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Choo Choo Soul
2007-02-14 14:48
by Jon Weisman

With their Spring Train leaving the station (perhaps with Genevieve conducting), the Dodgers added Choo Freeman to their all-aboard call today, according to Ken Gurnick at

The 27-year-old outfielder's given name is Raphael Deseption Freeman. He chug-a-chugged an OPS of .639 in nearly 200 plate appearances for Colorado last season.

Comments (128)
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2007-02-14 14:58:39
1.   Jacob L
Gee golly daggurnit! I just posted this in the last thread.

At least my daughter will have a new favorite player (for, presumably, the month of March). She's got a train fascination currently.

2007-02-14 15:00:45
2.   underdog
Ah, Choo.

I sneeze at this signing!

I'm still firmly in the Larry Bigbie camp, when it comes to non-roster outfielders.

2007-02-14 15:02:41
3.   underdog
In keeping with the fact that today is Valentine's Day, Ralphie from the Simpsons is also tickled by this signing.
2007-02-14 15:04:03
4.   Greg Brock
3 I Choo Choo Choose You...

And there's a picture of a train!

2007-02-14 15:09:40
5.   underdog
4 Ding, ding, ding! Winner of the Simpsons Reference Medal.

Freeman is presumably AAA filler and nothing more. I hope.

2007-02-14 15:16:03
6.   ToyCannon
He replaces Reggie Abercombie as the player who looks like he should be able to play the game but just can't get it together.
2007-02-14 15:19:32
7.   Xeifrank
Which OF position(s) does Choo play?
vr, Xei
2007-02-14 15:20:16
8.   Bob Timmermann
And it also ties back into Jon's earlier mention of Osoria being DFA'd in 50 days!
2007-02-14 15:23:03
9.   underdog
8 Yeah, that one embiggened me, too.
2007-02-14 15:25:04
10.   regfairfield
7 Center, and I assume the other ones.
2007-02-14 15:33:24
11.   twerp
I first read Choo's middle name as "Desperation."

Maybe appropriate?

D4P is probably in favor of the signing==

From the Gurnick item: "He's the cousin of Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter."

2007-02-14 15:33:27
12.   Xeifrank
10. So does Juan Pierre then become the backup CFer? vr, Xei
2007-02-14 15:37:19
13.   underdog
12 Heh. Okay, now Pierre isn't that bad! Let's not get crazy here.
2007-02-14 15:41:14
14.   Bob Timmermann
In his career, Freeman has played 91 games in center, 5 in left, and 2 in right while in the bigs.
2007-02-14 15:43:14
15.   regfairfield
In 2000, Choo Freeman was Baseball America's #42 prospect, ahead of Eric Gagne, Ben Sheets and C.C. Sabathia.
2007-02-14 15:44:32
16.   D4P
D4P is probably in favor of the signing

2007-02-14 15:46:52
17.   Steve
Too little, too late.
2007-02-14 15:50:11
18.   caseybarker
I love you guys. Simpsons, South Park, and Seinfeld live forever on DT.
2007-02-14 15:51:08
19.   caseybarker
How many former Rockies' number one prospects can we add?
2007-02-14 15:58:02
20.   Jon Weisman
Though to each his own, Dodger Thoughts does not officially endorse South Park.
2007-02-14 15:59:08
21.   bhsportsguy
5 Simpson train-related references I recall without looking it up.

1. Sgt. Skinner being send out of town on a rail.
2. Reverend Lovejoy's train sets.
3. The time when I think Homer goes on a Wild Animal park ride and is attacked by wild baboons (I could be imagining this one)
4. "I call the big one Bitey" (Monorail episode)

There are probably a lot more (there almost up to 400 episodes) so feel free to add on.

2007-02-14 16:00:27
22.   ssjames
21 The one where they ride the train to Delaware with the bum and he makes Homer give him sponge baths.

20 Jon, which shows does DT officially endorse? Obviously the Office, but then what else makes the cut?

2007-02-14 16:02:43
23.   D4P
Obvious: The Office, Becker
2007-02-14 16:03:41
24.   Greg Brock
21 Why, I've sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook!

On the short list of possible best Simpsons episodes ever.

2007-02-14 16:04:15
25.   Jon Weisman
This Becker myth will someday get out of hand.
2007-02-14 16:04:43
26.   Jon Weisman
22 - Too many to mention.
2007-02-14 16:07:08
27.   caseybarker
Best Episode Ever.

Seriously, there are about 380 tied for number one.

2007-02-14 16:13:20
28.   D4P
But for now, it remains firmly within our grasp
2007-02-14 16:16:56
29.   bhsportsguy
24 "Doughnuts, is there anything they can't do?"

Miss Hoover: I hear those things are awfully loud...
Lyle Lanley: It glides as softly as a cloud.
Apu: Is there a chance the track could bend?
Lyle Lanley: Not on your life, my Hindu friend.
Barney: What about us brain-dead slobs?
Lyle Lanley: You'll all be given cushy jobs.
Abe: Were you sent here by the devil?
Lyle Lanley: No, good sir, I'm on the level.
Wiggum: The ring came off my pudding can.
Lyle Lanley: Take my pen knife, my good man.

2007-02-14 16:20:57
30.   Greg Brock
Nimoy: A solar eclipse: The cosmic ballet goes on...
Passenger: Uh, does anybody wanna switch seats?

Conan O'Brien wrote that episode.

2007-02-14 16:24:19
31.   Jon Weisman
Not that it isn't permitted, but you might as well move the Simpsons chat to Screen Jam. There's an open thread there.
2007-02-14 16:37:35
32.   das411
That's right, Greg Oden is destroying my home team tonight over on ESPN. They even opened up the gates and made all student tix free, I wonder if that has something to do with the six inches of snow on the ground...?

We now return to your regularly scheduled non-Dodger DT content.

2007-02-14 16:45:21
33.   Andrew Shimmin
Good news: a lawyer might be going to jail.

Bad news: two reporters who could have, won't.

2007-02-14 16:48:24
34.   Greg Brock
Good. And he'll be disbarred, which is also good. You can't be runnin' around leaking Grand Jury testimony.
2007-02-14 16:50:58
35.   underdog
How about Barry Bonds? When's he heading to jail for taking too much flaxseed oil and arthritic balm?
2007-02-14 16:51:27
36.   Jon Weisman
33 - Really? You're still going to take the stand that, even after knowing they were handed that material, the reporters should have gone to jail. To me, that's taking the letter of the law all the way past Z.
2007-02-14 16:56:23
37.   underdog
Wow, Joel Hanrahan has as good a shot as any of making the Nationals and even being a starter for them this year. If he doesn't, it's because he sucked, basically.
2007-02-14 16:56:26
38.   Icaros
Wow, Jon likes Becker? That show is terrible.
2007-02-14 16:56:52
39.   dianagramr
"The 27-year-old outfielder's given name is Raphael Deseption Freeman"


Yes folks .... his game (like his name) is all about deception ...

2007-02-14 16:57:19
40.   Jon Weisman
38 - See, D4P?!! This is no good.
2007-02-14 16:57:41
41.   Jon Weisman
Was he the Immaculate Deseption?
2007-02-14 16:57:59
42.   Icaros

You know I knew. Just teasing.

2007-02-14 17:00:15
43.   Andrew Shimmin
36- Well, not really. I just like the idea of reporters going to jail. Every jailed reporter gets us one step closer to Plaschke's frog march.
2007-02-14 17:01:34
44.   Jon Weisman
But, but ... I'm a reporter ...

42 - I know you knew. But I'm scared. And cold ... very cold.

2007-02-14 17:04:11
45.   Greg Brock
You know, this whole Grand Jury thing reminds me of that time on the Simpsons that Mayor Quimby...


2007-02-14 17:07:52
46.   Andrew Shimmin
You gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette. Dulce et decorum est pro Plaschke, um, jailum. Or something.
2007-02-14 17:08:28
47.   dianagramr

Are Family Guy references off-limits?

2007-02-14 17:09:41
48.   Greg Brock
47 You'll have to ask the Philosopher King. I wield no power in such lofty decisions.
2007-02-14 17:09:57
49.   Andrew Shimmin
I should have thought twice about that. Every time I pretend to know any Latin, Pellam shows up. And nobody wants that.
2007-02-14 17:10:19
50.   Icaros
Andrew would sacrifice his (presumably) favorite sportswriter to be rid of his most despised sportswriter.

Is there a term for this?

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2007-02-14 17:14:23
51.   Andrew Shimmin
For those not spending Valentine's day with D4P's wife:

2007-02-14 17:19:34
52.   Jon Weisman
47 - No TV is off limits - but if there's going to be an extended conversation, it might as well go to Screen Jam.
2007-02-14 17:23:35
53.   Greg Brock
51 So you're sayin' there's a chance!
2007-02-14 17:25:40
54.   Gen3Blue
This post unfortunately unleashed a terrible repressed memory. My mother was a wonderful Dodgers fan. with her friend she dragged me at age 12 or 13 to a Mets game w/ the D's ( had to be early to mid 60's).I think this guy called Choo-chooo Coleman from nowhere hit 2 homeruns and I had to hear the Mets fans chant "Give it a ride Choo-choo" over and over. Maybe one of our resources (Bob maybe)could find out it was only one HR or that we won the game. I'd forgotten this and almost any positive slant would make me feel better. She also got me to a game where Sandy K. struck out 13 Mets.
2007-02-14 17:25:58
55.   Icaros
Andrew, did you find that by Asking Jeeves "Why Will I Never Have a Girlfriend?"
2007-02-14 17:35:08
56.   Sam DC
How on earth did Jim Bowden let Choo Freeman slip away?

He was probably too busy working out a roster spot for Hiram Bocachica as Tony Batista's backup to Tony Womack.

2007-02-14 17:39:48
57.   Jacob L
I was just going to point out that there was a Hiram Bocachica sighting on Catfish Stew (see sidebar links). I'm slow to the punch today (see post 1).
2007-02-14 17:41:42
58.   D4P
To those not spending Valentine's day with my wife, I offer you a foolproof Valentine's day ploy:

1. Candles
2. Champange
3. Dido CD

2007-02-14 17:43:36
59.   Sam DC
Not that I regularly work blue, but I will admit I did briefly misread 3.
2007-02-14 17:44:15
60.   Greg Brock
59 As did we all, Sam.

As did we all.

2007-02-14 17:48:46
61.   dianagramr

Choo Choo's HR log (such as it was). He did hit one off of Drysdale.

Most Mets ever fanned by Koufax was 11

2007-02-14 17:49:00
62.   Icaros
It's cool with me if Dido inserts herself into that misread as well.
2007-02-14 17:49:38
63.   dianagramr
Most didos don't fit through the spindle of a CD ....

I think ...

2007-02-14 17:51:28
64.   Sam DC
You're welcome, Jon. No really, you don't have to thank me.
2007-02-14 17:52:17
65.   D4P
Try as I might, I'm not coming up with a "blue" misread of 3. I could see misreading "signing" as "singing", but don't see why that would blueify the post...
2007-02-14 17:54:29
66.   dianagramr
UMMM ..... the 3rd item in 58
2007-02-14 17:55:31
67.   dianagramr
didos and CDs .... what? we have to wait a year or two before they mature?
2007-02-14 17:58:09
68.   Sam DC
65: Gee, that one even had the word "tickle" in it and you couldn't dirty it up? Anyhow, 66 explains.
2007-02-14 18:00:10
69.   D4P
Ah, so. Suddenly, it all seems so clear...
2007-02-14 18:02:39
70.   Greg Brock
69 Good Lord. And you found a bride how exactly?
2007-02-14 18:04:27
71.   D4P
"Tickle" didn't seem all that blue. Maybe slightly grayer than white, but that's about it.

Hey, I thought he meant 3!

2007-02-14 18:06:30
72.   Icaros

And what, all of our Dido comments were a coincidence?

I'm with Greg. I thought you had to be joking thinking Sam would suddenly jump all the way back to 3.

2007-02-14 18:08:32
73.   Greg Brock
Dodger Thoughts After Dark is starting early this evening.
2007-02-14 18:09:39
74.   D4P
And what, all of our Dido comments were a coincidence?

They only added to my confusion. I was all like, "Where'd that come from?"

Trust me: I can do blue. I have a blue house with a blue window. Blue is the color of all that I wear. Blue are the streets and all the trees are too. I have a girlfriend and she is so blue.

2007-02-14 18:09:49
75.   Icaros

It's a special occasion.

2007-02-14 18:11:09
76.   dianagramr
Cunning Linguists are we ....
2007-02-14 18:11:44
77.   Greg Brock
74 Yes, but red was the color that my baby wore, and what's more, it's true.

Yes it is.

2007-02-14 18:12:54
78.   D4P
Dodger Thoughts After Dark is starting early this evening

It's a nice service for you single guys without dates. I don't want you just sitting around reading Historical Almanacs.

2007-02-14 18:14:10
79.   Bob Timmermann
I had thought of naming my first cat Dido, but my mother told me, "That's a stupid name for a cat."

And so she became Emily.

Which in turn angered one of my brothers who wanted that name for a potential daughter.

2007-02-14 18:14:29
80.   D4P
Wrong! The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek...
2007-02-14 18:14:48
81.   Icaros

Well, I hope you'll go back and re-read 62 in context. I'm working on an almost quadruple entendre in that one.

Pretty proud of myself.

2007-02-14 18:15:08
82.   Sam DC
Bizarre. Call up and buy tickets on your way to the game; receive them as a text message on your phone; give the ticket taker your phone so s/he can scan it.

Scan your phone.

2007-02-14 18:18:10
83.   Sam DC
Oops --
2007-02-14 18:18:34
84.   D4P
I had re-read it in context. Not sure I got all 4 entendres though...

Speaking of entendres, where's oswald...?

2007-02-14 18:23:48
85.   Icaros

I said almost.

2007-02-14 18:31:43
86.   Greg Brock
I hate Valentine's Day. I hated it when I was in serious relationships. I hate it now that I'm single. It's a terrible holiday, created by card companies, and dedicated to the proposition that men just need to spend money on one specific day to show how much they love their significant other. It's garbage.

Greg Brock...Hopeless romantic.

2007-02-14 18:34:34
87.   Greg Brock
Wow, that looks...terrible.

So, um, Choo Freeman...Great signing!

2007-02-14 18:35:52
88.   D4P
Looks like someone needs a cyber hug...
2007-02-14 18:39:28
89.   Greg Brock
It all goes back to the time a man dressed up as cupid accidentally shot my father in the chest with a bow and arrow.
2007-02-14 18:42:53
90.   D4P
Andrew's father was mugged in a dark alley by a gang of rogue clowns, while he watched from behind some garbage cans. At first, it looked like there was a just a few clowns, but as they exited their car, they just get coming...and coming...and coming...
2007-02-14 18:44:54
91.   trainwreck
"I choo-choo choose you"
2007-02-14 18:45:56
92.   trainwreck
I should have read the first part of the comments BEFORE I posted that.
2007-02-14 18:47:25
93.   Marty
Ugh, I went home sick with flu like stuff everyone seems to be getting. On top of that my knee decided to swell up so I'm limping around like an old man.

The only thing to perk me up is to cook. So, I'm making Chicken Picasso with olives, onions, cucumbers, peppers and a sour cream-gruyerre-parmesan sauce.

That ought a do the trick. That, and the wine.

2007-02-14 18:47:39
94.   Greg Brock
92 It happens.
2007-02-14 18:53:21
95.   dianagramr

I'll be over in an hour ...
(for the Chicken Picasso that is)

2007-02-14 18:54:03
96.   Bob Timmermann
It looks like the second coming of the 1956 USF team is going to hold on at home against Alabama.
2007-02-14 19:02:11
97.   Bob Timmermann
St. Louis lost to the Rams tonight.
2007-02-14 19:12:19
98.   D4P
When is the next Pac-10 Cougars-Cougars contest...?
2007-02-14 19:14:45
99.   Bob Timmermann
The Cougars and Huskies are underway.
2007-02-14 19:19:05
100.   D4P
So are the Bobcats and Wildcats
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2007-02-14 19:23:15
101.   El Lay Dave
Sneaking in briefly while dinner simmers...

86 You're wrong; correction is to strike the word just.

95 Given the previous, I though it might be for the cucumbers.

2007-02-14 19:23:43
102.   Bob Timmermann
Anteaters facing the Highlanders in a battle of less popular UC campuses!

Aggies facing the Matadors!

The Bobcats are playing the Hornets.

At least at the college level.

2007-02-14 19:26:38
103.   regfairfield
102 Who are the Highlanders? I need to know what school I should hate.
2007-02-14 19:27:12
104.   Bob Timmermann
On the Jeopardy Teen Tournament, the guy ahead in Final Jeopardy got the answer right, but computed his bid wrong and lost by a few bucks.

He did not seem happy.

2007-02-14 19:27:36
105.   Bob Timmermann
The UC Riverside Highlanders!
2007-02-14 19:30:52
106.   regfairfield
105 Yeah, nuts to them.
2007-02-14 19:32:12
107.   Greg Brock
Andrew must be a Lowland Scot.

Or he just hates the Highlander movies.

2007-02-14 19:34:37
108.   regfairfield
107 Nope, I'm a Highlander actually. Don't get me started about the Highlander movies.
2007-02-14 19:36:35
109.   Woody
But what of "Choo Choo" Coleman, late of the Mets?
2007-02-14 19:37:55
110.   Bob Timmermann
And the Cougars are cruising past the Lobos.
2007-02-14 19:38:25
111.   dianagramr

ahem ..... :-)

2007-02-14 19:53:35
112.   Bob Timmermann
40 points for the Cougars in the first half at Seattle. They shot 60.7% (17-28). Washington was 9 of 31.
2007-02-14 20:18:43
113.   Gen3Blue
109 My Baseball Encyclopedia, 10th edition 1996, shows that Choo Choo Coleman(Clarence) played in 1962 and 1963 for the Mets. His lifetime HR total was 9, and I fear 2 may have come in one game against the Dodgers.
I also am willing to swear that Koufax one night struck out 13 Mets!
2007-02-14 20:24:00
114.   Bob Timmermann
14 Mets walked the plank at Dodger Stadium against Koufax on August 10, 1965

2007-02-14 20:37:30
115.   Gen3Blue
Thanks Bob. This would have had to have been in NY where ever the Mets were playing.
At one point I know it was the Polo Grounds.
This could be a total fantasy, but I'm pretty sure I saw it. 13!
2007-02-14 20:39:59
116.   Bob Timmermann
July 12, 1963 at the Polo Grounds.
2007-02-14 20:42:00
117.   overkill94
104 But did you hear the kid who won break rule 1 when he missed the first question in double jeopardy?
2007-02-14 20:46:01
118.   Gen3Blue
116 You got it!!!
For 2007 and for Bob ,Emily and my best cat Shathead (pronounced Shattthhhhheeed)---
Give it a ride Choo-Choo!!
2007-02-14 20:46:59
119.   Bob Timmermann
But Emily's dead!

Casey is at the b(c)at now.

2007-02-14 20:52:33
120.   Gen3Blue
Sorry about E, but remember 9 Lives.
Can you possibly vindicate me on Choo Choo Colemans 2 homer game against Dodgers--I admit this could be a bad dream.
2007-02-14 20:58:07
121.   Bob Timmermann
According to Retrosheet, Choo Choo hit 9 home runs in his career and they came in 9 separate games. All of his home runs came at the Polo Grounds.
2007-02-14 21:07:59
122.   Gen3Blue
I must have imagined he hit two that game. It was bad enough hearing that "Give it a ride CHoo choo" for the rest of the game.
The Polo Grounds was both a dream and a night-mare. It was shaped like a soccer field, so any ball hit to center or up the alley was an out when you had guys like Willy Davis to run it down. But if a guy basically missed his pitch (as they often did with Koufax or Drysdale), they might slice it right down the foul line, over the base, where even Wally moon could reach the stands.
2007-02-14 21:25:50
123.   Gen3Blue
Dgramr was right--so I probably saw Drysdalegive one up to Choo-Choo.
2007-02-14 21:47:11
124.   Bob Timmermann
So Washington State won again tonight and the Number 10 Cougars are 11-3 in the Pac-10 behind 10-2 UCLA.

The last time Washington State won its conference in basketball was back in the 1940-41 season. WSU came in second in the nation that year, losing to Wisconsin in the championship game, 39-34.

In 1950-51, WSU won the PCC North division and then lost the playoff against the South champion UCLA, 2 games to 0.

The last time WSU finished as high as second in the Pac-10 was 1982-83.

2007-02-14 22:18:42
125.   Bob Timmermann
ToyCannon ends up not having a happy Valentine's Day.
2007-02-14 22:22:16
126.   D4P
No happy ending for TC tonight
2007-02-14 23:05:30
127.   ToyCannon
Very Happy evening. The Clippers blew it but my wife urged us to leave early so she could get ready to teach at a school that refuses to pay her, or even apologize so I missed the carnage. I've been advocating for her to skip school until her check shows up. It is all about principle at this point. Now I'm reading the evening's thoughts and you guys were funnier then a real Simpson episode so it all came out good in the end. I'm not surprised that Dido's best friend was on d4p list of ways to make his wife happy on Valentines Day. I've heard that it was made of glass.
2007-02-15 07:13:25
128.   bhsportsguy
LAT article regarding move to Arizona in spring 2009.

"The Dodgers will pay nothing to terminate their lease in Vero Beach, Fla. They will pay nothing to move into a new, two-team complex in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Ariz., in 2009. They could earn millions from selling a minor league team in Florida, millions more from running the Glendale facility and millions more by developing nearby land they could purchase at a substantial discount."

I love the tradition of Vero Beach, the hillside boundaries of Holman Stadium, the streets named after Vin, Jackie, Sandy and the Duke but in over 30 years following the team, I could never get there.

I would go to Arizona (ultimate trip Spring training in AZ, March Madness in Vegas).

I understand those who hate this move but the Dodgers are the only team west of Houston that held spring training in Florida. Every AL West and every other NL West is in Arizona, plus both Chicago teams, KC and Milwaukee.

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