DeRo takes D-Lo deep

Not the ideal way to start out of the scoring, but plenty of time left in tonight’s game. I’m guessing there will be plenty of people hitting up DeRosa’s blog after his homer…

Meanwhile, Andre’s Dining with Dre blog has turned into a postseason journal four our cleanup hitter. Be sure to check it out and leave your comments, there, too.

It’s very windy here, so we could see a few balls leave the yard toward right field tonight. Clearly DeRosa’s kept carrying…

Alright, enough of this nonsense. If any of you are still in the office back in LA, you have my permission to get home to watch the final six innings. I’ll try to post again after the game.

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Let’s go Dodgers! yes, we can come back!!

Dodgers !!! :)

Thanks Josh – I’ll have the excuse letter to my boss drafted for you to sign.

We better score some runs soon I say we score 3 this inning and the 2 next inning and win 5 – 2

Not bad 4 inning and we’re hanging in there.

Come on, let’s get some runs.

Need big things from our lefties tonight. Other than that dying quail Dewitt got, it’s been non existent so far.

LETS GO DODGERS !!!!! LETS GO DODGERS !!!!!

Dempster’s struggling here. Time to pounce!

Is Chicago’s bullpen good?
If not then lets get to it.

Another big spot for Ethier……

ajay -the back end (Marmol, Wood) is very good. the other part, not as much.

WOW this looks good
You never know.

GRANDS SLAM
4 – 2 DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wooohoooooooo!! James Loney!!!!!!! Grand salamy!!!!!!

Woo hoo! WTG James! That will shut the crowd up!

I felt it— L O N E Y

Like I mentioned on the previous thread, Dempster is in the dumpster!!
GO DODGERS!!!

I love Loney.

He did He did he did it.
I can’t believe it.
WE’RE WINNING

JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes Chicago bullpen is good and I think that was in the top 5.

I’m so happy for James! It really looked like that Dempster had him fooled bad with that splitter up till that slam!

I was going to post that if you looked at the number of pitches for Dempter with all the walks you would figure he would be down by a few runs. It just took a bit more time for that to happen. Loney has been great with the bases loaded.

Oh my gosh that was rad. I was just yapping about bad hitting. Muttering on and on to myself and my bemused 10 month old and when it was 0-2 i said trying to muster positive vibes, here comes a single over SS. Boy was I wrong. Way to go James. The score is where it should be based on how each team has played so far.

We love youuuuuuu Loney!
My Loney has a first name is J A M E S
My Loney has a second name is L O N E Y
Oh I love to see him everyday and if you ask me why I’ll say
cause Loney has a way with H I T T I N G !

MY LONEY HAS A FIRST NAME, IT’S J-A-M-E-S
MY LONEY HAS A SECOND NAME, IT’S L-O-N-E-Y
I LOVE TO WATCH HIM EVERY DAY
AND IF YOU ASK ME WHY, I’LL SAY
‘CAUSE JAMES LONEY HAS A WAY
WITH H-I-T-T-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!!!!
– leekfink and martinloneykemp/lny4loney

(from the back row of my class)

YAY JAMES!! :)

There’s a new BIG GAME JAMES in town!

Freaking Loney!!!!! Yes!!!

Our tater is bigger than your tater!!!!! WTG, James!!!!!

hahahaha Loney get 2 songs nice.

Matt Kemp finishes off the trash can, er, Dumpster!

My Loney has a first name,
It’s J-A-M-E-S
My Loney has a second name,
It’s L-O-N-E-Y
I love to watch him every day
And if you ask me why I’ll say
‘Cause James Loney has a way
With H-I-T-T-I-N-G!
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By leefink and martinloneykemp
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Just walked in saw Andre’s walk and then Bam!! Grand Slam!!! Thanks nsblues for posting the song too :)

OK D.Lowe! There you have some runs!
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Dempster was playing with fire. 109 pitches in the 5th inning

lol Pork but big game Worthy is still the man but move over Worthy is Loney time now.

OHHHHHHHHHH YYYYYYYEAHHHHHH LLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNEY. You just made your momma’ so proud!

I am not suppose to be watching or hearing or reading about the game (forbidden by my husband since we are recording it), but I can’t help it if my brother keeps texting me or my co-workers keep giving me the 411 on the game.

JAMES ANTHONY LONEY!!!!!!
SPECTACULAR!!!!!!

Oooooooohhh! What a feeling!

We got a good chance to win this game if Lowe can keep navigating for a few more innings.
It would be great to win at least 1 of these 2 games before going back to L.A.

Huge inning for Lowe. Top of the order for Cubs, he needs to shut them down here and not give any runs back.

JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMESSSSSSSSSS
LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!

Tough error! That ball was smoked!

I can’t believe I’m going to the Neil Diamond concert tonight. I would have backed out on it to stay home and watch the game, but I’m already in trouble with my wife so I better go.
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I’ve wanted to see him live forever, but he could have picked a better night. :)
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GOOOOOOOO BLUUUUUEEEEEE!!!

GIDP! At just the right time – waytogoLowe!

Wonder if there’s been any black cat, goat, or Bartman sightings at Wrigley tonight?

4 Cupcakes for LONEY

Dodgersrule,
Same here. I keep getting texts and calls. One call is from one of my friends in St Louis where they hate the Cubbies! She is rooting very hard for the Dodgers!

That’s good to shut them down the inning after we take the lead. That’s how it’s done.
It’s been a long time since we won an opening post season game and we got a good chance here.

lny4loney ~ We will keep The James Loney Song well tuned for you tonight. You enjoy the concert!!!

lny4loney – we’re having a Hot October Night instead!

joepierre – post season grand slam is a good omen for LA Dodger teams.

Anyone know the roots of that little ‘Fairy Leap’ Soriano does before a catch? It aint right!

Win or Lose so far the Dodgers, although a little anxious, are playing the Cubs tough without too much help from Ramirez.

Let’s get a couple more runs to make things a little more comfortable.

Still a long way to go to win this game so we need to keep up the pressure. Speaking of pressure, Andre did very well hitting in front of Manny. Hitting behind Manny may be even more critical.

How awesome! I had just pulled into my carport in my condo complex when Loney hit the slam and I went crazy. I looked around after to see if anyone was walking by and fortunately they weren’t or they would have thought I was freaking nuts.

Couldn’t the Dodgers add goat horns to their batting helmets? :) And maybe a black cat tail hanging from the back of the helmet?

WHEW!

Nice way to get out of that inning boys!!!

That last DeRosa at bat was big! It looked as if he had Lowe’s number but not that time. So far a big time game from Lowe but does he have much left?

We head to the 7th with Vin Scully! giddiness!

Another round for ITD!!!!!

M A N N Y!!!

MANNY RAMIREZ #1

MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Dodgers owned Wrigley Field once. They tore it down.

Manny!!! He is amazing how easy his swing always looks. It is so fluid. He can get around on those low pitches.

QUITE A GOLF SHOT!!!

M A N N Y.. gives a little help there.

Manram does it again!!!!!

MANNY!

VIN SCULLY: WE LOVE YOU!!!

As the former hardest working man is show business used to say; “I feel good!”

“DeRo takes D-Lo deep”
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“JLo takes RyDump deeper!”

Vin: “Curveball – and that is whacked out of sight!”

How great it is to walk away from my computer and come back to see the Dodgers scored another run and then to find out Manny did it. Trying not to get to ahead of myself.

Playoff baptism time for C. Wade.

Now comes the battle of the bull pens.

Gotta keep on an even keel. It ain’t over till it’s over.

Emma, thanks for the heads up, got Vin on now :)

I hear that, seesky. wish I had filled my flask pre-game, though.

W A D E__ING THROUGH CHICAGO.

Great job, Cory. You fuku Fuku.

Nice job, CWade!!!!! Let’s get some more runs!!!!!

Nice inning by Wade. They just need to keep hanging on.

Here, nsb, have some of mine.

Is this the guy who used to play football for Notre Dame now pitching for the Cubs?

A triple? Nice Blake!

lbirken – yup.

Deewittttttttttttttttttttttttt!!!!!!!

Sorry! Double with error. Yes ibirken. All American WR for the Irish. Caught alot of Touchdowns from Brady Quinn.

you are welcome NSBlues. Winning and listening to Vin! I love it when Vin says the ball was “whacked”

Blake comes through! That’s it Dodgers! Keep the hammer down! Don’t let up!

:: drinks :: :: moves elbow up and down a-la-Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider :: Much better! Thanks Seesky!

I thought so. Then this is personal because he caught a huge last minute pass against UCLA two years ago that beat my Bruins. I hope we score a bundle on him.

I’m jealous. I miss hearing Vin. Can’t get him on audio here.

Blake drives in Blake – 4 run lead!

Great job Dewitt and Blake…Lets get game one…James big stick Loney and Manny being Manny….Great job by Lowe…

Anyway I am sure most of you saw this but Mark Sweeney is a true professional and we all dogged him this year, with good reason. But here was his quote on not making the team..

Sweeney, who hit .130 this year, was disappointed but not surprised.

“It’s not about individual stuff. It’s about having the team win,” Sweeney said. “Unfortunately, I made this decision easy. That’s why I’m upset. It’s disappointing for the right reason. Anyone with a competitive feeling inside that’s worked hard to get to this point would be. But it’s what we’ve got to do.”

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball

Maybe this attitude is the reason that Torre kept him on the team all year…Not saying it was right but he is a heck of a person and probably a great teammate. If only he could have been the PH he had been the last ten years…

Darn it Kent, you ruined my bundle of runs plan. Oh well, I will take the one run for now. Even though Dodger hitters have only 7 hits it sure seems they have been patient at the plate tonight.

Yeah RamsLover, Sweeney seemed like such a leader in all the interviews, I wish that it would’ve translated to his offense. At least he didn’t have any illusions about how his season went, I remember when he was with the Jints, every time he came up you had to watch out.

Nice to see B L A K E chime in after the smooth swinging Witty smacks one to the wall.
Now we have hold them down.
LET’s GO BROX

Heeeere’s Johnny! Crossing my fingers & toes!

Ramslover, Sweeney does seem like a good guy and a team player. I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about him on a personal level.

Seesky, I dub thee bearer of the good luck flask, lol.

Don’t hesitate, medicate.LOL.

tip i found from the Dodger fourm:
“Hey Dodger fans, just wanted to let you know that there is a way to listen to the home town radio feed with Vin Scully while watching the game. Here are the requirements for it. if you are lucky enough to have an MLB.com Audio subscription, tv, and dvr/tivo you are in luck. A) tune to your mlb.com audio subscription and log in and tune into the KABC feed. B) With the TV and DVR/Tivo, go about 30 seconds behind live, and you can fine tune the DVR/TIVO, and then either fastforward the DVR/TIVO. And bam, you are in luck, no radio feed ahead of the tv, everything in synchronization. Hope this helps. Hey Dodger fans, just wanted to let you know that there is a way to listen to the home town radio feed with Vin Scully while watching the game. Here are the requirements for it. if you are lucky enough to have an MLB.com Audio subscription, tv, and dvr/tivo you are in luck. A) tune to your mlb.com audio subscription and log in and tune into the KABC feed. B) With the TV and DVR/Tivo, go about 30 seconds behind live, and you can fine tune the DVR/TIVO, and then either fastforward the DVR/TIVO. And bam, you are in luck, no radio feed “

Better health through chemistry right seesky?

Come on Brox!!!!!!!

That was scary!

A can of corn by Edmonds…good job Brox…use the whole park big boy….

I’ve never taken chemistry… only benefited from it :)

Good job, JB but one day, can you give us a 1-2-3 inning again?

And the EDMONDS flies too right. wooo

Damn!!! I almost emptied the flask when Edmonds hit that pitch. Broxton is damn scary!!!!

I mean center.

Ditto northstate! LOL!

I love LA!!

Martin goes deep! You gotta love it!

RUSSELL NATHAN JEANSON COLTRAN MARTIN, JR.
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Big Blue Wrecking Crew is coming alive alive!!!

CAP’N!!!!!!!!!!!!!

M A R T I N SOOOTHS THE NERVES.

Cue the Martinistas!

Hey Gang, it’s Sammy Time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought Russ was tired and worn down? :)

Scurtis is enjoying this right now you know. This is great for him.

You got it, vl4!!!!!! And Russell puts on a capper.

Hey Wally !!!! You got that right!!! Sammy Time is approachin’

I can’t think of a better way to start a post season. Come out, mash the gas, and keep the hammer down never letting up.

Home field shmome field!

Greg Maddux coming in

Good move bringing in Maddux. No need for Saito with this lead.

Bonjour Mere Nelle’!!!! I’m psyched!!!! Hope you had a great day.

Porklinks– There are Ethieraholics and now, we have Martinistas, I love it!!!!!

My boy ramirez!! i dont know bout maddux pretty damm hittable! cross your fingers!

Andre and Russ have both hit Zambrano well in the past, so hopefully they can send him kicking the Gatorade.

I guess it’s not Sammy time, it’s Maddux time. Okay, jhall – what’s Maddux going to say?

Now there’s full circle. Maddux relieving against the Cubs.

Had a great day, jhall!! Hope you did too. This is just fabulous ball playing right now.

Maddux says; “You shouldn’t have let me go to the Braves way back when or you might have won a championship.”

I had a feeling Torre was going to bring in Maddux.

lets hope furcal can come back strong tomorrow! maddux just give up 4 runs max!

It was a great day Nell’, Merci!!

Maddux also says, Fu-Q!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALRIGHT DODGERS!!!!! GAME 1 – DODGERS!!!! WHAT A WAY TO START THE PLAYOFFS

Out-freaking-standing!!!™

AWESOME WIN!!!
A HUGE amount of pressure on Big Z tomorrow!
I hope he cracks!

LOL!!! Nice jhall!!!!! plain and simple – perfect!!!

We kicked some Cub’s b ut t! Whohoo!
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the pride of Defiance, OH to the mound against Zamby. Hopefully Zamby will kick the Gatorade.

good night gang! good night Vin!
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Pop Legend Amy isn’t gonna feel sick tonight, heheheheh

nsblues – this should definitely make Pop Legends day :)

We got rid of that playoff losing streak in a big way!!!! We needed to get , at least, one road win. That means we have 2 games at home. One win in our pocket and Bills going in Game 2. Looking Realllll Gooooood!!!!

Nice to snuggle up to a Dodger playoff win on a moonless night, eh Nell’? LOL!!!!

That was a great victory we all should be proud.
Winning the first game on the road is just unbelievable.
We’re not going to be swept this time and we might even win.
LET’S GO BILZY!!!!!!!!

yes, but it’s not quite moonless :)

Another round for ITD!!!!! In fact, several rounds!!!!!

seesky ~ new curse for the Cubs……….Dodger Blue!!!!

seeskybout2rain – in the last thread I also tried Bisonians (Happy Kempers). Not as good.

Hey Trumom!! How sweet it is!!!!

DNelly, it’s a crescent moon, lol. What a great victory!

I like Happy Kempers!!! LOL!!!!

Jhall ~ I am breathless! Could have used a couple of stiff drinks to get through the excitement! However, two drinks, and I probably would pass out and miss all the fun. lol

LOL!! bluecrewgirl – crescent is about it!!

Moonless on ITD tonight. :)

I like Happy Kempers too. Are we also Loony Loneys?

Have one now Trumom!!! A toast to our Dodgers!!!

All the Buffalo Gals will be Happy Kempers when they come out tonight.

It’s a great win but it’s only one. 2 more to go!!!!

crzblue – dead on. His Royal Thighness vs. Carlos Z., I’ll take my chances. Zambrano could melt down at any moment.

TrueBlue– Blue Moon Over Chicago!!! LOL!!!!

jhall ~ yes, for the most part

eh, I can study later…

Hey Carlos! GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATORAAAAAAAAAAAADE!!!!!!!!

Trublue, we’re Happy Kempers, Looney Loneys and Delirious Dres, lol.

Seesky ~ Much better! I love it. Did you notice how the Cub fans just sit there motionless……….I believe the announcers said “Sitting on their hands.”

Yeah, What did I say. We take game 1, we take the series from the cubs.
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A few hits or a couple of dingers off Zambrano, and he will blow up.
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Would be nice to go back to LA up 2-0.

So Nell’, is your family (being G’nat fans) rooting for you and the Dodgers?

living in Chicago, scurtis is enjoying life right now!
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so is cp – hubby’s a cubs fan

bluecregirl ~ I am all of them………….have to add Manny Maniacs and Russell’s ? Help, I’m stuck!

Torre’s press conference is on KABC/MLB audio.

jhall – my son – no way!! He’s thinking the Rays, which if the Dodgers weren’t here, I probably would be too. My husband is playing neutral right now.
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Hey boblee – how are you doing sir? recovered yet? lol!!!

yay! i’m out of class now and i’m SO SO SO happy and proud of our boys!! i heard the wind was blowing in but then there were 4 homers in the game so maybe not.. and russell chimed in with a homer! thanks dnelly for full naming russell! he deserved it :)

You are welcome sara – he definitely deserved it!!!!

TrueBlue–Yeah, Cub fans got real quiet in a hurry after Loney’s grand salami. They’re used to it. They quickly realized this isn’t the Dodger team they beat 5 out of 7 in the regular season.

It ould be great to see His Royal Thighness put up a great start in a playoff game for a national audience so he could get some of the pub he rightly deserves. Remember who got so much press love for pitching in the playoffs last year?

GS IP….. H… HR BB K… ERA ERA+
30 200.7 189 17 40 194 3.27 145 – Josh Beckett 2007
32 200.7 188 14 80 201 3.14 141 – Chad Billingsley 2008

Seesky ~ so, after all is said and done, it is the Cubs’ fans who are really the curse!

Nell’, your hubby is a smart man. And a lucky man I might add.

Porklinks ~ I think Billz will have a great game tomorrow. Winning game one will take the pressure off and he can just throw his great stuff!

Miss Debbie – I kinda agree with your son. The Tampa Bay Dodger Rays are my second favorite team in the playoffs.

Am I dreaming?

Hey Trumom. I had a chance to see the Jessica Simpson segment on Dancing With The Stars. Good god, you were right. That was pathetic. LOL!!!! Some of these athletes and celebrities have no shame.

TruBlue – I am optimistic as well. Strikeout pitchers tend to do well in the playoffs – Chad about 9 per 9 IP, Zambrano under 7.

Lol, jhall. Cliffy from Cheers was pretty bad when he was on too. Can’t believe he made it as far as he did.

porklinks – I agree.
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jhall – he has his moments, but he did have to rub it in a little about Ethier and his strike out with bases loaded.

Great to be back folks – gotta run! Go Billingsley! Go Dodgers!

Max – pinch yourself!!!!! pinch yourself again!!!!!! did it work? you are not dreaming – it really happened… the Dodgers won!!!

Jhall ~ And to top it off, Kim was so devastated after being booted off! All she does is shake her big butt. I thought in dancing, you had to move your feet too!
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Speaking of Jessica, Tony Romo better dump her or his career will be ruined!

hey dodger fans,

no time to get analytical or cerebral here. in caveman sense we frickin’ clubbed the cubbies. let’s keep it going. hey eric, throw all the potentials at us, throw all torre’s failings from 2 and 3 decades ago at us, hey ethierholics show how your boy didn’t get it done but the rest of the lineup did. ENJOY THE SHOW FROM YOUR SAFE NEUTRAL LIVING ROOMS ITD’ERS!!!! LET’S GO DODGERS!!!!!!

LOL Nell’. I guess he is also fearless!!! LOL!!!

Max ~ were you wearing your lucky shirt?

Wally… spoke too soon :)

LMAO Trumom!! Yeah, helps to move your feet.

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TrueBlue, I don’t know if Cub fans are the curse but they’ve been cursed with a lot of lousy teams. Cub fans like to blame everything on curses but their teams just haven’t been good enough. Bartman may have affected the course of that inning in that Marlins-Cubs playoff game but he didn’t give up the runs that lost the game.

I guess so MomNelly!!! LOL!!!

Jhall ~ in her interview back stage she said she would love to stay on the show because of all the costumes…….thought she was supposed to dance! What an idiot.

LOL Trumom!!!

hey guys, i am brimming with happiness with the win. all dodger’s contributed, and we’ll enjoy this tonight and carry over till tomorrow!! c’mon BILLZ!!!!!! shut ‘em down!!

i love all ITD’ERS regardless!!! ITD’ERS = TRUE BLUE FANS!!!!

So are we rooting for an Angels loss to the Red Sox?

Yes trublue. I had my dre shirt on. It will be on tomorrow too! I still can’t believe we won! I mean, I knew we had the ability too but I still can’t believe it. Bills going tomorrow!!

It was a total team effort. Everybody did their part tonight, whether on offense or defense. If I recall James wouldn’t have gotten his grand slam if Ethier didn’t get a crucial walk. So, maybe he didn’t get the grand slam himself, but he sure played a part in James getting his. That from a proud ETHIERAHOLIC!!!

Seesky ~ i remember the Bartman “play” as if it were yesterday! They still blame him, when as you said, it was the runs scored in the inning. The Giants fans don’t blame their losing seasons year after year on a curse….they just know the teams sucked. Some of the Cub teams haven’t been bad. They just couldn’t find a way to win.

Max ~ Even when we were down 2 runs, I knew we’d win the game. We weren’t pressing and you could see we were having a good time in the dugout.

My Loney has a first name,
It’s J-A-M-E-S
My Loney has a second name,
It’s L-O-N-E-Y
I love to watch him every day
And if you ask me why I’ll say
‘Cause James Loney has a way
With H-I-T-T-I-N-G!

leekfink – That song worked very well tonight sir!!!!

I was late to brining it, and I see others did too, but I’m ecstatic!

Totally agree Nell’!!!!

Agreed, TrueBlue!!! We’ve had our fair share of teams that couldn’t find a way to win. The 50’s Dodger teams that lost to the Yankees all those times. The “51” and”62″ teams that lost to the Gnats in playoff games. At least, we didn’t blame them on curses.

leekfink – that song can never be played enough :)

nelly, abso-freaken-lutley, ethie drew a walk and L.A.’S new BIG GAME JAMES – ripped one!! absolutely. this is a team effort, and as the best friend i have in this world said, ethier is a special player, and when special players do their job, sometimes it’s allowing another player to do his. I bet the cubs never thought stop ramirez, pitch around ethier and strikeout who? loney? james who?

LET’S GO DODGERS!!!!!!

tonight we are dodger -a-holics!!!!!

jhall/Wally – I have learned from the best – don’t mess with June Darlin’ ~ Ethieraholic’s charter member

Seesky ~ my husband is still a Ram fan……….now, there’s a team that’s been cursed! lol

LOL Mom!!

arayd – totally agree with you … thanks!!!

You got that right, TrueBlue!!! lol!!!

Hey nelly, No I haven’t recovered from that loss. I think it helped the Cowboys to see that they aren’t going to waltz thru this schedule, and they’re actually going to have to so some work to win this conference.

it’s late in the midwest. Time to hit the sack. See you guys tomorrow for win #2

Angels up 1-0 in the 3rd.

It’s good to see you Boblee – at least the Dodgers are one team we can cheer on together. Good Night!!!!

Via Chicago by Wilco:

I dreamed about killing you again tommorrow night
And it felt alright to me
Dying on the banks of Embarcadero skies
I sat and watched you bleed

Buried you alive in a fireworks display
Raining down on me
Your cold, hot blood
Ran away from me to the sea

as i yelled at the top of my lungs at barragan’s in echo park tonight

“LET’S GO DODGER’S” clap clap clapclapclap

“LET’S GO DODGERS – clap – clap – clapclapclap!!!!!”

YEAH, BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a great feeling to know the Dodgers have won the first game. What a statement it sent tonight.

so i followed gameday on my computer while in class.. but i didn’t ACTUALLY get to see the game.. but now i get to watch it on tivo.. be back after catching up with the best parts!

Sara, I’m glad the game tomorrow starts later. I was at work until about the 5th inning and I was checking on the game, but it’s not the same as being able to watch it.

Anyone know if the Dodger trolley will be operating during playoff games?

bluecrewgirl – I had to watch on computer until I got home just in time to see Andre’s walk and James’ Grand Slam. I was kind of glad I didn’t literally see Andre strike out with bases loaded. It was hard enough watching it by computer. However, that walk set up James’ grand slam so all in the timing I suppose.

sorry eric3492 – I live in nor-cal, or I would help. Keep checking in though; somebody here is bound to know :)

I was glad I didn’t see him strike out either. I saw it on the computer too. He still walked twice and scored a run, so he contributed to the cause. He hits Zambrano well, so I think he will have some hits tomorrow. His last at bat he just came up a little short, but hit it pretty well. Man, this blog is crashing a lot for me tonight.

bluecrewgirl – as soon as I read your post, my computer kicked me off – lol!!

It’s annoying. I took northstate’s suggestion and am typing in Word and copying and pasting if I’m typing more than a sentence.

It was painful to watch, but from what I saw, it was a pitch he had to swing at. The breaking ball tailed off right as it crossed the plate, it looked like a good low-away pitch to reach at on a full count.

I usually do that if I know I am typing more than a paragraph, but I generally don’t have to do it for the small stuff. I guess I should be glad I can get back on. The day I don’t, then I will really worry.

nsblues – thanks for the optimistic approach. At least he came through and didn’t get the out the next time he was up. All I kept thinking was, “here we go again”, but he did is usual good at-bat and drew the walk, and then James. After that, all was good again.

DNelly, I can get right back on when it happens, it’s just a pain to have to retype things. I think if they can get Zambrano frustrated tomorrow they will do well. He doesn’t seem to do well when things start to go south for him.

no kidding – boy, if we can get tomorrow’s game, wouldn’t that be sweet to go home with 2 wins.

Good evening ITD boys and girls!!!
Wow!!! That was incredible!!! And I didn’t even see the whole thing!!! I had to go to church tonight and had to leave the house by 5:30 PT today. But I did see James’ grand salami!!! But my son texted me the results as he knew I wanted to know!!! He’s such a good boy!!! Oh, and btw, at least my son got a job!!! I didn’t, but at least that makes one less unemployed person in our household!!! :)

It would be awesome. They were talking on Dodgers Live tonight about how all the east coast journalists act like the Dodgers have no one else that can hit but Manny and they all said basically what crap that was and how great all the young guys have done this season. There were interviews with quite a few players. They had a clip with Andre and he seemed in good spirits.

That’s good about your son CP!! It was a great game. I got home just in time to see it – it was pretty awesome.

Oh, and I wanted to let everyone else know something. When Josh up top, “Meanwhile, Andre’s Dining with Dre blog has turned into a postseason journal four our cleanup hitter. Be sure to check it out and leave your comments, there, too,” I thought he was talking about Dre’s post about his day off in Chicago yesterday where many of us posted already. But when I went to look, Dre has a new thread and there were ZERO comments under it! So I posted my comment; I encourage all my ITD buddies to say something to Dre!!! :)

That’s great news about your son, CP. I didn’t even notice the new post on Andre’s blog. I will have to check it out.

Thx Nelly!!! He’s a good boy and I’m also thrilled that he got a job!!! I don’t think I’ve been prouder of my son than I have been the last month or so. He has REALLY taken on more responsibility around the house and is a lot more thoughtful than he was just a short time ago! I guess Jim and I are doing something right!!! :)

Thx bluecrewgirl!!! Now that it look like that Dre will be posting a little bit more often, I’m definitely going to have to check it out more often!!!

Well, I’m impressed!

Before I left work just as the game was starting, I read this otherwise well-written and mostly Dodger-supportive article on this series:
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=8139

Unfortunately for the writer, he wrote this pretty damned inaccurate line on Big Game James: “With relatively immobile hitters on base ahead of him, and with his season representing an already altogether massive disappointment for Dodgers fans, Loney gives this series a pair of first baseman as likely to wind up goats as heroes.”

Would you like some BBQ sauce to help wash down those words?

Oh and bluecrewgirl, about your comments about the east coast journalists, their bias doesn’t surprise me. I’m just thrilled that our FSN guys know better. Soon the rest of the country will know about our young gun dynasty!!! :)

Good evening Ward Dear…. How was your day? I will go read the article right now… be back. I had to post on Andre’s blog first, but you got there before me.
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CP – thanks for the heads up on Andre’s blog. He is so very cool.

Okay – I didn’t read the whole article. I skimmed it for the best parts. I think many writers/reporters are eating some words right now. Some have sorely underestimated the Dodgers, which is purely to our advantage for now.

Super Extra! Read all about it Hot Off The Daily Planet Press! Our Beloved Los Angeles Dodgers Win 7 to 2 In the First Game of the Playoffs over the Chicago Cubs! The Amazing Super Hero Tower of Power James Loney’s Grand Slam leads the Charge as James is Aways at His Dodger Best All the Time! Super Hero Pitchers Derek Lowe, Cory Wade, Jonathan Broxton, and Greg Maddux Deliver World Series Championship Victory Performances in Unison!You guys were Simply Fanatastic! Super Heros Manny Ramirez and Russel Martin’s Cannon’s Blast Home Run’s show what True Dodgers’ They are and are Sparkling Royal Blue Tonight! Super Hero Blake Dewitt’s 2 for 4 at the plate shows what a Tremendous Competitor He is for His Teammates and Fans! Super Heros Frank McCourt, Ned Colletti and Joseph Torre’s United Dedication is Unmatched! And Of Course, the Indestructable,Invincible, Inpenetrable Man of Steel, Our Very Own,Superman Jeff Kent’s World Series Championship Victory Presence is Always Needed as all Of Us Dodger Fans and His Teammates Are Fighting To See Superman Get His So Well Deserved World Series Championship Victory Ring Along with All His Super Hero Teammates! All Our Dodgers Were Super Heros Tonight! As We think of Another Super Hero, Fernando Valenzuela, whose 1981 playoffs and World Series Victory will never be Forgotten, Our Great Almighty Friend, The Great Dodger in The Sky Sheds A Joyful Tear Tonight in View of all His Heavenly hosts, As The Wonderful Glory of True Los Angeles Dodger Baseball Has Returned and Will be the Most Glorious When Our Los Angeles Dodgers Are Crowned World Series Champions, and kryptonite destroyed forever,This Amazing, Majestic ,Supernatural 50th Anniversary Of Our Beloved Los Angeles Dodgers In Los Angeles, In This Jubilee Year of 2008 A.D.!

cpompe, thanks for letting me know about ‘Dre’s post. I missed Josh’s comment in the excitement of the game. It’s been too long since I’ve felt like this in October.

Come to think of it, being 27, and 7 the last time the Dodgers won the first game in a postseason series, I don’t think I’ve EVER felt like this in October. It’s just one game, and we have at least two more games to worry about, I know. Some people talk of getting monkeys off their backs. Tonight, I feel like I’ve shedded a 400 lb. gorilla.

It’s always great to hear from you ndeschenes!!! That means that the Dodgers’ won!!! :)

ndeschenes, no one can say it better than you! Great to see you again!

ndeschenes ~ The Dodgers did it!! They won game one of the NLDS. It is great to hear from you, and a marvelous post at that. Have a wonderful evening!!!

NSB – Not a prob. Like I said before, I didn’t think it was going to be anything different from what I saw yesterday, but when I saw a new post and 0 comments, I just had to comment and tell my ITD friends!!! Plus, I hear ya about being too long since you felt like this in October; I’m the same way!!! :)

Nice post ndeschenes! I want to see 10 more of those from you this month!

Hey, I know a few of us have been complaining about computers kicking people off? And NSB made the suggestion of typing into Word and copying and pasting? Well, I’ve been doing that exclusively tonight (well, typing into my notepad). NSB thx for the great idea! It works great!!! :)

Well, I’m gonna sign off for tonight!!! Great win!!! I’ll catch up with y’all later…

Good night CP!!!! Happy Dodger Dreams!!!

no problem, cpompe :) Have a good night!

‘gnight Emma!

okay, I’ve procrastinated long enough… time to study now. Good night !

Ward Dear…. crzblue is Emma :)

One of the best things to see after the game: “Rafael Furcal played nine innings for the first time since May 5 and reported feeling no pain in his surgically repaired back. . . “

Happy studying nsblues!!!

Goodnight everyone. Can’t wait for the game tomorrow.

Good night bluecrewgirl – The game tomorrow will be very exciting!!!

Whoops, I did it again……….I know better than that. Well, it’s been a few weeks since I called amy sara, or was it sara I called amy? mea culpa :-(

Lemee try that again.

Good night, bluecrewGIRL!

It’s okay ~ like you said, it’s been a while, and at least you got the gender right :)

Rats, another day that I’m not perfect.

I don’t really have anything against the Angels, but I’m glad they lost. Those Angel fans at my work have been loving the rubbing in of the “20 years, 1 playoff win, we won the Series last, blah blah blah”.

“Airplane” is on HBOF – LOL!!!!!

Well, those co-workers should be pretty quiet tomorrow – lol!!!

Amen! How was your day?

I had a pretty good day; nothing to complain about. School was pretty good. Mariya had church, and the boys went shopping for paint, etc. I ran a few errands, and then I got to enjoy the end of the game with my cats and dogs, who of course, are Dodger fans. They know who feeds them.

How was your day?

I got to spend 3 hours at the bank getting put on my mom’s checking and savings and bill-paying and safety deposit box. Then I found out that she paid almost as much to deliver and install a new microwave oven as it cost to buy it in the first place, so I picked it up myself and installed it tonight. I heard James’ slam in the parking lot of the Best Buy, but I got to watch the rest of the game at her house.

It’s interesting that she turned herself inside out helping us when our kids were little but it’s so hard for her to ask for help. A midwest mom……….

Well, that was wonderful of you, but I’m sure it’s nothing new to you. 3 hours in the bank is a long time. I think it’s hard for many people to ask for help, don’t you think? But, yes, those midwest and I would have to probably think southern moms would be the hardest to help. They are so used to being everything to everybody, it’s hard for them to have to be dependent on somebody other than themselves, especially when it comes to taking care of their house and kids.

I think you’ve hit on the biggest thing, the feeling that she’s dependent. I hope she loses some of that or it’s going to be a little tougher than it has to be.

I’m exhausted. I had a bunch of Scout stuff and fantasy football work to do tonight and did nothing. I better turn in early and try again tomorrow. Matt starts his hockey season. We’ll be leaving for that in about the second inning. Root Billz on to greatness for me, will ya?

I sure will sir!!! Get a good night sleep, and I will see you tomorrow sometime, I’m sure. Good Night and God Bless to you and your family :) Actually, Michael has a game at 5:30 so I will probably be able to catch the end of the game. So you watch the beginning, and I will finish. Good Night!!!

If we get Good Chad tomorrow, we will be in good shape. I

Good night to Dodger Nation! It’s just one game. We’re not in this for just one game, or just one Series. Let’s not forget who we are. We win World Series! Great game tonight, let’s keep it rollin’!

Good night June Darlin’! God Bless to you and yours!

Good morning ITDland. And ain’t it a LOVELY mornin’?

I wonder if that slam by James will be the catalyst for him to turn the corner from being a good player to a great one. Not that 90 RBI was a failure, but he’s got much more potential.

We’ve seen Andre come of age this season (and still has more upside), but Marty, James and Matt though very good, haven’t turned the cornet yet. Tonight’s a test for Billz to see if he can turn that corner from very good to true ace.

Whatever the outcome of this series, its valuable experience for the young guys for next season and beyond.

Good morning Enchanted ~ It was quite a game last night. I think, besides Manny, there will be a new hero or two everday. I was amazed at how quite the fans got after James’ grand slam……..even Andre mentioned it on his new thread….”Silence is Golden”

Gooooood morning, ITD!!! One down, ten to go!

And, after today, nine to go!!!!

I’m still shocked as the post season roster – old Joe used some of the gray matter. Feel bad for DY though. Wild ride for Ozuna too – released by the ChiSox, DFA’d by the D’s, no one wants him so he goes to Vegas, then gets called up onto the 40-man again, and now’s he’s in the playoffs.

Yep, e. At the risk of sounding like I like him, I’ll give Torre a reprieve for the time being. Tell the hangman to take a smoke break. He’s either seen the light or taking advice. Do you think he took 162 games to figure out his Yankee teams, too? I feel bad for DY as well, but I guess he just wasn’t considered versatile enough in the field. That would be something I’d work on in the off-season, if I were him.

Good Morning, ITD writers and readers!!
It’s a very good morning to be a Dodger fan, especially when you are the only one in the house. There is not much being said about the gnats these days, which is very nice. I guess you can say that about the other 22 teams in the mlb as well.
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Have a great day Dodger fans!!!
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GO DODGERS!!!!!
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dnelly, June Darlin’, Junie, Miss Debbie, mom, Mrs. Nelson, nelle, nells, nelly, nellygirl, nellyjune ~ ETHIERaholics, and looking forward to game #2 to see Billz pitch

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Is it just me, or was it really reassuring with Torre in the dugout last night even after the Dodgers fell behind early? Long ways to go, but really good vibes for Dodgers Blue.

http://sportsbythenumbers.mlblogs.com/

Good Morning ITD, oh yeah it is a beautiful morning.
I am sooooo proud of my Boys In Blue…
Eventhough Chicago was having MOMENTS of silence….I heard alot of CHEERING & SCREAMING. GOOOOOOOOO DOOOOODGEEEEERSSSS!
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MS. DEB so did you begin your class with the L.O.N.E.Y. song?
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COMPE: Good idea if you type in word it will go faster and plus you will have the automatic spell check…LOL
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Like I told Andre….ENJOY THE PEACE & QUIET IN CHICAGO CAUSE ONCE THE DODGERS COME HOME IT WILL HET LOUD!
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ROSE – ETHIERAHOLIC-DODGERAHOLIC!

Can you feel it!?!!?? Are you ready!?!?!? CAUSE IT’S TIME FOR DODGER PLAYOFF BASEBALL!!!! Come on Dodgers, make those baby bears feel like exactly what they are!! Babies!! Show them there’s only one team allowed to wear blue! Show them you can put whatever you want on your Dodger dog!! Come on Manny, time to hit a couple out onto Wayland Ave.!! These guys have gelled at the perfect time, and let’s make Peter Gammons out to be a profit!! This is it fellas… The moment all of the injuries, the poor early play… everything has all been overcome for this moment….. Now let’s show the league that the NL West is actually a great and competetive division and that PITCHING still wins championships…. With a little help from Manny and the boys in blue of course!!! I’m so jacked up… I feel like I’ve been waiting months for this moment…. Forget months, this is the best chancve we’ve had to win it all in years!!! Go D-Lowe, Go Manny, Dre, Kemper, I want to hear the Loney song all night tonight, Go Blake to Blake, and of course, come on RAFFY!, AND THE CAPT. MR. MARTIN!! Now let’s run out onto this field and make them remember our names, on the front of our jerseys… and make this the most memorable night of your lives!! This moment is yours, the time is now… This is your team…. Now beloved Dodgers and Dodger fans…. Together, let’s kick some Cubbie ***!!!!
COME ON BOYS!!
Let’s go Dodgers!!
Let’s go Dodgers!!
Let’s go Dodgers!!

By brandondaughrity@hotmail.com on October 1, 2008 2:08 PM

My post from yesterday…. I’m reposting it because it worked!! Momentum and motivation are on our side!!!

Come on and keep it going Dodgers!!

Hey brandon, I intend on reposting Danny Kaye’s Dodger song also! Can’t hurt, right? LOL!!!

And yeah David, it’s just you.

LMAO Eric!!!

I honestly don’t think DY’s with us next year. He’s about the only tradeable commodity where we could get value in return, and he deserves a shot at a starting position somewhere rather than becomming a professional PH at his age.

One thing that scares me this playoff season – JP’s the “defensive” replacement for Manny.

MY LONEY HAS A FIRST NAME, IT’S J-A-M-E-S
MY LONEY HAS A SECOND NAME, IT’S L-O-N-E-Y
I LOVE TO WATCH HIM EVERY DAY
AND IF YOU ASK ME WHY, I’LL SAY
‘CAUSE JAMES LONEY HAS A WAY
WITH H-I-T-T-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!!!!
– leekfink and martinloneykemp/lny4loney
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James has struggled at times this year, especially with GIDPs. However, he still led the team in RBIs.
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Last night’s grand slam made me think of how well James played in Sept of 2006 and Sept of 2007.
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The greatest thing about last night’s victory (other than the victory itself) is the reminder that with this lineup of eight, anyone at anytime can go deep. Each of the eight starters has the potential to hit 20+ HRs in a season.

GOOD MORNING DODGER FANS!!!

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Dnelly- “its a very good morning to be a dodger fan” I couldn’t agree more!!!

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I love how Andre is blogging about the playoffs!!! I am gunna go to the “night under the lights” event that my boy Andre is hosting!!! also I am going to wear my dodger jersey to college today!! and hold my head up high!! haha! I’ll be leaving for Hawaii tomorrow… I couldn’t have planned a worse time to go on vacation!!! but i’ve had this trip planned since the beginning of the year… but trust me i’ll be cheering and watching every game while i’m there!!!! so if i don’t come back on here before i leave…
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Andre – you are amazing!! this team is going to go far!! and your a big part of it!!
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Russy – everyone knows your the best catcher out there!!! so do what you do best!!
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Matty – make sure you keep that beautiful smile on your face!!
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James – keep doing what you did last night!!
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Manny -………… just be Manny…. haha!!
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Chad – KICK SOME BUTT TONIGHT!!!!!
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GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST OF LUCK!!!!!!!!! CAN’T STOP THE BLUE!!!!!!!!!

amy/acardona = Ethieraholic and dodger fan for life!!!!!

There’s a victory song in here somewhere, it just can’t wait to be fully baked before it comes out.
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All the young dudes, carrying the Blue
Dodgers rock, Dodgers rock, Dodgers rock, Dodgers rock
Dempster walks the bases full, can’t decide to whom to pitch
Then James Loney goes bam, bam,
And out go the lights!
Way up high, way up high, way up into the sky.
All the Cubs fans let out a big sigh
And the Billy Goat says nnnnAAAAAAA!

Looking forward to tonight’s game. Ethier, Martin, and Kemp totally own Zambrano.

acardona, i’m glad you’re going to andre’s event :)
i think it sounds like fun, but $500 is too steep for me..

Yeah, yeah, yeah, James Loney hits into a lot of DPs.

He’s also hitting .300 w/men on base
He’s also hitting .304 w/RISP
He’s also hitting .333 w/runners on 2nd & 3rd
He’s also hitting .367 w/bases loaded
He’s also hitting .425 w/runner on 3rd and less than 2 out

Looking forward to a repeat of this blessed event that occurred on September 6, 2007:
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CHICAGO (AP)—Wrigley Field was rocking in anticipation of a Cubs’ victory. Then Andre Ethier tuned out the noise, turned off the crowd and sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to a stunning victory.

Ethier connected on a three-run, pinch-homer in the ninth off closer Ryan Dempster, and the Los Angeles Dodgers used a four-run rally to beat the Cubs 7-4.

“Take, for instance, the bleachers out there. Everyone out there is having a good time enjoying the party, and then all of a sudden something like that happens,” Ethier said.

“The stadium is still filled, but it’s like everybody left. It really changes the complexion, the way the game is going and the way it had been up to that point. It takes life not only out of the crowd, but also their team.”

This is a new and energized Dodger team; therefore, everything is possible. Our heroes are playing like they belong in October. Love that feeling, and carry on, Dodger Blue.

Let’s not forget to FIRE NED nevertheless when it’s all over.
He just doesn’t belong here, never did, and never will.

Great trip down memory lane, crash! Everyone talks that we’re a different team than the one that played the Cubs earlier in the season and they’re right. But you don’t see it written often that, though we lost the season series, we played them really tough!

C’mon boys! There’s no reason we can’t beat these overrated media darlings. Billz, you gotta bring the “A” game tonight and let Kuroda turn out their lights in LA!

Crash – I do remember that! It was a great moment in Dodger baseball, and the silencing of Wrigley Field was priceless, just like last night.

Longoria 2for2 both of them in the bleachers Ray’s 4 Sox 3

New Thread…

ITS ALL OVER!!!! Dodger fans must be kidden themselves if they think they can win this series. Phils in 5!!! Manny cant do everything for your team! The Phils are clearly the better team. Quit kidden yourselves!

GO PHILS!!!!!

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