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Match the Dodger Season with the Actor, Actress or Minor Celebrity
2006-05-09 09:56
by Jon Weisman

I'll start it off.

1927: Buster Keaton
1941: Humphrey Bogart
1947: Rita Hayworth
1963: Sean Connery
1978: Loni Anderson
1985: Jeff Bridges
1987: Andrew McCarthy
1998: Paula Marshall

My theory is that the performer should in some way evoke both the era and the quality or feeling of the season. It's a theory in progress, though.

We'll be giving strict scrutiny to 1988.

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2006-05-09 09:59:50
1.   scareduck
The HTML tag on Jeff Bridges is burned.
2006-05-09 10:00:34
2.   scareduck
Ah, nevermind.
2006-05-09 10:03:35
3.   Jon Weisman
1 - You broke the five-minute rule.
2006-05-09 10:06:03
4.   Xeifrank
is this going to be a movie thread? :)
Go Dodgers!
vr, Xei
2006-05-09 10:07:30
5.   Xeifrank
or just a list of people who have never been in my kitchen. vr, Xei
2006-05-09 10:09:59
6.   Vishal
i vote for hugh grant for 2006.
2006-05-09 10:10:44
7.   Vishal
by the way, i really really want to grab ryan church from the nationals. frank robinson is too dumb to be allowed to keep him.
2006-05-09 10:11:24
8.   Eric Enders
1942 - Orson Welles (a promising beginning but disastrous end)
1955 - John Wayne (just plain kicked everyone's butt)
1956 - James Dean (crash and burn)
2006-05-09 10:11:43
9.   Vishal
(izturis and perez for gigantor and church... make it so!)
2006-05-09 10:12:56
10.   Sam DC
Great topic, will require some thought.

Meanwhile, in the "sometimes a short response is best department," from the comments at Capitol Punishment:

phil dunn said: "Paul DePodesa, former boy GM of the Dodgers, is a candidate for the Nats GM job?? Oh, please, he wrecked the Dodgers in two short years through dumb trades and dumb free agent signings. He might be worse that Bowden, even if he isn't a boozer. I hope Kasten isn't that dumb. Just because Depodesta ia a local boy, that doesn't make him competent." (5/09/2006 12:55 PM)

Chris Needham said: "Bill Plashke? Is that you? ;" (5/09/2006 12:56 PM)

which isn't to say none of you all won't want to respond in greater depth.

2006-05-09 10:13:03
11.   Vishal
1988 - burt reynolds?
2006-05-09 10:14:38
12.   Bob Timmermann
But James Dean died in 1955 and the only film that came out with him in after it was "Giant" which is definitely not like the Dodgers season that year.

I prefer Spencer Tracy in 1955 who did some butt-kicking of his own that year in "Bad Day at Black Rock" and with just one arm!

2006-05-09 10:15:17
13.   Eric Enders
That was a great movie.
2006-05-09 10:16:03
14.   Eric Enders
"the performer should in some way evoke both the era"

Are 1955 and '56 not the same era?

2006-05-09 10:17:04
15.   Eric Enders
1958 Fess Parker
1959 Walt Disney
1962 Alfred Hitchcock
2006-05-09 10:19:05
16.   Jon Weisman
Eric's on a pretty good roll, particularly with '62.
2006-05-09 10:19:07
17.   Sam DC
1977 Farrah Fawcett
2006-05-09 10:19:39
18.   Jon Weisman
17 - I almost did that myself! But to be clear, it should be Farrah Fawcett-Majors to really do the proper evoking.
2006-05-09 10:20:05
19.   Sam DC
Really should be Fawcett-Majors for '77.
2006-05-09 10:21:07
20.   DXMachina
1981 - Sylvester Stallone
2006-05-09 10:21:08
21.   Penarol1916
Is Paula Marshall the woman how seems to end up on good shows that are about to be canceled? I believe on Television Without Pity they refer to her as the showkiller.
2006-05-09 10:21:25
22.   Jon Weisman
We could give Lee Majors '76.
2006-05-09 10:23:03
23.   Jon Weisman
21 - Yes, I almost put Paula Marshall in the strike year of '94 because of that. But she hadn't really gotten her streak going yet. I'm still torn.

For 1988, I keep having Wonder Years thoughts...

2006-05-09 10:25:28
24.   Sam DC
I hope it's clear that I hadn't seen 18 when I was writing 19.

How about M. Night Shyamalan for 1999 (kind of a freakshow, that team)

2006-05-09 10:27:16
25.   Pedro Guerrero
I see 1988 as a Tom Hanks year -- especially since the heartwarming and magical "Big" came out that year.

1989 is Kirstie Alley.

2006-05-09 10:27:33
26.   Jon Weisman
24 - To be clear, it's clear.

I pondered Calista Flockhart for '99. I'm curious about suggestions for '03 as well. Some handsome performer that couldn't score with audiences, perhaps?

2006-05-09 10:29:31
27.   Eric Enders
1951 - Joe McCarthy (not the manager)
1992 - Robert Van Winkle
2003 - Wes Anderson
2006-05-09 10:30:09
28.   Eric Enders
I was also going to say Tom Hanks for '88, but I didn't pull the trigger.
2006-05-09 10:31:07
29.   Sam DC
Looking for some grist, found this fun-to-read preview of the 2003 season. A sampling: "second base is Joe Thurston's to lose. . . pitching remains the biggest question mark. . . ."
2006-05-09 10:32:34
30.   Vishal
hah! i thought of tom hanks too, because of the likeability factor. but tom hanks doesn't exude much coolness.
2006-05-09 10:32:38
31.   Bob Timmermann
By Jon's description, 2003 should go to Matthew McConaughey.
2006-05-09 10:34:02
32.   Inside Baseball
1994 - Kurt Cobain (both ended too soon near the top of their respective fields)
2006-05-09 10:34:15
33.   Vishal
or jude law?
2006-05-09 10:34:41
34.   Marty
1988 is John Sayles to me.
2006-05-09 10:35:36
35.   Eric Enders
2005 should probably go to Tom Cruise on the "so annoying you just want to turn it off" principle.
2006-05-09 10:37:47
36.   Jon Weisman
34 - Ooh, intriguing.
2006-05-09 10:38:01
37.   Sam DC
I guess Terry Schiavo for 2005 would just be in bad taste?
2006-05-09 10:38:31
38.   Marty
2005 is George Clooney. Started off great, then got shutout.
2006-05-09 10:40:39
39.   Bob Timmermann
Then what was George Clooney's Oscar for?
2006-05-09 10:40:45
40.   Eric Enders
37 Pull the plug already?
2006-05-09 10:42:19
41.   Eric Enders
1981 could be Springsteen. So could '88, I suppose.
2006-05-09 10:42:57
42.   ToyCannon
1969 - Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III and Peggy Lipton
2006-05-09 10:44:05
43.   Disabled List
2003 - Philip Seymour Hoffman (not flashy, but amazing in a unique way)
2004 - Ashton Kutcher (punk'd)
2005 - David Blaine (pure self-torture)
2006-05-09 10:44:38
44.   Marty
39 Talking about the entire night. He got best supporting actor at the beginning, then no director or picture at the end.
2006-05-09 10:44:54
45.   Vishal
[37] how about christopher reeve?
2006-05-09 10:45:52
46.   Bob Timmermann

Is dead on as I assume ToyCannon knows what the Dodgers were nicknamed that season.

2006-05-09 10:46:01
47.   Eric Enders
1957 - Alan Ladd (come back! come back!)
1973 - Sacheen Littlefeather (no real desire to win)
2006-05-09 10:46:18
48.   Sam DC
45 Yes I see I was in bad taste. Please, lets all stop.
2006-05-09 10:48:25
49.   Marty
1980, Carl Spackler?
2006-05-09 10:52:04
50.   Marty
1981 Harrison Ford
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2006-05-09 10:53:27
51.   Steve
2005 was Ann Coulter.
2006-05-09 10:53:30
52.   Eric Enders
50 We have a winner.
2006-05-09 10:54:06
53.   ToyCannon
1981-Ricardo Montalban-Fantasy Island and a little Mexican flair for FernandoMania.
2006-05-09 10:54:57
54.   autumnlanding
Elijah Wood for the depo years in honor of our magical and methodical quest for the cherished ring (or, in plaschke's mind, the relentless quest to destroy all chances at it)
2006-05-09 10:55:59
55.   Vishal
oooh, ricardo montalban is awesome.
2006-05-09 10:57:47
56.   Eric Enders
1920 Rudolf Valentino
1946 Lionel Barrymore
2006-05-09 11:02:35
57.   ToyCannon
1967-Bob Denver
1966-Cary Grant
2006-05-09 11:04:44
58.   Marty
1951 Vivian Leigh
2006-05-09 11:10:05
59.   Disabled List
1974 - Jack Nicholson
1979 - David Cassidy
1982 - Chevy Chase
1983 - Andy Kauffman
1985 - Sylvester Stallone
1989 - Eddie Murphy
1991 - Patrick Swayze
1992 - Milli Vanilli
1995 - Matt Damon & Ben Affleck
1998 - Shania Twain
1999 - The cast of Fight Club
2006-05-09 11:13:44
60.   Vishal
[58] LOL that's brilliant.
2006-05-09 11:19:16
61.   Kayaker7
2005=Paul Rubens.
2006-05-09 11:21:25
62.   gcrl
for me, 1983 would be eric roberts. fantastic in star 80 (reg season), but without the oscar nod (post season success).

and 59, remember the first rule of fight club...

2006-05-09 11:23:38
63.   gcrl
1986 - howard the duck
2006-05-09 11:25:15
64.   capdodger
and 59, remember the first rule of fight club...

Don't talk about 1999?

2006-05-09 11:26:53
65.   Jon Weisman
61 - the painter?
2006-05-09 11:28:40
66.   Jon Weisman
65 - Just kidding - I figure you mean Pee Wee.
2006-05-09 11:28:53
67.   ToyCannon
Quick baseball related comment. The player I wanted the Dodgers to trade Sele for was just called up from AAA. From rotowire:
"Finally, a pitching move that makes sense. For some reason, the Mets have never been enamored with Bell, but he pitched well this spring training and struck out 20 in 11 1/3 innings with a solid 1.35 ERA for the Tides. Look for him to be used in middle relief, but if he pitches well, he could be used in a more prominent role possibly freeing up Aaron Heilman to move back into the rotation."
2006-05-09 11:29:23
68.   Kayaker7
65 Yes. He "paint" the seat backs of theaters.
2006-05-09 11:31:22
69.   Jon Weisman
Jim Tracy on the phone with Paul DePodesta:

"I'm getting a bad connection! (scherechchch)."

"I'm a loner. A rebel. There's a lotta things about me you don't know anything about, Paulie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand."

"The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back! It's like you're unraveling a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting... "

2006-05-09 11:35:35
70.   Vishal
"i'm a loner, depo. a rebel." hah!
2006-05-09 11:37:29
71.   Bob Timmermann
1992 - Iron Eyes Cody
2006-05-09 11:42:56
72.   Daniel Zappala
Has no one suggested Danica McKellar for 1988? The pilot was that year.
2006-05-09 11:46:23
73.   Sam DC
72 meet 23.
2006-05-09 11:46:24
74.   Linkmeister
1989-2005 Susan Lucci
2006-05-09 11:47:44
75.   Jon Weisman
Brittany Hochevar to be featured guest speaker at Lamar Sports Booster Banquet.,1413,121%257E7979%257E3307443,00.html

2006-05-09 11:48:20
76.   Kayaker7
74 At least Ms. Kane got close every time. The Dodgers weren't even close in some of those years. I guess 2004 would when Lucci finally won it.
2006-05-09 11:50:09
77.   njr
I have 2 reserve level tickets to the game tonight. They are with me at my office in Beverly Hills. Anyone who wants to pick them up can have them. 27RS row G seats 5-6. They're by third base.
2006-05-09 11:51:38
78.   Linkmeister
76 I have to admit that I'm not up on her stats; the only reason I knew anything at all about her was because I saw a feature article from AP about the daytime awards and her losing streak.
2006-05-09 11:53:53
79.   Linkmeister
O/T, but Bronx Banter has some Choi love going on over here:

2006-05-09 11:59:38
80.   Sam DC
Passed on for discussion purposes, from WashPost chat with baseball columnist Dave Sheinin:

Red Sox Nation: Finally, the Sox seem to have a closer who can close games (Papelbon). Is there any hope that their suits will recognize this and not try to get Foulke--who never was that great a closer--back into the closer spot to lose more late games?

Dave Sheinin: I think Papelbon's success as closer is making it impossible for the Sox to consider making a change. Even though the Sox could use Papelbon's arm in their rotation -- I mean, how long can they go with Lenny DiNardo -- there's no way they're going to take him out of the closer's spot when he's 12-for-12.

2006-05-09 12:09:11
81.   regfairfield
So Boston has already forgotten that Foulke pretty much single handedly won them the ALCS?
2006-05-09 12:16:50
82.   BruceR
2005 = Abbott & Costello

2006-05-09 12:17:17
83.   Daniel Zappala
81 Jim Abbott did that for the Angels once upon a time.
2006-05-09 12:20:45
84.   ToyCannon
Still laughing. One of my favorite players of all time.
2006-05-09 12:27:29
85.   scareduck
83 - ... but Jim Abbott did everything single-handedly...
2006-05-09 12:27:33
86.   Jon Weisman
So, did this topic work for you as a fun diversion, or was it just a waste of space. You can be honest.
2006-05-09 12:33:56
87.   Marty
I love these types of threads.
2006-05-09 12:39:45
88.   Telemachos
The more we can link baseball to movies and TV shows, the better! :)
2006-05-09 12:54:31
89.   gcrl
continuing "jim abbott thoughts":

the only time i have seen roger clemens pitch to date was a red sox/angels game back in 89 or so. i was pretty excited to see the rocket, but he got shelled while jim abbott threw his first ml shutout.

later in his career, jim abbott and the angels helped prove the "two wrongs don't make a right" theory, when the front office seemed to cave to public opinion and reacquired the one-hander, who promptly pitched very, very poorly. it didn't work with marty mcsorley and the kings the second time around, nor did it work for the dodgers and brett butler.

2006-05-09 13:01:59
90.   Xeifrank
I'm all for less movie and TV talk during the season, unless you want to talk about how bad the movie and TV viewing is in recent years. vr, Xei
2006-05-09 13:05:50
91.   bhsportsguy
Jon - good topic, perhaps another one for a hazy day,
ESPN page 2 had a topic yesterday about the greatest moments of sports television with all the usual favorites, "Do you believe in miracles", 1958 Colt vs. Giants game, Kirk's W.S. homer, etc.

There was a note regarding Gibby's home run on how Vin just said "she is....gone" and then was quiet for 1 minute and 7 seconds and finally summed up by saying "In a year of the improbable, the impossible has just happened."

My thought about that was how Vin was present at some of the most historic moments of baseball history in the past 55 plus years and yet for 3 of the great calls, his is not the one you hear:
1. 1951 - Vin is doing the TV for the Bobby Thompson home run, Russ Hodges' call was on the radio and has been looped to the TV replay ever since.
2. 1974 - Henry Aaron's 715th home run, Vin is of course there because the Dodgers were playing the Braves but you hear the Braves' announcer, occasionally you hear Curt Gowdy (I think) because it was televised.
3. 1988 - Gibson's homer, while obviously most heard Vin's call because it was on national tv, Jack Buck's call was so perfect, that it has become the most identified with the moment, rarely do you hear Don Drysdale losing his voice making that call for the Dodger broadcast.

I just thought that was interesting that the most celebrated baseball broadcaster, who was present at arguably 3 of the top ten moments in baseball history is not the one you hear when they replay their moments.

2006-05-09 13:09:05
92.   Sam DC
I think LAT is going to be disappointed to have missed the thread that covered Rita Hayworth and Loni Anderson.
2006-05-09 13:10:46
93.   scareduck
86 - 'sokay, but I don't offer my opinions on this one because I'm afraid my lack of writing chops will be duly exposed.
2006-05-09 13:10:56
94.   Marty
Vin must have called Larson's perfect game in the world series too.
2006-05-09 13:15:23
95.   Linkmeister
I wonder who had the call for the Mazeroski home run in 1960.
2006-05-09 13:15:49
96.   Sam DC
Where's Stan when you need him?
2006-05-09 13:16:15
97.   Bob Timmermann
I was under the impression that Ernie Harwell was on the TV at the time when Thomson hit his home run. Scully was there however.

Scully was calling Larsen's perfect on the Dodgers broadcast.

2006-05-09 13:18:31
98.   Lasordas Lasagne
2005 is Fred Willard.

"Wha Happened?!?!?"

2006-05-09 13:23:06
99.   bluebleeder
Just out of curiosity, does anyone here remember Vin's call of Nomo's no-no? I was at that game and never got to hear it. He hadn't quit going on road trips yet so I am sure there is a broadcast of his voice somewhere.
2006-05-09 13:23:06
100.   PHilldodger
A favor to ask DT readers living in the LA area. I'll be in San Bernardino for the week of May 22 on a work assignment (live near Kansas City), and would like to go to one of the Dodgers-Rockies games that week.
How long does the drive from San Bernardino to Dodger Stadium usually take, and how long should I plan for in a worst-case scenario? First trip to Dodger Stadium for this life-long Dodgers fan, so I am looking forward to it.
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2006-05-09 13:24:26
101.   Linkmeister
95 Answering my own question. Chuck Thompson had radio, Mel Allen and Bob Prince had NBC TV.

Wikipedia is getting more and more useful.

2006-05-09 13:26:53
102.   Marty
Berdoo (It's a California law that you must call it that) is about 50 miles east of downtown L.A. It would take you about an hour with no traffic to get to the stadium. So, I'd plan on 2 hours minimum to guarantee you get there before the first pitch. If you are early, then it's an added benefit.
2006-05-09 13:27:30
103.   Bob Timmermann
You wouldn't want to know about the worst case scenario driving from San Bedroo to L.A. I've had some nightmares drives between L.A. and the Inland Empire. That commute is like the Shackleton Expedition sometimes.

Realistically, I would allow two hours. I don't think the 10 Freeway moves quickly in either direction.

Take surface streets! Just find your way down to Foothill Boulevard and you'll be there in three hours!

2006-05-09 13:28:32
104.   scareduck
100 - a three hour window from San Berdoo should give you enough time. We live just across the Orange Curtain and it takes us around an hour under normal circumstances to get to the park midweek.
2006-05-09 13:29:38
105.   Marty
And if you are in Berdoo for a week, it will seem like a month.
2006-05-09 13:32:10
106.   Bob Timmermann
Are you going to be in San Berdoo proper? Or are you going to be in San Bernardino County, which is pretty big. (It's the biggest county in the U.S. in terms of area.)

You're not going to be in any of the fine cities like Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Colton, or even, Ontario. Ontario is God's Country.

2006-05-09 13:35:50
107.   Sam DC
100 They gonna put you in the Mission Inn? Worth a looksey around even if they don't.
2006-05-09 13:36:39
108.   Linkmeister
I remember going to see the King Tut exhibit on Wilshire in Santa Monica, driving all night from Tucson. We hit Riverside at about 0700 and finally got to the coast about 1030 that morning. To be fair, it was a Friday.
2006-05-09 13:36:50
109.   Vishal
san berdoo and dodgers too. have a nice trip. :)
2006-05-09 13:37:48
110.   Marty
Sam, the Mission Inn is in Riverside.
2006-05-09 13:40:10
111.   Jacob L
I like movie topics, but giving directions is where I really shine.

Coming from Berdooni on a weekday, I highly recommend taking the 210 which now goes through to the 15 in Rancho Cucamonga. Just a much more reliable road, with more lanes than the 10. Its also got a carpool lane the whole way, if you're not travelling alone. Sometime in the future, the 210 will connect up with the 215, but that's another story.

The 210 goes into Pasadena, and from there you can take the 134 west to the 2 south. The 2 ends at Glendale Blvd. Take Glendale south to Scott Ave (L) then right on Stadium Way, left on Elysian Park Ave into the ballpark.

2006-05-09 13:40:12
112.   Sam DC
Yes it is. oopsie.
2006-05-09 13:40:25
113.   gcrl
my ex-mother in law once flew from san diego en route to somewhere, but with a stop in ontario. after landing, she wondered aloud: "how did we get to canada so quickly?" true story.
2006-05-09 13:40:54
114.   Inside Baseball
91 Vin should be the one you hear. There is no sweeter sound to my ears than his call of the Gibson homerun. It was perfect. It also serves to completely separate him from all other sports announcers. He let the moment speak for itself and then beautifully synthesized it into incredible prose. No one else is in his league. No one.
2006-05-09 13:42:17
115.   Marty
111 If you are coming from the 210 in Pasadena, I strongly recommend taking the Pasadena freeway (even though you have to take some streets to get to it) to Academy road. You'll be in the stadium in no time.
2006-05-09 13:47:28
116.   Jon Weisman
115 - Academy Road - the David Straitharn of Dodger Stadium entrances.
2006-05-09 13:54:57
117.   kegtron
115 I agree with this route. Take the 210 to Pasadena, just right after the Lake exit get on your right hand lane under the "to 110" sign and follow that until the freeway ends. Make a right at the exit and a left on Orange Grove Blvd. (A sign at the exit says to take a left to get to the 110, ignore it) There's construction on Orange Grove so it might be a little slow, but it wont be too bad. There is a 110 entrance on Orange Grove. Once on the 110 exit Stadium Way. It takes me about an hour to get to Dodger Stadium from Corona, at worse it will take 2 hours.
2006-05-09 13:57:50
118.   Jacob L
115 116 Are you talking coming from the Solano side? Academy Rd. from the I-5/Stadium Way side is pretty impacted, in my experience.

BTW, Jon, if you're coming from the Solano side, you should really stop at Phillipes for food ;)

2006-05-09 13:59:48
119.   Blu2
(106) The biggest county in the US is in Alaska. San Bernardino County is the biggest in the 48 contiguous states. Nye County (Nevada) where I live is third largest and adjoins San Bernardino County at the state border. The second biggest county is also close by, in northern Arizona. It may also adjoin San Bernardino County. Just thought you'd like to know...
2006-05-09 14:03:20
120.   Jon Weisman
118 - LOL. And guess what - my wife and I each grabbed sandwiches from Phillipes before Sunday's game, with a side of dim sum from next door to boot.
2006-05-09 14:04:29
121.   Bob Timmermann
Alaska has judicial boroughs, not counties. The county in Arizona that borders San Bernardino is Mohave County. The biggest one in Arizona is Coconino, which is the next one over to the east.
2006-05-09 14:06:24
122.   GoBears
91 I think this has come up before. It was argued quite convincingly by someone (not me) that this is no real surprise. Scully's surpassing talent is in painting a picture - in setting the scene, and making the listener feel like they're there. He's not a soundbite guy. The tape that's most frequently heard is his call of Koufax's perfecto - but you have to listen to at least the entire 9th inning to really appreciate it.

In fact, Scully's Gibson call: "In a year than has been so improbable, the impossible has happened," probably was premeditated, and in that sense somewhat out of character. Not to say it wasn't terrific - just that one normally can't come up with Scully one-liners to demonstrate his talent.

2006-05-09 14:07:42
123.   Jon Weisman
I get that the Dodgers plan on blackballing him, but here's a Hochevar update (Luke, not Brittany):

2006-05-09 14:10:58
124.   PHilldodger
Many thanks to all who responded to my question on directions. On the day I go I'll try to leave at 4 p.m. for the game, and if I get to DS a couple of hours early, all the better.

My days will be spent at the Loma Linda University Medical Center. Hotel is in Berdoo, as you are calling it.

2006-05-09 14:11:20
125.   The Saul
I'm from Berdoo.
Its not THAT bad any more. Ok, maybe it is, but I digress...

Anyways, from here to Dodger Stadium I'd take the 210- 134 - 2 direction that was given above.

The first McDonald's was in San Bernardino!

2006-05-09 14:14:49
126.   gcrl
i agree with you that scully is not a soundbite guy.

i remember bob miller talking about preparing to call gretzky's 802nd goal, in that he had so many people ask him what he was going to say, he figured he should spend some time to figure it out beforehand. i was kind of disappointed to find out that "the great one has become the greatest of them all" was not spontaneous. not to take anything away from bob miller, who is part of la's group of top of the line announcers.

2006-05-09 14:19:07
127.   Blu2
2006 Rodney Dangerfield
2006-05-09 14:19:28
128.   Bob Timmermann
If you want to hear Vin Scully just winging, listen to his call of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

"Ground ball to Buckner ... BEHIND THE BAG!!! Knight will score and the Mets will win it!!!"

Then he shut up for a while.

But his voice went way up on "BEHIND THE BAG!!!"

2006-05-09 14:22:22
129.   Eric Enders
"It gets through Buckner!" is in there somewhere.
2006-05-09 14:36:11
130.   Lasordas Lasagne
"Little Roller up along first...BEHIND THE BAG...It gets through Buckner...HERE COMES KNIGHT AND THE METS WIN!!!!"
2006-05-09 14:49:13
131.   Jacob L
123 I assume you're referring to CBS Seafood, which is my favorite dim sum place downtown, and the second among the dim sum television networks to NBC in Monterey Park.

CBS would be a controversial choice in some crowds, but their deep fried crab ball seals the deal for me. They do have a takeout counter there, no?

2006-05-09 14:54:39
132.   Jon Weisman
131 - All I know is I went into Phillippes, and when I came out my wife emerged from the restaurant on the other side of the parking lot on Ord holding two pork buns purchased for 97 cents.
2006-05-09 14:57:24
133.   bhsportsguy
120/131 - Jon is talking about a hidden gem called Royal Seafood.

Some of my favorite Vinism's
"If you have a somebero, toss it into the air."

His standard "Well hi everybody wherever you may be. Its a pleaasnt good afternoon/evening from (ballpark) as the Dodgers take on the (team).

Swung on a missed, a perfect game.

(silence) - Vin may be one of the few who remenbers that he is a participant in a live event and that the fans and other sounds also lend themselves to the drama of the game.

2006-05-09 15:00:49
134.   Kayaker7
133 The call that give me chills each time I hear it, "It's tiiiime for Dodger baseball." It means that I can finally unwind from the day, and kick back with a beer.
2006-05-09 15:03:18
135.   Jon Weisman
I meant to write about this Sunday. Vin now, for the first time that I know of, narrates a White Zone-like recording at the stadium gates, reminding fans of the code of conduct, etc. It was also playing as I left the game at the end.
2006-05-09 15:07:20
136.   Sushirabbit
I liked this post. Sad, that we can't fit Jerry Seinfeld in the 90s somewhere. Maybe 96?

Maybe Honeycutt can get Luke to sign...

2006-05-09 15:10:31
137.   Jacob L
I don't for the life of me remember what he said, but Vin's call of Hershiser's breaking the scoreless innings streak was gripping.
2006-05-09 15:13:51
138.   Sushirabbit
134 If my son is in earshot, he always comes running in when he hears that. Of course, he's asleep most of the time (he's 4) but I tivo the games, as well, and sometimes watch part of them in the morning.
2006-05-09 15:16:08
139.   underdog
I was originally going to make the cruel observation that last year's (2005) Dodgers year was the Two Coreys (Haim and Feldman) - careers that began auspiciously enough, only to fairly quickly crash land.

For some reason the name Dennis Christopher popped into my head, too.

2006-05-09 15:20:35
140.   Jacob L
1991: Robert Downey, Jr.
2006-05-09 15:33:15
141.   Vishal
1999 - michael bay?
2006-05-09 15:33:28
142.   The Saul
What about Paris Hilton?
Looked good (to some), did/does absolutely nothing.
Could apply that to those Kevin Malone years with K. Brown and Sheffield.
Of course, Paris Hilton wasn't a name back then, but I like the analogy anyways.
2006-05-09 15:33:52
143.   Marty
I prefer 888 Seafood in San Gabriel for dim sum. The best Chinese food is usually not found in Chinatown but San Gabriel/Alhambra/Monterey Park.
2006-05-09 15:44:01
144.   natepurcell
BA has an article up detailing hochevar's first start. some notable quotes:

Luke Hochevar's first exhibition start for the independent league Fort Worth Cats was impressive, as the former Tennessee righthander flashed plus stuff in three innings of work.

In front of a large number of scouts, Hochevar touched 97 mph with his fastball, throwing a number of 95 mph fastballs and also showing an above-average breaking ball.

"He had a real good downhill plane," said a scout who watched his first start. "He threw fastballs right by guys at the knees. These are 27-year-old guys who have been around. They are more apt to put the balls in play than someone at Vanderbilt."

"You can't afford not to see him. He ranks up there with the Millers, Lincecums, Lincolns and Morrows," the scout said. "He threw with more flat out stuff than he did at this time last year."


can we put the past in the past and make an effort to ink this guy?

2006-05-09 15:44:02
145.   Jon Weisman
143 - Now you really want me to miss the first couple of innings, don't you?
2006-05-09 15:45:59
146.   Jon Weisman
As Sam would say, 144 meet 123.

I agree, though. I've said it before - unless the guy did the equivalent of spitting on Logan White's mother, I think it's ridiculous to be so unforgiving of a 21-year-old for double-clutching his negotiations. At least negotiate with him again.

2006-05-09 15:47:27
147.   natepurcell
he is touching 97!!! he wasnt touching 97 in college. sign the man, 97 cheese located at the knees is nasty.
2006-05-09 15:48:04
148.   Eric Enders
So if he only farted in White's general direction, I guess it's OK.
2006-05-09 15:48:54
149.   natepurcell

oops sorry jon. I missed that. i was skimming through the comments because the topic didnt really interest me.

2006-05-09 15:49:38
150.   Marty
I didn't know Hochevar was French.
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2006-05-09 15:51:28
151.   jujibee
Vin is best demonstrated in the movie "For love of the game" where he has a well written script and it sounds like any other game that he does.
2006-05-09 15:52:42
152.   Marty
145 I wouldn't miss a Dodger game over dim sum. But if you are out for dim sum, that's a good place. It's traditional with the carts, etc.

Mission 261, next to the San Gabriel Mission of all things is also good, but more expensive and you order off a menu.

New Concept in Monterey Park and Triumphal Palace in Alhambra are also supposed to be good, but I haven't tried those yet.

Have you guys figured out I like food yet?

2006-05-09 15:53:24
153.   natepurcell
I just wrote a comment at the insidethedodgers blog cncerning hochevar. Last time i wrote a comment, roy smith responded personally with an email, maybe he'll do the same.
2006-05-09 15:56:33
154.   still bevens
Anyone participate in the Kim Ng online chat today or has it happened yet?
2006-05-09 15:57:21
155.   natepurcell
Oh theres a Kim Ng chat today? Maybe ill bug her about Hochevar.
2006-05-09 15:57:44
156.   natepurcell
darn its already over.
2006-05-09 16:02:41
157.   underdog
Couple of interesting bits from that Ng chat:

Base_Ball_2: Is there any chance that Russell Martin will be the guy from now on?

Ng: I'd say that Russell has been doing a great job filling in, and we see a very bright future for him. There is always a chance.

dodgermc: Is there someone in the Minor Leagues that you feel is really good that we're not hearing about?

Ng: Yes. Chin-lung Hu and Tony Abreu could be the best double-play combination in the Minor Leagues today.

2006-05-09 16:03:36
158.   natepurcell has launched their 2006 draft site!

2006-05-09 16:04:02
159.   underdog
Darn, and no one asked about Hochevar. I, too, would like to know if there's any hope there...
2006-05-09 16:14:18
160.   JJoeScott
I still get chills from DRYSDALE's call of the Gibson home run - the sound of amazement in his voice when he realizes that it's going to carry into the seats.

as Googled up ...

"Gibson a deep sigh...regripping the bat...shoulders just goes
to the top of the helmet as he always does...steps in with that left
foot.... Eckersley working out of a stretch. Here's the 3-2 pitch...and a
drive hit to right field! WAY BACK! THIS BALL...IS GONE!"

2006-05-09 16:16:32
161.   Jon Weisman
151 - I always heard Vin did much improv or rewriting of his part in that movie.
2006-05-09 16:19:45
162.   jujibee
161- Maybe that's why it sounds so much like he does normally. There are some fantastic one liners in that movie, and if he did that improv, you gotta tip your hat. What a class act.
2006-05-09 16:23:03
163.   Blu2
Wish I could have gotten in on that Kim Ng chat. I would've asked her why they didn't claim Choi when Boston put him on waivers to option him out...
2006-05-09 16:27:13
164.   natepurcell
so who is the lady i'm listening too right now on during the yankee-redsox game?
2006-05-09 16:30:14
165.   natepurcell
giambi takes beckett deep off a 96 mph fb.
2006-05-09 16:31:03
166.   Kayaker7
163 Because it would imply a mistake in letting him go. Besides, my understanding is that, there is a gentlemen's agreement not to claim other team's players who still have options, but were called up more than three years ago, though they technically can claim such a player.
2006-05-09 16:36:59
167.   ToyCannon
Putting my 4-0 record on the line tonight. Going to be a tough matchup with Seo against Pettite. Going with a Houston fan. Last time I went with him was last August when Clemens was pitching and we put out a terrible lineup. We crushed Clemens and he was in shock. I'm hoping for the same result tonight.
2006-05-09 16:41:09
168.   ToyCannon
A Perez is starting at 3b today, good chance for him to get his 1st hit of 2006. Wonder what inning he'll get pulled for defensive purposes?
2006-05-09 16:41:52
169.   GoBears
167. Yeah, wasn't that the game in which they did the broadcast-through-time bit, improving the technology inning by inning. Pretty cool.
2006-05-09 17:05:58
170.   Jon Weisman
New thread up top.

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