Not since 1911…

Has a team gone into a game with the chance to do what we can do tonight. Ty Cobb’s Tigers were the last to open the year with 12 straight wins at home and the Hall of Fame has already come calling for artifacts to commemorate this run.

There wasn’t much from Torre’s pregame chat today. Mostly chatter about the Yankees, as fans have been on Girardi’s case out there pretty badly.

We’ve got our second annual “blogger” night tonight so be on the lookout for reviews from your favorite Dodger blogs. In the meantime, here’s the lineup that will go for the modern Major League record:

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Kemp, CF

Blake, 3B

Kershaw, P

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ALRIGHT!!! – The A-Team for Kersh!!

NOW LET’S GO GET ‘EM BOYS!!!!!

That’s what I was hoping for Enchanted!
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LET’S GET IT DONE TONIGHT, DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was an impressive compilation of stats posted last night but for me the most important stat is wins! Last season the Dodgers won a game without a hit and this season they won a game during which they hit into a triple play. I don’t know what is next but I assure you as Vinny said the other night, you never know what you might see when you think you have seen it all. That is what I like about baseball.

And while we all understand there will be some tough times ahead and it is still early, I would rather have teams chasing the Dodgers than the other way around. One more thing: I do not feel sorry for other teams for their crappy luck or bad play. I don’t understand commentators (including Vinny and the post game show hosts) saying they feel sorry for Dodger opponents. Pshaw! Did any opponent or its fans feel sorry for the Dodgers the past 20 years for failing to get out of the first round of the playoffs? I think not.

Sitting in a waiting room today I saw the ESPN Magazine Baseball ’09 issue from April. GREAT cover story on Manny as a hitter. Compared his swing to Pujols, Vladmir and A-Rod. Even as those three are committing to a pitch, Manny has yet to move. Tremendous ability to wait before pulling the trigger. Even if he takes a called third strike, he comes back to dugout smiling, saying something like, “if he throws me that pitch again he’ll be asking the umpire for a new ball.”

Gotta go! Enjoy the game(s). Go Dodgers. Go Lakers.

i’d be pretty surprised if kershaw doesn’t completely shut down the nationals tonight.. after what they went through yesterday.. extra innings.. rain delay.. 10-10 game suspended.. then a cross country flight.. i’d expect the nats to be pretty lethargic.. let’s hope kershaw and all the dodgers are on their game.. GO BLUE!!

We got Joey Crawford tonight so I guess that mean a win for us.

Let’s keep this streak going!

3 Ks but 31 pitches! Cmon Kershaw… just throw strikes and put the ball in play.

Hello
Rather long first for Kersh
Lotta pitches, hope he settles.

Although no RBI for ETHIER
he got us a run by putting the ball on the ground.

Good evening all!
I feel bad for Loney. I hope he breaks out of this funk, and soon. I can’t remember him striking out this much since he arrived.

I feel bad for him too and he hasn’t hit for any power so far this year either. He’ll get it figured out.

As If We Needed Another Reason to Dislike Scott Boras

http://www.mlbhomerun.com/2009/05/as-if-you-needed-another-reason-to.html

For Martin a hit is better than a walk.

Boras is to baseball what Don King is to boxing.
BAD NEWS!!!

We’re starting to fall back into last year’s pathetic hitting with RISP. It should be 4-5 to nothing right now.

Good Evening ITD readers and writers!!!!!

Good to see it is 1-0. I noticed Kersh had a rough 1st inning, but got out of it. I hope James gets into the swing of things again. He started the season with very few strike outs, and now it’s almost the reverse, but I am confident he will swing himself out of it just like Russell seems to be doing. BTW – tomorrow is Big Games James’ birthday tomorrow. I was reminded by a student this morning :)

gnats are getting spanked by the Rox 11-1 :)

red pen – sorry about the two tomorrows :)

Loney went through a stretch last year where he stuckout a lot. Give him a couple days off and a long session with Mattingly and see what comes out the other side.

Kersh is going to be lucky to make it through 5. What I want to know is, why isn’t Honeycutt of any help at all to this kid. You would think with his experience he ought to be able to teach him something.

enchanted ~ He’s got to feel like he’s on the outside looking in with everyone else on the club with a better BA at home, and his being better on the road so far.

Remind me again what it is that Honeycutt does with our team.

Our boys are playing like all they had to do was show up to get a win. Somebody(s) better kick it up a couple notches.

They look pretty flat so far tonight. They should be kicking butt against the Nationals.

Bear ~ he stands next to Joe to keep him company.

Leadoff walk. 68 pitches with no outs in the 4th…

Doesn’t appear that Kersh is learning anything.

Meanwhile they’re not even making Cabrera work. JoJo might as well have sat 4 starters again.

Good evening ITD’ers!
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Nelly — When I got Loney’s autograph when they were in SF I told him that some of us fans are calling him LA’s new Big Game James. He started laughing. He seemed to like that!
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Come on Kersh. Work through this. Get the DP ball here.
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You’re correct E. They do seem a little nonchalant.
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Let’s go Blue!!
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Bring the Ring to LA!!!!

Or here…

Geez 11 pts in 2:47 into the 2nd blowing another huge lead again.

Damn former Lakers Wafer is killing us,

Honeycutt have our team in the top in 6 in the league in pitching. Do you think you can do better?

Hopefully the lead off walk won’t hurt us.
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Eric mentioned it earlier about them & they are my #1 annoyance as well. Especially after your team has scored a run to then give up a lead off walk the next inning.

Kersh is looking worse every inning.

Way to go James!!!

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!

By leefink and martinloneykemp

Sigh sit Martin down or bat him 8th.

Well that wasn’t too good

This team can’t afford its 3, 4 and 5 starters to consistantly be lucky to go a full 5 innings.

And quite frankly, yes.

LMAO

lol 5.08 ERA team for the Nats

LMAO E!!!

but 6.28 on the road.

I think the Nats need some pitching do you think?

& we have only 1 run after 4…

FK Houston

Hey a 1-2-3 inning!

Must have gotten some sage advice from Honey in between innings.

LOL!!!!! enchanted :)

Rockets hanging tough!

KERSH had a nice 1-2-3 inning.
He looked like he was pitching differently, to me.

Kershaw’s gotta learn to bunt!

Go Rockets!!!!!! Sorry, I am a Kings fan……pathetic I know. However, I don’t hate the Lakers, just prefer other teams to win.

Well that not good dcolling.

No Nelly!! Not the Kings!!!!

I’m sensing a ManSlam.

Wow! Deja Vu. Manny’s up with the bases loaded!

Wow! That is one you don’t see all the time.

So far (Before tonight) they did the little things you need to do to win.
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Tonight they haven’t. Such as if Kersh got that bunt down a run would be in.

Good eye, Andre!!!

Yeah, Dre! Walk like a man!!!!

DREEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!
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Every Day DREEEEEEE!!!!!!
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Every day he does something to help this team win!!!

Good eye Andre! C’mon Loney!!!

Nice going ETHIER we’re ahead again.

UGH!

The Nats are doing every thing they can to lose this game, and we keep fighting them every step of the way.

I hope the Dodgers are not thinking about playing an eastern team,

OMG a Kings fan I didn’t know that lol.

COMON” JIMMY MACK

Hello Everyone!!! Another nail biter!!!!

Kershaw: Get a CLEAN hat … you look like a slob.

I’m with you Beav, we’re trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WALLY my brother!!! How ya doing???

I know it’s way early in his career to make a judgement, but McDonald has been much more impressive out of the pen so far.

Super Beav, how about you brother!!!!

It’s good to see JMac have some success.

I hope that McDONALD can keep that up if he comes back next inning.

It may be early BleuFille’, but your judgement is OK!!!

Doing well my friend.

A very nice inning from JMac. Who’s the closer tonight?

Thanks, jhall ):

I’m sure it did wonders for his confidence & morale to come in & hold them BCG.

Brox is a horse, if I’m managing, I’m going with Big John!!!

They should’ve had Cabrera at 75 pitches back in the 4th inning.

LMAO, Juan was called back for Loretta!!!

Yep, we’ve certainly squandered our share of opportunities tonight. I’ll say one thing though, this team keeps battling, all the way to the last out.

Don’t you just love it Trumom!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!

This is where having Popgun Pierre hurts. Now you have to go righty to righty.

jhall is in the ITD house!!!!!!!!

Shad – hey!!! – like gnats fans, I have family members who are Lakers fans (I used to be one myself), but I went to college in Sacramento when the Kings had just moves there so living in the city, I became an instant fan. I stick with my teams thru the good and the really, really bad :) No, picking on me :)

Law of averages is on our side now…

BonJoir Nelle’, mon amie!!!!! I want the modern day record dam’mit!!!!

Are they still doing the cow bell thing in Sac nells?

My MLB.TV is playing “FREEZE STATUE” a lot tonight, but Vinnie’s coming in nicely.
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The bases are loaded again maybe we’ll get another run.
There’s a chance, new pitcher.

Jhall ~ Joe doesn’t have the confidence in Juan like he used to! Maybe he has finally figured him out!

WTG Raffy!

Yeah, Raffy!

WooHoo!!!!!! Let’s bust this stalemate up!!!!!

Finally a timely base hit!

Wow that must been prefect timing.

RAF…I… EL

LMTO Trumom!!! It’s about time, don’t you think?!!!!

Oh I’m not.

Guess he made sure it was ball 4 – LOL

C’mon boyz let’s ice this game!!

LMFAO! Steiner sure is good for a laugh some times!

I would’ve walk on that one ODAWG

Jhall ~ Yes it’s about time………….until he starts him tomorrow!

What did he say?

1-3 – yeah!!!!! Andre is 0-2 and is responsible for 2 of the runs scored.

I believe so vl – I had a colleague go to a few games in the last few weeks of their season. I will ask. I didn’t watch too much on television like I used to. My husband went to UNLV so I was hoping Reggie would have a good year…….not :(

Wow, now that was truely a wild pitch. C’mon Manny, I want to say; “Game, Set, Match” for some reason!!! LOL!!!

Ouch Tru!!! LOL!!! Wouldn’t surprise me, unfortunately!!!!

Alright Manny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What does Jhall say?

Steiner made a remark on the wild pitch saying it looked like something between something Rick Ankiel did a couple of years ago, and something ‘Nuke Laloosh’ did in Bull Durham.

WTG MANNY!!!!

OUTSTANDING!!!™

MANRAMMY

IBB for Andre!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s okay Andre………………………..it’s a good thing they are afraid of you :)

Hey Sparky!!! LOL!!! Outstanding for now….

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!

By leefink and martinloneykemp

WTG James!! That had to feel good!

Damn I better trade Victorino or Granderson for Ethier since bb is a stats in my league and obp but never going to trade Sizemore even thought he’s hitting is below .250.

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, they must have heard you jhall!!!!! I think we can breath a little now :)

shad – never get rid of Grady :)

This is definitely better.

Bellisario not as scary for me right about now!!! LOL!!!!

Now THAT’S what is called a break-out inning – I love it!!!

Manny had momentarily passed loney with 20 RBI
then LONEY got two.
RUSSELL sends one in.

I would never had drafted both of them but when I was going for my live draft it took to long to downloaded. I wish they would’ve had change it and I always get in there in 1 min.

Probably good that we are going on the road and play some better teams soon. We’re going to need another challenge to keep from getting complacent.

Might we see what Leach has got tonight?

COM’ON MOTA

LOL Nelly!!! Thank God, my nails are shot!!!!

Nelly — I’ll give you a pass on the Kings. You gotta support your team! :)
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I actually have pulled for the Kings except for when they played the Lakers. I sort of look at them as my little sister.
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Well at least he didn’t give a lead off walk!!!

Mota, as usual is stinking up the stadium. He needs to get kicked to the curb…

Hi’Ya Colly!!!!

Have I mentioned that I don’t care for Mota??

I was thinking about Leach the other day. Why haven’t we seen him?
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My laptop lost power so I was offline for a few but great inning!
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They woke up.
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This team does seem to really work on their AB’s.

I know Nelly but hate the slow starts but he’s hitting up but his obp .325 after he had a .360+ last year. This league also count triple so it better put up double digit in that category for me soon. I’m hoping for the 23 triples 2 yrs ago and not the 13 last year.

You’re not alone enchanted.

Mota sucks!!!

hitting=heating

Mota brings absolutely NOTHING to the table.

Except maybe a syringe.

Did I say that???

Hello there Mr. Jhall!
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I hope all is well with you!

Ouch 13-0 make you feel bad for the Angels not.

just a little enchanted :)

Where the heck is Giovanni Cararra when you need him? LOL!!!!! Or Lance Carter.

They should let Mac pitch another inning since his spot coming up 2nd.

LMAO, Enchanted!!!!!!!!! He’s all “Hype” lol

LMAO!!!!!!!

Can we lost Mota on waiver longer he will pass and bring up Paul up lol?

Thanks Colly, doing well. Likewise my friend!!!!

Now THAT was funny TruMom!!!

6 MORE OUTS

LOL Beav!!!!

Can we save God Bless America for special occasions? This every night thing is getting old. That was a horrible rendition.

Thanks, Enchanted…………I’m learning from the Master, Sir!!!

Good one Trumom!!!!!!!!

Ned did only sign Mota for a year right??

…..you know the gnats are thinking that Charlie and Rick :)

I think they should have a song that is sung that becomes tradition for the Dodgers.
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Like in Boston, they sing Sweet Caroline. It’s pretty fun.

Mac he bats for after a perfect inning. Mota he leaves in there after giving up 2. That Joe is a wizard I tell you.

Hey 32 and welcome!!! Not the best rendition by a long shot. LOL!!!!

The dog is the man!

uh oh – it’s him:)

OOODAWG puts us in double digets

Joe is more than a wizard – he’s got JP batting for Manny. Now that not only takes a big brain, it’s a fantastic PR move as well.

POP is at least true to his new moniker!!!

And Juan is his usual self!

uh oh – he is out :)

LOL Trumom!!!!

Pierre brings from 99 to 9 in LF

LMTO, Sparkleplenty!!!

Juan being Juan!

More wizardry.

I’m very close to having another Juan song done. Perhaps I’ll unveil it tomorrow when he starts for Kemp.

Damn what did Fisher do?

Careful there Beav, POP’s mama is in your kitchen looking for the spatula as we speak. LOL!!!!

Not a bad move to put in JP. Manny gets a little rest. We have plenty of runs. Now the focus is to get six outs.

Hey, we may get to see Biemel!!!

Mota’s friggin pathetic. Why not call up another bench player and DFA his sorry ***??

jhall don’t forget the 2 Paul’s in Quantrill and Shuey and even Tom Martin.

Because it makes too much sense Beav!!!!!

He dropped Scola. It was a message foul as Scola had just had a hard foul on Odom the play before. Odom, & Walton had words with Scola. Fisher was the peacemaker and then flattened Scola the next time down the floor.

5 MORE OUTS TO GO.

LOL Shad!!!! Throw in Proctor for good measure!!! With Danys Baez!!!! Geez!!!

I wasn’t saying it was a bad thing to let JP spell Manny. It was having JP BAT for Manny that I was commenting on. There are at least 30,000 people at the stadium who’d rather see Manny hit than JP.

3 MORE OUT TO GO.

Mota out Proctor’s Proctor. Just bend over and kiss the ball goodbye.

There are at least 10,000 people at the stadium that could get the same result as POP at the plate. LOL Sparkle!!!!

LOL Beav!!!!

Ok Colly.

Good time to face BEIMEL

Odd timing on that I agree sparkle. If Joe knew he was going to bat JP for Manny, why not let him come in and play defense in the top of the inning?

Still #97

He’s showcasing him for a trade!!!

Bring back Dreifort to take Pierre sport if they not going to called up Paul. Can we turned Dreifort into a Ankiel but he can’t played the OF and a way better hitting then Pierre.

Did he get a standing ovation? Damn Bemiel you could wear 99 there lol.

Good one, Colly – LOL

sport=spot

The Laker game is getting intense. Artest just went after Kobe…

Come back home Beimel lol

WE GOT A GOOD LEAD, RIGHT?

We get to see Leach!!!!

Our new closer gets his chance :)

2 TO GO.

Triskaidekaphobia! We don’t got no stinkin’ triskaidekaphobia!

Lol 32/53…

lol at that I never seeing yahoo putting a taunting foull on the box score damn kobe

2

1

Sorry teach. That s/b triskaidecaphobia.

We own the number 13!

Johnny Says;

Freaking way to go fellas’!!!

damn freaking typo i mean foul.

Woo Hooooooooo

Pass the victory flask – scoop out the ice cream – new ML record!!!!

What does Brent say?????

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW ALL-TIME MODERN ERA HOME WINNING STREAK TO START THE YEAR DODGERS!!!! 13 IN A ROW!!!!! CLAYTON KERSHAW Overcomes Shaky Start to win his First Game of the YEAR!! BIG THREE HIT, THREE RUN NIGHT for RAFAEL FURCAL. 3 Hits for CAP’n MARTY. Nice inning of work by J-MAC!! BRENT LEACH MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT!! HUGE DOUBLE BY MANNY to BREAK THE GAME OPEN!!!! BIG GAME JAMES with a PAIR of HITS AND RBIs!! BATMAN HUDSON with 2 Hits and 2 RBI!!! BLAKE with 2 runs scored. WHY STOP AT 13??!! LET’S GO FOR 81 AND A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2009!!!

13

It’s weird Leach suck in ST and he pitch great. They probably would called up Mazone but he’s hurt.

What team won the most consecutive home games at the start of a season?

(Munchkins)
We welcome you to Dodgertown
Tra la la la la la la la la la la la

(Munchkin 1)
From now on you’ll be history

(Munchkin 2)
You’ll be his…

(Munchkin 3)
You’ll be his…

(Munchkin 4)
You’ll be history

(Munchkin 1)
And we will glorify your name
You will be a bust…

(Munchkin 2)
Be a bust…

(Munchkin 3)
Be a bust…

(All)
In the hall of fame
Tra la la la la la la la la la la
Tra la la la la la la
Tra la la la la la la la la la la
Tra la la la la la la

WAY TO GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!! THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!

That would be the DODGERS Brooklyn!!!

LOL 32!!! Good job!!!!!

I knew having Joey Crawford ref this game would not let them lose.

You’re right, enchanted.

Brent Leach looked good tonight.

Fantasitc 32and53fan!!!!!

It is too much fun Trumom!!! Enjoy it!! There will be potholes in the road ahead but we are certainly on the way.

Nice job once again enchanted.

How come all I can picture right now is Frank, Ned, and JoJo as the Lollipop Guild!!!! Coincidence, I think not!!!!!

We wish to welcome you to Juanpy’s land!!!!!

I picture JP as the leader of the Lollipop Guild :)

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sure wish we could get that darn house to land on him Nelly!!!!

I hope we can win tomorrow and sweep the Giants that would be even fun.

JP can play all the characters… He hasn’t got

A Bat
A Glove
An Arm

LOL!!!! one could only hope.

LMTO Beav!!! Oh My!!!!
Ned needs a brain,
Frank needs a heart, and
JoJo needs courage.

LMAO!!!! …………..and even the magician ( I mean the wizard) can’t seem to help him.

Bad bunts and pop-ups and grounders – Oh my!!
Bad bunts and pop-ups and grounders – Oh my!!

Pop ups here, groundouts there, and a couple of “It’s not fairs”, thats how we pass the day away in the Merry Old Land Of Phew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

You know what drives me as nuts as JP starting?

The last two time he’s come in to PH, he’s seen a total of 3 pitches.

LMTO Wally!!!

Classic jhall!!!!!!

Oh my slug percent is nuthin’.
My OBP’s just fluffin’.
My running game’s a shame…

When I play peoples wary
Cus my arm is awful scary
And Juan Pierre’s my name.

I sure hope Dad/Eric likes the Wizard of Oz!!!!

As the wicked witch would say…………….”I will get you my little juanpy and your little gnome too gnome ahaahaahaahaahaahaahaahaa :)

Oh I am sure he will come up with something.

LMFTO Mom and Beav!!!! Outstanding!!!!

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ignore that man with the higher batting average and better arm, the great and powerful JoJo has spoken.

Like shooting fish in a barrel…

Maybe if we throw water on him, he will melt :)

Maybe if we throw water on him, he will melt :)

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know, people just checking out ITD might think this is some kind of cult. LOL!!!!

Yep Beav, or getting Phew to pop up!!!

Where have we heard that before? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who sits in the dugout and pouts a lot?
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What’s Dre got that I ain’t got?
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TALENT!!

..or maybe a flying monkey will take him away……………..because he must be thinking there’s no place like home, there’s know place like home.

Congratulations on breaking the record, Dodgers! They took awhile to get off of the ground in this game, but got the job done in the end.

Here’s the Lollipop Guild – quick and dirty version ;)

http://yfrog.com/0clollipopdodgersj

Well, I’m gonna take my leave, so g’nite y’all. Nice talking to everyone again tonight!!

Why, back where I come from, we have ballplayers that pop up, ground out, can’t throw a lick. We call them sucky ballplayers. What have they got that Phew’s got, a fat contract!!!

Hey all, glad to see the party continues as our Dodgers continue their dominance!!! Wonderful day for all of us!! :)

LMAO!!!!!!!!!! fabulous 32and53fan!!!!

Good night enchantred – you were outstanding as always :)

Should read; what has Phew got that they don’t have. A fat contract. Goodnight Beav!!! It’s been a blast as always!!!!

Thanks 32!!!
Hey PMike!!!

Hey jhall, great to see you back in the mix! What a change winning makes! :)

Hey Piano Man!!! It is a nice ride they are on right now….no doubt about it!!! ………….and what made it even nicer tonight is gnats got squashed by the Rox tonight as well. However, that means they are going to come into town this weekend looking to break this streak, provided we get through tomorrow.

Gonna hit the old rack myself. Let’s get 14 tomorrow!!! Goodnight all!!! Thanks for the laughs and chat!!!!

Good Night jhall!!!!! …right back atcha with the laughs and chat…. Always a pleasure when you are around. Take care and God Bless :)

Nite all, sweet Dodger dreams to all! See you tomorrow!

Good Night perumike!!!! sweet Dodger dreams with ice cream too :)

Don’t tempt me nelly! :)

So, just thinking…………I know it’s way too early, but if we are that good and just so happen to stay in first all season long, do we get ice cream everyday?

In case anyone is still up, MLB Network is playing the back to back to back to back game from 9/18/2006

Lofton is at bat. How different things would be if Ned would have given him another contract. But then we wouldn’t have had so much fun with new WOO lyrics tonight!

LOL Shad!!!! Throw in Proctor for good measure!!! With Danys Baez!!!! Geez!!!

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Dang did you really had to mention those 2? Speaking of those 2 look like Proctor on the DL and did you see Baez numbers this year?

He suck when we got him in 2006, 07 he was terrible for the O’s in his 1st year with them and missed all of last season and putting up some good number why did he have to suck with us?

In 10 games has pitch in 15 2/3 innings only allowing 4 ER’s and has a good ERA of 2.30, Whip 0.77 and opp baa .130. I wish he had put up these numbers since we traded him to the Braves.

Awesome job tonite Dodgers, 13 in a row…wow. Lets keep this train rollin through the weekend by winning our 17th in a row by beating little lincecum until he cries in randy johnsons arms, this team is incredible right now. GO DODGERS!!

Not that anyone wants it, but allow me to be the slap of cold water to the everyone’s face. In spite of all the glorious Dodger accomplishments so far………….they are still only 5 games up on the Gnats in the loss column. That’s why this weekend becomes so important. Believe it or not, the Dodgers won’t see the No Cals again until August 10!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES LONEY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

BEST WISHES ALWAYS TO OUR FIRST BASEMAN…………BIG GAME JAMES!!!!

I want to wish James a Happy Birthday, too!
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GO DODGERS !!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG ~ they just said on ESPN that Manny tested positive for performance enhancing substance and will be suspended 50 games!

An new LA Times article is saying Manny will be suspended for 50 games starting tonight for drug test fail.
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http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-manny-ramirez8-2009may08,0,4151886.story?track=rss

DAMN!!!!

50 straight games of Juan Pierre?? No thanks.

DOUBLE DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You said it, trublu!

How stupid of Manny! This had to have been found out several weeks ago for the suspension to begin today.

That’s terrible news!
I’m with you scott. With JP in the lineup, it changes the whole team dynamic. I got ESPN on now, and they’re not yet revealing exactly what he tested positive for.
So much for ‘Mannywood.’ I expect attendance to drop drastically.
More to come.

Manny is stupid, I can not believe. So those he still get paid what Dodger’s have in contract with him, or is it a breach in the contract??? I’m sure the whole club will be getting tested and now Pierre is getting his break. We can still win without Manny.

OMG!!!!!!! Awful, just awful :(

Manny is stupid, I can not believe. So those he still get paid what Dodger’s have in contract with him, or is it a breach in the contract??? I’m sure the whole club will be getting tested and now Pierre is getting his break. We can still win without Manny.

The Dodgers are calling up another outfielder to fill in for him. Press conference this afternoon.

“Ramirez is expected to attribute the test results to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue, according to a source familiar with matter but not authorized to speak publicly.”

Oh, suuuuuure.

Oh, Big Dodger In The Sky, please make Torre start Paul in Ramirez’ spot. Pierre has brilliantly filled the 4th outfielder role and might be adversely affected by returning to starting. Amen.

Now they’re saying it was precribed by a Dr. Maybe Manny had a respiratory problem. Steroid based drugs are commonly prescribed to alleviate problems with the lungs. I’m waiting on more details of this. I wonder when this test was?

I’ll pray with you, Dodgereric!

vl4ecc, I’m guessing you’re right about Manny knowing for a while and I’m sure there were already efforts to avoid the suspension before today.
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If it’s true, then we the fans are the naive buffoons once again. So much for my son’s Manny t-shirt jersey.

Prayers go out to Manny….
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LONEY!

F’ing cheater! I can’t believe I’m about to say this….I want Andruw back :(

This just sucks in so many ways right now……………….and with the gnats coming into town tomorrow – yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why can’t Pierre test positive for something, like noodlearmoids?

This is devastating! It’s a no brainer run production will have a drastic drop.
How could ANYONE knowingly take any kind of performance enhancer in this day & age?
MUY LOCO! CRAZY!!

nellyjune ~ Andre, Matt, Russell and James will have to perform………..and, along with Raffy and ODog, I think they will!!!

F’ing cheater! I can’t believe I’m about to say this….I want Andruw back :(

By randyisrad on May 7, 2009 9:19 AM
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Be carefull what you wish for.

I’m about to throw up I bet Nelly Giants fan having a ball now. lol at the Giants forum. Once dodgers fan on our board was saying Manny being Gagne.

http://www.forums.mlb.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=messages&webtag=ml-giants&tid=109652

I bet Jones is one too. I would be shock if Ortiz and Pujols was busted.

I don’t want Andruw, don’t want Juanpy, bring on Paul or Pascucci!

Once=one

Oh…………….I am sure they will, but then, they had Barry Bonds, so enough said :)

No wonder Manny was declined those offered and was looking for a long deal.

Giants fan shouldn’t be talking!

Andruw Jones was a roids user as well. Juan Pierre is the only guy who could test positive for PED’s and MLB would just start laughing and not suspend him.
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On the bright side, at least Pierre won’t be subbing for Matt and Andre the next 50 games…
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Maybe the Dodgers can throw in a bottle of pills or something with those new Mannywood seats.

Yeah they shouldn’t

Manny has issued a statement. Waiting for it to play on sportscenter.

I blame Boras.

He’ll lose over 7 million $. OUCH!

I think I want princess Drew back. I surely hope he’s one soon with Jones.

UNACCEPTABLE!!!®
I said last night to enjoy it while it lasted, that there would be potholes in the road ahead. Darn, I didn’t think we would hit a freaking huge sinkhole. Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Manny issued an apology. He’s not putting any blame on the Dr. He should have done his homework before accepting the precription. Ultimately, it’s HIS responsibility to do so.

I wonder why it took them this lomg.

lomg=long

Will the Dodgers refund all those peoples money that bought MannyWood tickets for the next 50 games? What about those that bought tickets simply to see Manny??

I was complaining the other night that the Dodgers weren’t getting enough coverage on ESPN. Well, this isn’t the kind of coverage I was hoping for………….and, you are right Jhall, this is a GIANT SINKHOLE!!!!!!!!!!

Why do these players see other doctors other than the team doctor? Especially some guy in the Dominican most likely?
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Stupid players

Hi’Ya Trumom!!! Yep, we’ll get all the coverage we can stand now!! Rats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

POP is probably the happiest guy on the team!

Wow, poor Nelly!! I’ll bet she’s really getting the business from her G’Nat family.

Poor Nelly is right. How is she going to explain this to her class?

No kidding Trumom!!! He’s probably turning cartwheels. Hope he strains something doing them!!!

I can’t believe we have to endure 2 freaking months of POP!!! Geez!!! Hope they bring up Paul!!!!

I agree, Jhall. I think they are calling up either XPaul or Repko.

Ferk, Marty, Kemp, Loney, and Blake are going to have to step it up a notch.

Excuse me for awhile, I have to vomit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I normally don’t have time during the day to comment on things but this situation with Manny just takes the cake! I thought it would be an injury that take him out of the lineup and make signing him look bad but this is so much worse. I think the Dodgers can win without him but having him out of the lineup changes the dynamics.

How could a doctor prescribe something to a professional athelete and not know there could be a problem with that drug? Did Manny consult with the Dodgers about the health issue? I am sure we will learn more as this story unfolds but the damage has been done.

Should Pujols and other major stars now demand results of drug tests be made public and put this issue to rest?

And finally, have fun with this, Giants fans. You should know better.

I think we are all going to join you, Jhall!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BOY! Times writer Bill Platsche is really ripping Manny, and pretty much calling for his dismissal.

They are calling up XPaul to take Manny’s spot on the roster!

Platsche never liked Manny! I still want him on the team!

So, what do you think?

Furcal SS
Hudson 2B
Ethier RF
Blake 3B
Loney 1B
Kemp CF
Martin C
Pitcher’s spot
Pierre LF

Or

Furcal SS
Hudson 2B
Ethier RF
Martin C
Loney 1B
Kemp CF
Blake 3B
Pitcher’s spot
Pierre LF

Or

Furcal SS
Pierre LF
Hudson 2B
Ethier RF
Martin C
Loney 1B
Kemp CF
Blake 3B
Pitcher’s spot

Or ?

I’m hoping for

Furcal SS
Hudson 2B
Ethier RF
Martin C
Loney 1B
Kemp CF
Paul LF
Blake 3B
Pitcher’s spot

……..but I also hope for world peace……..

Paul would be in RF Ethier in LF

Poor Young could’ve had a big opportunity but no we traded him to the Pirates.

You might be right shad, but personally, I would just as soon leave Andre alone. He’s at home in right now, and doing just fine.

Xavier Paul’s been playing CF in Albuquerque

25 Games, 96 At Bats, 10 Runs, 33 Hits, 9 Doubles, 2 Triples, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 52 Total Bases, 7 Walks, 17 Strikeouts, 8 Stolen Bases, 2 Caught Stealing, .385 Ave, .542 OBP, .344 SLG, .926 OPS, 1 error

It’s a shame he’ll be sitting, isn’t it?

Eric, your lineups are interesting but really, with Joe’s tendencies already pretty well established, you have to expect Pierre will get the nod over an unproven player until or unless that player forces his way into the lineup the way Ethier and Kemp did. At least JP in left field is not that much of a difference defensively than Manny.

“On the bright side, at least Pierre won’t be subbing for Matt and Andre the next 50 games…
By scott_in_arcadia on May 7, 2009 9:31 AM”

LOL scott!

Morning ITD boys and Girls.
Yes, we hit a giant pothole. This jint fan at work just came over with this big injection needle. Wonder why he had it. then he sends me an email with HA HA HA HA and the title of the suspection. Stupid Jint fan.
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Happy 25th Birthday Loney! See you at the game!
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Who Young? Yep

Bring up 1954?

That’s why Pierre is in the first three, lbirken. I’m aware of reality.

Pierre would add nothing to our team……he’s just fine on the bench where he belongs. XPaul deserves the chance to play. However, I have to agree with you, dodgereric, Juan will be in the line-up and we will suffer for it.

Is there a rule in place against performance deflating drugs? I think Pierre deserves a 1,000 game suspension.
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Man, just test everyone and let the results be known. The evil players union and Bud Selig are to blame for this mess.
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Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey – Where have you gone?

Well we know Lopes is over there in Phillies don’t know about the other 3.

Scott, well said about the union and the commish.

Emma, we will just have to take our licks from fans of other teams. Giants fans put up with it and so will we. All that matters is what happens on the field.

Now I’m really scared that Pujols and Griffey are next.

Oh yes I am …………….text messages as I write :) Oh Geez!!!!!!! This couldn’t have happened any other weekend either, could it?

As for my class – haven’t said anything yet, but with the amount of students who come in with daily scores, they will certainly know tomorrow.

Hopefully, the team will feed off of Hudson’s energy now, but Pierre is going to kill the pitching staff in LF.

This might sound crazy put Blake in RF, Ethier LF Martin at 3rd and Amusmus no way this is crazy but it would prevent Pierre to even see the field in case of a defensive for Blake Torre instead better put Paul in RF.

“I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.” – Manny Ramirez

If this had to happen, it is much better for the suspension to begin now instead of the middle of August. It will also give Manny’s body time to fully heal from his hammy problem and any other lingering aches that we might not know about.
There is little doubt that we should be able to lead the division even without Manny if the kids keep up their hitting. We will need Manny in the stretch and in the post season.

In view of the importance of this development, Manny should be compelled to list exactly what ailment he asked the doctor to treat and the name of the prescribed med. Patient privacy should be waived in this case.

I wonder if that doctor is prepared for that $8 million lawsuit that Boras is preparing……….no, make that $80 million……

kahli, that story is just crazy enough to be the truth! LMAO!!!

LOL!!!!!!! Well, that will make the news even more interesting :)

Well this probably makes it more likely that he won’t use his opt out clause for next season.

Kind of puts “Mannywood” in a different light, doesn’t it? :-)

I have a team with ARod and Manny on it geez. I was waiting for this on friday. I need to dropped Drew and Ankiel. There one time I got Wright Arod and Ethier.

http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b1/345848/1

Well. Be interesting to see how the team reacts to this.

I would never have been lucky to get Arod but he stock was like dropped aorund the 3rd and 4th round. I purpose prerank Manny 1st and Arod 2nd. Another league I got Pujols 1st Manny 2nd Konerko and Santana.

I don’t even find the cause of the “personal health issue” all that surprising. Amusing perhaps but not surprising but it does explain why the club may not have known.

oops around

I know we make light of the sexual enhancement thing, but for Manny, not only is it embarrassing personally, but professionally as well. Because Manny haters will still scream steroids or HGH. I find nothing funny about any of this. It’s a disaster for the franchise. The season will take care of itself; Kemp Ethier Martin, Loney, et al, are either ready or they’re not. Time to let go of the side of the pool. But if the real story is true, then I feel very sorry for Manny. He won’t have deserved the absolute vilification that’s coming.

Knouff ~ I think the team will rally around him and come out motivated to prove they can win even without him in the lineup.
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From what I have heard today, I think XPaul is going to make his debut tonight.
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Juanpy will not be amused!

This may be an amusing situation to some, those who live in SF or Boston. But here in Dodgertown, it is a sad day. Especially since Pierre will be an every day occurence in left field and in the lineup. Will Frank change “Mannywood” from $99 to “Pierrewood” at $9?

LMAO, Crash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe dumpwood aka pierrewood lol

This news brings new light to Manny’s famous quote from Oct 16, 2008:
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“Gas is up and so am I.”

Here we go…………………….. and the taunting begins from my son.

I would hope that the Dodgers will offer refunds to the Mannywood seat ticket buyers. Pierrewood? Now that is funny and thanks for the laugh.

If he’s up for more than 4 hours, he needs to worry.

Very good, Crash! Keep it going!!!!!!!!!!! We need all the humor we can get today!!

Shad ~ “Dumpwood”…….thats funny!
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There’s no place like “Gnome”!

Someone on the main LA forum just started 1000 posted on Mannywood.

http://www.forums.mlb.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=messages&webtag=ml-dodgers&tid=105730

Well all, it is a downer today, but as a friend told me, these are the Los Angeles Dodgers, not the Manny Dodgers, and we still have tons of talent, so we need to keep up the winning spirit! Go Dodgers! Come back soon Manny!!!

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!! This is what is great about ITD…………. any other club’s fans would be screaming through their blog, and what are we doing…………………. using the humor to get through it. Speaking of humor………………. we haven’t heard from our one and only enchanted yet. I can’t wait to see what he has to say. I am sure it will be worth the wait :)

Man, I’d almost rather it be 50 games for really cheating, not 50 games for a better boner. What a waste.

Look like another lost for Phillies RIP Ozark

hmmm@bochy
Bochy slams Manny Ramirez

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Minutes ago on the San Francisco Giants pre-game show Bruce Bochy SLAMMED Manny. He told Jon Miller on their pre-game show that “we don’t like the Dodgers and he has done nothing but cheat the game. I am glad he got caught there is no room in the game for cheaters.”

That #$%@#%!$

If you Dodger fans don’t unload on those no-championship having, halloween wearing fruitcakes from Frisco….I will be sorely disappointed. I HATE THE GIANTS

Nelly, you are right. There usually is humor in just about everything and in view of the country’s overall problems, I think we can deal with it. I am not happy but winning is a team effort and we all have to overcome obstacles. And Mike, I like your attitude; if Manny had a legitimate injury that kept him out of the line up for an extended period of time, the Dodgers would be in the same position with regard to fielding a winning team. We will miss him but he is not the whole team.

The Giants fans seem to have forgotten about Barry! And, I don’t mean Zito!!!!

All of the Manny bashers out there, including Bochy, should keep there mouths shut. If the entire list ever came out, there would be some of their teams’ players on it.

Wow but didn’t Bochy have Bonds on his team when he took over the Giants manager?

As to the team prospects, if the Dodgers can’t win without Manny, then they really don’t deserve to win. I think we will continue to do well, at least within our division confines. As for Manny as an individual, everybody makes mistakes in this life, and it’s an unfortunate thing for him personally, I’m sure, and I’m not looking to pile on in that respect.

In retrospect, I don’t think anyone will find a posting on my part where I’ve been enthusiastic about Manny, although I root for him as I do with anybody in the Dodger uniform. I’m probably one of the very few on this blog who personally didn’t want him signed and encouraged signing a couple of replacements during the off-season, but this is not an “I told you so”. I did say at the time that anybody who signed Manny would live to regret it, and in that sense Frank and Ned deserve what they’re getting with bad publicity and whatever repercussions come of this. I’m just an old timer and admittedly don’t like the mercenary approach of getting a key player for a season or two by paying the big bucks – I know that’s not how the game is played anymore. I also don’t like a character on the team that calls attention to himself with dreadlocks and other affectations as compared to his play on the field, which is not to say that Manny didn’t perform very well on field. Just shows how old fashioned I am in that respect. Needless to say, I haven’t been a big fan of Manny’s, and I for one won’t miss him for the stupidity that he engaged in by taking whatever the prescription was.

I hope that this will be the right opportunity for X Paul and that he can take advantage of it. That would really delight me, because I’m obviously in the camp of developing and thriving on your own talent.

Bochy is a buttehole plain and simple. It will be that much sweeter when the Dodgers beat their sorry NoCal a$$es.

Thanks tru I was hoping crash would’ve said that or Garbagewood lol

Shad – I, personally, won’t say a word to them (family included), because then we would just be sinking to the gnat level, wouldn’t we? Dodger fans are better than that I would hope.

Come on Colorado 3 walks you have to scored here.

messagebear – always a pleasure reading what you have to say, and I think many will agree, most of us were worried about pitching all along, and that Manny was just a side issue, but in the off -season, it became the big issue, and kind of left pitching as a”we will see” attitude and for now, our pitching is holding up, but for how long is the question.

nice post messagebear, I can’t really argue with anything you said. I miss the old days as well, when the rosters didn’t change so much from year to year.

Hate or love Manny I haven’t been this bummed as a Dodger fan since Guerrero blew out his knee in ’86 or Orel blew out his shoulder in ’90. Just saying how I feel………

Plaschke is a blowhard. Just saw him on the Sports Center special and he needs to shut his mouth and wipe up all the slobber he left on the camera.

“Ramirez’s agent, Scott Boras, and the players’ association had gathered materials for a possible appeal to an arbitrator, but Ramirez decided not to file one because he didn’t want to risk missing significant time in the second half of the season, the person familiar with details of the suspension said. The union said merely that he waived his right to contest the suspension.”

McCourt’s marketing mavens will make the most of the situation and change the left field field boxes to “Bannywood”
For 99 dollars, they will give you two tickets and two T

I just saw him too, Perumike. What a lot of hot air!!! I still think we will win without him. We still have Dre; Matt; Rusell; James; Raffy; ODog and Casey. That’s not a bad lineup. We also still have Billz and Brox!

Bear, I had reservations about signing Manny as well only because I thought it was unreasonable to put so much hope on another aging superstar, especially one with his history. He is talented and he does bring a level of excitement to the ballpark that Dodger fans have not seen for some time, and I am confident management clearly understood the risk/reward challenge Manny brings to the table. But as Scott has already suggested, it is a bit of a downer to lose Manny to “that kind” of performance enhancement substance.

I just saw him too, Perumike. What a lot of hot air!!! I still think we will win without him. We still have Dre; Matt; Rusell; James; Raffy; ODog and Casey. That’s not a bad lineup. We also still have Billz and Brox!

Sorry about the double post……I only hit the submit button once………I think my computer is in shock today, too!

McCourt’s marketing mavens will make the most of the situation and change the left field field boxes to “Bannywood”
For 99 dollars, they will give you two tickets and two T-shirts with pictures of dishonored Dodgers past and present with their faces overprinted with a red circle with a diagonal line through it. Choose among Darrell Strawberry, Steve Howe, Eric Gagne, Paul LoDuca and of course Manny.

I just want to say to y’all now to remember to write in Juan Pierre on your all-star ballots.

Together we can make a difference.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ys-ramirezsuspension050709&prov=yhoo&type=lgns
However, two sources said the substance Ramirez tested positive for a gonadotropin. Major League baseball’s list of banned substances includes the gonadotropins LH and HCG, which are most commonly used by women as fertility drugs. They also can be used to trigger testosterone production. Testosterone is depleted by steroid use, and low testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction.

E, do you think someone ought to check JP’s phone records to make sure he had no contact with Manny’s doctor?

White House: Ramirez’ case embarrassing for MLB
1 hour, 16 minutes ago

Buzz up! PrintWASHINGTON (AP)—The White House is calling the suspension of Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez(notes) for 50 games—the latest star caught up in a drug scandal—a great embarrassment for Major League Baseball.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked Thursday about Ramirez’ suspension. Ramirez said he did not take steroids and was given medication by a doctor that contained a banned substance.

Gibbs said he hadn’t spoken to President Barack Obama about Ramirez, but called it a disappointment to anyone who is a sports fan.

Gibbs said any case where an athlete is using a drug to get ahead is a tragedy, a shame and a great embarrassment to MLB

Crash, my son sent me that article earlier today. It sure begs some obvious questions, doesn’t it.

Is anyone else getting just a wee bit tired of stories based on “anonymous” sources or sources “not authorized to speak” on the matter at hand?

That’s it? That’s all you have to say? LMAO!!!!!!!!! (jk) …….Pierre is with two r’s boys!!!!

I think watching Pierre play would hurt any man’s libido, even professional athletes.

Weiner medicine.

That’s the phrase Colin Cowherd used to describe it when the name of the substance broke.

That’s funny.

As a 28 year old, I don’t remember Pedro’s knee blowing out or Orel’s shoulder that vividly. But one date did come to mind.

July 31st, 2004.

Oddly enough, though we didn’t know it then, that was a steroid-related problem.

And unlike that and those San Francisco Ferries (the ships, people, the ships), this does not involve steroids. Manny’s been caught doing steroids as many times as Barry Bonds has: 0.

Though we know with Barry, he didn’t turn from a twig to a muscle-bound, big-headed Ferrigno-esque INcredible Bulk overnight.

With Manny, this could be a phanthom after-effect medication if he was using HGH. But HGH itself is undetectable, so ANYBODY could be using that. Albert Pujols, Johan Santana, Carlos Santana, anyone. Not that it makes it right, because it doesn’t, but just keeping it real.

He DID NOT test positive for a steroid in 15 tests over 5 years. So all they have on him is the HCG “Weiner” meds. I think this won’t merit any of the A-Rod/Barry reaction, since he did not test positive for a steroid or muscle-bulking drug (an estrogen-bulking drug?!!). That doesn’t mean he won’t get that reaction. But believe me, if any Halloweeners try to give me crap, I can hold my head high, tell ‘em that Manny’s been caught for Roids as many times as Barry has, and to keep dusting their empty trophy cabinets.

But WHY HCG? Mannypause?

The sum of the whole is greater than any of its parts (no pun intended). These kids know what they’re capable of, and if they learn anything from Manny (besides triple checking with the MLBPA before taking any meds from any non-team doctor), it’s to stay loose. They’re still on top of the world right now. They have the parts to stay there. If Pierre is really that bad, he won’t be in for long.

After all, Pierre needs rest too.

Anyone for the NL adopting the Designated Fielder?

Coming soon – Pierrewood, where you can get a cup a’ noodles, a pop-up blocker, an ill-fitting hat, and a slappy seat all for just $9.

Pierre needs rest like a horse with a broken leg.

When you are sitting in “Pierrewood”, the peanut guy throws your peanuts to you, but they land a few feet short.

It’s not Pierrewood, it’s Pierre’s Hood!

I wonder if the MLB allows a player who was previously using anabolic steroids who now has a valid medical issue of atrophied testicles to obtain a temporary use exemption to use HCG or similar drug to restore testosterone to a normal level. Perhaps if Manny applied for a TUE while waiting for his cashews to become coconuts, this situation would not have happened.

Fabulous post northstateblues !!!!

Scott and Crash ~ very funny, indeed! The Peanut Guy…..LMAO!!!!

Thanks Nelly. Just wanted to rifle one off before class.

For a last note… this comes from the Dodger Thoughts comment thread. Conspiracy theroy:

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Glendale AZ, March 20, 2009.

Manny: “Hey Juan, no hard feelings on left field, I hope.”
Juan: “Not at all. here, have a coke.”
Manny: “Mmmm…tastes a little funny.”
Juan: “Probably just the can.”

Posted by: Ken Noe | May 07, 2009 at 12:03 PM

In Pierrewood, when you throw the peanut shells away do you need a cut off man to reach the ground?

And here we all thought Ned was the real wiener.

If there’s one a-hole that ought to shut up it IS Bochy….he who has managed (and looked the other way) both Bonds and Caminiti. But this whole thing is starting to regress into a hate fest. If you hated Manny before, it’s pile on time…the great American sickness…………..

Kali, I think we are all sick of this stuff.

Mike,
I just heard Plaschke! aghh, wish I would not had wasted my time. Wish I could read Tony Jackson’s perspective.
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Well, my friend Erik and I had already planned to be at the stadium early today because of Loney’s bday. I am sure Torre will have more media coverage today.
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Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Catcher Bengie Molina took no glee in the Dodgers’ misfortune.

“It’s a very, very sad day for baseball,” Molina said. “I won’t judge Manny. I’m sure he’s pretty bummed. It’s a sad day, and not just for baseball, but for the man. Manny is a good guy.”

Molina also doesn’t expect the Dodgers to roll over without Manny.

“That team is good,” he said. “They have a lot of young guys who play the game right. It would be unfair to say they’ll be less competitive. … It’s one of the best hitters in the league and you’re taking him out of their lineup. That’s the only thing we have to look at. … I really didn’t think anybody was going to run away with this division.”

Manny will take us to the promise land when he returns in July. It is what it is, I could care less. Everyone did them so we just have to get over it. Hell if I could make millions of dollars playing baseball I’d probably take them too.

Hopefully Paul plays over Pierre.

At least Molina got ball to bad bochy doesn’t.

I am so disappointed. Not just in Manny, but in baseball. This is supposed to be a place of purity, this place we call baseball. And thanks to Mark, and Sammy, and Barry, and Alex, and Manny, and agents, and unions, and owners, and trainers, and more than anyone else Bud Selig, baseball is just as filthy as the rest of our culture now.

I wish Manny would never come back. Even if we win the World Series, it will be a hollow if Manny plays for us – if any ‘roided up player plays for us.

I wish we would have just given Pee Wee Young a chance. That young man can put a real hurtin’ on the ball.

I’m going to the game tonight as planned three weeks ago. But I almost don’t feel like going.

There is at least one saving grace. Tonight is radio night, and one of the last pure things in the game will be heard loud and clear all over Dodger Stadium as it used to be – the voice of Vin Scully.

I gotta get back to work. I don’t know yet, but this may be even more devastating than 1994.

Lony4loney,
Are you going to be there early? where are you sitting?
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Quick story – I was out at P.E., and one of my students came up and asked if the Dodgers are going to win tonight, and I said “sure! Why not?”………….and she said,”good, I would hate for them to lose on James Loney’s birthday. I am so confident in this young core, that I think they are going to prove to everyone they can do this without #99 for a while.

Now, to go home and face what could be a very long night for me because the gnats did win today. However, I am going to hold my head up high because I am Dodger blue thru and thru and that hasn’t changed one bit. GO DODGERS!!!!!

i wonder what all the boys are thinking right now.. of all the quotes i’ve read/heard.. the only dodgers quotes were bowa and mccourt.. i want to know what the players think.. i want to know how they feel about other players in the league saying that their 21-8 record is tainted now.. this is really sad for our other players who have worked really hard, and played so well.. i believe in this team, and i know that they can win without manny.. the division is weak.. and we are still the best overall team..

you all know that i’ve disliked manny from the beginning.. before we ever got him.. but i can’t say i saw this coming.. i figured he’d find a way to be manny, and be disruptive.. but not ‘roids.. high profile players testing positive is just really bad for baseball.. it’s sad..

i’m going to the game tonight.. i want to see how our team responds.. our young guns can carry the team.. let’s go blue!!

NELLY that is a cute story…we sure don’t want the Dodgers to loose, specially on Loney’s birthday.
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I still have faith my Dodgers …I believe that this year they have been working as a TEAM. Baseball is not about a one-man show, but a whole team. This past 13 wins at home and 8 wins on the road are not because of Manny. Yes he contributed, but manny others did aswell. Manny will be back in July to join his team. He will NOT come back the same. He will not be the big power hitter, but I just hope that he comes back clean, with the same energy and with the same enthusiasm he brings to the team and fans. God bless Manny, and God bless the Dodgers
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And to my ITD friends all I want to say is that I am ready to kick some Giants butt after we kick the Nationals butt.

The following chart lists the Major League Baseball players who have earned over $100 million total salary over their career (through the end of 2008 and not including bonuses).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest_paid_baseball_players

Alex Rodriguez – $198,413,252
Barry Bonds – $188,245,322
Randy Johnson – $167,550,019
Manny Ramírez – $162,258,269
Derek Jeter – $161,230,000
Gary Sheffield – $154,008,550
Greg Maddux – $153,845,000
Ken Griffey, Jr. – $147,353,682
Pedro Martínez – $146,259,585
Mike Mussina – $144,533,619
Carlos Delgado – $134,299,000
Kevin Brown – $130,890,502 –
John Smoltz – $130,095,446
Tom Glavine – $128,639,293
Jeff Bagwell – $128,134,019
Jason Giambi – $125,058,996
Sammy Sosa – $124,068,000
Jim Thome – $123,961,667
Mike Hampton – $122,550,270
Roger Clemens – $121,001,000
Mike Piazza – $120,176,002
Chipper Jones – $117,552,133
Ivan Rodriguez – $115,073,932
Curt Schilling – $114,158,000
Larry Walker – $110,363,431
Andy Pettitte – $108,082,416
Frank Thomas – $104,634,000
Bernie Williams – $103,100,001
Andruw Jones – $102,433,410
Shawn Green – $100,616,066

There are 30 names there. How many have been tainted with the spectre of PED?

Stop. Let’s make it easier.

How many can you or anyone say is ABSOLUTELY NOT a user of PEDs? Not just steroids or HGH. Any of them.

I count one. Maybe two. I think Shawn Green is the least likely one on that list. Greg Maddux another. A few weeks ago I probably would have counted 5 or 6. Perhaps you’re arguing with me right now because you see 8, or a dozen. Or none at all. But it doesn’t really matter, does it? There’s no way you could possibly think that even HALF of the players on that list have not been users of PEDs.

Good Lord.

Bud Selig and/or the MLBPA (choose your villians) continue to put us, the dyed-in-the-wool baseball fans, through the agony of doubt. Yes, the testing is marvelous. Yet who else is on that 2003 list?

A movie quote keeps going through my head: “It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.”

Because I love the game so much, I can’t stop watching it.

Just fabulous Eric! no, I haven’t left yet……………..doing lesson plans :)

Dodgereric ~ I’d say Green and Maddux are probably the only two out of your list. I believe everyone else on that list is a possible user. several years ago, I would have though 90% of them were clean but I’m a skeptic now.
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So, Mannywood, for the time being is being called Pierrewood, according to ESPN………….in fact, you can see right now he is out there, warming up to take his rightful place. WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!

*thought

I think they should get it over with, and publish the entire list of the 104 players. It’s better to do it in all one shot then one by one as they see fit.

Press conference right now on ESPN2.

Emma,

I’ll be in Reserve 14 DD, until we move down to better seats.
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I’m pretty confident that Ken Griffey, Jr. has always been clean. … but then again it’s hard to know about anyone anymore.

I guess RJ is next lol.

Now is the time for KEMP & ETHIER to proof themselves, HUDSON (O-DOG) will shine now. So I don’t think that it will be PIERREWOOD (ESPN is full of it), but it will be the O-DOG PEN. But I do hope that Pierre does well now that he will starting
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ERIC – I would love to believe that Maddux was clean, but who knows. Now don’t you think that almost all MLB teams have atleast one team member playing now doing some kind of PED

I really don’t think you have to look but just past the dollar signs above to know the why of it. Anytime really big money is at stake, be it sports, politics, or Wall Street, if its there for the taking people are going to do whatever it takes to secure their piece of it. A sad but true commentary of today’s (and history’s) society(s).

On the otherhand, shidt happens. You just wipe and go on.

I also think tonights the most important game of the season. Its a chance for these guys to prove they can win on their own. Its like taking Dumbo’s feather away.

Trading out Manny for Juan is not much of a bargain, but we still have plenty of fire power. I doubt it, but maybe Juan will make believers out of us. I just do not want to dismiss the guy as a fill in. There is chance here for X and Pierre to show something. We’ve got a lead and Manny is back around the all-star break. You’ve got to give Colletti some credit for keeping the kids together and now is their time.

I dont’ really know enough about the situation yet to have an opinion about whether he took it knowingly as part of a performance enhancing regime or it was prescribed, but that’s really beside the point now. The situation is what it is and all the young guys are going to have to step up even more than they already have. I have total faith they are all up to the challenge. It may end up having a positive effect on them all in the long run. I do still think Manny would be a great hitter with our without taking any substances, so that is the shame in it all. There will forever be a shadow of doubt around his accomplishments.

Let’s get fourteen!
The number 14 is an even number with attributes similar to those of 7. A period of 14 days is half of the Moon’s 28-day cycle, so it takes 14 days (one fortnight, short for fourteen-night) for the Moon to wax from new to full or to wane from full to new. In ancient Egypt Osiris was cut into 14 parts. The number is important in Islam; the Arabic alphabet contains 14 Sun letters and 14 Moon letters. In medieval Germany 14 innocent beings gave legal protection to whomever they accompanied.

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