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And You Thought the Dodger Clubhouse Had Issues
2008-03-10 13:43
by Jon Weisman

From Pete Thomas of the Times:

Hero, Big Bear, Fajita, Sockeye, Marlin, Hunter, Dasher, Trapper, Earp, Shy Girl, Monty and Babe....

They're just some of the huskies pulling sleds from Anchorage to Nome in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The mushers cherish their dogs and vice-versa, but dogs are dogs and that sometimes makes life tough for mushers.

For example, reigning champion Lance Mackey had to leave his lead husky, Hobo, behind because Hobo picked a fight with Larry, another husky, before the start of the 1,100-mile race.

"It's like having a car without a steering wheel," Mackey told the Anchorage Daily News.

What's worse, one of Mackey's female dogs is in heat, so for the male dogs, racing becomes secondary.

"All they want to do is turn around or stop," Mackey said. "Even my neutered males are interested in this female, so that's what we're dealing with." …

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2008-03-10 13:57:39
1.   Sam DC
So the mlb.com beat writer for the Nationals offered this in his mailbag today: "I have to say that Odalis Perez will be the Opening Day starter."

Now, keep in mind that this guy is not a very good baseball writer or analyst.

But there's something a little startling about that as the way to christen the new ballpark on national tv.

2008-03-10 14:02:06
2.   DXMachina
I wonder if the fight between Hobo and Larry was over a trashcan.
2008-03-10 14:10:58
3.   Marty
The dogs should feel lucky their owner isn't Vic Mackey
2008-03-10 14:18:51
4.   Penarol1916
3. I was thinking that the female dog was lucky that her owner wasn't Gary Barnett.
2008-03-10 14:19:15
5.   be2ween
1 Good lord almighty. Odalis may look back on this someday as his turning point. Nah, probably not.
2008-03-10 14:20:19
6.   Disabled List
Let's hope no one on the 25-man roster is in heat.
2008-03-10 14:21:05
7.   Eric Enders
(Insert $5,500/hour joke here)
2008-03-10 14:26:18
8.   Eric Enders
From Peter Gammons:
----------

It had been a majority opinion on the staff that Nomar would not have been happy as LaRoche's caddy or as a utilityman, so the loss of LaRoche probably ensures that the Dodgers will not have to make a decision on whether or not to eat his contract.
*
Also in Dodgers camp, Larry Bowa is sold on the future of SS Chin-Lung Hu. "He can really play defense," says Bowa.

2008-03-10 14:26:34
9.   Johnson
(Insert completely unfair Alyssa Milano joke here)
2008-03-10 14:29:17
10.   underdog
Woof. Woof woof bark! Woof.

Best,
underdog

2008-03-10 14:35:40
11.   Telemachos
Jon Heyman at SI has dubbed Ethier "baseball's best backup".

http://tinyurl.com/29qobf (down the page a bit)

2008-03-10 14:36:14
12.   Bob Timmermann
"Even my neutered males are interested in this female, so that's what we're dealing with."

Men of all species are very predictable.

2008-03-10 14:40:48
13.   Eric Enders
The lead photo on ESPN.com's baseball page right now depicts a pitcher with what appears to be the body of a man and the head of a bull.
2008-03-10 14:48:01
14.   LogikReader
13

Awesome! I admit though, I think it got more attention because the Red Sox were involved.

2008-03-10 14:49:45
15.   MC Safety
Penarol, are you an Atletico Madrid/Forlan fan?

Eekrock, nice victory for Barnsley huh.... My championship team Stoke City is in the Top 2 by like 2 points I'm hoping they can hold tight. Arsenal looked like they had a little Milan hangover which is understandable. Lookin forward to Liverpool/Inter as well, Inter has their work cut out.

And The Minotaur... Wow, he Looks like Randy Johnson with a 12 to 6. I'd like to see him go straight to AAA as Canuck I believe suggested. Lets get that man on the fast track, especially if we have to put up with the mediocre at best Juan Pierre. We're going to need some career years to offset that man's terrible offensive output. This bs that Ned keeps feeding us is really getting frustrating. I'm hoping Torre has the cajones to make a switch mid season which seems highly doubtful since they like and know what they are getting. It seems like a Kemp/Ethier platoon is inevitable which is just sad.

Oh yeah and Lovin Spoonful's version of "Didn't Want To Have To Do It" is probably the best song I've ever heard. I must have listened to that song 200 times this weekend. I was really neglecting them for some time.

2008-03-10 14:56:16
16.   Penarol1916
15. Like everyone who follows a team that Forlan has played for, I have a love/hate relationship with him. As long as he doesn't have to think about anything and just relax and use his great physical gifts, he's great, but make him use his brain, and its over. I preferred him when he was playing with Riquelme at Villareal, and I still have a soft spot for the "yellow submarines."
2008-03-10 14:59:13
17.   Gen3Blue
I think Kemp is obvious middle of the line-up stuff and I wouldn't worry-he will be the right fielder. Beyond that --start to worry.
2008-03-10 15:01:41
18.   Kevin Lewis
I am up to 200,000 points, gotta take a break I am going for it today!
2008-03-10 15:08:05
19.   MC Safety
16 Nice, so you're sort of a gypsy. Nothing wrong with following countrymen.
2008-03-10 15:08:27
20.   ToyCannon
We know Jeff Kent had a Jamie's ear, maybe the bull and the bison were looking for a cougar?
2008-03-10 15:16:35
21.   eekrock
15 good call, my friend. isn't the Stoke City firm called the Naughty 40? i didn't think it was a mee-lawn hangover so much as playing on a rugby pitch that did us in. and how there wasn't a booking for the high boot against Bendtner was beyong me.

i, too, am guilty of overlooking the Lovin' Spoonful. i'll get there, but i've been busy with a gair-idge rock/60's punk box from Western Michigan entitled Scream Loud, the Fenton Records story as of late.

16 how have Atletico looked this year? i know Reyes went in that direction but i don't get to watch many la liga games (no fsc hurts).

2008-03-10 15:23:19
22.   CajunDodger
Don't know if anyone has talked about it since I have been just kind of passively reading today, but have a look at this guy's story about Moneyball.

http://tinyurl.com/3dhg24

He somehow thinks the retiring of a 35th round catcher by the name of Jeremy Brown will hasten the end of the Moneyball era.

I'm kind of ambivalent about the book and would put myself somewhere in the middle of being a traditional counting stats vs. rate guy, but why can't guys like this accept the fact that stats add to the enjoyment of the game for some people like myself. It's almost as if...well I think this whole discussion is a Rule 8.

I just wish that some of the older school guys (and some of the newer ones) were more open-minded.

2008-03-10 15:28:15
23.   Jon Weisman
22 - It's been discussed - it's a satire written by BP's Jim Baker.
2008-03-10 15:28:27
24.   Bob Timmermann
22
Actually, the whole article is satirical and the author's name is a pseudonym.
2008-03-10 15:31:55
25.   El Lay Dave
From the link in 11 :
But Ethier may be the best of the backups. "I'd like to see what that guy could do with 500 at-bats,'' one NL coach said.

Ethier qualified for the batting title race last year with his 505 PAs (447 ABs). Isn't that close enough to 500 ABs to get a pretty good idea? Of course Jon already covered this ground:
https://dodgerthoughts.baseballtoaster.com/archives/910052.html

(I wonder if that coach was a Dodger coach?
"... but Juan Pierre has that consecutive games-played streak ..." )

2008-03-10 15:32:07
26.   CajunDodger
23 , 24
Wow...uh...I feel a bit behind. I think I will just passively read better next time...
2008-03-10 15:33:07
27.   cargill06
22 i think my VORAT, and PETCO ratings were better than his VROOM, SHIRK and PMS ratings.
2008-03-10 15:35:57
28.   MC Safety
21 Yep, the Naughty 40. A few of my girl's cousins are in the Naughty 40. Her Mom's side support Liverpool and Stoke City, and her Dad's side are hardcore Gunners fans.

I'll have to check that Scream Loud out, I'm still getting acquainted with the Austin/13th Floor Elevators scene, but I can multi task. Been getting into some Surf lately too, my friend just gave me Jerry Cole and his Spacemen which I'm pretty into, specifically "Deep Surf".

2008-03-10 15:44:58
29.   Gen3Blue
Don't feel bad Cajun, there is an awful lot of reading to do around this place, a tribute to it's popularity. My fervent wish is that if any of our young talent must be traded, it be done with skill at peak value time. It's not like we need to be desperate for anything, and if you had to trade an all round good outfielder who can play anywhere at pennant run time that is worth a yound solid starter. Period.
2008-03-10 15:52:40
30.   Kevin Lewis
Almost to 400,000, I don't know if I can make it much longer (mentally)
2008-03-10 15:52:42
31.   Ken Noe
25 Pierre .242/.250/.219 3 runs
Ethier .406/.500/.269 6 runs
2008-03-10 15:55:07
32.   delias man
What were the circumstances that 19yo Gooden got in that rotation? I see that he started the 4th game, so he was in the rotation from the start. Was someone hurt, or no good starters? If anyone can give some knowledge on that....
2008-03-10 16:02:27
33.   Eric Enders
I think it was just that the Mets wanted to win the pennant and Gooden was clearly one of the 5 or 10 best pitchers in the league.
2008-03-10 16:03:09
34.   Bob Timmermann
32
I believe the Mets wanted Gooden in the rotation from the outset of the season. The 1983 Mets went 68-94. Also, in the offseason, the Mets had lost Tom Seaver to the White Sox as free agent compensation for Chicago losing Joel Skinner to free agency.

So the Mets needed help and something to get fans in the park FAST.

2008-03-10 16:03:30
35.   Eric Enders
For some reason, I remember Gooden's debut like it was yesterday. It was in the Dome against the Astros.
2008-03-10 16:03:52
36.   Eric Enders
In fact, that might be my earliest baseball memory.
2008-03-10 16:03:57
37.   eekrock
28 ah, a family full of Gooners. a beautiful thing. i wish i had a ticket hook up. a friend of mine & i went before i got married and we landed tickets in the North End against Birmingham (believe it was 10.2.05). can't wait to make it to Ashburton Grove.

13th Floor Elevators are a good time. As for surfy stuff, I got a Joe Meek comp not that long ago (Telstar by the Tornadoes is classic Surf)...I'll have to look into this Jerry Cole & his Spacemen.

2008-03-10 16:04:32
38.   Bob Timmermann
35
I recall Gooden being very nervous when being interviewed after the game by Tim McCarver. This was back in the Mets WGN days and they were on TV a lot.
2008-03-10 16:09:42
39.   Eric Enders
In those pre-pitch count days, Gooden had struck out 300 batters and walked 119 in the minors the previous year. God, can you imagine giving an 18-year-old pitcher that kind of workload today?

In retrospect, it's pretty obvious why he broke down and it probably had very little to do with cocaine.

2008-03-10 16:10:26
40.   MollyKnight
Do we have a running list of who is in camp and who has been cut/optioned from Dodgertown?
2008-03-10 16:12:03
41.   Eric Enders
I think Bob means WOR.
2008-03-10 16:13:43
42.   Bob Timmermann
41
I'm still tired from being the morning DJ on WOLD.
2008-03-10 16:14:17
43.   Eric Enders
40 As far as I know, the only late additions have been Kershaw and Dewitt and the only cuts have been Martin, Alvarez, Orenduff, McDonald, and Meloan.
2008-03-10 16:21:17
44.   Kevin Lewis
484,081 that is the best I could do. They just kept coming, and they're so impatient
2008-03-10 16:23:17
45.   Jon Weisman
43 - There was an earlier round of cuts.

3/5/08 Reassigned RHP Rick Asadoorian, RHP Fernando De La Cruz, C A.J. Ellis, C Gabriel Gutierrez, LHP Brian Shackelford and RHP Alfredo Simon to Minor League camp.

http://tinyurl.com/2usskp

2008-03-10 16:24:09
46.   bhsportsguy
40 The basic information is from the Dodger site/Transactions area but I added some further clarification:

3/10/08 Released LHP Tom Martin and reassigned (and optioned) RHP Mario Alvarez, RHP James McDonald, RHP Jon Meloan and RHP Justin Orenduff to Minor League camp.

3/5/08 Reassigned RHP Rick Asadoorian, RHP Fernando De La Cruz, C A.J. Ellis, C Gabriel Gutierrez, LHP Brian Shackelford and RHP Alfredo Simon to Minor League camp.

2008-03-10 16:24:32
47.   Gen3Blue
WOR it is. AT least it can't be WGN. And I probably missed my only chance to correct the great one by a few minutes (Eating dinner)
2008-03-10 16:41:50
48.   Eric Stephen
ESPN's Joe Lunardi currently has 7 Pac-10 teams in the NCAA tournament.

UCLA - #1 seed (West)
Stanford - #4 (South)
USC - #7 (West)
WSU - #7 (Midwest)
Arizona - #11 (East)
Oregon - #12 (East)
ASU - #13 (Midwest)

Oregon & Arizona State are among the "last four in", so any upsets this week (like USD over Gonzaga tonight, for instance) will hurt them.

During the AZ/Oregon broadcast yesterday, the announcers mentioned there were only something like 13 or 14 teams with .500 conference records or worse that have ever made the NCAA tourney. None of those have been from the Pac-10. Getting two 9-9 teams (ASU, Oregon) and an 8-10 team (Arizona) in would be unprecedented for the conference.

2008-03-10 16:44:05
49.   bhsportsguy
For our faithful friends up North. Baseball Prospectus book signing and talk.
I have no idea where Alameda is located, I assume its near Oakland (hence Oakland Alameda) but otherwise I am clueless. Perhaps someone could give me a comparsion, Downtown LA to Long Beach, etc.

Bay Area, CA Monday, March 10th
7:30 pm
Talk & Signing Books Inc.
1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501 Kevin Goldstein, Christina Kahrl

2008-03-10 16:46:08
50.   bhsportsguy
ToyCannon, did you notice that Raffy was playing a lot of second base in Winter League ball? Just saying, Larry Bowa likes Hu at SS.
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2008-03-10 16:51:03
51.   trainwreck
49
Alameda is an island just south of Oakland.
2008-03-10 16:53:10
52.   fanerman
49 That's about 8 miles from my work, which is sort of on the northern edge of Oakland.
2008-03-10 16:57:02
53.   Dodgers49
43 40 As far as I know, the only late additions have been Kershaw and Dewitt and the only cuts have been Martin, Alvarez, Orenduff, McDonald, and Meloan.

They also just added Kevin Howard:

Nomar, Sweeney to miss China trip

>> Minor League infielder Kevin Howard was named as a replacement, meaning Andruw Jones will be the only true veteran making the trip. <<

http://tinyurl.com/yo4ku8

2008-03-10 16:57:27
54.   Eric Stephen
48
that should read "...have ever made the NCAA tourney as an at-large bid."
2008-03-10 16:59:48
55.   ToyCannon
50
Yes, it was brought up a few times. One of the coaches in the DL said that when Furcal played 2nd base the 1st baseman were afraid of his howitzer. I think he only played 2nd because he joined the team late, and they already had a SS. Given his seniority status I can't imagine them moving him to 2nd and playing Hu at SS instead of the other way around no matter how much Bowa likes him.

The Gammons quote about eating Nomar's contract was interesting. Does anyone really think that if LaRoche had won the job the Dodgers would have eaten Nomar's contract?

Also I expect that Dodger management was pulling for Nomar to have the injury that LaRoche ended up. Not meaning to say they were hoping Nomar got hurt but if someone was to get hurt, I'd bet they wanted it to be Nomar not LaRoche.

2008-03-10 17:10:07
56.   Eric Enders
54 This year, I think the Pac 10 and Big 12 will both break the curse of having never gotten a .500 team in. It's a combination of the not-quite-major conferences, as a group, being lousy, and those two conferences are also better than usual.

The MVC, A10, WAC, CUSA, and Mountain West, all of which are often good for two or more bids, are probably all going to be one-bid leagues unless New Mexico, UNLV or UAB finds the right side of the bubble.

2008-03-10 17:15:40
57.   El Lay Dave
50 Does anyone really think that if LaRoche had won the job the Dodgers would have eaten Nomar's contract?

Not with the way Ned values depth.

I find the " ...Nomar would not have been happy ... " part interesting. Given Gammon's Red Sox familiarity and his willingness to run with that, am I wrong to give it a little more credibility than I might otherwise (unhappy to the point that contract-eating is palatable)?. Or is just the normal columnist poppycock?

2008-03-10 17:23:47
58.   Bob Timmermann
Alameda is the Baseball Toaster World Headquarters.
2008-03-10 17:31:47
59.   bhsportsguy
58 It seems right then that they host an event there.
2008-03-10 17:37:11
60.   Ken Arneson
49 I will be there tonight. BP decides to hold an event near my home, how can I not go?
2008-03-10 17:42:11
61.   Eric Enders
Oh, Ken, they didn't tell you? It's actually AT your home.
2008-03-10 17:50:10
62.   Ken Arneson
61 Oh, good, maybe I can ask Kevin Goldstein to get rid of that gopher that's currently digging a big hole in my front lawn
2008-03-10 17:51:53
63.   Eric Enders
The gopher is a three-star prospect at best. I think the only gophers who ever amounted to anything are Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor.
2008-03-10 17:58:50
64.   El Lay Dave
Amusing typo in Yahoo sports version of today's boxscore:

"R Martin 2b 1 0 0 0"

http://tinyurl.com/3ykkcv

No, he's not going the Biggio route.

2008-03-10 18:04:28
65.   Eric Enders
The letters "ez" make all the difference in the world...
2008-03-10 18:06:52
66.   Jon Weisman
64 - "2b" is text message speak for "to bat." Kids today also don't like to use decimal points. Expressed more formally, what you have is:

"Russell Martin to bat 1.000."

2008-03-10 18:11:27
67.   El Lay Dave
66 As befits a Golden God.
2008-03-10 18:24:42
68.   Bob Timmermann
Andrew Bogut was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year.
2008-03-10 18:25:13
69.   Dodgers49
Dodgers Mailbag: Hot corner a hot topic

http://tinyurl.com/2dfvqx

2008-03-10 18:46:03
70.   El Lay Dave
69 You're just trying to antagonize us with more of that loose Crede/Inge talk. ;)
2008-03-10 18:52:49
71.   El Lay Dave
Good news on Saito.
http://tinyurl.com/22g9ga
Saito cleared a key hurdle in his recovery from a strained calf muscle Monday, throwing 23 pain-free pitches in a Dodgertown bullpen session.

He is cautious though:
"Obviously, that is a big concern, to get ready [for Opening Day]," he said. "That said, I have to take time to heal and not rush and be held back even longer. I have to concentrate on healing my calf."

2008-03-10 18:55:48
72.   El Lay Dave
From Diamond Leung's blog:
Because I keep track of these things, this [Minotaur] video from Jon Weisman was viewed in one day nearly three times more than The Legend of Joe Beimel was viewed in more than three months.
Well, of course. It's not everyday that one sees video of a mythological creature in the flesh.
2008-03-10 19:50:10
73.   underdog
Argh! Our parents are not supposed to be on Facebook! Man...

Sorry for off topic rant. As you were.

2008-03-10 19:54:04
74.   Bob Timmermann
73
If I found my parents on Facebook, I'd be even more freaked out.
2008-03-10 19:56:32
75.   Gen3Blue
Yes--our parents our not supposed to be on facebook, and if they are thats a dark secret, but no darker than the fact that we would much rather be on the bus with Troy from WVa. than most Dodger columnists or broadcasters.(excepting Vin, of course)
2008-03-10 19:58:19
76.   trainwreck
73
I'm not even on Facebook.
2008-03-10 19:59:33
77.   LogikReader
Troy from WVa? Is that you Gen3?
2008-03-10 20:00:33
78.   Bob Timmermann
76
Nor are you my father or mother.
2008-03-10 20:05:06
79.   Bob Timmermann
Looks like the 7th team from the Pac-10 in the NCAA tournament will the San Diego Toreros.
2008-03-10 20:05:46
80.   Gen3Blue
77 Fraid so. But its late over here.
2008-03-10 20:14:15
81.   ToyCannon
Ouch, a Pac 10 Killer. How could they lose to SD?
2008-03-10 20:18:11
82.   trainwreck
Clearly, San Diego prayed better.
2008-03-10 20:19:01
83.   Eric Stephen
79
May that be the final meaningful victory for the city of San Diego in 2008.
2008-03-10 20:22:36
84.   Bob Timmermann
81
San Diego was playing at home, so that helped.
2008-03-10 20:22:49
85.   Eric Stephen
Another bid was lost when South Alabama, the best team of the Sun Belt, lost in the conference semifinals. South Alabama will still likely get an at-large bid (25-6, #24 RPI).
2008-03-10 20:26:20
86.   Lexinthedena
This could have already been talked about, but Ned Colletti answered some pretty tough questions from fans over at ITD. Some of his answers were a little lame with a hint of arrogance, but all in all kudos to Ned for stepping up to the plate.
2008-03-10 20:30:31
87.   trainwreck
85
I have to pull a Billy Packer and say that a team out of the Pac-10 deserves a spot in the tournament more than a lot of these mid-majors.
2008-03-10 20:36:05
88.   trainwreck
Or just take less teams from the SEC and other big conferences that had down years.
2008-03-10 20:43:29
89.   Bob Timmermann
87
You need to sound a little bit more self-important to pull off a Billy Packer impersonation.
2008-03-10 20:43:38
90.   Eric Stephen
87
Let's look at the teams in question from tonight's action:

South Alabama
26-6, Sun Belt Conference
RPI Rank: 24
Record against top 50 RPI: 3-2
Key wins: Miss St (38 RPI), W. Kentucky twice (46)
Bad losses: North Texas (140), Middle Tennessee St twice (136)

Gonzaga
25-7, West Coast Conference
RPI Rank: 30
Record against top 50 RPI: 3-5
Key wins: UConn (14), St. Mary's (39), W. Kentucky (46)
Bad losses: San Diego (97) tonight

St. Mary's
24-6, West Coast Conference
RPI Rank: 39
Record against top 50 RPI: 2-3
Key wins: Drake (12), Gonzaga (30)
Bad losses: San Diego twice (97)

RPI Rank of Pac-10 teams on the bubble:
Arizona - 31
Oregon - 54
ASU - 74

2008-03-10 20:52:12
91.   Eric Enders
The mid-majors deserve every conceivable benefit of the doubt over the middle-of-the-pack teams from major conferences. It's excruciatingly hard for them to get high RPIs, because the big boys are never willing to travel to play road games at the mid-majors, which means the mid-majors have to play road-heavy schedules to get high RPIs -- and thus lose whatever attendance revenue they're using to fund their programs. They're basically screwed either way. Anytime a mid-major manages to put together an RPI like the ones listed in 90 , they deserve to go to the NCAA with no questions asked.

I'm in favor of putting as many Pac 10 teams in the tournament as possible, but some of the other "major" conferences having down years are still going to have weak teams make it in. There's no way an Ohio State or a Florida deserves it more than St. Mary's or South Alabama. Florida and Syracuse are two schools who went out of their way to make sure they didn't have any good teams on their nonconference schedules, mid-major or otherwise. Now's the time for them to pay the piper for that decision.

2008-03-10 21:00:50
92.   natepurcell
Wait, Gen3Blue is Joe Beimel's biggest fan?
2008-03-10 21:13:50
93.   Daniel Zappala
Wait, Jon wants to neuter Juan Pierre?
2008-03-10 21:20:24
94.   das411
Wait, I missed Hockey Thoughts????

49 - Isn't Alameda where they keep the nuclear wessels?

2008-03-10 21:29:57
95.   Xeifrank
With the Dodgers ready to jet off to China, it's interesting to see that the world record holder of the mens marathon is pulling out of the Olympic marathon race due to air pollution concerns. This was something that popped into my head 5 minutes after I walked out of the Beijing airport the first time I visited. The air pollution is awful, you have to see it to believe it, and yes you can really see it and taste it. After two days you will be hacking, just like the taxi drivers. This is my main concern for Dodger players, even more so than the jet lag that they will battle on their return trip back. Perhaps the short stay will help alleviate both the air pollution sickness and the jetlag. This is what one commenter on the story had to say, and I couldn't agree more.
I hope the Dodger players travelling to Beijing have been properly prepared by Dodgers medical staff. vr, Xei
-----------------
I just returned from Changsha, Hunan Province, China. The pollution was unbearable. The only time I saw blue sky was after our flight reached cruising altitude.

The pollution made my eyes tear, lungs burn, and sinuses run. It was absolutely miserable! The city buildings, roads, and plants were all covered with a fine layer of settled particulates. This layer muted colors and gave the city a very drab, depressing appearance.

If you must go to China, drink lots of bottled water and take detoxification supplements to combat the pollution.

2008-03-10 21:32:19
96.   Xeifrank
94. I think they closed the shipyard/navy base at Alameda during one of the previous BRACs. But yes, many of the ships stationed there were nuclear powered.
vr, Xei
2008-03-10 21:32:47
97.   Jon Weisman
Dodgers sixth in MLB in heart :)

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=792

2008-03-10 21:39:02
98.   Jon Weisman
Kershaw goes international (SFW)

http://tinyurl.com/2csqwj

2008-03-10 21:42:51
99.   Bob Timmermann
You've made 11,037 people mildly curious.
2008-03-10 21:51:08
100.   Jon Weisman
You know what my most viewed post this month is? The one about bike parking.

No. 3 is recommending Andy LaRoche visit hotwheels.com.

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2008-03-10 21:54:05
101.   Eric Enders
That's only because you haven't posted anything about Jarrod Saltalamacchia's wife.
2008-03-10 21:59:02
102.   Bob Timmermann
101
Since you didn't type her first name, Jon won't get the extra hits.
2008-03-10 22:01:54
103.   fanerman
I tried facebooking underdog, but I ran across several Bay Area people with the same name. I guess he'll have to facebook me.
2008-03-10 22:07:09
104.   underdog
Hah. I shall try that now, F-Man. Only if you promise not to make your parents my Facebook friends, too. ;-)

Sounds like Andy LaRoche had successful surgery today - this was just posted on MLB.com:
>>Dodgers rookie third baseman Andy LaRoche underwent surgery on Monday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He will be sidelined from eight to 10 weeks.

LaRoche, 24, had two pins inserted to reattach the ligament in a procedure performed by Dr. Steve Shin in Los Angeles. The pins will be removed after three weeks, after which he will begin a rehab program expected to last another five weeks.<<

2008-03-10 22:08:19
105.   fanerman
That was fast.
2008-03-10 22:08:36
106.   trainwreck
Everyone talks about how hot Salty's wife is, but how do all these people know what she looks like?
2008-03-10 22:14:05
107.   Bob Timmermann
"In Treatment" ends this week with a cliffhanger!
2008-03-10 22:18:35
108.   trainwreck
My On Demand service is useless for In Treatment now. It only releases the episodes after the week is over.
2008-03-10 22:26:19
109.   Eric Enders
Maybe somebody posted this already, but Yahoo has an interesting article up on Royals pitcher (and math geek) Brian Bannister.
http://tinyurl.com/22h3p6
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Last year, Bannister's BABIP was .264, among the [lowest] in the game.

"It's tough because I'm a student of it, and all last year I was well aware I was among the league leaders in it," Bannister said. "But what do you do? Just because you're continuing to get outs, do you say, 'Oh, this shouldn't be happening'?

"I realize very well that I could regress to the mean."

(Bob won't like this part....)
"I find Pitch f/x to be more useful than video," Bannister said, "because you're actually seeing what the pitches are doing late in the zone, and that's what it's all about."

2008-03-10 22:39:07
110.   Ken Arneson
94 Yes, that's why I live in Alameda, because my dad used to work on the nuclear wessels.
2008-03-10 22:40:29
111.   LogikReader
Checks for possible LAT opportunities... ok here we go.

On the internet, I found a little highlight audio reel of Chick Hearn's calls from the 1999-2000 season.

The last part of the reel is priceless! Oh how I miss Chick.

Here you go: http://www.estnyboer.com/chick/

2008-03-10 22:55:37
112.   Bob Timmermann
109
I hated that piece so much that I posted it over the weekend!
2008-03-10 23:08:51
113.   Daniel Zappala
95 That's funny. I just listened to a report on NPR last week that said: (a) the air quality right then in Beijing was not that bad because of some good weather, (b) the air quality has been improving around Beijing because the government shut down coal-powered plants in the surrounding area. The reporter seemed optimistic that the air quality would be OK for the Olympics. Maybe not! I too hope the Dodgers return healthy.
2008-03-10 23:21:45
114.   Eric Stephen
111
Just awesome. Thanks for the link.

Two great Chick quotes at the end:

"Pippen lays on his back, where he belongs!"

"Portland can put the champagne away, and get out the bottled water, because that's all they're gonna drink on their way home!" (right after the Kobe...to Shaq! alley oop)

2008-03-10 23:21:56
115.   was it tims mitt i saw
I'm sure you already know this, but if you don't, Jon, your Kershaw curveball video is on the Yahoo front page.

The secret's out.

2008-03-10 23:31:14
116.   fanerman
I see a video of competitive pizza tossing on Yahoo's front page.
2008-03-10 23:33:33
117.   was it tims mitt i saw
Actually.. it's first in my.yahoo.com

But third on the sports tab on the Yahoo's front page.

2008-03-10 23:33:39
118.   scareduck
115 - not seeing it. What page? Yahoo has a lot of 'em.
2008-03-10 23:34:31
119.   Samuel
116

Click on the sports tab on the front page. It's the third tab on the page. You should see "19-year-old pitcher's curveball gets nickname"

2008-03-10 23:45:36
120.   fanerman
Ohhh. Cool.
2008-03-10 23:56:31
121.   natepurcell
first step: inform the world about Clayton Kershaw

second step: Try to convince the world he doesn't exist.

2008-03-11 00:05:57
122.   underdog
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was...

Well, anyway, speaking of tricks, the Yankees just signed a ringer. A temp ringer, that is.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080311/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_crystal

That man wields a mighty schtick.

2008-03-11 00:05:58
123.   Greg Brock
Yes. The nuclear wessels. In Alameda. I think it's across the bay, in Alameda.

Nerds.

2008-03-11 00:11:32
124.   Greg Brock
And stop ruining my drive to work every day.

http://tinyurl.com/2yluq7

2008-03-11 00:17:01
125.   scareduck
119 - must be something only you can see, or maybe I didn't see it before it disappeared. Rotation is a curious thing.
2008-03-11 01:39:42
126.   arbfuldodger
here is the link to the story: http://tiny.cc/MubJ5

I also like how the only negative comments about Minotaur are from Yankee fans

2008-03-11 06:22:08
127.   Penarol1916
19. I'm not really a gypsy so much as my club teams are not in Europe, they are (of course) Penarol and Rosario Central, so I primarily watch the Argentine League and Copa Libertadores.
2008-03-11 06:22:09
128.   Penarol1916
19. I'm not really a gypsy so much as my club teams are not in Europe, they are (of course) Penarol and Rosario Central, so I primarily watch the Argentine League and Copa Libertadores.
2008-03-11 07:33:30
129.   delias man
127 I also mostly watch la primera and libertadores. Boca fan here. Do you know of any bars/restaurants here in LA where it is on satellite? FSC/FSE does not give me enough.
2008-03-11 08:02:30
130.   Jon Weisman
NPUT

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