How will you spend Father's Day weekend?

Hopefully watching Dodger baseball or even hanging out at Dodger Stadium on Sunday for the annual Father’s Day Catch from 10-1 here…completely free and talk about a fun memory for you and your dad!

I won’t be in Anaheim and will try to post as often as possible, if nothing else…the lineups.

Here’s tonight’s:

Pierre, LF

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Blake, 3B

Ethier, RF

Kemp, CF

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Jones, DH

Billingsley, P


  1. trublu4ever

    Good afternoon/evening everyone. Can’t wait for Enchanted’s song! Nice posts by all on the previous thread.
    Let’s score lots of runs tonight for a change so we can relax a little bit. I LOVE L.A.!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE DODGERS!!!!!! I LOVE ITD!!!!!!!!!!

  2. northstateblues

    Fellow new-threaded victim here…:

    I hope you Row S-ers are the type who sit down during the games, I’m in Row T, harumph Harumph… j/k 🙂

    L.A. vs. the O.C. tonight… just take care of business, and ignore the childlike grin on Torre’s face, he’s just happy to have the DH again, if only for a few games.

    I’ll probably be working during the game tonight, but will get to see/hear tomorrow’s (though I feel I’ll get stuck with whoever SF/OAK is playing on FOX).


  3. enchantedbeaver

    Thank gawd its still JP and Furcal leading the way. For a second there I thought we might actually score some runs tonight.

  4. shad80

    Sara I seen that this morning impressive. In this case I would had dropped Pierre to number 9th and move everyone up except Martin still bat 7th and Jones in LF.

  5. trublu4ever

    Sara and Enchanted ~ he sure messes with the lineup 4 – 8(or 9) depending where we are playing. I can’t remember when he has used the same order for those batters. Poor Matty must feel like a Yo-Yo!

  6. northstateblues

    Cool Nelly, and we’ll be right above Vin Scully. So whatever we yell MIGHT get picked up on the airwaves…


    yup trublu and dnelly.. it is the same lineup as last night, sub in mitch jones for the pitchers spot.. he has been jerking them around for the most part though..

  8. northstateblues

    I thought that with Torre managing, the LAST place we’d see a DH is 9th, but that unpredictability is just Torre being Torre.

  9. enchantedbeaver

    I don’t and didn’t follow the Yankees at all, but were Joe’s line-ups as inane there as they are here? Why would you bat a power hitter 9th with only JP as his “protection”?


    i know enchanted.. that frustrates me.. why bother playing mitch if you’re going to DH him in the 9 spot??

  11. nellyjune

    He should be batting 4th or 5th and everyone moves down one, assuming you have to keep the top three the way it is, which is ridiculous too.


    that’s exactly what he’s doing enchanted.. he’s making it tough on mitch so that he can justify his need to play JP every single day.. ugh =P

  13. enchantedbeaver

    Its obvious that Joe’s learned (or maybe he can’t remember) absolutely nothing from last year in batting JP leadoff every single game.

  14. nellyjune

    JP is the perfect person to bat 9th in this series because he has just as much chance of getting on as the pitcher normally does.

  15. trublu4ever

    Only 14 more days and then Juan will be on the bench where he belongs. Sorry, Messagebear, but Manny will add some spark to the lineup.


    Let’s see.. we won the division last year and made it to the NLCS.. and this year we have the best record in baseball.. I’d say Joe is doing a pretty darn good job.. despite what the bashers on “Inside the Dodgers” blog say. JP is only going to be playing for a couple more weeks and he’s done fairly well this season.. but of course every day on ITD is a JP bash day… Jones is a terrible fielder so you don’t want him in left.. he is every bit as bad as Manny there… he mostly played 1B at AAA this year.

  17. nellyjune

    I am so pumped about this lineup!!!! JP is batting lead off again – alright!!!! The rest of the lineup is the same as yestereday – fabulous!!!………………..and our DH is batting 9th!!!!! Wooo hooo!!!!!

    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!

  18. nellyjune

    In the Brewers/Tigers game, the DH for the Brewers is batting 2nd, and the DH for the Tigers is batting 4th.

    In the Braves/Red Sox game, both DH’s are batting 5th.

    Those are the games currrently being played right now.


    How nice of you to count the days for me, trublu. You’re trying to put on a good face for me with Manny’s return, but all I can think about are those two days a week that Joe has promised to find JP a starting slot. I don’t think it’s going to be to replace Manny in the lineup.
    The controversy continues…

  20. nellyjune

    However, my guess is that if Manny were here, he would be DHing and JP would be in Left Field anyway,yes?

  21. trublu4ever

    I keep thiking by the time Manny returns, Juan will have played more than enough and will only be used as a pinch hitter, Messagebear. But, in reality, I know it will be one of our two best hitters who will get screwed.

  22. nellyjune

    In the Astros/Twins game, both DH’s are batting 4th.

    In the Cards/Royals game, the DH for the Cards is batting 5th and the DH for the Royals is batting 4th.

    …and there is just our game and the Dbacks/Mariners game left to start.

  23. enchantedbeaver

    At least Joe is using a DH tonight that HAS hit a HR this year.
    JP in his last one game is hitting .250. That’s UP from the .205 he’d been hitting in his previous 17 games.
    Sadly, Ferk’s hitting streak ended last night at 9 games. During that streak he’d been hitting .265!!!
    Marty was able to get his average up over .100 for June last night. WAY TO GO MARTY!!

    No wonder we’re 21 games over .500 with a crew like that!!


    spanner says: “Let’s see.. we won the division last year and made it to the NLCS.. and this year we have the best record in baseball.. I’d say Joe is doing a pretty darn good job.. despite what the bashers on “Inside the Dodgers” blog say.”

    We all seem to have our own opinions, and that’s fine. My take on this is that the team’s record is not the result of Joe’s managing, but rather IN SPITE OF IT.


    redfox, i agree.. joe has tried very hard to prevent the consistent success of this team


    I seriously doubt Joe is trying to prevent the success of the team… Perhaps his years of baseball experience might make his opinion of where people should play more valid than you guys.


    So if we don’t win the World Series every year, you want to blame it all on the fact that Joe didn’t play the guys want him to play? Gee, you are tougher than Yankee fans…. when the reason we didn’t get further last year as really that Billingsley pitched terrible in the NLCS and Broxton gave up that homer to Stairs. It wasn’t Joe’s fault.. you woulda rather he pitched someone else in those situations?

  28. trublu4ever

    My point is the same as that of Redfox. We won not because of Joe’s managerial skills but, in spite of them!

  29. trublu4ever

    That’s okay Spanner. Isn’t that what this blog is all about? I really do respect your opinion and you have every right to agree or disagree with me, too. That’s what makes us a different and special blog.

  30. rwbjr9

    In my opinoin, Joe’s record reflects, that he won with the best players money could buy….. thus winning because of good players rather than winning by using sound judgement…. Just my opinion…

  31. trublu4ever

    I also want you to know, Spanner tnat I have been a Dodger fan since they were in Brooklyn. I cheer for them every year with all my heart. If I sometimes get a little off target, it’s only because I want the best for my team.

  32. trublu4ever

    It’s about 45 minutes until Dodger Baseball………..GO DODGERS, BEAT THE HALOS!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a great game EVERYONE!!!!!!!!

  33. rwbjr9

    I’m sure that we can all agree that Joe has a bad habit of using relief pitchers way too much…
    I’m also sure that we can agree that he uses Pierre at leadoff every single day without consideration for the fact that Pierre is having a subpar month of June…
    I think we can all agree that he is using Kemp in a manner that seem very odd at times…
    Everybody thinks he is a great manager – I think he is a good manager because he is good with young people…But I don’t think he is a great tactician of the game…

  34. trublu4ever

    Well said, rsbjr! I’m sure you will have many that agree with you and a few who don’t but, what the heck!

  35. trublu4ever

    Rwbjr ~ I don’t know if you are new to ITD but welcome to the group. Stick around tonight if you can and you will have a lot of fun.

  36. enchantedbeaver

    If you’re talking about last night’s play Shad I don’t blame Pierre for it. He was coming up to throw to third when Ferk told him to throw to second. As soon as Davis saw Ferk point to second he kept going home. Blame that 10% on JPs arm for not getting it to Hudson faster, and 90% on Ferk for calling it wrong.

  37. bluecrewgirl

    Hey everyone. Hope you are all doing well. I’ve had the week from hell, so I could use a Dodger slugfest, lol.


    Come on game time. We’re looking forward to another opportunity to rip Torre, which should drive Spanner crazy.

    Only kidding, Spanner. It’s good to see you with us, and I’m glad to get your favorable take on Joe. It’s true that most of the ITD people tend to critize more than agree with Joe. Joe, of course, doesn’t need our approval and most of the universe will think of him as a hell of a manager and HOF material. We just tend to be a perverse group sometimes for no other reason than we enjoy it. Anyway, it’s good to have you with us.

  39. northstateblues

    I like Joe Torre, and am glad to have him managing this team. His veteran presence and experience with the Bronx Zoo media has helped us everytime he takes the heat off his players, and when Charlie Manuel has no problem with putting people in the All-Star Game who haven’t played this half of the season, Joe brings the craze back to earth with his two cents.


    “In my opinoin, Joe’s record reflects, that he won with the best players money could buy….. thus winning because of good players rather than winning by using sound judgement…. Just my opinion…
    By rwbjr9 on June 19, 2009 6:10 PM”

    rwbjr9, you make a hell of a point. especially seeing how close we were to collapse last season before we got Manny, a move that some reporters have argued have cost the two 2007 NLCS managers their jobs.

    Definitely food for thought.


    And then there was that memorable post:
    Fire Joe,
    Fire the man who hired Joe,
    Fire the man who hired the man who hired Joe.

    A classic, but I don’t remember who invented that. Should get an honorable mention for the HOF him or her self.

  41. shad80

    Well if the starters can get thought 7 than he won’t have a chance and to be honest I can’t blame him but he should’ve had let Wolf pitch another inning than if any trouble than pull him.


    btw, spanner, i did not say that joe was trying to prevent the success of the team.. i said that joe was trying to prevent the CONSISTENT success of the team.. i think there’s a difference..

    overall, i don’t think joe is a bad manager.. his general success proves this.. and everyone here knows we’ve had much much worse over the years.. but i will say that some of his daily decisions are quite questionable.. and things that seem obvious to me, clearly are not to him.. he seems much more forgiving of certain players, and not others and the lack of consistency bothers me.. but this is the way with all managers.. and i think as fans, we are allowed to disagree.. that is what makes sports interesting.. if we all agreed then life would be quite boring..

  43. trublu4ever

    They just said McDonald was brought up but I missed who was sent down, did anybody hear who is was?

  44. rwbjr9

    I like interleague games because Managers don’t have to make so many decisions….
    Remember the other nite when Joe let Kershaw hit with men on base – and, of course, we all knew he was probably going to yank him the following inning…
    Well, he won’t need to make that decision during the next couple weeks…

  45. oldbrooklynfan

    Hi ya Everybody
    Been busy all day getting ready for the trip and the Tour.
    Going to KeySpan Park Sunday for the Brooklyn Cyclone game and my daughter is footing the bill, since it’s Father’s Day.
    For tonight LET’S GO DODGERS.

  46. enchantedbeaver

    What happened to making the pitcher work a little? ‘Bout time we bounce Ferks *** from the line up a few days too.

  47. boblee4014

    Hey Casey, you could have at least swung at one of those 3 pitches you watched go by. They got your # buddy

  48. enchantedbeaver

    I-T-D Top Forty
    (In my best Casey Kasem voice) Welcome back to ITD Top 40. And now a song for a young man who’s average is dropping faster than pop fly in front of Juan Pierre. For Marty – Tom Jones, What’s New Pussycat?
    (it’s better with the musical accompaniment.)

    Here comes wussybat – Uh-u-u-u-u-oh
    What’s with Russy’s bat? Oh-o-o-o-o- no!!!
    Wussybat, wussybat
    Hit the showers
    You’ve lost your powers,
    You hit like Phew.
    So take a powder, your light little wussybat’s slow!
    Wussybat, wussybat
    What’s with you?
    Turned to glue.
    You and your wussybat blow!
    Here comes wussybat – Uh-u-u-u-u-oh
    What’s with Russy’s bat? Oh-o-o-o-o- no!!!
    Wussybat, wussybat’s
    Not too thrilling
    You should be drilling
    A hit or two.
    But with the bat you’re a little wussy dis-grace!
    Wussybat, wussybat
    What’s with you?
    Turned to glue.
    You and your wussybat blow!
    Here comes wussybat – Uh-u-u-u-u-oh
    What’s with Russy’s bat? Oh-o-o-o-o- no!!!
    Wussybat, wussybat’s
    And quite pernicious
    To our offense.
    Hope soon we’re seeing your sweet little wussyass benched!
    Wussybat, wussybat
    What’s with you?
    Turned to glue
    You and your wussybat blow! (Whoa-o-whoa-o)
    You and your wussybat slow! (Whoa-o-whoa-o)
    You and your wussybat – go-o-o…

    Title: Here Comes Wussybat
    Artist: Give Ellis A Chance
    ©NedCo Broken Records 2009

  49. rwbjr9

    Yes 4ever – it is fun and interesting ….
    This just doesn’t seem to be Ethier’s nite – at the plate or in the field….

  50. colliethec

    That is correct Shad! Lead off walks especially after your team just scored is the most irritating thing a pitcher can do.
    Good evening everybody!

  51. leekfink

    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!

  52. trublu4ever

    rwbjr9 ~ it seems like we have been playing in slow-motion the last few weeks. I know we have been winning but not a lot of pop in our bats.

  53. colliethec

    Nice D by Pierre & Blake.
    I don’t mind the questioning of Torre but I don’t get ripping on the players/coaches when they don’t make the play but saying nothing when they do. I guess I’m just a positive/glass half full guy.
    I agree that Torre makes some weird decisions, but I’m not always in the dugout/clubhouse so I generally give him a pass. I know my opinion on this issue isn’t the same as most here. But I do feel that Torre tries & wants to win.
    I don’t get not batting Pierre #9 and moving everybody up while putting Dre in the 3 hole. I’ve been moaning about that ever since Pierre cooled down.
    I also don’t get having Matt bat so low in the lineup while keeping Russ higher.
    But Joe has now succumbed & moved down Russ. I think Joe is just very supportive of the players. This is why players respect him & want to play for him.
    I know many were upset about Dre sitting for a few days there but he was really slumping and also was injured. Torre was patient with him & didn’t sit him until it was evident that his toe was having an effect on him. Everything Torre said at that time and since was that Dre was still one of his top 3 outfielders.
    As far as his success in NY he initially had a young team with many of the players home grown. His teams that were bought were later on (Early-mid 2000’s) after they had won their Championships.
    His teams then were similar to what he has now.
    I’m extremely optimistic about this team & think they will continue to have success even without Manny.
    As I type this Ferk pops one & O-Dog keeps it going.

  54. rwbjr9

    4ever —This game the bats are starting to come-a-round…
    Hopefully they can keep it up in future games….
    But, you are correct… thy have been playing in slow motion the last few weeks…..

  55. trublu4ever

    rwbjr9 ~ maybe you are bringing us some good hitting! You have to come around all the time now! LOL

  56. enchantedbeaver

    That’s the most runs I can remember getting off the other team’s starter in three weeks.

  57. enchantedbeaver

    Hey collie!

    Hey VL – what’s the weather like in Midland-O? I gotta head that way in bout 3 weeks.

  58. rwbjr9


    Bottom line — Joe is a People Person …
    Joe is NOT a Coaching Genius….
    That’s my opinion …

  59. colliethec

    Also as NSB stated & I would agree that I’m glad that Torre is leading this team.
    I would rather have Torre then anyone else that is available at this time. Most other Managers would of had a hard time with the whole Manny issue & Torre really stabilizes the clubhouse for the most part.

  60. enchantedbeaver

    I’ll go along with that about Torre being a stabilizer collie. My gripes with Joe have always been his personnel choices and in-game management.

  61. enchantedbeaver

    OK. Marty’s singled to center. Hit back to the box, and flied to center. I’m going to take that as a sign of improvement that he’s trying to hit back through the middle and not pull everything.

  62. enchantedbeaver

    And THAT is why Mitch Jones has reached the apex of his career in AAA.

    He’s also the sacraficial lamb off the 40-man when Manny comes back.

  63. vl4ecc

    Hey VL – what’s the weather like in Midland-O? I gotta head that way in bout 3 weeks.

    By enchantedsunset on June 19, 2009 8:43 PM
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    Coming down like a Cow whizzing on a flat rock at the moment enchanted. ALOT of rain this week!!!

  64. colliethec

    Hello there Enchanted! I hope all is well with you tonight.
    I also agree Enchanted that some of his moves are strange. But sometimes he gets slammed and he made a move that wasn’t bad and that player didn’t execute. It wasn’t his fault that the player didn’t make the play.
    I don’t like all of his moves or lineups, but I think all in all Torre does a good job. What leader do you know that you agree with 100% of the time? Even if you voted for a president of the US whoever that president was at any point in your life I doubt you will be 100% happy with their moves.
    It’s the entirety of their leadership that I judge & I think Torre while he does make moves I doubt, he has success.

  65. rwbjr9

    Thank You also oldbrooklynfan !!!
    I am also a old Brooklyn Dodger fan ….
    Long, long, long time ago….

  66. vl4ecc

    Trying too much multi-tasking this evening….
    Welcome to our world rwbjr9! Hardly ever a dull moment here. Just a great all around blend of opinions, views, vents, rants & raves, and lots of humor.

  67. enchantedbeaver

    I’ll grant you that collie – players have to execute or it always looks bad. Sometimes you just get beat. Its his stubborness to always stay with the vet no matter how bad they’re going. Or for instance who and how he used his PHs in Kersh’s game the other day. Double switches he doesn’t make. It also appears he still doesn’t know his personnel. Now me, there are several other managers I’d prefer over Torre – Scioscia and Girardi for two.

  68. vl4ecc

    Only 72 at this time enchanted. Only hit mid 80’s today, but humidity was though the roof with all the rain off & on. Only saw the sun for a short short today.
    Billz trying to walk a tightrope here.

  69. rwbjr9

    Joe is doing it again —– he is leaving his pitcher in too long!!!!! Bills is obviously gassed !!!!!

  70. vl4ecc

    If it wasn’t for alot of sparkling ‘D’ from the boys in blue, Billz would be in much deeper kimchee.

  71. boblee4014

    When Billz ever gets control of his pitches, he will be a good pitcher. Control and pitch count hurts him every game.

  72. colliethec

    I have always wanted Scioscia. I had hoped for Girardi when he was available. But what is out there now isn’t as good as what we have with Torre IMO.
    I fully agree with the questioning of some of his moves but once again he’s in the clubhouse and talking with the players. They aren’t all chess pieces and you just move them based on the situation. Sometimes you have to judge where they are mentally and what the situation that they are in. Sometimes you go on a hunch and do things to build confidence in the player. & sometimes those things burn you… Somtimes they don’t.

  73. shad80

    I can’t believe Vinny said 2 quick strike and than the count was just 1-1 is ok Vinny we know you’re old. You see why Torre have to burn the bullpen are pitchers can’t seem to go 7.

  74. rwbjr9

    What a novel idea – Take your pitcher out when he appears tired……
    Just like Enchanted said — Scoiscia would be a better choice as a coach …..

  75. colliethec

    Hello there rwbjr9.
    The statement that rwbjr9 made is my point here. He left in Bills & some are going to blame him for leaving him in to long. But… if he pulled Bills there and the bully gave up the lead, he would of been blasted for pulling the ace of the staff at only 106 pitches.
    Yes that’s a lot of pitches but when he pulled Kersh when he was around 100+ pitches earlier in the year and the bully blew up he was roasted.
    I fully feel that he should of stayed with Bills there. He’s your ace. He’s your bull. Sometimes as a player when your Manager puts his faith in you in those situations you grow and become a better player. Your team mates see that and also appreciate that he does that.
    Just my opinion. I know it’s not the most agreed upon one.

  76. shad80

    Torre is notorious for burning the bullpen and tonight we call for him to go to the bullpen and he doesn’t.

  77. shad80

    League Leaders – 2009
    • Ranks 1st in NL in W (9) • Ranks 4th in NL in IP (97.0)
    • Ranks 3rd in NL in SO (96) • Ranks 2nd in NL in BB (42)
    • Ranks 4th in NL in ERA (2.60) • Ranks 5th in NL in W% (.750)

  78. nellyjune

    Good Evening ITD readers and writers!!!! I have been but on the phone with a friend.

    rwbjr9 – Welcome to ITD!!!!!!! ……………..enjoy the ride and if it’s a ride you like, you will want to keep going on it over and over and over again.

    collie – How are you? It’s great to see you!!!!

  79. colliethec

    I’m good Nelly. Nice to see you as well.
    Tru — That sounds like the old Pace commercial! LOL. Enchanted could probably agree seeing as He’s in New Mexico.

  80. rwbjr9

    collie —- your missing my point completely !!!!
    I Wrote my entry before Bills allowed the 3 runs ….
    I have watched him pitch his whole career and I could see that he was done….
    What I am saying is that Joe should be able to do the same… THATS HIS JOB !!!!!

  81. 32and53fan

    I guess the wussybat song struck fear in the hearts of the Angels, thus the IBB. Most be reverse psychology.

  82. nellyjune

    You are leaving again…………..? Your father just walked in the door, and he doesn’t look happy.

  83. colliethec

    This game isn’t over yet. Remember Ferk has already hit one this game and he’s leading it off. The O-Dog is ripping lately and The Beard follows. Remember, we are never out of a game…

  84. dodgereric





    We’re 0 for 7 w/RISP tonight, but we’re gonna come back against Junie’s pal RIGHT NOW!!!!!

  85. 32and53fan

    It sucks being a pitcher. One “aw crap” (hanging a pitch right over the middle, waist high) erases 100 attaboys (painting the black; making batters chase low and away breaking balls.)

  86. colliethec

    Come on gang… Don’t get down!!!
    Let’s Go Dodgers!!!!!
    Let’s Go Dodgers!!!!!
    Let’s Go Dodgers!!!!!

  87. dodgereric

    I wash born here, an I wash raished here, and dad gum it, I am gonna die here, an no sidewindin’ bushwackin’, hornswagglin’ cracker croaker is gonna rouin me bishen cutter.

  88. dodgereric

    My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.

  89. 32and53fan

    Dodgereric – I think the mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state-appointed shrink is our friend. 🙂

  90. dodgereric

    It hurts when your ace doesn’t pitch like one. I don’t know if anyone else was counting, but 2 of the 4 runs Billz surrendered were lead-off walks. And one of the other two was put on board via a walk as well.

  91. colliethec

    I was counting Eric. They are my hated ones… walks especially lead off ones… especially lead off ones after your team scored the inning before.
    Shut down innings are important so you team can get momentum and get on a roll.

  92. nellyjune

    Good Night oldbrooklynfan!!! Just think, a week from tomorrow you will be at Dodger Stadium. Take Care and have Sweet Dodger Dreams.

  93. 32and53fan

    collie – Mike Scioscia’s bible is “The Dodger Way to Play Baseball” by Al Campanis. He plays classic Dodger baseball better than we do.

  94. nellyjune

    32and53 – Yes, he does!!

    dodgereric – let’s hope our Weaver brother has better stuff tomorrow than their Weaver brother.

  95. colliethec

    Yes he does 32&53. My lame joke was that they came from behind and their bully shut us down. That is the way we’ve been winning. Late…
    I love & wanted Scioscia as the head coach, Hersh as the pitching coach and Gibby as the hitting coach. That would of been fun but that didn’t happen and won’t now so oh well.

  96. dodgereric

    Good night Brooklyn!

    I agree dc! It drives me crazy. OK, it’s not a LONG drive. More of a short putt.

    32, that’s a fact. Remember back in the fifth (or fourth or sixth). Right after Furc’s HR, Hudson doubled. No outs. Blake grounded a 1-0 pitch to third. Horrible at bat. Ethier’s grounder up the middle would have scored Odog. Really bad baseball, and I see us do that a lot.

  97. perumike

    Yeah eric, but on the playground we can’t admit any weakness. All anyone needs to know is that ours is better! 🙂

  98. dodgereric

    As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.

    …….wait, not that one………..

    After all… tomorrow is another day.

  99. dodgereric

    OK, it’s plain that Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Blazing Saddles are poor replacements for the Hollywood Squares. Maybe it’s not the quotes, maybe we need kahli here!

  100. perumike

    Eric, not directed at you, that’s one of my favorite lines from Tommy Boy. The second quote was Bartholomew Simpson. 🙂

  101. nellyjune

    I like the Monty Python and Blazing Saddles quotes. We used to have movies nights too……..on days we lost last season.

  102. dodgereric

    Oh, well, you can’t blame me for thinking that can you?

    No June Darlin’, I just gnawed ’em like a horse’s bit.

  103. 32and53fan

    “The teacher should make a concerted effort never to lose his temper in the presence of the class. If a man, he may take refuge in profane soliloquies. If a woman, she may follow the example of one sweet-faced tranquil girl who went out in the yard and gnawed a post.”
    – William Lyon Phelps

  104. nellyjune

    Gotcha Eric!!!!

    32and53 – I had lost my temper plenty in front of my class this past year, but until then, it had been a very rare occasion in all the years I have been teaching. However, instead of gnawing on a post, I would just bang my head against the wall :))))

  105. nellyjune

    Time warp again. My LOL posted before your “profane soliloquies” remark, but why would I LOL before I saw it. It looks like I am reading your mind again.

  106. dodgereric

    Funny, I’ve never seen Tommy Boy either. Most everyone I know has liked it, but we’ve never crossed paths.

  107. 32and53fan

    [the boys have set a trap for Lumpy and are trying to lure him out of the house ]
    Wally Cleaver: [shouting] Lumpy! Hey, Lumpy! C’mon out, Lumpy!
    Fred Rutherford: Gwendoline, what’s that?
    Gwen Rutherford: Sounds like somebody calling.
    Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver: [shouting] Lumpy, dumpy, the big fat hairy ape!
    Fred Rutherford: Must be for Clarence.
    Wally Cleaver: [shouting] Hey, Meathead! Meathead!
    Gwen Rutherford: Might be for you, dear.

  108. dodgereric

    Well June, you know how boys are. They’re probably off with Eddie somewhere………

    Eddie Haskell: Wally, if your dumb brother tags along, I’m gonna – oh, good afternoon, Mrs. Cleaver. I was just telling Wallace how pleasant it would be for Theodore to accompany us to the movies.

  109. nellyjune

    You know Ward Dear……..there is just something about Eddie that just isn’t right. What is he up to? Something not good I am sure.

  110. 32and53fan

    June Cleaver: Wally, where are you going?
    Wally Cleaver: I’m going over to slug Eddie.
    June Cleaver: That’s no way to talk, this is Sunday.
    Wally Cleaver: You’re right, I’ll wait ’til tomorrow and slug him in the cafeteria.

  111. shad80

    Los Angeles Dodgers
    Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO #P AVG OBP
    J Pierre LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 23 .327 .385
    R Furcal SS 4 1 2 2 1 0 12 .248 .319
    O Hudson 2B 4 0 3 0 0 0 13 .316 .391
    C Blake 3B 4 0 0 1 1 3 21 .299 .363
    A Ethier RF 4 0 0 0 1 1 15 .266 .359
    M Kemp CF 4 0 1 0 1 1 24 .310 .375
    J Loney 1B 4 1 1 1 0 1 16 .281 .347
    R Martin C 3 1 1 0 1 0 13 .240 .353
    M Jones DH 2 0 0 0 0 2 10 .250 .400
    a-M Loretta PH-DH 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 .244 .359

    What’s the heck Pierre took on average of 5.75 pitches tonight?

  112. dodgereric

    Or maybe something like this…….

    Ward Cleaver: I’m going to change my clothes and finish painting those trash cans myself; the boys ran out on the job.
    June Cleaver: Well dear you can’t blame them too much, they went over to see the big fire at the lumber yard.
    Ward Cleaver: Fire?
    June Cleaver: Yes, they couldn’t resist it, and after all they are just boys.
    Ward Cleaver: Tom Corton’s lumber yard?
    June Cleaver: Yes, it’s been on the radio. Why, they’ve called out fire companies from all over.
    Ward Cleaver: Well it must be quite a fire.
    June Cleaver: Yes, it must be.
    Ward Cleaver: June, I wonder if you’d go out to the garage and put those brushes in some turpentine, I won’t be too long. (Rushes out the back door.)
    June Cleaver: Once a boy always a boy.

  113. nellyjune

    Ward Cleaver: How’d the fishing go Beav?
    Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver: Great Dad. We didn’t catch any fish, but Larry and I saw a man slip on a wet rock and heard everything he said.

  114. dodgereric

    My own personal favorite………

    Eddie Haskell: Not me! Your father doesn’t like me.
    Wally Cleaver: Why would you say that?
    Eddie Haskell: On account of the way he looks at me when he opens the door. Sometimes I think he’d be happier to see Kruschev standing there.

  115. nellyjune

    Yes, that is a good one.

    Ward Cleaver: Let’s face it, June, Wally and Eddie have been friends for four or five years now – nothing’s ever really happened.
    June Cleaver: But Eddie has that look about him that makes you think something’s always about to happen.

  116. dodgereric

    Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver: You know something, Wally? I’d rather do nothin’ with you than somethin’ with anybody else.

  117. nellyjune

    [Ward has arrived home from work and is reading the mail in the living room, unbeknownst to June and Wally who have just come down the stairs]
    June Cleaver: Now Wally, I want you to go in the living room and pick up those orange peels that you left on the coffee table. If your father comes home and sees them he’ll be in a terrible mood all through dinner.
    Wally Cleaver: Yeah, I don’t want him hollerin’ at me again.
    [June sees Ward in the living room, who has overheard their exchange]
    June Cleaver: [sheepishly] Hello Dear. I was upstairs, I didn’t know you were home.
    Ward Cleaver: Oh yes, the monster has returned to his cave.

  118. nellyjune

    Wally Cleaver: Hi Dad. I didn’t do anything.
    Ward Cleaver: Why do you say that?
    Wally Cleaver: Well, I don’t know, but, uh, you have that look on your face like somebody did something.

  119. nellyjune

    This one could definitely apply to our Beav as well…………..

    Ward Cleaver: Beaver, you know what Larry was doing was wrong. You could have stopped him.
    Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver: Gee, Dad, I have enough trouble keeping myself good without keeping all the other kids good.

  120. colliethec

    Nelly — You’ve never seen Tommy Boy???
    How could you not!!!!
    Stupid but AWESOME!!!!
    Good night all. Time to make a trek to the airport to picj up my Bro.
    Have a great day tomorrow!!
    Enjoyed the debate/conversation. Wish it could of come with a win!

  121. 32and53fan

    Whether or not it is true or not, my favorite is:
    “Ward, don’t you think you were a little hard on the Beaver last night?”
    When Barbara Billingsley was asked about June Cleaver’s remark, the TV mom replied, “I don’t remember saying it, but I must have, I’ve seen it on t-shirts.”

  122. nellyjune

    Good Night Collie – Have a great time with your brother!!!

    I posted this earlier, but it got lost in the blogosphere somewhere sure to appear somewhere where it won’t make sense.

  123. nellyjune

    I would have to agree with that. Most of the notes that went home this year were not because of good behavior.

  124. northstateblues

    Not that I could make out an MLB lineup if my life depended on it, but it’s crazy that we batted our potentially-power-hitting DH in the 9th spot, and then pulled him out, nullifying the Dodgers’ right to a DH for the rest of the game, when it was likely this could’ve ended up a tie game after 9 innings.

    Hope we don’t make that mistake again.

  125. northstateblues

    Not that I could make out an MLB lineup if my life depended on it, but it’s crazy that we batted our potentially-power-hitting DH in the 9th spot, and then pulled him out, nullifying the Dodgers’ right to a DH for the rest of the game, when it was likely this could’ve ended up a tie game after 9 innings.

    Hope we don’t make that mistake again.


    Good morning all ITD’ers!

    Last night’s loss can only be pinned on one player, and that is Billz. He’s probably as good as we have, but his recent performance has not been up to an ace pitcher rating. Consider that three of his walks scored, and enough said. I know he’s still developing, but as far as I’m concerned he’s not yet All-Star material, nor a 20 win prospect by any stretch. We still need help in the way of a starting pitcher for the rest of the season, and there hardly seems anybody in sight who could be counted on to help.

    Looks like Jones’ tryout was short lived and probably proves that his place is permanently at AAA. Maybe we should have kept Hoffmann, and shame that Paul came down with the infection that could ruin his season. Unfortunately it demonstrates that we really don’t have a sound outfield prospect in the higher minors – even Repko can no longer be considered one. I suppose that only means that we’ll live or die with Manny with Pierre hanging on in the background and screwing up the works when Torre gives him his two days a week in the starting lineup. I’m still not sure how much improvement Manny will bring, especially since he apparently won’t even commit as to where and when he’ll do his rehab assignment. Does that sound a bit perplexing for a guy who will have been sitting out almost a third of the season? All the concern seems to be about how he’ll be able to face the music, meaning media, when he comes back. The difficulty in that is, of course, because he’ll never explain exactly what he did truthfully, and that could become a diversion once he returns. As far as I’m concerned, he’ll be the ‘roider on our team, and we’ll live with it like our friends to the north did with Bonds – ironic, no?

  127. trublu4ever

    Good Morning ITDland. Messagebear ~ I thought Joe was the one who was deciding where Manny was to do his rehab. Joe says he wants what is best for Manny and he should get about 25 at bats in order to be ready to play on the 3rd. I know you and others don’t like him but, he does ignite the offense. The best part of Manny coming back is that Juan won’t be our lead-off man and that is a major plus for us. Even if Juan gets to play a game or two here and there (which I hope doesn’t happen) hopefully Joe will put him down in the order batting 8th or 9th like he did before. I agree with the concerns as far as Chad goes, although I think he is as good as a lot of starters out there. It was MOTA who gave up the dinger to put the Angels ahead. There aren’t many pitchers available so I guess we will have to make do wih what we’ve got. And, you are right about no power bat off the bench. Perhaps Xavier can come back from his infection and contribute in the second half.

  128. thinkingblue

    Good morning ITD’rs….
    I just read ENCHANTED song to MARTIN…..LMAO Wussybat!
    That was hilarious! The sad thing is that now each time I my RUSSY go up and bat I will have that damn song on my head….GOOOOOOOOO WUSSSSSSSY!


    If Furcal and Russ came back to their normal levels of play, it would certainly go a long way toward strengthening our team. There’s some promise in Raffy’s recent games, and last night seemed like a distinctly different batting approach by Russell. Seems like if he waits a bit longer on each pitch before committing himself, he’ll be able to use more of the whole field rather than pulling so many ground balls. Looking forward to tonight’s game, although having Jeff instead of Jered would seem to put us at the disadvantage. So, let’s go against the odds and take this middle game, guys.

  130. trublu4ever

    Messagebear ~ to get you ready, I was going to buy you a Manny shirt when I go on the tour……what size would you like?

  131. Dodger4life

    Good Afternoon Everyone….
    Man that was a dissapointing end to last nights game. I really hate l9osing to the Angels.
    Weaver takes the hill, and having a brother myself, I hate to lose to him as well.
    Rebound Time Tonight!!!!
    Go Get Em Boy’s!!!!
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a great day today and enjoy the game all 🙂


    Good afternoon, all, and early Happy Father’s Day greetings to the ITD fathers out there. It’s been awhile but I just heard something on the radio that made me think of all of you here. I heard an interview with the author Curt Smith who has just written the first, full-length biography of our own Vin Scully entitled “Pull Up A Chair: The Vin Scully Story”. Smith told a lot of great Vin stories, one, in particular, how Vin, as a child, would grab a pillow, graham crackers, and milk, crawl under his parent’s free-standing radio, and listen to Bill Stern’s broadcasts. Have a great day,everyone. GO DODGERS!!!!! BEAT THE O.C!!!!!!!!


    Trublu, you really know how to hurt a guy. Ordinarily I would abide by the saying “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”, but if you really want to buy me a Manny shirt, size won’t matter, because I’d be looking to burn it. Ha Ha.

  134. perumike

    Good gloomy afternoon all! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day, and that we have a better night tonight than last night!

  135. sparkleplenty_1

    Hi everyone!
    We MUST have a better night than last night. I’m going to the game, so just maybe the presence of an ITD’er will bring them luck. Hope so 🙂

  136. crzblue2

    Good afternoon ITD boys and Girls.
    I can’t make myself go to the “Rat House” so no Anaheim for me. I don’t like that place. Very dissapointed with the loss yesterday but hopefully Jeff Weaver will stand up to the challenge and beat those diablitos (little devils).
    My aunt was asking me if I was going to go see the “Ratas con dos patas” (the rats with two feet). haha, I told her the reason I call the stadium “the rat house” is because they had rats because they did not clean their stadium until the following day after a game.
    NSBlues! I also will be sitting in row T! I will be sitting with you all for most of the game but at one point I will go visit with my “Top Deck Family.”
    Bear, Good assessment of Billz, Manny and the outfield situation.

  137. shad80

    Oh look at that, the 2nd worst bullpen in the league blew another save and to think Kerry Wood used to be a 20 games winner with the Cubs to.

  138. trublu4ever

    It’s almost time for Dodger Baseball…………GO DODGERS!!!!!
    Has anybody seen our lineup for tonight?


    this is the lineup on foxsports.. i hope its wrong. kemp b atting 9th??

    1. J Pierre, LF
    2. R Furcal, SS
    3. O Hudson, 2B
    4. J Loney, 1B
    5. C Blake, 3B
    6. A Ethier, RF
    7. M Loretta, DH
    8. R Martin, C
    9. M Kemp, CF


    Pierre, LF
    Furcal, SS
    Hudson, 2B
    Loney, 1B
    Blake, 3B
    Ethier, RF
    Loretta, DH
    Martin, C
    Kemp, C


    They should have given Russell the silent treatment in the dugout like they do to the rookies when they hit their first home run in the majors.

  142. crzblue2

    ok, is this weird. True is answering brooklynfan but true’s post comes before brooklynfan. Is it me or the wine I am having :-)?

  143. crzblue2

    lol Sara.
    I am watching the game upstairs and my brother is watching downstairs. The tv downstairs is ahead of the one here so I know when something good is going to happen ’cause he claps first haha.


    oldbrooklynfan, it was when you were mentioning that they gave russell the silent treatment for a bit

  145. boblee4014

    I just got in from a trip. What??????????????? Russell hit a long one. WOW Hard to believe It took 68 games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    that’s what they get for pitching to andre with first base open.. dre’s first triple!

  147. shad80

    Damn if it wasn’t for Pierre we could had 2 extra runs with Ethier score with Pierre and I just notice that Sara had Kemp Catching when she posted the lineup.

  148. shad80

    It was more than 68 games don’t forget to add last year to it and I think he went like over 600+ ab’s without one in the reg season.


    shad, i cut and paste that from the PE dodgers blog, so they had the typo.. i didn’t even notice it..

  150. shad80

    I was about to be mad if you we didn’t score that runner on 3rd and damn Kemp should had did with Werth did lol.

  151. shad80

    I was about to be mad if you didn’t score that runner on 3rd and damn Kemp should had did with Werth did lol.

  152. shad80

    That’s 1 2 more to go Belisario let show these Angels who have the best bullpen against these 2 with the Angels having the worst.

  153. shad80

    Actually I don’t think he will get credit for the hold since the tying run wasn’t at the plate and we had a 4 runs lead but they should give it to him anyway.


    vin scully: “this is SOME lineup when you have matt kemp batting 9th..”


    i don’t know what joe was really thinking batting kemp 9th.. maybe he was thinking of him as that 2nd leadoff hitter.. or he was thinking he would be good protection for russell.. whatever he was thinking.. both russell and matt have had good nights batting at the bottom of the order


    trublu, the rockies are a lot like us.. you can never count them out.. they’ve come from behind to win a lot lately..

  157. koufax1963

    Wow more than a one run lead, Martin hits a HR, and then bases loaded and no runs come through, yes its Dodger Baseball. This must be a tune up for Brox, He can shut the front door here and shut the back door tomorrow! Lets Go Dodgers! Yahooo!

  158. koufax1963

    Yes happy father’s day, especially Brox, Glad he gets this potential blown save out of the way!

  159. shad80

    Time for enchanescernes Go Rangers I know you want payback from us taking 2 out of 3 and what a good payback is to kill the Giants.

  160. crzblue2

    I can breathe eaiser now. Jerred first loss at Angel Stadium.
    Take a look at the two pictures I posted in my blog from Dodger fans at the last Dodger/Angel game at Dodger Stadium. I like the t-shirt the guy is sporting

  161. trublu4ever

    Me too, I want to wish all the Dads out there a Happy Fathers Day. I’m making my husband barbecue! LOL

  162. shad80

    Oh man is screw up just because of the 2 Weaver’s.

    First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: J Weaver 8/19; R Belisario 6/8; R Troncoso 3/4; J Broxton 4/5; J Weaver 18/28
    Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes

    First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: J Weaver 8/19; J Weaver 18/28; K Jepsen 2/1; R Thompson 5/9; R Rodriguez 3/3

  163. Dodger4life

    Nice Job Weaver!!!!! Nice Job Russ!!!!! Nice Job Team!!!!
    LET’S KEEP ON KEEP’N ON !!!!!!!!
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!
    BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!!!!

  164. nellyjune

    Good Evening ITD readers and writers!!!!

    Fabulous win tonight. I was at my daughter’s volleyball tournament in Sacramento, but I was getting updates as our team was doing all the good things. When I first saw Russell hit his first home run, I thought as many of you did. It was enchanted’s song – lol!!! Anyhow, Russell did great tonight, and it seems like Weaver, Jeff Weaver, settled down real well after those first few innings. Also, it looks like everyone contributed to the win tonight in some way so that is just fabulous!!!!

  165. sparkleplenty_1

    A very happy good evening to any who are here.
    I was at the game tonight and just got home. GREAT win tonight. It was a true team effort. The guys were not just sitting back in the dugout watching – they were at the railing and cheering! It was wonderful to see. It was SO good to see Russy get his first home run – and when Andre hit his triple, I was so excited I was screaming – and that is NOT my personality at all. Thankfully there were a bunch of Dodger fans which drowned out the very rude Angel fans near us.
    Happy Dodger dreams – “see” you all tomorrow!

  166. 32and53fan

    Nice win for the boys tonight.
    I went to a free concert in the park so I missed the game.
    I am watching the replay now. Bottom of the first, 0-1 Angels.

  167. kpookiemon

    Of all the things I’ve done in my life, having a son is the most wonderful. Pure grace. Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and sons and daughters out there. Break up the Rockies….

  168. boblee4014

    Good morning IDT’ers. Great win for Weaver and the Dodgers last night. Nothing beats experience when it comes to winning.
    Only 10 more games and Manny will be back. I hope this experience Manny went thru doesn’t drastically effect his performance when he comes back. It all depends how the fans except him. 2 or 3 well placed home runs on his return would be a great way to put the doubters in their place.
    With Manny coming back and Russell starting to sting the ball along with Furcal’s better hitting we will be unstopable.
    We need a win tonight begore we go play the Sox.
    Go Dodgers

  169. Dodger4life

    Good Morning ITD, Dodger Faithful, and Good Morning Dodgers 🙂
    Happy Fathers Day to all…..
    That game last night was such a pleasure to watch, I am glad to see the seasoned Weaver come out on top, Way To Go Team!!!!
    Lets give Kershaw some support tonight and take it to the Halo’s again!!!!
    GO DODGERS!!!!!
    Have a great day today everyone and enjoy the game :))))

  170. sparkleplenty_1

    Good morning everyone. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

  171. trublu4ever

    A Happy Father’s Day to all of you ITD Dads! Kersh is going to hve his “A” game today and we are going to beat those Halos on National TV!!!!!!

  172. Dodger4life

    LETS WIN BOY’S!!!!!!!!!!
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  173. kpookiemon

    O-dog pointed to his eyes when he made out at first…meaning, hard to see the pitches, I’m sure. Kershaw had better throw strikes because the Angle hitters won’t see the ball anyway. Walks will be a huge gift at this point in the late afternoon.

  174. booboochen

    Good to see Kobe sitting behind the Dodger Dugout although he lives in Orange County. Let’s hope he brings some good Karma to the Blue.

  175. booboochen

    Good to see Kobe sitting behind the Dodger Dugout although he lives in Orange County. Let’s hope he brings some good Karma to the Blue.

  176. sparkleplenty_1

    Darn, I forgot about Bluetopia. Thanks for the reminder, Shad. I know it’s supposed to run again. Do you know when that will be?

  177. shad80

    Wow the Phillies got swept again and at home making it -6 at home and I would love to see the Ray sweep them since I had them winning the WS last year.

  178. sparkleplenty_1

    Kersh is getting outs and keeping his pitch count under control up to now. IMHO, that’s what he needs to do.
    Way to go JP!

  179. shad80

    Damn Pierre I hate when they be aggresive in taken the extra base but you should know Pierre number 2 is not in LF.

  180. vl4ecc

    I was thinking the same thing sparkle. Nothing personal against Russ, but tonights starting battery worked well. It worked quite well the last time they hooked up too.

  181. trublu4ever

    Nice game Dodgers! Way to go. Two out of three from the Big Bad Angels, not too shabby!!!!! Dodger Blue thru & thru!!!!

  182. Dodger4life

    WAY TO GO KERSHAW and CREW!!!!!!!
    GO DODGERS!!!!
    BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!!

  183. shad80

    What a loser this guy is because of Kobe rooting for the Dodgers and this guy been a Lakers fan since 1972 but what did he really think Kobe going to root for?

  184. nellyjune

    Good Evening ITD readers and writers!!!!

    Once again, it’s great to come home listening to a Dodger win. Our KNBR (Bay Area Radio Station) had our game on because it was ESPN broadcasting it. What a fantastic gamen that was. Dodgers never make it easy, but it is fun to watch, especially when it results in a win. Thanks Dodger Blue for making it easy on our So-Cal Dodger fans (Dodgereric in particular) who have to deal with those pesky Angels Fans at work tomorrow.

    Total off topic, but this was kind of cool. On the way home from Sacramento, we were passing this whole line of semi-trucks. Guess what trucks they were?……………………the NASCAR trucks going home from Sonoma. If I would have been paying closer attention earlier on, I probably would have seen more individual truks, but it was pretty cool seeing a whole stream of about 10 of them. The only ones I knew right away were Michael Waltrip’s (Napa) and David Ruetemann (Aaron’s) because I didn’t make the connection to what they were until I saw the Napa truck (with Michael’s name going across the trailer). I was hoping to see one of my favorites during the rest of the trip home, but that didn’t happen.

    Anyhow – just another fantastic win by our Dodgers tonight, and on National TV makes it even sweeter. Got to give credit to JP tonight for his two RBI doubles, Kersh for an outstanding night on the mound, and of course Big Game James for his two run HR, which I didn’t know had controversy until just a few minutes ago. Brox – thanks for staying strong and finishing it up the way that you know how to do it.


  185. dodgereric

    I agree. Thanks to the Dodgers! Now, all I have to do tomorrow is make a comment like, “Sure is quiet in here this morning. Wonder why?”

    Cool seeing those trucks, Junie! Not that it matters much, but Waltrip’s car was driven by Patrick Carpentier this week.

  186. nellyjune

    Good Evening!!! I didn’t get to see the race, but I saw the results…………………not a bad outcome at all. I heard Denny was out in front for a while, but I saw our boys took 4th and 5th. I was glad to see Kasey take one. He’s on my fantasy team too……….two top 5 finishes this week for my team should do me well.
    Those trucks were awesome!! It would have been great to see that Lowe’s truck or FedEx truck.

    How was your Father’s Day?

  187. nellyjune

    I know you are always happy when the Dodgers win, but I know these games are especially nice when co-workers are involved as fans of the other team.

  188. shad80

    Estes retired on Friday, the LA Daily News reports.

    Recommendation: Estes, an spring training NRI, was effective at Albequerque with a 3.07 ERA over 73.1 innings. It’s unclear why he chose to retire, as he likely could have contributed to the bullpen later in the season.

    ( Fri, Jun 19

    Estes retired on Friday, the LA Daily News reports.

    Recommendation: Estes, a spring training NRI, was effective at Albequerque with a 3.07 ERA over 73.1 innings. It’s unclear why he chose to retire, as he likely could have contributed to the bullpen later in the season.

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