Tagged: Dodgers

Not a Good Sign for the New Season

I try to be optimistic at the beginning of every Dodger season, but sometimes it’s difficult. Here are just a few of the issues / mishaps that are plaguing the team and the pitchers and catchers have just reported for work.

  • The ongoing battle that is the McCourt’s divorce – How can the question of who will own the team by the end of the season not be a distraction? It certainly didn’t help the Dodgers in the post-season last year.
  • They failed to pick up Roy Halladay.
  • Pitcher Jose Padilla was accidentally shot in the leg by his own bodyguard at a shooting range in the off-season. 

“I was shooting, then my gun just stopped,” Padilla said. “It jammed. I
looked for the bullet, and I couldn’t find it. I gave it to one of my
guys, and he couldn’t find it, either. Then it went off and hit me in
the leg.”

Sigh.

Update:  This story from LA Observed indicates that the Dodgers are planning on spending less on players, but will significantly raise ticket prices over the next few years. This is apparently to woo potential new investors. Just how do they plan to tell a family of four that, in these troubling times, the Dodgers plan to price families right out of the ballpark?

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Wow!

Wow, what a game! I do wish that the Dodgers wouldn’t make us wait through so much tension, but they do have a knack for the comeback. I listened to the game last night on MLB audio because it wasn’t on television here, but I watched the comeback video this morning (I’m not sure how long they leave these videos up).

Just a few thoughts after last nights game:

  • The Dodgers owe too much to other team’s mistakes. They’re a great team, but they owe last night’s victory to the error on Holliday and Franklin’s pitching falling apart.
  • The best line of the night was Scully saying of Holliday’s error, “It hit him right in the groin. Hopefully he’s wearing a cup.”
  • I expect Manny’s career with the Dodger’s to be over before the snow has finished melting in my backyard next spring.

Prediction for Postseason

I know that it’s been too long since my last post, but there are actually more important things in life than the Dodgers (gasp). Anyway, while there was a bit of fear there, our boys did win the division and finished with the best record in the National League.

That being said, here are my predictions for the postseason. I think that, at the most, there will be one upset with the Twins possibly taking out the Yankees. The Dodgers will beat St. Louis, Phillies over Rockies (they’ve already won the first game) and the Angels will take down Boston.

I’ll go out on a limb here and say that the Dodgers will play the winner of the Yankees / Twins series in the World Series.

Update: Technically the Rockies aren’t the underdog since they finished with a better record than the Phils, but because they’re the wild card, I’m calling them the underdog here.

Dodgers Up to the Challenge

I subscribe to the Dodgers News and read it via my RSS reader. I was disheartened and a bit disturbed to see the headline Dodgers Hope to Finish What They Started back on September 10. The article talked about the potential for this to be the “club’s worst collapse since Bobby Thomson’s ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World‘ in 1951″. Seriously, this is on the Dodger’s Web site.

Well, it appears that the Dodgers may have seen that and are answering the call to keep that collapse from happening. Since the article appeared the Dodgers have gone 4 and 1 and have increase their lead over Colorado to five games (it helps that the Rockies have gone 2 and 4 since then).

The boys finish off the series against Pittsburgh tonight and have tomorrow off. The Giants come to town on Friday for a weekend series before the Dodgers head out for a nine game road trip. When they get back they’ll face Colorado for the final three games of the regular season, then on to the playoffs.

The Stretch Begins

Here we are, it’s September 2 and the
Dodgers have a 5 ½ game lead over the Colorado Rockies and 6 ½ over
the Giants. This is good considering that they are 6-4 in their last
ten games. While this isn’t great, it’s certainly better than the
train wreck that they seemed to be in the month after the all-star
break

I spoke with my brother yesterday about
the recent Dodger acquisitions – Jim Thome from the White Sox and
Jon Garland from Arizona. While we’re both happy that these two have
joined our team, we wonder how White Sox fans feel about GM Kenny
Williams giving away the farm while the team was still in playoff
contention (hey, they’re in a better position than the Blue Jays).

Garland will be pitching tonight
against his former teammates, who we frankly won’t be seeing in the
post-season either.

On a funny note, check out Keith
Olberman’s post from last night comparing the new helmet worn by NY
Met David Wright to “Fred Flintston’s little green prehistoric
Shark-Jumping visitor from outer space.”

The Era

I just finished reading The Era: 1947-1957 when the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers ruled the world by Roger Kahn. Overall this is a great book about some great baseball teams, but here are some specific thoughts.

  • It was good, but depressing, to hear the details of what ended the promising career of Pete Reiser.
  • Kahn does a good job of putting those years in baseball into context with historical events happening off of the field.
  • While I love that I got to grow up with the Los Angeles Dodgers, I finished this book hating Walter O’Malley even more than I already did.
  • I was disappointed that Kahn spent the first approximately 300 pages covering the first six years of the Era and about 40 or so pages covering the last four (the Dodgers winning their first World Series and the Bums and Giants leaving New York for California).

It’s a good read and I recommend it, but I also suggest that you check out Bums: an Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers by Peter Golenbock.

It’s Been How Long?

I’ve been reminded this week of just how hard it is to be a Cubs fan. I think that we can all admit that it’s much harder than being a Dodgers fan especially with the clobber the Dodgers gave the Cubs last night (thank you Russell Martin)

My great aunt, who grew up in Chicago, died this week. The Cubs never won a World Series in her lifetime. But wait, there’s more.

My grandmother, who also grew up in Chicago, turned 99-years-old in June. The Cubs haven’t even won a World Series in her life time.

In the meantime, the Dodgers have won six World Series titles (55, 59, 63, 65, 81 and 88). Of course the Blue Jays have won their only two titles since the last time the Dodgers were even in the Series (92 and 93).