In a neverending quest to find something negative on an otherwise positive night, The Times’ Bill Shaikin writes that Raul Mondesi was "roundly booed" when he was showed on DodgerVision last night. I’m not sure if any of you were at the game last night but I’m pretty sure that they were saying "Rauuuul," as they have for nearly every at-bat the guy had here from his rookie season on. Hardly an egregious error, but I certainly don’t want people to think that a former Rookie of the Year is unappreciated around here, especially given that he’s running for office in the Dominican Republic.

Actually, he already holds an office as a diputado, the equivalent of the House of Representatives in the D.R., but there’s been talk of running for mayor in his hometown, too. Tim Brown, formerly of the Times and now with Yahoo Sports, caught up with Raul at yesterday’s game and should have something forthcoming on the former Dodger right fielder so keep an eye out on his upcoming columns.

Of course, if I’m going to criticize the Times, I should also point out a great article today by Bill Plaschke about California’s new all-time home run hitter for a high school player, Mike Moustakas. Yes, he happens to go to my alma mater, Chatsworth, and play for my old coach, Tom Meusborn, but that’s not why I’m pointing this out. It’s actually a refreshing story about what happens to the record-breaking baseball that doesn’t have anything to do with eBay. Moustakas and another Chatsworth player, Matt Dominguez, are both expected to go in the first round (possibly the first 10 picks) of next month’s First-Year Player Draft.

MLB.com has all sorts of draft coverage and for the first time, the first day of the draft will be televised on ESPN2, which is great for the game of baseball. We’ve seen how the NFL and NBA have turned their drafts into an event and I’m hopeful that over time, MLB will have a similar buzz surrounding it.


  1. kevblewis@sbcglobal.net

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he was booed by our fans. These are the same fans who boo LoDuca, even though we traded him. Many times I am embarrassed by our fans.

  2. i_thinkblue@yahoo.com

    “Smithers, are they booing me?”
    “Uh, no…they’re saying “Boo-urns! Boo-urns!”

  3. max_power_05@yahoo.com

    If my spanish is correct it seems Raul is doing some good in his home country. He was my favorite Dodger growing up so I was glad to have heard vinny say his name. Brought back some memories to when i was 9 and 10 years old. I was 9 his 30/30 year and I thought he was the greatest thing on the planet. I even worse his number up until high school when i started becoming a Greg Maddux freak.

  4. kssparkuhl@msn.com

    Having Dr. Fernández behind Mondesí is obviously inflating his political acumen.

    We could go all day like this Max… : ) BTW, Mondesí was one of my favorites too… so you can’t be all that bad, now can you?

    For those that can’t read the article, I entered it into a cheap translation program, so you get the idea:

    “The Professional Ballplayer and Representative al National Congress by this southern province Raúl Mondesí declared that the Congress voter in which was chosen like presidential candidate the President Doctor Leonel Fernández was a festival of the internal democracy of the Party of the Dominican Liberation (PLD) in this city and the remainder of the country.

    Mondesí stood out the public-spiritedness of all the peledeistas that voted massive and in an orderly fashion in the different centers of voting without being produced no incident, serving this as an example for the Dominican democracy.

    It did a call to the leaders that supported the pre one- candidacy that adverse al president of the Republic Leonel Fernández to that be integrated to the presidential campaign for the elections of May from the 2008 to the end to gain again for continuity of the progress of the nation.

    It signified that in the PLD and with the leader of the State not to have conquered neither victorious but in this case the large majorities understood that who assured the triumph in the next elections is the first proxy of the nation and that what is needed in the present moments is the unit of all the sectors to impede the backward movement and the delay.

    Raúl Mondesí needed that the family peledeista and the Dominican town in general they recognize that the Dr. Leonel Fernández has recovered the economy and directs the destinies of the country toward sure ports for which understands that itself cannot change of horse when is being crossed a laughed.

    Maintained that the charisma, the leadership and the capacity of the Dr. Fernández is so extensive that counts on followers inside and out of the PLD that their candidacy they become it invincible for the future elections.”

  5. alex41592@aol.com

    We were definitely chanting, “Rauuuul” last night. While I’m sure some were booing, the majority were chanting, “Rauuul” Bad mistake by most, if not all of the local media.

  6. bluebleeder88@yahoo.com

    he’s still relatively young i’m surprised he’s not involved in baseball in some way shape or form, maybe politics is his true calling

  7. underdog8@gmail.com

    Glad you cleared this up, Josh. I was pretty sure they were saying “Rauuuuuul” but wanted somebody to confirm it. (And yeah, I thought of the Simpsons episode, too.)

    This does remind me though that I’ve been getting annoyed at how much Dodger fans in the stadium are booing everyone and everything these days – I’m not a huge Tomko fan and he was horrible the other night, but he’s a fallible human being and booing him mercilessly the other night was cruel. Booing the Cardinals pitcher for walking in a run was dumb, too – they gave us a run. Booing Piazza is unfair, considering how great he was for us. Try just not booing for a game and see how it feels – it’s not that bad. Unless it’s a really terrible call by the umps or Barry Bonds, then you can boo. 😉 Just mho in my neverending quest to class up the joint.

  8. kevblewis@sbcglobal.net

    underdog, I completely agree. I would much rather cheer on our team than counter with negativity towards the other team. I really wonder if it is a lack of understanding of the game, the grind, and the unavoidable bad days.

  9. max_power_05@yahoo.com

    I remember Paul Lo Duca’s first game back at Dodger stadium as a Marlin. I tried very hard to get a ticket to that game and i did. His first AB he received a long 5 minute standing ovation. It was really a great moment. One of the bet moments i’ve ever been apart of.

    BUT after his “F the Dodgers” comment after the playoffs last year he can kiss my half mexican ***. He will be booed just like the rest of them.

  10. abandonscience@gmail.com

    Wow, how coincidental! Last night just before the Dodger game, my brother asked what I thought Raul was doing now. As close as we came was determining that he no longer plays.

    For a player who was my favorite Dodger while I was growing up, I’m really excited to see him having success in politics.

  11. dahustlasbac@yahoo.com

    Max i agree with you i think the appearance of Kuo in that weird relief appearance and sending Valdez down with 10 days to be able to trade him is a clear sign that something may be in the works! Hopefully we get something decent in return and Bills better start throwing some pen session to build up his arm again so he could start!

  12. max_power_05@yahoo.com

    yeah i think the only reason Kuo was called up was to replace hendrickson in the Rotation. I hear some rumblings about Bills getting sent down for a couple of weeks to make some starts with Brazoban coming up to the big club. Once Hendrickson is traded or Bombko completely implodes Bills will be recalled to take his spot on the roster and Bombko’s spot in the rotation.

    I think Hendricksons days as a Dodger are numbered.

  13. jspelk2@uic.edu

    i think kuo just got called up because we overtaxed the pen. don’t think they will move hendy until schmidt comes back, if he comes back, since they seem incapable of trusting bills to start so far. Kuo has to be further away from starting then bills does. Braz could take the place of Kuo so he’s not really needed should his performance not improve.

  14. jspelk2@uic.edu

    i think whoever stumbles farther faster between hendy and tomko should switch places with bills in the pen.

  15. max_power_05@yahoo.com

    If grady wanted to bring relief to the bullpen he would have brought up Brazoban.

    Kuo can’t pitch out of the pen. You know it, I know it, Kuo knows it and i bet somewhere in his brain Grady knows it.

  16. fliegel@ptd.net

    It is a strange move calling up Kuo to pitch out of the pen. Especially when they have Brazoban down there as well. Also Raul was one of my favorites. I always thought he’d have a monster season and then keep it going. I’d take him today in the outfield,I bet he can still throw out base runners.

  17. fansince53@yahoo.com

    With all due respect to this Bill Shaikin guy, the fans (including myself) were shouting “Rauuuuul” last night for Raul Mondesi. We certainly were not booing him. For those who weren’t around during those great Raul Mondesi days (like maybe Bill Shaikin), we ALWAYS shouted “Rauuuuul” when Mondesi came up to bat. To these folks, it may have sounded like boos.

    It was also great to see Eric Karros and his son in the stands last night, as well.

    Man, I can’t wait to get to the Ravine tonight to see Rafael Furcal take a run at history. COME ON RAFFY!


  18. ehrenbergs@psinet.com

    We were sitting right across the aisle from Raul last night and I can personally assure you that all the fans in our section were cheering and/or “Rauuuuuuling.” He could not have been more of a gentleman. He signed autographs for every child that asked and was extraordinarily friendly to everyone. What a class act. I wish him the best in his political career.

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