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It's a Day Ending in 'Y'
2006-05-12 15:39
by Jon Weisman

And so we have another Dodger headed to the disabled list: If it's Friday, it must be Bill Mueller. Oscar Robles takes the roster spot, but we'll hope that Willy Aybar gets the start over Robles or Ramon Martinez.

Not counting injury rehabilitation assignments, nine players on the 25-man roster have spent time in Las Vegas since 2005: Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton, Franquelis Osoria, Takashi Saito, Aaron Sele, Russell Martin, Andre Ethier, Aybar and Robles. And I expect that number to go even higher sooner than later: Chad Billingsley, Joel Guzman and yes, Giovanni Carrara, Hong-Chih Kuo or Lance Carter could all make it up.

Update: Mueller could easily be out longer than 15 days, according to Ken Gurnick of

Realistically, the team expects Mueller to require arthroscopic surgery to remove the spur, which would sideline the veteran for four to six weeks. (Grady) Little conceded that surgery was a strong possibility.

"We're really concerned," said Little.

* * *

Tonight's Game

Comments (537)
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2006-05-12 15:57:46
1.   overkill94
Somewhere, Oldbear just wet himself

...or is about to murder Little if Aybar doesn't get to start

2006-05-12 15:58:11
2.   Marty
I'm taking an on-line anti-harassment course. The last screen I read said that a company needs to make sure it's managers "walk the talk".

That made me laugh.

2006-05-12 15:58:33
3.   Uncle Miltie
Have to go study for finals right now. When I get back, I better see Wilber in the lineup and hopefully batting in one of the first two spots (unlikely since K Loft will be playing).

Wilber's line tonight (batting 7th) 1-3 BB, SB

2006-05-12 16:02:54
4.   Jon Weisman
By the way, Uncle Miltie was the one to alert me to the update about Mueller.
2006-05-12 16:06:45
5.   JoeyP
I'm taking an on-line anti-harassment course. The last screen I read said that a company needs to make sure it's managers "walk the talk".

I find that its best have as little contact with managers as possible. I've worked in an Office Space type environment, so maybe thats why. Its interesting that when it was reported DePo was anti-social at work, I was thinking thats fairly normal. If I could not be bothered once at work, it'd be a great day.

Have you ever had managers that just didnt really have much to say, but almost felt obligated to come over to your desk and discuss something...Most of that changed when companies got smart and started getting rid of the middle management type, but it still exists in some corporate environments.

2006-05-12 16:06:52
6.   Bob Timmermann
Jon's choice for Padres MVP, Rob Bowen, went on the DL with a dislocated thumb. Paul McAnulty got called up.

Bowen was batting .435.

2006-05-12 16:11:41
7.   blue22
5 - I don't find managers who hole themselves up in their office to be any more of a positive environment. It's kinda part of the job to engage your workers and develop a repoir with them.

If that was true about Depodesta, then I think that is a legitimate complaint.

2006-05-12 16:14:31
8.   D4P
Just (another) one walk for Aybar...?
2006-05-12 16:15:25
9.   Jon Weisman
6- The Padres are 8-0 when Rob Bowen scores a run. I predict the effect of his absence on the Padres will be like when Greg Brady lost the idol while in Hawaii.
2006-05-12 16:16:48
10.   trainwreck
I am not getting the A's vs Yankees. But on the bright side, I am getting some enjoyment out of watching the Marlins vs Pirates.
2006-05-12 16:16:50
11.   Marty
I'm taking the class because I'm a manager. But I know what you mean :)
2006-05-12 16:18:12
12.   Jon Weisman
Hamels is about to throw his first pitch for Philly.
2006-05-12 16:18:37
13.   Xeifrank
5. I just took an online POSH training course. They made it pretty easy to breeze through, just keep hitting the next button and of the 100 or so slides there were about 10 that had multiple choice questions but you didn't need to answer them correctly to move on to the next page, so it took about as long as it takes to click a next button 100 times or so. vr, Xei
2006-05-12 16:19:14
14.   Suffering Bruin
3 Good luck! Though in my experience, luck has little to do with it but still... Good luck!

Seriously, are the guys not stretching enough or what?

2006-05-12 16:25:30
15.   Xeifrank
Dodgers win sim 7-0.
Bonds 2 for 2, single, double, 2 BBs
Drew had 2 HRs.
vr, Xei
2006-05-12 16:27:25
16.   Greg S
Let's remember, this team was built to slowly break.
There is no mistaking that the architecture of the team is: good but aging front line players who are, by design, to be gradually replaced by hot but young prospects as needed/pushed. I don't groan when Mueller goes on the DL for 15 days to be replaced by Aybar. I say, "the plan is working nicely"!
2006-05-12 16:28:24
17.   King of the Hobos
Aybar is playing today, if there was any doubt. Batting 7th behind Ethier but ahead of Martin
2006-05-12 16:32:14
18.   Jon Weisman
12 - Oh, I just saw the Griddler has a Hamels thread.
2006-05-12 16:33:23
19.   Jon Weisman
Brad Lidge has been demoted to ordinary reliever by the Astros.
2006-05-12 16:34:33
20.   Marty
Hamels with 2 Ks in the first inning. They also got him 2 runs.
2006-05-12 16:35:07
21.   King of the Hobos
Apparently the baseball gods were only willing to rain out one game featuring Bay batting 6th. He's there tonight, batting behind Burnitz as expected. The Marlins had fun with Victor Santos in the top of the 1st, scoring 5 runs, so the baseball gods' wrath continues to plague Tracy in other forms (or maybe Santos just isn't very good)
2006-05-12 16:35:28
22.   fawnkyj
well we need bullpen help, what do you think robles and mertinez for that ordinary reliever?
2006-05-12 16:36:28
23.   Jon Weisman
22 - LOL.
2006-05-12 16:39:03
24.   Steve
Let me guess Dan Wheeler is going to "close"
2006-05-12 16:39:07
25.   trainwreck
The chief export of Cole Hamels is K's!
2006-05-12 16:42:48
26.   ToyCannon
The plan is working perfectly. As long as the players who break are not Furcal(until Izzy comes back), Drew, Kent and any starting pitcher not named Lowe/Penny this team has ready and sometimes better replacements.

I knew Mueller was hurt and I'm glad to see they notice a good enough replacment to put him on the DL to get healthy. Sorry boys but I'm like the moves Ned is making and I'm really liking the fact that when Ned brings up the prospect replacment he is quickly inserted into the lineup and isn't wasting away on the bench ala Howie Kendrick.

2006-05-12 16:45:24
27.   D4P
Let's remember, this team was built to slowly break.

Or quickly.

2006-05-12 16:45:57
28.   Marty
25 also BBs. He has three now in 2 innings.
2006-05-12 16:47:50
29.   King of the Hobos
Gameday seems to think that the Marlins only managed two outs in the top of the 2nd. I'm not sure what happened to the other out, maybe the umps decided Tracy deserved it
2006-05-12 16:48:52
30.   Jon Weisman
26 - "I like the moves Ned is making and I'm really liking the fact that when Ned brings up the prospect replacment he is quickly inserted into the lineup and isn't wasting away on the bench ala Howie Kendrick."

--That's not Ned's doing, is it? Or is Little the kind of manager that allows a GM to have input in lineup decisions.

Pretty much all of Ned's moves of late have been simple callups to replace injured players, plus the whole Sele-Odalis thing.

I think most of what we're seeing is the fact that the prospects are more ready this year, which any GM who was willing to keep them could have taken advantage of.

As far as the offseason moves have gone, some good, some not as good so far. That's not a huge criticism; I don't expect him to bat 1.000.

Examples: So far, Tomko has been good, Seo not as. So far Garciaparra has been good, Furcal not as. Two months from now, it could all be different. Hopefully, it will all be good.

2006-05-12 16:49:18
31.   Greg S
Until Izzy comes back? How many teams could lose their $13M shortstop and replace him with an All-Star Gold Glove at ALL? Same goes for Kent (Ok, we can't lose them BOTH). Drew, couldn't exactly be replaced but a Repko/Cruz/Ethier round robin in left/right wouldn't be a disaster. All I'm saying is this is team is seriously deep in all but starting pitching.
2006-05-12 16:50:01
32.   Jon Weisman
What happened to Florida starting pitcher Mitre?
2006-05-12 16:52:12
33.   Greg S
By the way, is it just me or does Ethier remind you of Camminiti when he stands at the plate? (and hopefully only at the plate)
2006-05-12 16:53:21
34.   Marty
I need to correct myself. Philly did not score 2 runs. I was looking at the hits column.
2006-05-12 16:53:58
35.   blue22
29 - Top 2nd: Florida
- H. Ramirez singled to right center
- H. Ramirez out at second
- D. Uggla flied out to left center
- M. Cabrera flied out to right center

Hanley out trying to stretch a single into a double.

2006-05-12 16:55:11
36.   Bob Timmermann
I only put up a Hamels thread to appease the Philadelphians who stop by here.
2006-05-12 16:55:47
37.   trainwreck
Cole Hamels only walks people because he can.
2006-05-12 16:56:26
38.   King of the Hobos
35 Thanks. I figured that happened, but Gameday failed to mention it, or credit it as an out
2006-05-12 16:59:27
39.   Steve
How long until we find out that hamels doesn't get his uniform dirty enough and David bell could teach him a thing or two about hustle?
2006-05-12 17:01:50
40.   King of the Hobos
Giambi stole his first base since 2003 against Zito/Melhuse. I thought Melhuse was suppose to be better than Kendall just by the fact that he's not Kendall
2006-05-12 17:03:20
41.   trainwreck
Giambi is now my stolen base leader for this week in fantasy.
2006-05-12 17:05:24
42.   Jon Weisman
32 - Gameday: "Florida Marlins pitcher Sergio Mitre left the game due to an injured neck/shoulder."
2006-05-12 17:05:35
43.   Jon Weisman
42 - Thanks :)
2006-05-12 17:10:09
44.   Marty
Jon needs no one else to carry on a conversation.
2006-05-12 17:12:04
45.   JoeyP
Woody Williams is going to be placed on the DL as well for the Padres with a strained calf.

No wonder old people generally move to warm weather climates. They must not work well in the cold.

2006-05-12 17:12:14
46.   Jon Weisman
You don't bring me flowers.
You don't sing me love songs.
2006-05-12 17:12:43
47.   Jon Weisman
You hardly talk to me anymore, when you come through that door at the end of the day.
2006-05-12 17:16:58
48.   Berkeley Doug
OK, it must be a slow day when DT breaks into Neil Diamond / Babs duets.
2006-05-12 17:18:14
49.   Jon Weisman
Cole Hamels is halfway to a BB/SO double-double through four innings.
2006-05-12 17:22:08
50.   Bob Timmermann
Looks like the Fish vs. Bucs game is going to be a wild one. Battle of the bullpens no doubt!

A battle of the bullpens between those two teams would actually benefit the Pirates.

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2006-05-12 17:23:11
51.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
48 - Thanks for sparing me the shame of asking who was the female half of the duet. I couldn't remember, and although I don't care one iota about that song, that duo or even that era, not knowing would've driven me nuts all evening.
2006-05-12 17:23:30
52.   Marty
If form holds for a couple innings, the philly game could turn interesting.
2006-05-12 17:23:39
53.   Bob Timmermann
Unsolicited advice of the day:
Don't call 1-877-HANSORG before you go to bed.

It's somewhat creepy.

2006-05-12 17:24:22
54.   Marty
50 Tracy's got the bats working now.
2006-05-12 17:25:17
55.   Marty
That's like saying "whatever you do, don't push that button" Bob. I have to call that line now.
2006-05-12 17:26:06
56.   Marty
I just got a creepy busy signal.
2006-05-12 17:26:43
57.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
53, 55 - Don't think about a cow.
2006-05-12 17:26:50
58.   Jon Weisman
From AP:

"Instead of cutting the workload of struggling reliever Guillermo Mota, the Cleveland Indians have decided to pitch him more frequently."

"'He needs work,' said Wedge, adding that Mota will be used earlier in games with young Fernando Cabrera assuming the role as eighth-inning setup man for closer Bob Wickman."

2006-05-12 17:26:55
59.   Bob Timmermann
It tends to be easier to reach late at night.

It's a vicious circle.

2006-05-12 17:28:45
60.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
I got a list of names, with "Press (number)" following each.
2006-05-12 17:29:00
61.   Tommy John
Even Creepier:

2006-05-12 17:32:16
62.   trainwreck
Cole Hamels fact

#125- Cole knows what the Hanso foundation is up to and will put an end to it.

2006-05-12 17:35:38
63.   Bob Timmermann
Stan Williams had a K/BB double-double for the Dodgers in 1961, but he needed 11 innings. 12 walks, 11 strikeouts against the Braves. The Dodgers won the game 2-1.

In 1964 Sam McDowell got to 11 walks and 12 Ks in just 7 2/3 innings.

Nolan Ryan had just one double-double. But he needed 13 innings. 19 Ks and 10 BBs against Boston in 1974. He got a no-decision.

I believe that Bobby Witt had the last double-double

2006-05-12 17:38:17
64.   Jon Weisman
63 - That's amazing.
2006-05-12 17:38:21
65.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
OK, I looked up Hanso on Wikipedia.
No wonder it meant nothing to me - I don't watch "Lost."
2006-05-12 17:38:50
66.   Jon Weisman
The Marlins have Odalised their 5-0 lead.
2006-05-12 17:39:21
67.   Jon Weisman
"See?" Tracy said.
2006-05-12 17:39:21
68.   Bob Timmermann
If you call the Hanso Foundation, Extension 1 isn't creepy, but #2 is.
2006-05-12 17:40:20
69.   the OZ
62 Also, Cole Hamels CAN belive it's not butter.
2006-05-12 17:41:28
70.   Bob Timmermann
On which syllable do you put the accent in "Odalised"? I want to know because it's a cool word.

As for Bobby Witt, I've read enough Jayson Stark columns in my day to see his name mentioned a lot in terms of "lots of walks".

I was surprised that L. Nolan Ryan never had a 9-inning double/double.

If Hamels gets one, Mike's Baseball Rants will look like Dresden after the firebombing.

2006-05-12 17:41:53
71.   fawnkyj
That is a lot of work for a show. Its cool though.
2006-05-12 17:42:27
72.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
63 - Any triple-doubles (hits)?
I bet there are more K-BB double-doubles than H-BB.
2006-05-12 17:42:49
73.   trainwreck
I did the exact same thing.
2006-05-12 17:43:07
74.   Jon Weisman
70 - second syllable. Like chrysalis (I think), not odelisk.
2006-05-12 17:43:41
75.   Jon Weisman
Like, "Oh Dallas."
2006-05-12 17:44:09
76.   scareduck
70 - gotta be on the 'dal'. Rhymes with "super sized".
2006-05-12 17:44:42
77.   Bob Timmermann
An H-BB double means that the pitcher put at least 20 runners on base.

That might have happened back in the days when pitchers threw complete games no matter what. But I doubt it's happened in the 20th Century. If a pitcher is bad enough to give up over 10 hits, he's probably around the plate.

2006-05-12 17:45:28
78.   Linkmeister
Is Gameday broken for anyone else? I can't get past 29% loaded.
2006-05-12 17:47:04
79.   Jon Weisman
78 - You mean for the Dodger game? It's too early.
2006-05-12 17:50:33
80.   Jon Weisman
Hamels is pinch-hit for. His line: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 7 K, 92 pitches.
2006-05-12 17:50:34
81.   Linkmeister
Yeah, I did mean that, but I'd thought it would give me the scoreboard for other games. Live and learn (again).
2006-05-12 17:53:59
82.   Bob Timmermann
The direct links to the Gameday apps don't work until the game is live.

If you go to the Hamels thread, you can open up one that's active. Then you can have it working inside a window with a menu bar and icons.

2006-05-12 17:54:07
83.   trainwreck
See what happens when you take Cole Hamels out of a game.
2006-05-12 17:55:12
84.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
80 - That line screams "raw talent."
2006-05-12 18:21:03
85.   Uncle Miltie
I'm back. I see that Aybar is batting 7th.

Didn't AJ Burnett come close in his no hitter (double digit walks and strikeouts)?

2006-05-12 18:22:37
From what I've read alot of you guys weren't very fond of tracy were you.
2006-05-12 18:27:13
87.   scareduck
86 - that would be a negatory, good buddy.
2006-05-12 18:28:41
Negatory? meaning negative? so you did like him then?
2006-05-12 18:33:07
89.   thinkblue0

negatory = no, we did NOT like jim least most of us.

I'm just glad he's the Pirates' problem now.

2006-05-12 18:33:29
90.   Linkmeister
To save people frothing at the mouth, we try to eschew discussions of Tracy. It doesn't always work, but we try.
2006-05-12 18:39:23
91.   Marty
Odalised. Close to the name of a Beck album.
2006-05-12 18:40:11
92.   caseybarker
I thought he had 14K, 5BB
2006-05-12 18:47:41
2-3, 6.16

Morris hasn't been that impressive has he? yikes!

2006-05-12 18:50:51
94.   Bob Timmermann
Burnett had 9 walks in his no-hitter. And 7 Ks.
2006-05-12 18:53:01
95.   caseybarker
Oh. I was thinking of last year's game when he had the shutout but he was taken out for wildness.
2006-05-12 18:58:37

how many pitches has he made? 9 walks!?

2006-05-12 19:00:11
97.   Steve
Becker! Jon has told you and told you not to bring up Becker!
2006-05-12 19:00:38
98.   caseybarker
At least 77...
2006-05-12 19:02:53
99.   caseybarker
Man, I hate Becker.

That intro with Ruth and Bonds on KCAL was horrible.

2006-05-12 19:10:19
100.   Bob Timmermann
10-9 Bucs in the 8th.

The 9-5 lead by the Bucs was Hamulacked in the 8th. But the Bucs just scored on a sac fly from Bay.

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2006-05-12 19:12:34
101.   Bob Timmermann
The highlight in the top of the 8th was the Pirates play-by-play going:

"It turned out that Salomon had a force on What's His Name? at third. Um. Olivo."

You're really not supposed to say what you're thinking.

It's 12-9 Bucs now. The Jolly Roger is getting ready to be hoisted.

2006-05-12 19:12:47
is Barry playing today? I just saw him with a jacket on?
2006-05-12 19:13:52
103.   Bob Timmermann
Barry is batting cleanup isn't he?
2006-05-12 19:14:27
104.   the OZ
94 He also hit a batter.

I was supposed to attend that game in San Diego with some friends, but backed out at the last minute. They aren't huge baseball fans, and didn't even realize that it was a no-hitter, until I brought it up days later.

2006-05-12 19:15:28
105.   Bob Timmermann

I believe we have irony!

2006-05-12 19:15:29

thanks Robert I saw him wearing a jacket, & it looked kinda weird.

2006-05-12 19:15:45
107.   Uncle Miltie
Lon Simmons airplane joke really sucked. I've never heard him announce, maybe he was good, but I'd imagine that he most have lost it towards the end of his career.
2006-05-12 19:16:13
108.   Uncle Miltie
2006-05-12 19:16:26
109.   trainwreck
The game is not goin to start on schedule is it? Maybe, I can get to the liquor store before it starts.
2006-05-12 19:24:46
110.   underdog
This Willie Mays bday celebration is even more endless than I expected. It's like they're extending it to either intimidate the Dodgers, distract them, or bore them so much before the game starts that they flop tonight. Guess we'll see if it works...
2006-05-12 19:27:32
111.   caseybarker
When did Joel Guzman make the switch to first?
2006-05-12 19:29:15
112.   Uncle Miltie
We need to hit Bonds every time he comes up to the plate; we don't need any games stopped so the Giants organization can celebrate his "records"
2006-05-12 19:30:09
113.   Strike4
OUCH! I just had to pass on two free ninth row behind home plate seats at PacBell for tomorrow. Would've been worth leaving at dawn to get up there. Sorry everybody, someone else got 'em.
2006-05-12 19:30:12
I don't know guys, but I think tonight's the night he hits it! Penny dons't pitch him that well. what ever man! as long as we win it's all good.
2006-05-12 19:31:32
115.   Bob Timmermann
Bases loaded, 2 outs in the 9th in Pittsburgh. Bucs 12, Marlins 9.

It's all up to Chris Aguila.

2006-05-12 19:33:04
116.   Marty
I have a painter coming over Monday so I thought it would be a good idea to remove an unused room air conditioner from my bedroom window. So just now, I got the screws out, but the window was stuck. When I jarred the window loose, the air conditioner fell out onto the ground with a big thud. I live on a hill so my bedroom is essentially my bedroom is on a second story. Luckily nothing living was hit. It even missed the plants underneath the window.

I should not be allowed to use tools.

2006-05-12 19:33:11
117.   Sam DC
Just back from seeing Inside Man. First movie I've seen in months. Great movie, if you like the smart thriller type thing. Some holes can be picked here and there in the premise/plot, but since I read Jon's post about enjoying Lost while you can, I try not to get up.

Your Nationals report for the evening is, they stink. At one point, Frank Robinson IBB'd Chipper to get to Andruw. The game was close at the time, but that move did not work out well.

2006-05-12 19:34:38
118.   Bob Timmermann
2006-05-12 19:39:14
119.   Marty
Just saw a guy in an L.A. hat in the crowd. Nobody seemed to be spitting on him.
2006-05-12 19:40:16
120.   Bob Timmermann
I remember two years ago when Morris threw a good game against the Dodgers and Peter Gammons went on about how the young Dodgers team couldn't handle a savvy veteran like Morris.

That comment made no sense then and doesn't make any more sense in hindsight.

2006-05-12 19:40:19
121.   Uncle Miltie
Jon Miller called Fookie, Four-Call and Charley Steiner calls him Fur-CAL (as in Cal Ripken). Is it really that hard? Fur-Call
2006-05-12 19:41:36
122.   Marty
He'll always be Furry to me.
2006-05-12 19:42:24
123.   Uncle Miltie
Is that the game where Morris struck out 11 Dodgers in St. Louis (I think they walked once)?

The Dodgers batters look like they're running in quicksand. I wonder if the Giants watered down the field to slow down Furcal and Lofton.

2006-05-12 19:44:27
124.   Gen3Blue
Wow-I didn't notice it started and we are out in the 1st. I'm at the mercy of Gameday since its only on Kwhatever.
2006-05-12 19:47:08
125.   Uncle Miltie
How can you walk Omar freaking Vizquel? He has zero power.

That last pitch was definitely a strike, even Jon Miller thinks it was a strike.

2006-05-12 19:47:47
126.   Uncle Miltie
Bonds will definitely be walked here.
2006-05-12 19:47:56
Aybar made a good play there!
2006-05-12 19:48:20
128.   Bob Timmermann
In the 2004 regular season, Morris shut out the Dodgers with a 2-hitter and 11 Ks. The Cardinals won 3-0.

Of course in the DS, Morris was the only pitcher the Dodgers beat.

Lima pitched in both games.

2006-05-12 19:48:31
walk him!
2006-05-12 19:48:51
130.   Bob Timmermann

See "Furcal, Rafael"

2006-05-12 19:49:30
So what Finley hit it out
2006-05-12 19:51:07
132.   Uncle Miltie
1300 Furcal has quite a bit more (extra base hit) power than Vizquel, even though he hasn't shown much of it so far.
2006-05-12 19:52:02
133.   Uncle Miltie

Finley just missed a home run

2006-05-12 19:52:25
134.   caseybarker
Strike 2.
2006-05-12 19:53:04
that was close (Finley)
2006-05-12 19:53:09
136.   Uncle Miltie
Bonds saves Kent from an error since he's allowed to jog around the bases
2006-05-12 19:53:19
137.   Bob Timmermann

You left out the word "if" there didn't you?

2006-05-12 19:54:21
138.   Bob Timmermann
Steve Finley has 7 triples.

But only one double.

2006-05-12 19:54:25
I was gonna say so watch Finley hit it out, oops sorry


2006-05-12 19:55:52
140.   caseybarker
I did.
2006-05-12 19:55:55
141.   JoeyP
Today's Giants lineup might be the oldest ever.

Can anyone, just off hand, remember a team with an older lineup?

Bonds, Matheny, Vizquel, Finley, Morris Durham... In a rare instance, when Alou got hurt the Giants actually got Older...

2006-05-12 19:57:14
142.   Uncle Miltie
Nice at bat Kent
2006-05-12 19:58:37
143.   Andrew Shimmin
Nice at bat [Everybody so far].
2006-05-12 19:59:21
144.   Marty
141 Their grizzledness though is awesome.
2006-05-12 19:59:29

yeah those were pretty awful at bats by all!

2006-05-12 20:01:23
Wow! Penny just BLOWS Felix away. that looked cool!
2006-05-12 20:01:30
147.   JoeyP
Giants Lineup:

AVG Age: 35.5

2006-05-12 20:02:38
148.   JoeyP
That might be a record for team sports.
2006-05-12 20:02:54

yeah I think that's calify's as old!

2006-05-12 20:05:09
Furcal PLEASE!!! NOT TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2006-05-12 20:05:19
151.   natepurcell
come on furry!!! you little fricken furry! get it together.
2006-05-12 20:05:55
We could have started the inning with the pitcher!
2006-05-12 20:06:09
153.   Marty
Penny looks uncomfortable out there.

Nice play Furry.

2006-05-12 20:06:12
154.   Steve
2006-05-12 20:07:24
155.   JoeyP
Dodgers Lineup:

Dodgers Avg Age: 29.2

2006-05-12 20:07:29
156.   Marty
154 That is cold.
2006-05-12 20:08:04
157.   Marty
But accurate.
2006-05-12 20:09:49
158.   Bob Timmermann
All together now people....
2006-05-12 20:10:00
159.   Marty
2006-05-12 20:10:20
160.   JoeyP
Walkin' Willy Aybar....
2006-05-12 20:10:46


2006-05-12 20:10:59
162.   trainwreck
Flanders looks like he's not too interested in game. He's probably talking bad about McCourt.
2006-05-12 20:11:38
Martin hits a BULLET to center yeah!!
2006-05-12 20:11:42
164.   natepurcell
here we go, rooks gettin it done.
2006-05-12 20:12:03
165.   JoeyP
Lets savor the time the youngsters get. Martin with another hit.
2006-05-12 20:12:31
Wow that's a first, our pitchers are learing the basics!
2006-05-12 20:13:09
167.   Gen3Blue
Oh Great ,Gameday siezed up after Aybar walked.
2006-05-12 20:13:19
Furcal makes up for the mistake, good for him.
2006-05-12 20:13:24
169.   sanchez101
why are we calling Furcal furry? shouldnt we call him raffy? either way, nice hit.
2006-05-12 20:13:52
170.   Uncle Miltie
Just another walk for Aybar... (I was watching the Clippers game)

Nice job Fookie

2006-05-12 20:15:22
171.   Christina
Evening all - just got back from dinner with a friend two blocks away from Phone Company Park. Tons of Giants fans walking around, but Dodger fans were somewhat in evidence as well. I wasn't about to watch the game in a room full of Giants fans though, especially this series of all series. I don't really care if we win tonight - all I care about is that Bonds not tie and pass Babe against the Dodgers.

I've got a drink in hand, just in case, though.

2006-05-12 20:15:25
172.   scareduck
I kinda like "Furry".

Good steal, Furry!

2006-05-12 20:15:45
173.   Andrew Shimmin
They should walk Nomar to get to Drew.
2006-05-12 20:15:58
174.   Uncle Miltie
Yea, K Loft! Now, that's Veteran Leadership™
2006-05-12 20:16:02
175.   natepurcell
good little wabbits!
2006-05-12 20:16:05
3-0 nothing Dodgers, Lofton hits another bullet to center.
2006-05-12 20:16:07
177.   scareduck
2006-05-12 20:16:28
178.   JoeyP
Finley cant throw anymore. He should really stop.
2006-05-12 20:16:35
179.   scareduck
174 - what, not K-Lo?
2006-05-12 20:16:54
180.   Bob Timmermann
Little known fact: the Padres are now tied for first with the Rockies.
2006-05-12 20:18:08
181.   LAT
If BB hits one, I hope he knocks that guy on the mast right into the water
2006-05-12 20:18:20
182.   JoeyP
Padres have won 12 of 13.
2006-05-12 20:18:43
183.   Marty
Furry cam from yesterday when I nicknamed the whole lineup ending with a Y.
2006-05-12 20:19:23
I really hear Drew complain I guess there feeling the PASSION like us.
2006-05-12 20:19:37
185.   Uncle Miltie
Just had a screwdriver 5 shots of Vodka. It should make the Clippers game more bearable with ESPN's terrible announcers.
2006-05-12 20:20:16
186.   Marty
I was channeling Hudler at the time.
2006-05-12 20:20:17
187.   trainwreck
I got the Pyramids Apricot Hef going myself.
2006-05-12 20:20:26
188.   LAT
Is it me or did the Ump enjoy that third called strike to Drew
2006-05-12 20:20:49
189.   D4P
Just had a screwdriver 5 shots of Vodka

Was there any room in the glass for the OJ?

2006-05-12 20:21:00
"I've got a drink in hand, just in case, though."

I've drank 5 already, I guess that explains My EVEN WORSE spelling today. :o)

2006-05-12 20:21:25
191.   natepurcell

I just bought fresh cut watermelon from safeway. which will be fetched for right after I hit submit.

2006-05-12 20:22:01
192.   Johnson
182 The only game the Padres have lost in that streak was the one that I attended Tuesday night. You're welcome.
2006-05-12 20:22:07
193.   JoeyP
Thats a lot Miltie. Did you know bartenders can only legally make drinks with only 2 shots? Its illegal to make any drink with more.
2006-05-12 20:22:07
194.   natepurcell
oh yea and a white russian :)
2006-05-12 20:22:39
195.   sanchez101
183. but why not raffy?
2006-05-12 20:23:43
196.   natepurcell

because shes short, spunky, and just looks like a furry.

2006-05-12 20:23:45
197.   trainwreck
Tell that to the people who serve 4 Horseman of the Apocalypse, that giant shot will make you see through time.
2006-05-12 20:24:14
198.   sanchez101
wow, a lot of drinking going on, i guess that should be expected with so many college kids around here
2006-05-12 20:24:23
199.   trainwreck
You mean a caucasian :)
2006-05-12 20:24:27

5!! of VODKA! How many fingers am I holding?

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2006-05-12 20:24:36
201.   JoeyP
White russians make me miss Grabowski... if only for the movie lines.
2006-05-12 20:24:41
202.   Bob Timmermann
I had turkey bacon for dinner. And then a Diet Pepsi. And then I took my statins.

Why do I feel so old?

2006-05-12 20:24:50
203.   Uncle Miltie
what kind of vodka are you using nate?
2006-05-12 20:25:00
204.   Steve
Did anyone notice that Aybar actually took five balls?
2006-05-12 20:25:21
205.   sanchez101
196. are we still talking about rafael furcal?
2006-05-12 20:25:47
206.   Christina
Hey Marty, an aside - I remember you asking about KT Tunstall a while back. I've met her - she did a private performance for the radio station I work for, and she went out of her way more than any of the other artists we've had in to play for us - not only did she sign personalized autographs, but she took the time to talk to each and every one of us individually. She's playing the KFOG Kaboom outdoor piers concert tomorrow evening, and I'm going there to catch her performance. Really nice girl, and very talented.
2006-05-12 20:26:08
I love how Martin frames the pitches. He's got really really good hands.
2006-05-12 20:26:24
Here comes Bonds! darn!!
2006-05-12 20:26:32
209.   Christina
Ugh. (takes a slug)
2006-05-12 20:26:59
210.   natepurcell
Hey JoeyP, if you miss Grabowski, this will cheer you up.

2006-05-12 20:27:32
211.   Christina
How is that not a strike?
2006-05-12 20:27:57
212.   sanchez101
Just hit 'em already
2006-05-12 20:28:05
213.   Uncle Miltie
The Clippers look horrible.

The umpire is really squeezing Penny.

2006-05-12 20:28:10
214.   scareduck
Looks like an unintentional intentional walk.
2006-05-12 20:28:37
215.   Christina
Ha - despite the ump's best efforts, Bonds still pops out.
2006-05-12 20:28:49
216.   sanchez101
ha ha ha
"Bar" "ry" "sux"
2006-05-12 20:28:52
217.   trainwreck
Thank you. No need to walk a .240 hitter.
2006-05-12 20:28:59
218.   Bob Timmermann
Bonds isn't hitting as poorly as he is because he's unlucky.
2006-05-12 20:29:14
219.   LAT
That was an awful pitch he swang at.
2006-05-12 20:29:14
220.   scareduck
213 - not sure if that's true. Penny's having a hard time getting them in to the zone.

Popup! Whew!

2006-05-12 20:29:21
221.   JoeyP
Bonds is getting frustrated.
2006-05-12 20:29:40
222.   natepurcell
Uncle Miltie,

nothing special, just skyy vodka. it was in the freezer.

2006-05-12 20:29:42

nah alot of those pitches were strikes IMO

2006-05-12 20:30:00
224.   Uncle Miltie
Bonds pops up. I love how the fans stood up and cheered when he made contact.

I'm definitely feeling the effects of that screwdriver now. I don't think I'll drink anymore though because I have a lot of work to do tomorrow.

2006-05-12 20:30:11
225.   Bob Timmermann


Am I the only sober person here tonight?

2006-05-12 20:31:09
226.   Uncle Miltie
nothing special, just skyy vodka. it was in the freezer.
Same :)
2006-05-12 20:31:23
227.   trainwreck
I am not drunk... yet. Beer takes awhile.
2006-05-12 20:31:49
228.   Christina
I thought two of the balls were strikes.

And I'm drinking Skyy vodka myself tonight also, Nate. Although earlier I was at Tres Agaves, which has truly excellent tequila.

2006-05-12 20:32:16
229.   Andrew Shimmin
225- Nope.
2006-05-12 20:32:57
230.   sanchez101
225. I'll be sober for another hour or so
2006-05-12 20:33:57
231.   Uncle Miltie
You wouldn't be sober either if Mike Tirico and Steve Jones were announcing the Dodgers game. Besides, I'm just buzzed, not drunk.
2006-05-12 20:34:11
232.   trainwreck
Sanchez and I go to UCSB. It is against the law for us to be sober.
2006-05-12 20:34:45
233.   Christina
Beer works a lot faster if you drink draft beer rather than out of a bottle - it has to do with the air bubbles in the former.
2006-05-12 20:35:38

Do you drink it streight up, or do you drink it with squirt? Jimadores is really good too, with crushed ice, really good & a lime, really good.

2006-05-12 20:35:55
235.   trainwreck
Sadly no Pyramids here so I am stuck with bottles.
2006-05-12 20:36:01
236.   Bob Timmermann
I thought UCSB was forming a new image as a serious place of study.

I suppose I was misinformed.

2006-05-12 20:36:07
237.   Christina
UCSB? My best friend and her husband both teach and are grad students there, trainwreck. This semester is their last, though.
2006-05-12 20:36:18
238.   Uncle Miltie
232- University of Casual Sex and Beer. Do you have any STDs?
2006-05-12 20:36:40
239.   LAT
225. Me rite purdy goodly.

Wish I could claim to be drinking. . .just a distracted knucklehead instead.

2006-05-12 20:37:01
240.   mikethinksblue
I didn't start drinking until I watched the Mike Ditka/Grabowksi's video from 210
2006-05-12 20:37:33
241.   sanchez101
233. 235. it also works faster when its coming out of a funnel :)
2006-05-12 20:37:44
this umpire in not making good calls!! or is it me??
2006-05-12 20:38:08
243.   Christina
228 I like it both ways, so it just depends on my mood.
2006-05-12 20:38:09
244.   trainwreck
What department?
2006-05-12 20:39:26
245.   JoeyP
239. True.. I have that young professional jealousy when I understand people to be drinking... Cuz I'm thinking...Man I remembered when I used to do that. College is so much more fun than working.

So I guess working at a college, would be the ideal situation, right?

2006-05-12 20:39:55
246.   sanchez101
240. that video is one of the most bizarre things ive ever seen
2006-05-12 20:40:22

classic!! LOL!!!

2006-05-12 20:40:59
248.   JoeyP
243. So we've heard ;)
2006-05-12 20:41:30
249.   trainwreck
I thought most Universities were about casual sex and beer.
2006-05-12 20:41:55
250.   natepurcell
is penny drunk too?
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2006-05-12 20:42:03
251.   sanchez101
If Penny has to allow baserunners, Im glad he waits until he has two outs.
2006-05-12 20:42:25
252.   regfairfield
I'm picking up the Giants feed and Mike Krukow has basically spent the entire inning calling Penny a wuss.
2006-05-12 20:42:37
Matheny has a short quick bat, that's why I don't like him hitting against Penny.
2006-05-12 20:42:48
254.   Johnson
Steiner and Monday are saying that Penny looks like his back is hurting. Does he look bad on TV?
2006-05-12 20:43:13
255.   Christina
244 Hubby's focus is English, hers is Art History.
2006-05-12 20:43:14
256.   JoeyP
College is about the beer. I actually found that more people did drugs in high school, than in college.
2006-05-12 20:43:17
257.   sanchez101
Wow, Penny's throwing the heat!
2006-05-12 20:43:41
258.   Bob Timmermann
To me, Brad Penny always looks like he's sore somewhere.
2006-05-12 20:44:11
259.   Steve
Given Miltie's condition, I'm not sure if it will be more fun if Kent goes 0-4 or he gets four RBIs. Let's ask him.
2006-05-12 20:44:14
260.   regfairfield
253 If you're concerned about Matheny, you're not a good pitcher.
2006-05-12 20:44:41
261.   trainwreck
I found that too be very true as well. Of course I came from an upper class suburb so everyone was on drugs.
2006-05-12 20:44:55
262.   LAT
Hard to say if its his back but he sure looked discusted with himself walking off the field.
2006-05-12 20:45:03
263.   Steve
252 -- How would you like to pitch against Matt Morris's beard? Much less Tom Cruise's beard.
2006-05-12 20:45:43
264.   Uncle Miltie
259- don't really care tonight. I want a Clippers victory.
2006-05-12 20:46:38
265.   LAT
I would only need one pitch facing Tom Cruise.
2006-05-12 20:47:12
266.   Christina
265 Where would you plunk him, LAT?
2006-05-12 20:47:26
267.   Steve
Tom Cruise struck out on three pitches last week.
2006-05-12 20:48:05
268.   JoeyP
Russ Martin needs to bat higher than 8th.
2006-05-12 20:48:31
269.   Uncle Miltie
Clippers tied at halftime, pretty amazing with the way they've played.

I lied earlier, two more shots for me.

2006-05-12 20:48:45
270.   Christina
Now see, Joe Morgan, when Penny weakly bunts to first and moves the runner over for a productive out, that's doing his job. Because no one expects Penny the pitcher to be knocking home runs out of the park on a regular basis.
2006-05-12 20:48:58
271.   LAT
I know your not supposed to lose your job while injured, but Martin looks better behind and standing next to the plate than Navarro.
2006-05-12 20:49:18
272.   Gen3Blue
We definitely need this guy Martin.
Yeah-in the line up
2006-05-12 20:50:02
273.   trainwreck
That's the spirit Miltie.
2006-05-12 20:50:20
274.   Bob Timmermann
The Angels have scored 12 runs already against Seattle.
2006-05-12 20:50:34
275.   Gen3Blue
Is Morgan broadcasting? We are through.
2006-05-12 20:50:36
276.   JoeyP
Its a nice problem to have when you contemplate moving your 22yr old .760 OPS'ing catcher for someone even better.
2006-05-12 20:50:49
277.   Steve
With four syllables, we have to go with the more appropriate

"Russ" "Ell"


"Mar" "Tin"

[clap, clap, clap, clap, clap]

2006-05-12 20:50:53
278.   regfairfield
271 Let's give Martin more than 20 at bats before we fire Navarro.
2006-05-12 20:51:23
279.   sanchez101
I know Lofton can make his teammates play better, but I didnt know he could make his opponents play worse.
2006-05-12 20:51:31
280.   Christina
271 My impression was that it happens somewhat frequently. It certainly does in football, anyway...
2006-05-12 20:51:31
281.   Bob Timmermann
Nice job of Lofton to stay inside the lines when running to first.
2006-05-12 20:51:52
282.   Gen3Blue
That's how its done.
2006-05-12 20:52:07
283.   Steve
We're not firing Navarro, we're downsizing redundancies!
2006-05-12 20:52:15
284.   Christina
275 Mercifully, no. I'm just carrying on my one-way conversation with Morgan from the last ESPN Giants/Dodgers game I watched, weeks ago. Pay no mind to me.
2006-05-12 20:52:46

HOW DARE YOU!!? :o) nah!, dude look at his swing!! he has a short swing perfect for hard throwers. I know he aint a good hitter but I don't like him against hard throwers!

2006-05-12 20:53:03
286.   sanchez101
Drew cant get a break
2006-05-12 20:53:20
287.   JoeyP
Matt Morris ERA is 6.33
How many wins do the Giants amass this year? I think the O/U is 74.
2006-05-12 20:53:43
288.   Steve
For those watching on Gameday, the ball got caught in Morris' beard.
2006-05-12 20:53:54
289.   Bob Timmermann
It's often said that a player shouldn't lose his job when he gets injured and his replacement turns out to be better, but that's a point usually made by the player who is out with the injury.

The coach/manager will usually play the better player. The goal is to win, not to be nice.

2006-05-12 20:54:06
290.   D4P
Drew cant get a break

All he needs is a fastball to the wrist.

2006-05-12 20:54:26
291.   Christina
I don't believe Morris has pitched well since he was thrown out in the first inning a few games back. He hasn't recovered his rhythm since.

This gives me great satisfaction.

2006-05-12 20:54:46
292.   trainwreck
Tell that to Izturis :)
2006-05-12 20:55:00
293.   regfairfield
285 Mike Matheny's career OPS+ is tied with Neifi Perez.

By the end of 2007 Neifi Perez will have secured the title "worst hitter of all time".

Applying the transative property doesn't look good for Matheny.

2006-05-12 20:55:44
294.   Bob Timmermann


Post-traumatic Joe Morgan Stress Disorder

It's in the DSM-IV-R now.

Did you know Joe Morgan won an Emmy for best sports analyst this year?

2006-05-12 20:55:56
295.   LAT
266. Well, I can't hit him in the nuts cause there's nothing there. Can't hit him in the head for the same reason. I think I'd go with a 98 mph fastball in the mouth to shut him up. (Not to mention I'd like to see the Ump sweeping Cruise's chicklets off home plate.)
2006-05-12 20:56:06
296.   JoeyP
I thought this game was in the bag, but then I saw that Penny's thrown 78 pitches in 4ip.
2006-05-12 20:56:28
297.   Steve
I don't think Izturis would look very good behind the plate at all.
2006-05-12 20:56:35
298.   Christina
A scrappy slide into first!

Is anyone ever going to pound into these guys' heads that that is actually the slower way to reach first base?

2006-05-12 20:57:30
299.   sanchez101
285. thats why penny has a curveball and a splitter. everytime i see Matheny at the plate, i smile, because i know the giants front office are idiots. then i remember where ned is from.
2006-05-12 20:57:41
300.   Bob Timmermann

It's a lost cause.

Oddly enough, the only announcer who really gets on players for doing it is:

Joe Morgan.

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2006-05-12 20:57:52
301.   Steve
295 -- If you knock out his caps they'll just put them back in. I would aim for his thetans.
2006-05-12 20:57:57
302.   Christina
294 He did? I...I...(slugs back remainder of drink)

I think my disorder just reached a new level.

2006-05-12 20:58:17
303.   regfairfield
Jon Miller just called Barry Bonds "Willie Mays".
2006-05-12 20:58:41
304.   JoeyP
Brad Penny's arm thanks Vizquel/Winn for battling so mightily in those at bats.
2006-05-12 20:58:48
305.   Uncle Miltie
Do you think anyone will notice if I stumble into the gym drunk in a few hours? I really don't think so.
2006-05-12 20:59:22
306.   LAT
278. It really his work behind the plate that merits the replacement of Navarro.
2006-05-12 20:59:50
307.   LAT
Bob's favorite commercial. Left turn only!
2006-05-12 20:59:56

hahahahah oh man!!

2006-05-12 21:00:20
309.   D4P
Note to Charlie Steiner: if a flyball stays in the park, it is not really "way back there."
2006-05-12 21:00:24
310.   trainwreck
Not unless they all got the same idea as you did. Being drunk while working out really sucks.
2006-05-12 21:00:38
311.   Christina
Who was it who said during the pre-season that once Russell Martin came up, he'd be behind the plate for the Dodgers for the next 10 years?
2006-05-12 21:00:52
312.   scareduck
294 - did you know that Emmy voters are remarkably easily bribeable?
2006-05-12 21:00:59
313.   Bob Timmermann
The Angels have drawn SEVEN walks in four innings.

I believe Mickey Hatcher had to be revived with a defibrillator.

2006-05-12 21:01:09
314.   mikethinksblue
ugh, I just glanced at Furcal's salary in the right hand column of this page.... what are they going to do with Izturis? They can't sit 9 million dollars, can they?
2006-05-12 21:01:22
315.   JoeyP
If Martin can make Aaron Sele a better pitcher, I'll really be a believer.
2006-05-12 21:01:38
316.   Christina
312 Actually, thinking about the choices they've made over the years, they're just dumb.
2006-05-12 21:02:30
317.   Bob Timmermann
I'm sure Emmy voters are just as honest as Grammy voters.
2006-05-12 21:02:31
318.   Marty
206 Christina. Thanks for that info. I was out walking the dogs (that's not a euphemism). I just bought her album on Itunes. I like it.
2006-05-12 21:02:49
319.   Christina
314 Someone at Athletics Nation was speculating that gamblers had Eric Chavez poisoned. Maybe we could do the same?

Or we could just ask Scott Erickson for whatever curse it was he used on our pitchers last season that allowed him to remain in the rotation for so long.

2006-05-12 21:03:54
320.   regfairfield
314 I do believe they'll sit him. Of course, the Dodgers will probably manage to injure Izturis a spot in the lineup.
2006-05-12 21:04:01
321.   Steve
Milli Vanilli has to disagree with you there, Bob.
2006-05-12 21:04:53
322.   Christina
318 Glad you liked it. She's also doing a private beachfront concert in Puerto Vallarta for an event my station is putting on - sadly, I can't afford to go, so I will have to content myself with tomorrow's freebie.

You would also probably like Natasha Bedingfield, if you haven't discovered her yet. She made the most impact of anyone by far during her private performance for my station last year - we all just looked at each other and went, "She's going to be a huge star."

2006-05-12 21:05:25
323.   Uncle Miltie
310- I just realized that it's probably a bad idea since the campus police are definitely out there tonight. I'll wait until the morning.
2006-05-12 21:06:05
324.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Way to work the pitcher, 'Dre.
2006-05-12 21:06:09
325.   Bob Timmermann
Joe Beimeil vs. Bonds.

1 for 5, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 K

2006-05-12 21:06:29
wow! what the ___ just happend?
2006-05-12 21:06:29
327.   Uncle Miltie
Thank you Finley for giving Wilber that double
2006-05-12 21:06:52
328.   Christina
Bwahahahahaha! That is freaking hysterical. Bonds is such a liability out there.
2006-05-12 21:07:08
329.   trainwreck
What school do you go to?
2006-05-12 21:07:25
330.   Marty
I probably already said this, but I saw Tunstall on a BBC show where she just blew the audience away. That's what got me on her bandwagon.
2006-05-12 21:07:31
that weird weather up north I guess.
2006-05-12 21:07:31
332.   Steve
Future be now, future be now, oh, please, oh Lordy, let the future be now.
2006-05-12 21:07:39
333.   LAT
301. Steve, how did you know that? I had to look it up. Yes a good place to hit him.

2006-05-12 21:07:44
334.   Christina
327 Finley, nothing. Thank Bonds for that one. I just replayed it and confirmed my initial impression - that was in Bonds's territory, and any other left fielder in MLB would have caught up to it. Finley shouldn't have had to be running all the way over there in the first place - no wonder he was mad.
2006-05-12 21:08:11
335.   DaveP
Bonds looked like a statue in LF. He took little baby steps toward that ball. Finley now realizes he has to cover CF and LF.
2006-05-12 21:09:22
336.   Gen3Blue
I think we need Aybar too.
2006-05-12 21:09:51
are you guys noticing that blue's bad calls?
2006-05-12 21:09:54
338.   Nagman
Dodgers making a call to the 'pen. Good thing we've all been drinking.
2006-05-12 21:10:54
339.   regfairfield
How many pitches did Penny throw?
2006-05-12 21:11:09
340.   LAT
5 runs is not a big enough lead for our bullpen.
2006-05-12 21:11:53

really man! Hey are you guys noticing those calls from the ump?

2006-05-12 21:11:54
342.   Christina
On a related note, coming home tonight, I was reading the Examiner, which is really sickeningly fawning over Bonds in specific and the Giants in general, even more so than you expect of a hometown paper. Today's columnist actually addressed the fact that Bonds is a truly substandard left fielder these days, and that Alou is leaving him out there in games he has no business staying in just so he can pass Ruth at home, even though by Alou's own admission Bonds's fielding just isn't there.

Now, I really have no quarrel with this reasoning per se - of course it would be nice for Bonds and Giants fans if he passed Ruth at home. What bugs me is the columnist's total acceptance of the fact that if Bonds is going to play for the Giants, he must play in left field, and of course the Giants go along with it. I've said it before, but I would dearly love if Alou would grow a set of brass balls for even an inning, stick a first basemen's glove in Bonds's hand, and make him freaking play first base. I would give up a paycheck for that.

Okay, rant over.

2006-05-12 21:11:59
343.   Gen3Blue
oh-oh, Penny's gone and to the pen we go.
For RM?
2006-05-12 21:12:02
344.   trainwreck
If only we had Cole Hamels coming out of the pen.
2006-05-12 21:12:05
345.   mikethinksblue
Pouring another glass of chardonnay
2006-05-12 21:13:33
346.   Christina
I just finished my drink. If I go upstairs I'll miss this. Yes, I have Tivo, but it won't be the same, this time. Rats.
2006-05-12 21:14:20
347.   LAT
That was a major league hack by BB
2006-05-12 21:14:52
348.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Biemel's Gameday photo makes him look like a hungover frat rat.
Straighten that cap, son.
2006-05-12 21:16:02
349.   LAT
People streaming out of ATT cause BB is 0-2 and they say Dodger fans are weak hands.
2006-05-12 21:16:05
350.   Christina
Biemel looks that way in person, too.

But he didn't give up the long ball to Bonds and that's all I care about right now. I'm so happy I could kiss him.

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2006-05-12 21:16:56
351.   regfairfield
350 He did give up a rocket, however. He gets partial credit.
2006-05-12 21:17:10
352.   Nagman
340 what is a big enough lead? 9-0 in the 7th apparently is not.
2006-05-12 21:17:26
353.   Marty
I'm drinking a nice Paso Robles Cab right now.
2006-05-12 21:18:45
354.   Gen3Blue
The sixth is to soon to hit my booze ration, from what I've seen the last 2 weeks. It is probably too soon to pull Penny
unless Grits knows something I don't.( and I've come to fear that's unlikely.)
2006-05-12 21:19:05
355.   Marty
What's wrong with Penny? I knew he looked odd out there. I'm really afraid of our pen.
2006-05-12 21:19:19
It's o.k. 5-1 still, Beimel will get the 3rd out.
2006-05-12 21:19:37
357.   Christina
I wouldn't call that a rocket - it was apparent from the instant it left the bat that it was just a line drive, and not a particularly deep one.

Although, looking at the pitching matchups they just flashed, I realize that this may be merely putting off the inevitable...

2006-05-12 21:21:47
358.   LAT
352. what is a big enough lead?

You might as well be asking:
What is the meaning of life?
How did we all get here?
Where does the universe start and end?

And the most important one:
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. :-)

2006-05-12 21:22:06
359.   Marty
Just another nice play for Aybar.
2006-05-12 21:22:23
360.   mikethinksblue
Steiner called that play by Aybar pretty, how pretty was it?
2006-05-12 21:22:32
361.   Christina
358 42, of course. 42 to every one of those questions.
2006-05-12 21:23:21
362.   Marty
360 It was nice. He picked it, turned completely around and made the throw.
2006-05-12 21:24:02
363.   Steve
358 -- Once you're in the Clear, you'll know the answers to all those questions
2006-05-12 21:24:35

not that prety he juggled it (a bit) once it was in his glove.

2006-05-12 21:25:18
365.   Nagman
361 I might even relax with Lance Carter out there with a 42 run lead. Wait, what inning is it?
2006-05-12 21:27:35
366.   natepurcell
just another double for nomar.
2006-05-12 21:27:35
367.   Steve
Healthy Nomars hit baseballs. No two ways about it.
2006-05-12 21:27:44
368.   Christina
Nothing like watching Bonds jog his way to a flyball. Snerk.
2006-05-12 21:27:50
Nomar is Freaking awesome!! buy the way I'm gonna make another beer run I'll be back
2006-05-12 21:28:04
370.   Christina
And I'm being kind by using the word "jog".
2006-05-12 21:28:36
371.   LAT
BB really is a liability in the field.
2006-05-12 21:28:51
372.   Marty
My knees hurt watching Bonds chase a fly.
2006-05-12 21:28:58
373.   natepurcell
The ump has something against Drew. Those pitches were strikes but whatever.
2006-05-12 21:29:03
374.   Jon Weisman
Judging by the drinking going on, if the Dodgers lose it's going to be like Deadwood, if the Dodgers win it's going to be another dicussion of Ms. B. Banks.

Either way, remember the children. For God's sake, remember the children.

2006-05-12 21:30:12
375.   mikethinksblue
oh yeah, the children. short folk right?
2006-05-12 21:31:04
376.   LAT
363. Isn't the Clear what got BB into trouble?
2006-05-12 21:31:13
377.   natepurcell
children... kind of like carnies.. small hands, smell like cabbage.
2006-05-12 21:31:53
378.   Steve
Vin just reported that Brad Penny got a rash from brushing against Matt Morris' Beard.
2006-05-12 21:32:05
379.   LAT
Gotta give Monday/Stiner credit. Vin just announced Penny out becasue of stiff back.
2006-05-12 21:32:07
380.   D4P
Penny: stiff lower back.
2006-05-12 21:32:10
381.   Christina
Morris looks suicidal. I almost feel sorry for him. Almost.
2006-05-12 21:32:18
382.   Steve
Barry Bonds hangs out with some interesting people then.
2006-05-12 21:32:24
383.   natepurcell
why is he still in, it shoudl go bull, sammy, gaemez over!
2006-05-12 21:32:42
384.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
The collective BAC of this board must be approaching 0.08.
And I'm still stuck at work. :(
2006-05-12 21:33:19
385.   Marty
Yes, the Bull should be in.
2006-05-12 21:34:00
386.   LAT
So assuming Joe gets out of this who is our set-up man this week?
2006-05-12 21:34:39
387.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
From Staples:
Suns hold the Clips to 15 in the third quarter.
Phoenix leads by nine.
2006-05-12 21:34:59
388.   natepurcell
Aybar has a really nice arm. I never noticed that until this game.
2006-05-12 21:35:20
389.   Marty
Ok, I've seen two nice plays by Aybar and I'm ready to DFA Mueller. Isn't being a fan great?
2006-05-12 21:35:22
390.   Steve
Bob, D4P, Andrew S., and me are at 0.00, so we're gonna need some double-digiters going here.
2006-05-12 21:35:42
391.   Jon Weisman
Aybar looks nice...

I just read every post - I don't think anyone's commented that Gurnick reports Mueller likely out 4-6 weeks, because surgery is likely.

2006-05-12 21:37:03
392.   D4P

I read that, but assumed it had already been posted.

2006-05-12 21:37:05
393.   Marty
This will be our drunk posts:

Irnt' th Dogdes doign great!!!!

2006-05-12 21:37:10
394.   Steve
The future is now whether we like it or not.
2006-05-12 21:37:49
395.   LAT
391. Vin spun it like surgery was still up in the air
2006-05-12 21:37:57
396.   Andrew Shimmin
393- LOLZ!!!1!
2006-05-12 21:38:01
397.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
If LA can tack on another run or two, that would create a good situation for an Odalis appearance.
2006-05-12 21:38:13
398.   trainwreck
That guy yelling at Kent every pitch must be real annoying.
2006-05-12 21:38:36
399.   Steve
392 -- A reference to our BACs. I assumed you were an ice tea drinker.

This umpire would bring the collective BAC of this board to about .25 all by himself.

2006-05-12 21:39:14
400.   mikethinksblue
A little off topic, but how long is Matsui out for? His broken wrist was ugly
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2006-05-12 21:39:16
401.   natepurcell
wow i didnt know mueller was out that along. Aybar gets a chance to show his stuff. excellent.
2006-05-12 21:40:28
402.   Steve
"Eeth" "ee" "Er"
2006-05-12 21:40:33
403.   Christina
Nice job, Ethier. Way to hit it to Bonds's side of the outfield. You are officially my favorite prospect, just for the satisfaction that sight gave me! Hahahahaha...
2006-05-12 21:40:44
404.   natepurcell
eddie murray to dodger hitters: Hit it to left field. for the love of God, hit it to left field.
2006-05-12 21:41:09
405.   D4P
I assumed you were an ice tea drinker

As long as it's not "sweet" tea. Yuck.

2006-05-12 21:41:35
406.   D4P
"Eth" "ee" "Ay"
2006-05-12 21:41:55
407.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
397 - Although I'm stone-cold sober, I do realize it reads otherwise when I openly consider what it might take for Odalis to pitch.
2006-05-12 21:41:57
408.   Johnson
391 Given Aybar's bat in Vegas and his defense tonight, wouldn't mentioning potential surgery for Mueller kind of be like pointing out a pitcher who has avoided baserunners for the first five innings of a game? (Shhh.)
2006-05-12 21:42:00
409.   LAT
Bonds can't even bend over to pick up the ball. His knee is cooked.

LAA the phone is for you. Its you new DH calling.

2006-05-12 21:43:01
410.   caseybarker
Nate, you watch the AAA games. When did they move Guzman to first?
2006-05-12 21:43:18
411.   Andrew Shimmin
405- Yeah. What's the deal with that? I know a couple of people who went to Duke, and they speak of this sweet tea constantly. Is it different from tea with sugar in it?
2006-05-12 21:43:27
412.   natepurcell
should have been just another walk for aybar but this ump sucks, very inconsistent.
2006-05-12 21:43:53
413.   natepurcell
Nate, you watch the AAA games. When did they move Guzman to first?

Hes been playing 1b and lf/rf all season.

2006-05-12 21:44:05
414.   Jon Weisman
HR-Beltre (2)
2006-05-12 21:44:24
415.   Steve
411 -- I saw it - it looks like syrup.
2006-05-12 21:44:41
416.   Bob Timmermann

Matsui is supposed to be out three months minimum, but maybe the whole year.

Matsui apologized for hurting himself and letting the team down.

2006-05-12 21:45:12
417.   Steve
Xenu bless Beltre
2006-05-12 21:45:24
418.   Christina
409 I actually read an article the other day that said that Bonds will find it hard to find an AL team that will take him, unless he agrees to a massive paycut and clears up some of his off-field issues and quits having 100% control over when he plays. The reasoning was pretty basic: An AL team would have put up with all this for the Bonds of a few years back, but not with a Bonds who can't consistently knock one out of the park anymore.

I don't see Bonds agreeing to play for 500K, personally, so I suspect there's a lot of truth to the writer's argument.

2006-05-12 21:45:43
419.   Marty
I'm about to get into the Blanton's bourbon. Just a couple sips before a late dinner.
2006-05-12 21:45:52
420.   Bob Timmermann
Four of the worst offenses in the majors: Florida, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and the Angels have so far combined to score 40 runs.
2006-05-12 21:45:54
421.   D4P
I'm not totally sure what's in it, but it is a Southern staple. It may just be iced tea with a lot of sugar in it*. Whatever it is, it's not very good.

*The hallmark of Southern cuisine appears to be that you take a normal item then make it significantly less healthy by adding sugar, fat, etc.

2006-05-12 21:46:33
422.   Christina
416 Oh dear. Matsui's been listening to Harry Whittington too much.
2006-05-12 21:46:46
423.   Vaudeville Villain
My interest in this team is going up considerably with every young guy that comes up and starts playing. I really like watching Ethier, Aybar, and Martin.

And the Giants are being Beimeled.

And Furcal's throwing has been terrible.

2006-05-12 21:47:26
the umps tonight are all for THE GIANTS!!
2006-05-12 21:47:36
425.   caseybarker
Oh, Isn't Loney's value mostly tied up in his defense at first? Do they think of him as more of a bench player in the future?

Come on, furcal.

2006-05-12 21:47:48
426.   Steve
I just do not understand why MLB can't clean up its umpiring. That is such an easy call at completely full speed from about 500 miles away.
2006-05-12 21:47:48
Here we go BONDS!
2006-05-12 21:47:52
428.   Marty
He was out. But Jebus Furry!
2006-05-12 21:47:52
429.   LAT
That is just an awful awful call. This Furcal deal is working out really well. . .if you are any team other than the Dodgers.
2006-05-12 21:47:55
430.   mikethinksblue
hmmm...does Furcal have Steve Sax's throwing disease?
2006-05-12 21:48:03
431.   D4P
Just another error for Furcal.
2006-05-12 21:48:29
432.   Jon Weisman
I don't know how an umpire calls that play safe. I also am surprised that the Dodgers got the call in their favor on the play where Garciaparra sprawled to complete a double play several days ago. But mostly, Furcal backpedaled on the grounder like Guillermo Mota did against Piazza years ago. Shame.
2006-05-12 21:48:29
433.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
412 - Home plate ump is Brian Runge.
I'm sure he earned his status as a big-league umpire purely on merits, and that his father and grandfather also were umpires has nothing to do with it.
2006-05-12 21:48:32
434.   Christina
I love the look on Bonds's face. "How dare he not just serve up a meatball for me to hit over the fence? This guy's a nobody."
2006-05-12 21:48:58
Beimel Kicks booty
2006-05-12 21:49:03
436.   Jon Weisman
Ooh - that may have been no accident by Kent!
2006-05-12 21:49:17
437.   Steve
I think he blew that one too but it was closer
2006-05-12 21:49:24
438.   caseybarker
2006-05-12 21:49:32
439.   Marty
What the heck is going on, is Kent drunk?
2006-05-12 21:49:38
440.   natepurcell
hahaha. Deep down, i think Kent really was trying to do that to get Bonds on the basepaths.
2006-05-12 21:49:41
441.   Christina
And now I have to watch a zillion replays from every angle of Bonds turning around and running to first...
2006-05-12 21:49:54
442.   Bob Timmermann
Smart play by Kent. Except I doubt it was deliberate.

I imagine that pop up was like the one McPherson hit last year in Anaheim that Antonio Perez lost track of.

Was it McPherson?

2006-05-12 21:50:14
443.   LAT
That dropped ball was worth it just to see Bonds have to run on that knee. I think Kent did it on purpose to stick it to his old buddy.
2006-05-12 21:50:18
444.   scareduck
Bonds looked out to me.
2006-05-12 21:50:23
445.   Jon Weisman
Any reasonable player would be fined for staying at home on that popup the way Bonds did.

Kent put Bonds on the bases - almost put him in deep embarrassment.

2006-05-12 21:50:28
446.   mikethinksblue
Perhaps Kent spent some time in Napa Valley
2006-05-12 21:50:43
447.   D4P
Why didn't that invoke the infield fly rule? (Watching on GameDay)
2006-05-12 21:50:48
448.   Christina
If you trip him, Kent, all will be forgiven. Even the zillion replays.
2006-05-12 21:51:18
449.   Bob Timmermann
If Kent had gotten a DP on that, I imagine that he would have been a very, very, very, very happy man.
2006-05-12 21:51:23
450.   Steve
Agreed, Rob
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2006-05-12 21:51:44
451.   Bob Timmermann
You need 1st and 2nd or bases loaded for the infield fly rule.
2006-05-12 21:52:00
452.   trainwreck
Boooooo. Don't take out Ethier.
2006-05-12 21:52:04
453.   Steve
447 -- Need to have first and second or bases loaded. You should have heard how I explained it on the softball field last week.
2006-05-12 21:52:34
454.   Jon Weisman
Bonds looked out to me, but I only saw it at a glance.

Beimel: 42 pitches. Didn't know he was allowed to go that long.

2006-05-12 21:52:52
455.   D4P
Hmmm...that doesn't make sense.
2006-05-12 21:52:54
456.   LAT
442. Elle McPherson plays for LAA?
2006-05-12 21:53:29

Marty I think it's safe to say WE'RE DRUNK!

2006-05-12 21:53:31
458.   Jon Weisman
I have to say, I'll miss having Beimel available tomorrow. See, even I can be swayed by small sample sizes.
2006-05-12 21:54:14
459.   Bob Timmermann
The infield fly rule was first adopted by the Players League for its only season back in 1890. The NL didn't adopt it until 1894. I think by that time, the rulesmakers realized "Hey, these guys usually catch popups!"
2006-05-12 21:54:25
460.   Steve
If there is only a runner on first, the runner can run to first, and there is, ostensibly, no advantage to purposely dropping the ball.
2006-05-12 21:55:16
461.   Vaudeville Villain
436- I don't think he deliberately did it, he would have turned and thrown to second quicker.

I think the throw beat Bonds at first anyway, but it was closer than the Furcal non-call.

2006-05-12 21:55:18
462.   mikethinksblue
woot Saito!
2006-05-12 21:55:18
Saito dose it again.
2006-05-12 21:55:21
464.   Jon Weisman
455 - The infield fly rule isn't needed with one baserunner because if the batter runs the ball out, there's no worry for the baserunner. Even if the fielder drops the ball, they still end up with one baserunner. The infield fly rule exists to prevent the defense from purposely dropping a ball when two runners have to stay pinned at first. Otherwise, all those pop outs with two runners on would be double plays.
2006-05-12 21:55:40
465.   natepurcell
Sammy rulezzzz.
2006-05-12 21:55:42
466.   Xeifrank
Nice run by the Clippers. Vladimir has kept them in the game. Seems like the Suns are getting ALL the calls tonight. Must be a conspiracy. Somebody call Mark Cuban.
vr, Xei
2006-05-12 21:55:52
467.   D4P
Oh yeah.
2006-05-12 21:55:58
468.   LAT
Bonds is frowning like he's in pain. I know he wants it but I would sit tomorrow if I were him.
2006-05-12 21:56:42
469.   Johnson
455 It's intended to avoid an infielder "dropping" a pop-up to get two easy force outs. If there aren't two available forces, there's no real benefit to deliberately dropping a pop-up unless, like in this case, you can double up a lazy hitter or swap a fast baserunner for a slow one. But that's...strategy, I guess.
2006-05-12 21:56:59
470.   Steve
Bonds is frowning like he's in pain. I know he wants it but I would sit tomorrow if I were him....

and every day thereafter

2006-05-12 21:57:08
471.   Christina
I've realized what it is - Kent saw how Macha messed up Frank Thomas by leaving him in to run the bases on a game the A's were losing, and knew that Alou would never pinch-run for Bonds even though the Giants are losing in the bottom of the 8th...too bad Bonds ended up not having to move off the bag.
2006-05-12 21:57:27
472.   D4P
For some reason, Bonds just doesn't heal as quickly as he used to.
2006-05-12 21:58:19
473.   Christina
Finley looks so angry. The guy is 41 and he's being forced to cover half of Bonds's territory. Can't blame him.
2006-05-12 21:58:46
474.   Bob Timmermann
Of course Bonds is frowing like he's in pain. He is in pain.

If you watched his reality show, you would know how much pain he is in.

2006-05-12 21:59:35
475.   Christina
468 The latest excuse is that it's because the city made the Giants remove their heaters from the dugout, so now Bonds has trouble keeping his muscles warm...
2006-05-12 22:00:21
476.   LAT
Clips adn suns tied at 3 min mark. Ralph just told us to fasten our seat belts.
2006-05-12 22:00:41
477.   caseybarker
Now Durham's caught Furcal's syndrome
2006-05-12 22:00:51
478.   Steve
That's going to get somebody hit in the head.
2006-05-12 22:01:54
479.   caseybarker
That was quick.
2006-05-12 22:02:00
480.   Uncle Miltie
Nomar Godciaparra
2006-05-12 22:02:02
481.   mikethinksblue
That must be Kipe and Kruk's excuse
2006-05-12 22:02:27
482.   Vaudeville Villain
This guy yelling behind the plate seems like he's actually effecting the hitters. Every time he yells, "Swing, SWING!" the hitter swings. Although, sometimes it's a hit, like with Garciaparra.
2006-05-12 22:02:31
483.   Gen3Blue
In play ,no out recorded!!!
2006-05-12 22:02:54
484.   caseybarker
Does anybody know a good site to check college scores?
2006-05-12 22:03:10
485.   Bob Timmermann
Hector Carrasco going for the 3-inning save in a 12-7 game in Anaheim.

For all of you who have Hector Carrasco on your fantasy team.

2006-05-12 22:03:17
486.   Goozmani
thats a l.a. dodger thing
2006-05-12 22:03:26
487.   LAT
Get ready for a rough inning by Baez. . . its not a save opportunity anymore. That darn Nomar.
2006-05-12 22:03:49
488.   Goozmani
thats a l.a. dodger special!
2006-05-12 22:04:06
489.   Xeifrank
it's so stupid to foul Nash!!!!!
vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:04:33

nice one

2006-05-12 22:05:24
491.   Xeifrank
484. test scores? vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:05:53
492.   Xeifrank
wish the refs would swallow the whistle.
vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:07:43
493.   scareduck
Give Saito a 5-run lead and he throws strikes.
2006-05-12 22:07:53
494.   caseybarker
Haha, no, baseball scores.

And Jones is doing a bang up job in Civics 101 this year. He is definitely learning way out of his league...

2006-05-12 22:08:04
495.   Uncle Miltie
492- you're talking about the Clippers game right? They have been terrible. You would think that the Clippers would get home court advantage.
2006-05-12 22:08:30
496.   Gen3Blue
Whats going on:; gamedays froze.
2006-05-12 22:08:55
Guys/gals don't look now but we've been playing great ball for the past, week, week & a ahalf.
2006-05-12 22:08:56
Guys/gals don't look now but we've been playing great ball for the past, week, week & a ahalf.
2006-05-12 22:08:57
Guys/gals don't look now but we've been playing great ball for the past, week, week & a ahalf.
2006-05-12 22:08:57
Guys/gals don't look now but we've been playing great ball for the past, week, week & a ahalf.
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2006-05-12 22:08:58
Guys/gals don't look now but we've been playing great ball for the past, week, week & a ahalf.
2006-05-12 22:08:59
502.   Gen3Blue
Whats going on:; gamedays froze.
2006-05-12 22:09:19
503.   scareduck
Nice. Good night, all.
2006-05-12 22:09:28
504.   Xeifrank
460. I always check to see if the batter is running to first and if not, I purposely drop it for the easy double play. It has actually worked more than once in softball, but I never got it to work in baseball. Must be the beer. vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:09:37
505.   Steve
Hoist up the Jolly Roger! Or something
2006-05-12 22:09:50
506.   mikethinksblue
what's better? dodgers win, no bonds homers, or a cool buzz?
2006-05-12 22:12:52
507.   Jon Weisman
Can we look yet?
2006-05-12 22:13:45
508.   Gen3Blue
Whats going on:; gamedays froze.
Takashi! YES!
My Broadband froze.
Everything is going to Hell
But the Dodgers win!
2006-05-12 22:14:33
509.   Christina
A perfect Friday night game outcome!
2006-05-12 22:14:49
510.   Xeifrank
Phoenix gets home court advantage back.
vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:16:22
511.   Gen3Blue
I'm well into my ration.
Good night All.
2006-05-12 22:17:36
512.   LAT
Not so fast, Xei
2006-05-12 22:18:39
513.   LAT
Clips have the ball, down by 3 with 3.6 secs remaining
2006-05-12 22:18:45
514.   Xeifrank
Who takes the big three for the Clippers? Maggette? Radmonivich? Brick Cassell? Mobley? Brickingston? Place your bets.
vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:19:07
Good night every body!
2006-05-12 22:20:06
516.   Xeifrank
Nice try Clips. Always a bridesmaid.
vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:20:28
517.   LAT
Ok now 510.
2006-05-12 22:20:54
518.   underdog
Well, I'm going to watch Sele Orthopedic pitch tomorrow in person, with fingers and toes crossed. If Lowry's not at the top of their game, I could see some offense. And maybe Bonds running hard down to first at some point. I'll be the one person not standing every time he bats.
2006-05-12 22:22:26
519.   underdog
top of his game I meant, duh.

Btw, any word on Penny? It seemed it wasn't anything serious, like he tweaked his back or his side but was still throwing gas. I think the Dodgers took him out for cautionary reasons.

2006-05-12 22:24:37

I'll give you an update as soon as Dodgertalk says something

2006-05-12 22:27:30
521.   Xeifrank
Dodgers win sim 7-0.
Dodgers win 6-1. Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day. vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:29:09
522.   underdog
Btw (redux), Xei, your game simulator was pretty darned accurate, it was 6-1 instead of the predicted 7-0. (Nothing from Bonds or Drew though, but we'll cut the sim some slack.)
2006-05-12 22:29:39
523.   underdog
Yeesh, good timing! Missed you by that much in a game of jinx... ;-)
2006-05-12 22:31:36
524.   Xeifrank
522,523. haha! Yeah, I defragged the hard-drive this morning so I am expecting more accurate sim scores. The sim is 5-3 so far in predicting the winner. Slightly better than a coin toss, but that's Tracyball... I mean baseball. vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:31:47
525.   underdog
Penny came out because of stiffness in his back, according to the AP wire story. Doesn't sound too serious.
2006-05-12 22:32:28
526.   underdog
I'm afraid to ask what the sim predicts for tomorrow, then, the game I'm going to. Lie to me if you have to.
2006-05-12 22:32:48
527.   Xeifrank
I love the picture of Steve Nash that FSN2 uses when they show his game stats. The short haircut makes him look like Mango from SNL. Can you touch a rainbow? vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:35:09
528.   Xeifrank
526. Ok, I will run tomorrow's sim in a couple of minutes and I will ass-u-me that Bonds plays again. vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:35:10
529.   Xeifrank
526. Ok, I will run tomorrow's sim in a couple of minutes and I will ass-u-me that Bonds plays again. vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:36:48
530.   confucius
It seems like Nomar has doubled in a bunch of games in a row.
2006-05-12 22:41:44
531.   confucius
4 games now that I check, and 5 of the last 6.
2006-05-12 22:45:11
532.   Xeifrank
Just ran the sim for tomorrow's Dodger/Giant game. The Dodgers came out on top once again with another trouncing. This time the Dodgers won 7-1. Ethier got two singles and a double and Martin hit a three run HR. Bonds went 1 for 4 with a single. vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:45:48
533.   Xeifrank
Mango is addressing the media now.
vr, Xei
2006-05-12 22:49:20
534.   Daniel Zappala
When Mueller comes back, Aybar should become the Dodger's version of Figgins -- 3rd, 2nd, and center.
2006-05-12 22:50:40
535.   Uncle Miltie
The alcohol has worn off and now I'm even more depressed since the Clippers lost. Well, at least Kent went 0 for 4.

By the way, my Aybar prediction was right on the money 1-3 BB (except he didn't steal a base)

2006-05-12 22:56:31
536.   trainwreck
I am still goin strong. The benefit of constant beer drinking. I am depressed about the Sharks though.
2006-05-12 23:55:09
537.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
I was sitting with a pretty good view of first base, and it looked to me that the first base umpire missed about three calls, two in the Doddgers' favor.

Top 5: Martin on third with two out, and Lofton squibs one up the firt base line that Durham throws a little wide on and Sweeney is called for being pulled off the bag. It looked to me that Sweeney came off the bag after he took the throw. Good for the Dodgers.

Bottom 5: Vizquel grounds to Furcal whose throw is up the first base line and Garciapara drags his foot off the front of the bag (towards home) to receive it. From my vantage point, it sure looked like he came off early, but the ump was on the opposite side of the bag and didn't see it. Good for the Dodgers.

Top 8: Sweeney grounds to short and Furcal's throw is (again) up the line, Garciapara comes off to catch it and whirls to tag Sweeney as he comes across. Ump doesn't see the tag, and calls Sweeney safe. (Looked to me that he missed that call, this time in the Giants' favor).

I didn't think they doubled up Bonds on the Kent-drop, though. I think he got that call right.

(Sorry to know that the reason Penny left was stiffness. We just sat there puzzled: Morris stayed in, Penny came out.)

And I have to say: I love it when the Dodgers put up 4 or 5 unanswered runs at PhoneCompanyPark. The crowd loses its venom and I can cheer for the Dodgers with less harrassment. Not a thrilling game, but delightful to see them win!

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