September 2007

Fan Appreciation Day

It is a day to simply appreciate the fans. In a year that hasn’t lived up to any of our expectations, you all have come out to the stadium in record numbers, spent your hard-earned money and devoted your time to following the team. Many of you have come here every day for the past seven months for Dodger news and insight and to post daily messages, sharing your thoughts with the front office and other fans.

For this we thank you.

Here’s the lineup:

Pierre, CF

Valdez, 2B

Kemp, RF

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

LaRoche, 3B

Ethier, LF

Hu, SS

Stults, P

Spring Training

To the question about the Spring Training schedule – it’s still a little while away from being finalized. It would make sense that usually that comes out before the regular season one but that’s never the case. There’s just a lot more tweaking that goes into spring schedules than the regular one, but stay tuned. Once it’s out, we’ll post it here.

The lineup for tonight’s game:

Pierre, CF

Valdez, 2B

Kemp, RF

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Young, LF

LaRoche, 3B

Hu, SS

Billingsley, P

Next Year

The 2008 Dodger schedule is here. Please note it is subject to change.

There’s also a page dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which can be found here at dodgers.com/anniversary

As for tonight, here’s the lineup against the Giants:

Pierre, CF

Valdez, 2B

Kemp, RF

Loney, 1B

LaRoche, 3B

Ethier, LF

Moeller, C

Hu, SS

Wells, P

Opening Day 2008

My apologies. I was wrong and the 2008 schedule won’t be on the team photo calendar this weekend, but the tentative version will be online tomorrow so keep an eye out for it. I can tell you, though, that we will be opening up at home against the Giants at Dodger Stadium, celebrating 50 years of Major League Baseball in California.

Here’s the lineup for tonight:

Pierre, CF

Young, LF

Kemp, RF

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

LaRoche, 3B

Valdez, 2B

Hu, SS

Loaiza, P

Today's lineup

For the fan that asked about next year’s schedule, it will be on the Team Photo calendar that is given away at the stadium on Saturday.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Pierre, CF

Hu, SS

Young, LF

Loney, 1B

LaRoche, 3B

Ethier, RF

Moeller, C

Valdez, 2B

Lowe, P

The Untouchables

Officially, we now look to next season as it is no longer possible to make the postseason this year. It’s a huge bummer for everyone here and for all of you and there are plenty of ways to dissect what went wrong and what went right. Some of it is obvious, some of it is not so obvious, but all of it certainly going to be considered when Ned and his staff start planning for 2008.

However, several of you have already commented on this and I have to say, I disagree with the entire premise of Bill Plaschke’s column this morning. I obviously have pointed out when I agree with him and in this case I guess I’m just curious where he has come up with the idea that "the kids are no longer untouchable."

Was it from the December live chat that Ned had with fans when he said, "I wouldn’t want to say that anyone is an untouchable because you never know what offer may come your way. I do put great value in our young players, especially after we saw how they competed at the big-league level last year?"

Or was it from his chat with you all last month when he said, "If the right deal presented itself, we would be open minded to moving anybody?"

Ned has repeatedly said for the last year that there aren’t any untouchables and now we’re to believe that suddenly in one week, the team is going to change course. It just seems a bit odd to me. I truly have no idea if we’re going to trade a young player this winter, just as I was not involved in the trade discussions that went on around the deadline. But to characterize this in the fashion it’s been characterized and to hypothesize that Matt Kemp is the kid that will be traded just seems really out there.

Besides, can a "youth movement" reall "crash and burn," in a matter of a week, as Bill writes? I find that hard to believe.

   

The last week at Dodger Stadium

Despite the day off yesterday, we’ve managed to stay busy so I haven’t had much time to post anything besides lineups. I hope to do so shortly but for now, in case anyone missed it, earlier today Takashi Saito was named one of 10 finalists for the DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award and it’s an officially sanctioned MLB award that’s voted on by fans. With all you did for Russ at the All-Star Break, hopefully many of you will take the time to give Sammy the recognition he deserves.

The lineup for tonight:

Pierre, CF

Kemp, RF

Loney 1B

Kent, 2B

Martin, C

Ethier, LF

LaRoche, 3B

Hu, SS

Penny, P

Today's road trip finale (finally)

Pierre, CF

Abreu, 2B

Kemp, RF

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Ethier, LF

LaRoche, 3B

Hu, SS

Billingsley, P

Tonight

Pierre, CF

Abreu, SS

Loney, 1B

Kent, 2B

Gonzo, LF

Kemp, RF

LaRoche, 3B

Lieberthal, C

Wells, P

Tonight's game

Pierre, CF

Abreu, SS

Loney, 1B

Kent, 2B

Gonzo, LF

Martin, C

Nomar, 3B

Ethier, RF

Loaiza, P

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