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Rapid Heartbeat Warnings Begin Now
2008-10-01 13:11
by Jon Weisman

Even if your team wins a baseball game 20-0, you'll suffer at least 24 mini-defeats before the game is over. That's the minimum number of things that can go wrong for a baseball team in an 8 1/2-inning victory. If you want to count each time your hitter gets a strike or your pitcher throws a ball, that bumps the total into the hundreds.

The last time the Dodgers played a Game 1, one infamously large thing went wrong for them, along with about 200 others of various sizes. However, the winning team, the New York Mets, also had almost 200 things go wrong. The official final score was close and implicitly eventful: New York won, 6-5. But the score beneath the score, which also went in the Mets' favor, was more a Paul Westhead-coached Loyola Marymount game; in other words, a Colossus of a roller coaster.

On a good day, baseball has one-tenth the amount of actual scoring that basketball has – but that doesn't tell the whole story. If baseball counted all its jump shots, hook shots, free throws, dunks and three-pointers in its point totals – not to mention how we hang on the outcome of every single pitch – you'd have a truer idea of just how crazy it is to pin your faith on such an uncontrollable affair. (Lawler's Law does not apply.)

So here we go again, ladies and gentlemen. Once more, baseball and hope will pick us up and spin us around like poor saps in a Warner Bros. cartoon. And once more, in the end, it will boil down to a single digit: one win, or none.

Get ready. It's going to be a crazy ride.

* * *

Dodgers at Cubs, 3:30 p.m.

Update: It appears you can get live coverage online here. Or try this. (Thanks to the commenters for their suggestions.)

Comments (1199)
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2008-10-01 13:22:42
1.   trainwreck
Time for some mojo!

2008-10-01 13:23:34
2.   bhsportsguy
Well, at least I hope Dempster does not pitch as well as Hamels.
2008-10-01 13:24:31
3.   overkill94
From the last thread, I think Branch Rickey's being a bit melodramatic about bars showing the Dodger game. I'm pretty sure every single bar that shows sports will have the Dodger game if for no other reason that it'll be the most important sporting event at that time.

It seems a bit redundant to have a Dodgers-specific bar in LA. There are plenty of team-specific bars for football teams since it's a once-a-week event, but how many people could you get to frequent a bar to watch baseball games?

2008-10-01 13:27:47
4.   still bevens
3 I almost died when channel 11 went out to get some reaction to a dodgers game at Sonny Macleans. They were confused as to why all the people there didn't like the Dodgers.
2008-10-01 13:28:05
5.   trainwreck
Most places will turn to the game if you ask anyways. Even up here in the Bay, people will turn on Dodger games when I asked. One bar in Newport was the only bar that I have gone to that would not put on the Dodgers game.
2008-10-01 13:29:28
6.   overkill94
Also, my LATed question was whether anyone was going to the Barney's in Santa Monica for the game. I don't want to go by myself, but I could be convinced to have a mini-DT gathering.
2008-10-01 13:30:29
7.   Rob M
" infamously large thing went wrong for them."

I'm being dense - was this the two-guys-thrown-out-at-home-in-one-play game?

2008-10-01 13:30:35
8.   DaDoughboy
gee whiz Hamels looks good today..
2008-10-01 13:30:47
9.   underdog
"Once more, baseball and hope will pick us up and spin us around like poor saps in a Warner Bros. cartoon."

He's got me dead to rights, doc. Would you like to shoot him now or wait 'till you get home?

2008-10-01 13:31:05
10.   Rob M
Hamels is really cruising.
2008-10-01 13:31:46
11.   overkill94
4 They couldn't have picked a worse place. Not only is the place die-hard Boston, it's too small for any other fans to even bother showing up to try to watch a game.
2008-10-01 13:31:50
12.   DaDoughboy
Random question: Does anybody know if the little blue helmet radio givaway has a headphone jack?
2008-10-01 13:32:47
13.   DBrim
7 - Yes.
2008-10-01 13:34:43
14.   alexx says the wind is gusting from the NNW up to 25 mph. Which direction is that in relation to Wrigley?
2008-10-01 13:37:51
15.   Penarol1916
My five year old is in the office waiting to go the game with my friend's five year old daughter. I think he has a little crush on her since he refuses to trash talk the Cubs like I taught him last night. I am looking forward to reading everyone's comments after the game for a feeling of triumph or a feeling of reassurance.
2008-10-01 13:37:51
16.   Rob M
7 13 Wow - as traumatic as that was, I didn't remember that it happened in the playoffs. I just remember that I was watching on gameday and the DT thread and I couldn't quite believe it was happening without video.
2008-10-01 13:37:58
17.   Disabled List
Re: comment 32 in the last thread

There are no Dodger bars in New York, much as I've tried hard to find one. No Laker bars either, for that matter. Even the places that host events for USC and UCLA football don't have anything to do with the pro teams.

2008-10-01 13:38:06
18.   Alex41592
I'll re-post this in the game thread:

For anybody wondering the wind is blowing in at Wrigley and quite well.

2008-10-01 13:39:09
19.   Tripon
What I want to see. If there's a obvious bunt situation, Torre calls on Clayton Kershaw to drop the bunt instead of Juan Pierre. We should save JP for when we need an actual left handed PH.
2008-10-01 13:39:40
20.   alexx
18 Ah, okay.
2008-10-01 13:39:46
21.   Jacob Burch
I thought NNW was out (left field line-ish) in Wrigley? Who to believe!
2008-10-01 13:40:54
22.   Andrew Shimmin
This is the DT thread for that game. The play that lives in infamy is recorded first at comment 142.

I didn't realize KG16 had been around since at least then; I still think of him as a newcomer.

2008-10-01 13:41:56
23.   DBrim
21 Google maps knows all.
2008-10-01 13:41:56
24.   alexx
21 Well if it's coming from NNW, then judging from Google maps it will be coming in from left field.
2008-10-01 13:42:26
25.   Alex41592
21 - I'm going off of Piniella's pregame where he said it was blowing in. So it's on him!
2008-10-01 13:42:38
26.   Tripon

Neyer argues that playoff teams in the Division series with 3 'aces', pitchers with 115 ERA+ do very well in the division series.

Both the Dodgers and the Cubs have this year this.

2008-10-01 13:44:14
27.   delias man
12 YES!
2008-10-01 13:45:07
28.   underdog
22 Weird that I didn't comment in that thread at all. I think it's because I watched the game later on tape and then was so traumatized by the miscues and the end result that I couldn't come up with anything to say that didn't end with me sobbing and then typing gibberish.
2008-10-01 13:45:51
29.   Jacob Burch
24 Ahh, I read blowing out NNW. That solves it.
2008-10-01 13:47:12
30.   kinbote
0 Well put, Jon. My heart is racing a bit as I type this. Hey, let's all be careful out there . . .
2008-10-01 13:52:27
31.   DaDoughboy
2008-10-01 13:53:34
32.   Kevin Lewis
I just noticed on the webcam that there is a Dodgers flag and a California flag blowing in the front of the stadium
2008-10-01 13:53:59
33.   overkill94
28 Same here. I'm almost positive I was at home, but I think I was too locked in on the game to bother using a computer. Still haven't decided whether I'll join in on the fun today.
2008-10-01 13:54:32
34.   Kevin Lewis
I gotta say I am jealous at how accessible Wrigley Field is to the public.
2008-10-01 13:55:06
35.   Rob M
22 Jeez - just like I remembered it. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how something so monumentally bad happened without video.
2008-10-01 13:57:22
36.   Branch Rickey
22 My comment (770) from that game in response to THE play being the difference "In a game like that, a LOT of things are the difference. Running, relief pitching, relays, bad calls, mistaken shifts..."
I echoed the Philosopher King two years back in time!
2008-10-01 13:58:14
37.   Disabled List
22 That old DT thread is a riot. The mood swings were just as pronounced then as they are now. Everyone was full of optimism at the beginning, and total doom-and-gloom after the Windmill ran us out of that inning.

Seems like nothing ever changes with you people.

2008-10-01 13:59:47
38.   Branch Rickey
37 Who you callin' "you people"?!! ;)
2008-10-01 14:00:22
39.   KG16
15 - if you haven't left yet, all I can say about a five year old with a crush is: vaya con dios.
2008-10-01 14:01:11
40.   KG16
22 - really?
2008-10-01 14:02:04
41.   Kevin Lewis
I still remember being really confused by gameday on that play. I mean we had two men on, Russ hits a double, it did say run(s) scored, and then it changed to in play (outs)
2008-10-01 14:03:40
42.   DBrim
I remember the 2 runners play. I was listening to the game on gameday audio, and there were 5 mets fans in the dorm 3 doors over. I was on a tape delay, so right as the double was hit I heard a NO, then a yes, then a YES. At least I knew something bad would happen before I got my hopes up TOO much.
2008-10-01 14:04:58
43.   DaDoughboy
This is my first DT playoff game and I'm extremely thankful for this site as I am among the many stuck at work. Thanks everyone for your musings, rants, opinions, etc. during this time of need. :)
2008-10-01 14:05:37
44.   ToyCannon
I'm bummed that my brain is on the fritz. I thought it happened in the 9th and Betemit was the one who banged the double off the wall against Wagner.
Reading that thread just chilled my optimism for today.
2008-10-01 14:05:42
45.   fanerman
22 Same here. I wonder where I was. Probably busy with school.
2008-10-01 14:07:06
46.   njr
That was such an awful moment.

Ok-- really starting to get nervous now. 90-30 minutes away is the worst for me. Seems never ending.

2008-10-01 14:07:29
47.   Andrew Shimmin
40- It took me two years to be able to tell Vishal from Icaros. I'm bad with names well past the point of plausibility.
2008-10-01 14:09:21
48.   KG16
47 - no worries. I know I was here at some point during the Jim Tracy era, towards the end. I just don't have the patience/time/desire to go searching through the archives to find out when I first posted.
2008-10-01 14:09:25
49.   Andrew Shimmin
Reading that thread just chilled my optimism for today.

My work here is done!

2008-10-01 14:11:13
50.   fanerman
48 I bet Eric Stephen or Bob Timmermann would be happy to check that for you.
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2008-10-01 14:12:46
51.   Clive Clements
I don't know if this has been mentioned in any of today's threads, but if any of you don't have tbs, is showing the LDS games online:
2008-10-01 14:13:01
52.   blue22
When did Jon move to the Toaster?
2008-10-01 14:16:53
53.   Tripon
This feels like the Spanish Inquisition.
2008-10-01 14:17:11
54.   Jon Weisman
52 - March 2005
2008-10-01 14:18:14
55.   DBrim
51 Not quite.
2008-10-01 14:18:15
56.   Jim Hitchcock
52 Late '03, maybe? Seems that long ago.
2008-10-01 14:18:59
57.   Neal Pollack
I have obtained footage from the future of Carlos Zambrano pinch-hitting against us in game 3. The results are not pretty.

2008-10-01 14:19:22
58.   overkill94
52 Whenever it was, I believe I started posting right before the switch. Right before the 2005 season maybe?
2008-10-01 14:19:46
59.   El Lay Dave
Well, welcome to the playoffs everyone. Didn't plan a September hiatus, but apparently taking a couple days off around Labor Day causes the workload to back up immensely. Did squee!ze in two games through, Ethier's five for five on the fifth, and the last regular-season home game / divison championship celebration; the latter was the most fun I ever had attending a loss.

Belated congrats to Jon on shipping his book off to the publisher.

2008-10-01 14:20:04
60.   Jim Hitchcock
54 Uh oh, missed it by a year and a half. Please believe me that that long ago line was not meant in a negative way ;)
2008-10-01 14:20:19
61.   overkill94
56 I believe you're thinking of his first move. At least according to his original blog -
2008-10-01 14:23:32
62.   Jim Hitchcock
61 No, that was before my time. Thanks for the link!
2008-10-01 14:26:36
63.   Joe Pierre
I was at that game in Shea Stadium.
You should've mention that Kent & Drew were thrown out at home on the same play.
Or maybe it's better you didn't.
2008-10-01 14:27:31
64.   Mike Scioscias tragic illness
17 Bummer. Thanks, though.
2008-10-01 14:27:43
65.   El Lay Dave
63 He hints at it with "one infamously large thing went wrong for them".
2008-10-01 14:28:41
66.   ToyCannon
Missed you at True Blue, gets lonely over there when the puppies take over. Get your picks in for the postseason contest.
2008-10-01 14:29:15
67.   Tripon
Rich (Columbus, OH): Odds of Angel Berroa being World Series MVP?

SportsNation Rob Neyer: Google to 1. Then again, I thought it was a googol to 1 that he'd ever get back to the majors. Let alone with a first-place team . . .

2008-10-01 14:30:26
68.   Andrew Shimmin
Has everybody seen this?

Google search results for: Russ Martin Golden God

2001: 0
2008: 225,000

Tell me the world isn't a better place.

2008-10-01 14:30:34
69.   silverwidow
Only 11 wins to go...

Congrats to McDizzle on making the roster! Throw some 93 MPH heaters and 69 MPH hooks!

2008-10-01 14:33:43
70.   Jacob Burch
I missed El Lay. Good to see he has returned.

If the Blue manage to steal one (but only one) at Wrigley, I may try and organize a pre-game meetup--possibly at Phillipe's, possibly at a place where we could leave a bunch of cars and only take one or two. More to come after tomorrow!

2008-10-01 14:35:23
71.   Jim Hitchcock
68 Wow, I just got about 2,090,000.
2008-10-01 14:36:38
72.   cargill06
I have bubble guts.

Nervous time in Philly.

2008-10-01 14:44:08
73.   Kevin Lewis

You are awesome!

2008-10-01 14:44:38
74.   Kevin Lewis
That is the loudest I have heard a stadium (Prince Fielder striking out)
2008-10-01 14:46:06
75.   Eric Stephen
I'm getting sufficiently pumped right about now!

And I think Lawler's Law applies to baseball. For the Dodgers, 100 points becomes 8 runs. In the last 20 years, the Dodgers are 421-31 when scoring 8 or more runs, a 93.1% winning percentage, well within the Lawler zone.

2008-10-01 14:46:08
76.   KG16
bummer. Sirius has started crossing XM content, but they didn't bother crossing baseball for the playoffs.
2008-10-01 14:47:37
77.   Rob M
Cardiac save from Lidge.
2008-10-01 14:47:54
78.   Kevin Lewis
Only bummer about the streaming mosaic video is that the different camera angles aren't in sync.
2008-10-01 14:48:57
79.   El Lay Dave
66 Doing my best to raise the average age of blog commenters everywhere. Nice contest; I'm in!

70 Thanks - it's actually hard to be away from here; I did lurk some, but was always too far behind to comment.....

2008-10-01 14:53:17
80.   ToyCannon
Burt Hooten agrees. He still has nightmares.
2008-10-01 14:56:15
81.   El Lay Dave
80 That was awful to watch. At least that series turned out ok.
2008-10-01 14:57:05
82.   KG16
ok, gents, I'm off to watch the game in the conference room for a few innings before taking off for my dad's birthday dinner... but not before Short Skirt/Long Jacket is done playing on my internet radio station.

I'll be "working" while in the conference room, in the sense that I'll have legal type documents in front of me and a pen in my hand.

2008-10-01 15:00:53
83.   D4P
Thanks for filling in.
2008-10-01 15:01:09
84.   tjdub
Whew 30 minutes.....

Oh why was I so short-sighted 15 years ago when I chose/fell into a career that would keep me so busy every other year as November approaches?

Jon - congrats on the book. Can't wait to read it.

Jon and everyone - Thanks for making this place so rewarding I'm forgoing tivo-delay and instead following the game live here until I can escape my office.

2008-10-01 15:02:25
85.   Ken Noe
We can change the world
Rearrange the world
2008-10-01 15:04:16
86.   underdog
Anyone see the Cubs sprinkling holy water on their dugout? Either the Dodgers are doomed, or they should do some sort of Satanic ritual to counteract it. Perhaps an animal sacrifice is in order.
2008-10-01 15:04:27
87.   ToyCannon
Hey thanks for that link the other day on the free sports on line.
2008-10-01 15:05:14
88.   tjdub
86 Just creating another apocryphal anecdote opportunity for Tommy.
2008-10-01 15:05:40
89.   ToyCannon
Perhaps a bear cub? They are all going to be gone eventually anyway, might as well get some use out of one.
2008-10-01 15:06:50
90.   trainwreck
We could bring back that gnome. Gnomes can be evil.
2008-10-01 15:10:25
91.   El Lay Dave
86 Tommy Lasorda is going to drink that holy water and sprinkle some of his own. 13-2 Dodgers.
2008-10-01 15:10:50
92.   Tripon
Tommy Lasorda likes to lie.
2008-10-01 15:11:15
93.   El Lay Dave
91 five MINUTES too slow. Blog commenter rust.
2008-10-01 15:11:31
94.   Eric Stephen
"It ain't gonna work, Lou! I drank it!!!"
2008-10-01 15:12:25
95.   Tripon
Heaven help me, I actually like TBS's baseball studio analysts.
2008-10-01 15:12:50
96.   overkill94
Oh no, not the Frank TV thing again. I thought they canceled that crap.
2008-10-01 15:14:38
97.   ToyCannon
Who do they have?
2008-10-01 15:16:07
98.   overkill94
86 As long as it's not a bull or bison - otherwise our pen would be thin and Slappy would be a starter
2008-10-01 15:16:18
99.   underdog
Argh. 15 minutes to finish up my work for now.

But first... a question. What should the Dodgers' hitters approach be versus Dempster?

2008-10-01 15:17:10
100.   Tripon
97 Cal Ripkin, Curtis Granderson, Dennis Eckersley, with Ernie Johnson, Jr. anchoring.
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2008-10-01 15:17:15
101.   Kevin Lewis

You gotta be kidding me

2008-10-01 15:19:06
102.   underdog
101 No, they showed it on TBS.

I do like the idea of Tommy drinking it. Or maybe drinking it and then... decorating the dugout with his own version of holy water.

2008-10-01 15:19:59
103.   Tripon
102 Tommy blood is made of water, and blood transfusions from Bart Simpson.
2008-10-01 15:19:59
104.   skybluestoday
Hey, can anyone inform me as to what radio station (local-OC-LA) will be broadcasting the Angels-Red Sox game this evening? I can't seem to figure it out on the Angels web site.


2008-10-01 15:21:28
105.   fanerman
We should all drink some unicorn blood.
2008-10-01 15:22:10
106.   Tripon
104 710 ESPN radio, and the local Angels radio station. KLAA (830 AM),
2008-10-01 15:23:03
107.   DaDoughboy
Tommy carries a stachel of warm Lasorda Chardonnay just for situations events like this...We are all safe.
2008-10-01 15:23:22
108.   Mark Linsey
If we're going to make any sort of sacrifice at Wrigley Field, killing a goat might be most appropriate, no?
2008-10-01 15:24:38
109.   Kevin Lewis
does anyone know if the TBS hot corner video is delayed from the actual broadcast?

I want some commentary, so I will turn on 790, but they are not too far apart, or it will get schizo on me

2008-10-01 15:24:42
110.   Indiana Jon
Tonight feels like the start of something special. I've been waiting for something special since I was a senior in high school and I'm tired of waiting.
2008-10-01 15:24:50
111.   skybluestoday

Thank you so much!

2008-10-01 15:24:55
112.   Tripon
If we're going to sacrifice a goat, can we make gyro sandwiches from its meat?
2008-10-01 15:26:26
113.   cargill06
Again good luck to all, I'll see everyone tomorrow.
2008-10-01 15:26:29
114.   Branch Rickey
I love the quote in todays Times regarding Manny... "It's like he's a one-man, baseball playing festival". I thought "what a clever description by the writer" and then realized it was a quote from Takashi Saito. His English is better than TJ Simers'!
2008-10-01 15:26:41
115.   Tripon
Gallardo was unlucky, 3 runs scored. No earned runs. Yikes.
2008-10-01 15:26:44
116.   tethier
57 That's great. What a classic show that was. I love the look on Roseboro's face - priceless. Willie Davis is good too.
2008-10-01 15:26:56
117.   Sub4Era
I've lurked for a few years now. Its playoff time so I guess ill come out of the woodwork. Get it done Lowe!
2008-10-01 15:27:23
118.   DaDoughboy
Drats! My blue 790 hat give-away doesn't get reception in the office!
2008-10-01 15:28:19
119.   fatalist palmistry
though this has been said many times today - been following along on dodger thoughts religiously for a couple of years, figured i might as well make game 1 my first day commenting along.

wish they'd let us watch the lineups being announced instead of showing yet another frank tv commercial. oh well.

2008-10-01 15:30:06
120.   bryanf
Happy Game 1 to everyone. I'm at work wishing I was at home. I've GOT to get a Slingbox.
2008-10-01 15:30:35
121.   CeyHey10
This playoff matchup made me remember something: early last summer, I was honeymooning in Europe -- where a MLB "game of the week" was being broadcast to the uninitiated on the continent. Turns out it was a Cubs-Dodgers game, and the TV ad ran constantly on the Eurosports channel they had in our hotel. The ad was Mentos commercial-esque: it was oddly timed, oddly framed, oddly presented. It featured MTV type fast-cuts, and barked


So, so many things were wrong with that promo.

2008-10-01 15:30:59
122.   Alice S
"To say a lot is at stake would be an understudy."

Well said, Dick, really. :|

2008-10-01 15:31:06
123.   Rob M
is there a reason that the tbs link isn't showing any video for me?
2008-10-01 15:31:15
124.   underdog
I may have to pause the game once in awhile to do work, but will try to catch up to live action quickly. That way I can FF through Frank TV ads.

Go Dodgers! {cross fingers} {sprinkle holy water}

2008-10-01 15:32:01
125.   underdog
122 I know, that made me laugh out loud.

Hard to believe these teams have not faced each other in post-season before. Crazy.

2008-10-01 15:32:03
126.   bigcpa
Hey this pirate TBS feed is working for me:
2008-10-01 15:32:19
127.   bryanf
Sweet! Live coverage. Thanks for the link Jon.
2008-10-01 15:32:45
128.   Jacob Burch
121 I haven't laughed that hard in a while. Oh for a youtube of that commercial.
2008-10-01 15:32:53
129.   Jon Weisman
123 - Try this:

And then go from there.

2008-10-01 15:33:11
130.   Alex41592
I'm feeling the heartbeats in my throat right about now. Vinny is about to come on. I'll be slightly delayed because Vinny > All.
2008-10-01 15:33:53
131.   68elcamino427
Getting ready for a modest one game win streak :)

I will enjoy listening to and savoring each utterance by Vin ...

This is fun

2008-10-01 15:33:56
132.   Kevin Lewis
the players look cold
2008-10-01 15:34:37
133.   okdodge
Lets go Blue!!! (Dodger blue, no cub blue)
2008-10-01 15:35:14
134.   underdog
It IS cold, apparently. Wonder how that affects the pitchers. Probably not much. The wind is still blowing in, too.
2008-10-01 15:36:04
135.   fanerman
Is Vin only announcing on TV and not on radio?
2008-10-01 15:36:18
136.   Bumsrap
I am settling in with a 7 oz Corona and a jar of peanuts
2008-10-01 15:36:37
137.   bryanf
135 I think Vin is doing 1-3 and 7-9 on the radio.
2008-10-01 15:37:06
138.   Alex41592
135 - Vin is ONLY on 790 KABC radio.


2008-10-01 15:38:01
139.   Daniel Zappala
Hey, just in time for the first pitch. Go Dodgers!
2008-10-01 15:38:27
140.   Branch Rickey
And away we go! Welcome to Dodger Post Season 2008!
2008-10-01 15:39:21
141.   overkill94
Crap, the radio is ahead of the TV feed, so unless I get a DVR-like device for my radio it looks like I won't get to hear Vin
2008-10-01 15:39:24
142.   Kevin Lewis

Even better!!!

2008-10-01 15:39:36
143.   fanerman
137 138 Excellent.
2008-10-01 15:40:13
144.   CeyHey10
128 It was hysterical. What was less funny: at that time, while all of us in here could provide a strong argument why Juan Pierre wasn't our "star player," from a simple marketing perspective, there really weren't too many strong alternatives on the early-June Dodgers...
2008-10-01 15:40:29
145.   trainwreck
At least he worked him a bit.
2008-10-01 15:40:36
146.   okdodge
2008-10-01 15:40:37
147.   ToyCannon
That is working. I love the Mosaic feed.
2008-10-01 15:40:45
148.   wronghanded
Anybody know of a live internet-radio feed for this game?
2008-10-01 15:41:16
149.   Rob M
126 129 Thank you both.
2008-10-01 15:42:45
150.   overkill94
Russell seems like he really doesn't want to take the bat off his shoulder

and he doesn't!

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2008-10-01 15:42:47
151.   trainwreck
Yeah, Martin!
2008-10-01 15:43:09
152.   okdodge
and the golden god reaches!!
2008-10-01 15:43:12
153.   UKDodger
Cub fans seem a tad nervous...
2008-10-01 15:43:16
154.   Branch Rickey
Looked like Russ got lucky on both of the last two pitches.
2008-10-01 15:43:37
155.   whodat807
Russ continues his walk parade, just in time to welcome Manny with a man on first!
2008-10-01 15:44:01
156.   trainwreck
2008-10-01 15:44:10
157.   Tripon
Manny DP's
2008-10-01 15:44:58
158.   alexx
Anyone else disappointed by the TBS broadcast so far? We didn't even get to see a replay of Martin's check swing.
2008-10-01 15:44:59
159.   underdog
Double play! Oh no! Panic! It's over! The series is over! The sky is ...

Naw, just kidding. Let's go Derek!

2008-10-01 15:45:34
160.   fanerman
2008-10-01 15:45:55
161.   whodat807
I really wish the radio feed didn't come so delayed, because I could listen to Vinnie, mute TBS, and not risk watching another commercial for that bafflingly bad Frank TV show.
2008-10-01 15:46:22
162.   overkill94
14 pitches for Dempster in the first - not great, not bad
2008-10-01 15:46:31
163.   Rob M
I think that TBS pirate feed died.
2008-10-01 15:46:50
164.   underdog
161 I know, ditto. I was trying to sync them in the first half of the inning but it's too much of a pain.
2008-10-01 15:47:21
165.   waterboy100
163 i think so too. too bad
2008-10-01 15:47:41
166.   68elcamino427
With the Radio-TV delay Vin appears to be more a genius than ever!
2008-10-01 15:47:58
167.   fatalist palmistry
158 Yes, but mostly because hearing Tony Gwynn's annoying voice just reminds me that while living on the east coast, i can't hear vin.
2008-10-01 15:47:58
168.   overkill94
Man, tight zone by the ump today. I would assume that helps Lowe since he doesn't strike out a ton of guys anyway. Let's just hope our hitters can be as patient/lucky as Martin was.
2008-10-01 15:48:03
169.   trainwreck
Nice start, D Lowe!
2008-10-01 15:48:10
170.   Alex41592
Lowe with the sick movement!
2008-10-01 15:48:29
171.   okdodge
Soriano is horrible in the playoffs!!!
2008-10-01 15:49:07
172.   alnyden
If you want to listen to Vinnie, and you have an MLB account, AND you have Tivo... the MLB feed is a little behind the TV so you can pause the TV and get it sync up with the internet audio.
2008-10-01 15:49:08
173.   underdog
Nice start, Derek! Keep doing that.
2008-10-01 15:49:45
174.   68elcamino427
Vin - "pull up a chair" - just gave me goose bumps. Ha!
2008-10-01 15:50:05
175.   overkill94
Where's K-zone when you need it? I've counted 4 pitches already that seemed like easy strikes.
2008-10-01 15:50:21
176.   fatalist palmistry
172 snap, you're my hero.
2008-10-01 15:50:36
177.   Branch Rickey
This ump has a ridiculously tight strike zone. Good thing it's Lowe pitching and not Maddux.
2008-10-01 15:50:39
178.   Kevin Lewis
Yea, the TBS feed online is a full out behind Vin
2008-10-01 15:51:35
179.   68elcamino427
Lee reminds me fo the Bison at the plate
2008-10-01 15:52:21
180.   whodat807
172 I've had that thought many a time. sigh.
2008-10-01 15:53:44
181.   HAC3
sorry if this has been asked, but can we get Vinny online? KABC 790 has Larry Elder on right now. Thanks in advance.
2008-10-01 15:53:55
182.   mwhite06
Was the strike zone tight for Dempster too?
2008-10-01 15:54:16
183.   bhsportsguy
Nice inning considering the adjustment to the umpire.
2008-10-01 15:54:18
184.   Jon Weisman
181 - No, you can't.
2008-10-01 15:54:26
185.   68elcamino427
Lowe has a great first inning!
2008-10-01 15:54:26
186.   Alex41592
Nice job in the first for Lowe.
2008-10-01 15:54:27
187.   trainwreck
Alright, time for the young guns to do some damage.
2008-10-01 15:54:47
188.   Branch Rickey
182 Yes. Russell got a gift.
2008-10-01 15:54:52
189.   still bevens
182 I noticed a called ball to Russ that should have been a strike..
2008-10-01 15:54:52
190.   trainwreck
2008-10-01 15:54:57
191.   alnyden
Only downside 176, the audio quality on MLB audio is very poor. A small price to pay to get to listen to Vin Scully however.
2008-10-01 15:55:04
192.   Sub4Era
GJ Lowe... can't lose if you they don't score.
2008-10-01 15:55:10
193.   Tripon
790 isn't broadcasting the game?
2008-10-01 15:55:15
194.   bhsportsguy
181 Only if you paid for MLB Gameday, it's not a bad value for the whole year (14.95) but its the same price for just October.
2008-10-01 15:55:17
195.   overkill94
182 Yup, two of the called balls to Martin seemed down the middle, knee-high
2008-10-01 15:55:18
196.   ImprobableImpossible
Yes it was. The strike zone appears to be a baseball-sized circle at knee level on the outside corner.
2008-10-01 15:55:21
197.   whodat807
Nice first inning for Lowe - he looks as on as always. I don't mind him pitching around Lee - Lee eats Lowe's lunch.
2008-10-01 15:55:56
198.   HAC3
181 - Thanks, Jon. Long time reader, seldom poster. Let's go, 'Dre!
2008-10-01 15:56:01
199.   underdog
This is the tight strike zone, delayed ball/strike call ump, which has to drive pitchers crazy. At least they'll both be equally crazy.
2008-10-01 15:56:06
200.   bhsportsguy
193 Not online, MLBAM owns all broadcasts not on commercial radio.
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2008-10-01 15:56:08
201.   overkill94
193 Only on the actual radio. MLB broadcasting rules prevent them from airing it for free on the internet.
2008-10-01 15:56:21
202.   Branch Rickey
Consensus on DT!
2008-10-01 15:57:04
203.   underdog
I just gave my coworker, who unlike me was not able to work at home today, the log-in for my MLB audio account, making him happy.

Okay, let's go 'Dre!

2008-10-01 15:58:21
204.   trainwreck
Ethier patience!
2008-10-01 15:58:25
205.   DaDoughboy
Yes Dre.
2008-10-01 15:58:31
206.   Alex41592
Tremendous eye Andre.
2008-10-01 15:58:35
207.   bryanf
Ethier is a walking machine.
2008-10-01 15:58:37
208.   underdog
Well, the ump is consistently tough, will give him that. Way to work the count, Andre!
2008-10-01 15:58:52
209.   fanerman
Ahh Dodger Thoughts is faster than radio
2008-10-01 15:59:41
210.   Zak
Go Andre.

The only thing more disappointing than Manny's DP in the 1st was that we had a chance to really rack up the pitch count on Dempster. OK, maybe this inning.

2008-10-01 16:00:14
211.   Who Is Karim Garcia
All things considered, would you rather have D. Lee or Loney?
2008-10-01 16:00:20
212.   Zak
I am all in favor of Ethier followed by Loney against Dempster.
2008-10-01 16:00:25
213.   overkill94
Well, at least it wasn't a Loney Special
2008-10-01 16:00:32
214.   trainwreck
That was not very patient by Loney.
2008-10-01 16:00:40
215.   TheBigGrabowski
Come on Kemp.
2008-10-01 16:01:11
216.   trainwreck
You mean if Derek Lee was 24?
2008-10-01 16:01:12
217.   whodat807
Time for M. Bison to pull out his Psycho Crusher.
2008-10-01 16:01:24
218.   overkill94
211 At the price - Loney
For the next couple years regardless of salary - Lee
2011 and beyond - Loney
2008-10-01 16:01:33
219.   Who Is Karim Garcia
I hope this series is Kemp's coming out party.
2008-10-01 16:02:43
220.   Who Is Karim Garcia


2008-10-01 16:03:05
221.   bhsportsguy
Mark this as the first time Vin mentions the Dodger/Cub all-time record against each other.

It won't be the last.

2008-10-01 16:03:06
222.   bigcpa

This video feed is back up.

2008-10-01 16:03:19
223.   Who Is Karim Garcia
By the way, is anyone else nervous as all heck?
2008-10-01 16:03:29
224.   68elcamino427
Blake DeWitt from MO thinks this is a heat wave tonight
2008-10-01 16:03:50
225.   fanerman
217 I made that reference once. I don't think anybody got it.
2008-10-01 16:03:58
226.   overkill94
Someone should have pinned Dempster down before the game and shaved off his beard. We would have a much better chance that way.
2008-10-01 16:04:31
227.   The Dude Abides
This ump has a ridiculously small strike zone for both teams. And, Dick Stockton is a poor, poor, announcer. If you don't announce many games, the one positive thing you should do is at least get the count right.
2008-10-01 16:04:44
228.   El Lay Dave
225 Video game reference maybe?
2008-10-01 16:05:17
229.   underdog
223 Why, no, not at all -- why do you ask?

{{eat hat}}

{{chew through laptop keyboard}}

2008-10-01 16:05:19
230.   overkill94
225 Is that the one where he went horizontal and torpedoed into his opponent while flashing?
2008-10-01 16:05:26
231.   fatalist palmistry
anyone know dempsters pitch count thus far?
2008-10-01 16:05:27
232.   trainwreck
I too refer to him as M. Bison. We need his Psycho Powers.
2008-10-01 16:05:34
233.   LU Dodger
Now that Dempster made it through the whole season making America think that he is a good pitcher, it's time for the Dodgers to expose him.


2008-10-01 16:05:41
234.   TheBigGrabowski
223 I've been jittery all day. My girlfriend is not amused.
2008-10-01 16:05:44
235.   thinkblue0
too bad we couldn't put something together with that walk....i was really hoping for an early score for lowe...
2008-10-01 16:05:46
236.   ImprobableImpossible
It's going to be difficult to take this TBS announcing crew for the length of the series.
2008-10-01 16:05:55
237.   fanerman
228 230 Yup and yup.
2008-10-01 16:06:14
238.   underdog
Okay, I'm trying the Vin/MLB audio + TBS feed + Tivo slow down method and so far it's working.
2008-10-01 16:07:03
239.   Tripon
The Padres filed a grievance against Khalil Greene based on his self-inflicted broken hand bone. They may seek to recover over $1MM. The Padres must be really tight on cash, as I've never heard of a team doing this (especially against a player under contract). Greene is owed $6.5MM in '09.

2008-10-01 16:07:28
240.   HAC3
236 - stockton doesn't bother me that much. tony gwynn is unbearable.
2008-10-01 16:07:35
241.   LU Dodger
well at least D-lowe is throwin rocks tonight
2008-10-01 16:07:52
242.   Sub4Era
keep it up Lowe! Dempster will come to earth!
2008-10-01 16:08:12
243.   trainwreck
You may see the Golden State Warriors do it very soon with Monte Ellis.
2008-10-01 16:08:29
244.   DaDoughboy
At least Joe and Jon are palatable..(sorta).
2008-10-01 16:09:06
245.   68elcamino427
Off the leather
2008-10-01 16:09:17
246.   LU Dodger
that high strike tonight is ridiculous. at least it's getting called both ways
2008-10-01 16:09:42
247.   Tripon
243 They're most likely to just fine Ellis, and then move on. Its what the Lakers did with Vlad Radmovic.
2008-10-01 16:10:05
248.   DaDoughboy
2008-10-01 16:10:11
249.   overkill94
2008-10-01 16:10:18
250.   LU Dodger
mark derosa? SERIOUSLY?!
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2008-10-01 16:10:24
251.   Tripon
2-0 Cubs.
2008-10-01 16:10:24
252.   trainwreck
2008-10-01 16:10:24
253.   bryanf
Jim Edmonds!
2008-10-01 16:10:36
255.   Who Is Karim Garcia


2008-10-01 16:10:56
256.   Tripon
Oh come on TBS, no replay?
2008-10-01 16:11:04
257.   thinkblue0
what a weird weird home run
2008-10-01 16:11:16
258.   bryanf
Little late on that one...and I was just angry about the much for not many home runs in Wrigley with Lowe on the mound.
2008-10-01 16:11:17
259.   underdog
Oh come ON!

Stupid wind. That should've been foul or in play. Stupid Wrigley.

Okay. We'll just have to get one of those of our own.

2008-10-01 16:11:29
260.   Who Is Karim Garcia

No one here wants to see it again, trust me.

2008-10-01 16:11:33
261.   Kevin Lewis
well, he left that pitch up, but he is still pitching well.
2008-10-01 16:11:41
262.   DaDoughboy
2008-10-01 16:11:48
263.   whodat807
Ump, are you kidding me
2008-10-01 16:11:51
264.   trainwreck
Derek Lowe is going to kill Dale Scott.
2008-10-01 16:12:18
265.   El Lay Dave
DeRosa opposite way. Hmmmm.
2008-10-01 16:12:44
266.   Kevin Lewis
easy, Furcal
2008-10-01 16:12:51
267.   Sub4Era
Furcal needs to come up with those
2008-10-01 16:12:55
268.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Let's hope Dempster gets winded running the bases....

... as long as one of those bases isn't homebase.

2008-10-01 16:13:21
269.   trainwreck
The beard power strike again!
2008-10-01 16:13:32
270.   LU Dodger
We want Kershaw (clap clap clap clap clap clap)
2008-10-01 16:13:38
271.   fanerman
2008-10-01 16:13:52
272.   underdog
Well, ump or no, Lowe needs to calm himself. This one could get out of hand in a hurry, or it could settle down and there's a lot of game left. Settle, Derek, settle.
2008-10-01 16:14:06
273.   overkill94
Lowe might be a little rattled by those knee-high strikes that weren't called in the 1st inning. He's gotta just keep pumping them in there - eventually the ump will buckle and start calling it.
2008-10-01 16:14:10
274.   Kevin Lewis
every time Furcal dives or jumps I get scared
2008-10-01 16:14:17
275.   Jon Weisman
Let's get one thing straight. I do not intend to spend this entire playoff series deleting comments every time something goes wrong. People might want to try rereading the above post, as well as the guidelines.

Thank You For Not ...
1) using profanity or any euphemisms for profanity

2008-10-01 16:14:30
276.   bhsportsguy
The Dodgers will have to score more than 2 runs, which is just as well since they don't win much unless they score more than 4 anyway.
2008-10-01 16:14:30
277.   underdog
There we go.

The winds must be crazy there. That ball just died completely (not that it wasn't going to be an out regardless, but... weird.)

2008-10-01 16:14:51
278.   Tripon
That wind just carried the ball. That ball was written foul ball off the bat.
2008-10-01 16:15:21
279.   underdog
274 Me too. Though he sure did stretch pretty well to try to nab that hit, and seemed no worse for wear. So far.
2008-10-01 16:15:50
280.   Indiana Jon
This pause TBS and synch with Vin idea is awesome. Whoever first mentioned that, thanks.
2008-10-01 16:16:02
281.   Alex41592
Anything to left field is going to die. DeRosa with a great piece of hitting going to right field and it somehow got out of there.
2008-10-01 16:16:30
282.   Ken Noe
Easily surmountable.
2008-10-01 16:16:35
283.   underdog
Dodgers just need to hit one into that same right field jet stream.
2008-10-01 16:16:37
284.   kachang
280 agreed!
2008-10-01 16:17:07
285.   trainwreck
Time for our own beard power.
2008-10-01 16:17:51
286.   trainwreck
Stupid wind, help us.
2008-10-01 16:18:19
287.   ImprobableImpossible
Does Fukudome count as a rule 1 violation?


2008-10-01 16:18:26
288.   Rob M
I walk out of my office for 5 minutes to get some Pinkberry and the Cubs score 2?
2008-10-01 16:19:41
289.   underdog
Dick "uh" Stockton "uh" sure uh needs some uh help.
2008-10-01 16:19:44
290.   Kevin Lewis
Yikes, that play down the line brought back memories of my softball game last week
2008-10-01 16:19:53
291.   whodat807
Was Manny just picking his nose?
2008-10-01 16:20:12
292.   Alex41592
2008-10-01 16:20:14
293.   trainwreck
There ya go, Lowe.
2008-10-01 16:20:16
294.   El Lay Dave
288 Yogurt to try to counteract the playoff-induced increased stomach acids?
2008-10-01 16:20:17
295.   Tripon
Dempster walks Lowe. He must be ashamed.
2008-10-01 16:20:35
296.   Kevin Lewis
Come on Raffy let Derek trot the bases
2008-10-01 16:20:46
298.   underdog
288 Just a windblown 2, so it doesn't count. Yeah.
2008-10-01 16:22:18
299.   El Lay Dave
Both pitchers flirting with the Grabowski Principle early.
2008-10-01 16:22:19
300.   underdog
Can the Dodgers send in a temporary pinch runner for Lowe? Just, you know, a temporary rule.
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2008-10-01 16:22:32
301.   LU Dodger
walk it out
walk it out
walk it out
walk it out
2008-10-01 16:22:46
302.   trainwreck
Love it.
2008-10-01 16:22:47
303.   bryanf
Both pitchers with a lot of pitches early.
2008-10-01 16:22:47
304.   Alex41592
Another walk!
2008-10-01 16:22:55
305.   dontraiseplz
anyone casting this game on one of those CBS screens with the strike zone plots? this ump has had to make a lot of close calls, not sure if he's been entirely consistent.

lets hope for some more good at bats and we will not see Dempster last past 6. theres been really good atnd bats and really bad at bats, regardless of result.

good AB Raffy :)

2008-10-01 16:22:56
306.   Sub4Era
Yes! get that pitch count up Furky!
2008-10-01 16:23:02
307.   Rob M
Dempster's control problems please me.
2008-10-01 16:23:05
308.   HAC3
2008-10-01 16:23:07
309.   Tripon
All I'll ask from Martin to not hit into a Double play.

But I'll hope for a hit or a walk.

2008-10-01 16:23:38
310.   LU Dodger
2008-10-01 16:23:38
311.   underdog
Is that 3 walks or 4 for Dempster?
2008-10-01 16:23:43
312.   DaDoughboy
Wear it Russ! Wear it!
2008-10-01 16:24:06
313.   Tangled Up in Blue
No bunting!
2008-10-01 16:24:39
314.   LU Dodger
to score here would be huge

to not score would be slightly bigger

2008-10-01 16:25:58
315.   Kevin Lewis
I have never been tempted by Pinkberry
2008-10-01 16:26:14
316.   LU Dodger
Ryan Dempster doing his best Brad Penny routine
2008-10-01 16:26:22
317.   El Lay Dave
311 4, which accounts for all the LA baserunners.
2008-10-01 16:26:28
318.   DaDoughboy
Ivy track power.
2008-10-01 16:26:35
319.   trainwreck
2008-10-01 16:26:38
320.   Alex41592
Anything to left field dies.
2008-10-01 16:26:42
321.   Tangled Up in Blue
So close
2008-10-01 16:26:51
322.   Rob M
Damn - Russ hit that one hard.
2008-10-01 16:26:52
323.   ImprobableImpossible
The wind taketh away and the wind taketh away.
2008-10-01 16:26:53
324.   Kevin Lewis
Oh man, I just yelled out loud in happiness and then nothing
2008-10-01 16:26:53
325.   El Lay Dave
2008-10-01 16:26:55
326.   alex 7
of course not :(
2008-10-01 16:26:59
327.   LU Dodger
Russ got all of that one.

dont you just love wind

2008-10-01 16:27:06
328.   underdog

The wind is evil.


2008-10-01 16:27:06
329.   whodat807
The wind must have knocked that ball down, Martin crushed it.
2008-10-01 16:27:16
330.   Daniel Zappala
Drats. I was egging that one on.
2008-10-01 16:27:16
331.   Tripon
2008-10-01 16:27:19
332.   dontraiseplz
no! I was feeling disappointment when I saw it go to left.

how many balls are we going to see from Russ driven like that?

2008-10-01 16:27:20
333.   alnyden
2008-10-01 16:27:20
334.   Branch Rickey
Wow. DeRosa's ball gets out and that doesn't? Wind is not our friend so far.
2008-10-01 16:27:20
335.   Indiana Jon
Any other day.....
2008-10-01 16:27:21
336.   fanerman
2008-10-01 16:27:29
337.   nick
classic luck of the game: we should have a 3-run jack, they should have nothing....
2008-10-01 16:27:36
338.   Tangled Up in Blue
Time for Manny to shine
2008-10-01 16:27:50
339.   DaDoughboy
"Manny doesn't have a whole lot of experience against Dempster.."

Ya, like that matters...

2008-10-01 16:28:10
340.   Rob M
315 I said that for long time, but now my office is on Larchmont so there's a Pinkberry down the block. And once you try it, you start to see it's charm. Especially in this apocalyptic heat.
2008-10-01 16:28:14
341.   Zak
Hope they walk him. Go Andre.
2008-10-01 16:28:19
342.   LU Dodger
The announcer with the deep voice is moron. I just want to say that
2008-10-01 16:28:36
343.   El Lay Dave
Manny can break the wind.
2008-10-01 16:28:39
344.   Sub4Era
Load um up!!!! Come on Dre!
2008-10-01 16:28:40
345.   trainwreck
Bases loaded for Ethier!
2008-10-01 16:28:40
346.   Indiana Jon
Of course the bad thing about the delayed TBS and Vin synch is that I will probably comment late on everything.
2008-10-01 16:28:42
347.   underdog
Good hustle Manny!
2008-10-01 16:28:49
348.   Kevin Lewis
good hustle Manny
2008-10-01 16:28:49
349.   Rob M
Manny Hustle!
2008-10-01 16:28:51
350.   whodat807
Manny being Juan!
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2008-10-01 16:28:56
351.   Jon Weisman
Manny hustle: Mustle.
2008-10-01 16:28:59
352.   The Dude Abides
Great call, Stockton: "Joe Torre said we're not going to let Manny beat us." Well, at least he corrected himself 30 seconds later after Gwynn spoke.
2008-10-01 16:29:00
353.   fanerman
337 I bet it's that holy water.
2008-10-01 16:29:10
354.   underdog
343 - Hah hah. Or Break Like the Wind, as Spinal Tap had it.
2008-10-01 16:29:14
355.   Tripon
Come on Ethier!
2008-10-01 16:29:17
356.   alex 7
just another hustled infield hit for Manny.


2008-10-01 16:29:25
357.   waterboy100
gameday says infield single? rli?
2008-10-01 16:29:33
358.   DaDoughboy
{{breathing into a paper bag}}
2008-10-01 16:29:50
359.   Kevin Lewis
At least Dempster is having problems
2008-10-01 16:29:52
360.   Zak
343 LOL. Well played.
2008-10-01 16:30:36
361.   LU Dodger
Come on Dre!
2008-10-01 16:30:40
362.   Alex41592
This will be Dempster's 60th pitch.
2008-10-01 16:30:54
363.   Kevin Lewis
My heart rate is out of control
2008-10-01 16:31:00
364.   LU Dodger
full count!
2008-10-01 16:31:05
365.   waterboy100
so im on the slowest internet connection ever. even gameday is stuttering..seriously.
2008-10-01 16:31:13
366.   Kevin Lewis
Walk Him!
2008-10-01 16:31:33
367.   Jon Weisman
60th pitch made
2008-10-01 16:31:37
368.   Tangled Up in Blue
Ball four
2008-10-01 16:31:46
369.   Kevin Lewis
2008-10-01 16:31:47
370.   fanerman
I'm really nervous at work now.
2008-10-01 16:31:47
371.   trainwreck
2008-10-01 16:31:53
372.   Zak
Silver lining... 61 pitches in 3 innings for Dempster.
2008-10-01 16:31:54
373.   Rob M
Damn. that was ball 4.
2008-10-01 16:31:55
374.   ImprobableImpossible
That hurts. Great pitch.
2008-10-01 16:31:59
375.   nick
ball four. tough pitch, but ball four.
2008-10-01 16:31:59
376.   underdog
Well, we worked his pitch count up a lot!

/small consolations

2008-10-01 16:32:00
377.   Tripon
Ethier swings at ball four.
2008-10-01 16:32:08
378.   alex 7
was that a splitter? HECK of a pitch in that situation.
2008-10-01 16:32:30
379.   alnyden
Why do I feel like the Dodgers playoff curse is in full effect?
2008-10-01 16:32:39
380.   fanerman
2008-10-01 16:32:44
381.   JRSarno
Hi, Andre. This is the playoffs now. Unacceptable RISP situation.
2008-10-01 16:32:50
382.   Disabled List
Ugh. We need to catch a break sooner or later.

At least Dempster's pitch count is way up. We may be seeing the soft underbelly of the Cubs - the front of their bullpen - pretty soon tonight.

2008-10-01 16:32:54
383.   underdog
I'm still mad at the wind.

Like, I don't know if I can speak to it for awhile.

2008-10-01 16:32:57
384.   fanerman
It's the holy water! Argh!!!!!!
2008-10-01 16:32:58
385.   Sub4Era
How this guy has an era below 3 is beyond me.
2008-10-01 16:33:21
386.   Jacob Burch
Lowe can keep us in it and after a trip around the line up, the guys will calm and wake up. We got this!
2008-10-01 16:33:37
387.   underdog
Btw, TBS, we get it, Ethier's numbers went up after Manny's arrival. We understand. We can all move on now. Thanks.
2008-10-01 16:33:38
388.   trainwreck
Feels like earthquake weather here in the East Bay.
2008-10-01 16:33:46
389.   dontraiseplz
I rule-1'd quite audibly where I'm watching but rationally speaking, I guess we should be optimistic that Dempster (aside that one pitch to Russ) hasn't really pitched that poorly, just effectively wild... hard to believe we dont even have a hit out the infield yet.
2008-10-01 16:33:48
390.   Indiana Jon
379 Before you invoke the curse again, you might want to reread Jon's post above.
2008-10-01 16:34:02
391.   Linkmeister
Where's that goat or black cat when we need it?

I fear an onset of LOB disease at the worst possible time.

2008-10-01 16:34:04
392.   Ken Noe
382 Agreed. Hold them off for a couple of innings and we'll break through.
2008-10-01 16:34:04
393.   Tangled Up in Blue
372 I agree. Stay in the game and make the bullpen work. Hopefully sneak out a win.
2008-10-01 16:34:05
394.   Phil Bencomo
Howdy, folks. I'll be hangin' here tonight. Nobody wanted to play in the Cub Town sandbox. :(
2008-10-01 16:34:10
395.   LU Dodger
Just think...if we win only ONE of these two games in Wrigley, we're in really good shape.
2008-10-01 16:34:17
396.   bhsportsguy
386 Jacob is Kevin Bacon in the parade scene at the end of "Animal House."
2008-10-01 16:34:23
397.   underdog
384 The holy water and the wind! Unfair! Unfair! Evil!
2008-10-01 16:35:19
398.   fanerman
388 What is earthquake weather like?
2008-10-01 16:35:39
399.   scareduck
Wind shouldn't have made a difference on that long ball to left, since it was blowing left-to-right rather than in.
2008-10-01 16:35:42
400.   bluegold
That was the golden opportunity, the game's key moment. Swinging at ball four was not the way to make the best of it.
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2008-10-01 16:36:15
401.   JRSarno
I'd like to see us demonstrate that we can actually hit the ball out of the infield.
2008-10-01 16:36:16
402.   El Lay Dave
376 And the Dodgers broke up Dempster's no-hitter....
2008-10-01 16:36:21
403.   underdog
I feel like Kent would've butchered that, but maybe that's unfair.
2008-10-01 16:36:21
404.   scareduck
398 - a superstition from people who grew up in tornado country. All still air is immediately suspect.
2008-10-01 16:36:24
405.   Jacob Burch
396 It'd be easier if no one was on for De Rosa's shot, but results slightly aside, I like how Lowe and Dempster are pitching and trust our guys.
2008-10-01 16:36:35
406.   Jon Weisman
394 - Welcome, Phil.
2008-10-01 16:36:37
407.   trainwreck
Unusual humidity. A weird stuffy hot.
2008-10-01 16:36:45
408.   Tangled Up in Blue
Lowe looks good. Just some bad luck. Edmonds hit a tough pitch and DeRosa hit one into the jet stream. I still like our chances
2008-10-01 16:36:51
409.   Disabled List
The key moment of the game was not in the top of the third inning.

Everyone please find a paper bag and breathe into it.

2008-10-01 16:37:05
410.   overkill94
The ump's zone isn't quite as tight anymore. Time for Lowe to do his normal thang.
2008-10-01 16:37:50
411.   Jacob Burch
400 We aren't a third of a way through a two run game. You can't label anything a "key moment," especially with the erratic pitching of Dempter so far.
2008-10-01 16:38:05
412.   scareduck
394 - welcome, Phil. I confess, speaking as a Dodger fan married to a Cubs fan, that Domestic Tranquility is somewhat tested in times like this.
2008-10-01 16:38:28
413.   Jacob Burch
411 That should be, you can't label anything the key moment.
2008-10-01 16:38:32
414.   scareduck
Lowe's sinker is not 100%. He's giving up line drives.
2008-10-01 16:39:27
415.   Alex41592
Lowe looks just fine.
2008-10-01 16:39:36
416.   Tripon
DP for the Dodgers.

Come on Loney!

2008-10-01 16:39:38
417.   LU Dodger
nice DP, now lets spank some Dumpster bootay
2008-10-01 16:39:41
418.   Kuo-fax
it sure is nice to see Furcal turning a double play again!
2008-10-01 16:39:46
419.   Jacob Burch
414 Lowe has heeded your call.
2008-10-01 16:39:58
420.   Branch Rickey
Lowe looks ten times better than Dempster so far. The breaks will even out.
2008-10-01 16:40:08
421.   underdog
Atta boy, Derek!
2008-10-01 16:40:19
422.   Jon Weisman
412 - When I go to the game Saturday with my Dad, it'll be interesting ...
2008-10-01 16:40:25
423.   Ember Nickel
394 Heh, just got here. But no worries.
2008-10-01 16:40:26
424.   bhsportsguy
A nice quick inning for Lowe and now back to work on Dempster.

I realize people want the Dodgers to win and view every opportunity as important but you will drive yourself silly if you don't relax.

2008-10-01 16:40:31
425.   Tangled Up in Blue
414 The Edmonds line drive was a touch pitch low and away. Lee hit a slider. I think Lowe looks good.
2008-10-01 16:40:32
426.   scareduck
But that DP ball was certainly helpful.
2008-10-01 16:41:19
427.   ImprobableImpossible
They need to keep taking those pitches. Make it a battle of the bullpens. I'll take that bet.
2008-10-01 16:41:21
428.   Ken Noe
TO: James Loney
FROM: Ken Noe
RE: Next at-bat
You're in Coors Field.
2008-10-01 16:41:24
429.   underdog
Oh, and sorry Phil 394 , I tried to get a Cubs fan friend of mine to play on your blog but he was too nervous and shy. Welcome.

We'll try not to curse the wind too often here. But I can't promise.

2008-10-01 16:41:46
430.   bhsportsguy
422 By the way congrats on turning in the book.

I envision it like Jo sending her manuscript to New York in Little Women.

But I think the ending will be different aside from the book being published.

2008-10-01 16:42:08
431.   dontraiseplz
grind out more pitch counts, sound defense to help Lowe and when Bob Howry trots in in the 6th, Wrigley fans start wondering why they aren't up more. then we get them.
2008-10-01 16:42:20
432.   dontraiseplz
grind out more pitch counts, sound defense to help Lowe and when Bob Howry trots in in the 6th, Wrigley fans start wondering why they aren't up more. then we get them.
2008-10-01 16:42:26
433.   scareduck
422 - doesn't your Dad have Dodgers season tickets?
2008-10-01 16:42:32
434.   Jon Weisman
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - New York Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos was driving an SUV when it slammed into two women who later died of their injuries, police said.

Local police still were searching for Burgos on Wednesday.

2008-10-01 16:42:38
435.   Phil Bencomo
423 No problem. You weren't missing anything.
2008-10-01 16:42:46
436.   underdog
My dad and I haven't had a Yankee-Dodger world series since I was 11. I don't know what it would be like now, except I would probably be just as nervous but be more gracious if the Yanks won.
2008-10-01 16:43:16
437.   Indiana Jon
422 No relatives, but I work with two huge Cubs fans. Fortunately they both work for me. If the Cubs win this series, I wouldn't want to be them next week.
2008-10-01 16:43:27
438.   overkill94
Everything's alright now folks, I just put on my lucky Dodgers jersey.

If we're still down after the 6th, it'll be time to switch to a different lucky jersey.

2008-10-01 16:43:28
439.   Jon Weisman
433 - Yes, but when the Cubs are there, his loyalties revert.
2008-10-01 16:44:08
440.   underdog
Nice to see Delwyn on the bench, even if he can't play. Gets to be a part of the playoffs at least.
2008-10-01 16:44:21
441.   dontraiseplz
a good contact hitter shouldn't be whiffing early in the count on fastballs in the zone.
2008-10-01 16:44:36
442.   RIYank
Wow, you guys are going to break 1000 today.
2008-10-01 16:45:15
443.   Phil Bencomo
Dempster's season-high pitch count: 119.
2008-10-01 16:46:00
444.   LU Dodger
DeWitt using the annoying blooper
2008-10-01 16:46:04
445.   trainwreck
Do it, Dewitt!
2008-10-01 16:46:04
446.   underdog
Wow. A break. An actual break. Oh happy day!
2008-10-01 16:46:05
447.   Tripon
Blake DeWitt!
2008-10-01 16:46:08
448.   overkill94
That'll do, Solution
2008-10-01 16:46:10
449.   bhsportsguy
442 Join the fun, so as someone who did not watch every Yankee game, any significant difference between the Joes in managing the Yanks?
2008-10-01 16:46:37
450.   LU Dodger
Anyone have a pitch count on Dempster?
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2008-10-01 16:47:13
451.   trainwreck
He let's his pitcher hit for some reason.
2008-10-01 16:47:16
452.   Samuel
74 as of the 1-1 count to casey blake.
2008-10-01 16:47:20
453.   underdog
And an un-break. Sigh.
2008-10-01 16:47:25
454.   RIYank
449 Well, uh, problem is, I haven't exactly watched a lot of Dodger games, so I couldn't tell you.
2008-10-01 16:47:35
455.   Alex41592
450 - 75 through 4
2008-10-01 16:48:02
456.   bhsportsguy
450 75, its not that bad considering.
2008-10-01 16:48:16
457.   Jacob Burch
454 I think he meant the difference between Giradi and Torre.
2008-10-01 16:48:36
458.   jlsc
Jon--love your 24 mini-defeats in a win line. I followed the Mariners this year, and I felt like I saw a thousand losses instead of "just" a hundred.

I'm trying to remind myself watching this game that it's not Seattle. The Dodgers actually win games.

2008-10-01 16:48:50
459.   bhsportsguy
454 I was referrring to just how Girardi manages the Yankees vs what Torre did.
2008-10-01 16:49:23
460.   scareduck
Well, I just got done tearing out my ALCS Game 1 tickets. I'll be cheering for the Dodgers listening to the radio on the way to Angels Stadium.
2008-10-01 16:49:27
461.   El Lay Dave
457 One syllable.
2008-10-01 16:49:47
462.   underdog
Pitch counts all well and good but if the Dodgers give up any more runs or keep letting Dempster off the hook, it may not matter. But I have faith it will.

I'm just hoping for a split in this series so I won't view a loss here as the apocalypse, but it puts more pressure on Chad tomorrow.

But I am looking ahead, which I said I wouldn't do. One inning at a time.

2008-10-01 16:50:16
463.   dodgers82
Dempster is not even pitchin' well, am I the only one noticing this? The boys in blue must have a bit more patience and Dempster will bury himself under his own pitch count!!! (so frustrated).
2008-10-01 16:51:09
464.   RIYank
Oh, right.
Well, surprisingly similar. I expected more of a difference. Girardi is as stuck on the "No, we can't put Mo in now, he's the closer" thing as Torre was, for instance.
2008-10-01 16:51:29
465.   underdog
Hey guys, did you hear about this show Frank TV on TBS? I heard that was funny.
2008-10-01 16:51:52
466.   Sub4Era
As unlucky as Lowe has been and lucky as Dempster has been, things have got to level out eventually... right?
2008-10-01 16:52:01
467.   bhsportsguy
464 Lots of talk about Cano being dealt to the Dodgers, would Yankee fans like to see him dealt?
2008-10-01 16:52:19
468.   dodgers82
Nice Ump, he's counting those knee-high pitches as strikes now.
2008-10-01 16:52:40
469.   Bob Timmermann
No they don't.
2008-10-01 16:52:40
470.   trainwreck
Someone is going to have to bite the bullet and kill him in order to end this.
2008-10-01 16:53:29
471.   bhsportsguy
I think by now Molly may have left Financial Institution Ballpark. If I understand her right, she will be going back to NYC and then back to Philly tomorrow. How long is that train ride?
2008-10-01 16:53:40
472.   dodgers82
I swear DeRosa must have a pact with the wind gods
2008-10-01 16:54:07
473.   blue22
465 - Huh. I heard it was very funny.
2008-10-01 16:54:17
474.   RIYank
467 Cano: many would. He was frustrating to watch this year. When he's good, he's sooooo gooood. And then he starts hacking and it drives you crazy.
2008-10-01 16:54:20
475.   Indiana Jon
470 That's kind of harsh isn't it? I mean, all Underdog was doing was making a comment he thought was funny.
2008-10-01 16:54:21
476.   trainwreck
Looks like I am going to have to hate Mark DeRosa.
2008-10-01 16:54:39
477.   DaDoughboy
C'mon Tommy, sprinkle some chardonnay on them bats please...
2008-10-01 16:54:55
478.   Bob Timmermann
It's about 90 minutes each way between New york and Philadelphia by train.

That's assuming Amtrak is on time.

That's a big assumption.

2008-10-01 16:55:23
479.   Sub4Era
473- I'm not sure he understands the concept of overexposure.
2008-10-01 16:56:56
480.   trainwreck
Where was your beard on that one, Dempster?
2008-10-01 16:57:00
481.   underdog
Jeez, was that the same guy who got a hit his first time up?
2008-10-01 16:57:08
482.   Dane Bramage
Isn't it easier to just jump on the PATCO train?
2008-10-01 16:57:16
483.   bhsportsguy
I don't think it is his idea for all the ads, the fact that we are talking about it, makes it worth TBS time to play them.
2008-10-01 16:57:30
484.   Zak
Dempster 75 pitches through 4 IP
Lowe 68 pitches through 4 IP

1 fly ball the difference so far. We can definitely get it back.

2008-10-01 16:57:56
485.   RIYank
Good lord, that was ugly.
How do you stand watching pitchers bat every freaking day?
2008-10-01 16:58:05
486.   blue22
479 - I'm sure he appreciates the paycheck(s).
2008-10-01 16:58:57
487.   underdog
475 Hah hah. ;-) I knew what he meant, though I was trying to figure out how you can kill a comic when you're also busy biting down on the bullet.
2008-10-01 16:59:04
488.   Indiana Jon
485 Same way you can stand to see Giambi's mustache every day.
2008-10-01 16:59:22
489.   bhsportsguy
485 If you somehow convince CC to come to the Yankees, he should DH for you on his off days.
2008-10-01 16:59:55
490.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Bob Timmerman, I'm taking my second graders to the central library. I demand you make yourself available for autographs.
2008-10-01 17:00:00
491.   RIYank
488 He shaved it. So, now you'll adopt the DH, right?
2008-10-01 17:00:06
492.   Ember Nickel
485 Waiting patiently until Zambrano's turn in the rotation? ;-)
2008-10-01 17:00:11
493.   underdog
Crud, why are people giving me work to do now! Now! Okay, it's still the workday here, but...still.
2008-10-01 17:00:45
494.   fatalist palmistry
465 gotta tell you, as a new commenter, your comments can crack me up more than most. love the dry humor my friend.
2008-10-01 17:01:10
495.   underdog
485 Hey Lowe got a walk and Dempster a hit their first times up. You never know! But usually what you'll get is... feeble.
2008-10-01 17:01:49
496.   eekrock
493 I'm with you, Underdog.
2008-10-01 17:01:51
497.   Bob Timmermann
When are they coming?
2008-10-01 17:01:54
498.   Indiana Jon
491 Yes, just as soon as we adopt do overs and ghost runners.
2008-10-01 17:02:22
499.   Tangled Up in Blue
Wow! That was ball four.
2008-10-01 17:02:34
500.   DaDoughboy
Seriously. The gall of these people..
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2008-10-01 17:02:51
501.   Tripon
Furcal loves to walk. That or Dempester loves to gives walks.
2008-10-01 17:02:52
502.   underdog
Well, Cubs got a gift strike and then the Dodgers got a gift ball. Guess it evens out.
2008-10-01 17:03:24
503.   Kuo-fax
Nice, was that a little 2pac, Happy Home in the background there?
2008-10-01 17:03:35
504.   fatalist palmistry
471 gotta believe that shes taking the chinatown bus to philly. the train to philly from nyc takes as long as the chinatown bus (20 bucks round trip) and is much, much more expensive.
2008-10-01 17:03:36
505.   Sub4Era
C'Mon Turtle!
2008-10-01 17:03:54
506.   dodgers82
I cant start thinking of how Dempster has such a good home record, if he's all every where tonight.
2008-10-01 17:04:01
507.   LU Dodger
Underdog is my favorite commentator on DT = total mancrush
2008-10-01 17:04:26
508.   RIYank
498 Oh, TRADITION. I get it.

This summer I actually went to a few games of an historic baseball league. Providence Greys, 1888 style baseball. Batters get to call for a high or low pitch, all that stuff.

2008-10-01 17:04:45
509.   DaDoughboy
Why can't we hit Dumpster tonight? That had nothing on it..?
2008-10-01 17:04:53
510.   Jon Weisman
Any bullpen action for Chicago?
2008-10-01 17:05:21
511.   bhsportsguy
Kershaw was the No. 1 Prospect per Baseball America in the Southern League (David Price was No. 2), McDonald and DeJesus were 13th and 14th.
2008-10-01 17:05:34
512.   nick
Martin, Martin, you get 3-0 and end up hitting that?
2008-10-01 17:05:53
513.   Phil Bencomo
510 Nope.
2008-10-01 17:05:53
514.   Tripon
510 No. TBS says that Dempster is going to go 120 or so pitches today.
2008-10-01 17:06:20
515.   Sub4Era
510- My guess is when we hit one outta the infield.
2008-10-01 17:06:22
516.   Tangled Up in Blue
This is frustrating. Dempster is pitching behind in the count all night and the Dodgers have nothing to show for it.
2008-10-01 17:06:26
517.   jlsc
Part of me approves of just about anything that gets more people interested in baseball. Most of me, however, gets unreasonably annoyed at the distance off first graphic that TBS uses.
2008-10-01 17:06:27
518.   RIYank
Ah, this is what I was waiting for...

(Manny with a man on, I mean.)

2008-10-01 17:06:38
519.   Reddog
OK Manny, hit one out.
2008-10-01 17:06:46
520.   Who Is Karim Garcia

We'll be there in 3 weeks, assuming my petition for a bus to get there isn't turned down.

2008-10-01 17:06:59
521.   dodgers82
Well Dempster is up to 93 pitches!
2008-10-01 17:07:11
522.   Phil Bencomo
Manny frightens me.
2008-10-01 17:07:28
523.   blue22
Did Manny and Sweeney switch bodies?
2008-10-01 17:07:36
524.   sporky
My firstborn for a win!
2008-10-01 17:07:52
525.   Who Is Karim Garcia
The farthest HR I've ever seen hit at Wrigley was Mark Whitten.... or was Glenallen Hill... Anyway, it was hit on the roof of one the buldings beyond Wrigley.
2008-10-01 17:08:52
526.   Tangled Up in Blue
Come on Manny...
2008-10-01 17:09:24
527.   DaDoughboy
6 walks?
No runs..c'mon boys..
2008-10-01 17:09:24
528.   Alex41592
Ethier gets another chance.
2008-10-01 17:09:31
529.   dodgers82
C'mon Ethier!!!
2008-10-01 17:09:41
530.   Sub4Era
Redemption time Dre
2008-10-01 17:09:41
531.   bhsportsguy
Why not walk Manny, I am sure Daniel Z wishes the Angels did that more often.
2008-10-01 17:09:59
532.   Tripon
Dempster doesn't want to deal with Manny.

I gotta say, if we reach a game five, Dempster is not scary at all.

2008-10-01 17:10:22
533.   RIYank
... not exactly what I was hoping to see, but I guess it will do.
2008-10-01 17:10:28
534.   Who Is Karim Garcia
How much longer can Dempster hold out?
2008-10-01 17:10:45
535.   Reddog
OK Andre, hit one out.
2008-10-01 17:11:03
536.   waterboy100
what is the autorefresh extension for firefox that we were talking about a (few?) weeks ago?
2008-10-01 17:11:18
537.   Zak
100 pitches
2008-10-01 17:11:19
538.   Tangled Up in Blue
behind in the count again. C'mon Dre
2008-10-01 17:11:24
539.   Alex41592
Extremely impressive 102nd pitch coming up.
2008-10-01 17:11:39
540.   RIYank
This could be Dempster's last batter.
2008-10-01 17:11:43
541.   Who Is Karim Garcia
I'll take a walk here. I wonder if Ethier will too.
2008-10-01 17:11:48
542.   Tripon
There's the bullpen call for the Cubs.
2008-10-01 17:11:48
543.   waterboy100
the bullpen has been called per espn radio
2008-10-01 17:12:12
544.   fatalist palmistry
loney is going to come up with bases loaded... i see double.
2008-10-01 17:12:14
545.   jlsc
C'mon, Loney. Dodgers have to get at least one out of this.
2008-10-01 17:12:15
546.   whodat807
So, ok, 7 walks for Dempster. Sorta need to score now.
2008-10-01 17:12:16
547.   nick
time for Loney to emerge from the long slump....
2008-10-01 17:12:20
548.   trainwreck
Now would be a good time for a Loney Bomb.
2008-10-01 17:12:23
549.   dodgers82
cubs phonin' in to the pen....sweet.
2008-10-01 17:12:33
550.   dodgers82
cubs phonin' in to the pen....sweet.
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2008-10-01 17:12:39
551.   Daniel Zappala
I will sell one of my kids if Loney can drive in a couple of runs here. It has to be one of the non-existent ones, but I'll do it.
2008-10-01 17:12:40
552.   Reddog
OK Loney, hit one out. You can do it. At least a double.
2008-10-01 17:12:45
553.   Who Is Karim Garcia

Marshall and Notre Dame's WR just got up in the bullpen. Dempster will have to suffer through another hitter.

2008-10-01 17:12:46
554.   Tangled Up in Blue
7 walks! We have to score here. C'mon Loney!
2008-10-01 17:13:07
555.   dodgers82
oops, sorry for the dble comment
2008-10-01 17:13:15
556.   Alice S
Okay, there is no way we can come up empty handed when their guy walks seven

Come on Loney

2008-10-01 17:13:20
557.   LU Dodger

(screams at tv)

2008-10-01 17:13:21
558.   blue22
OK, so this will be at least a 72-hour ulcer I'm experiencing? Good to know.
2008-10-01 17:13:34
559.   Alex41592
Dempster just threw two great pitches to Loney.
2008-10-01 17:13:36
560.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Patience fellas.

I can't believe Loney swung at the first two pitches. My Lord....

2008-10-01 17:13:37
561.   fatalist palmistry
loney, youre killing me.
2008-10-01 17:13:41
562.   fanerman
552 Heck, getting on base in any way is good enough for me.
2008-10-01 17:13:44
563.   Branch Rickey
Shouldn't there be a rule 9 like rule against rooting for a home run when so much less will do? That's rooting tradition as I understand it.
2008-10-01 17:13:47
564.   Zak
stop swinging at changeups
2008-10-01 17:14:00
565.   LU Dodger
My tv is covered with diet coke
2008-10-01 17:14:17
566.   dodgers82
Loney makes Dumpster look like Nolan Ryan....not really, but y'all should get what i'm tryin' to say.
2008-10-01 17:14:30
567.   waterboy100
2008-10-01 17:14:36
568.   LU Dodger
2008-10-01 17:14:40
569.   Who Is Karim Garcia
2008-10-01 17:14:42
570.   trainwreck
2008-10-01 17:14:43
571.   nick
2008-10-01 17:14:44
572.   Daniel Zappala
Oh yes!!!!!!!!! Etienne, you are so out of here.
2008-10-01 17:14:44
573.   Alex41592
2008-10-01 17:14:44
574.   Sub4Era
2008-10-01 17:14:45
575.   Tangled Up in Blue
2008-10-01 17:14:47
576.   jlsc
2008-10-01 17:14:49
578.   waterboy100
go loney
2008-10-01 17:14:51
579.   Jon Weisman
2008-10-01 17:14:51
580.   The Dude Abides
2008-10-01 17:14:55
581.   Tripon
2008-10-01 17:14:57
582.   fanerman
Something good happened. Yes!!!!
2008-10-01 17:14:58
583.   bhsportsguy
563 See, the Big Wish works!
2008-10-01 17:14:59
584.   LU Dodger
2008-10-01 17:14:59
585.   Jimmyv11
2008-10-01 17:15:00
586.   whodat807
LONEY~~!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOSH!
2008-10-01 17:15:01
587.   skybluestoday
Oh thank god!!!!!
2008-10-01 17:15:08
588.   Underbruin
2008-10-01 17:15:08
589.   ImprobableImpossible
2008-10-01 17:15:11
590.   Jacob Burch
In play, Run(s)
2008-10-01 17:15:17
591.   Who Is Karim Garcia
half the guys here just gave up their first born.
2008-10-01 17:15:30
592.   Jacob Burch
Now that has a much higher chance of being the key moment of the game. Still isn't yet.
2008-10-01 17:15:31
593.   Branch Rickey

Forget 563!!

2008-10-01 17:15:32
594.   waterboy100
i dont know who is listening on the radio or if you can tell on the tv but the chi crowd went from cheering & yelling to dead silent in the blink of an eye
2008-10-01 17:15:38
595.   Bob Timmermann
And there were many exclamation points.
2008-10-01 17:15:41
596.   CodyS
552 Good job. 551 you can always make more.
2008-10-01 17:15:44
597.   underdog
2008-10-01 17:15:44
598.   dodgers82
No sir not a pin drop....more like 45K+'s hearts fall apart on the floor!!!!
2008-10-01 17:15:50
599.   El Lay Dave
There's a new BIG GAME JAMES in town!
2008-10-01 17:15:53
601.   RIYank
That was impressive. Very.
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2008-10-01 17:15:54
602.   MonkeyBlue
My hands are shaking.
2008-10-01 17:15:54
603.   Linkmeister
Me oh my and a custard pie, my old granny would say.
2008-10-01 17:16:03
604.   seesdifferent
the sounds of silence in Wrigley
2008-10-01 17:16:09
605.   trainwreck
Bison power!
2008-10-01 17:16:10
606.   kachang
oh my goodness!!!!
2008-10-01 17:16:12
607.   fanerman
Oh yes Sexy Game James!
2008-10-01 17:16:16
608.   be2ween
Let's get to that bull-pen, shall we? Woo hoO!!!!!
2008-10-01 17:16:16
609.   Dane Bramage
Anyone with an estimate on how far it was hit?
2008-10-01 17:16:17
610.   underdog
(Sorry Phil and Cubbies fans but...)


(Sorry I was 2 mins behind due to Tivo pause.)

2008-10-01 17:16:21
611.   blue22
That'll do.
2008-10-01 17:16:25
612.   Zak
that'll do loney, that'll do.
2008-10-01 17:16:26
613.   overkill94
The Dodgers only had one grand slam through the 162 game regular season. Baseball's a funny game sometimes.
2008-10-01 17:16:34
614.   Jacob Burch
2008-10-01 17:16:45
615.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Wheels are falling off Mr. Dempster's wagon.
2008-10-01 17:16:52
616.   jasonungar07
I was just yapping about bad hitting. Muttering on and on to myself and my bemused 10 month old and when it was 0-2 i said trying to muster positive vibes, here comes a single over SS. Boy was I wrong.
2008-10-01 17:16:59
617.   UKDodger
I think i just woke up most of west london
2008-10-01 17:17:15
618.   Marty
I'm watching with a Cubs fan. He's ready to kill Dempster.
2008-10-01 17:17:20
619.   Branch Rickey
How loud did you all yell at that ball to get out?? I think that's what did it.
2008-10-01 17:17:23
620.   dodgers82
596, thanks. Loney has finally exposed Dempster's awful night.
2008-10-01 17:17:29
621.   jlsc
Too bad about that 100 year thing with the Cubs, but I don't care. Way to go LA.
2008-10-01 17:17:42
622.   John Hale
I watched every pitch until I had to go outside for that last one to Loney. I need to go on a long, long walk. YEssssss
2008-10-01 17:17:49
623.   kachang
oh my goodness james, YEESSS!
2008-10-01 17:17:50
624.   Sub4Era
Yay!!! the NON-Wood/Marmol part of the cubbie pen!
2008-10-01 17:17:52
625.   Eric L
It's a good thing that my son decided he was really asleep right before Dempster walked Ethier. I put him up in his crib and was able to see the bomb without waking him AND I didn't drop the boy!
2008-10-01 17:17:55
626.   dontraiseplz


2008-10-01 17:17:58
627.   Reddog
2008-10-01 17:17:59
628.   El Lay Dave
Kemp knows his Dumpsters/trash cans.
2008-10-01 17:18:07
629.   bluegold
Wind? What wind? Loney's ball could have gone through a hurricane.
2008-10-01 17:18:07
630.   Jacob Burch
In spell-correcting iPhone land, I tried to type "Loney!" to a friend.

It corrected me to "Money!" Sometimes I love you, Apple.

2008-10-01 17:18:09
631.   TurnItDown
i cant stop from smiling right now
2008-10-01 17:18:23
632.   overkill94
To be honest, I had very little confidence in Loney there. He hadn't looked very good in his first two at-bats and was cold toward the end of the season, but aaaaaall is forgiven now.
2008-10-01 17:18:25
633.   Jon Weisman
Down two or up two ... we've still got half a ballgame to play.
2008-10-01 17:18:27
634.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Pinella left Dempster out there to rot. Thank goodness he isn't our manager.
2008-10-01 17:18:29
635.   Alex41592
I just ran through the studios here at FSR screaming!!! Amazing!!!
2008-10-01 17:18:37
636.   dodgers82
619, i think i woke up the upstairs neighbor's little kid. im sure they'll understand.
2008-10-01 17:18:50
637.   blue22
That'll do.
2008-10-01 17:19:02
638.   Tripon
Loney was going for the home run swing from the beginning of that at bat.
2008-10-01 17:19:17
639.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Dodgers' first postseason grand slam since Oct 5, 1977 (Dusty Baker).
Ron Cey hit one the night before, too.
2008-10-01 17:19:23
640.   Branch Rickey
You walk 7 people on 4-2/3 innings, bad things are going to happen to you.... eventually.
2008-10-01 17:19:30
641.   Rob M
I was on a business phone call in my office watching the TBS feed in the background and I actually yelled GRAND SLAM!!! in the middle of the call.

That was awesome. He was looking pretty bad early in that AB.

2008-10-01 17:19:34
642.   John Hale
Was Dusty the last Dodger post season slam?
2008-10-01 17:19:37
643.   Who Is Karim Garcia

Always the voice of reason, Jon. You're perfectly right.

2008-10-01 17:19:39
644.   Zak
LOL, I just took my iPhone to a completely uninterested co-worker and showed him the gameday line about the grand slam. and then i went on and on about the 7 walks and bases loaded futility and etc. etc., at the end of which he asked me if the playoffs started and did the dodgers make it. well yeah, we made it.
2008-10-01 17:19:46
645.   Linkmeister
617 A quick walk through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel might be in order, just to calm down.
2008-10-01 17:19:48
646.   Krebstar
Jim Loney was mere feet away from doing the grand slam thing a couple times against the cubs this year and those were the most frustrating games of the season for me... but WHAT A GAME to pull it off in!
2008-10-01 17:19:53
647.   Strike4
Amazing how a grand slam can raise and lower blood pressure at the same time.
2008-10-01 17:19:54
648.   Daniel Zappala
Did someone throw that ball back? I didn't notice.
2008-10-01 17:19:58
649.   Alex41592
Loney should have a free pass for a full year on this blog. Just wow. Still feeling it.
2008-10-01 17:19:59
650.   Jimmyv11
622. Word Jon im willing to anything remotely superstitious to possibly my the boys in game 1
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2008-10-01 17:20:31
651.   be2ween
In it to win it! Go BLUE!
2008-10-01 17:21:06
652.   StolenMonkey86
Reaction to Loney's AB:

"WHY ARE YOU SWINGING!!!! THIS GUY COULDN'T THROW A STRIKE TO SAVE HIS LIFE!!! AND AGAIN!! You shouldn't have swung until this guy shows you he can throw two strikes, and I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU STRUCK OUT THERE... oh wait, you didn't.

OH, ok. And that's a ball high. Yes, that would have been ball four if you would have just laid off. Now he throws and, ok. OH, OK!! That's when you're supposed to swing. Awesome AB, James.

2008-10-01 17:21:07
653.   fanerman
Walk. Walk. Walk. HR.

It works for me.

2008-10-01 17:21:24
654.   overkill94
I'll take full credit for that inning. Not only did I switch to the lucky jersey, I switched from the couch to the recliner to reverse the mojo. Thanks baseball gods!
2008-10-01 17:21:26
655.   Sub4Era
Bob, you said it didn't have to even out. Loney disagrees :)
2008-10-01 17:21:41
656.   Jacob Burch
Two run has felt like ten to Lowe before--keep it up Lowe!
2008-10-01 17:21:42
657.   Tripon
Yeah, its only a 4-2 lead. Even with our good bullpen, the team still needs to be focused. These are still the Cubs.
2008-10-01 17:22:02
658.   Zak
633 I know I know... just super excited. although my dad always said it's better to be two up than down with half a game to go.
2008-10-01 17:22:03
659.   be2ween
Got score-board. Now settle in and play the game.
2008-10-01 17:22:06
660.   Ken Noe
TO: Ken Noe
FROM: James Loney
RE: Pretend you're in Coors Field
2008-10-01 17:22:15
661.   underdog
You know if the wind hadn't pushed Martin's ball back in play earlier, could have had 3 more runs, too. /beat dead horse, pointlessly
2008-10-01 17:22:15
662.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Imagine being a cubbie fan. Dempster was gasping out there. Then he was so close to being out of it.... then.... BANG.
2008-10-01 17:22:17
663.   RIYank
Hey, what happened to 577 ?
2008-10-01 17:22:38
664.   Daniel Zappala
625 Mega-points for not dropping the baby.
2008-10-01 17:23:12
665.   Ken Noe
654 I stood up and paced behind the sofa.
2008-10-01 17:23:12
666.   overkill94
57 strikes and 52 balls for Dempster
2008-10-01 17:23:28
667.   JJ42
I'm at my office and I started clapping. Let's just keep it going!

Back to writing grant recommendations for me...

2008-10-01 17:23:32
668.   herchyzer
Holy Crimoly! I'm sitting here where I live out in the country, 'n all with pretty slow internet. All I can count on is the Yahoo boxscore update. It's locked up, with Furcal on base and Manny at the plate. I cruise over to start up Dodger Thoughts on a new window, go back to Yahoo which FINALLY refreshes, Manny and Ethier have walked and Loney a GRAND SLAM! Go Dodgers! That's what we need!
2008-10-01 17:23:32
669.   jlsc
633 Roger on that, but at least the boys have done themselves proud in the game.
2008-10-01 17:23:46
670.   bhsportsguy
Calm down folks, lets see Lowe put a 0 this inning and then we can feel real good.
2008-10-01 17:23:49
671.   Tripon
663 Jon Weisman has the power to delete a post. I believe the post in question was a rule one violation. You can find the rules on the bottom right.
2008-10-01 17:23:51
672.   eekrock
617 it's ok, aren't most people Chelsea fans out there?

they've had quite the boring night and deserve to be yelled at. :-)

2008-10-01 17:23:54
673.   John Hale
I now remember where I was on Oct 5 1977 (Dustys slam). I was eating a hot dog five minutes after the slam when my dad got back from the concessions. He was a little miffed... I missed this one live but not the same.
2008-10-01 17:24:06
674.   overkill94
665 Alright, you get partial credit :)

Me, you, and millions of other superstitious Dodger fans out there

2008-10-01 17:24:08
675.   68elcamino427
#7 - James Loney "The Money Man" ... Cha Ching!
2008-10-01 17:24:24
676.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Hah! The boo birds are out already for the Cubs!
2008-10-01 17:24:31
677.   trainwreck
Well looks like D Lowe has got Soriano down.
2008-10-01 17:24:52
678.   underdog
619 VERY. I scared my cats away and worried my upstairs neighbor.


Dear Boss,
Please stop giving me stuff to do. You're located in LA, you should understand these things.

2008-10-01 17:25:02
679.   Sub4Era
Keeping Soriano off the bases definitely helps. Keep it up Lowe!
2008-10-01 17:25:12
680.   bhsportsguy
673 I was there at the game (my sole Dodger playoff win). I can't remember where I sat but I was there because I won a contest on KABC.
2008-10-01 17:25:25
681.   waterboy100
609 looking at gameday video, loneys ball looks like it just barely cleared the wall. maybe 400-410 feet?
2008-10-01 17:25:31
682.   Tripon
Hands of stone Casey Blake. That's not good.
2008-10-01 17:25:32
683.   Ember Nickel
594 Indeed. Heard on MLB radio...

Or, rather, didn't hear.

2008-10-01 17:26:10
684.   El Lay Dave
Huge inning for Lowe. Top of the order for the Cubs, he needs to shut them down here and not give any runs back.
2008-10-01 17:26:11
685.   bhsportsguy
Lee is a double play candidate.
2008-10-01 17:26:16
686.   Tangled Up in Blue
time for a DP
2008-10-01 17:26:16
687.   Alex41592
Long way to go but that's a moment I'll never forget.

Rocket shot by Fukudome. Can't believe they called that an error.

2008-10-01 17:26:32
688.   Tripon
Lowe's at 75 pitches.
2008-10-01 17:27:06
689.   Ember Nickel
685 Bit of a euphemism, he's our front-runner.
2008-10-01 17:27:41
690.   JJ42
The TBS live streaming video is not helping me at work. Going to be a long night to finish my write-ups, but I'll take it for a Dodger win!
2008-10-01 17:28:12
691.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Manos de piedra.
2008-10-01 17:28:17
692.   fanerman
I'll remember that home run for seeing all these comments of elation without knowing what exactly happened but getting all giddy inside anyway.
2008-10-01 17:28:44
693.   Alex41592
685 - DING. DING. DING. We have a winner!
2008-10-01 17:28:47
694.   bhsportsguy
Yes sir. Now take a deep breath get a drink (non-alcoholic) and get ready for more.
2008-10-01 17:29:01
695.   El Lay Dave
671 Our Bronx Banter visitors are not accustomed to seeing posts deleted for that reason.
2008-10-01 17:29:16
696.   JJ42
2008-10-01 17:29:22
697.   68elcamino427
This past "Hot Stove" I asked should the Dodgers re-sign D. Lowe.
What say you now?
2008-10-01 17:29:23
698.   Dane Bramage
And to think, nary a 'squee!' among the lot...
2008-10-01 17:29:24
699.   Jacob Burch
692 Ditto. Gameplay showed the ball before to be really really high, so I thought it may have just been a WP. Then I saw the word "slam" somewhere and got really, really excited.

Great job Lowe!

2008-10-01 17:29:32
700.   Jon Weisman
Someone else got to 577 before I saw it.
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2008-10-01 17:29:33
701.   trainwreck
If Lowe goes off in the playoffs, would we re-sign him?
2008-10-01 17:29:35
702.   Underbruin
You know, for all the worrying about the Cubbies and their power pitching vs our finesse, it's Lowe who's cruising at a strikeout an inning...

Nice DP pitch.

2008-10-01 17:29:39
703.   dodgers82
685, your words are golden!
2008-10-01 17:30:01
704.   Them Blues
I love October baseball. Especially when we're involved.
2008-10-01 17:30:01
705.   Jimi Shelter
Wow! Since I had to take two calls on my cel and two calls on my land line (both about the slam), this is a delayed reaction.

LONEY!!!!! I love this game!

2008-10-01 17:30:35
706.   RIYank
Hmm, that was a D-Lowe special. He's well suited to pitch in Wrigley -- is that the thinking behind having him in the #1 slot of the rotation?
2008-10-01 17:30:37
707.   nofatmike
695 I take it that they're not accustomed to visiting other blogs to during the postseason.
2008-10-01 17:30:37
708.   fanerman
700 You mean... someone else has "the power" besides you?
2008-10-01 17:30:47
709.   El Lay Dave
THAT was a great time for the GIDP. Love to see that zero-runs allowed inning after taking the lead.
2008-10-01 17:31:05
710.   trainwreck
I'm running diamonds like James Loney.
- Paul Wall
2008-10-01 17:31:23
711.   MonkeyBlue
Is Saito our closer? or is it still Broxton?
2008-10-01 17:31:29
712.   JJ42
I'm watching this game from the 12th floor in a building in downtown San Diego and yet feel like we're all together.

Jon, thanks for creating DT!

2008-10-01 17:31:40
713.   underdog
I just thought 577 was hit into the centerfield bleachers.

Btw, Blake could have had a play on that one but that ball was crushed. I wouldn't mock him for not coming up with it cleanly.

2008-10-01 17:31:40
714.   JRSarno
Well, we definitely figured out how to hit the ball out of the infield. Awesome Grando, Lone-Dog.
2008-10-01 17:31:53
715.   sporky
698 I was too busy celebrating!!!
2008-10-01 17:32:07
716.   Underbruin
706 - Well, it was only ever going to be Lowe or Billingsley. Lowe's better at going deep into games, and has been absolutely lights out for the last third of the season (I don't remember the exact number, but his ERA is somewhere in the 2s over his last 13 starts). He also has much more playoff experience, which probably factored into Torre's decision heavily.
2008-10-01 17:33:07
717.   underdog
706 That plus he's been white hot for past month, ERA less than 1. Plus very solid post-season resume. Hard to top that.
2008-10-01 17:33:11
718.   Tripon
TBS says the Loney homer was 461 feet.
2008-10-01 17:33:11
719.   RIYank
695 I'll say.

I'm not sure I fully understand rule 1. But I can't think of any way to ask a question without possibly violating it. So, I won't.

2008-10-01 17:33:43
720.   Tangled Up in Blue
Lowe is a walking machine!
2008-10-01 17:33:44
721.   Tripon
8 walks!
2008-10-01 17:33:46
722.   Alex41592
Derek Lowe walks again!
2008-10-01 17:33:56
723.   bhsportsguy
Demptser's worst start since June 27, 2008 against White Sox.
2008-10-01 17:34:01
724.   StolenMonkey86
Derek Lowe: OBP machine.
2008-10-01 17:34:01
725.   68elcamino427
Cubs fans feeling the pressure
2008-10-01 17:34:02
726.   Sub4Era
implode Cub pen... IMPLODE!
2008-10-01 17:34:09
727.   RIYank
707 Well, not this early in the postseason, anyway.


2008-10-01 17:34:19
728.   Alex41592
718 - That is inaccurate. Bad TBS!
2008-10-01 17:34:31
729.   underdog
Jeez, Marshall looked horrible to Lowe there. I
'm a Dodger fan and even I'm almost frustrated watching that.
2008-10-01 17:34:35
730.   herchyzer
701 . I've been cryin' to re-sign him for a couple 'a months. All I hear is "He wants to play on the East Coast", so I donno'.
2008-10-01 17:34:45
731.   bhsportsguy
Manny will not face Marshall, he will face the luck of the Irish.
2008-10-01 17:35:03
732.   Tripon
719 1) using profanity or any euphemisms for profanity

So yeah, just saying that's rule one in place of a cuss word is a violation.

2008-10-01 17:35:03
733.   68elcamino427
Raffy from his power side
2008-10-01 17:35:04
734.   alnyden
Anyone else pinching themselves to make sure Loney really hit that out and we're not dreaming? This is a Dodger playoff game after all.
2008-10-01 17:35:08
735.   Bob Timmermann
When there are a lot of comments, Jon goes from PG-13 to PG.
2008-10-01 17:35:23
736.   bhsportsguy
719 Lowe in pinstripes, what do you think?
2008-10-01 17:35:36
737.   El Lay Dave
673 My dad was also at the Dusty slam game, on a company ticket. I remember watching on TV, leaping out of the recliner when it was hit and scraping my fingers on the popcorn ceiling. Fantastic moment.
2008-10-01 17:35:41
738.   Alex41592
By the way I don't recall an opposite field HR by Loney in the longest time. Most of his power is to right field.
2008-10-01 17:35:51
739.   dodgers82
Dang it! there is no stats on S. Marshall against the Dodgers lineup on
2008-10-01 17:35:51
740.   Jon Weisman
719 - Don't curse. And don't type anything that can easily be deciphered as a curse. That's all :)
2008-10-01 17:36:02
741.   bhsportsguy
719 We are not colorful like Bronx Banter.
2008-10-01 17:36:08
742.   Tripon
Lowe's going to get a Schimdt type contract. Is he worth around $50 million over 3 years?
2008-10-01 17:36:14
743.   Jon Weisman
Cubs fans with the Bronx cheer.
2008-10-01 17:36:31
744.   StolenMonkey86
719 - Generally nothing stronger than a mild PG rating.
2008-10-01 17:36:39
745.   underdog
727 There, there, y'all will be back next year.

re: Rule 1, it's Jon's rule and we respect it. I tend to curse a lot privately in my own home instead of typing it here. While I have less of a problem with cursing keeping it clean here does keep some people away who otherwise have nothing else to say other than cursing. But I did curse in my apartment when DeRosa hit one out.

2008-10-01 17:36:41
746.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Not going to win many games when your pitchers walk eight guys in 5-1/3 innings.
2008-10-01 17:37:42
747.   UKDodger
672 - 'tis true but that lot tend to be pretty dull anyway...
2008-10-01 17:38:16
748.   dodgers82
This delayed strike callin' from the Ump is killing me
2008-10-01 17:38:18
749.   bhsportsguy
Bob and Trainwreck and other UCLA fans,
I just got an email from UCLA saying that the Bruins face their final non-conference opponent, Washington State.

Did they petition out of the Pac-10?

2008-10-01 17:38:37
750.   Sub4Era
Martin has no luck today thus far
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2008-10-01 17:38:41
751.   Daniel Zappala
He clobbered that ball.
2008-10-01 17:38:50
752.   ImprobableImpossible
GG, stop hitting the ball so hard. Thanks.
2008-10-01 17:39:05
753.   nick
Soriano's dressage routine should be a charming, oldtimey baseball quirk, but I just find it annoying...
2008-10-01 17:39:18
754.   bhsportsguy
750 Hopefully with his homer against Wilson and his swings tonight, he is back to Golden God status.
2008-10-01 17:39:35
755.   Marty
You guys are incredible. I come back at the end of an inning and there's 100 more comments.
2008-10-01 17:39:38
756.   Ken Noe
Need more runs. Manny?
2008-10-01 17:39:47
757.   underdog
Gaaah Martin's been ripping the ball tonight.
2008-10-01 17:39:49
758.   bhsportsguy
751 So you are now down to how many kids?
2008-10-01 17:40:24
759.   RIYank
736 Lowe in pinstripes:
Nah, not gonna happen. Ca$hman is looking for bigger names, you know.

Rule 1: I get the idea, but was wondering about exactly what would count as a euphemism. But it's only idle curiosity -- I'm not asking for practical advice!
(I'm considered a squeaky clean type back home in the Bronx.)

2008-10-01 17:40:39
760.   dontraiseplz
Russ only has a walk on the stat sheet but he's really driving the ball again. At this point, I don't feel as if we are anxiously waiting on any players to get "untracked". Anything from Furcal is gravy.
2008-10-01 17:40:45
761.   ToyCannon
Just catching up but this stands out:

428. Ken Noe
TO: James Loney
FROM: Ken Noe
RE: Next at-bat
You're in Coors Field.

2008-10-01 17:41:05
762.   fanerman
Derek Lowe is a walk machine. With the bat, I mean.
2008-10-01 17:41:25
763.   dontraiseplz
Russ only has a walk on the stat sheet but he's really driving the ball again. At this point, I don't feel as if we are anxiously waiting on any players to get "untracked". Anything from Furcal is gravy.
2008-10-01 17:41:36
764.   trainwreck
I guess they made that mistake because we can beat them.
2008-10-01 17:41:36
765.   underdog
753 Yeah, what's up with that giddy-up anyway? Does he always do it? I guess it didn't bug me 'til tonight. Or does he have to go pee-pee?
2008-10-01 17:41:41
766.   dontraiseplz
Russ only has a walk on the stat sheet but he's really driving the ball again. At this point, I don't feel as if we are anxiously waiting on any players to get "untracked". Anything from Furcal is gravy.
2008-10-01 17:41:47
767.   fanerman
761 Don't forget about 660
2008-10-01 17:41:57
768.   Gen3Blue
I was trying to comment after we were down 2-0, and thought DT and Toaster were down due to overloading. Found out it was my router, just as well as it was a pessimistic comment, and I hope I can avoid making it tonight.

Loney!! he's the Man!

2008-10-01 17:41:59
769.   eekrock
747 lol, didn't want to rub it in too much in case you were a die hard blue.

I'm a Gooner, so despite wanting to kill myself Saturday, I was ecstatic yesterday.

Now, keep it up, Lowe! Orale Doyars!

2008-10-01 17:42:28
770.   Tripon
Kemp didn't read that ball well.
2008-10-01 17:42:30
771.   Bob Timmermann
Err on the Ned Flanders side.
2008-10-01 17:42:31
772.   underdog
Maresy dotes, and dosey dotes, that ball'll eat ivy.
2008-10-01 17:42:38
773.   Sub4Era
bad pitch
2008-10-01 17:42:41
774.   coachjpark
Gotta get Beimel and Wade going now...
2008-10-01 17:42:43
775.   dontraiseplz
I hope some of my repeat posts get deleted, for some reason the posting mechanism is just way off for me. Sometimes I click 3 times and nothing is sent.
2008-10-01 17:43:06
776.   Indiana Jon
So which is more related to the acquisition of a veteran player in the final months of the season?

A) Ethier's hitting since Manny arrived.
B) Lowe's pitching since Maddux arrived.
C) None of the above

2008-10-01 17:43:11
777.   Jacob Burch
Cubs 2-5 was due I suppose. If anyone has my confidence with a man on second though, it's Derek.
2008-10-01 17:43:25
778.   Underbruin
749 - I'd say they got moved to the Mountain West, but they're clearly not talented enough.

FCS division?

2008-10-01 17:44:17
779.   RIYank
Lowe is tiring.
2008-10-01 17:44:19
780.   Tripon
I just realized that Soto didn't try to talk to Dempster on the mound until the 5th inning.

Contrast that to Martin who regularly meets with his pitchers. Any pitcher. Every pitcher.

2008-10-01 17:45:16
781.   Underbruin
780 Which explains why he sometimes gets lost and ends up in the booth with Orel every now and again.


2008-10-01 17:45:18
782.   Sub4Era
way to put it together lowe!
2008-10-01 17:45:27
783.   RIYank
771 But Ned uses euphemisms galore. See my problem?
2008-10-01 17:45:41
784.   dodgers82
Nice recoup for Derek, after 2-0, and a strong double by Ramirez
2008-10-01 17:45:53
785.   Zak
776 I'd say A) considering Ethier has pretty much said the same thing. WRT Lowe, it could be true, but he has been pitching lights out for longer than Maddux has been here.
2008-10-01 17:46:23
786.   Underbruin
"Okay guys, hidden ball trick."
2008-10-01 17:47:47
787.   nick
I hate this leisurely strike calling--what, you want a raise? you want more TV time? bring on our robot umpirelords, the sooner the better....
2008-10-01 17:47:55
788.   Underbruin
785 - Very true. I went and checked - Lowe's ERA since the beginning of -June- is 2.61. He got hit pretty hard in April and May, but he's been fantastic since.
2008-10-01 17:48:06
789.   Bob Timmermann
I've never seen "diddely" deleted.
2008-10-01 17:48:20
790.   sporky
I'm so nervous I'm getting queasy.
2008-10-01 17:48:41
791.   Bob Timmermann
Then again, how can you see something that's been deleted.

I'm going to be driving home facing a major existential crisis.

2008-10-01 17:48:41
792.   dontraiseplz
he tried to do it again... no dice
2008-10-01 17:48:46
793.   Jacob Burch
Great job Lowe!
2008-10-01 17:48:47
794.   trainwreck
I immediately thought...

Oh God, not again!

2008-10-01 17:48:51
795.   Sam PHL
Not this time, DeRosa.

Nice job Lowe!

2008-10-01 17:48:54
796.   underdog
Oh man. Show of hands, how many thought that little fly ball was gonna blow out again?
2008-10-01 17:49:13
797.   dodgers82
Hey Cubbies, you only get lucky once...with that wind carrying the ball stuff!
2008-10-01 17:49:13
798.   RIYank
789 Shucks.
2008-10-01 17:49:17
799.   Tripon
DeRosa! The wind will not help you again!
2008-10-01 17:49:20
800.   Daniel Zappala
758 I have no idea.
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2008-10-01 17:49:33
801.   Sub4Era
I'm holding my breath every time a ball goes into right field in the air...
2008-10-01 17:49:36
802.   bhsportsguy
Nice going Derek. If we had Kuo, I would set it up for Kuo/Broxton/Saito. I do think with Derek's baserunning adventures, he is done for the night.
2008-10-01 17:50:18
803.   Underbruin
791 - Add on to it: If a post is deleted in the forest, does it make the sound of one hand clapping?
2008-10-01 17:50:26
804.   dodgers82
796....ooh! oooh! ooh! me! me!
2008-10-01 17:50:45
805.   RIYank
Get a hold of yourself, Bob. You ain't seen diddley till you've seen "diddley" deleted.
2008-10-01 17:50:48
806.   underdog
2008-10-01 17:51:08
807.   ImprobableImpossible
It'd be nice to get one more inning out of Lowe. (But I pinch-hit if it gets to his spot.)
2008-10-01 17:51:09
808.   Underbruin
802 - I'd think maybe it's Cory Wade time?
2008-10-01 17:51:20
809.   Daniel Zappala
778 BYU takes umbrage at that statement and petitions for UCLA to swap leagues.
2008-10-01 17:52:30
810.   UKDodger
679 - they are my boys too. Saturday was just one of those things
2008-10-01 17:52:45
811.   dodgers82
C'mon insurance runs!
2008-10-01 17:52:57
812.   Underbruin
809 - The "they" was Washington State, not the MWC.
2008-10-01 17:53:13
813.   underdog
Throw that to him again Marshall.
2008-10-01 17:53:41
814.   Daniel Zappala
Manny, that was such a goofy swing and I loved it!
2008-10-01 17:53:41
815.   Zak
Pretty soon diddley will become a euphemism.
2008-10-01 17:53:42
816.   Sam PHL
2008-10-01 17:53:43
817.   El Lay Dave
Our pitcher is red hot, your pitcher ain't diddley squat.
2008-10-01 17:53:43
818.   Sub4Era
2008-10-01 17:53:44
819.   trainwreck
Holy crud, Manny is strong!
2008-10-01 17:53:44
820.   Alex41592
2008-10-01 17:53:51
821.   whodat807
Manny hit that from the ankles! Wow!
2008-10-01 17:53:51
822.   seesdifferent
Manny HR on a half swing....
2008-10-01 17:53:51
823.   Phil Bencomo
That's why Manny frightens me.
2008-10-01 17:53:55
824.   The Dude Abides
Did he hit that one off his ankles?!
2008-10-01 17:53:55
825.   Underbruin

Doing it Vlad Guerrerro style!

2008-10-01 17:53:56
826.   sporky
2008-10-01 17:53:59
827.   68elcamino427
Mr. Ultimo
2008-10-01 17:53:59
828.   bhsportsguy
Manny being Manny.

"Curveball, and that is whacked out of sight."

2008-10-01 17:53:59
829.   nick
oho! hoho! hohohoho!
2008-10-01 17:54:02
830.   underdog
Oh my LORD!

Oh wow.

Was that with the nine iron? Or the pitching wedge?

2008-10-01 17:54:22
831.   LogikReader
Mann!! He SMOKED that thing! Go Manny!
2008-10-01 17:54:26
832.   Indiana Jon
MANNY BEING MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-10-01 17:54:30
833.   Rob M
That's OK by me. Thanks Manny!
2008-10-01 17:54:30
834.   underdog
Hey Gwynn stole my joke. Back off Gwynn!
2008-10-01 17:54:30
835.   kachang
i love you manny
2008-10-01 17:54:38
836.   Daniel Zappala
812 Ah, I get it now. Umbrage removed.
2008-10-01 17:54:42
837.   El Lay Dave
"Wind, what wind?", scoffs Manny.
2008-10-01 17:54:48
838.   JJ42
life is good!
2008-10-01 17:54:55
839.   nick
like a tennis player, trying to hit heavy slice on a two-handed forehand?
2008-10-01 17:54:59
840.   Reddog
Alright Manny!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-10-01 17:55:15
841.   RIYank

Did I ever mention how happy I was to see that flaky dude take off the "B" cap forever?

2008-10-01 17:55:15
842.   MonkeyBlue
Manny guy is pretty good.
2008-10-01 17:55:19
843.   fanerman
Manny being one-man baseball playing festival.
2008-10-01 17:55:21
844.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Manny being manny make me happy.
2008-10-01 17:55:32
845.   underdog
Manny-diddley oh Manny-dokely... {faint}
2008-10-01 17:56:14
846.   Daniel Zappala
825 See, your first thought is Vlad, my first thought is Vlad, the announcers say no one else except Pujols. Sigh.
2008-10-01 17:56:18
847.   Sub4Era
The Festival!!
2008-10-01 17:56:21
848.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Can we start counting outs, please?
2008-10-01 17:56:23
849.   bhsportsguy
841 You are happy, about 43,000 Angel fans at tonight's game are happy he is not there for Boston.
2008-10-01 17:57:02
850.   bluegold
Loney has my blessing to strike out the next 10 times.
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2008-10-01 17:57:05
851.   Charenton
00 Thanks so much for the connection to the TBS Network on the internet. It works just fine !
I'm over here in France at 3AM and watching the game for free. And just last night I tried to resign up for , but it was just my luck that my credit card expired on the 1st of October.

It's Loney Time !

2008-10-01 17:57:26
852.   nick
Pujols not really a bad-ball hitter; of course, neither is Manny that often--it was like he saw the ball in slow motion, thought "hmm--only one way I can hit this out" and had time to do it...
2008-10-01 17:57:27
853.   bhsportsguy
846 Manny is more disciplined than Vlad. But he is no Pujols.
2008-10-01 17:57:47
854.   Steve in Rochester
wow, had just been watching on TBS, logged into Gameday Audio just to see if Vinny had made the trip to Chicago just in time to hear, "curveball, and that is whacked out of sight!"

I heart Vin so much.

2008-10-01 17:58:07
855.   Gen3Blue
Leave the fielders in. Only replace them if you need offense, with Kent and Nomar and such.
2008-10-01 17:58:12
856.   Underbruin
846 - No kidding. Our great minds are not shared by this announcing team.
2008-10-01 17:58:52
857.   RIYank
849 First time in my memory I've shared a sentiment with 43,000 Angel fans. I'm not sure I like it.
2008-10-01 18:00:56
858.   68elcamino427
Dodger Love!
2008-10-01 18:01:20
859.   capdodger
857 Don't worry about that. A quick, cold shower will wash that feeling away.
2008-10-01 18:01:42
860.   bhsportsguy
Good idea to bring in Wade now.
2008-10-01 18:02:13
861.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Wade in the 7th? Broxton, then Saito?
2008-10-01 18:02:42
862.   underdog
Let's go Wade. {clap clap clap}
2008-10-01 18:03:19
863.   Branch Rickey
Mr. Wade... meet the incredibly shrinking strike zone.
2008-10-01 18:03:23
864.   The Dude Abides
OMG where was that pitch to Theriot? No way that was low!
2008-10-01 18:03:23
865.   Brent Knapp
Jon, how come you didn't post the gameday link to the diamondbacks game like you've been doing recently?
2008-10-01 18:03:37
866.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Wade's slurve is nice.
2008-10-01 18:04:03
867.   LogikReader

Yep, might as well pull out all the stops. What was Lowe's pitch count going into the 7th?

I miss Vin. Why can't Santa Barbara have a Dodgers Radio affiliate?

2008-10-01 18:04:03
868.   dodgers82
now was that first 1-2 pitch a strike? or was it a strike?
2008-10-01 18:04:18
869.   underdog
WHERE was that pitch before? How on earth was that not a strike?
2008-10-01 18:04:22
870.   Jacob Burch
Of all our pitchers except perhaps Kershaw, I hope Wade is taking notes from Maddux.
2008-10-01 18:04:26
871.   Who Is Karim Garcia

Clever, quite clever.

2008-10-01 18:05:14
872.   The Dude Abides
Soriano scares me, especially against Wade.
2008-10-01 18:05:16
873.   68elcamino427
Nervous Time
2008-10-01 18:05:37
874.   dodgers82
Soriano is 0-1 against Wade
2008-10-01 18:06:06
875.   bhsportsguy
867 Try this one. KYNS 1340 San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria
2008-10-01 18:06:20
876.   Who Is Karim Garcia
I just hope Wade sticks with that curve.
2008-10-01 18:06:24
877.   Jacob Burch
872 You're being very un-dude.
2008-10-01 18:06:30
878.   The Dude Abides
Fantastic pitch location to Soriano!
2008-10-01 18:06:41
879.   El Lay Dave
Wade getting his playoff baptism right away.
2008-10-01 18:06:45
880.   coachjpark
Beimel to face Fukudome???
2008-10-01 18:07:02
881.   The Dude Abides
Don't be fatuous, Jacob.
2008-10-01 18:07:29
882.   Who Is Karim Garcia
My brother insists that tshirts that read "FUKUDOME is my HOMEY' would make him a millionaire.
2008-10-01 18:08:14
883.   Alex41592
Cory Wade!
2008-10-01 18:08:31
884.   Jacob Burch
Andrew Grant's pixie dust continues!
2008-10-01 18:08:31
885.   bhsportsguy
Let's get more runs.
2008-10-01 18:08:32
886.   The Dude Abides
That was a seriously awesome inning for Wade. Pinpoint control.
2008-10-01 18:08:34
887.   68elcamino427
Wade! The kid comes through!


2008-10-01 18:08:34
888.   dodgers82
From 2-0 to K!!! wow, simply wow!
2008-10-01 18:08:40
889.   underdog
Wade rocks.
2008-10-01 18:08:56
890.   Branch Rickey
Sick pitching by Wade. There is more to this team than Manny indeed!
2008-10-01 18:09:20
891.   Who Is Karim Garcia
FACT: Kosuke Fukudome translates to "Todd Hollandsworth"
2008-10-01 18:09:48
892.   Ken Noe
6 outs to go.
2008-10-01 18:10:38
893.   ImprobableImpossible
Who gets first pinch-hitting assignment? Nomar or Kent?
2008-10-01 18:10:56
894.   El Lay Dave
Cory Wade has completed his playoff baptism. One more good inning and he'll be a full-fledged member of the Church of Torre Playoff Veterans.
2008-10-01 18:11:17
895.   Phil Bencomo
882 Already in production, and sold around Wrigley:
2008-10-01 18:11:18
896.   Tripon
They will be the six hardest outs of the game. Or perhaps not. It will be the six outs of heartburn though.
2008-10-01 18:11:24
897.   underdog
893 I'm happy with either. Depends on who's pitching and how they've done against them I guess.
2008-10-01 18:11:24
898.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Kent vs a righty, Nomar vs a lefty.
2008-10-01 18:11:26
899.   trainwreck
Bob's favorite.
2008-10-01 18:11:55
900.   Sam PHL
Keep missing the catcher's glove please.
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2008-10-01 18:12:06
901.   nick
how bout a Samardzija meltdown, just to get these wonderful classy Cubbie fans to boo a little more?
2008-10-01 18:12:22
902.   underdog
Nerves, Samardzija?
2008-10-01 18:12:23
903.   Steve in Rochester
hearing Vin read off Samardzija's ND stats makes me want to hear him do a cfb game. just once.
2008-10-01 18:12:27
904.   Who Is Karim Garcia

How am I going to break this to my brother?

2008-10-01 18:12:36
905.   bhsportsguy
I love it when Vinny says whacked.
2008-10-01 18:12:41
906.   superbas
(not recommended)
i was on the freeway just as loney hit the bomb and i yelled out the windows "WHOOOOO ONE TIME"...and now a dewitt triple!
2008-10-01 18:12:45
907.   Sub4Era
2008-10-01 18:12:45
908.   Brent Knapp
The solution!
2008-10-01 18:12:45
909.   Who Is Karim Garcia
DeWitt..... wow.
2008-10-01 18:13:03
910.   natepurcell
Dewitt has been sooooo freakin ace since he came back.
2008-10-01 18:13:16
911.   trainwreck
This is great.
2008-10-01 18:13:28
912.   underdog
Triple off of old man Edmonds!
2008-10-01 18:13:37
913.   dodgers82
Dewitt said, "veteran or not, im getting 3 on this guy"
2008-10-01 18:13:40
914.   El Lay Dave
894 ... one more good inning in the playoffs ...
2008-10-01 18:13:47
915.   Who Is Karim Garcia

He should've been a goodfella'

2008-10-01 18:13:49
916.   bhsportsguy
895 I think most of us would have been thrilled with a split, what was the feeling in Cub land?
2008-10-01 18:14:02
917.   MonkeyBlue
The Solution strikes!
2008-10-01 18:14:10
918.   Gen3Blue
Now is when you would like to jump on them.
DeWitt has great instinct.
2008-10-01 18:14:18
919.   bhsportsguy
910 How's life for the working man?
2008-10-01 18:14:19
920.   jlsc
Still a woooooohoooooo, just a tad smaller one than for the grand slam. Love those 3Bs.
2008-10-01 18:14:22
921.   underdog
901 {Smithers:} They were just saying "Booo-riano! Booo-riano!"
2008-10-01 18:14:48
922.   Woden325
"Taste the feeling of vinegar:" even when Vinny's saying something dumb, it sounds good.
2008-10-01 18:14:54
923.   Who Is Karim Garcia
I've made more noise at home by myself than the Cubbie faithful during this game.
2008-10-01 18:15:10
924.   El Lay Dave
double + error?
2008-10-01 18:15:13
925.   bhsportsguy
I'll do my Eric Enders impression, Edmonds can't field anymore.
2008-10-01 18:15:13
926.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
The last time the Dodgers opened a postseason series with a win was... Aw, y'all know this one.
2008-10-01 18:15:24
927.   trainwreck
2008-10-01 18:15:31
928.   68elcamino427
#33 - Blake DeWitt!
2008-10-01 18:15:38
929.   Daniel Zappala
Way to go Dodgers.
2008-10-01 18:15:44
930.   Branch Rickey
Awesome. Just awesome. Chicago already rattled and rightfully so.
2008-10-01 18:15:45
931.   The Dude Abides
Dick Stockton...2-2 to Blake, the ball is low, so now it's 1-2. Awesome swings by the two Blakes, though. Woootttt!!!
2008-10-01 18:15:48
932.   Gen3Blue
We already have a split?
2008-10-01 18:15:48
933.   Reddog
2008-10-01 18:15:49
934.   Linkmeister
Goodness. Where was this offense pre-All Star break?
2008-10-01 18:15:52
935.   MonkeyBlue
Good job Casey!
2008-10-01 18:16:07
936.   68elcamino427
C'mon Old Man
2008-10-01 18:16:15
937.   Alex41592
Blake and Blake co-sponsoring this insurance run.
2008-10-01 18:16:21
938.   Strike4
Yay. Suddenly KABC signal is in synch with tv.
2008-10-01 18:16:25
939.   superbas
ha wrigley field is so eerily quiet, i love it!
2008-10-01 18:16:26
940.   fordprefect
OTH but is there an award for post # 1000?
2008-10-01 18:16:29
941.   bhsportsguy
Calling RI Yank, quick question, I am assuming short of a double digit lead, Torre will use his setup/closer guy regardless of the lead in the playoffs?
2008-10-01 18:16:32
942.   underdog
W00t! The Blake-DeWitt combo!


Okay, TBS, I could do with less shots of depressed old Cubs fans. Am I supposed to feel guilt now?

2008-10-01 18:16:35
943.   fanerman
Gah! Completely forgot that Vin is back.
2008-10-01 18:16:47
944.   bigcpa
934 Playing for Cleveland and Boston.
2008-10-01 18:16:48
945.   Who Is Karim Garcia
I'm so glad to have this lead especially after hearing all those ESPN boys say we had no chance, the cubs are the class of the NL and the far superior team.


2008-10-01 18:17:00
946.   capdodger
924 I guess the official scorer thought that Edmonds shouldn't have let it bounce over his head.
2008-10-01 18:17:16
947.   bhsportsguy
932 I am trying to have a conversation.
2008-10-01 18:17:34
948.   underdog
931 I know, Stockton's had a bunch of those senior moments today, especially with pitch counts. And getting managers mixed up. And so on. And what was I talking about again?
2008-10-01 18:17:53
949.   Woden325
930 The Cubs faithful need to get over the "Curse." They get so jittery that anything will take them out of the game. Like fan interference on a left-field foul fly ball, for instance.
2008-10-01 18:17:58
950.   Daniel Zappala
Is it legal to run over the 2nd baseman there?
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2008-10-01 18:18:17
951.   bhsportsguy
948 I have senior moments without being a senior yet.
2008-10-01 18:18:25
952.   Branch Rickey
938 Not quite but closer.
2008-10-01 18:18:28
953.   tsundstrom
Edmonds looked like an old, old man trying to field that ball...somebody said he's a guy that has always made the average play look spectacular. I'd add that he makes moderate to difficult plays look horrible as well.
2008-10-01 18:18:59
954.   nick
941 thing is, Mo is not so much a type of pitcher as he is Mo; Torre's best feature as a Yankees manager was giving us lots of post-season Mo--but will that treatment extend to Brox?
2008-10-01 18:19:00
955.   capdodger
950 Tony sure thinks so.
2008-10-01 18:19:08
956.   fanerman
942 I take it you don't watch too much college football on TV and are thus unfamiliar with the "Sad Home Fan Cam."
2008-10-01 18:19:36
957.   Sub4Era
950- I was wondering that myself
2008-10-01 18:20:14
958.   Who Is Karim Garcia
I don't care how many times they play that commercial, a taco that makes me purple will not be appetizing.
2008-10-01 18:20:20
959.   Alice S
I could do with more depressed Cub fan shots. This is great!
2008-10-01 18:20:39
960.   Fan since 59
Jeff Kent = Rally killer.
2008-10-01 18:20:44
961.   Marty
I can't describe how much I hate Dick Stockton.
2008-10-01 18:20:45
962.   Woden325
The Tradesports "market" (read: bookmaker) is trending heavily in favor of the Dodgers.
2008-10-01 18:20:47
963.   jlsc
I am definitely not assuming a win yet, but it's great that this is on at a time when the east coast can actually watch a west coast team. Though it sucks that the same timing means lots of us had to work through part/all of the game.
2008-10-01 18:20:54
964.   bhsportsguy
I wonder if the Dodgers put someone in for Casey Blake and move DeWitt to 3rd.
2008-10-01 18:20:58
965.   Phil Bencomo
916 This game ain't over yet. ;) Though it is looking increasingly grim.

I didn't come into the series exactly expecting to take both, but if I had any worries, they involved Carlos Zambrano and game two.

2008-10-01 18:21:06
966.   Ken Noe
Depressed Cubs fans tonight are quiet Cubs fans tomorrow night.
2008-10-01 18:21:32
967.   bhsportsguy
961 Are you watching this with the friend who is coming with you on Saturday?
2008-10-01 18:21:48
968.   RIYank
941 Torre tendencies: yes, I would say so. He'll have visions flashing through his mind of Farnsworth giving up a three run homer, that kind of thing. Go with the guy who makes you comfortable.
2008-10-01 18:21:58
969.   underdog
So is this The Blue Ox Time?
2008-10-01 18:22:14
970.   MonkeyBlue
Broxton making me oh so nervous.
2008-10-01 18:22:17
971.   JJ42
almost at 1000 - if this were a world series game, we'd probably get to 2,500.
2008-10-01 18:22:21
972.   bhsportsguy
Well I guess we know who is closing tonight.
2008-10-01 18:22:35
973.   dodgers82
In the past against Brox....

D. Lee: 0-1
Ramirez: 1-1
Soto: ????

2008-10-01 18:22:39
974.   underdog
965 Knowing Zambrano he could hit a grand slam of his own tomorrow. Or give up one. Or pitch a no hitter. Or all of the above!
2008-10-01 18:22:49
975.   Harold M Johnson
Let's go Brox!
2008-10-01 18:23:09
976.   bhsportsguy
968 Did you guys ever forgive for bringing in Jeff Weaver in that game against the Marlins?
2008-10-01 18:23:23
977.   Branch Rickey
Mr. Broxton... meet the incredible shrinking strike zone.
2008-10-01 18:23:25
978.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
Vin quoting Poe - fantastic!
2008-10-01 18:23:37
979.   ToyCannon
Next time ask your manager to start your best pitcher twice. Harden scared us, Dempster not so much.
2008-10-01 18:24:05
980.   Tripon
Berroa's at 2nd?
2008-10-01 18:24:10
981.   dodgers82
2008-10-01 18:24:21
982.   68elcamino427
Woo Hoo!

One Away!

Let's go Broxton!

2008-10-01 18:24:35
983.   bhsportsguy
I love it, Vin is still selling 2009 season tickets.
2008-10-01 18:24:52
984.   Tripon
Furcal still at SS, Berroa at 2nd? How weird.
2008-10-01 18:24:53
985.   LU Dodger
"eat my shorts, Dick Stockton!"

-in best old man voice

2008-10-01 18:24:59
986.   Bob Timmermann
Vin has really harping on how depressed the Cubs fans seem.

But now I have the soothing sounds of Dick Stockton to take me the rest of the way.

2008-10-01 18:25:09
987.   RIYank
2008-10-01 18:25:10
988.   dodgers82
I think Gwynn's voice is so funny...I mean compared to his body size.
2008-10-01 18:25:38
989.   bhsportsguy
987 I guess not.
2008-10-01 18:26:29
990.   MonkeyBlue
Good job Broxton! keep the gas going!
2008-10-01 18:26:38
991.   68elcamino427
And just like that the cubs are down to four outs - Vin
2008-10-01 18:26:41
992.   Branch Rickey
988 Tony Gwynn? No, no... that's Barney.
2008-10-01 18:27:21
993.   tjdub
so many comments! I have a 45 minute commute and a sweet wife who needed a couple of things at the store, so I have a lot of comment catching up to do. Loney bomb made the drive so sweet and Manny's HR was one of the most amazing I've seen.

From the short attention span dept: Caught the first couple minutes of FNL between the 6th and 7th. Promising I think, but I'm a sucker for that show.

2008-10-01 18:27:24
994.   RIYank
989 Feel dizzy. Need drink. Or picture of Paul O'Neill... Must find Mariano Rivera interview podcast...
2008-10-01 18:27:55
995.   Jacob Burch
May I ask--what Poe did Vin drop?
2008-10-01 18:27:58
996.   LogikReader
TBS is debating whether to use Saito in the 9th. Isn't it a no-brainer? Use Sammy-Smile!!
2008-10-01 18:28:00
997.   Sub4Era
992 The professor from the Simpsons?
2008-10-01 18:28:14
998.   The Dude Abides
Throw it down the middle, Ox!
2008-10-01 18:28:20
999.   Indiana Jon
Isn't the magic number in the playoffs really 22? If it was 11, then it would be down to 9 after this game and that wouldn't add up.
2008-10-01 18:28:39
1000.   fanerman
Vin called Chadwick our ace. Oh so hot.
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2008-10-01 18:28:41
1001.   sporky
Go Dodgers!
2008-10-01 18:28:48
1002.   Bob Timmermann
A friend has been listening to the WGN broadcast. Ron Santo does not like the ball-strike calling in this game.
2008-10-01 18:28:48
1003.   JJ42
I love this team!
2008-10-01 18:28:57
1004.   bhsportsguy
995 Telltale heart.
2008-10-01 18:29:47
1005.   RIYank
Millennium, nice job.
2008-10-01 18:30:00
1006.   Branch Rickey
999. Doesn't really work in this case since we won't be playing the Cubs in the World Series.
2008-10-01 18:30:07
1008.   surfing slug
C'mon Broxton!
2008-10-01 18:30:07
1009.   tsundstrom
Whew that was juuuuust foul...=)
2008-10-01 18:30:14
1011.   JJ42
Broxton just needs to throw the heat.
2008-10-01 18:30:17
1012.   68elcamino427
More Cubs "luck"
2008-10-01 18:30:20
1013.   Indiana Jon
1001 Your attempt at post 1000 failed, lol.
2008-10-01 18:30:23
1014.   LogikReader

There's no second team to compete against per se, so basically you only have the 11 games to win. I think that's how it works.

2008-10-01 18:30:47
1015.   Daniel Zappala
Wow, I thought that was out.
2008-10-01 18:30:47
1016.   tsundstrom
Man Edmonds tried to make me pay for my old man comment earlier!
2008-10-01 18:30:51
1017.   68elcamino427
Bison Defense!
2008-10-01 18:30:53
1018.   Lee Corbett
I love Brox, but I wish he'd throw more strikes!! I hate when he gets behind
2008-10-01 18:30:58
1019.   bhsportsguy
Vin's voice was soothing on that long out.
2008-10-01 18:31:01
1020.   Phil Bencomo
2008-10-01 18:31:04
1021.   dodgers82
Thank the groundskeeper guy who painted the foul lines...they were narrow for tonight's game...
2008-10-01 18:31:09
1022.   The Dude Abides
Wow...two inches foul! And that drive to center just caused my heart to drop into my stomach.
2008-10-01 18:31:26
1023.   nick
these announcers have called three mediocre Cub fly balls like home runs: "I'm SO EXCITED's caught"
2008-10-01 18:31:31
1024.   Indiana Jon
Held my breath on that one.
2008-10-01 18:31:34
1025.   Lee Corbett
i also hate watching on gameday! that looked close to a bomb
2008-10-01 18:31:42
1026.   underdog
Wow. That was SO close. Gulp.
2008-10-01 18:31:45
1027.   ToyCannon
What is better, Broxton and Saito for one inning a piece or use Broxton for inning number two and save Saito?
2008-10-01 18:31:47
1028.   sporky
1013 If I knew I was close, I would've tried harder.
2008-10-01 18:31:48
1029.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why WILL you say that I am mad?
2008-10-01 18:32:07
1030.   Ken Noe
3 more outs.
2008-10-01 18:32:08
1031.   El Lay Dave
996 Once Torre put Broxton into the 7th spot in the order, due up third, the commitment to Saito for the ninth was pretty clear.
2008-10-01 18:32:11
1032.   JJ42
The crowd reaction (cheer retraction!) was great to watch online.
2008-10-01 18:32:13
1033.   Marty
967 Yes. He's quite depressed right now.
2008-10-01 18:32:25
1034.   fanerman
Vin: "The crowd saw that flyball with their hearts but Matt Kemp saw it with his glove."
2008-10-01 18:32:38
1035.   underdog
Wow. That was SO close. {Gulp} (Take two.)
2008-10-01 18:32:56
1036.   ImprobableImpossible
Pitch Saito.

Or tack on a few more and pitch McDonald.

2008-10-01 18:33:03
1037.   tsundstrom
these announcers have called three mediocre Cub fly balls like home runs: "I'm SO EXCITED's caught"

Yeah, but to be fair they made Martin's deep fly earlier sound the same.


2008-10-01 18:33:04
1038.   MonkeyBlue
Wow, I just recovered from that last pitch.
2008-10-01 18:33:20
1039.   JRSarno
Seriously, Dick Stockton got a little too excited there.
2008-10-01 18:33:35
1040.   Tripon
Bring Saito in for the 9th. He's already warming up.
2008-10-01 18:33:58
1041.   underdog
Do we win a free Taco Bell chalupa if we hit 2000?
2008-10-01 18:33:59
1042.   Woden325
Dear KABC, these Chevy commercials make me want to join Al Qaeda. Just so you know.
2008-10-01 18:34:01
1043.   Bob Timmermann
You really only have a magic number for each series. So whomever wins this game will have a magic number of 4. The loser has a magic number of 6.

But magic numbers are pretty useless in this situation. Unless we're Graham Champman in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" we should be able to count to three.

2008-10-01 18:34:35
1044.   Linkmeister
Stockton's caught Steiner's fly-ball disease. Kemp looked to be about three steps away from the wall when he caught that.
2008-10-01 18:34:39
1045.   tsundstrom
Martin Powah!!!!


2008-10-01 18:34:45
1046.   68elcamino427
2008-10-01 18:34:47
1047.   Daniel Zappala
Martin is locked in for the playoffs!
2008-10-01 18:34:48
1048.   trainwreck
Golden GoD!
2008-10-01 18:34:49
1049.   Sub4Era
YACKUMS!!!! Golden God!!
2008-10-01 18:34:53
1050.   Alex41592

Feeling good!

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2008-10-01 18:34:54
1051.   Branch Rickey
Demoralize them!
2008-10-01 18:34:54
1052.   RIYank
Bottom of the Cubs' order is due up. Nice little comfort zone.
2008-10-01 18:34:54
1053.   overkill94
The Golden God lives on!
2008-10-01 18:34:57
1054.   whodat807
Wow, Russell Martin has just killed the ball tonight.
2008-10-01 18:34:59
1055.   Who Is Karim Garcia
2008-10-01 18:35:00
1056.   dontraiseplz
YEAH! he deserved that one
2008-10-01 18:35:05
1057.   Terry A
To the person(s) who brought the link to everyone's attention: My heartfelt thanks.

I was going to miss this game. Thanks to you, I have seen most of it. I really appreciate it.

2008-10-01 18:35:07
1058.   underdog
To be fair I actually thought Edmunds' ball had a chance, too. Either the wind blew it down like it did Martin's earlier, or I'm a little astigmatic, Charlie Steiner-style.
2008-10-01 18:35:09
1059.   Daniel Zappala
Do the announcers have to sound so dour when the Dodgers are doing well?
2008-10-01 18:35:09
1060.   Lee Corbett
in play runs with no one on, is my favourite
2008-10-01 18:35:10
1061.   jlsc
I always love Dodger catchers. Yay, Russell.
2008-10-01 18:35:10
1062.   bigcpa
Martin is DRILLING the ball tonite!
2008-10-01 18:35:19
1063.   ImprobableImpossible

Crush three balls and one of them has to cash in!

(Warm up McDonald)

2008-10-01 18:35:21
1064.   Indiana Jon
2008-10-01 18:35:34
1065.   Sam PHL
Martin deserved that one.
2008-10-01 18:35:35
1066.   fanerman
There we go Golden God!!!
2008-10-01 18:35:36
1067.   RIYank
Oooh, as I typed 1052 the comfort zone got more comfortable.
2008-10-01 18:35:36
1068.   bhsportsguy
Save some runs for tommorrow.

Just kidding, but I know you guys are thinking that.

2008-10-01 18:35:39
1069.   68elcamino427
All-Star Catcher drops the "Bomb"
2008-10-01 18:35:44
1070.   dodgers82
I think the Longball gods overpowered the wind gods and paid us back for that wind carried homer from DeRosa.
2008-10-01 18:35:44
1071.   MonkeyBlue
Martin! any insurance is always good! especially a playoff game.
2008-10-01 18:35:45
1072.   RIYank
Oooh, as I typed 1052 the comfort zone got more comfortable.
2008-10-01 18:35:59
1073.   El Lay Dave
This time the Golden God will not be denied! Maybe a little rest DOES help him.
2008-10-01 18:36:03
1074.   Gen3Blue
Time to jump on them

Ahhh! Russ just did. But keep going!

2008-10-01 18:36:08
1075.   underdog
Hah hah. I keep forgetting I'm a few seconds behind. And as I typed that...
2008-10-01 18:36:09
1076.   LogikReader
I literally jumped out of my seat for that one! Ironically, it's the more trivial HR of the bunch.
2008-10-01 18:36:29
1077.   bigcpa
1057 I got it from D4P a few days ago I think. I'm a hero in the office with this thing.
2008-10-01 18:36:38
1078.   Tripon
That has to be a nail in the coffin on Martin's home run.
2008-10-01 18:36:41
1079.   ToyCannon
How about those non 800 OPS hitters now?
2008-10-01 18:36:42
1080.   Bob Timmermann
The announcers tend to follow the emotion of the crowd. It's hard to act really excited when everyone around you is depressed unless you have a vested interest.

Remember interjections can be followed by a comma when the feeling is not as strong.

2008-10-01 18:36:42
1081.   bhsportsguy
The Dodgers have scored at least one run on each Cub pitcher tonight.
2008-10-01 18:36:56
1082.   Branch Rickey
"Anyone who saw this team play here earlier in the season is in for a revelation- because this is a totally different ballclub" -Vinny


2008-10-01 18:37:16
1083.   bhsportsguy
Maddux warming up, at least he'll give the crowd something to cheer for.
2008-10-01 18:37:24
1084.   The Dude Abides
You just knew that Russell was due, the way that he's been swinging.
2008-10-01 18:37:25
1085.   Indiana Jon
1043 That's the way I see it to. Magic number at the start of a five game series is 6, for a seven game series it's 8. So it would be 22 for the entire playoffs.
2008-10-01 18:37:26
1086.   Phil Bencomo
Thanks for demoralizing me with that statistic, TBS. Just what I wanted to hear...
2008-10-01 18:38:16
1087.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Manny being Andruw
2008-10-01 18:38:34
1088.   bhsportsguy
1086 What was that, teams losing the first game stat?
2008-10-01 18:39:06
1089.   waterboy100
1086 what stat?
2008-10-01 18:39:30
1090.   Terry A
1077 - You're a hero with me, too. Can I send you some of Zappala's kids to show my appreciation?
2008-10-01 18:39:41
1091.   Sub4Era
Close Dre...
2008-10-01 18:39:54
1092.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
So - how does this game compare to the Lima game? More or less exciting?
2008-10-01 18:40:38
1093.   Alex41592
Now really should be the time for TBS to be talking about the Dodgers. Maybe they're all shook up because the Cubs were suppose to be a lock.
2008-10-01 18:40:43
1094.   68elcamino427
Cubs fans "drowned in depression since the 5th" - Vin
2008-10-01 18:41:20
1095.   Phil Bencomo
1088 , 1089 Yep, the team that wins the first game almost always wins the series.
2008-10-01 18:41:31
1096.   ImprobableImpossible
C'mon Maddux. Close it out!

(That sounds odd)

2008-10-01 18:41:34
1097.   Bluebleeder87
I was gonna say, are they really gonna use Saito in this game, I just noticed Maddux is coming in.
2008-10-01 18:41:35
1098.   underdog
Oh man! I have to wait a few more weeks before Frank TV? {facetious cry}
2008-10-01 18:41:36
1099.   MonkeyBlue
Why not bring in Saito? He already had his work in.
2008-10-01 18:41:37
1100.   JRSarno
oh boy maddux...
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2008-10-01 18:41:41
1101.   natepurcell
Maddux closing out playoff games is why we gave away Watt.
2008-10-01 18:41:53
1102.   The Dude Abides
This should be interesting...Maddux coming back to Chicago and closing a playoff game against the Cubbies.
2008-10-01 18:41:57
1103.   LogikReader
Uh oh... Maddux coming in for the 9th? I hope Torre has a quick hook at the ready.
2008-10-01 18:42:15
1104.   JRSarno
1093 - Amen.
2008-10-01 18:42:27
1105.   Bob Timmermann
The Lima game was an entirely different beast. That game I spent the entire time thinking, "It's only a matter of time before the Cardinals hit five straight homers against him."

But today, I figured that the Dodgers would be in it since Derek Lowe is slightly more reliable than Jose Lima.

2008-10-01 18:42:37
1106.   Linkmeister
Heaven knows Maddux has experience in Wrigley. Still, it's a little odd.
2008-10-01 18:42:52
1107.   Ken Noe
1101 Sigh.
2008-10-01 18:42:56
1108.   underdog
1080 Hooray! I'm for the other team.
2008-10-01 18:43:11
1109.   Indiana Jon
Does Maddux have a blown save in his career?

I think he'll do fine.

2008-10-01 18:43:21
1110.   68elcamino427
Maddux was really on it in Frisco.
Hope it contiues
2008-10-01 18:43:32
1111.   bhsportsguy
1101 The odds on a second round pick making the majors is not that good. In fact after the first round it really goes down.
2008-10-01 18:43:42
1112.   RIYank
Maddux has postseason experience. He's a solid veteran that we've seen for many years. He's earned our trust. Etc.

(Torre's thoughts)

2008-10-01 18:44:01
1113.   Tripon
Maddux in the 9th. Wild.
2008-10-01 18:44:06
1114.   underdog
Talk about some (very slightly) mixed feelings for Cubs fans. Have to beat Maddux.
2008-10-01 18:44:08
1115.   overkill94
Old Man Maddux? Is this just so that he gets in an inning against his original team?
2008-10-01 18:44:14
1116.   Fan since 59
Maddux? Interesting choice as a closer. Joe must like being second guessed. I guess he got used to it in New York. C'mon, Dodgers.
2008-10-01 18:44:14
1117.   oshea2002
I guess he won't walk anyone, but Maddux?
2008-10-01 18:44:34
1118.   Bob Timmermann
Maddux can't get a blown save in this game.
2008-10-01 18:44:51
1119.   Branch Rickey
1109. Not a save situation so we're fine.
2008-10-01 18:45:26
1120.   natepurcell

Of course I know that. Regardless though...we've had this conversation. Lets enjoy the win.

2008-10-01 18:45:46
1121.   ToyCannon
Tell that to Martin, Kemp, and Ethier.
2008-10-01 18:45:56
1122.   Bluebleeder87
I like this move by Joe Torre, why waste such a valuable pitcher like Saito with a comfortable lead.
2008-10-01 18:45:58
1123.   Branch Rickey
Mr. Maddux.... Oh forget it.
2008-10-01 18:46:07
1124.   underdog
I wonder if Santo complained about that ball 3 call?
2008-10-01 18:46:18
1125.   bhsportsguy
{1120] Cool, no problem.
2008-10-01 18:46:22
1126.   Indiana Jon
1118 1119 I realize that. I was just looking for a pattern of bad relief in the past, but Vin says he's only relieved four times in his career, so how bad could it be?
2008-10-01 18:47:31
1127.   Bob Timmermann
Greg Maddux has no blown saves in his career also.

He has one postseason save. That was in Game 5 of the 1998 NLCS. Kevin Brown had a blown save in that game.

2008-10-01 18:47:31
1128.   Daniel Zappala
1080 Thanks for the laugh, Bob.
2008-10-01 18:47:38
1129.   underdog
That was close. Except for Maddux, uh, not touching the bag. Good try by Loney.
2008-10-01 18:47:44
1130.   capdodger
Old Friend Alert!
2008-10-01 18:47:45
1131.   Bluebleeder87
Ron Darling is a good announcer.
2008-10-01 18:47:56
1132.   bhsportsguy
1121 Or Wade and even Broxton. I know.
2008-10-01 18:48:32
1133.   68elcamino427
One more time
2008-10-01 18:48:42
1134.   RamMan
What if it becomes a save situation and he can't save it then?
2008-10-01 18:48:56
1135.   Daniel Zappala
This Maddux guy is pretty good.
2008-10-01 18:49:05
1136.   trainwreck
I agree.
2008-10-01 18:49:13
1137.   bhsportsguy
Do they count the 1981 Divisional Series in that stat about winners of the first game?
2008-10-01 18:49:32
1138.   Bob Timmermann
You can't create a save situation and then blow it. You can leave a save situation for someone else to blow.
2008-10-01 18:49:35
1139.   natepurcell
2008-10-01 18:49:41
1140.   trainwreck
We got a lead in a playoff series!
2008-10-01 18:49:43
1141.   Phil Bencomo
2008-10-01 18:49:43
1142.   Branch Rickey
2008-10-01 18:49:47
1143.   ToyCannon
So on our team that pattern seems to be out the window. Maybe it has something to do with the guy making the draft picks.

Game Over

2008-10-01 18:49:49
1144.   68elcamino427
Ha Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-10-01 18:49:52
1145.   Daniel Zappala
Dodgers win!
Excess punctuation!
2008-10-01 18:50:00
1146.   Bluebleeder87
This is a HUGE!!!

Woo Hoo!!!

2008-10-01 18:50:04
1147.   Gen3Blue
Bringing in Maddox kind of a gimmick, but it should work. Imagine if it didn't.
2008-10-01 18:50:07
1148.   LogikReader
We did it!!

The Dodgers take a 1-0 lead in the postseason for the first time since October 15, 1988!

2008-10-01 18:50:22
1149.   whodat807
We win! Move over, Jose Lima!
2008-10-01 18:50:25
1150.   Krebstar
Huge win! They boo!
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2008-10-01 18:50:25
1151.   RIYank
1134 All that matters is what the situation was when he entered.
2008-10-01 18:50:27
1152.   waterboy100
good game..time for dinner...
2008-10-01 18:50:29
1153.   Alex41592
The Dodgers just shook everything up!

Game 1 goes to the boys in blue!

2008-10-01 18:50:32
1154.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
What a fabulous way to cap off my birthday!
Go Dodgers!
2008-10-01 18:50:38
1155.   MonkeyBlue
So amp right now. I'm going to the gym happy.
2008-10-01 18:50:40
1156.   blue22
2008-10-01 18:50:43
1157.   I Heard Ron Cey to Steve Howe Davey Lopes
What a fabulous way to cap off my birthday!
Go Dodgers!
2008-10-01 18:51:01
1158.   Indiana Jon
Feels good so far. Keep it up Dodgers.
2008-10-01 18:51:04
1159.   ImprobableImpossible
One down!

Great game. Great contributions all around.

Win another one tomorrow.

2008-10-01 18:51:13
1160.   underdog

That was sweet.

(Sorry Phil, better luck manana.)

Thanks for being great company everyone.

I'm giddy and hungry and I smell bad.

2008-10-01 18:51:14
1161.   overkill94
I hope Saito didn't warm up too hard. I realize he was up in the pen, but as long as he was making leisurely tosses it shouldn't have much affect at all.
2008-10-01 18:51:33
1162.   tjdub
I feel happyyyyyyy!
2008-10-01 18:51:34
1163.   fanerman
One win isn't enough this time. I'm still hungry.
2008-10-01 18:51:47
1164.   Branch Rickey
We just doubled our post season wins over the last 20 years!
2008-10-01 18:51:58
1165.   Tripon
Billingsley pitches tomorrow. BILLINGSLEY PITCHES TOMORROW. This is so awesome.
2008-10-01 18:52:08
1166.   Ken Noe
Lowe-ma time! Squeeee!!!!
2008-10-01 18:52:18
1167.   Ember Nickel

Darn, that's the end.

2008-10-01 18:52:56
1168.   Linkmeister
Off to put together meat loaf with a win. Now I guess I root for the Angels a little later on.
2008-10-01 18:53:13
1169.   njr
Loney grandslam is up there with the greatest moments I've had watching the Dodgers. Great win! Let's keep it up Boys in Blue!

Feels great to get a win in October!

2008-10-01 18:53:35
1170.   bhsportsguy
If you look at this game, you see guys had some good at-bats and the pitchers all did their jobs.

The Dodgers should feel pretty good tonight.

One other thing tonight shows me, if there is a game 4, Kershaw is starting it.

2008-10-01 18:53:35
1171.   Daniel Zappala
I can't remember the last time I had the luxury of watching three baseball games in one day.
2008-10-01 18:53:40
1172.   Bluebleeder87

Vinnie was the same way when I was driving a little while ago... it makes sense.

2008-10-01 18:53:43
1173.   Them Blues
Well, this is certainly an unusual feeling...
2008-10-01 18:53:53
1174.   sporky
Woo hoo!!!!
2008-10-01 18:53:56
1175.   underdog
1142 Whatever happened to that guy anyway? Does he only come around when the team's losing? Or is that my imagination?

Anyway, time to eat, shower, and spend the rest of the evening grinning stupidly. Before the worry sets in all over again tomorrow.

2008-10-01 18:54:27
1176.   RIYank
Well, it was a pleasure, blues. I might drop in tomorrow (though I think I might be Sarah-watching, to be honest).
2008-10-01 18:54:32
1177.   Dexter Fishmore
I became a Dodgers fan in 1991. Until tonight, I never enjoyed a victory in the first game of a playoff series.

It feels good. Very good indeed.

Raise a glass to our boys tonight, people! Here's to this being just the beginning.

2008-10-01 18:54:45
1178.   JJ42
Great game and great offensive production throughout the lineup!

Thank for winning Dodgers! Now I'll keep my end of the deal and finish my work now.

2008-10-01 18:54:45
1179.   Linkmeister
1171 July 4 on ESPN about three years ago. That's the last time they did that. Last couple of years there have been no games on July 4, for reasons that escape me.
2008-10-01 18:54:58
1180.   bhsportsguy
I can see Simers' column tomorrow, Choking Dogs win Game 1, like I [Simers] predicted.

He actually did say the Dodgers would win today.

2008-10-01 18:55:24
1181.   Tripon
The Hardball Times were right for one day at least.

They predicted the Dodgers lineup could put up 5+ runs, and they produced 7 runs!

2008-10-01 18:55:30
1182.   Fan since 59
Last time we had a post season series in Chicago it started ugly but got progressively better. I like this start a lot better. And Bills tomorrow. The only problem is I worked through this game and I'm going to see Neil Diamond tomorrow. I guess I'll just watch us clinch Saturday night. I know, no jinxes, as he throws the black cat under a ladder and breaks a mirror with it.
2008-10-01 18:55:43
1183.   Bluebleeder87

we did have a great Sept hopefully we "Ride the wind"

2008-10-01 18:56:14
1184.   bhsportsguy
Molly's train ride just became a lot more happier.
2008-10-01 18:56:51
1185.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers haven't won a postseason game by 5 or more runs since Game 7 of the 1988 NLCS.

They hadn't won a postseason game on the road by more than 5 since Game 4 of the 1981 NLCS.

2008-10-01 18:57:45
1186.   68elcamino427
The Dodgers keep on rolling ...

Looking forward to a modest two game win streak

2008-10-01 18:58:07
1187.   DXMachina
What an exhilarating game! Whoot!
2008-10-01 19:00:41
1188.   bhsportsguy
Nice picture.

Headline on - Loney Tune

2008-10-01 19:01:22
1189.   Zach the Ripper
I wish I was listening to Vin right now (stupid Padre announcer), but this is a pretty good feeling.
I'm ready for another four years of Manny & the "kids (manchildren)". I say lets take a gamble on him and see if he can be a little more graceful in his decline years then Jeff Kent.
2008-10-01 19:02:11
1190.   El Lay Dave
1185 Other than Blake singling in Blake, all the runs were scored via the long ball - and the Dodgers won! What a feeling!
2008-10-01 19:03:34
1191.   Jacob Burch
1170 Lowe on short rest with mcdonald/kershaw backing him makes too much sense, I think. Let's hope there is no game 4.

Though if there is I won't cry as I can actually go to my first Dodger Playoff game! Speaking of which, I have to email you BH about that.

2008-10-01 19:04:13
1192.   Reddog
Great win by the Dodgers. They played great, and they kinda reminded me of the way Torre's Yankees looked.

They might be a scary team this post-season.

2008-10-01 19:04:15
1193.   Kingmans Performance
So nice to the Dodger power surge tonight.

Great win.

Thanks Dodgers.

2008-10-01 19:04:21
1194.   kachang
What a great win all around with so many positive points.

What really excites me is Russell seeming to get his batspeed back. If he and Furcal get on a lot, Manny and Eithier are so much more dangerous.

2008-10-01 19:05:23
1195.   Gen3Blue
I try to be so cynical I don't know how to handle this. Yippeee I feel great! Is this the way--I hope so.

We have some great players, maybe if they are handled right this can go on..

2008-10-01 19:05:23
1196.   Bluebleeder87

Dodger Stadium looks SO much bigger than little Wrigley Field I bet the Dodger hitters were liking there chops.

2008-10-01 19:06:25
1197.   LogikReader
You know, this moment deserves an Ice Cream!

I'm off to Rite-Aid!!

2008-10-01 19:06:34
1198.   Rob M
1170 I just got a tingle at the notion of Kershaw having a strong start on the national stage to clinch the series.

Nice game, glad to watch with you guys. I REALLY like this lineup with Furcal in there, and Nomar and Kent as the top two pinch hitters. In my best Holly Hunter voice, I'll declare that it's "bona fide!"

2008-10-01 19:08:27
1199.   Tripon
One NL executive's description of Manny's supporting offensive cast: "Thin." We agree. The Cubs' pitching is rested and recharged. The Dodgers need too much to go right. Cubs in four.


2008-10-01 19:10:35
1200.   Gen3Blue
1194 Yeah, Furcal can only get better if he is cured, and Martin seems better. If you add them to a core of Manny, Ethier Loney and Kemp, and then get this wierd competence at bat from DeWitt, it should be excellent, and only get better.
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2008-10-01 19:10:55
1201.   bhsportsguy
1199 And they did have a lot go right, including an opponent who couldn't find the strike zone.
2008-10-01 19:11:16
1202.   Jon Weisman
2008-10-01 19:11:36
1203.   bhsportsguy
Presser on KABC and I think ESPN News.
2008-10-01 19:12:04
1204.   underdog
1197 Dude, tonight you can splurge! Coldstone Creamery at least! ;-)
2008-10-01 19:16:47
1205.   El Lay Dave
I hope tomorrow we see the Gatorade Cooler Killer Zambrano again. Would be great to see His Royal Thighness put up a great start in a playoff game for a national audience so he could get some of the pub he rightly deserves.

GS IP..... H... HR BB K... ERA ERA+
30 200.7 189 17 40 194 3.27 145 - Beckett 2007
32 200.7 188 14 80 201 3.14 141 - Billingsley 2008

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