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Hendrickson Pushed Back
2006-08-27 09:20
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Mark Hendrickson's next start is being pushed back a day so that Brad Penny can take his turn Monday on four days' rest, according to Bill Plunkett of the Register. An off day followed Penny's last start Wednesday.

Another off day arrives for the Dodgers this coming Thursday, which will give Derek Lowe an extra day to recover from being hit at the base of the left thumb. Lowe had been on his way to giving the Dodger bullpen a nice rest before getting hit in the fourth inning of last night's game - instead, the Dodger bullpen has thrown 36 2/3 innings in its past nine games, Plunkett said.

The good news Saturday, alongside the fact that Jeff Kent's ninth-inning home run gave the team one more run than it had allowed that evening, was that Jonathan Broxton got the victory by throwing only one pitch. That was efficient.

Broxton had thrown 32 pitches in one inning the night before (infield single, walk, wild pitch, intentional walk, pop out, fielder's choice, strikeout), which partially explains why Dodger manager Grady Little removed him after that single pitch to allow Takashi Saito to get the save. Still, with the bullpen stretched out, I'm a little surprised Little didn't leave Broxton in. Saito, who threw 25 pitches while allowing an 11th-inning unearned run Friday, closed out the Diamondbacks on nine pitches Saturday.

* * *

With the choice to recall Tim Hamulack as a replacement for Giovanni Carrara came the clear sentiment that the Dodgers want Hong-Chih Kuo to remain a starting pitcher. That gives us one more thing to look forward to in Spring Training 2007.

Carrara will probably return to the Dodgers shortly after rosters expand. Even if another team were to show interest - a dubious possibility, considering that he has allowed 10 runs in 9 1/3 August innings - Carrara probably would rather be in Los Angeles - mop-up man or not.

Remember when Carrara got that save? It was less than two weeks ago.

* * *

Ramon Martinez is 1 for 10 with no walks since July 29. The arrival of Julio Lugo seemed to render both players irrelevant.

Lugo's agent, Dan Lozano, told the Times that the Dodgers should trade Lugo if they aren't going to start him. Who asks for a trade on August 26?

People have seen what Lugo can do playing every day for a loser for years. Yeah, I guess it doesn't look good for a potential free agent if he can't beat out Wilson Betemit for a starting job - but it's not like third base is Lugo's true position. Anyway, at this point, Lugo's got a good chance of impressing if he makes just a few contributions to a winner in September or October. Plus, he's only one injury to the vulnerable Dodger infield away from starting.

* * *

Jason Repko, meanwhile, is 6 for 37 with a double and a walk (.451 OPS) since his return from the disabled list. Look for Repko to OPS 1.000 against the Dodgers while leading off in center field for Arizona in 2011.

* * *

John Wooden visits the Angel and Yankee clubhouses. Even if you normally skip T.J. Simers, this is worth a read.

We're at Angel Stadium, and John Wooden is eating a hot dog — "relish only, please," and talking about the sport he loves the most.

"Baseball," he says. "The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers could be playing for the championship, and I'd rather be here watching the Angels and Yankees." Then Wooden pulls out his wallet, removing a newspaper clipping he must treasure — carefully packaged along with a picture of his wife, Nellie, who was 15 at the time.

"Now it can be told," the old clipping begins, Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Joe Brown confirming that while at a dinner in Los Angeles years ago, Brown asked the UCLA basketball coach if he would like to manage the Pirates.

Wooden said no, but according to the newspaper story, when Brown was asked what if Wooden had said yes, Brown replied, "I would have hired him. He could handle any job."

Wooden shakes his head and laughs. "I keep it in my wallet because it's so ridiculous. It would be flattering if it made sense. But it's like I told Brown, 'Who do you think would be fired first if I was hired? You — for hiring me.' "

* * *

Today's Game

Comments (502)
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2006-08-27 09:52:08
1.   Bob Timmermann
Sound like Julio Lugo wants to be on the Tigers. They're the only contending team that could use him.
2006-08-27 10:02:15
2.   Disabled List
I would have no problem with Lugo starting ahead of Betemit at this point. Wilson's slump really has dimmed his star, and we should at least give the rent-a-player a chance to show he was worth one of our top prospects.

And Repko really does seem to have that Counsell-Ward-Ross quality of middling play while with the Dodgers, only to light it up once he leaves the team.

2006-08-27 10:07:30
3.   StolenMonkey86
but Broxton wouldn't get the save if he also got the win
2006-08-27 10:09:51
4.   Bob Timmermann
And "Ross" can apply to two people!
2006-08-27 10:28:56
5.   Eric Enders
Three if you count Ross Porter.
2006-08-27 10:33:40
6.   Jon Weisman
3 - Right - I miswrote - I'll fix it to say - "stay in the game" or something.
2006-08-27 10:59:58
7.   GoBears
Hi guys. Ticketing question. How old do kids have to be before they need a ticket to get into Dodger Stadium? I don't have kids, so I've never needed to know, but I just came into 4 free tix for tomorrow night's game, and the friends I want to invite have a 2 yr old.

I see a reference to "kids 4-14" on the website, which implies that the answer to my question is "4," but it doesn't say so explicitly. I'd hate for the kid to have to walk all the way back to the Westside.

2006-08-27 11:12:02
8.   Bob Timmermann
Three years old and under if the kid sits on someone's lap.
2006-08-27 11:14:02
9.   Greg Brock
7 Just make sure the child wears an Easter bonnet. Guaranteed face time, and a sure-fire "Bless his/her heart" from Vin.
2006-08-27 11:15:27
10.   Bob Timmermann
Bonnet and falling asleep is even better!
2006-08-27 11:15:42
11.   bhsportsguy
9 Or get the kid some ice cream, cotton candy or falls asleep also good for face time.
2006-08-27 11:17:23
12.   Bob Timmermann
Russell Branyan set to make his Padre debut today in Denver. He will be at third base.

The Padres infield will be Gonzalez at first, Walker at second, Alexander at shortstop, and Branyan at third.

Fortunately for the Padres, Peavy is starting so he should strike out enough guys to obviate the need for infielders.

2006-08-27 11:21:11
13.   Bob Timmermann
Mets and Phillies rained out today. I suppose they can make the game up tomorrow which was supposed to be an off day. It's their last meeting of the year.
2006-08-27 11:24:04
14.   GoBears
Thanks all. I suggested Children's Benadryl, and was told that my choice to remain childless was probably for the best.
2006-08-27 11:26:44
15.   Greg Brock
14 Some people just aren't good at taking advice.
2006-08-27 11:27:07
16.   Bob Timmermann
14
I fully concur with your idea.
2006-08-27 11:30:13
17.   D4P
Children should be neither seen nor heard
2006-08-27 11:31:02
18.   Nagman
Although I have heard that giving a perfectly healthy child some cold medicine prior to a long flight is acceptable.
2006-08-27 11:32:26
19.   dzzrtRatt
17 Then what are you doing watching professional sports?

Ba-doom-BANG!

2006-08-27 11:34:12
20.   GoBears
19. Now see, I love kids, when they're behaving well. So I figure, let him giggle and chatter for about 5-6 innings, then administer the "sleep adorably" elixir at the first sign of restlessness. It's not permanent, and if he's up half the night, well, they're the ones who wanted to be parents!

Yeah, terminating my gene pool here probably is a good idea.

2006-08-27 11:35:25
21.   Bob Timmermann
18

I take Benadryl before international flights.

Or if I have a cold.

The former is for sleeping. The latter is to prevent my ears causing me excruciating pain.

2006-08-27 11:36:22
22.   Greg Brock
17 You sound like a Milford man.
2006-08-27 11:36:31
23.   D4P
Then what are you doing watching professional sports?

Two words: "Game" "Day"

2006-08-27 11:37:35
24.   D4P
22
Of course. My training at Milford has prepared me for Army.
2006-08-27 11:38:21
25.   Bob Timmermann
23

So you're not much of a fan, then are you?

I have my bill of indictments against you, D4P, that I'm sending to The Hague.

1. Khmer Rouge member
2. Gameday watcher

Some boys from the UN will be knocking on your door soon.

2006-08-27 11:38:47
26.   Nagman
21 Screaming kids on the flight would not help you sleep, or your ears for that matter. Maybe they should just hand the stuff out before takeoff.
2006-08-27 11:41:04
27.   Greg Brock
Some boys from the UN will be knocking on your door soon

I wouldn't be too worried.

2006-08-27 11:43:04
28.   D4P
1. Khmer Rouge member

I'm not just a member: I'm the president

2006-08-27 11:43:18
29.   Bob Timmermann
Willy Taveras stretched his hitting streak to 30 games.
2006-08-27 11:44:23
30.   Bob Timmermann
28
Just get in the black helicopter.
2006-08-27 11:46:29
31.   natepurcell
everyone should check and see who is starting at 1b for toronto today.
2006-08-27 11:47:10
32.   Bluebleeder87
I take Benadryl before international flights.

nyquil works good as well.

2006-08-27 11:47:16
33.   tjshere
Sorry to be a downer but a Delta flight has gone down outside of Lexington, KY. 49 fatalities.

http://tinyurl.com/k9kh9

2006-08-27 12:01:34
34.   al bundy
Jon, thank you for pointing out the Simers article. I wouldn't have caught it.
2006-08-27 12:07:37
35.   Bob Timmermann
Both the Twins and White Sox are wearing dark colored uniform tops today.

That's an abomination.

2006-08-27 12:13:43
36.   Icaros
[31}

Is it JP?

2006-08-27 12:14:30
37.   Bob Timmermann
It's a JP vs. OP battle!
2006-08-27 12:14:44
38.   Icaros
Hey! It didn't let me preview!
2006-08-27 12:16:29
39.   Greg Brock
It's bad enough when one team wears solids, but two is just plain horrible. Last week, the Astros and Brewers did the same thing.

Have you no sense of decency, MLB?

2006-08-27 12:16:37
40.   Bluebleeder87
Jon, thank you for pointing out the Simers article. I wouldn't have caught it.

it was a pretty good read.

2006-08-27 12:19:34
41.   Icaros
I remember when solid tops were called batting practice jerseys.

They've become what buttonless tops and elastic waistbands were in the 70s-80s.

2006-08-27 12:23:01
42.   Bob Timmermann
Jason Phillips is 3 for 3 today in Toronto. All the hits were doubles.
2006-08-27 12:25:30
43.   D4P
42
That's a little thing I like to call a "Treble-double." I'm thinking of using it in basketball too to refer to a player who gets ten or more points, rebounds, and assists in a game.
2006-08-27 12:27:07
44.   Bob Timmermann
It is the first time Jason Phillips has had three doubles in a game.
2006-08-27 12:28:33
45.   Nagman
It didn't take long for Branyan to do his best Todd Walker-as-third-baseman impersonation. Peavy deflected a line drive, it was a tough play but he threw it past Gonzales, giving up the extra base.
2006-08-27 12:30:11
46.   Bob Timmermann
The bottom four of the Rockies lineup do not inspire hope for a lot of offense.
2006-08-27 12:30:38
47.   Steve
As I was saying, Andrew...
2006-08-27 12:35:55
48.   Bob Timmermann
"Sully" drives in a run to put the Rockies up 1-0.
2006-08-27 12:36:47
49.   Bluebleeder87
They've become what buttonless tops and elastic waistbands were in the 70s-80s.

the reds uni's were pretty cool in the 80's.

2006-08-27 12:37:57
50.   Bluebleeder87
It is the first time Jason Phillips has had three doubles in a game.

i can picture him motoring in to 2nd.

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2006-08-27 12:39:25
51.   Bob Timmermann
Jason Phillips makes a beeping noise when he walks backwards.
2006-08-27 12:40:12
52.   Franklin Stubbs
I took my son to his first baseball game and we had an extra ticket for him (he's 2 months old) and he sat in his car seat in that extra seat. I felt like that was a good idea. Otherwise a kid sitting on an adult's lap for a whole game is kinda a lot for that adult to do...just a thought Enjoy the game!
2006-08-27 12:41:18
53.   Andrew Shimmin
When Gibbons gets fired this winter, I'm going to assume it was for starting Phillips at 1B. Then, where ever Jason goes, the coach will always be afraid to tempt the curse.

If anybody didn't see it, Ken had a pretty funny piece on Gibbons, here: https://catfishstew.baseballtoaster.com/archives/485163.html

2006-08-27 12:43:34
54.   GoBears
A different query. Where's the easiest place to find LD% and BABIP numbers for hitters? I'm trying to figure out why Johnny Damon's having a career year at 32 (or "in what way"). It's mostly due to power (career high 22 HRs) at home and batting average on the road, but I'd like to get a read on how much of that is cheap HRs, how much is luck, and how much is an actual improvement in some actual skill.

Thanks

2006-08-27 12:46:34
55.   regfairfield
54 www.hardballtimes.com
2006-08-27 12:50:11
56.   Bob Timmermann
Lugo starting at second today and Kent at first.

Usual suspects elsewhere.

2006-08-27 12:52:19
57.   D4P
Lugo starting at second today

The squeaky wheel gets the grease

2006-08-27 12:54:33
58.   Icaros
the reds uni's were pretty cool in the 80's.

I don't know, those uniforms always looked like they were missing the accompanying teddy bear, blanket, and alarm clock to me.

2006-08-27 12:57:41
59.   GoBears
55. Thanks. Perfect.
2006-08-27 12:59:10
60.   Bob Timmermann
Rockies still lead 1-0 after 3 1/2 innings.
2006-08-27 13:05:51
61.   caseybarker
I read quote about Jack Cust a couple of years ago that said he was "as slow as Jupiter" in the outfield.

I can picture Jason Phillips orbiting about the bases.

2006-08-27 13:06:29
62.   Bluebleeder87
And Repko really does seem to have that Counsell-Ward-Ross quality of middling play while with the Dodgers, only to light it up once he leaves the team.

it lights a fire in there bellie, i really hope Tommy has one of his trademark talks with Repko.

2006-08-27 13:07:22
63.   Bob Timmermann
Jason Phillips does not qualify as planet or even a dwarf planet.
2006-08-27 13:08:21
64.   Longhorn Bill
51 haha
2006-08-27 13:08:48
65.   Bob Timmermann
3-0 Rockies on a 2-RBI double from Sullivan.
2006-08-27 13:13:25
66.   Bluebleeder87
65 let's hope the Dodgers do there part.
2006-08-27 13:16:31
67.   Greg Brock
For a fun little drinking game, take a swig every time Hawk Harrelson says "We" during a White Sox game.

Have a stomach pump handy.

2006-08-27 13:16:46
68.   Bluebleeder87
53

hey Andrew still going strong with out smoking?

2006-08-27 13:20:10
69.   Bob Timmermann
67
Buster Olney in his ESPN.com Insider blog says that Harrelson is misunderstood and actually knows a lot about baseball.

There's so many things about Buster Olney that want to drive me to do violent things that I have to go in a quiet place and relax.

2006-08-27 13:21:16
70.   Andrew Shimmin
RFK Stadium is now tainted forever. If McCourt tries to pull a bring-your-dog-to-the-park day, we'll know he really is planning to turn Chavez Ravine in to condos. Who would go back to the park, after that?
2006-08-27 13:24:22
71.   regfairfield
69 For example, he knew putting Carlton Fisk in left field was a good idea.
2006-08-27 13:26:26
72.   Andrew Shimmin
68- I am; thanks for asking. It's more than a month, now. I have been thinking about returning to cigars (I started smoking cigars and switched to cigarettes), or, better still, a pipe. But still just kicking that around.
2006-08-27 13:27:08
73.   Bob Timmermann
5-0 Rockies now in the fifth.
2006-08-27 13:28:00
74.   natepurcell
Tiger just took the lead on the 12th on a beast of a putt. wow.
2006-08-27 13:28:03
75.   D4P
72
Give an inch, it will take a mile
2006-08-27 13:28:39
76.   D4P
74
The golf coverage is taped.
2006-08-27 13:30:29
77.   Marty
75 Amen. If I ever took a puff off of a cigar, I'm convinced I would be back on the cigarettes in a day. And I haven't smoked for over 26 years.
2006-08-27 13:31:27
78.   natepurcell
76

well i suck.

2006-08-27 13:32:32
79.   Andrew Shimmin
75- A mile of awesomeness. Here's my plan: get one of them tweed jackets, with the leather patches, (maybe an ascot, too, I don't know) then go to a bar, smoke the pipe, and talk about Dodger prospects. The women will be all over me.
2006-08-27 13:34:28
80.   Andrew Shimmin
77- Really? Well, that's a pretty good reason not to do it. Hmm.
2006-08-27 13:35:36
81.   Greg Brock
79 Get a corduroy jacket with the elbow patches. Mix in a pair of jeans and moccasins, and you are instantly a college professor. Turtle neck or plaid shirt seals the deal.

It's my favorite look of all time.

2006-08-27 13:36:13
82.   natepurcell
79

already tried that. Dodger prospects doesnt get the chicks.

2006-08-27 13:37:03
83.   Bob Timmermann
The Rockies lead 6-0 after 5 innings and Peavy was chased after throwing 106 pitches.
2006-08-27 13:39:11
84.   twerp
Let's see...the Dodgers were referred to as Red Sox West bc of Little, Nomar, Mueller, Sele, Lowe, and Cruz Jr. (if his 12 AB count).

The Mets now have LoDuca, Sanchez (DL), Green, Pedro (DL?), Mota, and Valentin (that may have been just his lookalike in Blue last year). Had Ledee. Had Lima (zikes!)

So should they be called the Dodgmets?

2006-08-27 13:39:36
85.   D4P
My wife won't let me wear the cordoroy jackets with elbow patches if/when I get a job at a university.
2006-08-27 13:43:07
86.   Bob Timmermann
84

And George Vescey in the New York Times advocated that the Mets call their new stadium "Jackie Robinson Stadium."

Despite the fact that Jackie Robinson didn't play for the Mets. And apparently hated Casey Stengel and the Mets when they started playing.

2006-08-27 13:43:42
87.   GoBears
79. Well, except that the bar would have to be outside California for you to be allowed to smoke, in which case Dodger talk might be a turn-off.
2006-08-27 13:44:02
88.   Bob Timmermann
Aaron Cook is going through the Padres lineup in Good Greg Maddux-like fashion.
2006-08-27 13:45:09
89.   Bob Timmermann
Andrew could join a cigar club. There's one near where I live.

It stinks just walking outside of it.

2006-08-27 13:45:46
90.   D4P
Lugo batting 3rd again today
2006-08-27 13:46:41
91.   D4P
89
I'm not sure if joining someone else's club is edgy enough for Andrew
2006-08-27 13:47:02
92.   Bob Timmermann
We have been spared a treatise.
2006-08-27 13:48:01
93.   Bluebleeder87
nice start for the blue men @ 2nd & 1st. with Drew at the bat.
2006-08-27 13:48:33
94.   GoBears
81. Get a corduroy jacket with the elbow patches. Mix in a pair of jeans and moccasins, and you are instantly a college professor.

In 1960s Disney movies, maybe.

The only norm nowadays is to dress marginally better than the students. In other words, don't bare your midriff or wear flip-flops, make sure you wear pants that don't require the use of a hand to hold up, and wear your baseball cap the way God intended - with the visor in front.

2006-08-27 13:49:26
95.   Bluebleeder87
The Rockies lead 6-0 after 5 innings and Peavy was chased after throwing 106 pitches.

the Dodgers seem to be doing there part so far.

2006-08-27 13:50:02
96.   Andrew Shimmin
87- There's still Vegas, Jacksonville, Ogden, etc. Although, Ogden might make the bar part problematic.
2006-08-27 13:50:14
97.   Linkmeister
91 I suspect Andrew's like Groucho; he wouldn't join any club which would invite him to be a member.
2006-08-27 13:50:33
98.   Greg Brock
85 Wife shoulders blame in elbow patch dispute.
2006-08-27 13:52:24
99.   D4P
94
GoBears - Are there any non-sock-requiring shoes that are appropriate for faculty...? I hate socks with a passion...
2006-08-27 13:52:38
100.   GoBears
The Mets now have LoDuca, Sanchez (DL), Green, Pedro (DL?), Mota, and Valentin (that may have been just his lookalike in Blue last year). Had Ledee. Had Lima (zikes!)

And they're winning anyway, because they also have Beltran, Delgado, Wright, Reyes, Glavine, and so on.

Man, do I wish Valentin had been healthy last year. Wouldn't have made a huge difference, given all the rest of the devastation, but it would have shut a lot of people up. Aw, who am I kidding?

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2006-08-27 13:53:25
101.   Andrew Shimmin
91 has it right. I'm much more inclined to be a scofflaw then a member of a club. The main appeal of smoking is that other people find it so revolting; it's like a little vacation from all social obligations.
2006-08-27 13:53:55
102.   GoBears
99. Hate socks, huh? Sounds like you have bigger problems.

Looks I just don't want to see your toes, OK? Beyond that, it's don't ask, don't tell.

2006-08-27 13:54:08
103.   twerp
Speaking of Mota, change back to NL seems to have done him good==

thru Sat. for Mets...4IP, 1 hit, 0 BB, 6 SO, ERA 0.00.

IF he keeps anything close to that up, he'd have made a fine Dodger retread....as may have been mentioned here before

2006-08-27 13:54:57
104.   Greg Brock
In 1960s Disney movies, maybe.

I'm guessing we didn't go to the same school.

2006-08-27 13:56:13
105.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Ooh, that bunt is not a good omen.
2006-08-27 13:56:18
106.   Bluebleeder87
blow the ball out BILLS!!!
2006-08-27 13:57:11
107.   spacebrother
95

"their"

2006-08-27 13:57:21
108.   JoeyP
When you play in Arizona, why ever bunt?
2006-08-27 13:58:10
109.   Bluebleeder87
Thank you Gonzo, now let's get a DP.
2006-08-27 13:58:58
110.   dzzrtRatt
33 according to Hacksaw, a pitcher from the White Sox minor league system was on the plane that crashed, along with his wife. They'd just gotten married the night before.
2006-08-27 13:59:26
111.   Bob Timmermann
Padres get a pair in Denver on a Gonzalez homer. 6-2 Rockies in the 7th.
2006-08-27 14:00:51
112.   Daniel B
If Luis Gonzalez and Connor Jackson were at Dodger Stadium, Security would escort them out.
2006-08-27 14:01:15
113.   Bob Timmermann
110
It was a pitcher who had been signed by the White Sox and had played indy ball. He was working as a parole officer. He played baseball at Kentucky. His name was Jon Hooker.
2006-08-27 14:01:18
114.   dzzrtRatt
101 The main appeal of smoking is that other people find it so revolting; it's like a little vacation from all social obligations.

There are lots of ways to accomplish that without endangering your health. Take up the bagpipes, for example.

2006-08-27 14:02:58
115.   Gagne55
114 Bagpipes can damage the ear drums. ;-)
2006-08-27 14:03:13
116.   Bob Timmermann
I'm willing to take bets on the WGC-NEC Invitational now.
2006-08-27 14:03:15
117.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Funny hop on that 3U grounder. Combined with the bunt forever rolling fair, there's strange things afoot with the Chase Field groundskeeping.
2006-08-27 14:03:20
118.   Daniel B
[101,114]
Or join a Nudist Colony.
2006-08-27 14:03:23
119.   D4P
Take up the bagpipes, for example

And/or start wearing a kilt

2006-08-27 14:03:51
120.   spacebrother
114
A friend of mine form Texas (of course) got me started on chewing tobacco about 10 years back. I feel like a real big-leaguer, until I get mouth cancer.
2006-08-27 14:07:20
121.   JoeyP
I'm all for LaRoche playing 3b in September.
2006-08-27 14:10:25
122.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
118 - For the love of all that is holy, do not join a nudist, er, "naturist" colony.
A few years ago, I was forced to spend a morning visiting one. (I remained clothed as did, disappointingly, the cute PR gal.) Know what I saw there? Old, wrinkly Europeans.
2006-08-27 14:10:57
123.   Marty
I worked with a guy in IT a few years back who was a tobacco chewer. He used to walk around the computer room with a cup to spit in.
2006-08-27 14:11:38
124.   Gagne55
Don't look now, but the Giants are making a run.
2006-08-27 14:12:53
125.   Bob Timmermann
It's the NL West, everybody makes a run!
2006-08-27 14:13:22
126.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
And, everybody takes a dive.
2006-08-27 14:13:25
127.   Bluebleeder87
Kent must have thought he was playing 2nd base on that play.
2006-08-27 14:17:34
128.   Bob Timmermann
The NL West: The Division Where Manny Alexander is a Starting Shortstop!

(He just got a hit in Colorado!)

2006-08-27 14:18:43
129.   Andrew Shimmin
That's outrageous! Where was the superfluous dive? Bench Byrnes till he starts playing right.
2006-08-27 14:19:01
130.   natepurcell
billingsley's velocity is pretty good today, sitting around 93 so far.
2006-08-27 14:20:09
131.   Bob Timmermann
Aaron Cook has thrown just 90 pitches in 8 innings at Coors today. 6-2 Rockies over the Padres going to the bottom of the 8th.
2006-08-27 14:20:23
132.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
130 - Plus, he's got command of his big bender.
2006-08-27 14:21:35
133.   natepurcell
lol. laroche heard joeyp's cries and homered on his behalf in his first ab today.
2006-08-27 14:23:03
134.   Bluebleeder87
billingsley's velocity is pretty good today, sitting around 93 so far.

i also think his pitch count is good.

2006-08-27 14:23:26
135.   dzzrtRatt
123 I once had a relatively famous client who used chew. We had a meeting, and throughout the meeting he kept spitting into an empty Dr. Pepper can. And by spitting, I guess I mean to describe a directed dribble that took a few too many seconds to travel from his lips into the can opening.

It just reinforced why his PR situation had become so dire.

2006-08-27 14:23:30
136.   JoeyP
Its as if Bob is channelling Vin Scully with his game updates.

Its usually around September that Vin starts giving the updates of other games, no matter where the Dodgers may fall.

2006-08-27 14:23:40
137.   Gen3Blue
Stuck w/ Gameday today. Looks good in that Bill's didn't start walking people when they got a few hits

By the way why did we get Betemit and Lugo?

2006-08-27 14:24:02
138.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
134 - 27 pitches through 2 IP.
2006-08-27 14:24:49
139.   dzzrtRatt
122 This was precisely the image going through Donald Rumsfeld's mind when he took his shot at "Old Europe."
2006-08-27 14:25:19
140.   regfairfield
137 Betemit is young, has power, can play several positions and plays good defense.

I'll have to get back to you on Lugo.

2006-08-27 14:26:03
141.   Bluebleeder87
i just got a flash back of my coach making us catch the ball bare handed watching Lugo.
2006-08-27 14:26:21
142.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Byrnsie didn't dive into first on that play? For SHAAAAME!
2006-08-27 14:26:26
143.   Bob Timmermann
Ahh, look at that baby over there! There's a young slugger in the making!
2006-08-27 14:26:46
144.   spacebrother
135
It's a private activity. I don't do it around others, unless I'm out at the softball field.
2006-08-27 14:27:35
145.   Andrew Shimmin
Unless I some day end up working in a coal mine, or, perhaps on an oil rig, I think I will forever be safe from the temptation of chewing tobacco.
2006-08-27 14:29:24
146.   spacebrother
145
My Texas friend was a pusher. He gave me the stuff while we were fishing on a private lake at his family ranch. You can't get much more tempting and sneaky than that.
2006-08-27 14:30:25
147.   spacebrother
Again with that Byrnes fellow.
2006-08-27 14:32:07
148.   Bluebleeder87
Bills curve looks really good today.
2006-08-27 14:32:43
149.   natepurcell
his curve looks okay. hes telegraphing it though.
2006-08-27 14:32:44
150.   dzzrtRatt
146 I understand that having a bunch of birdshot embedded in your face is a status symbol among that crowd.
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2006-08-27 14:33:21
151.   Eric Enders
Garagiola has a huge mancrush on Russell Martin.
2006-08-27 14:33:28
152.   Marty
135 That's how this guy did it too. Kind of a drool. The fact that he could bring his spit cup into a "clean" environment like a computer room always confounded me. I was ready to complain the first time I saw tobacco juice anywhere but he was good.
2006-08-27 14:33:36
153.   Gen3Blue
140 makes some sense if he is significally better than Aybar, but still somewhat puz-zling.
2006-08-27 14:33:36
154.   Bob Timmermann
6-3 Rockies in the 9th after Giles leads off with a homer against Fuentes.
2006-08-27 14:34:10
155.   natepurcell
151

it seems like every opposing announcer has a huge mancrush on Russell Martin.

2006-08-27 14:34:15
156.   Bluebleeder87
Unless I some day end up working in a coal mine, or, perhaps on an oil rig, I think I will forever be safe from the temptation of chewing tobacco.

i'll stick with big league chew.

2006-08-27 14:34:26
157.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
146 - What happened to poor Fredo Corleone while fishing was even sneakier.
2006-08-27 14:35:06
158.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
151 - Must be a catcher thing.
2006-08-27 14:35:14
159.   Eric Enders
155 Yes they do.

So do I, for that matter.

2006-08-27 14:35:21
160.   StolenMonkey86
153 - we got to dump Baez too
2006-08-27 14:35:41
161.   spacebrother
150
No, they don't have as much money as Cheney's buddies. I didn't see any Republicans when I was there, in fact the guys were basically Austin radical-types.
2006-08-27 14:35:49
162.   Bluebleeder87
&his curve looks okay. hes telegraphing it though.*

i should of said the bite of his curve looks really good.

2006-08-27 14:36:14
163.   Marty
Fredo shoulda seen it coming. It's not like he was dumb. He was smart, not like everyone thought, like dumb.
2006-08-27 14:36:47
164.   natepurcell
162

that i agree with him. hes getting good drop on it.

2006-08-27 14:38:18
165.   Marty
The Natural, as a movie, is an insult to Bernard Malamud.
2006-08-27 14:39:06
166.   Steve
Why is Julio Lugo batting third? Did we really run out of Ja(y)sons?
2006-08-27 14:39:14
167.   Bluebleeder87
Livan looks nasty today
2006-08-27 14:39:29
168.   natepurcell
cam we start hitting livan please?
2006-08-27 14:39:43
169.   spacebrother
Besides last night, when was the last time Kent hit "a towering home run to win it" as the Dodger promos say?
2006-08-27 14:40:13
170.   natepurcell
So many spelling errors from me today. I apologize!
2006-08-27 14:40:57
171.   dzzrtRatt
Is Joe Garagiola, Sr. an announcer for the D-backs?
2006-08-27 14:41:21
172.   natepurcell
171

yep.

2006-08-27 14:41:34
173.   Bob Timmermann
171

I think he makes guest appearances from time to time.

2006-08-27 14:41:42
174.   Gen3Blue
Uo-oh, here we go making Livan look like Steve Carlton.
2006-08-27 14:42:02
175.   Bob Timmermann
Padres lose, 6-3.
2006-08-27 14:42:22
176.   Marty
I'm heading out to get my car washed for the first time in about 4 months. I hope they don't charge me double.
2006-08-27 14:42:58
177.   dzzrtRatt
165 I totally agree. And "Field of Dreams" gets worse with every viewing. It should be "Bull Durham" in a rout. But if they put "Major League," "Eight Men Out," "A League of Their Own," or "Bang the Drum Slowly" up there, then you'd have a contest.
2006-08-27 14:43:11
178.   Eric Enders
176 Don't bother lying. We know you're going for a ride on your Harley.
2006-08-27 14:43:43
179.   Steve
Only if Livan ate Steve Carlton.
2006-08-27 14:44:05
180.   Bluebleeder87
171

i think he's pretty good.

2006-08-27 14:44:31
181.   bhsportsguy
If you look at this team, it has real problems with guys that throw a lot of off-speed stuff, they are an agressive team, and aside from the occasional Jason Schmidt or Jake Peavy, they generally do well with fastball pitchers. So if the off-speed stuff guys are around the plate, they will do well.
2006-08-27 14:44:39
182.   D4P
166
"Julio" is Spanish for "Ja(y)son"
2006-08-27 14:44:44
183.   Andrew Shimmin
165- Somebody had to fix his ending. Muddying up the rest of the story was a bad choice, but in the service of a great good.
2006-08-27 14:44:46
184.   Gen3Blue
160 Now that makes sense!!
2006-08-27 14:45:09
185.   JoeyP
Betemit is young, has power, can play several positions and plays good defense.

Does Betemit play good defense?

2006-08-27 14:45:09
186.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
173 - He's more or less the regular color analyst for Sunday home games - of which AZ has 13 this season.
2006-08-27 14:46:19
187.   Bluebleeder87
the Drews have good arms!
2006-08-27 14:46:53
188.   JoeyP
Dbax just dont want to be walked today.
Or last nite, either.
2006-08-27 14:47:24
189.   dzzrtRatt
Coincidentally, according to Wikipedia, Garagiola has also become an advocate in recent years against the use of spit tobacco. He visits major league teams every year during spring training alongside players from his generation who have suffered cancer injuries due to chewing tobacco use.
2006-08-27 14:47:53
190.   natepurcell
188

give credit to chad, hes had good control so far.

2006-08-27 14:48:47
191.   Bluebleeder87
I'm heading out to get my car washed for the first time in about 4 months. I hope they don't charge me double.

i'd give them a nice tip though.

2006-08-27 14:48:51
192.   Eric Enders
185 That's an open question.

Like Hee Seop Choi or Antonio Perez, one's opinion of Betemit's defense appears to be mostly based on one's opinion of him as a hitter.

2006-08-27 14:49:52
193.   dzzrtRatt
J.D. Drew is an excellent fielder. Maybe Little oughtn't to keep batting him cleanup, but I'm glad he's playing.
2006-08-27 14:49:52
194.   JoeyP
He's getting hit hard but as long as the balls dont leave the yard, its all good.
2006-08-27 14:49:56
195.   Steve
182 -- And now we find out that he was supposed to "replace" Izturis. Well, he's doing that.
2006-08-27 14:50:49
196.   Eric Enders
Billingsley averaging 15 pitches an inning so far. Could be better, but could also be a lot worse.
2006-08-27 14:51:00
197.   natepurcell
194

by hit hard, you mean little dribbling singles and only one double?

2006-08-27 14:51:51
198.   Bluebleeder87
the Arizona peanut guy has nothing on our peanut guy.
2006-08-27 14:52:06
199.   Eric Enders
197 And a hard caught line drive, and a couple of very hard hit fly outs.
2006-08-27 14:52:27
200.   JoeyP
Have you ever heard of loud "outs"?
Yeah, thats what Billingsley is getting today.

Two warning track balls.
And 3 other line drives.

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2006-08-27 14:52:40
201.   dzzrtRatt
180 I never had a problem with Garagiola back when he was on NBC. Easy to listen to, funny without being too schticky (looking at you, Bob Uecker), the opposite of Morgan on the humility scale. I'm just surprised he's still working.

The Giants use Lon Simmons the same way. I think we can all hope the Dodgers work out something like that with Scully after 2008.

2006-08-27 14:52:41
202.   natepurcell
I thought that was gone. oh well.
2006-08-27 14:52:50
203.   Bob Timmermann
Again Byrnes fails to dive...
2006-08-27 14:52:59
204.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Andre didn't miss that mistake pitch.
2006-08-27 14:53:55
205.   Bob Timmermann
201
I think that when Vin retires, he's gone for good. His shadow would be too big for anyone after him.
2006-08-27 14:54:07
206.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
201 - The Scully/Garigiola pairing remains my favorite announcing team.
2006-08-27 14:54:26
207.   Bluebleeder87
Betemit with a "productive out"
2006-08-27 14:55:18
208.   Gagne55
Ethier must get driven in.
2006-08-27 14:55:23
209.   natepurcell
Have you ever heard of loud "outs"?

nope, I'm completely oblivious to loud outs.

2006-08-27 14:55:45
210.   Eric Enders
On NBC, I always thought of Garagiola as the guy who kept urinating in Vinny's fine wine.

He hasn't gotten much better.

2006-08-27 14:55:49
211.   Andrew Shimmin
Byrnes is officially on notice. If he isn't bleeding by the end of the game, I'm going to stop agitating for his acquisition.
2006-08-27 14:56:18
212.   Bluebleeder87
205

dreading the thought.

2006-08-27 14:56:20
213.   Gagne55
205 I wouldn't be so sure. The last couple years, Vin has been slowly cutting back his workload.
2006-08-27 14:56:24
214.   Eric Enders
Do we squeeze with Chad here?
2006-08-27 14:56:58
215.   Bob Timmermann
206

I think the Scully/Garagiola pairing didn't serve Garagiola well. He seemed unable to contribute much in that pair.

Scully and Madden were an interesting pair for NFL games.

2006-08-27 14:57:06
216.   Bluebleeder87
206

'88

2006-08-27 14:58:11
217.   Gagne55
The dreaded "in play, out(s) recorded"
2006-08-27 14:58:55
218.   Eric Enders
217 Apparently Gameday is a lot faster than MLB.tv
2006-08-27 14:59:35
219.   Bob Timmermann
I say we go with the straight steal of home with a right handed pitcher and a left-handed batter.

I wonder if that has ever worked.

2006-08-27 14:59:40
220.   Gagne55
For those watching on TV, should Ethier have tried to score on the bunt?
2006-08-27 14:59:47
221.   Eric Enders
Did we remember to send Thom Brennaman a Ghame Over shirt?
2006-08-27 15:00:02
222.   natepurcell
RIP Furkel. Long live Furcal.
2006-08-27 15:00:11
223.   spacebrother
I'd like to see the "In play. Run scoring play" comment here.
2006-08-27 15:00:17
224.   Bob Timmermann
220

No, Ethier would have been a dead duck.

2006-08-27 15:00:19
225.   Bluebleeder87
nice job by Furcal, i almost called him Furky on that hit.
2006-08-27 15:00:20
226.   Eric Enders
Sweet!
2006-08-27 15:00:23
227.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Nice bit of hitting.
2006-08-27 15:01:13
228.   StolenMonkey86
nice one by Furcal
2006-08-27 15:01:17
229.   Bob Timmermann
The Bronx Banter people are very quiet today. We're way ahead of them.

They can't handle success.

2006-08-27 15:01:28
230.   Gagne55
Thankfully, Furcal makes it irrelevant.
2006-08-27 15:01:42
231.   Andrew Shimmin
The other day, when I was looking for evidence that literally nobody likes Joe Buck, I did some googling. There are fifteen returns for the search, "I hate Vin Scully." So, if Mitch Albom ever does a sequel to the people you meet in heaven book, there are fifteen people guaranteed to be in Hell.
2006-08-27 15:01:54
232.   Eric Enders
The Dodgers lead MLB in triples. I wonder how many they'd have if they didnt play in MLB's worst triples park?
2006-08-27 15:02:35
233.   Eric Enders
231 I wouldn't say I like Joe Buck, but I don't dislike him. I could name you 30 guys who are worse.
2006-08-27 15:02:39
234.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Dodgers with 45 triples - most since 1970 (67).
2006-08-27 15:02:59
235.   Eric Enders
4 consecutive 2-out hits
2006-08-27 15:03:27
236.   Bob Timmermann
231

There was a guy in the pre-registration days of Baseball Primer who despised Vin Scully. "Anaheim Andy" was his handle. He did not return when they required you to register.

Eric might have remembered him.

2006-08-27 15:03:38
237.   spacebrother
Great call on the bunt by Grittle.
2006-08-27 15:03:46
238.   Gagne55
Drew can bust this one open...
2006-08-27 15:04:00
239.   Eric Enders
236 I do. He was a jerk, and not just because anyone who doesn't like Vinny is a jerk.
2006-08-27 15:04:18
240.   Bob Timmermann
Joe Buck is better nationally than when he does Cardinals games. He has a much different persona for those.
2006-08-27 15:04:22
241.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Good eye on the 2-1 pitch.
2006-08-27 15:04:28
242.   StolenMonkey86
231 - I'll easily take Joe Buck over Jon Miller
2006-08-27 15:05:09
243.   Gen3Blue
I should run to the store more often. We almost batted round.
2006-08-27 15:05:24
244.   Andrew Shimmin
233- I don't hate him, I just hate that there's a commercial premised on his having fans when there's no reason to believe he does. It's like having a commercial with a big pack of Randy Kerdoon fans.
2006-08-27 15:05:26
245.   Gagne55
Kent, the burden is on you.
2006-08-27 15:05:32
246.   Bluebleeder87
232

for some reason i think our '88 team had a ton of triples.

2006-08-27 15:06:18
247.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
246 - 25 triples in 1988.
2006-08-27 15:07:05
248.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Dang.
2006-08-27 15:07:23
249.   dzzrtRatt
205 I've been thinking of the appropriate tributes for Scully.

Perhaps the entire 2009 season should be played without any TV announcer at all. Just the pictures and graphics. That way, his successor won't have to follow Scully. Every month or so Frank McCourt could visit the announcer's booth and interview himself.

The other idea I had was a "Bring Your Own Scullyism" promotion/contest at Dodger Stadium. Like, say, a celery stalk attached to a clock set at midnight. Or a Tarzan outfit with deuces attached to it.

2006-08-27 15:07:24
250.   Gagne55
In play, out(s) recorded :-(
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2006-08-27 15:07:30
251.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/LAD/bat.shtml
2006-08-27 15:08:25
252.   Eric Enders
"Every month or so Frank McCourt could visit the announcer's booth and interview himself."

Where's Jim Tracy when we need him?

2006-08-27 15:08:46
253.   bhsportsguy
249 Is Vin leaving, c'mon guys I think we have a long time before we have to worry about that.
2006-08-27 15:08:58
254.   Gagne55
Oh well. Still a productive inning. Billz just need to shut 'em down.
2006-08-27 15:08:58
255.   Bluebleeder87
247

do you know how many we have this year?

2006-08-27 15:09:15
256.   Eric Enders
249 I will be marching with a big bubbling cauldron of chowder.
2006-08-27 15:09:23
257.   bhsportsguy
C'mon Chad 1-2-3.
2006-08-27 15:09:45
258.   Bob Timmermann
The 1988 Dodgers hit 25 triples. John Shelby led with 6.
2006-08-27 15:09:46
259.   StolenMonkey86
252 - Where is Jim Tracy? He is in Pittsburgh. Will he last long there? That depends on Dave Littlefield, so quite possibly yes.
2006-08-27 15:10:20
260.   Gagne55
255 look at 234
2006-08-27 15:10:33
261.   bhsportsguy
Bob - Can you put the whammy on scrappy?
2006-08-27 15:10:33
262.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
255 - 45
2006-08-27 15:10:35
263.   Steve
Furkel died (finally, blissfully, after numerous undead zombie-like appearances throughout the year) two weeks ago. Along with the somewhat muted hype, it's been a doubly-welcome chain of events.
2006-08-27 15:10:40
264.   Bob Timmermann
Wow, I'm way behind today.
2006-08-27 15:11:30
265.   Bluebleeder87
Where's Jim Tracy when we need him?

:o)

2006-08-27 15:11:33
266.   bhsportsguy
263 Steve, is that you or someone else borrowed your login?
2006-08-27 15:11:42
267.   Bob Timmermann
I have a strict "no whammy" policy.
2006-08-27 15:12:05
268.   Eric Enders
253 Well, the man is 79 years old.
2006-08-27 15:12:42
269.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Ugh.
Hang tough, Billz.
2006-08-27 15:12:55
270.   dzzrtRatt
253 He signed a three year contract at the start of this season, and he said at the news conference it would be his last.

I don't think of it as "worrying" about Scully leaving. It's more like savoring the last of the best bottle of wine you ever had.

Scully has been on the air continuously longer than anyone in broadcasting. #2 is Bob Barker.

2006-08-27 15:13:25
271.   Steve
266 - Not only did Furkel die two weeks ago, but I posted his obituary.
2006-08-27 15:13:53
272.   Bluebleeder87
that pitch to Gonzo looked like a cutter, not sure though.
2006-08-27 15:14:06
273.   Eric Enders
270 "Scully has been on the air continuously longer than anyone in broadcasting."

That's a long time to go without taking a leak.

2006-08-27 15:14:54
274.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
273 - Is the nickname "Iron Pants" still used in broadcasting?
2006-08-27 15:14:58
275.   bhsportsguy
We need Chad to get at least 7 innings in today. So lets get some more runs.
2006-08-27 15:15:10
276.   dzzrtRatt
256 "Drew, on his horse..."

We could all just ride over from Griffith Park stables.

2006-08-27 15:15:11
277.   natepurcell
272

Yea I think it was a cutter too. Gonzo was ready for it apparently.

2006-08-27 15:16:13
278.   Bluebleeder87
258

for some reason i thought Alfredo Griffin lead in that catagory.

2006-08-27 15:17:01
279.   Bob Timmermann
278
Alfredo Griffin had 3 bases-loaded triples in 1988, which tied a major league record.

Alfredo didn't do much else at bat.

2006-08-27 15:17:13
280.   Eric Enders
278 He led in most doubles thrown out trying to strectch into triples.
2006-08-27 15:17:56
281.   dzzrtRatt
Are those little cut-ins where Scully drops in a bit of trivia the only times during the broadcast that Scully's face is actually on TV nowadays? (I know he does a pre-game show sometimes.)
2006-08-27 15:18:26
282.   bhsportsguy
I could predict a winner in today's golf tournament but that would be cheating, see "The Sting."
2006-08-27 15:19:41
283.   Bluebleeder87
based on the last 2 innings it looks like we figured out Livan.
2006-08-27 15:19:49
284.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
278 - Griffin had 3 triples - but all came with the bases full, accounting for a third of his RBIs on the season.
2006-08-27 15:19:57
285.   Gagne55
275 I don't want Chad going over 100 pitches...
2006-08-27 15:20:04
286.   Gen3Blue
Yes,"in play,no out recorded"
I think Kent is hurting,perhaps more than he's letting on. There have been several games like this fairly recently.(5 lob--not Kent nos.)
2006-08-27 15:20:05
287.   Eric Enders
281 Not living in L.A., I can't answer that question.

I always wondered about those little bits in the sixth inning though. Sometimes it's a live shot with the game going on in the background, and sometimes it's a tape with BP going on in the background. How do they decide when to go live and when to roll tape?

2006-08-27 15:20:41
288.   natepurcell
you cannnnnn Betaaaameeeet that ball.
2006-08-27 15:20:44
289.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Knocking over drinks by the pool!
2006-08-27 15:20:56
290.   Bob Timmermann
Andrew has to approve of Byrnes stealing people's towels.
2006-08-27 15:20:58
291.   Andrew Shimmin
Did Byrnes just steal somebody's groceries? Scrappy.
2006-08-27 15:21:02
292.   Eric Enders
That was awesome.
2006-08-27 15:21:42
293.   Gagne55
283 Except for Wilson Betemit.
2006-08-27 15:22:00
294.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Or did Byrnes tip over a bag of trash attached to the fence?
2006-08-27 15:22:18
295.   Bob Timmermann
Vin also appears right before the game on screen.

When other teams cover Dodger games, they will show Vin in the booth.

2006-08-27 15:23:12
296.   Bluebleeder87
it's kind of funny reading the promo on the back ground while watching Livan pitch "Blimpie"
2006-08-27 15:23:14
297.   natepurcell
292

eh? :)

2006-08-27 15:23:15
298.   Eric Enders
294 He pulled down a grocery bag full of water bottles that was resting on top of the fence.

Then, ticked off, he kicked one.

He didn't rip off his DBacks jersey though.

2006-08-27 15:23:18
299.   Gagne55
Gameday is frozen. What did Byrnes do?
2006-08-27 15:23:52
300.   lakerican
285 He wll get 7 without going 100. Hopefully, he will get the bottom fo DB's in order. He si right now at 73...
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2006-08-27 15:23:57
301.   Eric Enders
296 Sort of like watching Hamulack pitch while the promo behind the batter reads "Visit Las Vegas."
2006-08-27 15:24:21
302.   Andrew Shimmin
Now I start praying that somebody with tivo will put that little clip up on Youtube.
2006-08-27 15:24:27
303.   dzzrtRatt
289 That was classic. If you didn't see it, both outfielders jumped for Betemit's homer. The CF knocked a big bag of food and a row of drinks off the railing and it bounced off his face on the way down. So not only did they have to watch Betemit circling the bases, they had to clean up a bunch of trash.
2006-08-27 15:24:32
304.   Gagne55
298 He didn't pull a Milton Bradley, did he?
2006-08-27 15:24:36
305.   Bob Timmermann
The game in Seattle is no longer interesting. Cha Seung Baek gave up two hits in the sixth.

Both of them were homers.

2006-08-27 15:25:06
306.   DXMachina
Gameday said Betemit struck out, and Martin was up. Then Steiner said Wilson hit a home run. Now Gameday is stuck with Betemit's face and a blank at bat. Tough inning for the Gameday guys.
2006-08-27 15:25:16
307.   StolenMonkey86
300 - I'm going with 104 over 7
2006-08-27 15:26:01
308.   Bob Timmermann
Cain threw 124 pitches in 7 innings today in San Francisco.
2006-08-27 15:26:05
309.   Steve
Another homerun for Lugo. What does his agent have to worry about? Geez.
2006-08-27 15:26:13
310.   Gen3Blue
Gameday is well and totally frozen!
What is going on.
2006-08-27 15:26:50
311.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Speaking of YouTube and the Dodgers...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev3m2O4XmFM
Love the sound effect.
2006-08-27 15:27:02
312.   Bob Timmermann
It's 5-2 Dodgers at the end of 5 1/2.
2006-08-27 15:27:07
313.   StolenMonkey86
309 - Lugo? They got that far through the lineup already?!
2006-08-27 15:27:42
314.   Gen3Blue
Game day had Betemit out. what the heck!
2006-08-27 15:28:18
315.   bhsportsguy
Recap, Ethier on first, Betemit hits a home run to right, Byrnes knocks over some bottles of water.
Martin, Chad, and Furcal make out, Raffy is stopped by a nice play by Jackson to rob a double.
2006-08-27 15:28:36
316.   Eric Enders
308 It's only a matter of time before Cain is traded to the Mets for this guy:
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/stats/player.php?id=503415
2006-08-27 15:28:40
317.   natepurcell
313

Steve was making fun of lugo wanting playing time because betemit hit the homerun

2006-08-27 15:29:24
318.   bhsportsguy
Nate, does this remind of that last start he had a Dodger Stadium, he's beginning to trust his stuff?
2006-08-27 15:29:33
319.   Greg Brock
I see that I missed a "Boom goes the Betemit"
2006-08-27 15:30:37
320.   natepurcell
318

a little bit. A lot better fastball command this start for him.

2006-08-27 15:31:17
321.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
These infield hits annoy me.
2006-08-27 15:31:41
322.   StolenMonkey86
315 - don't you mean make outs?
2006-08-27 15:31:57
323.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Whew.
2006-08-27 15:32:19
324.   Gen3Blue
Livon has 115 pitches in six innings. A bit more patience and he might be gone. However, the last two innings show he shouldn't stay out there and we want him as long as we can.
2006-08-27 15:32:32
325.   Eric Enders
Did Kenny Lofton just catch a ball hit over his head? What's the world coming to?
2006-08-27 15:33:14
326.   blue22
321 - That happens when you've gone 3 times through the order and have 1 strike out and no walks. I'd like to see a few more swing throughs.

Of course, double play grounders are always welcome. :)

2006-08-27 15:33:58
327.   natepurcell
6 innings and no walks is quite the accomplishment for chad.
2006-08-27 15:34:38
328.   Steve
Tomorrow's headline today:

Hendrickson Demands Trade: "What Has Billingsley Ever Done?"

2006-08-27 15:35:04
329.   StolenMonkey86
82 through 6 for Billingsley
2006-08-27 15:35:12
330.   Bluebleeder87
do you guys agree with field of dreams as best baseball movie?
2006-08-27 15:35:58
331.   natepurcell
Wilson Betemit has plus power. You can just tell from that homerun swing. he was jammed, was able to get back spin on the ball and it just carried to the pool area.
2006-08-27 15:36:43
332.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
330 - No.
2006-08-27 15:37:42
333.   underdog
I'm still trying to figure out how all those bottles of water and other poolside trash ended up magically falling out of Byrnes' glove when he tried to snag Betemit's home run ball... Was there a Dodger fan lounging at the pool who tossed up some junk to distract him? Was he keeping water bottles in his glove?
2006-08-27 15:38:10
334.   Bob Timmermann
I wonder if Russell Branyan was complaining after his first game with the Padres. Everybody seems to get upset after leaving Tampa Bay.

How about Aubrey Huff in Houston?

2006-08-27 15:38:59
335.   Bob Timmermann
333
They were on the railing and Byrnes leaned on the rail in a vain attempt to catch the ball.
2006-08-27 15:39:09
336.   underdog
330 It's in the top 15, definitely.

I still rank Bull Durham first. Eight Men Out second. The Natural, Major League, Pride of the Yankees up there, too.

2006-08-27 15:39:46
337.   Linkmeister
334 Well, other than the hurricanes, it's not a bad place to live.
2006-08-27 15:40:07
338.   underdog
335 Ah, thanks. I shall enjoy rewatching the highlights of that one later.
2006-08-27 15:40:10
339.   spacebrother
331
I'm Gameday-ing here, but if Byrnes had jumped maybe he could have been in the pool and gotten a more effective bath.

I'm always annoyed at the Dodger stadium "attendants" who ask me to take my bag of peanuts off the outfield railing. It's not like Drew could get swarmed by peanuts and break up a play...

2006-08-27 15:40:16
340.   Bob Timmermann
The Searchers is better than Field of Dreams.

Oh wait, that was last night.

2006-08-27 15:40:18
341.   Eric Enders
337 Beg to differ there.
2006-08-27 15:40:25
342.   Bluebleeder87
82 through 6 for Billingsley

for Bills that's good.

2006-08-27 15:41:30
343.   underdog
Field of Wolves is the best baseball Western ever (combining two threads).
2006-08-27 15:41:40
344.   Andrew Shimmin
337- If I had to live in Florida, my only recourse would be smoking crack.
2006-08-27 15:42:38
345.   underdog
Yee-haw! Another two out hit, another front row seat for the poolside fans.
2006-08-27 15:44:07
346.   Greg Brock
Well, I guess yesterday was westerns, today is baseball.

You don't need a quadrophonic blaupunkt. You need a curveball!

2006-08-27 15:44:28
347.   underdog
I don't understand why any player wouldn't be tickled to death to leave Tampa Bay. Given the franchise's young history, and that horrible stadium, and the sleepy fans, and the humidity of Florida, I'd be thrilled to be out of there if it were to a franchise with history and a future.

But then again, I hate Florida, so I'm biased.

2006-08-27 15:45:26
348.   Uncle Miltie
Yee-haw! Another two out hit
Kent would approve of your description

Has anyone seen the Giants commercials? They focus on everything, but baseball, whether it's the park, the wine and cheese, or the garlic fries.

2006-08-27 15:45:33
349.   Steve
347 -- Replacement level looks better when everyone around you is so much worse.
2006-08-27 15:45:50
350.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
We're almost five years past 9/11 - isn't it time to retire the "God Bless America" singalongs on Sundays and big games?
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2006-08-27 15:46:00
351.   Linkmeister
341 Ok. I've never been to Florida except as an airplane waystation to Puerto Rico. Since I was 4 at the time, I don't remember much of it.
2006-08-27 15:46:20
352.   D4P
344
Everything comes back to smoking
2006-08-27 15:46:42
353.   Bob Timmermann
Baseball westerns:

Eight Men Wore a Yellow Ribbon
It Happens Every Noon
Damn Searchers
The Bull-Bow Incident
Major River

2006-08-27 15:47:11
354.   blue22
347 - Playing time's playing time. All kneel before the mighty God of Arbitration!
2006-08-27 15:47:15
355.   Steve
352 -- And in Tampa Bay's case, smoking crack.
2006-08-27 15:47:15
356.   Linkmeister
350 Yes, but not if a particular political party has anything to say about it.
2006-08-27 15:47:34
357.   Bluebleeder87
336

i liked 8 men out alot as well.

2006-08-27 15:47:42
358.   CanuckDodger
Considering that Billingsley started today's game with an ERA of 3.07, how is it that after Billingsley has given up 2 earned runs in 6 innings Gameday shows his ERA standing at 3.18?
2006-08-27 15:47:44
359.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Something I learned from living 4-1/2 years in Orlando: Florida is full of stupid people.
2006-08-27 15:47:47
360.   Bob Timmermann
It's now 11-7 Yankees and the Angels have two on and no outs.
2006-08-27 15:48:13
361.   Greg Brock
I nominate Bang the Drum Magnificently.
2006-08-27 15:48:46
362.   Linkmeister
82 pitches, 51 strikes for Billingsley? Who is this guy?
2006-08-27 15:48:57
363.   Bob Timmermann
Plays like this happen only to the Angels:

Maicer Izturis reaches on a fielder's choice out, third baseman Alex Rodriguez unassisted. Mike Napoli out at 3rd. Chone Figgins to 2nd.

Napoli was on third when the play started.

2006-08-27 15:49:16
364.   Linkmeister
359 Carl Hiaasen would agree with you.
2006-08-27 15:49:24
365.   Greg Brock
356 Lousy Green Party.
2006-08-27 15:49:30
366.   natepurcell
way to ruin your perfect no walk game chad.
2006-08-27 15:49:59
367.   underdog
348 That was purposely in honor of Kent. I hope he liked it.

353 Don't forget The Natural and Mrs. Miller.

Wow, first walk for Billingsley.

2006-08-27 15:50:15
368.   Gen3Blue
315 by the way, thanks. Posting is fast and furious now.
2006-08-27 15:50:41
369.   Bluebleeder87
tailer made double play
2006-08-27 15:50:41
370.   JoeyP
350. Not at all. I love that song. In a time of war, I think it honors the soldiers helping defend this great country from Islamic fascism.
2006-08-27 15:50:56
371.   underdog
Shouldn't "The Magnificent Nine" be a baseball movie?
2006-08-27 15:51:04
372.   Steve
I suppose we could let the Diamondbacks just do what they want during the seventh inning.
2006-08-27 15:51:11
373.   blue22
358 - 3.06 on Yahoo! (prior to the DP, at least).
2006-08-27 15:51:45
374.   natepurcell
I think Chad just threw a change up.
2006-08-27 15:52:11
375.   Steve
Plus, it gives us more time to consider the nascent Hall-of-Fame careers of Chad Billingsley, Andre Ethier, and Russell Martin.
2006-08-27 15:52:18
376.   underdog
I actually think the national anthem should be changed to America the Beautiful or another song, since The Star Spangled Banner is a bizarre poem more than it is a singable song.

Boy I love hearing Thom Brenneman go off on a rant when it's about the DBacks.

2006-08-27 15:52:23
377.   bhsportsguy
Sounds like Vin thinks he's done, for all those wanting a less than 100 pitch outing, there it is for you.
2006-08-27 15:53:12
378.   Linkmeister
A 7-pitch inning? I repeat my remark of 362.
2006-08-27 15:53:16
379.   D4P
If we stop singing "God Bless America," the Terrorists™ and Evil-Doers® will be encouraged and invigorated
2006-08-27 15:53:23
380.   blue22
And we're on sub-3.00 era alert (3.02 currently). A clean 8th just might do it!
2006-08-27 15:53:57
381.   StolenMonkey86
376 - we stole the tune from an old British drinking song too :)
2006-08-27 15:54:08
382.   Bluebleeder87
Bills rocked
2006-08-27 15:54:50
383.   JoeyP
Of course, doing away with the 7th inning 'stretch' might be more appropriate. If there were to be an intermission in baseball ( or a time to rest), shouldnt it be in the bottom of the 5th? Why wait till the game is 3/4 over to stretch?
2006-08-27 15:55:29
384.   D4P
I'm starting to think that if Billingsley were left-handed, and in the American League, he'd be one of the top 8 left-handers in the American League
2006-08-27 15:56:36
385.   D4P
383
Because God rested on the 7th day
2006-08-27 15:56:45
386.   Bob Timmermann
My biggest beef with "God Bless America" is that it's not a very good song. Irving Berlin cranked out songs like sausages. That song is not one of his tastier sausages.
2006-08-27 15:57:14
387.   Steve
384 -- Kansas City has one of the top 8 left-handers in the American League. I'll bet we can work a swap.
2006-08-27 15:57:34
388.   Bob Timmermann
Seven innings didn't use to take as long as it does today.
2006-08-27 15:57:52
389.   underdog
I'm not among those who think Martin's being overworked per se, but I wouldn't mind seeing him get two days in a row off. Well, I guess he gets two days off this week...

Sheesh, that DBacks mascot (what is that, a coyote?) dumped a huge bag of popcorn on a Dodgers fan. That's just knee-slappingly funny.

2006-08-27 15:58:18
390.   underdog
And Martin says, "Day off this!"
2006-08-27 15:59:29
391.   Steve
Well, Steve Lyons doesn't salute the flag, so y'all can go find him and have your Communist Party meeting in the press box, ya hear.
2006-08-27 15:59:32
392.   Bob Timmermann
The Arizona mascot is D. Baxter the Bobcat.
2006-08-27 16:01:12
393.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
The Star Spangled Banner is a bizarre poem more than it is a singable song.
True. What sort of national anthem worthy of its name ends in a quesiton mark?
2006-08-27 16:01:29
394.   bhsportsguy
Chad's next start could be anyone of the three games against the Rockies, figure that Penny will start either Saturday or Sunday and if Lowe is okay he will pitch one of those days too.

It's also possible that Grady will try and rest Chad for a turn and start Sele during that weekend and have Chad's next start be on the road trip.

2006-08-27 16:01:35
395.   Bob Timmermann
391
If you want to come to a Communist Party meeting, you can come to a meeting of the union I'm in.

I went to one meeting.

It was pretty scary.

2006-08-27 16:01:41
396.   Linkmeister
What the heck, Martin's only 23. Why, when I was 23...

I was heading for nine weeks of boot camp in San Diego.

2006-08-27 16:01:56
397.   natepurcell
I kinda wanted Chad to go out there for the 8th but ill take 7 innings and only one walk.

3 walks in the last 19IP for chad.

2006-08-27 16:03:00
398.   Linkmeister
Wait, I take that back. I was already at my first and last duty station in Yokosuka, Japan.
2006-08-27 16:03:54
399.   D4P
If you ask me, the Stripes got shafted. I mean, isn't the Banner at least as "Stripe Spangled" as it is Star...?
2006-08-27 16:04:21
400.   underdog
392 Why isn't a snake? I suppose it's a little challenging getting someone inside a snake suit...

393 It's true... It's actually kind of more like a pop quiz than a song.

So.... we play the Reds at home now, after the Reds lost 3 of 4 to the Giants and got pummeled today. We'll find out whether they're due/overdue, slumping and cruising for more bruisings, or what...

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2006-08-27 16:04:41
401.   bhsportsguy
I wonder how many boo-birds will be at Yankee Stadium this week when they take on Minnesota and Detroit, A-Rod is in a terrible slump and you have to think the last place he wants to be is at home during this time.
2006-08-27 16:05:08
402.   JoeyP
I hope someone is warming up for the Dodgers.
2006-08-27 16:05:14
403.   Uncle Miltie
Why Florida is One of the Worst State in the Country

-mosquitoes
-humidity
-the poor public school system
-the crime rate (in Miami)
-the worst drivers in the US
-the snowbirds

2006-08-27 16:05:25
404.   Bluebleeder87
389 That's just knee-slappingly funny.

i'm gonna have to barrow that one.

2006-08-27 16:06:00
405.   Bob Timmermann
403
The tap water tastes funny too.
2006-08-27 16:06:38
406.   Bluebleeder87
I kinda wanted Chad to go out there for the 8th but ill take 7 innings and only one walk.

he's only 21

2006-08-27 16:06:56
407.   Linkmeister
404 Wight?
2006-08-27 16:07:35
408.   Bob Timmermann
The DBacks mascot is likely not a snake because little kids don't necessarily want to frolic with an oversized novelty snake. That can be scary.

Besides there hasn't been a movie yet titled "Bobcats on a Plane".

2006-08-27 16:07:52
409.   StolenMonkey86
good strategy
2006-08-27 16:08:12
410.   JoeyP
He's 22.
2006-08-27 16:08:25
411.   underdog
how many double plays is that today? I've enjoyed each of them equally. Especially hearing the pained voice of Joe Garagiola.
2006-08-27 16:08:36
412.   Linkmeister
408 What with the change in sponsorship, shouldn't the mascot be called a Chasecat?
2006-08-27 16:08:43
413.   D4P
403
Florida has a lot in common with North Carolina
2006-08-27 16:09:14
414.   bhsportsguy
410 Joey keeps a calendar by his computer so he can send b-day emails to his favorite Dodgers.
2006-08-27 16:09:34
415.   underdog
But there has been a "Wombats on a Bus"...

http://underdog.typepad.com

2006-08-27 16:09:43
416.   Steve
Snakes On A Losing Streak!
2006-08-27 16:09:43
417.   Bluebleeder87
403

you kind of discrived california, #3 made my heart pump a little faster because it's so true.

2006-08-27 16:10:30
418.   Linkmeister
414 C'mon, haven't you heard of BirthdayAlarm.com?
2006-08-27 16:11:25
419.   Marty
LAT's (say where has that guy been?) favorite western-baseball movie:

Shawn

2006-08-27 16:11:37
420.   JoeyP
414. No, my seat at Gameday Stadium comes equipped with a complimentary player bio sheet.
2006-08-27 16:11:41
421.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
403 - How could you forget hurricanes?
I've been through three earthquakes and three hurricanes - quakes are far easier on the soul because there isn't a week of hype leading up to one.
2006-08-27 16:12:15
422.   Steve
418 -- Tim Brown has that set up for the entire Angels front office staff. Never hurts to recognize the ones you love!
2006-08-27 16:12:21
423.   Gen3Blue
403, 404 My friend lives in FLA and works as a social worker in nursing homes. It hasn't helped his sensitivity. He( and all his friends)call anyone thin with white hair "the cuetips".
2006-08-27 16:12:41
424.   natepurcell
chads 22 but this is his age 21 season. So limiting his innings is a good idea.
2006-08-27 16:12:50
425.   Linkmeister
415 Check your comments.
2006-08-27 16:13:19
426.   Andrew Shimmin
It's been a long time, but finally what's old is new again: I blame the parents.
2006-08-27 16:14:09
427.   Uncle Miltie
421- it had already been mentioned earlier in the thread (as had cocaine). ;) I posted onlu new facts.
2006-08-27 16:14:19
428.   Steve
I'm contractually obligated to point out that that at-bat was Lugo-riffic.
2006-08-27 16:14:31
429.   natepurcell
meanwhile in AAA

Kemps OPS- 950
Laroches OPS- 950
Loneys OPS- 967

2006-08-27 16:15:59
430.   Steve
We are officially one Loney away from never seeing Lugo again. Hurry back soon! I knew my faith in you would pay off someday.
2006-08-27 16:16:31
431.   natepurcell
and meanwhile in jacksonvile, elbert has walked only 1 in 7IP.
2006-08-27 16:17:45
432.   natepurcell
hopefully lugo will turn into some more preston mattinglys and bryan morrises.
2006-08-27 16:17:52
433.   blue22
428/429 - Guzman's at .649 in Durham (18 games).
2006-08-27 16:17:55
434.   Bob Timmermann
Hey, a hot steaming cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds!
2006-08-27 16:18:33
435.   underdog
425 Hah hah Link. :-) Or Gremlins in a Gerbil (starring Phoebe Cates.)

429 Nate, I assume LaRoche is coming up in a week, too, yah? Be good to see all three of them.

2006-08-27 16:18:42
436.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
427 - Oh, my bad.
Other reasons to hate Florida:
The morality laws are either puritanically uptight (can't buy liquor in a grocery store?) or stunningly lax (Tampa seems to have a strip club on every corner - I'm as much of a perv as the next red-blooded American male but even for me the sleaze was too much).
Corrupt politics.
Zero planning for growth.
2006-08-27 16:19:01
437.   Steve
Why would it matter if Guzman was washing cars at this point?
2006-08-27 16:19:06
438.   natepurcell
433

yea, he hasnt taken the transition that well.

2006-08-27 16:20:30
439.   Gen3Blue
Control you lack.
2006-08-27 16:21:25
440.   Bluebleeder87
i like Gio better than Hamulak.
2006-08-27 16:21:35
441.   underdog
Uh oh, that pitch hamulacked a little something... time to get the bullpen carousel spinning again.
2006-08-27 16:21:45
442.   natepurcell
435

yea most likely. hopefully we clinch the division towards the end of september so we can see a sweet awesome lineup of

ss furcal
lf ethier
rf drew
cf kemp
3b laroche
2b betemit
1b loney
c martin
sp billingsley

2006-08-27 16:22:06
443.   StolenMonkey86
coaching visit. anyone up in the pen?
2006-08-27 16:22:25
444.   Gen3Blue
Ham must be the only guy left. Otherwise no one would pitch him here.
2006-08-27 16:22:40
445.   blue22
437 - It doesn't anymore. Poor kid just can't seem to make an adjustment or deal with adversity.
2006-08-27 16:23:22
446.   Steve
Save Situation!

442 -- Isn't that the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS?

2006-08-27 16:23:45
447.   underdog
440 I don't. Hamulack obviously still has control issues but he has better stuff at this point. I like Gio personally but his pitches are often batting practice in quality. Hamulack at least has good velocity. I still don't see him as being much more than a couple batters (LOOGY-ish) worth right now... but I'll still take him over Gio.
2006-08-27 16:23:57
448.   Steve
445 -- Or he can't hit.
2006-08-27 16:24:54
449.   bhsportsguy
Kuo pitched only 3 innings today, one run, one hit (homer), one walk, 5 strikeouts, 44 pitches/28 strikeouts.

He may still start one more time but I would expect to see him over the weekend at Dodger Stadium.

2006-08-27 16:25:39
450.   Uncle Miltie
Wilson Valdez has been CS an impressive number of times
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2006-08-27 16:25:44
451.   natepurcell
elbert has really interesting splits. including todays game

home- 32.1IP 5.85 era 9hr allowed

road- 26IP 1.04era 2hr allowed

2006-08-27 16:26:57
452.   underdog
Boy, that sure looked like a strike to me. But Saito's making me nervous, too.
2006-08-27 16:27:15
453.   Steve
450 -- A "Roblesian" number of times?
2006-08-27 16:29:04
454.   Uncle Miltie
Meanwhile, Jarod Plummer has been pretty good since being converted into a reliever

65 IP 51 H 5 HR 12 BB 82 K 2.49

Another feather in Ned's cap…

2006-08-27 16:29:13
455.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Hmph.
2006-08-27 16:29:14
456.   KG16
Ok, I don't like the way this is going...
2006-08-27 16:29:30
457.   Bluebleeder87
Byrnes just made it a little more interesting.
2006-08-27 16:29:47
458.   underdog
Saito.... (said in Peter Sellers voice) Saito...

Where are you Saito...?

2006-08-27 16:30:19
459.   underdog
Hudson is 9 for 14 vs. Dodgers this year. {whistle}
2006-08-27 16:31:16
460.   Bob Timmermann
Hudson just has 14 ABs against the Dodgers this year?
2006-08-27 16:31:27
461.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Yes!
2006-08-27 16:31:50
462.   Steve
Well, at least 15 now.
2006-08-27 16:32:03
463.   underdog
Saito's been missing his target (Martin) a lot this appearance. Weird.He was so solid last night but tonight he's....

struck Hudson out and the game is over.

Woo. Whew.

2006-08-27 16:32:15
464.   Bluebleeder87
that fastball was out of Saito!
2006-08-27 16:32:21
465.   KG16
nice strike out - what's with major leaguers wearing the little league helmets lately? I've noticed a couple of guys wearing the two ear tab helmets this year.
2006-08-27 16:32:26
466.   Steve
I do wish we had Bobby Howry to shut games like that down, but I'll take Saito in a jam.
2006-08-27 16:32:37
467.   natepurcell
okay now i can go to the gym happy. yay nice win, 2 games up. solid.
2006-08-27 16:33:08
468.   Greg Brock
We win!
2006-08-27 16:33:53
469.   underdog
Good idea, I'm going to the gym, too. Work off the chair-print left on my behind. Happy evening everyone!
2006-08-27 16:34:22
470.   Bluebleeder87
we take the series & we are 2 games up on the Padres.
2006-08-27 16:34:37
471.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Two of three from the Snakes, salvaging what could've been a horrific week into a 2-4 stumble.
As for Arizona, five games back of the division lead with five weeks remaining.
2006-08-27 16:34:39
472.   blue22
465 - He's a switch hitter, and looks like he's always done so:

http://tinyurl.com/ktdqj

2006-08-27 16:34:58
473.   KG16
So, looking ahead... anyone think we have a chance to pass the Cardinals in the race for home field advantage? And more importantly, the next three games notwithstanding, that the Reds could pass the Cards so we don't have to see them in the NLDS?

Or am I whistling by a graveyard?

2006-08-27 16:36:30
474.   KG16
472 - I figured he's a switch hitter, but I always figured they had two helmets.
2006-08-27 16:37:08
475.   Uncle Miltie
Good idea, I'm going to the gym, too.
Me too, but for a different reason. I need to make myself feel better for drinking all of that hard A last night. I also haven't worked out since Friday morning.
2006-08-27 16:37:40
476.   Gen3Blue
Saito comes through again.
Kato--Kato? I take back the standing order I gave you. Do you hear me?
2006-08-27 16:39:50
477.   Marty
Deadwood finale tonight. I have a feeling it's going to be bloody.
2006-08-27 16:59:48
478.   Bluebleeder87
somebody is picking there nose!
2006-08-27 17:00:57
479.   Bluebleeder87
i gotta give Deadwood a shot, i haven't seen it.
2006-08-27 17:02:52
480.   Gagne55
The win makes this road trip mearly a mild disaster. :-/
2006-08-27 17:05:30
481.   Greg Brock
477 There is more Deadwood to come, just not in episodic form. Two HBO Deadwood movies in the next year and a half to wrap the whole thing up.
2006-08-27 17:05:49
482.   Andrew Shimmin
Sunday Night Baseball without Joe Morgan?
2006-08-27 17:05:57
483.   Jon Weisman
I know it's cool to want to swap out the Star Spangled Banner - at least, I almost never see anyone defend it - but I'm in favor of keeping it. Whatever its origins, it does have tradition, it can be inspirational when played correctly, and there's always suspense before the game as to whether the singer will pull it off or not.

473 - The Dodgers are a game behind St. Louis with 32 to play. I'd say there's a chance.

2006-08-27 17:24:37
484.   Bob Timmermann
Joe Morgan is in Williamsport.
2006-08-27 17:29:40
485.   Greg Brock
No Emmy Awards thread?
2006-08-27 17:31:29
486.   twerp
One of KC's finest lefties had familiar problems today. Excerpts from Royals.com===

"After loading the bases, Perez (5-6) allowed a grand slam to Toronto catcher Bengie Molina to turn the 3-1 lead into a 5-3 deficit.

"It was a cutter, and it stayed right there at the middle of the plate," Perez said. "It was a tough day. I'll come back next time around and do it better."

The game was Perez's worst since being traded from the Dodgers on July 25. He finished the game with six runs on seven hits in four-plus innings, and said control was his main problem.

"If you keep the ball down, nothing is going to happen," he said. "If you keep the ball up, they're going to hit it." (Comment: well,duhhh.....)

2006-08-27 17:33:25
487.   s choir
473 There's certainly a chance. But I don't see the Reds passing the Cards. I don't see the Reds making the playoffs at all.
2006-08-27 17:34:10
488.   Andrew Shimmin
Not as good as Hemingway's Visit From St. Nicholas (http://tinyurl.com/d2toh), but, Chaucer's Snakes on a Plane (http://tinyurl.com/zu5jb) is none too shabby.
2006-08-27 17:49:26
489.   Gagne55
486 Well, that's nice to hear. Good riddance, Odalis. >:0
2006-08-27 18:57:17
490.   thinkingblue
according to the Grittle, tigers bring up Miller.

Panic move?

Also, looking at Andre Ethier's hit chart @ dodger stadium, I found something very odd:

All his ground outs were ethier pulled, or up the middle.

And all his fly outs were eithier to left, or center field.

And it held true again today, with Ethier flying out to left. Can anyone explain this?

2006-08-27 19:22:39
491.   King of the Hobos
490 Nope, a clause in his contract required he be added to the team when the rosters expand, although adding him a few days early may be somewhat of a panic move.
2006-08-27 19:33:55
492.   Icaros
I just got back from dinner. Supposedly, sitting a few seats down from me at the counter was the grandfather of one Jason Repko.

He could've just been a crazy old man, but he was telling me about Repko owning a condo in Las Vegas, which does make logistical sense.

And really, if you're going to claim relations to a pro athlete, why pick the worst player on the team?

2006-08-27 19:55:45
493.   natepurcell
Kemp is really good.

351/415/553 is really good, PCL or not.

2006-08-27 20:18:33
494.   gpellamjr
493 Three questions: Is he coming up when rosters expand? If so, will he be given PT? Is he a sure thing to be on the big club come next year?
2006-08-27 20:28:48
495.   natepurcell
is billingsley going to be a super 2?
2006-08-27 20:30:41
496.   natepurcell
494

yes. maybe. should be.

out of kemp, laroche, loney, Kemp has the best chance of being on the opening day big league roster in 2007. I think all 3 should be but who knows.

2006-08-27 20:39:10
497.   Jon Weisman
Kelly MacDonald just scored a George Mason-like upset (and well-deserved) in the best supporting actress category for a movie. She beat Shirley Jones, Ellen "17 Seconds" Burstyn, Alfre Woodard and Cloris Leachman. That's almost like beating four No. 1 seeds.
2006-08-27 20:41:24
498.   Jon Weisman
Never mind - I just started a new thread.
2006-08-27 20:55:13
499.   thinkingblue
So does anyone have an answer as to why all Ethier's ground outs @ dodger stadium are all either pulled, or up the middle, and yet all his fly outs are either to left or center?
2006-08-27 21:10:49
500.   twerp
Couldn't stop this thread at 499 posts, could we?
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2006-08-27 22:36:28
501.   Ramon Arrapaicrag
Great win tonight guys! Way to go guys! I really liked what I saw today. There really was no doubt that the ballclub was keeping their eye on the ball today and concentrating on hitting the ole pill. I like what I saw and I am really starting to believe in this ballclub. It's probably the best ballclub in the west and maybe the 3rd best in the league if you ask me. Either way, it looks like we are headed for a close finish and you know what they say about close finishes. Pitch strikes and carry a big stick. A hittin stick that is!
2006-08-27 23:37:22
502.   tjshere
I'm getting deja vu all over again.

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