He's baaack

Quite a day here at Camelback Ranch. Not only do we have Team Korea from the WBC on hand (and dozens of Korean media members following their every move), but Manny’s first game is today, so lots of national media as well. It’s getting us ready for the craziness that will ensue at Dodger Stadium during the semis and finals of the WBC March 21, 22, and 23.

Keeping things interesting today, the lineup is pretty much what we’d be in an AL park…

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF

Martin, C

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

Kemp, CF

Pierre, LF

Wolf, P

That’s all I have time to post for today. Hope you’ll make it out or tune into the live webcast on dodgers.com

UPDATE: Manny is scratched from the lineup with tightness in his left hamstring. He’ll likely play tomorrow and said he could have played today, but Joe Torre wanted to play it safe.


  1. trublu4ever

    Thanks for the new thread, Josh. Great lineup……I’m assuming that Manny is the DH and JP is the left fielder. Unless we need two players in left at the same time.

  2. Dodger4life

    “I worked out a lot in Florida, but you have to get used to wearing spikes again,” said Manny Ramirez. “I have to get my running legs in shape.” (Jon SooHoo/Dodgers)
    With JP riding piggyback in LF his legs will be ready in no time…
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Dodger4life

    J. Martin is back also…..Glad to see him in the blue again 🙂
    Wolf is the starter…..Go get em Wolf..:-)
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. nellyjune

    When the regular season starts, this is going to be one heck of a lineup on a daily basis. Other than situating for Joe’s lefty/righty issue, there are so many different combinations that all look great!! …..and if yougnomewho would just accept his role as a late inning replacement who comes off the bench, then that’s not so bad either. I would prefer X. Paul, but I could live with JP if that’s how Joe wants it.

  5. crzblue2

    Thanks for the new thread Josh! It was getting very slow.
    From my last post on prior thread.
    good morning ITD!
    Yesterday it was so cold while I waited for the bus, this morning Spring is in the air! I love it!
    Like Mark said on MLblogs “Everyone check out the Manny Being Manny sign on Emma’s!”
    I made #34 in the latest leader’s list! I will write a dedication to Fernando! He brings back so many good memories of Fernandomania. I did not miss one game back in 1981!

  6. ramslover

    Hello again, Im back!!! Good articles today on Manny’s workouts and Hudsons injury. The extent of his wrist injury is a little worrisome, but hopefully the great Dodger in the sky will help us out.

    I like Manny’s approach to the Papelbon article calling him a cancer, “it is in the past, I am here now” Good for you Manny do not get drawn into it. I understand why the Red Sox may feel that way and I do not condone what Manny did to get out, but HE IS A DODGER NOW LEAVE HIM ALONE. I was surprised to hear he and Ortiz do not speak..hopefully they will make up because friends and family are all we really have.

    Sign Pedro, he will be a very good number 5 and can show the young guys and maybe help Bills becoming a number 1.

  7. shad78

    NEW YORK (AP)—Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon compared former teammate Manny Ramirez to cancer, saying Boston made the right decision when it traded the slugging left fielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer.

    “He was on a different train! And you saw what happened with that. We got rid of him, and we moved on without him,” Papelbon was quoted in the April issue of Esquire. The story was posted on the magazine’s Web site Thursday.

    “So Manny was tough for us,” Papelbon added. “You have somebody like him, you know at any point in the ballgame, he can dictate the outcome of the game. And for him not to be on the same page as the rest of the team was a killer, man! It just takes one guy to bring an entire team down, and that’s exactly what was happening.”

    “Once we saw that, we weren’t afraid to get rid of him. It’s like cancer. That’s what he was. Cancer. He had to go. It sucked, but that was the only scenario that was going to work. That was it for us. And after, you could feel it in the air in the clubhouse. We got Jason Bay—Johnny Ballgame, plays the game right, plays through broken knees, runs out every ground ball—and it was like a breath of fresh air, man! Awesome! No question.”

    Ramirez was sent to Los Angeles on Aug. 31 as part of a three-team trade in which Boston received Bay from Pittsburgh. Ramirez became a free agent after the season, then agreed last week to a $45 million, two-year deal with the Dodgers.

  8. cpompe1

    Good morning ITD boys and girls!
    So, did I read that I could see today’s game for free online? Someone, please let me know!!! Also, I’m thrilled that Pedro is on Ned’s radar!!! Ned!!! Make this happen!!!

    So how are my ITD friends today???

  9. cpompe1

    Okay, I saw the “Watch live as Manny makes exhibition debut” link. But when I clicked on it, it showed the MLB package that you have to pay for. Am I supposed to wait until the game actually starts and then I’ll see the game without having to pay for it? Or is there another way that I’m supposed to see the game? I don’t know.

    I’m still going back to dodgers.com to look for something else, but Tru (or anyone), please enlighten me!

  10. cpompe1

    Well, I’ve got some stuff to do. I’ll try and see if I can watch or listen to the game later. I’ll catch up with y’all later…

  11. nellyjune

    Good Afternoon ITD readers and writers!!!!

    CP – Once the game is about to start, there should be a link on the homepage under the top news story. There are two different ones….one for mlb.com and the other one I believe says “podcast” or something to that effect. Once the game starts, we will get you there if it’s like it was last time 🙂

  12. Dodger4life

    I would like to say Thank you to the Dodgers organization for all the free webcast. It has been a real treat 🙂
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bing the Ring to L.A. in 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. scurtis1999

    Manny is out with tight hammy. Nothing serious says Tony Jackson. Also, Dodgers interest in Pedro is really not that much as his price tag is too high.

  14. northstateblues

    Better safe than sorry with Manny. Glad to see the J. Man back in the Lineup.

    Hopefully we’ll educate Korea on how we do business at the Ravine. Though don’t be surprised if you see some bat-flipping or arm-raising during the game, that’s just how the Koreans roll. Though it didn’t do them any favors in the last WBC, heheh.

  15. oldbrooklynfan

    I don’t know how everyone else is doing but I don’t have anything on the screen, It looks like everyday it’s something else. I think I’ll start over again.

  16. northstateblues

    Tru, I had to click on the “Watch Live” link twice. The first time, it had a pop-up ad, the second time, it finally loaded the player.

    Back to work for me.

  17. northstateblues

    Spanner, probably a lot of Kim’s too. Very common in Korea.

    Up here where I live, there’s a large Sikh (from India) population, and the men mostly have the middle name Singh. My girlfriend was in a math class with two guys with the same first and last name… then when the teacher asked for their middle names for clarification, it became even more confusing, heheheheh. Not sure how they clarified that.

    Anyone ever see that episode of Spongebob where he has to write the book report and can’t get past the first word? That’s kinda where I’m at with my midterm, heheh. Back to work.

  18. Dodger4life


  19. cpompe1

    Just in the short time I saw Troncoso pitch this past inning, he didn’t look all that good. To me, it seems like Troncoso needs more time in AAA, huh?

  20. nellyjune

    ….I don’t know about yougnomewho being the best 4th outfielder in baseball. I would like to see X. Paul get that spot.

  21. cpompe1

    Yougnomewho just took a walk. The announcer (not Steve Lyons, but the other one doing the play-by-play) said that “injuries happen” and to have Juan Pierre as the 4th outfielder. Juan would be a “great” 4th outfielder. Yeah, right, sure.

  22. Dodger4life


  23. cpompe1

    Hey diggie! It’s been a long time!!! As long as yougnomewho isn’t a Dodger, that’s fine with me. I’d take Repko or the X Man as our 4th outfielder anyday!!!

  24. cpompe1

    But as much as we don’t want yougnomewho on our team, I still think that he will anyway. I still don’t see how ANY team would take on his contract for the type of play that he’d give them…

  25. sparkleplenty_1

    These Korean pitchers have been impressive so far – but I’m sure the guys will figure them out and produce a few runs.

  26. lbirken@aol.com

    Even I might have a hard time getting excited about calling a meaningless ST game when one of the teams has players named either Park or Lee while the other team has players with numbers in the 70’s and 80’s.

  27. northstateblues

    What was the name, JoePierre?

    Glad to see we won, especially against a team of the best Korea has to offer. Chuckle if you want, but that’s the same program that beat Cuba in the Olympics, and Cuba always has their best players (that haven’t defected yet). That’s gotta boost their spirits a little, especially the guys numbered in the 70’s.

  28. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    Memo to Red Sox players and “Red Sox Nation”: What happened in Boston regarding Manny is in the past. Stop whining like spurned lovers and move on… as I said in the last thread, I’d rather pay Pedro now and get him for a full season rather than pay dearly in prospects at the July trading deadline for someone we’ll get 2-3 months of use. I wouldn’t mind having Beimel back but he’s pricing himself out of the market.

  29. trublu4ever

    Seesky ~ I’m with you on the fact that the Red Sox can’t seem to let go. Even Manny says the past is the past and he’s in LA now……..that’s good for us!!!!

  30. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    tru– fortunately for us, it was time for Manny to leave Boston. People forget that the Sox tried to trade Manny, at least, a couple of times over the years before we traded for him. I could see why having fans waiting on your doorstep at 3AM could unsettle a private person like Manny. We make the mistake sometimes of assuming that money is the only issue in player moves. It may be only one factor of an overall tipping point.

  31. trublu4ever

    Seesky ~ I think they are P.O. because he left them. And, you are right, they did try to trade him. I mean, some of the players speaking up against him, like Papplebon (not sure of the spelling), weren’t even frontline players at the time.

  32. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    tru– a lot of factors went into this tipping point. Sure, Manny wanted another big payday but there was a lot of bad history between Manny and Red Sox management that can’t help but stick way down on both sides. You’re right in the respect that there are players like Papelbon and Schilling who weren’t around throughout this whole timeline and they’re reacting only to what they saw personally: the straw that broke the camel’s back. Bottom line, it was time for Manny to go and, yes, it was very good for us!!!!

  33. trublu4ever

    Seesky ~ all great points. I can’t wait for the season to start and watch our powerful lineup hit. Hopefully, the pitching will shape up before the season starts. And, I still think we will get another pitcher.

  34. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    Yeah, tru, assuming everybody stays reasonably healthy, this lineup will score runs. We’ve got Manny and Blake for a full year, a healthy Furcal (knock on wood), Hudson, and our young gun veterans are a year older. Our bench is stronger than this time last year. The starting pitching, with the exception of the 5th spot candidates, has looked good. The bullpen worries me. Broxton sometimes is like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates. Wade and Kuo aren’t totally healthy and the rest are prospects and suspects. Hopefully, this sorts itself out in the last 2 weeks of ST. Beimel could help but he’s not going to get 2.5 mill from us or anybody else. He must have a helluva summer job lined up. For reasons stated above, I don’t have a problem paying Pedro 5 or 6 mill.

  35. trublu4ever

    Seesky ~ I think Pedro would be an asset to the team. Even though, Ned is saying his asking price is too high, he’s still interested. So, maybe something can be worked out.

  36. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    I hope so, tru. It’s too big a gamble, IMO, to wait until July to get someone who can fill that 5th spot. You gamble that nobody runs away from the pack in the NL West and the guy you want doesn’t cost you too much in prospects and salary.

  37. trublu4ever

    I think it is a big gamble to wait, also, Seesky. I know they are looking for pitching now. It’s just who they can get and hopefully, it is for cash and not players. (Well, I can think of one player) lol

  38. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    I still believe that a deal involving JuanP will be made sometime and, hopefully, sooner rather than later. This situation won’t go on for another 3 years. As the Cow situation illustrates, nobody is unmoveable.

  39. nellyjune

    Good Evening ITD readers and writers!!! When I left the game this afternoon it was tied 2-2, and it was good to see the Dodgers pull it out, exhibition game or not.

    Well, trublu was telling the truth. I know have a Dodger Team Gnome, and it is stationed on my piano just has dodgereric suggested. However, I am not sure how long it will last there considering I do live with gnat fans. There is a reason all my Dodger things are in my classroom…….to save them from any gnat torture they might have to endure.

  40. nellyjune

    Good Evening seesky!!!! When I saw this off-season how they were able to unload Andruw, I thought anything is possible, and the fact that JP wants to be with a new team maybe will push the issue even more.

  41. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    Good evening, nelly!!! Tru and I have been lobbing posts over the net for awhile waiting to see if the other kids can come out and play.

  42. nellyjune

    THAT is very possible seesky!! They were pretty rowdy last time they were all on here together so you definitely have a point.

  43. nellyjune

    Torre said Ramirez “thrived” when moved from fourth to third last season, and Ramirez has indicated he prefers to bat third. A bigger decision seems to be who bats behind Ramirez. It was Loney against right-handed pitching and Martin against left-handed pitching in last year’s playoffs.

    “Protecting Manny is the first priority at this point,” said Torre.

    With the lineup we have, Manny seems to be protected 1-8. I can’t imagine any pitcher wanting to take a chance on any of our 1-8.

  44. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    One of the things that I like so much about our lineup this year is its interchangeable nature. Andre thrived when he hit 3rd in front of Manny. If Furcal repeats his banner year of 2 years ago, Hudson will see lots of fastballs( and rbi opportunities) hitting 2nd in front of Manny. I can’t argue with Russell or James behind Manny. Whatever option we choose, we are going to be so much better offensively than this time last year.

  45. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    It’s been a long day and it’s getting late. Good night, nelly, and have a lucky Friday the 13th!!!!!

  46. nellyjune

    Good Night Seesky!!! It’s my hubby’s favorite number seeing how he was born on the 13th of April, and so he has celebrated a few birthdays on Friday the 13th. You have a lucky day as well, and Take Care 🙂

  47. nellyjune

    dcollins – any helicopter sightings lately? It is awfully quiet around here, so maybe something has happened.

  48. knouffbrock@frontiernet.net

    Got curious as to what the Sox fans might think about Manny and Pap’s comments and there was very little there on their mlbblog. Just one that essentially said too bad,but lets go forward. Looks like the majority have indeed moved on.

  49. thinkingblue

    Hello All ITD,
    How is everyone doing? I’ve been OK. I decided to start an excersise routine…now that I have more time available. I am in pain and I can barely move…
    EMMA love that “Manny Being Manny” picture. That is one great big poster. Emma have fun in Camelback…bring back more stories and pictures.
    I just want to show my support for Russell…”Tobacco Free is what you want and need to be”. Good luck!

  50. nellyjune

    Good Morning ITD readers and writers!!!!! Looking forward to some more Dodger baseball today. My class loved watching it yesterday even though they were only allowed to watch the first couple innings. It’s great to see them asking questions because it means they want to learn about not only the players but the game itself……fun stuff!!!!!!


  51. nellyjune

    …some have because he has been on the news. They mostly ask about Andre, James, Russell, Matt, and Kershaw. They know there numbers, names and positions pretty well. The reason Kershaw is because they connect the number 22 with dodgereric who was wearing Bill Buckner’s jersey the day he visited my class. However, I am sure they will know about Manny and the rest before opening day. They are really intrigued about this team, which I am certainly not complaining.

  52. thinkingblue

    NELLY – That is just too cute. My kids are playing against the T-Ball Dodgers this weekend and my son says that he did not want to play against the Dodgers, he can not make the Dodgers loose. I explain to him that for Lil’ League it is OK to cheer agains the Dodgers, but not the “Big” Dodgers. I explain that in T-ball nobody looses that they are all winners.

  53. crzblue2

    Good morning ITD!
    Rose! Go easy on the exercises. They have a pilates class here at work on Tuesdays & Thursday that I joined this week. It seemed simple but the following day when I got up, I could feel it in my stomach & sides.
    Yep, I am going back to Camelback Ranch! Just booked the car so I’ll go pick it up at lunch time. We leave early Saturday morning. I am excited!

    Next weekend is the WBC games at Dodger Stadium! I get to see my Top Deck family!
    thank you all here who have posted in my blog! xoxo.


  54. Dodger4life

    Good morning ITD, Dodgerfaithful
    I see from the homepage that Manny is scheduled to hit in the DH spot today.
    Billz will start on the mound, I am looking foward to another fantastic Dodger ball game.
    I hope everybody is enjoying thier Friday 🙂
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. ramslover

    Ok i am really jealous now..One of my fellow fantasy campers sent a picture on FB that she took with Manny today…This is torture…behind the scene access is unbelievable…it is not what you know, but who you know…

    Lets rock today Dodgers…I also tried to logon yesterday and had trouble getting thru…I am computer challenged so I am sure it was operator error…

  56. trublu4ever

    Ramslover ~ I’m glad I’m not the only one who is computer challenged. lol
    Hope you all have a fantastic Friday.

  57. knouffbrock@frontiernet.net

    Heard by word of mouth that they are bringing in Martinez for a look,but I’m skeptical about that imfo. Anybody else seen that?

  58. Dodger4life

    LETS GO DODGERS, LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LETS GO DODGERS, LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LETS GO DODGERS, LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It’s almost game time Dodgerfaithful 🙂

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