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On the Air
2008-02-09 08:03
by Jon Weisman

I gave an interview on the Dodgers for It starts about five minutes into the podcast, after some split views on the team by hosts Brandon Rosage and Joe Aiello, and includes a couple of, well, atypical questions.

  • Dodger farmhand and Newbury Park High grad Andrew Lambo, winner of an outstanding professional first-year player award, is profiled by Heather Gripp of the Daily News.

  • ToyCannon at True Blue L.A. has a lovely story that you should check out.

  • Tonight at 10 p.m. and also online, KPCC (89.3 FM) is airing an old L.A. Theatre Works presentation of "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting," written by Ed Schmidt and starring Ed Asner, Regi Davis, Paul Winfield, Michael W. Howell and Lincoln Kilpatrick.

    Aside from having a pioneering and distinguished career, Kilpatrick was also the father of Erik Kilpatrick, who played Curtis Jackson on The White Shadow.

  • Comments (58)
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    2008-02-09 08:39:30
    1.   D4P
    I don't understand their question about the midget. Weird.
    2008-02-09 08:45:22
    2.   Bob Timmermann
    Who will stop the scourge of Alyssa Milano?



    2008-02-09 08:49:36
    3.   Bob Timmermann
    Peace in our times!

    2008-02-09 08:53:06
    4.   D4P
    All we are saying, is give writing the episodes of our favorite TV shows a chance.
    2008-02-09 08:57:17
    5.   silverwidow
    That guy who predicted a 4th place finish didn't seem like he had a clue about the team.
    2008-02-09 09:01:38
    6.   underdog
    Huzzah! The strike is over! Yay! My Oscar live blog can go ahead as scheduled - I'm surprised the stories about the strike this morning neglect to mention that.


    That Lambo article made me wonder why he doesn't rank higher on most Dodger Top Prospect lists. Sounds like he will by the time the next ones come out. He was definitely a steal.

    2008-02-09 09:09:20
    7.   Humma Kavula
    2 Tony Danza tried, but was told that he was not the boss.
    2008-02-09 09:29:03
    8.   paranoidandroid
    An open request to all DTers:

    If you do nothing else this weekend, please read ToyCannon's piece on his friend Roger over at TrueBlueLA. Jon has provided a link up top. I promise it is worth your time.

    Please consider this humble request. I think we've all had a Roger-like friend in our lives at some point.

    2008-02-09 09:38:23
    9.   Gen3Blue
    5 Amen. Of course its hard to keep track of all the teams, but if your hosting a preview you should probably read a paragraph or two first. He seemed to have no idea young players improving was any part of the puzzle, and even acted like it was an old team. Jons approach was correct to point out that the way the division stands, any of four teams could finish fourth or ist.

    Loved Toy Cannons "friend" story.

    2008-02-09 09:39:00
    10.   Gen3Blue
    Why am I seeing all Italics here.
    2008-02-09 09:47:00
    11.   Bob Timmermann
    While "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting" is interesting and entertaining, please don't consider it an accurate depiction of events surrounding Jackie Robinson's signing. The play makes Robinson out to be quite scared of everybody around him and that certainly wasn't the case.
    2008-02-09 09:51:21
    12.   Lexinthedena
    So glad that the strike is over..thanls for the link Bob, great news to wake up to. My father was in the Writers Guild, and I remember how hard the strike of 88 was...I'm glad the studios weren't able to break the union.
    2008-02-09 10:14:15
    13.   bryanf
    I love when Jon is interviewed. So great.

    Andrew Lambo represent! My alma mater, NPHS. Nice.

    2008-02-09 10:31:51
    14.   Eric Stephen
    I would only use a midget with the bases loaded.

    No offense to MVN, since they were cool enough to have Jon on, but they didn't seem especially informed about the Dodgers (especially Joe Aiello). No mention of Billingsley, Saito, Kemp, Loney, Martin, Kent. A cursory mention of "Adam" LaRoche. It seems like Joe picked them 4th based on pure gut reaction, or spite.

    2008-02-09 10:31:56
    15.   immouch
    The piece on Andrew Lambo was fine as far as it went. But, at the risk of being negative, I've gotta ask: What was the off-the-field thing that scared everybody away?

    Writers and coffee delivery peeps report to ST in about three days!

    2008-02-09 10:40:32
    16.   MC Safety
    Nice piece, Toy. The old cliche definitely rings true here. FWIW, Frank Thomas was my hero growing up.
    2008-02-09 10:51:31
    17.   sgreen23
    Just listened to the MVN podcast.
    For a preview of the 2008 Dodgers, it wasn't very informative. They spent more time with Alyssa Milano and the midget question than anything else.I know they are trying to make an interesting show but come on. Are these guys always like this?
    Kudos to you Jon for being a good guest despite all of this.
    2008-02-09 10:59:35
    18.   immouch
    ToyCannon... Thanks for such an honest story. Very cool.
    2008-02-09 11:17:54
    19.   still bevens
    15 I think others on the site know more, but I think it has something to do with stealing a car?
    2008-02-09 11:31:16
    20.   Dodgers49
    >> "I strive for perfection and settle for excellence. Nothing's out of sight." <<

    I like that. :-) I'll be keeping an eye on Mr. Lambo.

    2008-02-09 11:35:18
    21.   Icaros
    Is Lambo destined to be nicknamed The Frozen Tundra?
    2008-02-09 11:37:03
    22.   immouch
    Excellent. I'm guessing auto theft is relatively uncommon in the bigs. I'll direct my worry eleswhere. Thanks.
    2008-02-09 11:44:02
    23.   Dodgers49
    Don Mattingly: It's best I missed out on Yankees job

    >> "As it turned out, it was just as well I didn't get (the Yankees) job," Mattingly - who last month had to withdraw as Joe Torre's batting coach with the Dodgers - told the Daily News at Mohegan Sun, where he was the honoree at the Connecticut Sports Foundation's annual cancer charity dinner. "That's because I would've had to walk away from it because of these issues." <<

    2008-02-09 11:48:59
    24.   Bob Timmermann
    New York Giants player Benny Kauff was permanently banned from baseball back in the 1920s when he was charged with car theft.

    He was accused of receiving stolen cars that he resold at his used car lot. He was acquitted in court, but Commissioner Landis threw the book at him. Landis liked doing that.

    Some people think Kauff got railroaded.

    2008-02-09 12:01:52
    25.   Dodgers49
    So, Gonzo will make $9.5 million over two years instead of the $12.5 million he would have made had he taken Ned up on Ned's two-year offer.

    Gonzo thrilled to be part of young club

    >> On Thursday, the Marlins finalized a one-year, $2 million contract with Gonzalez. Two days later, he was a centerpiece at the annual FanFest at Dolphin Stadium. <<

    2008-02-09 12:27:04
    26.   Bob Timmermann
    Juan Gonzalez is one centerpiece I would not want to be stuck with at a wedding reception.
    2008-02-09 12:27:43
    27.   Bob Timmermann
    I mean Luis Gonzalez.

    I hate it when I subvert my own not very good jokes.

    2008-02-09 12:28:09
    28.   Eric Stephen
    That article was hilarious. By June, Gonzo will be complaining about his diminished playing time.
    2008-02-09 12:38:20
    29.   Eric Stephen
    The lack of HD on the USC-WSU broadcast is troubling.

    Less troubling than Brent Musberger's involvement, though.

    2008-02-09 12:48:53
    30.   Bob Timmermann
    Musburger went to Pullman?

    Has Ron Franklin ever called a sporting event involving a Pac-10 team?

    2008-02-09 12:50:44
    31.   Jason in Canada
    My Dad can't stand Brent Musberger. When he was here over the holidays I tried to get to the bottom of it but didn't get anywhere. Must be some primal thing. He also could never stand Dan Dierdorf. That I could relate to though.
    2008-02-09 13:10:42
    32.   Eric Stephen
    I liked a couple of weeks ago that Verne Lundquist did the USC/UCLA game at Pauley. That was a nice change of pace.
    2008-02-09 13:18:31
    33.   Eric Stephen
    I think Franklin called a game between the Fighting Weismans and the Fighting Pat Knights in December, for ESPN2.
    2008-02-09 13:24:47
    34.   silverwidow
    I really want an HD set in time for baseball season, but that doesn't look feasible right now. I figure it's at least $2500 + accessories + new satellite equipment. Too much.
    2008-02-09 13:27:12
    35.   fanerman
    34 $2500 for the set alone means you're getting the best of the best, unless you're getting a 70" TV or something.

    I have a 50" Sony SXRD (it's a rear-projection) and it's probably available for less than $1400. You can get a decent-sized good-quality LCD's for under $1k I imagine.

    2008-02-09 13:32:05
    36.   Bob Timmermann
    I assume that game was played in Lubbock. I think Ron Franklin has an injunction to prevent him from standing in the Pacific Time Zone.
    2008-02-09 13:36:50
    37.   Eric Stephen
    Looks like the 2009 Oscars race is over.

    2008-02-09 13:51:51
    38.   berkowit28
    37 A movie that won't likely be made until 2009 or 2010? It's not even written yet: "creator Mitch Hurwitz does not yet have a script". 2009 Oscar movies have to be shown in theaters by the end of 2008.
    2008-02-09 13:53:15
    39.   Suffering Bruin
    Heather Gripp. Now there's a name from the past.

    When she and I were at Santa Monica College, I was the editor of the sports page and she was the "reporter." I put the word in quotes because most of my time was spent editing her work. She was far from grateful, unreceptive to any kind of critique and frankly, her writing didn't make a damn bit of sense. She's clearly changed. Good for her.

    And good for her for getting work in a tough business.

    2008-02-09 14:05:58
    40.   Eric Stephen
    I'm beginning to think USC won't win today in Pullman. What a frustrating game.

    I think OJ Mayo has played about 200% better in games I don't watch. This is not good.

    2008-02-09 14:08:52
    41.   D4P
    For the time being,

    Arrested Development movie = Minotaur

    2008-02-09 16:00:20
    42.   Eric Stephen
    The Dodgers haven't had a 30 HR season since Adrian Beltre's swan song in 2004. I think Andruw Jones has an excellent chance to hit 30 in 2008, and is probably the only one on the team with a reasonable shot to do so (Kent, Kemp, Loney, Martin, and LaRoche are good bets to hit 20+).

    Anyway, Andruw will be 31 years old in 2008. Of the 28 seasons of 30+ HR in LA Dodger history, none of the players have been older than 32.

    Karros, Sheffield, Wynn, and Reggie Smith all hit 30+ HR at age 32, while Karros, Sheffield and Zeile eclipsed the number at age 31.

    2008-02-09 16:24:06
    43.   Bob Timmermann
    Jim Zorn lives!

    He's the new coach of the Washington NFL franchise.

    2008-02-09 16:28:11
    44.   Dodgers49
    Dodger fans can sympathize. :-)

    >> It's curious that the Red Sox should discover now that Schilling has a sore shoulder.

    Players these days are supposed to have physicals before signing contracts. If the Red Sox found no shoulder problem in November before Schilling signed an $8 million contract, why does he have a shoulder problem now? <<

    2008-02-09 16:32:36
    45.   D4P
    Don't even get me started.
    2008-02-09 16:42:49
    46.   GoBears
    45. 44. Yeah, don't even.
    2008-02-09 16:50:35
    47.   Bob Timmermann
    Commenter 45's team is battling Commenter 46's team.

    45 leads 46 by a 34-32 margin.

    2008-02-09 16:55:44
    48.   D4P
    Regarding Commenter 47's comment in 47 :

    There are still 20 minutes remaining for Commenter 46's team to overtake and defeat Commenter 45's team.

    2008-02-09 17:03:26
    49.   Suffering Bruin
    Sorry for shouting here but in case you haven't done so, read ToyCannon's piece at True Blue LA.

    Thanks, TC. Wonderful stuff.

    2008-02-09 17:03:29
    50.   immouch
    That's a cool tidbit. Now, a dumb question: Where did you find such a thing?
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    2008-02-09 17:06:57
    51.   Bob Timmermann
    It's easy to find if you already know the story.
    2008-02-09 17:32:20
    52.   Bob Timmermann
    I believe the Battling D4Ps are going to beat out the Batting vishals et al.
    2008-02-09 17:47:15
    53.   trainwreck
    I call Cal The Magnificent Andersons.
    2008-02-09 18:06:23
    54.   gpellamjr
    If we're picking team names, I'm the Dodgers!

    I'm always the Dodgers.

    2008-02-09 19:19:15
    55.   Bluebleeder87
    Nice job by Jon on that interview & like some pointed out the guy who predicted a 4th place finish sounded like he had no clue on the team.
    2008-02-09 19:56:34
    56.   Gen3Blue
    55 Intesting case. The guy could be right about the D's finishing 4th. But he had absolutely no clue about why, in regards to both the Dodgers or the division. I would be suspicious of whatever venue this was, they certainly don't know sports (although maybe they are not supposed to), so that could be unfair. Sure is slow now, but I guess that makes sense with pitchers and catchers less than a week away.
    2008-02-09 20:13:17
    57.   Jon Weisman
    2008-02-11 08:47:13
    58.   bobmac
    I enjoyed the interview, despite some weird questions. I would agree with you about Alyssa Milano and would add; If your focus is Alyssa and her private life, you are a fan of Hollywood...not the Dodgers.

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