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This Land Is Your Land
2005-11-03 22:42
by Jon Weisman

People of the world, join in.

Thanks to Dodger Thoughts reader Jim Flanagan for setting it up.

2005-11-03 22:55:26
1.   Jon Weisman
I tried to plant my flag in Dodger Stadium using the zip code, but according to the satelite map, I ended up in some pretty bleak concrete terrain, on Vignes Street between Ducommun and Commercial streets.
2005-11-03 23:03:31
2.   King of the Hobos
I got stuck in the middle of the Los Angeles Forest. The zip code I used doesn't even go that far if I remember correctly. And my actual zip code is supposedly invalid for some reason
2005-11-03 23:11:10
3.   capdodger
I ended up in an nice apartment building down by the National Zoo. I'd move, but I don't think I'd be able to afford it.
2005-11-03 23:22:26
4.   slackfarmer
Well, that's sort of fun (unlike Dodger baseball presently).
2005-11-03 23:24:12
5.   Bob Timmermann
I can walk to my spot on the map. I think I must live near the geographical center of South Pasadena.
2005-11-03 23:29:17
6.   das411
WOW, it put me in one of the tailgate parking lots for Beaver Stadium. My RA is out there in "Paternoville" as we speak!
2005-11-04 00:40:30
7.   LAT
Wow it put at me at the Spearment Rhino. I hate it when my e-life exceeds my real one.
2005-11-04 00:49:10
8.   Eric L
It put me closer to my parent's house than where I currently reside. If I had to guess, it is pretty much the center of the zip code but it still really isn't close to where I live right now.
2005-11-04 01:28:27
9.   Mark Linsey
I believe the spot it marked for me is actually outside of my zip code (by a small fraction of a block), which ordinarily wouldn't matter but is kind of amusing because I basically said "this is where I go to school" for my marker, only to find that my marker appeared over Palo Alto High School instead.
2005-11-04 03:52:12
10.   JSN
Hmm, apparently I live in the middle of South Boulevard....
2005-11-04 06:17:02
11.   SMY
Another one of those amazing articles:

The best part is this:

"On the heels of the sudden dismissal of GM Paul DePodesta, both LA Times writers Bill Plaschke and Ross Newhan penned perceptive and insightful columns, Plaschke saying the deed (quickly excising money ball) needed to be done and Newhan nicely portraying the role of 78-year-old Tommy Lasorda."

I also like the part about having no hitters able to protect or be protected by Kent. Well, none except the guy that plays RF that is the best hitter on the team.

2005-11-04 06:38:43
12.   Colorado Blue
Pretty cool... I'm the sole representative of DT in the Rocky Mountain region! Didn't like me actual zip code though... took my work zip to get entered.
2005-11-04 07:18:44
13.   ecblue
Cool, it'll be interesting to see what it looks like when it's fully populated. BTW, it had been so long since I posted any comments on here that I'd forgotten my username, so I am now on the map twice - the first as Matthew Conroy and the second as ecblue. Any way the admin could eliminate the first?
2005-11-04 07:21:09
14.   HomeDePo
It put me right by my old middle school. That is pretty cool. I am also near Frank McCourt's House.
2005-11-04 07:50:09
15.   Marty
I have no idea why it put me in northwest Altadena. That's nowhere near the center of my little burg. I'm actually two blocks from the little Mayberry-like downtown Altadena
2005-11-04 07:55:54
16.   SMY
The map put me not even anywhere remotely near my house. At least 3 miles away.
2005-11-04 08:00:06
17.   Marty
11 I loved this part:
As soon as the "decision making" slots have been filled, then, already behind schedule, they have to assess both the 25- and 40-man rosters, the farm system filled with more talent than the Dodgers can legally keep, prepare for the free agent Rule 5 draft (which yielded D.J. Houlton a year ago), quickly decide on non-tendering Milton Bradley , and as quickly as possible enter the bidding on available free agents in the market.

One sentence, SEVEN commas

2005-11-04 08:03:52
18.   SMY
17 They could have even added another one after "possible".
2005-11-04 08:04:27
19.   SMY
Or "which, a year ago, yielded D.J. Houlton"
2005-11-04 08:19:59
20.   Im So Blue
From Tony Jackson in the Daily News:

Another non-candidate appears to be Washington GM Jim Bowden, who has been rumored to be in contention for the Dodgers job. The Dodgers have yet to ask the Nationals for permission to meet with Bowden, and various sources have said he has little to no shot at the job.

2005-11-04 08:39:36
21.   Vishal
[20] hallelujah!
2005-11-04 08:43:45
22.   SiGeg
20 -- We may have a shot at mediocrity yet!
2005-11-04 08:47:16
23.   the OZ
The Padres have traded Brian Lawrence to the Nationals for Vinny Castilla. They also have added Glen Hoffman as 3B coach.

So, has Hot Stove season officially begun?

2005-11-04 08:47:23
24.   fanerman
20 - That's encouraging.
2005-11-04 08:50:07
25.   regfairfield
23 Is anyone else baffled by this move? Is Brian Lawrence making some massive amount of money?
2005-11-04 08:51:46
26.   brandesh
Kim Ng, the assistant general manager under Paul DePodesta and his predecessor, Dan Evans, also will interview with McCourt, probably before the start of the GM meetings next week in Palm Springs.

This from LA Times

Evans would be a reasonable choice.

2005-11-04 08:55:49
27.   fanerman
26 - I think the sentence says Kim Ng is going to be interviewed and just states that she once worked for Evans. Either would be okay with me.
2005-11-04 08:56:34
28.   SiGeg
26 -- I think you're misreading the sentence. (I had to read it twice when I first saw it.) It's just pointing out that Ng was an assistant to Evans, not indicating that Evans is going to interview for the job.
2005-11-04 08:57:39
29.   SiGeg
I should have known I'm not a quick enough draw!
2005-11-04 09:02:43
30.   blue22
25 - At least we got those dang tricky arm angles out of the division...Choi must be relieved (well, until the new GM/Manager come on).

And I'm the only Ventura guy so far?

2005-11-04 09:03:28
31.   brandesh
27 - Wow, is everyone else grasping for good news like I am?
2005-11-04 09:15:22
32.   blue22
20 - I echo the "hallelujah" and can I add an "amen" to this news?

If Hart is indeed the frontrunner now, does anyone know who Boras is representing this offseason (besides Weaver)? Hiring Hart would ensure that the Dodger tradition of getting bent over the barrel by Boras would continue.

2005-11-04 09:21:04
33.   sactofan
28 Are you sure?
"Kim Ng, the assistant general manager under Paul DePodesta and his predecessor, Dan Evans, also will interview with McCourt, probably before the start of the GM meetings next week in Palm Springs."

Seems that Dan Evans is in the mix or the above is a poorly constructed sentence. (...and his predecessor... also).

2005-11-04 09:21:34
34.   the OZ
32 - I thought that the problem in TX was Hicks, the owner, rather than Hart. Boras would meet with Hicks and convince him that A-Rod was worth $250M dollars and there was nothing Hart could do about it.

Does anyone remember differently.

2005-11-04 09:23:06
35.   sactofan
32 I recall Boris is representing Johnny Damon for one.
2005-11-04 09:23:57
36.   blue22
34 - Actually, you are right. It was Hicks that worked over by Boras for ARod. Hart was responsible for Chan Ho though (who was Boras too, IIRC).
2005-11-04 09:30:14
37.   SiGeg
33 -- Yes, I agree it is a very poorly constructed sentence. But I'm pretty sure if Evans was being considered, it would get more than a passing mention in an ambiguously written sentence. It would be shocking news, considering that he was treated poorly and then fired by the McCourts only two years ago.
2005-11-04 09:34:31
38.   Jon Weisman
37 et al - There's nothing wrong with the sentence. The placement of the comma between Evans and also indicates that Evans is part of the dependent clause. Remove the dependent clause and you'll see that Ng is the only interviewee in the sentence.
2005-11-04 09:36:07
39.   Jon Weisman
38 - Well, I'll take it back. I guess it could be ambiguous, because of the comma before Dan Evans.
2005-11-04 09:45:27
40.   sactofan
37 - Good point. It would be headline worthy. I guess I'm reading into it what I wanted to see. Similar to Deposesta (although to a lesser extent), I thought Dan Evans was treated poorly and should have had more time to achieve success.
2005-11-04 09:49:34
41.   Blaine
I am kind of a computer idiot. I can't see the map on my computer. I have a Mac and I tried using Internet Explorer and Netscape. Couldn't see it in either browser. Any suggestions?
2005-11-04 09:51:37
42.   slackfarmer
"Also, the Dodgers had asked permission to interview Towers before he decided to stay."

McCourts' strike out again. I'd heard that they were interested in Towers, but didn't know that they officially asked permission to interview and were snubbed.

2005-11-04 10:43:04
43.   SiGeg
38, 39 -- I was actually thinking after I wrote my comment about it being poorly constructed that the lack of a comma after "DePodesta" does actually indicate that Evans and Ng are not parallel in the sentence. But, then again, the thing is that good sentence construction has less to do with rules per se and everything to do with clarity, as a writer as clear as you are obviously understands very well. The fact that we've been discussing it shows it should have been rewritten.

Now, aren't we all (or, at least, isn't the writer of that sentence) going to look dumb when Evans is welcomed back by McCourt with open arms? : )

2005-11-04 11:26:04
44.   Sushirabbit
Are we joining hands on the Heart and Soul Train?

And do we have anytime frame on when this agony will end and we'll know who the GM is?

I'm still holding out that the McCourts have a secret buyer, to be announced next week-- of course, at this rate it would be a consortium of LA times sports "writers".

2005-11-05 20:00:44
45.   Voxter
That thing's neat. Of course, I don't live in the middle of Deschutes National Forest -- though I don't doubt people will be soon, given the way this town is growing. (It's three times as big as it was just 20 years ago, when I last lived here.)

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