Tonight's game – Beimel is everywhere

It’s bobblehead night, and Joe Beimel’s parents are likely going to be pregame guests on FSN Prime Ticket so if you can’t come to the game, tune in.

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Here’s the lineup:

Pierre, CF

Kemp, RF

Kent, 2B

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Nomar, SS (off the DL) 

Martin, C

Loney, 1B

Kershaw, P

342 comments

  1. selltheteam

    first
    .
    Quoth The Shortstop
    .
    Once upon a diamond clearly, while I wondered, weak and bleary,
    Over many a strange and curious number of injury lore,
    While I nodded, nearly slogging, suddenly there came a blogging,
    As of some one gently clogging, clogging the I T D core.
    “‘Tis some odd Joey,” I mumbled, “blogging the I T D core-
    Only him, and nothing more.”
    .
    No-mah, his instinct I remember was near a bleak September,
    And each and ev’ry dying member pulled him to the disabled list.
    Untimely I wished Cabrera;- vainly Ned had sought Berroa
    From my notes I ceased my sorrow- sorrow for the lost Nomore-
    For the rare and disjointed hitter whom the angels name Nomore-
    No-mah here for evermore.
    .
    And the strained collateral of the ligament medial
    Chilled me- filled me with horrific pains I never felt before;
    So that now, to still the ranting of my brain, I stayed recanting,
    “‘Tis some dumb Joey requesting hearing of I T D core-
    Some damn dumb Joey requesting hearing of I T D core-
    This is him, and nothing more.”
    .
    Very soon my chants grew stronger; slowing first but then no longer,
    “Hey,” said I, “or worse, truly you’re bullshi**ing and you’re a bore;
    But the fact is I was logging, and so roughly you came blogging,
    And so meekly you came clogging, clogging the I T D core,
    That I was not sure I read you”- here I opined with the core;-
    Madness there, and nothing more.
    .
    Deep into that madness thinking, long I sat there wondering, blinking,
    Doubting, writing chants no bloggers ever dared to chant before;
    But the silent blog went on, and as the afternoon wore on,
    Very few comments were entered about the whispers, “Nomore!”
    Thus I whisper, and the internet confirms the name, “Nomore!”-
    Clearly shortstop, and nothing more.
    .
    Back to the word processor, I typed words from my professor,
    Soon again I saw an article more convincing than before.
    “Surely,” said I, “surely he has yet another oblique strain:
    Or could it be, then another abdominal muscle tore-
    Let me see then, some ribcage muscle gore or his wrist is sore;-
    Could again his groin be sore?
    .
    Open I the Daily News, and the LA Times it renews
    In them they spoke of a shortstop who hit well in days of yore;
    No bit of whining made he; not a call to mama made he;
    But, without a strained left calf or his fractured hand of half-
    Perched upon the dugout steps and just for the I T D core-
    Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
    .
    Then this ex Red Sox man came trippin’, my ‘magination’s rippin’
    For another decent bat in the lineup we’d have in store
    “Though your head’s not shorn and shaven, you,” I said, “art sure no Hu,
    Oft injured Achilles tendon and how have you been mendin’
    Tell me now whatever part of you could you have next be wore?”
    Quoth the shortstop, “Nah – Nomore.”
    .
    Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
    Though its answer little meaning- little relevancy bore;
    For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
    Ever yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber door-
    Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
    With such name as “Nah – Nomore.”
    .
    But the shortstop, sitting lonely on the maple bench, spoke only
    That one word, as if his game in that one word he did adore.
    Nothing further then that he knew- not his body then he renewed-
    Till I once again him rebuked, “other fiends DL’d before-
    Oh tomorrow he will leave me, as our hopes get blown before.”
    Then the man said, “Nah – Nomore.”
    .
    Startled at deep potential the lineup eight dimensional,
    “Doubtless,” said I, “what he says is what he’s always said before,
    Signed by unhappy Colletti played by JoJo and Grady
    Injured oft and oftener till his ligaments all are tore-
    Till the wretches he called his fans they could no longer be bore
    Of ‘Never – Nah – Nomore.”
    .
    But the shortstop he came trippin’, my ‘magination rippin’,
    Straight I tossed a maple bat at the shortstop, I T D core;
    Then while I’m bourbon drinking, I re-blogged myself to linking
    Trippin’ into trippin’, thinking what this ominous Sox of yore-
    What this thin, unseemly, ghostly, gaunt and ominous Sox of yore
    Meant in moaning “Nah- Nomore.”
    .
    Here I sat once recanting, but no curse words could be chanting,
    To the man whose idiosyncratic tics are like a *****;
    Touch the helmet, touch the bat, give us a couple of toe taps,
    All after you’ve pulled on and off those glove adjustments of yours,
    After all the crazy game delaying tactics – what’s in store,
    He shall press, ah, nah Nomore!
    .
    Then methinks Dodgers are closer, almost first without a true closer,
    Brox helped by Kuo, Beimel, Park, Johnson, and thank God not Proctor.
    “Bum,” I cried, “that Conte thinks you’re ready – by God you’d best be
    Get a hit, get a hit, if you don’t, you will be shown the door!
    Send that bum Druw to the DL and don’t go there anymore!
    Quoth the Shortstop, “Nah – Nomore.”
    .
    “Neddie!” said I, “thing of evil!- Neddie still, if Gint or devil!-
    Whether Conte sent, or whether Colletti bought you from the store,
    Deranged yet all non-fatigued, in this desert land enchanted- (had to keep 2nd half of this line for enchanted)
    On this team your terror haunted- tell me truly, I implore-
    Is there- is a division win in our future?- tell me, I implore!”
    Quoth the Shortstop, “Nah – Nomore.”
    .
    “JoJo!” said I, “thing of evil- Jojo still, if Yank or devil!
    By Blue Heaven that bends above us- by Tommy we all adore-
    Tell this blue soul with twenty years of drought and just one playoff win
    We shall clap if the Dodgers win with a shortstop named Nomore
    Clapped a rare and brittle shortstop whom the bloggers name Nomore.”
    Quoth the Shortstop “Nah – Nomore.”
    .
    “Be that word our sign in Series, Sox or fiend,” I shrieked resurging-
    “Get thee back into the lineup and into Joe’s resurgent core!
    Leave no at bat without a struggle and gives us homers and doubles,
    Don’t you come off the disabled list unless you can give us more
    Put Berroa on the bench and send Fat Druw Jones out the door!
    Quoth the Shortstop, “Nah – Nomore.”
    .
    And the Shortstop, never quitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
    On that freaking disabled list as we come into October;
    And his obliques all are straining and the hamstring is retaining,
    As we remember the five games he gave us in the August moor,
    And my blue soul from within this, our Inside The Dodgers core
    Shall be lifted- Nah – Nomore!

  2. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Wow!!! Crash!! fantastic!!!!!
    .
    Okay ~ Pierre fans you got your wish 🙂
    .
    signed,
    Nelly, Nells, Nelle, June, mom, Debbie, Miss Debbie, Debra and Mrs. Nelson ~ all ethieraholics

  3. trublu4ever

    That was fantastic crash — how’d you get it there so fast. I thought for once I was going to be first.

  4. selltheteam

    TruBlue, I had it waiting for Nomore to come back into the lineup. Been working on this one since the first time he came off the DL earlier this season.

  5. dodger 32

    I see the cry baby is playing over Dre. Torre is a fool telling Manny to cut his hair. Leave him alone, and let him do what he does best, hit. What happens if he cuts his hair and stops hitting? Is Torre going to paste it back on? Torre shouldn’t care if they all have hair down to their knees as long as they produce. Don’t mess with what’s working where Manny is concerned.

  6. obi_wen

    ” Juan believed, and so it came to pass, that Ethier, the warrior poet, Dionysius reborn , became so intoxicated from the sweet nectar poured out upon his soul from myriads of pink and blue clad nymphs, would at the key moment in the battle, become blinded by the light, losing sight of the pearl descending from heaven, and which taketh away both his honor and place in line, yet cease not the adulation of praise from sentient mortals.” – Book of Obi, Chapter XVI

  7. aeversw

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  8. trublu4ever

    okay crash — I get it now. And fliegel ~ I know how you feel about Manny’s hair. At first I didn’t care either but, it seems to be getting longer everyday. If Joe made others cut their hair, Manny should have to at least trim his. That’s all Joe wanted, was a trim — he doesn’t have to get a buzz

  9. dodgereric

    Here’s the lineup:

    Pierre, CF
    Kemp, RF
    Kent, 2B
    Manny, LF
    Blake, 3B
    Nomar, SS (off the DL)
    Martin, C
    Loney, 1B
    Kershaw, P

    Joe: They say we’re old and we can’t see
    Anything good about walks or OBP.
    Juan: Well I don’t care if all that’s true
    ‘Cause you got me, and baby I got you
    Juan: Babe
    Both: I got you babe I got you babe

    Joe: They say our love won’t win no games
    But I don’t care if we go down in flames.
    Juan: I guess that’s so, I don’t care either
    as long as I get to start instead of Ethier

    Juan: Babe
    Both: I got you babe I got you babe

    Juan: I got 8….point 8 mil, and I put you…. in my will.
    Joe: And when I’m sad, you’re a clown
    And if I get scared, you’re always around
    Joe: So let them say your hat’s too big
    ‘Cause I don’t care, let them call me pig
    Juan: Then put your little hand in mine
    There ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb

    Juan: Babe
    Both: I got you babe I got you babe

    Juan: I got you to write my name
    Joe: I got you to lead the game
    Juan: I got you to pull up my socks
    Joe: I got you to take me on walks

    Both: I got you babe

  10. selltheteam

    Joe is starting JP over Ethier because Juan bats .500 and a 1.000 slugging pct against Hamels. Never mind that it’s a sample size of two (1 for 2).

  11. tradejuanpypaperbag

    The lineup is not bad except for the top, but I can live with it if it’s just a lefty/righty thing, and not based on yesterday’s game.

  12. obi_wen

    *sound of thunderous applause* by Obi for the post by Crash24

    Quote of the Day from the Dodger Clubhouse:

    Ethier to JP: “Would you like some smoked gouda to go with your vintage whine?”

  13. brandondaughrity@hotmail.com

    I’m actually ok with Pierre starting tonight, but I’ll tell you, if Torre keeps playing games with this lineup, and not steadily leaving Ethier in there, then we’re not making the playoffs. Pierre spot starting, or just starting against lefties is fine. But E should get a majority of the at bats.

  14. dodgereric

    reposted from the end of the last thread:
    “If it was so obvious that Beltre was on ‘roids, then why wasn’t his name in the Mitchell Report? I’m sorry but I’m not going to just assume that my all time favorite player was a cheater.
    By swood@rcn.com on August 12, 2008 1:17 PM”

    I liked Beltre when he was here. I hated it when he left.

    List of my favorites who had feet of clay:
    OJ Simpson
    Steve Garvey
    Steve Howe
    Kobe Bryant
    Eric Gagne
    Paul Loduca
    Mark McGuire
    Marion Jones
    Mike Tyson
    and on and on………..

    I was angry years ago when Charles Barkley protested that “I don’t believe professional athletes should be role models. I believe parents should be role models…. It’s not like it was when I was growing up. My mom and my grandmother told me how it was going to be. If I didn’t like it, they said, “Don’t let the door hit you in the *** on your way out.” Parents have to take better control.”

    He was right.

    I hope that, for your sake swood, Beltre didn’t juice in ’04. But you better be ready for it to happen.

  15. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Thanks eric!!! We haven’t seen that song in a while.
    .
    So, obi – does this mean JPs thought bubbles are going to be the many things he is thinking while in center field,hoping a ball doesn’t bounce his way or go in the gap between he and Manny, and every time he comes up to bat and goes his Juan for Juan with a few ground outs and a pop fly.

  16. trublu4ever

    Nelly, we just want to see JP throw a guy out at home, like Matt did. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Couldn’t even throw it to 2nd.

  17. oldbrooklynfan

    It’s good to see Nomar back since he’s a bigger(by far) THREAT at the plate than Berroa.
    I don’t think anybody thought they saw the last of Pierre starting. I guess it’s Andre time to sit.
    This switching will probably go on for the rest of the season.
    I hope our guys can be as aggressive as they were last night.
    Good to see the fine showing while being telecast on ESPN2. So some of my Met fans friends could see them at their best.—- I watched Scully on MLB.TV
    BUT TONIGHT’S ANOTHER NIGHT
    LET’S GO DODGERS!!!!!——-GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT.

  18. trublu4ever

    PierreEW ~ I agree with you about Nomar being back. It would have been awful to have both Pierre & Berroa playing.

  19. obi_wen

    Dnelly I was thinking of doing either a Mark Sweeney or Larry Bowa Thought Bubble tonight. Bowa should be interesting since for the last couple of games he’s seems to thinking he’s Rich Donnelly -LOL

  20. dodger 32

    TruBlue44 on Manny is a special player, and I know his hair is long, but if he hits, who cares. This isn’t a beauty contest. If I were Torre, I’d leave him alone. What happens if he cuts it, and then he stops producing? If I were Torre, I’d tell him wrap it up and try to tuck as much as you can under your hat, but to make him cut it just might make him uncomfortable enough to stop hitting.

  21. scott_in_arcadia

    Well, Pierre sure knows how to ruin a perfectly good lineup. What the heck are Loney and Martin doing 7th and 8th? At least put Pierre’s sorry butt in the 8 hole. Like he can hit lefties better than Loney! Damn you Joe Torre!!!!!!

  22. rodmky@optusnet.com.au

    G’day and good morning from down under. Haven’t posted much lately .. The Aussie swim team has taken up much of my viewing time. Read the lineup and noted that Tueday must not be a day of the week in America. Didn’t Joe say that Ethier was his “everyday” player now? Maybe he calls it Tues.
    .
    I have no doubt that Normar’s bat is a welcome addition but I still worry that his lack of range and arm coupled with the almost stationary defence of Kent might just give up more hits than he can get back. I know I’ll be glad to be wrong.
    .
    Now can we get win 2 on end? We don’t seem to be able to put together those big win streaks that go hand in hand with a division winning team but today/tonight is another chance to start one.

  23. trublu4ever

    I agree with you fliegel about Manny’s hair. But, then everyone who wants to should be allowed to wear theirs any way they want.

  24. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Good Morning, rodmky!!! The Aussie swim team is doing pretty good, as well. We are just assuming JP is playing because of the lefty pitching tonight. So, let’s hope this is JP getting a spot start and not Torre talking to Juan’s mama once again. I’m trusting it’s a spot start.
    .
    Nelly ~ ethieraholic ~

  25. trublu4ever

    Crash ~ did Juan really have an assist? Are you sure he didn’t throw it almost to 2nd and then the 2nd baseman threw it to shortstop and then — out!!

  26. obi_wen

    [ Anybody know how Juan managed to get an assist this year? It came one day when he was playing CF. ] ,br>

    Don’t remember, but I bet you anything he threw out a:
    (a) catcher, (b) pitcher (c) a runner who fell down, (d) a player who ignored the 1B coach

  27. scott_in_arcadia

    Is JP better than Ethier against lefties enough to cover up his awful arm in CF versus the Phillies? Torre is on drugs.

  28. tradejuanpypaperbag

    It had to be an out at 2nd vs. home plate, but he did have one assist. I looked it up this morning on the stat page.

  29. tradejuanpypaperbag

    scott ~ the answer is “no”, but I am allowing the JP fans to have their one day.
    .
    Nelly ~ ethieraholic ~

  30. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Ethier should be back in the starting lineup tomorrow. Blanton is a right-handed pitcher. This will be someone Manny will be well prepared for since he has played the A’s on many occasions.
    .
    Nelly ~ ethieraholic ~

  31. scott_in_arcadia

    Ok, Nelly, but….me think Pierre is LH and Ethier is LH, no?

    Message for Joe Torre:

    EVERY GAME FRICKING COUNTS!!!!!!!!

  32. kpookiemon

    Why in hell can’t Joe stick with a set batting order, even if he wants to throw Pierre a bone? Loney goes 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs in the five hole…so why not move him to 8th…makes sense to me. Ohhhhhhhhhhh, that’s right, Hamels is a lefty. All the more reason to bat Pierre, a lefty, lead-off. And by all means bat Nomar, who hasn’t played in over two weeks, in the sixth hole, ahead of both Loney and Martin. And yes, Blake has earned the 5-hole–after striking out and grounding out with the bases loaded last night, both times with with less then two outs, and moving NO ONE. Joe is lucky some player doesn’t throw a punch at him. To quote my favorite line here…”Fire Joe, fire the guy that hired Joe…”

  33. obi_wen

    [Joe is lucky some player doesn’t throw a punch at him. ]

    Andruw Jones has thrown punches at Joe Torre everyday this season, he just can’t connect.

  34. selltheteam

    Did anybody notice Manny adjusting his helmet getting out of the box during his double in the third inning? Like his dreads and bandanna don’t fully fit underneath his helmet? Not that I give a rat’s a&&. I could see as the ball came off his bat that it was going places. Vinny also makes me laugh when he complains about Manny’s jersey. The way Manny is playing, I wouldn’t care if he plays in his pajamas.

  35. enchantedbeaver

    Prediction: IF Ferk makes it back in September, and ASSUMING that Nomar stays healthy, that Nomar will play at least several games if not the majority of them at first base.

  36. scurtis1999

    I know Joe pretty good. Dre will be back in there the next 2 games against Blanton and Myers and then JP back Friday against the lefty Parra.

  37. lbirken@aol.com

    Good to hear from you Rod. The Aussie swim team usually has a pretty good showing at the Olympics but our Mr. Phelps seems to be getting all the attention on our side of the world.

    The other day one of our illustrious song writers posted a ditty to Joe that he cannot make up his mind. While being a funny song the subject matter seems to be right on. I can understand giving a player a day off here and there and I can even understand hunches or matchups. But it is clear Joe can’t decide who to play from one day to the next or where to place them in the lineup.

  38. scott_in_arcadia

    enchanted, please no. Although, who would be surprised when one of your leading hitters bats 8th and a guy with a sub .300 OBP (in the lead off spot) is leading off?

  39. thinkingblue

    First, I’m glad to see Nomar back on the lineup.

    Second if Torre has rules then everyone should follow the rules…regardless of how great of a hitter you are. Manny should cut his hair. But if Torre has this whole clean cut image, then why was Martin sporting a mohawk for awhile? Nothing against Martin…love him…and he looked great with a mohawk…better then when he had that lil’ mustache…

    Third, well JP should get some playing time, we are all a team. DODGER’S BABY! I’m not happy with Ethier being the one to sit, but hey if he understands we should too. Can we all get along…Last year the DODGER’S started out great but then they (players) all started arguing among each other….ssssshhhh pips…can we all just get along. We don’t want the same problem as last year. We want to WIN!

    Fourth…oooh I got another ETHIERaholic word….ETHIERrific!

    PEACE OUT!
    Rose – Still an Ethieraholic!
    ENJOY THE GAME! THINK BLUE!

  40. trublu4ever

    enchanted ~ don’t worry, Nomar can’t stay healthy. Something always happens to him. It’s just his frail body!

  41. dodger 32

    trueblue44. Your right. everyone should be able to wear their hair the way they want. They should also be able to have music in the clubhouse like other teams do. This isn’t the military, it’s baseball, it’s supposed to be fun.

  42. stolenmonk

    1) With the indefensible defensive play plauging our middle infield, Nomar is a welcome return. It looks like he got over his bad hitting bug of last year. Berroa/Ozuna are not getting the job done (with their sub .300 OBPs, and this was not a surprise), and come September I hope we see more Hu. But if Furcal makes it back healthy, that may on the net be even bigger than Manny.

    2) While I’d like to see him as part of the Dodger organization, I really like the job Hershiser does as a broadcaster. He’s probably the best former player on ESPN for commentary. Granted, that’s not a high bar to achieve, but he is a good commentator.

    3) Hamels has not faced the Dodgers before. Maybe that’s why Pierre starts – he was 1 for 2 with a double against him!

    4) Matt Kemp is a regular, and he’s really a 5-tool guy. He’ll still be under 30 by the time he’s eligible for free agency – we should extend him so that doesn’t happen. The only two players I want to lock into long-term deals more are Martin and Billingsley.

    5) Clayton Kershaw faces Cole Hamels tonight. Combined, they are the same age as Randy Johnson, starting tonight for the Diamondbacks. As Jiminenez faces Johnson for the Rockies, let’s hope that youth prevails tonight.

  43. trublu4ever

    I agree with you fliegel. I think as long as a player shows up on time and plays hard, he should be allowed his own personal style. That’s what makes America the land of the free!

  44. dodgereric

    Man, talk about taking one for the team! WHEW! Worse than looking for a needle in the haystack.

    Sunday, May 4th
    In Colorado
    Juan Pierre started the game in left, moved to center for the bottom of the 8th with, get this, Mark Sweeney going into left!
    Brad Hawpe hits a ground rule double. Chris Iannetta moves him to third with a fly ball. Jonathan Herrera (rookie middle infielder, playing in his 14th ML game) singles to left, driving in Hawpe. Clint Barmes hits a line drive to center. Pierre catches it and doubles Herrera at first base to end the inning.

    Although I may have been watching, I don’t remember this. I figure one of two things happened.

    1 – The line drive was a sinking one and the rookie Herrera thinks it’s going to fall for a hit. Or, (and don’t get mad at me swood)

    2 – The rookie Herrera thought there was two out.

    Here’s the link:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/COL/COL200805040.shtml

    Challenge met, dodgereric heads for the barn………..

  45. trublu4ever

    Joe doesn’t seem like a fun guy. He should realize he’s in LA now, a completely different lifestyle from New York.

  46. jungar@wsgcorp.com

    Pierre outplays Ethier this year vs lefties by alot. I know the deal that ethier would hit vs lefties if given the chance, but both have had 80 something ABs and Pierre is getting on at a .394 clip while hitting .360 and Ethier .274 OBP while hitting .188

    Playing Pierre is fine tonight.

  47. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Scott ~ I completely agree with you, but I am tired of the JP fans coming on here and blasting us for not wanting him out there with out any reasoning other than he’s got speed or he bats better against lefties than Ethier. Big effin deal!! Matt’s got speed, too, and he’s a damn good center fielder right now, and Andre has hit 3 home runs off of lefties this year out of the maybe dozen times he’s started against them. So, I am giving JP his one day a week start, and like dodgersrule says, if Andre is okay with it, then why shouldn’t we. However, if he is in the lineup tomorrow, then I will have serious problems with Mr. Torre and his really wanting to play the best 9 on the field. I still think he is sacraficing an awful lot having JP in centerfield against the Phillies, but who am I to say, I am just a fan.
    .
    Nelly, Nells, Nelle, June, Mom, Debbie, Miss Debbie, Debra and Mrs. Nelson ~ Ethieraholics ~
    .
    dodgersrule ~ love the Ethierism stuff 🙂

  48. northstateblues

    Did anyone catch the game on ESPN2 in HD last night? During Dre’s first AB, they kept showing Pierre in the dugout, and he looked like he was sulking. Then, after Dre got out, it showed the inside of the dugout with Dre walking in and Kemp and Pierre on the far side of the dugout. Kemp got up to talk to Dre, while Ethier said something from afar with this sulky look on his face, then turned around and went to the railing.

    Happened to be in the far right side of the HD screen, so I doubt regular tv would’ve caught Juan saying something before walking off.

  49. lbirken@aol.com

    Here’s hoping JP goes 3-4 tonight with 2 SB “leading” the Dodgers to a win. If he does his detractors on this blog will duly note the accomplishment and thank him for it. If he doesn’t, they will duly note that as well.

  50. tradejuanpypaperbag

    northstateblues/mercury ~ I did see that!! It’s what JP looks like all the time.
    .
    lbirken – very well said 🙂

  51. selltheteam

    Eric – You rock! Great research and timely too! Hard to believe he was able to get the pill all the way to first base.
    .
    One-season stats against lefties are not all that statistically significant due to insufficient plate appearances. I’d prefer to look at career stats against lefties:
    .
    Pierre .303 BA / .348 OBP / .347 SLG / .694 OPS
    Ethier .271 BA / .321 OBP / .399 SLG / .720 OPS
    .
    Pretty even when at the plate. But then Pierre has speed on the basepaths. But then Ethier averages 8 assists per year in the outfield, while Pierre averages only 4. All in all, they are fairly close against lefties.

  52. northstateblues

    dnel, didn’t that tick you off? you couldn’t hear what was said, but that vet looked young enough to earn himself membership in the Entitlement Generation.

  53. lbirken@aol.com

    I also notice JP sits at the far end of the dugout when he is not playing. He went there after pinch hitting last night. I can’t say he is sulking because I agree he pretty much looks the same no matter what.

    While I believe we are better off not knowing, don’t you just wonder if anyone on the team said anything to JP after his comments about the Dodgers “sticking it to him” were made public?

  54. thinkingblue

    OH yeah agree DNelly, if Ethier is not playing tomorrow, then Mr. Torre will hear it from us Ethieraholics….

    JP can seat on his corner and pout all he wants…he is still NOT the fans favorite…and his attitude is just causing for him to seat in his corner on TIME-OUT for longer time.

    I think Mr. Torre can have fun in SoCal..I saw his commercial and he was doing Pilates….now that’s funny.

    Rose

  55. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Defensively, I still think it’s a mistake to play JP, but for now, I don’t mind JP getting an occasional start, and I will probably even cheer on the guy ( I have my moments), as long as Ethier is getting the majority of the starts. Then again, how many times have we been through this – too many to count at this point.

  56. trublu4ever

    Ibirken ~ we even think Juan sits in a corner on the team plane. I just don’t have the feeling he is very well liked.

  57. northstateblues

    lbirken, I imagine Kent might’ve had a choice word or two for JP after that article. I know JP might’ve just vented at the wrong time, but what a friggin’ time to choose, with all the LA Sports Media Mics shoved in your face.

    Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to see Juanpy knock around the Phils for a double or triple.

  58. tradejuanpypaperbag

    nsb/mercury ~ I would just like JP to at least appear like he is having fun. Even when Andre is not playing, he is still messing around and having a good time and on the rail, not sulking in the dugout. When we were at the dbacks series, it was fun just watching Andre interact with the pitchers, and DY. Eventhough Andre wasn’t playing, he still made himself visible to the fans. And since Manny has come, it’s even gotten better, but JP still just sits there, and looks absolutely miserable. Maybe instead of coming 8-10 before a game, he needs to get more rest and maybe he won’t be, or look, so grumpy all the time.
    .
    dnelly ~ etheiraholic ~

  59. lbirken@aol.com

    Too much energy spent on JP. I am more concerned about the inability to hold leads late in the game the past few days. I am happy for the win last night but after the previous two games our boys had us all in a tizzy in the 9th inning.

  60. trublu4ever

    You are right Ibirken. We need a good defensive outing and timely hitting tonight. We can’t afford to give good teams like the Phillies extra opportunities.

  61. northstateblues

    Yeah dnel, I know what you’re saying. If I was making Juan’s salary, I’d be in a lot better mood. But seeing as how he’s such a dedicated hard-worker, I’m sure he feels bad that he’s in a position where he doesn’t have the oppurtunity to “earn his paycheck” everyday in the field, as I’m sure Ned told him he’d be everyday CF when he signed him. I’d imagine for someone who had over 400 consecutive starts coming into this season, 1 missed game is like 70.

    I wish he looked like he was having fun… life’s too short to walk around with a sourpuss all the time, especially when you’re a Big League Ballplayer (making 45 million over 5 years at that).

  62. lbirken@aol.com

    Another big game for Kershaw. I like the way he handles himself on the mound even when things are not going his way.

  63. carcyn@sbcglobal.net

    Well put samjones1121.
    Well put.
    Nomar is a way better addition then Baroa.
    Stop the crying.
    As long as Andrew Jones is not in the lineup i am happy.
    Go Dodgers!

  64. kpookiemon

    Batting order DOES matter. It’s a comfort level and expectation of your specific job. Any player will tell you that–pro, little leaguer, or beer leaguer.

  65. kpookiemon

    Chin-Lung Hu was the Dodgers’ 2007 minor League Player of the Year and the MVP in the All Stars Future game the same year. That’s why fans are so high on him.

  66. tradejuanpypaperbag

    I think enchanted had a point about when Furcal comes back we may be seeing Nomar take more spots at 1st base, increasing his veteran lineup even further. I know that’s a big “if” with Nomar staying healthy, but if that happens you are talking Russell and Matt being the only original young guns not fighting for a job, when the picture was much different a month ago, and we are still a .500 team give or take a game or two. So, has all this increase in veteran so-called power/experience/knowledge helped, not yet it hasn’t.

  67. park

    In reality, Torre may not care about Manny’s hair all that much. The problem is that he made Beimel cut his hair, and doesn’t want to have a double standard.

    Besides, Manny cutting his hair will demonstrate to the team and to any team interested in him next year that he is a team player.

  68. obi_wen

    From Smithsonian Magazine.

    “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Juan Pierre!!”

    Question: Where does Juan Pierre sit on the Dodger Charter?

    Answer:

    Juan’s Pierre’s seat of choice is on the wings of the aircraft. Why? Because as most Dodger fans and aircraft enthusiasts know, Juan Pierre is the engine of the team. Juan Pierre’s unique ability to divide himself into four separate jet engines and propel the Dodger’s charter from one city to another, while braving all kinds of atmospheric conditions is without a doubt a marvel of 21st Century science. How does he do this and still manage to perform his duties as ball player? Newly acquired Outfielder and Rhodes Scholar Manny Ramirez explains, by writing out this formula:

    JPx2 F=Mg0 ~Isp-VAc {-Ae P}

    Says Ramirez, “Where JPx is the thrust of Juan Pierre expressed exponentially, Isp(vac) is the specific impulse, g0 is a standard gravity, Ae is the area of the exhaust bell at the exit of his spinchter and P is the atmospheric pressure. The variables in all of this depends on the amount of Krispy Kreme donuts that Andruw Jones has consumed before a designated flight.” Due to space limitations and time constraints Ramirez was unable to calculate the formula of thrust required by Juan Pierre to lift a Dodger charter with both Andruw Jones and Dodger GM Ned Colletti. “I think that might be a recipe for disaster, laughed the mop topped Ramirez

  69. juniorvarsity

    samjones

    resign manny?? ill cheer for that! your right he should quit playing for the dodgers and go somewhere else. finally dodger fans get smart

  70. vl4ecc

    If anyone cares, Phelps just got his 4th gold of this olympics. Another world record. That makes 10 total golds for him so far. Most by anyone ever! Bravo!

  71. thinkingblue

    The only reason why RUSSSSSEELLLL MARTIIIIIN has not been performing to his full capacity is because…I’ve been neglecting him with ETHIER. I’ve been so busy with rooting for Ethier to play…but don’t worry MARTIN I still love. You are still my fave CATCHER! So come on MARTIN….make the announcer say your name the way it should be called…..RUUUUUUUSSSSSSSELLLLLLLLLL MAAAAARRRRRRTTIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNN! LOL…

    Rose

  72. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    That’s the ultimate seeing eye base hit…..Everything concerning Ethier vs. Pierre has been said, and said, and said. Although I don’t agree with JoJo’s reasoning, I understand it, it is what it is, andregardless of who plays and doesn’t play or where they hit or don’t hit, I support the DODGERS, regardless of any of the variables and my own personal preferences…. Manny, or anybody else for that matter, can wear their hair in whatever fashion they choose. I remember the mid-70’s A’s very well and facial hair didn’t stop them from winning 3 straight WS titles.

  73. oldbrooklynfan

    Maybe Clayton should forget the curve tonight.
    He did O.K. with the straight fastball.——–At least against the bottom of the order.

  74. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Hey! Just got in from school supply shopping, but it doesn’t look too bad, and it’s still early.
    .
    GO DODGERS!!!
    .
    dnelly, June ~ ethieraholic ~ going through withdrawls 🙂

  75. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Did you guys hear Linsecum got hurt? I guess he got hit by a ball, and when he left the game, Houston blew the game open, at least that’s what my son reported to me as I walked in the door. I hate the Giants, but I do like him as a pitcher – he’s definitely has got the stuff.

  76. vl4ecc

    Phelps & teammates just got another gold in the 4X200 with another world record. 5th straight gold for Phelps in these games, and 11 over all. AMAZING!

  77. boblee14@yahoo.com

    If I was Pierre, that’s what I would do every time up. Bunt. They start playing in poke it over their heads.

  78. dodgereric

    Not again.

    No one is saying he doesn’t belong on a big league team, swood. But he’s not as good as Ethier and that’s a fact.

  79. obi_wen

    ” I wonder what Juan Pierre meant when he screamed, “I drink your Ethierholic Milkshake!” – Andre Ethier Thought Bubble -8:59pm

  80. tradejuanpypaperbag

    The game which seems to breathe the restless spirit of American life, that calls for quick action and quicker thinking, that seems characteristic of a great nation itself, is baseball.
    .
    Charles M. Conlon
    1913
    .
    Eric ~ Absolutely love the book!! A masterpiece of photography dear, and my son and husband love it too.
    .
    June ~ ethieraholic ~ feeling better now 🙂

  81. obi_wen

    ” I can’t wait to bat, why is Juan staring so hard at me? Does he not like the song I chose? – -Andre Ethier Thought Bubble- 9:08pm

  82. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Do I dare say it, but I am going to say it anyway – JP is Juan for 4 – LOL!!! What can I say – it’s an automatic thing now because it’s like a broken record – Juan for 4, Juan for 4, Juan for 4, nothing changes, it’s always Juan for 4. Okay, maybe every once in a while Juan for 5, Juan for 5 – He brings so much excitement to the game, I just want to jump for joy everytime he comes up to bat – NOT!! There is absolutely nothing that impresses me about this player whatsoever. Sorry, there is not a stat in the world that will change my mind. I purely like the excitement that Andre brings to the game, whether he strikes out, grounds out, flies out, hits an opposite field double, hits a 438 ft home run, has a 10 pitch at-bat, or just walks. That’s the point, we don’t know what he is going to do. With JP it’s the same story over and over and over again – borrrrinnng.
    .
    Obi ~ This is Nelly’s thought bubble at 9:21 pm 🙂
    .
    Nelly ~ ethieraholic ~ And Damn proud of it!!!

  83. northstateblues

    Just got off of work

    dnel, your post has me thinking of an 80’s song… Poison I think.

    It’s the same old, it’s the same old situaayyyyytion
    It’s the same old, it’s the same old ball and chaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin

  84. dodgereric

    OK Joe, if you don’t send in someone to plow down the leadoff hitter, YOU ARE NOT A BASEBALL MAN!!!!!!!

  85. tradejuanpypaperbag

    nsb/mercury ~ I know the song well. Saw Poison in concert in 1987 with Tesla – fun concert!!! Glad I got you thinking!!
    .
    Nelly ~ ethieraholic ~

  86. dodgereric

    It’s OK, as long as the kids don’t find out.

    I’m glad you got that book. Seems like it was pretty fast. Amazing story behind the man who took the photos. Have you read that part yet?

  87. dodgereric

    And I’m serious about hitting someone. There is more to protecting Manny than just putting a good bat behind him.

  88. northstateblues

    I’ll try eric, it still has nsb above the comment box, but it’s coming out my 5 year old name from when I tried out the fan forums.

  89. dodgereric

    Cool, north. It’s just that between guys like you and kahli and fogey and the Cleavers, it’s like codespeak around here. I know I’m forgetting someone here.

  90. northstateblues

    Ack!!! Won’t give it back to me, ’cause nicknames can’t be more than 10 characters… I’ll try something else…

  91. tradejuanpypaperbag

    eric ~ of course!! It’s amazing they didn’t know much about him, and just the fact that he was willing to take the photographs when everyone else thought it to be too difficult. All the photographs he captured that maybe would have never been found. Just like the last line says – he was the photographer at the field of dreams – very, very fascinating and inspiring story.

  92. carcyn@sbcglobal.net

    it is what it is on Pierre.
    Andre came through, Dodgers win!
    Really nice to see Manny was the first guy out of the dougout to celebrate, not sure if you guys saw that.
    Good job to Kershaw he is really showing improvement.

  93. tradejuanpypaperbag

    I think Andre just proved why he should be in the lineup every day!! Very nice Andre, very nice!!!
    .
    Awesome for Russell, too!!!!!!!!!

  94. lbirken@aol.com

    Early in the game I felt the Dodgers would have to score a bunch of runs because Kershaw just did not seem to have command of that curve ball. I didn’t mind as long as he was not walking batters. But he got better as the game went along keeping the Dodgers and I am still convinced he is the real deal.

    This was a huge win against a good team. The offense still is struggling but at least now they have some confidence they can come back in a close game.

  95. northstateblues

    hey eric, I took your suggestion, should come up at some point. I’m sure whenever that Movable Type program lets me log back into my blog, I’ll be able to get my name back.

  96. tradejuanpypaperbag

    eric ~ I didn’t even realize he was up. I was reading the book thinking when he came into bat the first time, it was just to pinch hit. I didn’t know he took the field. The next thing I know Bill is yelling at me, Andre’s up, and by the time I got there, he had one foul ball and then the single – how crazy that was!!!
    .
    Nelly ~ ethieraholic and very proud one too.
    .
    Sara, Amy and Acardona saw a fabulous game.

  97. dodgereric

    He keeps this up and I might have to get a little gay on him myself. Not that there’s anything wrong with that……

  98. northstateblues

    I’ll take those two losses to the Halloweeners anyday if it results in two wins against a division leader. (I’d gladly take two more wins, too).

    The Halloweeners can go cry in their Giant pillows until September 19th.

  99. leekfink

    Nice winner by Ethier. Great game.
    .
    Looks like another good outing by Kershaw.
    .
    I know that Cole Hamels is a “tough lefty”–and I know that Loney went 0-4, but how can you hit the guy who leads the team in batting average 8th? I did not see the way he got pitched to, but hitting in front of Kershaw (a good and soon-to-be-great pitcher, but not a very good hitter) can’t have helped much.
    .
    At least I “get” Torre’s “logic” tonight, and in the end it works out, so that’s good. I think we’ll see a more familiar line-up tomorrow (though, it’s going to be interesting to see how Nomar fits in and works out, but I hope he can pick up where he left off and give us the rest of the year). I would probably go Kemp, Ethier, Martin, Manny, Loney, Kent, Nomar, Blake, but as long as those 8 guys are in the line-up, we can’t really go too wrong (Kent probably will hit higher than he “should” because of his years of experience, but I still think he can kick it in for another couple of months, so I can live with that unless he shows that it’s unacceptable, which probably won’t be the case).
    .
    Even with that bad set of games in SF, I continue to think that this team is full of guys who are the heart of a World Championship caliber ballclub, and I think they are coming together now, and can take a good run into this post-season.

  100. tradejuanpypaperbag

    LMAO!!!! That’s funny eric 🙂
    .
    In all seriousness – Andre is such a great role model right now, and that is what is so impressive about him. He can be moping around feeling sorry for himself, but he isn’t. He is taking a totally different approach than many athletes would, and that should be inspiring to anyone.

  101. tradejuanpypaperbag

    nsb – the halloweeners lost 12-3 today to Houston after Linsecum went out of the game due to injury.

  102. trublu4ever

    You make a good point leekfink — it’s always great to beat a good team and especially in our last at bat!

  103. dodgereric

    Nice observation as usual, Lee. All we gotta do is get hot the last two months.

    They just noted on the postgame show that Russ didn’t make much of an attempt to get out of the way of that ball that put him on. I replayed it a couple of times and they are absolutely correct. He never moved his foot and let it get him. The Captain. No doubt.

  104. northstateblues

    oh… too bad for Lincecum, I was hoping he’d be Marichal to Clayton’s Ko… well, might be waaaaaaaaay too early for any comparisons, but I think you all know what I’m saying.

    Aside from that, I applaud SF’s performance against Houston, and hope for many happy returns.

  105. tradejuanpypaperbag

    nsb ~ he got hit in the knee with a line drive. They had to take him out of the stadium to a hospital because they had no x-ray equipment on site. Like I said earlier, I am not a Giants fan, but I do like him. He seems like a great kid and is an awesome pitcher. It’s just too bad he wears black and orange.

  106. northstateblues

    Good to see you back leekfink. I agree, we have a good, capable core, and with our current-MLB-leading-ERA pitching staff, we have the components necessary to make a strong standing in October.

  107. dodgereric

    jhall, did you see him catch that foul tip on his bare hand? Man, after seeing the replays, I still can’t believe he didn’t break 5 or 6 bones in his hand!

  108. tradejuanpypaperbag

    trublue ~ No, I was kind of listening to the game more than watching. I was reading instead.
    .
    Phelps has set 4 world records – just amazing!!!

  109. trublu4ever

    I think what Phelps is doing is unbelievable. Some idiots on ESPN say it’s just swimming and who cares. I sure do, because I know the training ritual the swimmers go through.

  110. tradejuanpypaperbag

    It sure is nice to see Ethier’s name on the headline of the homepage.
    .
    dnelly, nells, nelle, June, mom, Debbie,Miss Debbie, Debra, and Mrs. Nelson ~ ethieraholic ~

  111. northstateblues

    Hope Lince will be alright… indeed a worthy opponent.

    Just saw Phelps on TV now, glad he’s on our side, heh. Even though the USC football fan in me winces a little when it shows him wearing his Michigan cap… I’m sure our Buckeye fan readers feel the same…

    The way he’s going, the only way he’ll lose is if he runs into an Olympian who went to Appalachian State.

  112. tradejuanpypaperbag

    trueblu – really? Let’s see 6 am practices in the fog and freezing cold weather, and that was just the first practice of the day before school, not to mention the 2-3 hour practice after school depending on your event. That’s just for us average swimmers and not what Phelps does. I couldn’t imagine his training regimend.

  113. northstateblues

    TruBlue, probably the same idiots who say soccer isn’t a sport. I don’t watch soccer often at all, but one thing I can say is that is a tough sport. It’s like watching a Pitcher’s Duel everygame, though.

    Besides, I’m sure Phelps can’t hear them over the clanging of his medals.

  114. dodgereric

    When I was a kid, I learned to hate the Giants. I think it was the Marichal/Roseboro incident that cemented it. I hated everyone on that team except Mays. You had to love that man.

    But now, they don’t have anyone I hate on that team. My hatred is pretty much reserved for the uniforms and the fans. They really just suck. No offense, nelly. Years back my mom used to live in San Leandro and I’d roll up and visit her when the Dodgers were in town. We’d go to Candlestick wearing our LA hats. Now, I’ve spent my whole life attending games in Dodger Stadium sitting next to fans of the other teams. I almost never have heard the abuse for them that my mom and I used to hear up there. One Sunday she got hit in the back with a melted malt cup. Real class.

  115. ndeschenes@securenet.net

    Super Extraordinary Comeback 2nd In Row Victory By our Phenomenal Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies where All The Dodgers Again were Super Heros!Our Great Dodger in the Sky’s Majestic Universe is Happy Again For These Los Angeles Dodgers Of Ours are Headed For A Spectacular October Glory with all of Heaven’s Stars Following Them!

  116. trublu4ever

    You are right nsb. They felt that it was a sport but only a few people do it and we only see it every 4 years, so nobody should care. They do speak the same way about soccer, saying it hasn’t caught on here in the states.

  117. tradejuanpypaperbag

    eric ~ the Giants do suck. My husband knows it too,and he does cheer on the Dodgers when they are not playing the Giants or the Rox (It’s a Brian Fuentes thing – he’s from here ). Michael just likes to make it an issue, and he’s a teenager so I will just let it be for the most part. I don’t like their fans either, present family excluded, of course. Like you said, it’s more about the uniform than the person in the uniform.

  118. trublu4ever

    eric I used to experience the same thing at Candlestick. I would go with my best friend who was a Giant fan and I’d be sittting in my beautiful Dodger Blue and took a lot of abuse. The fans at Dodger Stadium show a lot more class. We are true fans not a bunch of drunk idiots.

  119. lbirken@aol.com

    Eric, I feel the same way about the Giants. I still remember how I felt when the Giants beat the Dodgers in the playoff game in 1962 and I cringe at the Bobby Thomson home run from 1951 even though I was 3 years old at the time and certainly did not anything about it until much later.

    However, with Bonds gone I have decided to direct my disdain towards Randy Winn since he does so well against the Dodgers. I invite you to do the same. Otherwise playing the Giants won’t be as interesting.

  120. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Good evening ndeschenes ~ Short but sweet once again, but we like it all the same. We hope to hear from you again tomorrow as the Dodgers win a 3rd straight against the Phillies. Have a fabulous evening and a spectacular tomorrow ~

  121. trublu4ever

    I’ll say good night too. See some of you in the morning. I want to go watch the deformed gymnasts perform. Strange little people, aren’t they?

  122. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Well, I say so Wally – it’s only 2 in the morning. Good night Wally – take care son -see you in the morning.
    mom ~ ethieraholic ~

  123. northstateblues

    Yeah lbirken, Winn’s the only really hateable one… not sure if they have Ray Durham anymore… It’s tough for me to hate Dave Roberts, he was my favorite Dodger when he was with us.

    You know who I hated the most throughout his career, from the time I was a kid til a few years ago? Benito Santiago. I HATED that guy.

  124. northstateblues

    Have a good night jhall and TruBlue. I’m watching the deformed team too… hoping they get gold… and I won’t even go on yahoo for fear of spoilers.

  125. dodgereric

    lbirken, as a favor to you and after careful introspection, I will accept your offer to join you in your hate for Randy Winn if you will be so kind as to include that little *&%$ Dave Roberts. I haven’t delved into the stats, but I’m betting that he’s hitting 1.865 against us and .009 against the rest of MLB.

    goodnight, jhall – and don’t let the bed bugs bite. And thank you for the recent good wishes for my REAL son!

    TruBlue, “Strange little people”? LMAO!!!!

  126. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Ray Durham is now with the Brewers so you are stuck hating Wynn and Roberts. I can help in that department. LOL!!!

  127. jungar@wsgcorp.com

    What a great win..Manny and Blake have been great….The pitching has been fantastic. Everyone is giving great at bats.

  128. kpookiemon

    The first thing I thought about after Ethier’s walk-off hit was the collective IT orgasm. Girls, Andre DID look extra cute on the post-game show. Me? I’ll take the dreadlocks anytime. One love, one heart.

  129. northstateblues

    What is it with these account name changes? I just want my handle back… I signed in yesterday, and it gave me a name I used 5 years ago in a fan forum.

  130. heartruss

    I was at the game! Wow! All I can say is…Andre should play everyday. He was the hero of the game. And I’m glad that Russell was part of it with his slide into home as the game winning rbi. It was so exciting. Almost no one left to the very end. We were all screaming on the field level. Ever since Manny became a Dodger, there is always electricity in the air. Everyone should try to make it to a Dodger game at least once to live the moment with us. I can’t even describe it to you. I can’t wait until the weekend and the fireworks! Go Dodgers. Let’s sweep those Phillies.

  131. dodgereric

    Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

    There’s nothing you can say will change my mind.
    Nothing you can sing that will be kind.
    Nothing you can think but you can learn how to play the game.

    It’s easy.

    The unis they wear would work on Halloween .
    Their fans don’t know what it’s like to be clean.
    Nothing you can do but you can learn how to get in line.

    It’s easy.

    All you need is hate, Lord they make me irate,
    All you need is hate, hate, hate is all you need.

    Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

    All you need is hate, they don’t like northstate,
    All you need is hate, hate, hate is all you need.

    They should have thrown Marichal in the klink.
    Their fans don’t need to practice to stink.
    I’d like to tie them up and pull them all into the drink.

    It’s easy.

    All you need is hate, don’t have one good trait
    All you need is hate, hate, hate is all you need.
    All you need is hate (all together now)
    All you need is hate (everybody)
    All you need is hate, hate, love ain’t what you need.

  132. tradejuanpypaperbag

    That is too bad about your “formerly known as” name – that seems like a long time ago now – LOL!!!

  133. kpookiemon

    As much as Pierre was banging his head against the wall for failing to tag up on Kent’s long drive, it didn’t take a genius to realize his “gaff” allowed Manny to hit…and drive in a run.

  134. tradejuanpypaperbag

    xoxrussell ~ That was a fanstastic game, and to think I almost missed the play because I thought JP was coming up to bat and not Andre. I am glad you were there to see it. That’s just great!!!!

  135. jungar@wsgcorp.com

    Yeah I am hopeful. I mean it’s obvious who should be playing. I expect Joe to let Pierre play vs lefties. And then switch him out. Kemp is hitting like we all thought he would, like he did last 2nd half (how soon everyone forgets he ht .342 last year) and has solidified his spot. Kershaw and Bills are cementeing themselves at the top of the rotation for a long time..Kuo and Brox might be a sweet closer combo in the future…its all good. If furcal can return, we would be fantastic.

  136. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Well, if Furcal comes back, JP’s role really becomes null and void. His speed is no longer needed, even though we all know it’s not necessarily needed now.

  137. northstateblues

    taking off for a while, but dnel, you gave me an idea with the new genre… I think I’ll have something soon.

  138. dodgereric

    Furcal SS .366 .448 .597
    Ethier RF .273 .340 .442
    Ramirez LF .475 .543 .850
    Kemp CF .298 .350 .468
    Loney 1B .299 .354 .451
    Kent 2B .268 .320 .421
    Martin C .286 .386 .406
    Blake 3B .295 .333 .541

  139. saralovesrussell@losangeles-dodgers.net

    wow, what a finish.. that was an exciting game for sure.. amy and i had just got done talking about how ethier was having a great at bat, and how he was battling waiting for a pitch he could handle.. and then he roped one into centerfield. i’m glad russell got to score the winning run even if he needed a hit by pitch to get on base.. he’s really been struggling.. so it was good to see him pumped up and have a reason to celebrate. he really was robbed by utley in his previous at bat.. at least the ball was hard hit..

    btw, amy says hi to everyone 🙂

  140. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Tomorrow’s game will certainly be interesting. I have seen Joe Blanton pitch many times with the A’s, but with the way the Dodgers seem to be hitting, we should be okay. The last game I saw him pitch was when the A’s played the Giants and he got shelled, and the Giants won 11-1

  141. tradejuanpypaperbag

    sara ~I thought of you guys during that play. It was exciting just watching it on tv. I can’t imagine, how it felt from there. Andre did an interview after the game. He did a great job,and he talked about Kempster running up to him first after the run scored. Did you get to see acardona? I am glad you got to see Amy.

  142. dodgereric

    Honestly nelly, I don’t know why we don’t bat Ramirez 3rd. Don’t you want your best hitter to bat in the first inning EVERY GAME?

  143. dodgereric

    Hey sara! It’s going to take a while for your goosebumps to go away! It must have been great to have been in that crowd. I’m very envious!

  144. dodgereric

    Before I turn in, here’s an article that was written while I was incommunicado. It backs up what I’ve been saying for many years – that the save is the most worthless stat in the game.

    Among the interesting stats is that “teams entering the ninth inning with a lead win roughly 95 percent of the time. That was the exact rate in 1901 and that was the rate 100 seasons later. In fact, the rate has varied merely from a high of 96.7 percent in 1909 to a low of 92.5 percent in 1941.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/080805

  145. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Good Night Ward, dear! It was a fun day!!! Get some sleep, the boys are in bed, and I will see you in the morning,or afternoon, or evening. Good night!!
    June ~ ethieraholic ~

  146. tradejuanpypaperbag

    eric ~ Yes, I will know the feeling very shortly. I will be in the classroom setting up most of the day, but my real kids start school tomorrow – yikes Junior and sophomore year – here we come!! Good night again!!!

  147. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Ward, dear ~ That article had some very interesting information about the closers – hmmmmm!!! Okay ~ now I am going to bed. 🙂

  148. kpookiemon

    “Manny’s very smart. He’s intelligent—especially when it comes to hitting a baseball. And he goes to school on the pitchers, too. He knows exactly what they’ve got and how they’re going to pitch him,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who spent seven seasons coaching and managing Ramirez in Cleveland.

  149. porklinks

    Nice win by the Crew tonight – got home and tuned into the game just in time to see the last three pitches! I KNEW what the reaction was here.
    .
    Looking ahead to tomorrow: Joe Blanton has been pretty good since the Phillies traded for him. He has one career start against the Dodgers with the A’s in 2006; he went 8 IP, gave up 2 R and got a win. He’ll hardly recognize the Dodgers compared to the batting order he saw 2 years and almost 2 months ago:
    .
    R Furcal SS
    W Aybar 3B
    N Garciaparra 1B
    J Drew DH
    M Kemp CF
    A Ethier LF
    J Cruz RF
    S Alomar C
    R Martinez 2B
    .
    The guys who have seen him more than a few times are the new Dodgers:
    CBlake: 1 for 16
    Manny: 13 for 21, .619 .625 .667 1.292, one double
    .
    Nomar is the only guy with a HR against Blanton.
    .
    Brad Penny has seen a couple Phils a lot:
    Rollins – 49 PA, .200 .265 .289 .554,
    Burrell – 43 PA, .244 .279 .488 .767, 3 HR
    .
    Also look for LH Geoff Jenkins to start in RF: 5 for 17 with 3 doubles. Chase Utley has the other HR off Penny, 4 for 15.

  150. trublu4ever

    good morning dnelly ~ I’m still excited about last night’s game winning hit by Andre. And, you almost missed it! It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy and I think I even saw JP congratulating him. That was the biggest shock of all!

  151. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Good Morning, trublue ~ Yes, I saw JP congratulating him. No, I just thought he came in to pinch hit for the pitcher, and when he grounded out, I just assumed he was done for the night. So, I watched, but I was kind of reading and doing other things. Bill yells and tells me Martin is on 2nd and Andre is up to bat (he is going back and forth between the game and the olympics). By the time I got to the television, I saw the last two pitches. Then, after the game, they interviewed him. He did a great job with that , too. Very, very cool!!!!

  152. thinkingblue

    OMG! That was an amazing game……My two MEN teamed up for a perfect ending….ANDRE & MARTIN! Yeeeeaahhhh! I was screaming my lungs out). I keep watching the video over and over and I will not get tire of it. I love it when they both team up for the perfect ending….REMEMBER THE THROW TO HOME NOT TO LONG AGO!.

    ANDRE IS THE BEST AND MARTIN SPEED….I WAS WAITING FOR HIM TO SAY….”BEEP, BEEP!” (roadrunner)…..

    Rose (ETHIERaholic)

  153. thinkingblue

    Oh yes let me add: MARTIN & ETHIER ARE MY “DREAM TEAM”! Well I know Kemp, Kershaw, Manny, Loney, Blake, Biemel, Nomar and even JP contributed for last nights game…but the perfect victory was from MARTIN & ETHIER! Great job BOYS IN BLUE! That was ETHIERRIFIC!

  154. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Dodgersrule ~ It was fabulous, and yes, I keep watching the video over and over again, too. If you get a chance, you need to listen to the audio post game interviews from this article. It has great interviews from Joe, Andre, Russell and even Joe Beimel – Great stuf

  155. tradejuanpypaperbag

    “here’s” not “hears” ~ I sure am glad I am going back to school soon. I need to learn how to spell again – LOL!!

  156. dodgereric

    Wait a minute, wait a minute, let’s go back to fogey’s stat for Ramirez against Blanton: 13 for 21, .619 .625 .667 1.292

    That’ll do…………

  157. jhallwally

    Been reviewing the posts and comments from yesterday.
    Great songs and poems everyone. Enjoyed them very much. LOL!!!

  158. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Good Morning, jhall and eric!!
    .
    Yes, I am still watching soaking in the wonderful end to that game last night.
    .
    nelly, nelle, June, and mom ~ ethieraholic

  159. trublu4ever

    good morning jhall & eric ~ was so wound up after last nights game, I couldn’t fall asleep. I knew we had that kind of moxie and I’m so glad it beginning to emerge.

  160. thinkingblue

    DNell I read the articles and heard the interviews and watched the interview’s video…the were great.

    Eventhou i wanted to start dancing when Ethier was talking….I started bobbing my head to the side (Night at the Ruxbury)

    Where is ACARDONA….is she still celebrating…I did not see her on TV, but she is one like gal…..

    Thanks!
    Rose

  161. tradejuanpypaperbag

    I thought of the song, too Rose ~ too funny!! It’s one of those songs that will go down in history as the head-bobbing song – hilarious!!!!

  162. jhallwally

    Very impressive team effort. Kersh settled down and kept us in the game when he didn’t have his best stuff.

  163. trublu4ever

    I hope Penny is a good tonight as Kersh was last night, Jhall. Maybe the mohawk haircut Russell gave him will make him pitch better.

  164. tradejuanpypaperbag

    jhall ~So true ~ It was a great team effort all game long. It would have been a much different game without the great pitching last night, too.

  165. jhallwally

    Sure hope so Tru. LOL!! If we get a half decent Penny down the stretch it will certainly help alot.
    Good stuff dad!!!

  166. tradejuanpypaperbag

    jhall ~ they put Andruw on the DL to make room for Nomar – a little suspicious, don’t ya think? Then again, who cares.

  167. trublu4ever

    I think Andruw will be on the DL for quite some time. There’s no room for him and I hope there won’t be for a long, long, time.

  168. jhallwally

    Now Phew can just settle in and accept a role as the 4th outfielder and role player and not whine about it, we could make a serious run at this division. Make it happen Joko!!!!

  169. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Okay ~ I got to take my kids to school. Catch up to all of you in a little while ~ Have a wonderful morning!!!!

  170. trublu4ever

    Joe did say he used JP last night just so he could get a game in — hadn’t played in a while. By that comment, he intends to play Andre the bulk of the season.

  171. tradejuanpypaperbag

    merci, jhall! Ayez un jour magnifique vous-même!!
    .
    Now you know I didn’t do that myself – LOL!!! Have a splendid day!!!

  172. tradejuanpypaperbag

    jhall ~ my Braves/A’s fan co-worker doesn’t like the Dodgers anymore because of Manny (she hates Manny!), and she thinks our team is the “new evil empire.” 😦 She actually said she is cheering against the Dodgers. I consider myself a Dodger fan, but I am also a baseball fan, and I like to see all kinds of good players play.
    *** fire alarm is going off *** be back!!!
    .
    Okay ~ strange~ false alarm sort of – the roofers set it off with too much smoke in the boiler room.
    .
    Anyhow ~ I understand not liking certain players (obviously we all have them), but to discount a whole team because of one player is a little harsh (Giants excluded for some, I know) don’t you think? I was a little upset at the comment. I know sara is not happy about Manny, but she’s not writing off the whole team because of it. I guess I will have to see how she reacts when a player she doesn’t like walks onto one of her favorites.

  173. tradejuanpypaperbag

    Hey messagebear!! Haven’t seen you in a while, but if you are out there somewhere, can you send out the current ITD blogger’s list of places of residence. Thanks ~
    Nelly ~ ethieraholic ~
    .

  174. messagebear@msn.com

    Hi, Nelly and everybody.

    Glad to oblige with the list of our bloggers and
    their home city and state. We still need a lot of
    information from many new bloggers that I’ve noted
    posting lately. The next time you’re on, just please
    give us your home city and state in your posting,
    so that we can add you to our list.

    enchanted Las Cruces, NM
    dodgerboy LaPlata, MD
    dnelly Merced, CA
    dodgereric Temecula, CA
    jhall Columbus, OH
    mlk Irvine, CA
    pierreEW Brooklyn, NY
    messagebear Wenatchee, WA
    perumike Tujunga, CA
    crzblue El Monte, CA
    crash24now Ventura, CA
    boblee Waterloo, IL
    jungar San Juan Capistrano, CA
    max_power Bakersfield, CA
    leekfink Redondo Beach, CA
    dcollins Novato, CA
    kpookiemon Aliso Viejo, CA
    scurtis Chicago, IL
    bigkace La Habra, CA
    Alex West LA, CA
    westernmost… LA, CA
    manfromchina Lompoc, CA
    northstateblues Marysville, CA
    saralovesrussell Toluca Lake, CA
    fliegel Pocono Mountains, PA
    seeskybout Salt Lake City, UT
    scott Arcadia, CA
    dodge16 Santa Cruz, CA
    jnv Roseville, CA
    ccompe Ventura, CA
    lbirken Northridge, CA
    kssparkuhl Nampa, ID
    rodmky Mackay, Queensland, Australia
    swood Fairfax, VA
    brandond Las Vegas, NV
    shad Compton, CA
    bluecrewgirl Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    iheartethier LA, CA
    amymwalton Glendale, CA
    dodgerblueaz Somewhere, AZ
    khola88 Honolulu, HI
    sparkleplenty Dana Point, CA
    jjriley Odessa, TX
    demmotor
    dodgerdude17
    carcyn
    ndeschenes
    jegiboney
    drpdedblnd
    patriotacts

    Otherwise, I’ve just been observing our team with the added
    late season mercenaries. It’ll be an interesting finish to the
    season, and should be an even more interesting off-season.
    I hope that we don’t try to re-sign Nomar and Kent for next year.
    But most important, I hope that Frank adds up the wasted millions
    from this year and the past years and terminates Ned, no matter
    where we end up in the standings.

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