September 2008

Paper Planes

For those of you who are perceptive, you’ve probably noticed in postgame interviews that the same song is always playing when we win. I can’t get it out of my head, which might have something to do with hearing it 10 of the last 11 days. But, to be honest, I have absolutely no idea what the song is about…I can barely even understand the lyrics and watching the video doesn’t seem to help much either. Nor do I have any clue how we randomly chose this as the song to play at the end of a win. I do know that Matt Kemp and Casey Blake, whose lockers are close to the stereo system, seem to like it quite a bit.

The song is called Paper Planes by a group called M.I.A. and it sounds like the old group “Another Bad Creation” from the 80s.

Here’s a link to the video as I haven’t figured out how to embed You Tube stuff on this blog system. One of these days I’ll become more tech savvy.

 

Tonight's lineup

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

DeWitt, 2B

Berroa, SS

Lowe, P

Back to posting lineups…and this one's different

With the streak having come to a close, we can go back to posting the lineup. Joe is mixing it up tonight against the left-hander, and there are some surprises that’ll get people talking, I’m sure.

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Nomar, 1B

Blake, 3B

Jones, CF

DeWitt, 2B

Berroa,SS

Kuroda, P

Hittin' the road

Down at PETCO Park gearing up for tonight. Watched Penny throw a simulated game and he was pretty impressive. Not sure when he’ll be activated, but he’s darn close.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Jason Schmidt, who is going to undergo another cleanup procedure in his right shoulder on Wednesday. He should be throwing in six week or so, but hopefully this will put him on track for ’09. He just hasn’t been able to get over the 90 percent hump when he’s been out on the mound this year in minor league rehab stints.

Not much else to share, but I have noticed that the comments on each post seem to go way down when we’re playing well. I guess that’s a little odd, but when there’s less to complain about, there’s less to talk about. Human nature, I suppose.

Hope you are all enjoying this nice little run. Let’s keep it going…without lineups!

Still 20 games left

Yes, I know I’ve been trying to get everyone to stay positive all year and not get too down on the Dodgers. But now  is hardly the time to celebrate. It’s awesome that we’re in first place for the first time in five months, but we still have to play better than Arizona for the final three weeks. Hope you will all be making it out here today, as we’re gone for 11 days after this one…

And unfortunately, I’ll miss the first place ice cream, as it’s only on weekdays and I’ll be with the team tomorrow while the rest of the offices enjoys 31 flavors.

For those who haven’t yet heard, the Sunday Night Sports Final on KABC, which was previously from 7-10 p.m., is now directly after postgame DodgerTalk, so there’s no break in between. That should be better for all of you so you don’t have to come back to the show at the end of the night.

Tonight they’ll be talking Dodger baseball, as always, and hopefully a sweep of the D-backs. But, they’ll also likely start debating the All-Time Los Angeles Dodger team, which hopefully you’ve all been voting for. That team, plus the Top 50 moments in LA Dodger history, have been on dodgers.com and today is the last day that you can vote.

We’ll unveil the winners during the final homestand, so get your vote in and listen to the show tonight to join in on the debate.

 

Vin will be back in '09

Not only did last night deliver a resounding shutout victory to pull the team to within have a game of first place, but the incredible news is out…Vin Scully will be behind the mic for his 60th season of Dodger baseball.

Anyone who has been fortunate enough to even hear an inning of his work over the years knows that we are truly blessed with every game that he does. Just yesterday, as I stopped in the booth to check in with him on a couple of things, I happened to be there when he taped the “open,” which is what you see at the top of the telecast each night.

Amazingly, without any notes in front of him and no teleprompter, he just rattles off some of the most incredible prose, mixed in with statistics and stories that I can’t understand how he remembers. It’s really something else.

In any event, in case you missed it, I wanted to make sure you knew the great news and hopefully we’ll see many of you at the park today. If not, tune into FOX for the big duel for first place in the NL West…we’ve been this close many times before, but haven’t been atop the division since April 4. If there were ever a time to be playing great baseball, this is certainly it.

P.S. No lineup again today. 

 

Big-time weekend series…

I sure hope those of you who live in town are making plans to be here this weekend. It’s going to be a great series and hopefully we finish the three games in first place. Wouldn’t that be something?

For those who are coming down, remember it’s a 7:10 game, not 7:40 due to ESPN’s national telecast.

Still no lineup posted here by me. Sorry about that.

There’s an eerie quietness right now that I can’t figure out. Maybe the calm before the excitement of tonight’s game…

As for a great medical update, Saito came out of a bullpen session really well and will throw a similated game on Sunday, most likely. He could be able to pitch by next weekend, potentially. And Brad Penny threw a ‘pen today and said he felt great, so both of them would be pretty interesting additions down the stretch.

Dining with 'Dre…and almost getting a cycle

Quite a day for Andre Ethier

He started out this morning by continuing his community efforts by visiting the Weingart Center in Downtown L.A., which is a comprehensive human services center for homeless men and women located near “Skid Row.” He helped serve food to approximately 150 at-risk men and women and visited the site of the center’s residential building, including its learning labs. (Andre’s relationship with the center dates back to last season when he took part in a batting practice fundraiser at Dodger Stadium for the facility).

Then he posted his most recent restaurant review at Dining With ‘Dre…a stop in at the trendy Pizzeria Mozza, one of Mario Batali’s famous places in Hollywood.

And then he headed into a key September game with the Padres and proceeded to start the game 3-for-3 with a walk…including a single, a triple and his team-leading 19th homer. His eighth-inning chance at the cycle was foiled by a groundout.

But, most importantly, with the Dodgers’ fourth victory in a row, the team heads into tomorrow’s series finale just 1.5 games back of Arizona with the weekend series against the D-backs looming at Dodger Stadium. And I hate to say it, but there won’t be a lineup posted tomorrow…hopefully you know why.

 

 

Superstitious? I'm not superstitious…

I’m just not going to be putting any lineups up here so hopefully you guys are getting along without it.

Good news today on Jeff Kent, as well. The surgery went very well and nothing unexpected was found, so he can start rehab tomorrow. The recovery time is anywhere from 2-5 weeks, so we might still see him towards the end of the season.

I'm still not posting…

OK, so it's the fifth inning, so it's really late, but this was a concious decision not to post the lineup tonight. Starting a new thread for tonight's game.

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