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World Baseball Classic-Dodger Stadium Tickets On Sale Monday
2008-12-05 15:12
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Tickets for the March 21-23 World Baseball Classic semifinals and final at Dodger Stadium go on sale Monday at WorldBaseballClassic.com.

Comments (78)
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2008-12-05 15:20:49
1.   Eric Stephen
My Boy George joke got LAT'd. It is probably for the best.
2008-12-05 15:21:21
2.   trainwreck
Red Sox and Brian Cashman will meet with CC next week.
2008-12-05 15:22:55
3.   Jon Weisman
2 - Are they proposing a NY-Boston timeshare with Sabathia?
2008-12-05 15:23:53
4.   trainwreck
3
These are tough economic times.
2008-12-05 15:24:14
5.   oshea2002
Seau is back?
2008-12-05 15:24:26
6.   trainwreck
That is just how ESPN listed it.
2008-12-05 15:31:42
7.   Eric Stephen
5
They had to counter balance this week's opponent, the Seahawks, who have 3 Trojans on the roster.

The Pats now have two Trojans. Where is Keary Colbert these days, anyway? Or hell, Mike Williams!

2008-12-05 15:33:10
8.   oshea2002
7 - Colbert just signed with the Lions.
2008-12-05 15:37:04
9.   underdog
1 I saw it and chuckled.

I was thinking his song "Everything I Own" would make the most sense after that incident.

--

How much revenue (percentagewise) do the Dodgers get from hosting the WBC? Enough to pay for a month of CC Sabathia?

2008-12-05 15:38:33
10.   trainwreck
How confident was Norv Turner about beating the Raiders?

He scheduled a "Victory Friday" at least three weeks ago.

San Diego punter Mike Scifres wanted to set up a golf game with Shane Lechler at Torrey Pines the day after the game. Lechler told him he had to be in Alameda. Scifres said Turner had already given them the weekend off.

http://tinyurl.com/5usnwy

2008-12-05 15:45:58
11.   Jon Weisman
There will be no NCAA women's soccer chat thread on Sunday.
2008-12-05 15:48:05
12.   trainwreck
11
UCLA still has a chance!
2008-12-05 15:49:50
13.   Marty
From the last thread: Cory Blount is from my home town?
2008-12-05 15:53:00
14.   Jon Weisman
11 - Irrelevant for my purposes ...
2008-12-05 15:53:19
15.   Jon Weisman
That should have been directed at 12 .
2008-12-05 15:56:23
16.   trainwreck
14
I am sure Bob will cover it so he can make more Buffalo Bills jokes.
2008-12-05 15:58:06
17.   silverwidow
What are the chances Ned signs ZERO major FAs? I think it's getting higher by the day.
2008-12-05 15:59:03
18.   DaDoughboy
9.
Somehow the AP expects the WBC to gross an additional $40M (up to $100m) from 3 years ago. I'm no mathmatician, but is there really 40% more interest in the WBC this year?
2008-12-05 16:03:33
19.   silverwidow
We would have a ~$29M payroll without Pierre/Schmidt/Jones.
2008-12-05 16:04:41
20.   Harold M Johnson
17 I want them to sign Manny or CC and hope if they miss out on either of those two, they don't give any long term big money contracts to anyone else. But I'm afraid of Ned trading away our core to get PVLs. I'd rather have a team that is home grown and not very good then one that is older and mediocre.
2008-12-05 16:12:40
21.   oshea2002
ESPN on the NL West right now....
2008-12-05 16:12:53
22.   Jon Weisman
17 - Since the chance of Ned signing a major free agent by December 5 was just about zero, I'm not sure that's true.
2008-12-05 16:16:16
23.   silverwidow
22 No, I just think the buzz coming out of the McCourt camp lately seems to indicate more and more that the purse strings are tighter than ever.
2008-12-05 16:16:39
24.   oshea2002
22 - additionally, no one has signed a FA
2008-12-05 16:18:02
25.   trainwreck
21
That basically consisted of Steve Phillips saying Manny will likely end up a Dodger and then nothing else.
2008-12-05 16:18:30
26.   oshea2002
23 - its seemingly like that for every team though. I still think we get Manny, and then filler for everything else.
2008-12-05 16:19:10
27.   oshea2002
25 - what a waste of time, I missed Marinovich to Morton for that?
2008-12-05 16:24:08
28.   trainwreck
I am surprised Marinovich is not the Raiders QB coach.
2008-12-05 16:27:12
29.   Eric Enders
So the greatest pitcher of the last 30 years and the greatest position player of the last 30 years (non-steroid division in both cases) each retire as Dodgers. Both loved the game so much that they kept playing it until they were in their mid-forties and worse than mediocre. I think I admire that type of retirement more than the Ted Williams/Mickey Mantle kind.
2008-12-05 16:32:02
30.   Eric Enders
I guess this is a good time to post a link to my favorite Greg Maddux story. I originally read this in USA Today but now the only place I can find it is in a post on a Red Sox blog.

http://tinyurl.com/6f8mme
scroll down to Jul 21 2008, 11:16 PM
(mildly NSFW)

2008-12-05 16:42:34
31.   Gagne55
24 Not true.
https://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/1182512.html#comments
2008-12-05 16:43:11
32.   silverwidow
29 Who is the position player? I'm drawing a blank.
2008-12-05 16:44:22
33.   Sam DC
I realize Greg Maddux jad many greater moments in his career, but his Dodgers debut will always be my favorite.

It's just too bad you can't fool with Mother Nature.

2008-12-05 16:45:09
34.   Eric Enders
32 Well, it's either Tripp Cromer, or this guy:
http://tinyurl.com/65szak
2008-12-05 16:45:10
35.   El Lay Dave
28 I wonder if Marinovich is an acquaintance of Corey Blount?
2008-12-05 16:47:36
36.   Kevin Lewis
I almost finished "The Future of Food" today, and now I am depressed.
2008-12-05 16:51:53
37.   silverwidow
32 I think Pujols has the best position player of the last 30 years locked up. No offense to Rickey.
2008-12-05 16:55:36
38.   Eric Enders
37 You may be right, but he ain't there yet.

Besides, is there a line of Pujols t-shirts as great as these?
http://www.printfection.com/joemills/Mens/_s_203574

2008-12-05 17:02:28
39.   MC Safety
19 Holy crap. That's insane.
2008-12-05 17:03:48
40.   Zak
38 You can argue that the best 2B of our generation and maybe even the generation before will retire as a Dodger.
2008-12-05 17:04:56
41.   Zak
Hey MC Safety, good win for your team last weekend. You will be happy to know that I was wholeheartedly rooting for Arsenal.
2008-12-05 17:05:14
42.   trainwreck
Crud...UNC scores on a PK.
2008-12-05 17:06:29
43.   Zak
Man, what happened to the awesome Laker Defense we saw early this year. It's like everyone forgot how to play D. Seems like you check the score and the other team has 50 before half time.
2008-12-05 17:09:14
44.   Jim Hitchcock
30 Oh, that was funny!
2008-12-05 17:16:11
45.   D4P
Crud...UNC scores on a PK

Hook'em Heels! (Or whatever our catchphrase is)

2008-12-05 17:16:44
46.   Sam DC
1 I appreciated it.
2008-12-05 17:17:45
47.   MC Safety
41 A fit Robin Van Persie will do wonders. And be on the lookout for Eduardo. He should be back by the time we face Liverpool in a couple of weeks.
2008-12-05 17:20:36
48.   DaDoughboy
38.
Thank you!! Just bought a Rickey tshirt...hope he gets some of the proceeds.
Had to go wiht the "If they want to pay me like Mike Gallego, I'll play like Gallego." ringed tshirt. Planning on winning my annual "Random t-shirt Party" with that one this year..
2008-12-05 17:23:14
49.   Zak
47 If he's healthy and ready, it'll be a big improvement over Bendtner. Arsenal still needs to buy a midfielder this January. Roy Keane is available :)
2008-12-05 17:33:05
50.   MC Safety
49 Definitely. Eduardo is pure class. I think Wenger is definitely going to buy a holding mid. There was a report today that said Wenger has his eye on Melo from Fiorentina. I was hoping mintxcore could throw me a scouting report.
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2008-12-05 17:39:46
51.   Zak
I don't think he wants to come there in January, but it is definitely possible. From what I saw of him earlier this season, I wasn't too impressed. But I've read that he has played better as of late, so maybe he just needed some time to get used to Serie A.
2008-12-05 17:40:58
52.   therickdaddy
Thanks for the reminder, Jon.
2008-12-05 17:41:22
53.   MC Safety
51 His comment about Arsenal being more prestigious than Chelsea was spot on, too!
2008-12-05 17:44:35
54.   Zak
53 Absolutely. If I was in his shoes, I'd want to play for Arsenal over Chelsea, and frankly, I'm not the biggest fan of either. But there is no question that Arsenal are a more prestigious club. Of course, in ten-fifteen years, people won't see it that way anymore. Chelsea will have bought themselves the prestige.
2008-12-05 17:51:24
55.   MC Safety
54 We shall see if they can top Man City in the budget department. I hear that guy makes Abramovich look like Frank McCourt. ; )
2008-12-05 18:08:23
56.   Sam DC
Wizards thinking, anything Indiana can do . . .
2008-12-05 18:12:17
57.   D4P
Lakers having trouble closing games out, in part because the starters are getting a lot of bench time in the 4th quarters.
2008-12-05 18:17:13
58.   trainwreck
I hate UNC!
2008-12-05 18:20:34
59.   D4P
Hook'em Heels!

UNC vs. Notre Dame for the College Cup

2008-12-05 18:21:17
60.   D4P
Lakers's 20-point lead down to 3.
2008-12-05 18:21:53
61.   D4P
Lakers's 20-point lead down to 1.
2008-12-05 18:22:30
62.   D4P
Lakers's 20-point lead back to 3.
2008-12-05 18:25:31
63.   bhsportsguy
The Lakers second unit is having problems on the road.
2008-12-05 18:26:39
64.   oshea2002
It's hard for the starters to sit down, think the game is over, and then have to come back in to save the day.
2008-12-05 18:27:18
65.   D4P
The Lakers second unit is having problems on the road

They did that last year, too. They're much better at home.

2008-12-05 18:30:12
66.   oshea2002
65 - it got even worse in the playoffs.
2008-12-05 18:30:31
67.   bhsportsguy
65 But that is easy to explain, they are a group that thrives on high energy and builds off the crowd, but that unit (Odom, Farmar, Sasha, Ariza and Bynum) do not handle sets that well so if the game becomes a possession by possession battle, they could find themselves in trouble.

I think that unit would work better with Gasol since he has a perimeter game.

2008-12-05 18:42:11
68.   D4P
During "crunch time", the Lakers's offense still seems to come down to Kobe. The guys around him all seem like not-quite-ready-for-prime-time-players.
2008-12-05 18:58:14
69.   Tripon
Just wondering, are Kemp, Loney, Ethier, McDonald playing in any winter leagues?
2008-12-05 19:37:15
70.   superbas
god i hope kemp just start crushing next year, like a light switch was turned on.

i'm excited that ramirez staying is getting more real by the day (and on our term!). i hope ned clears money from the casey blake jack wilson of the world and make cc a competitive offer...then i'll be happy as a clam.

2008-12-05 19:38:27
71.   bhsportsguy
69 Are you going to be in the shop tomorrow, I might want to drop by in the early AM as I have an errand to run in South Bay?
2008-12-05 19:41:16
72.   bhsportsguy
68 Very few teams have more than one "go to" players.

For many years, KG was seen as a player who did not want the rock at the end of games.

However, there is no Bobby Horry on the Lakers right now and they need someone to emerge to be that player.

Jordan could be that guy.

2008-12-05 19:43:52
73.   68elcamino427
I miss Vin.

Picked up a few of the Baseball Classics from Rare Sportsfilms, Inc. so I have the recorded Vin.

I want to listen to the live Vin:)

2008-12-05 19:49:14
74.   Tripon
71 Maybe, maybe not. I have finals next week, and my parents haven't decided if they want me to work on Sat. or Sun.
2008-12-05 19:58:01
75.   bhsportsguy
73 Back in the day, he did football and golf, now you can find him at Bel Air Country Club and/or Riveria.
2008-12-05 20:03:59
76.   trainwreck
Put this in the unfounded rumor category, but a friend of mine says he has heard we may be trying to trade for Brandon Wood.
2008-12-05 20:13:07
77.   Tripon
76 I can't figure out if the Angels love Wood, or indifferent to him. But I thought the Angels wanted to use Wood at 3rd?
2008-12-05 20:20:25
78.   Jon Weisman
NPUT

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