them to go out. Not to pour salts on their wounds.
2008-09-25 13:39:32
315.   ToyCannon
With this win I've kind of lost all interest in going to the game tonight. I knew we'd win the division but I did think we'd have to at least win tonight or one game in SF. This is all so anti-climatic to win because Arizona lost.
2008-09-25 13:40:08
316.   cargill06
311 Assuming the 1 game play-off is 50/50 our chances of winning the divison are now 99.98961%
2008-09-25 13:40:36
317.   underdog
Er, salt. Didn't mean to make it weirdly plural.

This game is keeping me from having lunch til really late...

2008-09-25 13:40:58
318.   fanerman
315 It's the NL West. If the D-Backs lost, would could be a more appropriate way to clinch?

(knock on wood)

2008-09-25 13:41:13
319.   DodgerBlueBruce
268 Hope both teams get into a benches clearing brawl. Numerous players from both teams ejected/suspended from post season play.
2008-09-25 13:41:14
320.   DaDoughboy
Pour away Morton girl. Pour away...
2008-09-25 13:41:17
321.   Xeifrank
Given all current parameters, the Dodgers chances of winning the NL West are 99.51%.
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 13:41:19
322.   Jon Weisman
315 - Nothing beats a good wrap party.
2008-09-25 13:41:24
323.   Connector
Hi everybody,

I've been a lurker all season on "Dodger Thoughts" but thought I'd join the happy anticipation.
The D-backs' defense this inning looks like the defense of players who've given up.
I still want the Dodgers to win tonight, for pride's sake if nothing else.

2008-09-25 13:41:36
324.   Alex41592
Schumaker infield single. 1st and 3rd for Lopez.
2008-09-25 13:41:40
326.   Bluebleeder87
The AJ Burnett song I was guilty of liking as well. I grew up with 6 sisters o.k....
2008-09-25 13:41:42
327.   fanerman
2008-09-25 13:41:48
328.   Nigel

I also like Andy LaRoche's song - "You're the Best Around" (aka the theme of The Karate Kid). I always got a chuckle out of that song choice when he would come to bat for the Dodgers.

2008-09-25 13:41:53
329.   Jon Weisman
St. Louis gets its 20th baserunner.
2008-09-25 13:42:04
330.   Gagne55
314 It would best if the last out was Mark Reynold's 200th K.
2008-09-25 13:42:49
331.   Jacob Burch
It becomes increasingly likely that the second best seats I've ever had may be in a useless game.

And I'm ok with that. Seis!

2008-09-25 13:44:16
332.   Samuel

Hate to burst your bubble, but I think he's already at 201 K's for the year.

2008-09-25 13:44:17
333.   Tripon
330 Reynold already has 200 strike outs.
2008-09-25 13:44:20
334.   bhsportsguy
330 You mean his 202nd.

The Angels won their game to reduce their number to 1 and then later on, Texas lost so they clinched it while in the clubhouse.

Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay and Boston clinched their playoff spots by winning their game.

2008-09-25 13:44:43
335.   Jim Hitchcock
Looking pretty good here.
2008-09-25 13:44:57
336.   Alex41592
Lopez pops it up. Pujols up.
2008-09-25 13:45:24
337.   Alex41592
Petit is pitching.
2008-09-25 13:45:43
338.   Kevin Lewis
Man, seeing that shot of Bob Melvin makes me feel for them. This could easily be us, and I feel for any Diamondbacks fan right now.
2008-09-25 13:45:55
339.   Gagne55
Oh, so Reynolds has the record then. He better keep up the K-ing though. Howard and Cust are nipping at his heels.
2008-09-25 13:46:12
340.   Neal Pollack
Pop the cork, baby!
2008-09-25 13:46:21
341.   dodgerstang
I wish Russell Martin would use the theme from the old TV show "Martin" as his at bat music. It just goes "Martin, Martin... You So Crazy". Will someone please suggest this to him.
2008-09-25 13:46:26
342.   overkill94
Can we pop the champagne yet?
2008-09-25 13:46:50
343.   Jacob Burch
340 And there it is.
2008-09-25 13:46:52
344.   Kevin Lewis
Thank you, Albert....MVP
2008-09-25 13:46:52
345.   Nigel
2008-09-25 13:46:56
346.   Xeifrank
Are the Dodger players in the clubhouse yet? Hope someone has some video of them, if indeed the Cardinals win.
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 13:46:59
347.   Bob Timmermann
Yellow alert for Albert Pujols in St. Louis. This is a yellow alert.
2008-09-25 13:47:00
348.   Alex41592


9-3 Cardinals

2008-09-25 13:47:00
349.   Jon Weisman
Oh my.
2008-09-25 13:47:11
350.   dodgerstang
Hooray! Hooray!
Show/Hide Comments 351-400
2008-09-25 13:47:14
351.   Connector
Thar' she blows!
2008-09-25 13:47:24
352.   JRSarno
Time for "unbridled enthusiasm," Jon?
2008-09-25 13:47:27
353.   GMac In The 909
OK, I'm sold. Pujols for MVP.
2008-09-25 13:47:31
354.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
The Redbirds are more like the Raven in this series:
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
2008-09-25 13:47:31
355.   trainwreck
Put 'em in a body bag!
2008-09-25 13:47:32
356.   DaDoughboy
Que the Queen song baby!!
2008-09-25 13:47:35
357.   bobsbrother
And with that, St. Louis presents its case for Pujols as MVP.
2008-09-25 13:47:46
358.   bhsportsguy
You knew it. Its done. That shoulting you hear is from the Dodger Stadium.

Also some type of alert for Pujols.

2008-09-25 13:47:46
359.   Disabled List
This is going to be one strange celebration tonight.
2008-09-25 13:47:58
360.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Guys, I just opened my victory beer.
2008-09-25 13:48:06
361.   Ken Noe
Good gravy, I'm 50 years old and I'm sitting here wearing my LA cap with tears in my eyes. Can it be real?
2008-09-25 13:48:17
362.   underdog
I wonder if Pujols home run there was when Fanerman officially decided he could stop knocking on wood.
2008-09-25 13:48:24
363.   JoeyP
I doubt any of the players are at Dodger Stadium.



2008-09-25 13:48:33
364.   bobsbrother
the case for Ryan Ludwick for MVP
2008-09-25 13:48:33
365.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
And one more!
2008-09-25 13:48:36
366.   old dodger fan
I think Torre is revising the line up card as we speak.
2008-09-25 13:48:41
367.   Gen3Blue
Feels pretty close. We may get to see an odd line-up tonight.
2008-09-25 13:48:44
368.   Humma Kavula
That'll do, Pujols. That'll do.
2008-09-25 13:49:05
369.   Who Is Karim Garcia


2008-09-25 13:49:07
370.   Bob Timmermann
Juan Pierre might be at the stadium already.
2008-09-25 13:49:09
371.   DaDoughboy
Oh no..! Salt salty salt!!
2008-09-25 13:49:10
372.   Alex41592
Ludwick GONE!

10-3 Cardinals.

2008-09-25 13:49:17
373.   bhsportsguy
If this was 8 and Under baseball, they could call it off.
2008-09-25 13:49:23
374.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
Speaking of gravy...
2008-09-25 13:49:23
375.   Xeifrank
99.7% win expectancy for Cards now. Dodgers playoff probability is now at 99.9986%. I'd say we got a good shot at it. :)
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 13:49:29
376.   bobsbrother
Mike Shannon on Cards radio: "They're dancing in the streets in L.A."
2008-09-25 13:49:31
377.   kinbote
Say goodbye to Madame George!
2008-09-25 13:49:34
378.   seesdifferent
back to back Ludwig
2008-09-25 13:49:37
379.   Who Is Karim Garcia
My goodness, Ludwick has more homers than Pujols?
2008-09-25 13:49:42
380.   fanerman
2008-09-25 13:49:43
381.   underdog
Ay caramba, Cards are just piling it on now. I'd almost feel sorry for... Nah.

Mmmmmmmmm....barbecued rattlesnake... ooooooooohhh.... {drool}

2008-09-25 13:49:49
382.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Three postseason appearances in the last five years.
I'll take it, in a heartbeat.
2008-09-25 13:49:56
383.   dodgerstang
What are the odds Petit is not a D-back next year?
2008-09-25 13:50:02
384.   Woden325
Redbird Romp... Huzzah!
2008-09-25 13:50:03
385.   Eric Stephen
I doubt any of the players are at Dodger Stadium.

I doubt any of the players aren't at DS.

2008-09-25 13:50:04
386.   bhsportsguy
363 I bet Hu, DeWitt, Furcal, and Pierre are there already.
2008-09-25 13:50:23
387.   fanerman
376 No dancing until the Diamondbacks lose or the Dodgers win. No dancing!!!!
2008-09-25 13:50:33
388.   JRSarno
Looks like Johnny swept the leg.
2008-09-25 13:51:03
389.   MonkeyBlue
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dodgers is going to win the division!!!! So happy!!!!
2008-09-25 13:51:06
390.   bobsbrother
Troy Glaus just misses a homer.
2008-09-25 13:51:19
391.   fanerman
363 Andre Ethier is late because he's busy volunteering at the local animal shelter right now. What a good guy.
2008-09-25 13:51:31
392.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Casey Blake said they'd celebrate before the game and play "buzzed" if they have to.
2008-09-25 13:51:33
393.   Alex41592
It's going to be one big party tonight. I say start the regulars and pull them out one by one.
2008-09-25 13:51:37
394.   Bob Timmermann
You don't really have Champagne there do you?
2008-09-25 13:51:40
395.   fanerman
389 Don't tempt fate!!!!!
2008-09-25 13:51:41
396.   bhsportsguy
390 Are you at the ballpark?
2008-09-25 13:51:49
397.   blue22
Juan Pierre is absolutely there, rolling balls down the chalk line. He's getting a start tonight!
2008-09-25 13:52:12
398.   Humma Kavula
387 Allright, Smog.
2008-09-25 13:52:23
399.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Meanwhile, Bob scours Google Image Search for "light."
2008-09-25 13:52:25
400.   fanerman
6 more outs people!!!! 6 MORE OUTS.
Show/Hide Comments 401-450
2008-09-25 13:52:55
401.   Xeifrank
Out of 1 million trial runs the DBacks win the division 4 times. I think Juan Pierre leads off in 3 of those 4. :)
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 13:53:02
402.   bobsbrother
When I showed up at the ballpark this afternoon, my colleagues asked if I was there to celebrate the Dodgers reaching the playoffs.
2008-09-25 13:53:10
403.   Bob Timmermann
They're actually all done ahead of time.
2008-09-25 13:53:22
404.   underdog
Okay, I take it back, fanerman is still worried. At ease everyone. Hold your fire.
2008-09-25 13:53:26
405.   Mariano Duncan Sheik
2nd best thing about this is that I can watch the SC game and switch over to see the celebration after it's over. Thank you Stl!
2008-09-25 13:53:44
406.   Bob Timmermann
Remember the words of Jerome Holtzman.
2008-09-25 13:53:51
407.   Dave60
Most of the time I lurk. I only rarely comment. But the season wouldn't have been the same without hanging out on Dodger Thoughts and reading the banter, switching back and forth to MLB.TV or GameDay. With the Pujols, and now Ludwick, homeruns in the bank, allow me to say that you have collectively added much to my enjoyment of the season. It wouldn't have been the same without Dodger Thoughts. Thanks. Onward to the playoffs!
2008-09-25 13:53:52
408.   DodgerBlueBruce
Dodger Clubhouse Attendants-
Please be sure Mr. Beimel has a plastic champagne glass. Thank You
2008-09-25 13:54:00
409.   okdodge
See you all in the playoffs.....Woo Hoo!!!!
2008-09-25 13:54:05
410.   Jon Weisman
402 - An old friend in the press box! Nice to see your roots on display.
2008-09-25 13:54:14
411.   trainwreck
2008-09-25 13:54:36
412.   Fan since 59
Joining the victory party. Now I can enjoy the USC game without channel surfing back to Prime tonight. I imagine there won't be a lot of regulars in the lineup tonight. Maybe Raffy can get in a few innings. It would be nice to have him for the postseason. Thanks St. Louis
2008-09-25 13:54:58
413.   Bluebleeder87
2008-09-25 13:55:13
414.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
403 - Something special planned for the Snakes?
2008-09-25 13:55:35
415.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
I love how Gameday continually shows the base loaded for the Cards.
2008-09-25 13:56:20
416.   Icaros
A Tom Timmermann appearance!
2008-09-25 13:56:27
417.   fanerman
412 The party hasn't started yet. There may not even be a party today. Or ever! Please cease any party-related movements until the Diamondbacks lose or the Dodgers win.
2008-09-25 13:56:51
418.   Gilberto Reyes
The Cardinals award the Dodgers with 4 tune-up games!

Russell Martin could really use the rest.

2008-09-25 13:57:05
419.   Disabled List
408 - LOL
2008-09-25 13:57:38
420.   Gagne55
416 Bob's relative?
2008-09-25 13:57:42
421.   trainwreck
Jason La Rue looks like Lawrence from Office Space.
2008-09-25 13:57:48
422.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
It is comforting when the team you want to win and give up a run for an out in order to win.
2008-09-25 13:57:53
423.   Fan since 59
417 The D-backs won't comeback. They can't face their own bullpen.
2008-09-25 13:57:55
424.   underdog
I still think an image from Poltergeist should be used for the Snakes entry on the Griddle.
2008-09-25 13:58:06
425.   Alex41592
The 7th inning finally ends.

10-3 Cardinals Top 8.

Ground control to Major Tom: Commencing countdown engine's on!

2008-09-25 13:58:21
426.   Gen3Blue
When the magic No. became 5,I never imagined it might only take five games to accomplish it. For a long time things haven't gone that way for the Dodgers.
2008-09-25 13:58:23
427.   bhsportsguy
Fate, superstition, I mock thee.

And yes, I am typing this while wearing a catcher's mask, a green sweater and doing the can can.

Oh wait, someone is knocking at the door.

2008-09-25 13:58:33
428.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
Sorry - can give up a run for an out...
2008-09-25 13:58:43
429.   fanerman
425 Major Tom knows to not commence countdowns until the "launch" is definite.
2008-09-25 13:59:01
430.   bobsbrother
One should bear in mind that the Cards' bullpen stinks. Seven runs would seem safe, and Jason Isringhausen isn't in the pen. But still ...
2008-09-25 13:59:11
431.   Xeifrank
The NL playoff picture is still fuzzy, but I believe we have now qualified for a bowl game. I am thinking if we don't get selected to play in the Orange Bowl, it will be the Rose Bowl. I think the Cubs will probably get the Orange Bowl invite along with the fairly local Tampa Bay team.
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 13:59:16
432.   Icaros

They will now be known as the Arizona Carol-Annes.

2008-09-25 13:59:17
433.   Jon Weisman
The Office season premiere is tonight!
2008-09-25 13:59:30
434.   Gilberto Reyes
So much for the concerns about Jake Peavy tonight.
2008-09-25 13:59:38
435.   underdog
I'm as superstitious as they come and even I am celebrating. But out of respect for fanerman I will not officially celebrate just yet.
2008-09-25 14:00:27
436.   fanerman
Jason LaRue has not had a good game today.
2008-09-25 14:00:35
437.   Woden325
427 Who can it be now?
2008-09-25 14:00:49
438.   MonkeyBlue
433. Crap, I have class. I'll miss the Premiere. Oh well I just watch it online, but Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia is also air tonight at 10:00!
2008-09-25 14:01:16
439.   Eric Stephen
I haven't been able to follow the game much due to a hellish day at work (migrating email servers = not fun), but I was happy when I saw it was 6-3. I was about to load the audio when my brother (less famous than Bob's brother) called to tell me Pujols homered.

What a glorious day!

2008-09-25 14:01:21
440.   Disabled List
I have a can of Fresca at my desk that I will pop in celebration as soon as the last out is recorded in St. Louis. My co-workers may be upset to get drenched in Fresca, but I don't care.
2008-09-25 14:01:51
441.   Jacob Burch
Back to work so I won't be able to count down with you all (my toy has figured out how to easily read DT on the iPhone, but not post), so I will talk to you folks after I get home from the game tonight, hopefully with Hu, Furcal, and Sweeney scouting reports. I do hope Joe lets Manny swing at least once, though, being as close as I'll be.
2008-09-25 14:01:52
442.   Jon Weisman
Ah, nothing like the leadoff walk issued with a seven-run lead.
2008-09-25 14:02:15
443.   LOB
Hi All,

I haven't posted for a while, but y'all kept me from dire depression throughout the 8-loss slide, and from irrational exuberance as we climbed back, step by step. And now, this. Wow.

I was at the game last night, and it was pure pleasure, from the early need to fight back, to Nomar's HR, the kids coming through in the clutch and then some, Manny's smokin' homer, seeing Grouchy-pants back in to get a hit and SMILE, Raffy almost double, and even Juan for Four, socks pulled up, getting juan for juan!

I'm happy. I love these guys, and look forward to (hopefully, with still-crossed fingers) watching them and reading DT in the days to come.

2008-09-25 14:02:18
444.   Who Is Karim Garcia
We said we'd have another DT meet up when we made the playoffs.

We need to make this happen.

2008-09-25 14:02:30
445.   GiantturnedDodger
The Dodgers should play tonights game like a beer league game, a keg at each base. On second thought that might not be such a good idea.
2008-09-25 14:02:53
446.   Xeifrank
Vegas odds just changed heavily on our game. I guess smart money says the Dodger regulars won't see much action with the DBacks losing today. vr, Xei
2008-09-25 14:03:06
447.   underdog
442 fanerman shakes his fist at us all.
2008-09-25 14:03:07
448.   Icaros

I have a can of Fresca some drunk girl left in my fridge a month ago.

2008-09-25 14:03:17
449.   fanerman
444 IF!!!
2008-09-25 14:03:39
450.   Alex41592
Show/Hide Comments 451-500
2008-09-25 14:04:01
451.   surfing slug
2008-09-25 14:04:11
452.   underdog
441 Permission to root against Sweeney tonight?
2008-09-25 14:04:12
453.   fanerman
2008-09-25 14:04:14
454.   bobsbrother
I would argue against claims of my fame. Though I was on the radio with Roger Twibell the other day!
2008-09-25 14:04:37
455.   Eric Stephen
We should meet right before the championship parade in downtown LA.

Sorry, fanerman. :)

2008-09-25 14:05:03
456.   capdodger
Are you sure that's Fresca?
2008-09-25 14:05:16
457.   Alex41592
2008-09-25 14:05:37
458.   bhsportsguy
454 If it was Al Trautwig, then that would be something.

What is the over/under on Rams wins this year, 2?

2008-09-25 14:05:51
459.   Eric Stephen
My brother has never conversed with anyone from the movie Cool Runnings.

Oh wait, that was Al Trautwig. "Go Jam!"

2008-09-25 14:05:54
460.   Jon Weisman
I have designated Alex as the official countdowner. I was impressed by his use of bold.
2008-09-25 14:05:57
461.   Fan since 59
445 I used to play in a fraternity intramural league at Cal State L.A. We took our positions with a can of beer every inning. If you were an infielder and the batter knocked your beer over with a ground ball it was an automatic out.
2008-09-25 14:05:59
462.   fanerman
2008-09-25 14:06:25
463.   bigcpa
Count me among those mildly disappointed holding tickets for tonight's game. On Tuesday morning the magic # was 5. I am stunned that 5 in a row have gone the Dodgers way. After 8 of 11 had gone AZ's way. Nuts.

There are still Game 4 seats avail on Ticketmaster btw. Just bought some nice blue levels.

2008-09-25 14:06:29
464.   capdodger
2008-09-25 14:06:46
465.   underdog
448 Bring that, or her, tomorrow.
2008-09-25 14:06:53
466.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Did the Dodgers clinch the division any earlier than this any time prior to, say, 1988? It feels like a lot of the more recent playoff appearances weren't assured until the last game or two...

It will be very nice for the Dodgers to be able to set up their rotation, try out Furcal, and otherwise not push the regulars too hard for the next four games in readying themselves for the playoffs. Of course, anything can happen, but FanGraphs shows there to be a 99.8% chance of the Cards winning this game right now...

2008-09-25 14:07:01
467.   Who Is Karim Garcia
I have my gift card ready to buy my NL West champions tshirt.
2008-09-25 14:07:12
468.   dodgerstang
2008-09-25 14:07:19
469.   dianagramr

Maybe he has the drunk girl in the freezer! :-P

(waving to all the DT celebrants)

2008-09-25 14:07:20
470.   capdodger
damn... missed a '$'
2008-09-25 14:07:20
471.   Alex41592
10-3 Cardinals Bot 8.


2008-09-25 14:07:22
472.   Icaros

I'd rank you a step above Bernie Miklasz.

2008-09-25 14:07:51
473.   regfairfield
So, Manny for MVP? He's been about a four win improvement over Pierre, and it looks like we're going to take the division by that much.
2008-09-25 14:08:20
474.   Humma Kavula
I wonder what fanerman is keeping in his hip pocket to pay this off at the end of the game. That should be one hell of a comment.
2008-09-25 14:08:21
475.   bobsbrother
Two seems a reasonable number. Really, you should be happy they're not in Los Angeles anymore.

The coach will be fired on Monday. Tuesday at the latest.

2008-09-25 14:08:24
476.   Bob Timmermann
Bernie Miklasz holds St. Louis in the palm of his hand.

My brother, you can strain him through a sieve.

2008-09-25 14:08:32
477.   Bill Crain
Where's Steve?
2008-09-25 14:08:46
478.   ImprobableImpossible
What a glorious lunch break!

Finish them, Cards!

2008-09-25 14:08:46
479.   LogikReader
After what I saw in parts of July and mid August, I can't believe this is happening.

3 outs to go!! Ho baby!

2008-09-25 14:09:34
480.   Icaros
The drunk girl actually lives in LA County and is an Angels fan. She's also some other guy's drunk girl, which is fine with me.
2008-09-25 14:09:48
481.   Eric Stephen
458 ,459
Great minds think alike. Idle minds, think of Al Trautwig! :)
2008-09-25 14:09:52
482.   capdodger
477 Steve? Of FJT fame? Or are you talking about another Steve?
2008-09-25 14:10:34
483.   Jimmyv11
IF we clinch, we playing the Cubbies for sure?
2008-09-25 14:10:46
484.   bhsportsguy
476 If and your brother were standing side by side, which one would we pick as the librarian?
2008-09-25 14:10:57
485.   blue22
477 - I think he posts as "I Love LA" now. :)
2008-09-25 14:10:58
486.   Disabled List
I can't believe first-round playoff seats are still available. Come on, Dodger fans, even the Rays were able to sell out those games.
2008-09-25 14:11:13
487.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
482 No. It could be the Cubs, Mets, or maybe even the Phillies.
2008-09-25 14:11:14
488.   regfairfield
483 Only if the Brewers take the Wild Card.
2008-09-25 14:11:25
489.   bhsportsguy
483 No, nothing is settled yet.
2008-09-25 14:11:34
490.   dzzrtRatt
Well, at least Arizona fans won't be saying "coulda, shoulda, woulda." Three hits against mediocre pitching wasn't going to get anything done.
2008-09-25 14:11:37
491.   Icaros

Linehan? Good, only a year too late.

2008-09-25 14:11:55
492.   bhsportsguy
486 Its Game 4, if I gets there, it will be sold out.
2008-09-25 14:11:55
493.   jtrichey
You know who I don't feel sory for? Darren Sutton.
2008-09-25 14:12:18
494.   underdog
C'mon Cards, speed this up, I have work to do!
2008-09-25 14:12:53
495.   bhsportsguy
491 Are you coming down for the playoffs?
2008-09-25 14:13:04
496.   Kevin Lewis

Maybe it is because of the ridiculous "convenience" fees charged by TicketMaster. I mean I think each seat for the NLCS was an extra $15 in fees.

2008-09-25 14:13:29
497.   capdodger
494 Seriously. They should just swing at everything even if it's an IBB attempt.
2008-09-25 14:13:31
498.   blue22
492 - Its Game 4, if I gets there, it will be sold out.

How many tickets are you planning on buying?

2008-09-25 14:13:44
499.   GMac In The 909
My guess at tonight's lineup:

Furcal, SS
Pierre, CF
Manny, LF*
Kent, 2B#
Sweeney, 1B
PeeWee, RF
DeWitt, 3B
Ardoin, C
Maddux, P

*Repko enters after 1-2 ABs
#Hu/Ozuna enters after five innings

2008-09-25 14:13:57
500.   overkill94
444 Name the time and place and I'll be there!

Unless I can't, of course

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2008-09-25 14:14:01
501.   Bill Crain
That's the one.
2008-09-25 14:14:21
502.   bobsbrother
Cards broadcaster John Rooney just thanked Darren Sutton for encouraging listeners to vote for Mike Shannon for the Hall of Fame.
2008-09-25 14:14:42
503.   underdog
499 I bet you you're pretty close to spot on with that one. And I hope they all do well, especially Furcal. Except Sweeney.
2008-09-25 14:15:09
504.   Disabled List
Cesar Izturis went 3-for-3 to help his old team clinch. What a guy.
2008-09-25 14:15:18
505.   Icaros

I hadn't planned on it, but I will be in LA on the nights of 9/30 and 10/1 for a work conference.

2008-09-25 14:15:36
506.   bhsportsguy
502 Does he get extra credit for his restaurant?
2008-09-25 14:15:40
507.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
499 - Doesn't sound like Kent is healthy enough.
2008-09-25 14:16:00
508.   underdog
{Waving arms} {dressed as General from Monty Python skits} Right! Director! Stop that. Stop that. This game has gotten silly. It started out as a perfectly reasonable game and now it's just gotten silly. You will end this game immediately {harumph}
2008-09-25 14:16:15
509.   GMac In The 909
503 Haha. But Sweeney is a professional hitter. How can you root against him? =)
2008-09-25 14:16:23
510.   Branch Rickey
So do the Dodgers jump around after the final out tonight? Even if they lose?
2008-09-25 14:16:40
511.   JRSarno
i don't see there being any way kent starts tonight with that hobbled appendage of his, but what do i know. However, w/ Raffy, i say yes.
2008-09-25 14:16:55
512.   Ken Noe
504 He is a free agent....
2008-09-25 14:17:23
513.   Bob Timmermann
What's the specialty at Mike Shannon's restaurant? Besides liquor.
2008-09-25 14:17:51
514.   bigcpa
My guess is they start the regulars then pull them after 1 AB like on senior day at Pauley.
2008-09-25 14:17:53
515.   Humma Kavula
This game can't end until Albert resolves his Condition Yellow.

Thief River Falls must be satisfied!

2008-09-25 14:17:58
516.   underdog
Oh yeah, and i agree about Kent, I don't see any way he starts in the field tonight. That will surprise me. It'll be Hu or Ozuna at 2nd, or maybe DeWitt to start and then a switch.
2008-09-25 14:18:01
517.   Alex41592
Icing tastes good!

12-3 Cardinals Bot 8.

2008-09-25 14:18:06
518.   trainwreck
2008-09-25 14:18:07
519.   dianagramr
As a (way) aside, tonight may just be Pedro Martinez's last start ever.
2008-09-25 14:18:19
520.   bhsportsguy
Yellow alert, yellow alert.
2008-09-25 14:18:28
521.   JRSarno
This is insult to injury, 12-3, and I am happily asking for more salt.
2008-09-25 14:18:31
522.   Rob M
Has there been any talk of how the Dodgers might want to set up their playoff rotation? I've been too busy to be here much so I might have missed it. I'm thinking Lowe/Bills/Kuroda in that order. Who's 4 - Maddux or Minotaur?
2008-09-25 14:18:37
523.   Eric Stephen
I plan on doing that alone at my desk at work!
2008-09-25 14:18:37
524.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
Well, it is starting to look good. Starting to.
2008-09-25 14:18:49
525.   Connector
G-d is a Dodgers fan. :-)
2008-09-25 14:18:49
526.   Ken Noe
513 Sizzling steak and seafood.
2008-09-25 14:18:57
527.   underdog
Jeezus, the game that would not end. The Dbacks bullpen is waving the white flag but no one's looking.
2008-09-25 14:19:14
528.   Jimmyv11
If they clinch i say they show character and determination and move on to sweep the lowly Giants to make a statement going into these playoffs that they are a team to be reckon with!
2008-09-25 14:19:15
529.   Disabled List
510 No. We won't get the dogpile scene, but hopefully we'll get shots of them celebrating in the clubhouse. I really wonder if they're going to have champagne BEFORE a game.

I also wonder if they're gonna let Clayton have some bubbly.

2008-09-25 14:19:34
530.   blue22
519 - I mentioned earlier that it could be Maddux's last start too.
2008-09-25 14:20:16
531.   bhsportsguy
I think Torre will one, respect Maddux and try to win tonight for him, two, will want to keep his players focused and three, he will want at home for the fans.

This weekend in San Francisco is a whole other story.

2008-09-25 14:20:16
532.   ToyCannon
Remember where we were on

now think of where we are now.

Maybe the greatest turn around I've ever witnessed as a 42 year Dodger fan that resulted in a Division Championship.

2008-09-25 14:20:32
533.   bobsbrother
If I recall correctly, the Cards got in a few years ago when the team chasing them lost a game that ended in the middle of the Cards' game. La Russa took a lot of guys out, and the Cards lost, but still went nuts in the clubhouse. Since you shouldn't drink and play baseball, I'm guessing the Dodgers will do the same.

And, alas, Pujols is pinch hit for, so no cycle for him.

2008-09-25 14:20:35
534.   Bob Timmermann
Cycle alert canceled. Stand down.
2008-09-25 14:20:45
535.   fanerman
528 Thank you for using the word "if."
2008-09-25 14:21:14
536.   underdog
519 Which makes me feel a bit sad, or at least wistful, if that ends up the case. I'm certainly rooting for him tonight!

Seriously, throw strikes, Ledezma. This is just torturous.

2008-09-25 14:21:46
537.   Humma Kavula
522 While there's nothing for certain, I would be highly surprised if Joe Torre asked Greg Maddux to pitch out of the pen so that Kershaw could start.

Kershaw would be better, I agree, but I think it would almost certainly be Maddux who got the ball.

2008-09-25 14:21:47
538.   Alex41592
9th inning in St. Louis. Time to gather around the campfire.
2008-09-25 14:21:55
539.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Let the countdown resume.
2008-09-25 14:22:06
540.   JRSarno
ok.... 3 baby!
2008-09-25 14:22:18
541.   underdog
541 - Sigh, I can't wait to see Mark Sweeney's 3-4 at bats tomorrow night. (The only downside of it all.) I wonder if we'll see Eric Stults at last though.
2008-09-25 14:22:23
542.   Sam NYC
Looks like the D'Backs have chosen to stave of elimination by never getting out of this inning.
2008-09-25 14:22:24
543.   trainwreck
2008-09-25 14:22:44
544.   Sam NYC
Just when I say it . . .
2008-09-25 14:22:51
545.   JoeyP
Manny certainly made the difference.
Looks like Ned's gamble paid off.

At the very least, even if Joe Crede's playing 3b & Manny's playing for the Yanks next year ~ the 2008 season was enjoyable.

2008-09-25 14:23:04
546.   DaDoughboy
I work in a bank, and am getting Randy Newman ready on my ipod to play thru our musak system.
2008-09-25 14:23:12
547.   joemc
clinch or not, i really hope Maddux doesn't give up 7 runs in three innings tonight.
2008-09-25 14:23:24
548.   alexx
Dunn needs exactly one more home run to finish with 40 for the fourth consecutive year.
2008-09-25 14:24:02
549.   dianagramr

quite possibly the WORST rock/metal song ever ...

2008-09-25 14:24:03
550.   bhsportsguy
544 Long time no see.
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2008-09-25 14:24:08
551.   ToyCannon
Going to frame that.
2008-09-25 14:24:39
552.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
542 Stop it. I am at work and cannot afford laughing out loud...

(Just letting you know you made me laugh!)

2008-09-25 14:24:55
553.   JRSarno
537 - Seems to me you gots to have kershaw in the discussion as he's our lefty... recall Quo Game 1 against the Mets in '06... just need situational starting pitching in the playoffs... maddux potentially getting shelled in early innings against a left heavy lineup scares the be-Jesus out of me.
2008-09-25 14:25:20
554.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
545 - Flags fly forever.
2008-09-25 14:25:24
555.   bhsportsguy
543 Now I can go to the UCLA football game and not have to worry about anything.

Except if we can score.

2008-09-25 14:25:34
556.   Alex41592
2008-09-25 14:25:42
557.   dodgerstang
2008-09-25 14:25:53
558.   Who Is Karim Garcia
... and, as predicted, I don't hear anyone bemoaning the loss of LaRoche and Santana.

Funny how things work out.

2008-09-25 14:26:01
559.   TellMeTheScoreRickMonday
546 tell me where the branch is! I'm making playoff ticket deposits!!!
2008-09-25 14:26:01
560.   Branch Rickey
Going to tonight's game, I really wonder what it will be like. I think it will be a really fun atmosphere but very different than it would have been. Seems like yesterday was the game to attend!
2008-09-25 14:26:12
561.   bobsbrother
Shannon's restaurant was one of Josh Hancock's last stops before his drunk driving fatality. His parents sued Shannon's for not cutting him off, but a state investigation found them not responsible. Then they sued the driver of the tow truck that Hancock plowed into the back of. They dropped that suit too.
2008-09-25 14:26:26
562.   bhsportsguy
I didn't want to bring this up but the Diamondbacks just didn't want these last 3 games in St. Louis enough.
2008-09-25 14:26:34
563.   Zak
522 My preference would be, especially if we play the Phillies, Lowe and Kuroda on the road and Billz and Kershaw at home.

I would let Billz go 4 innings/70 pitches on Sunday and then pitch in Game 3 on Saturday.

2008-09-25 14:26:38
564.   trainwreck
Maybe you will get see a Prince.
2008-09-25 14:26:41
565.   overkill94
549 5 million YouTube views can't be wrong!
2008-09-25 14:27:12
566.   JoeyP
The Dodgers went on this huge run (18-5) after Jeff Kent got hurt.


2008-09-25 14:27:31
567.   bhsportsguy
561 I remember that, if that case was successful it would have changed tort law.
2008-09-25 14:27:37
568.   fanerman
Everyone please remain calm until the game is officially over. Unless the Diamondbacks make a comeback. Then everyone can panic.
2008-09-25 14:28:01
569.   ToyCannon
Torre is not oblivious to how much more effective Kershaw has been then Maddux since Maddux was traded for. He wants to win a World Series and could care less about any feelings that get hurt.
2008-09-25 14:28:02
570.   DaDoughboy
Alright boys, lets roll em up..
2008-09-25 14:28:15
571.   Alex41592
A walk sets up a potential double play ball.
2008-09-25 14:28:35
572.   regfairfield
558 Wait till November.
2008-09-25 14:28:39
573.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
568 .001% chance. Though that walk ought to bump it up by about .00004%
2008-09-25 14:28:45
574.   overkill94
562 I watched all games and the D-Backs really did seem dead the whole time. Without Byrnesy they're not the most energetic bunch anyway, but they seemed extra lackadaisical in this series.
2008-09-25 14:29:01
575.   Alex41592
D'Backs not going away quietly. Two on. Down nine.
2008-09-25 14:29:25
576.   Branch Rickey
The AZ announcer:
"They are thinking good thoughts in Southern California right now"
2008-09-25 14:29:37
577.   DaDoughboy
C'mon now...stop're getting verrry sleeepy..
2008-09-25 14:29:38
578.   Humma Kavula
2008-09-25 14:29:56
579.   ToyCannon
I'll bemoan Santana if that will make you feel better. We can certainly enjoy the moment without losing perspective about the future.
2008-09-25 14:30:10
580.   dodgerstang
Melvin throwing in towel taking new single season strikeout king Mark Reynolds... or is he?
2008-09-25 14:30:14
581.   bhsportsguy
566 I think so because Kent has no affect on the pitching which was equally as good if not better than the hitting. Now, you could say that DeWitt's defense helped there too.

The Dodgers were fortunate to play well against some bad teams and really fortunate to beat the D-Backs 5 times, if the Diamondbacks just split those, its a different September.

2008-09-25 14:30:17
582.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Fangraph doesn't show enough decimal places to display the probability of the DBacks coming back with one out, two on, and 9 runs down. Even after the single, it shows 100.0% chance of the Cards winning.
2008-09-25 14:30:47
583.   DaDoughboy
One more baby!
2008-09-25 14:30:47
584.   dodgerstang
1 more
2008-09-25 14:30:48
585.   Alex41592
2008-09-25 14:30:57
586.   fanerman
558 While browsing various players at-bat music, I wondered what Carlos Santana would have played when he became an all-star catcher for the Cleveland Indians.
2008-09-25 14:31:13
587.   TheBigGrabowski
2 outs!!!!
2008-09-25 14:31:16
588.   Alex41592
Strike one to Ojeda.
2008-09-25 14:31:21
589.   JoeyP
Getting nothing out of Byrnes & Upton, & Chris Young not improving were the keys to the Dbax being a .500 team.

Plus, they lost the relief lottery this year.

They need to re-sign Hudson/Dunn in the off-season. And hope Upton turns into a superstar like he looked in April.

2008-09-25 14:31:33
590.   Who Is Karim Garcia

This wouldn't be Dodger Thoughts if someone didn't. I'm glad you're taking up the cause.

2008-09-25 14:31:42
591.   overkill94
Time to pour my celebratory Newcastle into my souvenir Dodgers pilsner!
2008-09-25 14:31:43
592.   Disabled List
One is the loneliest number...
2008-09-25 14:31:52
593.   ToyCannon
When teams are losing they appear lackadaisical. Didn't we also appear the same from Aug 20 - Aug 29th even though I'm sure they were playing with the same energy from Aug 29th - Sept 25th.
2008-09-25 14:31:54
594.   Alex41592
1 and 2 to Ojeda.
2008-09-25 14:31:59
595.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
2008-09-25 14:32:06
596.   Branch Rickey
2008-09-25 14:32:11
597.   bhsportsguy
558 I think you can do both but it goes down easier when you win.
2008-09-25 14:32:14
598.   GMac In The 909
Throw your sombreros to the sky!
2008-09-25 14:32:16
599.   DaDoughboy
I LOVE LA!!!!!
2008-09-25 14:32:19
600.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
And for the 25th time - we're going to the playoffs!!
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2008-09-25 14:32:20
601.   JRSarno
2008-09-25 14:32:37
602.   Alex41592



2008-09-25 14:32:39
603.   dodgerstang
THAT'S IT!!!!!!!!!!
2008-09-25 14:32:40
604.   kinbote
Aggle Flaggle Klabble!!!
2008-09-25 14:32:42
605.   ImprobableImpossible
If you have a sombrero, throw it to the sky!!!!!!!!
2008-09-25 14:32:44
606.   TheBigGrabowski
in play (out)s!!!!
2008-09-25 14:32:45
607.   gibsonhobbs88
Happy days are here again! The sun is out and clear again! We'll cross the offseason when we come to that, right now let's savor one of the best Septembers in recent memory, once that certainly washes the bad taste of last September out of our mouths. Congratulations Dodgers! It's been a bumpy ride but we are in the dance!! Anything can happen, especially when you have Manny's presence in the lineup. The 88 team won with a lot less talent!! Can't wait for next week to start!
2008-09-25 14:32:46
608.   capdodger
2008-09-25 14:32:49
609.   Xeifrank
Magic Number: 0
Dodgers playoff chances: 100%
vr, Xei
2008-09-25 14:32:49
610.   trainwreck
2008-09-25 14:32:49
611.   Branch Rickey
Congratulations everybody!
2008-09-25 14:32:51
612.   Woden325
If the Rockies couldn't win the division (and, boy, they couldn't!), I'm glad Dodger's will do it.


2008-09-25 14:33:00
613.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Wooooooooooooooooooooooo! Hoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
2008-09-25 14:33:02
614.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Is there a big nasty readhead at your side as well, fellas?
2008-09-25 14:33:02
615.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Is there a big nasty readhead at your side as well, fellas?
2008-09-25 14:33:02
616.   Linkmeister
Go Crazy, Folks, Go Crazy!

(Take that, Jack Buck!)

2008-09-25 14:33:06
617.   Rob M
2008-09-25 14:33:06
618.   fanerman
2008-09-25 14:33:06
619.   Disabled List

I just drenched one of the partners in celebratory Fresca. That might've been a bad move.

2008-09-25 14:33:07
620.   bhsportsguy
593 I was tempting the sarcasm gods there. Also bringing up some Rick Monday cliches.
2008-09-25 14:33:09
621.   underdog

Now can you celebrate Fanerman? ;-) (At least for a day)

2008-09-25 14:33:14
622.   ImprobableImpossible
No way.
2008-09-25 14:33:15
623.   Jim Hitchcock
Congratulations, everybody!
2008-09-25 14:33:25
624.   Humma Kavula
2008-09-25 14:33:31
625.   Jon Weisman
2008-09-25 14:33:32
626.   TheBigGrabowski
GO DODGERS!!!! Bring on the playoffs
2008-09-25 14:33:47
627.   Peanuts in My Shoes
Woo hoo!
2008-09-25 14:33:48
628.   JoeyP
... and, as predicted, I don't hear anyone bemoaning the loss of LaRoche and Santana.

If Manny's resigned, I dont think there will be.

If he isnt, well it wont be pretty UNLESS the Dodgers win the World Series.

If the Dodgers win it all, the after glow of that World Series win will carry all thru 2009.

2008-09-25 14:33:55
629.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
When was the last time the Dodgers had won a playoff berth with >3 games left to play?
2008-09-25 14:34:12
630.   bobsbrother
The Cards have pulled even with Houston in the win column. Let's keep focused on the big things.
2008-09-25 14:34:16
631.   okdodge
Millions of elated Dodger pissed off Steinbrenner.

Lets go Mets!!

2008-09-25 14:34:17
632.   Ken Noe
The Little Blue Bicycle rolls again.
2008-09-25 14:34:39
634.   bhsportsguy
We Win!

I would have been more excited if this happened last night at the game but hey, it will make not being able to watch tonight's game a lot more easier.

2008-09-25 14:35:14
635.   silverwidow
Flags Fly Forever
2008-09-25 14:35:23
636.   Krebstar
//Clenched until we clinched!
2008-09-25 14:35:24
637.   Jim Hitchcock
611 Oh, man, beat me by 26 seconds.
2008-09-25 14:35:38
638.   underdog
612 Cheers, and thanks for being a classy fan, woden. :-) I'd root for the Rockies if the places were switched (the only team in the didvision I'd say that about).

I'm going to celebrate by... finally eating my freakin lunch! And getting work done.

I'll celebrate with y'all again later tonight after my soccer game, back in time to watch Repko's 3rd at bat.

2008-09-25 14:35:45
639.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Folks, this is why you play 162 games.
A 6.5-game lead four weeks into the season means nothing.
2008-09-25 14:35:56
640.   s choir
633 : ew.
everyone else: hooray!
2008-09-25 14:36:09
641.   Humma Kavula
Arizona has walked into the light!!
2008-09-25 14:37:32
642.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
From May 16 onward, Arizona played at a 90-loss pace.
2008-09-25 14:37:48
643.   Jimmyv11
2008-09-25 14:38:57
644.   Ken Noe
619 Give him the drunk Angels fan girl.
2008-09-25 14:39:58
645.   Ken Noe
It just hit me...we are this year's Rockies.
2008-09-25 14:41:08
646.   Icaros
Party tomorrow night at the Hotel Nikko!
2008-09-25 14:49:07
647.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
645 I'd accept a few playoff losses in exchange for four World Series game wins, though.
2008-09-25 14:53:19
648.   Louis in SF
Celebrate tonight and then lets start figuring out a way to win a playoff series. Mets are beatable as are the Phillies, rather see the Mets in the first round.....DT's in Norcal going to the game tomorrow night, can we drink good wine in front of the Willie Mays statute?
2008-09-25 14:55:41
649.   Woden325
638 Thank you, and thanks to the rest of the Dodger Thoughts family. I've had a lot of fun and learned quite a bit hanging around in here.
2008-09-25 15:00:41
650.   I Love LA
let's party it up tonight and into the weekend and then it's back to work.
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2008-09-25 15:04:12
651.   cargill06
Gurnick on

Despite the late date in the season, the Dodgers still have three possible opponents for the Division Series scheduled to start on Wednesday. If the Milwaukee Brewers win the Wild Card, the Dodgers will play the East winner, either New York or Philadelphia. If Milwaukee doesn't win the Wild Card, the Dodgers will play the Cubs.



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