It's pouring in Vero…

For those of us Los Angeles types, this is a little different, as we’re not used to seeing rain like this. I can hear the rain pounding the ground and window of my office here in Dodgertown, but fortunately, all the players got their work in before the downpour began.

Otherwise, it’s been a quiet day out here. The Vero Beach Dodgers picked a tough day to host their free heart screening event, as the skies opened up over their festive atmosphere. There was live music, games for kids and autograph sessions by a few Dodger players (Jonathan Broxton, Kelly Wunsch and Kurt Ainsworth). And then the rains came.

And, in case you’re wondering why this post is in red, we’re going to try and change the font color based on who is doing the writing. For me (PR Director Josh Rawitch), it’ll be in red. For Roy Smith (VP of Player Development and Scouting), it’ll be in black and for Mark Langill (Team Historian and Publications Editor), it’ll be in blue. That way, we don’t have to put our name in the headline every time. For those of you that check back regularly, you’ll get used to the colors (at least I hope you will).

213 comments

  1. kssparkuhl@cableone.net

    I don’t care for the different colors at all… it’s too confusing. Just put your names in the heading like you’ve been doing. It’s the proper thing to do when you write an article, and there won’t be any misused copyright violations if someone knows who the work belongs to in the first place. Besides… it makes for easier reading. If you keep this differing color format, no matter how many times you define it, I’ll still not know who’s work it is that I’ll be reading. Too confusing… and what about any contributing writers? What color will they be? Just keep the text the same and attach your names like you’ve been doing.

  2. ericfmason@ameritech.net

    I second the suggestion to please include the names of the writers. In addition to the reasons mentioned by the previous poster, I would add that it is not easy for many readers to discern which color font has been used, especially when dark colors are used.

  3. kssparkuhl@cableone.net

    I guess you could say that in parallel to the recent uniform decision, “We want our names back on the Blog!” : )

  4. JhallWally

    We’re mashing again today. Kersh will probably need to pitch a complete game shutout to get a no decision.

    • enchantedTheBeav

      Surprised they brought him up and started the clock. You know Ned’s dying to bring up Snell.

      • JhallWally

        Yep, I’m sure he’s champing at the bit. It’s really amazing how many people still think this team is a contender and keep talking about making a trade to help us make the playoffs. I don’t see what is so hard or tragic about just admitting that this is not a good team. Then start the rebuilding. What a freaking joke.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        Shades of 2008 when the whole division was crap and we got in riding Manny’s roided coat tails. That’s my fear though – being close enough Ned trades away what’s left of the farm for that PVL(s) that’ll propel us to 4th place.

      • JhallWally

        Of course even if we were only a player or two away, Ned is not the one to be making the deals that would get players that could actually help. We’ll end up trading away the farm for Pathedniks, Theriots and Dotels!!

  5. trublu4ever

    Thanks, Jhall….much better πŸ˜‰ wouldn’t want all of my words of wisdom to take forever to post!

  6. JhallWally

    Hey Beav, did you see where Bauros or something like that robbed Jim Thome of his 594th HR today? Wow!!

  7. enchantedTheBeav

    Saw the replay of Furcal’s HR – how many people are in the stands? Almost looks like a ghost town. πŸ™‚

  8. nedsajerk

    Just like that dback are in 1st places.

    WEST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
    Arizona 29 24 .547 – 16-10 13-14 243 232 +11 Won 6 9-1
    San Francisco 28 24 .538 .5 13-8 15-16 177 186 -9 Lost 2 5-5
    Colorado 25 26 .490 3 13-14 12-12 235 217 +18 Won 1 3-7
    LA Dodgers 23 30 .434 6 12-15 11-15 179 226 -47 Lost 1 3-7
    San Diego 22 31 .415 7 9-20 13-11 179 206 -27 Won 2 4-6

  9. enchantedTheBeav

    They might have to put Nolasco on suicide watch – 5 hits to Gibbons, Navarro and Kersh, and a HR to Furcal.

  10. lbirken

    After Matt hit into the dp, he must have made some comments to the home plate ump on the way back to the dugout. Matt did not like a strike call on that at bat. Matt had to be restrained and Donnie got kicked out arguing for Matt.

  11. nedsajerk

    Dang FC still goes down in the batting average with the bases loaded and screw up Kershaw batting average to.

    • nedsajerk

      vs. Left 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30.2 28 – – 2 10 24 – 1.24 .243
      vs. Right 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 37.1 37 – – 5 3 30 – 1.07 .270

  12. vl4eccjr

    Guess last nights game has something to do with leaving Nolasco in this long with all the relievers used. .

  13. nedsajerk

    We have always owned Nolasco
    Last game vs. LAD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.1 7 3 3 0 2 4 4.26 1.42 .304
    Career vs. LAD 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18.1 22 11 11 2 5 14 5.40 1.47 .301
    Away (this year) 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 28.1 27 11 11 5 4 16 3.49 1.09 .252
    Grass (this year) 10 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 68.0 65 25 23 7 13 54 3.04 1.15 .258

      • vl4eccjr

        That’s one thing hard to figure. Relatively young franchise with two WS titles that always seems to be competitive. I’d figure they would draw better attendance. Alot of it is blamed on the venue from what I understand.

      • trublu4ever

        We’ll see what happens when they move to their new stadium next season.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        Weird place. Had a buddy that lived there for a few years and went and saw him on Memorial weekend once. Was like a ghost town because of all the seasonal residents that had gone back up the east coast.
        .
        Florida – the only place I’ve ever been where the locals looked as miserable being there as you were.

      • vl4eccjr

        I remember a wild night on the town in south beach a long time ago. Thought I wound up in hell, sweating like a whore in church till I had a Cuban sandwich and a couple of shots of that really stout Cuban coffee!

  14. nedsajerk

    No idea about a 4-run lead but when Dodgers score 4 runs in a Kershaw start, the team is 5-1 this year, and 40-12 in his career.

    by Eric Stephen on May 29, 2011 2:17 PM PDT

    lol what a record.

  15. Nellyjune

    Glad to see we are hitting the ball today. It’s good to see Andre getting some good hits today (Raffy and Gibbons too).

  16. Nellyjune

    I am hoping once Florida has their own ballpark, the fans will come. They have had a horrible time playing at the field. There is alot they (as an organization) can’t do at that place, including using the actual clubhouse.
    They are treated like a tenant who is renting…. not a major league ballclub who can use it like a home. I feel bad for how they are treated in their own facility. So, hopefully with a new ballpark, condusive for their players and fans, it will be a much better situation for them.

      • JhallWally

        That would be too freaking cool Beav!!!
        Yep Nelly, I agree. They deserve better. Seems to be a well run organization. When you consider what they’ve accomplished with their limited resources and crummy stadium, it really underlines how inept and mismanaged the Dodgers have been with Frank and Furter.

      • Nellyjune

        If it’s logistically possible, I would definitely be at the first game with a new owner. IMO – it would be sold out. There are tons of fans on Twitter and Facebook who are purposely staying away from DS (or at maximum using the tickets they have but not buying anything else) until we have a new owner. They are watching on TV, but they are boycotting the stadium.

  17. vl4eccjr

    Wow! Most hits in a game so far this season.
    Guess that’s a given they’ll struggle tomorrow. . .

  18. lbirken

    Wow, I don’t think I have seen wind like this at Dodger Stadium. And I don’t mean from the batters.

  19. nedsajerk

    I wish we had 1 reliever pitcher that can pitch 3 scoreless inning. Kershaw is back out there in the 9th yeah.

  20. trublu4ever

    Awesome job Kersh and the rest of the boys! See, nothing to it! Let’s do this more often from now on, please.

  21. nedsajerk

    C Kershaw (W, 6-3) 9.0 2 0 0 1 10 0 116-79 2.62

    First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: C Kershaw 22/30
    Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: C Kershaw 22-13-25-19
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls: C Kershaw 10-7
    Game Scores: C Kershaw 92

  22. nedsajerk

    RHP 55 Guerrier $1,500,000
    RHP 50 De La Rosa $289,574
    RHP 66 MacDougal $500,000
    LHP 57 Elbert $319,754
    RHP 54 Guerra $309,934
    RHP 52 Lindblom $278,262
    RHP 38 Troncoso $335,727

    DL 51 Broxton $7,000,000
    DL 44 Padilla $3,000,000
    DL 56 Kuo $2,725,000
    DL 36 Hawksworth $426,000
    DL 74 Jansen $416,000
    DFA 37 Cormier $800,000

  23. nedsajerk

    Most Hits Allowed to LA Dodgers By Single Pitcher

    Pitcher Team Date Hits

    Nolasco Florida Today 15
    Mario Soto Cincinnati 9/6/82 15
    Dave LaRoche Chicago 8/20/74 15
    Ray Herbert Philadelphia 4/25/65 15
    Billy O’Dell San Francisco 4/16/62 15

  24. dodgereric

    Well, you certainly were right, tru! “No way they get 42,000 tomorrow” you said. Or something to that effect. πŸ™‚
    .
    Numbers News:
    .
    We went over a million in attendance today. Game 28. We did it last year in Game 23. πŸ™‚
    .
    Our winning streak stays alive. 11 straight. :-):-)
    .
    We should easily cross over the 200,000-drop threshold tomorrow. :-):-):-)
    .
    Game 28’s attendance (2010): 42,459
    Today’s attendance courtesy of Vinny, lbirken and trumom : 30,621 (all people this time)
    Greater than last year = 5 / Less than last year = 22
    11th straight game of negative attendance
    .
    Games less than 30,000 this season – 5
    Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
    Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704
    .
    Lowest attended game of the year: Game 8 – 27,439
    Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)
    .
    2010 attendance (28 games) – 1,200,382 (42,871 average)
    2011 attendance (28 games) – 1,004,009 (35,857 average) #9 in MLB
    .
    Drop of 196,373 total
    Average drop of 7013
    Extrapolated for 81 games – 568,079
    Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,904,455
    2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)
    .
    Next game’s (29) attendance in 2010 – 48,207 πŸ™‚

  25. northstateblues

    “small fire”
    “very, very good”
    “…what was otherwise a fantastic day…”

    .
    ❓ πŸ˜• ❓

  26. enchantedTheBeav

    What’s with the BS spin on Lindblom also? The guy was a reliever his whole career until Ned’s bright idea to make him a starter screwed him up. Now all of a sudden Lindblom’s described as a “converted starter?” What a crock.

  27. trublu4ever

    I would like to take this time to thank ALL of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe and free. On this Memorial Day, my hats off to all who protect and serve.

  28. Nellyjune

    Frank, Ned, and Stan need to take a page out of the OSU’s coach and sell the team/resign. These four are worthless to this organization, and they need to get the hell out. All of them are a disgrace to not only to the Dodgers but to the entire sports industry. This circus has gone in long enough. It’s time to let somebody else have a shot.

    • Nellyjune

      The reason I had four is because I originally had Rick Honeycutt in the post, but I figure ge is just a product of our lousy owner and GM πŸ™‚

  29. messagebear

    Do the attendance figures include the dogs in the stands the other night? Did they count them by the tickets sold or the dog poop on the playing field and in the stands? That would have to be distinguished from the poop in the owner’s box and the GM box, and some assorted poop from the dugout.

    • trublu4ever

      Actually, Sparkleplenty said the dogs need a ticket! I think it cost the fan $30 for a bleacher seat. Unreal, isn’t it?! So, knowing Frankie, the pooches are indeed counted as attendees πŸ˜‰

      • enchantedTheBeav

        I believe they estimated there were 550 canines in attendance in addition to the dogs we normally put on the field.

  30. Emma

    I need a flowchart to follow you all here. I like to pickup from where I read last but who knows what post you all used before. Oh well.
    .
    I was told at the stadium on Friday or was it Saturday? anyway, he is out of the country on a few days vacation.
    .
    Sparkle, there were over 500 dogs at the stadium. I kept seeing them circle around the field and could not believe the number of them, especially paying $30 to sit in the right field pavilion. At least the game was in the evening. No way I sit there for a day game. I don’t do well sitting in the sun.
    .
    Happy Memorial Day everyone!

    I have not updated my blog in a long time (too busy) but this post http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/05/31/memorial-day-in-flanders-fields-we-shall-keep-the-faith/ is from a year ago on Memorial Day titled: “Memorial Day: In Flanders Way. We Shall Keep the Faith.”
    Two powerful poems by Lieutenant-Colonel John Mc Crae / WWI and Moina Michael, November 1918
    .

  31. nedsajerk

    I know he’s not on the team no more thanks Ned for getting rid of Wade and giving us Cormier and funny how those 2 switch teams but Wade isn’t even on the Rays 40 man roster but happy belated 28th bday to former Dodgers Wade since his bday was 2 days ago.

  32. JhallWally

    Good morning/afternoon everyone. Hope you all have a super Memorial Day. Thanks to all our vets both past and present. And a special thought and prayer to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and way of life!!!!

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