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A Chilling, Thrilling Dodger (Exhibition) Debut for Kershaw
2008-03-04 17:23
by Jon Weisman

Dodger prospect Clayton Kershaw made his debut in a Dodger uniform tonight, and here's what happened (thanks to various site commenters for the play-by-play):

  • homer on a 2-0 pitch
  • strikeout looking on a curveball
  • single off Jeff Kent's glove
  • double off Andy LaRoche's glove
  • hit by pitch
  • swinging strikeout on a fastball
  • strikeout looking on a curveball

    I mean, I don't know how often you get on the edge of your seat for a Spring Training game, but that would've done it.

    LaRoche has a home run. Starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two baserunners.

    * * *

    Here's a posting at Season Pass about how the movement to save Friday Night Lights has taken a charitable turn.

  • Comments (66)
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    2008-03-04 17:33:16
    1.   silverwidow
    I read that it was a HBP by Kershaw, not a walk. This is from a commenter at ItD.
    2008-03-04 17:34:07
    2.   Gen3Blue
    Ihope Procter didn't collapse further.
    2008-03-04 17:35:25
    3.   Jon Weisman
    3 - Thanks.
    2008-03-04 17:36:14
    4.   Humma Kavula
    Homerus Interruptus by Martin, as called by Steiner. But it was good for a Sac Fly to score Hu.
    2008-03-04 17:47:01
    5.   Dodgers49
    >> two-run homer on a 2-0 pitch <<

    Wasn't that the first guy up that inning?

    2008-03-04 17:47:36
    6.   GoBears
    5. He hit it really far.
    2008-03-04 17:51:09
    7.   bigcpa
    3 There goes Jon tooting his own horn again.
    2008-03-04 17:57:15
    8.   Jon Weisman
    Okay, I admit it - I was rushed.
    2008-03-04 18:02:57
    9.   kngoworld
    7 That is simply a hilarious line.
    2008-03-04 18:04:49
    10.   kngoworld
    Of course, I was laughing with you Jon, not at you.
    2008-03-04 18:06:57
    11.   Bob Timmermann
    (Hans Moleman voice)

    I was laughing at him!

    (/Hans Moleman voice)

    2008-03-04 18:13:59
    12.   Lee Corbett
    How'd Brazoban look? Is he a chance of making the team if healthy?
    2008-03-04 18:36:01
    13.   Gen3Blue
    How come all the teams we play throw the first few pitchers 3 inning, and the next several 2 innings. We throw the first one or two pitchers 2 innings and all the rest 1 inning. Is it a major difference in philosophy, or do we expect our starters not to go deep into games, as seems to be the case.
    2008-03-04 18:37:22
    14.   Johnny Nucleo
    Catching up on comments from the last thread.

    When I woke up this morning I had never heard of Saul Bass.

    As of half an hour ago, I now realize I have seen his work countless times, imitated even more times than that, and as a kid saw his amazing movie "Why Man Creates" in school.

    Who says being a baseball fan is not culturally edifying? Thanks Dodger Thoughts.

    2008-03-04 18:42:36
    15.   Eric Enders
    I think I was the one who called the HBP a walk. So Jon's error is my fault.

    So, will this be the last time we see the Minotaur in a Dodger uniform this spring? (Or this year?) Torre said they would get him into a major league game, and now they've gotten him into one. But perhaps Torre would like to subscribe to his newsletter.

    2008-03-04 18:48:37
    16.   StolenMonkey86
    Bob, you forgot 48.
    2008-03-04 18:52:47
    17.   Bob Timmermann
    Did I? Did I really? Maybe there was a reason for it....

    For starters, how can you prove that this number "48" exists?

    2008-03-04 18:57:03
    18.   Eric Enders
    Because without it, Lucille I would not exist.
    2008-03-04 18:59:37
    19.   StolenMonkey86
    18 - That's a much better example than Chris Resop.
    2008-03-04 19:01:48
    20.   StolenMonkey86
    17 - By contradiction.

    Suppose 48 did not exist. Then 96 has other factors, including 2. Then 96/2 must be some number that is not 48, but 96/2 is 48. So 48 exists.

    2008-03-04 19:20:08
    21.   Bob Timmermann
    Sure you can throw your numbers around and your fancy math. But I only believe in numbers that have deep meaning and give a little extra. What does this "48" do? It sounds like it's just a slacker number that lives off the hard work of the smaller factors.

    Does "48" show up early for math class and get written on the board more frequently? No.

    It's just a lazy shiftless number and it's fully deserving of my scorn and ridicule.

    2008-03-04 19:27:12
    22.   MollyKnight
    I just saw your Matt Kemp/bison post right now, Jon. I nearly choked on my cranberry juice. After a long day of traveling, I needed that. So thank you.

    I'm in Scottsdale. Planning to infiltrate the Giants locker room tomorrow. I'd make a joke about knowing thy enemy, but I'm supposed to be impartial.

    2008-03-04 19:36:39
    23.   Bob Timmermann
    Will this be a stealth maneuver? Or will it involve brute force?
    2008-03-04 19:44:38
    24.   MollyKnight
    I wish I could do ANYTHING involving brute force.
    2008-03-04 19:46:52
    25.   Jon Weisman
    24 - You could beat up champion gymnasts.
    2008-03-04 19:48:26
    26.   scareduck
    23 - I think the X chromosome pretty much precludes that.
    2008-03-04 19:49:59
    27.   MollyKnight
    25- Yes, I could. I have 12 inches and 30 pounds on Shawn Johnson, I do believe.

    Then again, her quads are larger than Raul Mondesi's.

    2008-03-04 19:50:13
    28.   Disabled List
    I can't believe that LA Times buyout list (from the last thread). We really are witnessing one of the great newspapers in the country circling the drain.

    Otis Chandler would throw up if he were alive today.

    2008-03-04 19:54:54
    29.   gpellamjr
    28 How would he throw up? A lot or a little? And where would this throwing-up take place?
    2008-03-04 19:55:46
    30.   MollyKnight
    Does anyone have any (legitimate, baseball) questions for any Giants tomorrow? It'll be wild to see Rowand in that clubhouse, and no Bonds. Wild.
    2008-03-04 20:01:45
    31.   Icaros

    How does it feel to play for a team that hasn't won a World Series since 1954?

    2008-03-04 20:03:49
    32.   natepurcell

    Ask Lincecum if he plans to bring the snaggle tooth into style like how Strahan did with his field goal gap.

    2008-03-04 20:03:50
    33.   Disabled List
    28 He would throw up due to involuntary convulsions of the stomach muscle. He would throw up a lot. It would occur wherever he happened to be in residence when he heard of the evisceration of the newspaper that he brought to national prominence.

    I'm not sure what your point is.

    2008-03-04 20:06:18
    34.   Disabled List
    30 Ask Brian Sabean, "Why on earth haven't you made a move for that scrappy centerfielder that the Dodgers are shopping around for some inexplicable reason?"
    2008-03-04 20:06:36
    35.   Andrew Shimmin
    33- He was trying to get you to break rule 13. Although, I thought the appellate court had ruled that the emanating penumbras of rule 13 made just about all mention of regurgitation verboten.
    2008-03-04 20:07:43
    36.   Andrew Shimmin
    Does anyone have any (legitimate, baseball) questions for any Giants tomorrow?

    Looks like the answer to that is: no.

    2008-03-04 20:08:16
    37.   bhsportsguy
    He has a (heck) of a curveball,'' Joe Torre said. ``He has a really good changeup, too, but he didn't get it down (to Jimenez). After the home run, he just sort of smiled. It was like, welcome to the big leagues. It's wonderful to see that kind of enthusiasm.''

    I think Joe broke Rule 1 there but Tony Jackson changed the quote.

    2008-03-04 20:12:45
    38.   Icaros

    Who are you to judge the legitimacy of my question? I don't play for a team that hasn't won a World Series since '54. I'd like to know how it feels.

    2008-03-04 20:18:36
    39.   Andrew Shimmin
    38- Should she move the trashcans around, too? Affect a cocky, superior attitude?
    2008-03-04 20:23:46
    40.   GMac In The 909
    28 It's too bad Bill Whatshisname wasn't on that list.

    It would've been best for everyone.

    Especially the Bison.

    There's still time, Bill.

    There's still time.

    2008-03-04 20:27:29
    41.   Icaros

    That works.

    2008-03-04 20:30:24
    42.   Disabled List
    35 Ah, got it. Various news tonight has put me in a bad mood, and I'm not my usual humorous, fun-loving self.
    2008-03-04 20:50:03
    43.   still bevens
    30 Ask them how they feel about their team ringing in their teams 50th anniversary in SF with a meeting between Selig and the owner/GM about turning a blind eye to rampant PED use in their clubhouse while the Dodgers and 115,000 fans in the Coliseum celebrate their 50th anniversary down south.
    2008-03-04 20:51:03
    44.   jujibee
    Anyone watching the Kings/Lakers game?
    2008-03-04 20:57:32
    45.   trainwreck
    I can't, but I am hearing it is getting very testy.
    2008-03-04 20:59:33
    46.   bhsportsguy
    44 I am.

    I don't the think anyone on the Giants (and for that matter the Dodgers) cares that their teams have not won a World Series since _____. Nor do they really concern themselves about this year being the 50th anniversary of their franchises moving west.

    2008-03-04 21:00:40
    47.   Andrew Shimmin
    I took my watch in to a shop to get the crystal replaced, today, and they said I could pick it up Friday. Which means I'm going to spend the next three days looking at my wrist, and then swearing.

    Really looking forward to that.

    2008-03-04 21:18:47
    48.   natepurcell
    Lawler's Law will be tested tonight in Sacramento!
    2008-03-04 21:21:07
    49.   gpellamjr
    When I think back to my childhood, the thing I miss the most and remember most fondly is "Vaught from his spot!" Oh, the cool winter nights I lay in bed dreaming of being Loy Vaught.
    2008-03-04 21:24:07
    50.   Bob Timmermann
    Lawler's Law is a law that can't be broken. It's like the firmness of the earth. It's a farm that you can buy in the sky.
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    2008-03-04 21:25:42
    51.   Icaros

    I don't think anyone on the Giants would care, either. I assumed people would understand that.

    2008-03-04 21:29:23
    52.   underdog
    Nice comeback by the Lakers in a game they should win but is one of those sort of "trap games" on the road...

    Btw, Tony Jax posted a response to some of the comments (including mine) about his post mentioning the "RF battle" between Kemp and Ethier:
    >>For the last time, Juan Pierre is GOING TO BE the Dodgers' regular LF. And if the rest of the lineup does what it is supposed to do (JP did what he was supposed to do last season, putting up the same numbers he always does), he WILL be a huge weapon in this lineup. If I'm wrong, you can all take your shots at me on this blog in the fall, and I will admit that I was wrong. But I don't think I'm going to be.<<

    2008-03-04 21:32:00
    53.   natepurcell
    52 not really, just sad.

    2008-03-04 21:32:21
    54.   underdog
    {Sigh} {cry} {drink}
    2008-03-04 21:32:58
    55.   bhsportsguy
    52 Well, I did not know that Tony J. was on the Dodger coaching staff.

    Seriously, if that's his opinion fine but please identify it as such and not like this is some plan that Joe and Ned told Tony already.

    2008-03-04 21:33:29
    56.   underdog
    I love the "JP did what he was supposed to do" argument. Indeed he did, indeed he did. And? Does that mean he should be starting over Ethier? Sigh.
    2008-03-04 21:35:48
    57.   Bob Timmermann
    And if the rest of the lineup does what it is supposed to do

    You mean, make up for the lack of offense from Juan Pierre?

    2008-03-04 21:36:58
    58.   bhsportsguy
    56 Sure, that's true but he doesn't explain why Pierre should be playing above the other two guys.
    2008-03-04 21:38:17
    59.   Icaros
    Couldn't the case be made that the Lakers actually won Lawler's Law in the first place by taking a 101-100 lead?
    2008-03-04 21:39:15
    60.   trainwreck
    I do not believe we are going to let Juan Pierre consistently start at the price of Kemp.
    2008-03-04 21:40:19
    61.   bhsportsguy
    59 There are no exceptions to Lawler's Law.

    60 Has Tony Jackson made Bob's list yet?

    2008-03-04 21:40:26
    62.   Bob Timmermann
    I believe Lawler's Law is immutable.
    2008-03-04 21:42:06
    63.   Bob Timmermann
    The "On Notice" list changed recently, but Tony Jackson's name was not put on it.
    2008-03-04 21:45:09
    64.   Icaros
    But if you are sitting on 100 and losing, then that isn't Lawler's Law.
    2008-03-04 21:50:50
    65.   natepurcell
    I wrote a long reply that probably won't convince him.
    2008-03-04 22:10:57
    66.   Jon Weisman
    Two new posts up top.

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