The Stars Come Out…

Two games for the prices of one…the Hollywood Stars softball game is before the real game tonight, with Orlando Hudson and Randy Wolf serving as the managers for the two respective teams. Randy gets told a lot that he looks like one of the participants – Ian Ziering from 90210. It’s actually kind of spooky…but what do you think?

Anyway, here’s the lineup for the real game tonight:

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Kemp, CF

Kuroda, P




    The last time I attended Hollywood Stars night I have to admit I did not know most of the celebrities. And how long has it been a softball game? Years ago it was a regular (but only 3 inning) baseball game. Anyway, all in good fun. I will be there but probably won’t get there in time to see much of the celebrity game.


    With the teams in second and third place playing each other, a Dodger win means increasing the division lead over one of those teams. No lead is big enough.


    Anybody watching the Fox game in Philly? I wonder what that jerk Philly fan that gets on here has to say about that?


    Somebody in the Philadelphia crowd is shining a light, a pointer or something like it, in Lugo’s and then Pujol’s eyes when they were at bat. I wonder how that wimp rationalizes that.

  5. trublu4ever

    Shad ~ Somebody blasted a laser light on Lugo when he was at bat (he said it was the second time). Just about chest high. Lucky he wasn’t hit in the eye with it. Shows what classless fans the Phillies have!

  6. shad80

    Wow did I just hear a fan at CBP had a laser pointer at the game? It look like Cards/Phillies fans are pissed.

  7. nellyjune

    I actually dislike them more than the Giants, and it is too bad because they have some very nice players, but some of their fans can be real asssholes, and it kind of ruins the team.
    GO CARDINALS!!!!!! I guess we won’t be saying that in a few days, will we? LOL!!!!!

  8. shad80

    I knew Phillies fan were the worst and was it these same fans that threw snowballs, batteries and Santa?

  9. oldbrooklynfan

    Hi Everybody
    Tonight I’m rooting for the Rockies to beat the Giants, because I’d rather they get into the postseason than the Giants.
    I’m also anti Cardinal.
    I hope Kuroda can be at least as good as he was his last time out and maybe even better.
    I’ll miss at least the start of tomorrow’s game and most likely most of the game, too bad because I would’ve really like to see Schmidt’s second start.
    Meanwhile LET”S GO YA BUMS


    OK, it’s about time that Kuroda started earning his money. If you don’t go at least seven tonight and blow away the fish, it may be time to take you to the woodshed, and, guess what, we now have a couple of bullwhips there since Nelly suggested it. Have your translator translate that, Hiroki!

  11. oldbrooklynfan

    O yes, I thought that was Randy Wolf he looks very much like this actor Ian Ziering.
    Probably because I’ve never seen this guy before, I at first thought it was Wolf with and without a shave.
    Oh Well I just don’t have time to watch T.V.

  12. vl4ecc

    B4B~I see some similarity between Randy & Ian, but I always thought he looks more like a younger version of “Opie Cunningham” – aka a younger Ron Howard when he had more hair.
    I hope Kuroda’s bringing his ‘A’ game tonight.

  13. trublu4ever

    Posting tonight is not going to be much fun with this time warp I’m in……….way to go Orlando!

  14. bluecrewgirl

    vl4, Wolf does look a bit like Ron Howard in his younger days. Nelly, I read your post on the previous thread and I was saying the same thing to a friend of mine that’s a Dodger fan that it seems like Andre is kicking his leg up more when he swings lately. Not sure if it’s a coincidence, but he’s really been locked in since the yoga session at Dodger Stadium last Saturday. I know it really helps with my stress when I go to yoga and today was the first day I’ve been able to go in a while because I’ve been working late a lote lately. Maybe he should do it more often during the regular season.

  15. nellyjune

    bluecrewgirl – I don’t know the first thing about Yoga, but something is working for Andre. Even his outs lately have been good at-bats, which is wonderful to see.

  16. bluecrewgirl

    I agree, he’s having the kind of at bats we’ve come to expect from him and still hitting for power too. He looks much more relaxed and is trusting in that textbook swing at the plate.

  17. aeversw

    Oh yes Casey Blake the Rally Killer. I’m getting so sick of watching him struggle in key situations. It would have been nice to see Matt Kemp up in that situation but that just makes too much ******* sense.

  18. shad80

    I guess it time for Blake to bat 8th again and we never had this problem when he was over .300 and we wanted him to move up in the order.

  19. nellyjune

    bluecrewgirl – exactly!! He is trusting what he knows while still hitting for power. I was reading an article today that talked about the manager from Seattle, and how he knew Andre when he was 12 years old playing in Arizona. He said he knew then he had the talent to make it to the majors. He also commented on his 3 HR game he had against them, and he said what was amazing is each of his three homeruns was hit off of a different pitcher, which showed great discipline.

  20. shad80

    I still think Santana going to be a stud to bad we let him go. All this talk about Martin getting traded this is why we need to keep him.

  21. vl4ecc

    Blake is just having a tough stretch lately. He’ll come around. No one can stay red hot throughout a season. I’m not forgetting all the offensive spark he brought during Manny’s absence. Look how pathetic Furcal was till just a short time ago. Hudson cooled off quite a bit too. I just hope Martin improves. Talk about ICE COLD!

  22. aeversw

    Casey should have never been moved from the 8 spot. He’s an extremely streaky hitter and he’s was on pace this year to have a career year at the age of 36. His hot streak obviously wasn’t going to last because 36 year olds don’t have career years. Joe bats him 4th, 5th, or 6th because he’s a “veteran” and gives the team “quality at bats” which should be called “quality outs”….Speaking of Blake, how nice would it be right now to still have Carlos Santana in our system. He would have been a great centerpiece in a deal for Roy Halladay. Instead we shipped him to Cleveland because Frank didn’t want to pay Blake 2 million dollars.

  23. oldbrooklynfan

    Kuroda looks good.
    I think these games against the Marlins, Cardinals and Braves will give us a pretty good idea how far the Dodgers can go this year.

  24. nellyjune

    You know his last 5 at bats, Andre has gotten on base, including 3 2Bs, and nobody has knocked him in yet.

  25. aeversw

    So Casey has 3 home runs since June 3rd…Matt Kemp has 7 with a .324 batting average to boot. But what do I or anyone of us know as Ned said Thats why we’re on the internet. Of course most of us on here knew Juan Pierre would be a horrible signing and guess what Ned?? HE WAS!


    Thanks, All Star catcher!
    I so wish you’d be heading up to Canada – I don’t much care who we get back for you. You miserable sh**!

  27. truebluewill

    Just turned the game on. Bad error by Martin, should have been the third out. At least I didn’t miss all the runs the Dodgers are GOING to score.

  28. nellyjune

    Vin just had to find a way to get JP mentioned in the game.

    aeversw – maybe it’s payback for Andre for all those times he left guys stranded πŸ™‚

  29. aeversw

    I hear you messagebear…Russ can never thrown the ball right to second. He only makes a good thrown when he gets lucky. Even if he made a accurate throw and Cantu was safe the run wouldn’t have scored because they wouldn’t have ran on bison.

  30. oldbrooklynfan

    Kuroda is doing his job so far, couldn’t ask for much more than 8 Ks in 4 innings.
    Hope we haven’t lost the chance to get to VandenHurk.

  31. aeversw

    Wow horrible. James Loney is the slowest guy on the field and joe hits and runs with him. Does he watch the same games we do every night?

  32. aeversw

    and now Matty comes up with no one on and will get crappy pitches to hit because the pitcher is behind him.

  33. trublu4ever

    truebluewill ~ we hve been saying that for quite some time now but Joe won’t listen to us! lol

  34. aeversw

    Just give up russ. You can’t throw anyone out. You’re more likely to make an error then make an out. Carlos Santana where are you?!?! O yeah in Cleveland.

  35. aeversw

    Well Russ’s bad arm has cost us 2 runs tonight…Im sure if Joe gets asked if he’s concerned about Russ’ inability to throw someone out Joe will say he isn’t because Joe doesn’t pay attention to the game. He’s too busy thinking about New York.

  36. nellyjune

    Kuo’s Birthday was Thursday. He is now 28, and Chad’s birthday is this coming Wednesday (29th). He will be 25.

  37. nellyjune

    At least we found out Manny can throw it to home plate. We can’t say the same thing about his replacement.

  38. oldbrooklynfan

    Kuroda still looks good, I’d say they’re just outplaying us.
    Maybe Mota can get a win on his birthday.

  39. vl4ecc

    kahli ~ I’m thinking along the same line. This 20 game stretch is going to be a helluva grind, especially on the bullpen.

  40. kpookiemon

    Joe, please let Kuroda start the 7th. Your bullpen is going to implode. In a stretch of 20 games in the 20 days. Kuroda rested for two months. Joe? JOE?????

  41. kpookiemon

    Joe’s current flavor of the month, Mota, will end up on the DL with the rest of them. Joe, you are one myopic Magoo. The BP guys will look like old, beaten down nags frothing at the mouth come late September.

  42. aeversw

    I wouldn’t have taken Kuroda out either. He was crusing and Blake Dewitt wasn’t going to be difference in the game with 2 outs and a runner on first. Joe’s going to burn through the pen..

  43. trublu4ever

    Joe and Tony (Cardinals) are cut from the same mold……Tony just had to take his pitcher out today too and ending up getting blown out! Six pitchers through 7 innings, not good baseball to me. I think Tony is the most over-rated manager in baseball.

  44. aeversw

    Scott Stapp sucks I had to mute the TV. Please stop God Bless America during the 7th inning if you are going to have horrible singers butcher it. Nancy Bea Hefley is all we need. Also, the Dodgers didn’t even do God Bless America during the 7th inning until, surprise, Obama was elected. So obviously McCourt started it in support of Obama and not the country.

  45. dodgereric

    Well, I’m not in a warp, but there’s 8 posts after mine.


    Can you get someone to fix this time warp problem? It’s virtually impossible to have conversations when people are posting 7-8 minutes apart.

  46. nellyjune

    Andre is 14 for his last 23 at-bats, and his 6 for 7, with a walk for this series so far. I think it is safe to say he is no longer slumpy.

  47. oldbrooklynfan

    I’ve lost MLB.TV right after Bonifacio fouled out to Russell in the top of the 8th.
    Score was 3-3, anything new.

  48. bluecrewgirl

    Agreed, Nelly. The slump torch has been passed onto to Blake. It must be tough on a player to go through those times.

  49. nellyjune

    Good Evening Ward Dear. I didn’t see you come in. You must have come in through the time warp machine again.

  50. oldbrooklynfan

    I didn’t miss much.
    I hope someday they improve this MLB.TV thing.
    At least that’s all I got.

  51. nellyjune

    However, dodgereric, my computer clock is saying 10:01, and the post I just saying good evening says 10:06.

  52. nellyjune

    red pen – the whole sentence is screwed up. …………should say “where I said good evening” – sorry. This might be an indication it is time to go back to school.

  53. truebluewill

    oldbrooklynfan, my cut out. I missed the bottom of the 7th and most of the top of the 8th. now I can only get the Marlin feed. What about you?

  54. nellyjune

    They say three times is a charm. I am now stuck in an “submission error” war. I think this is worse than the time warp issue.

    Anyhow – another fabulous come from behind win. Our pitching was awesome tonight, and everybody helping to get it done tonight.

    Andre is just rockin’ right now. It is really good to see.

  55. dodgereric

    shad – ODog is hitting .412 now since the game before the All-Star game. You’re right, it IS good to see him hitting well again.

  56. nellyjune

    Dodgereric – PP is due for a start, don’t you think? Joe doesn’t want him to get rusty sitting on that bench.

  57. truebluewill

    Nice win by the Dodgers tonight. It would be great to win the series tomorrow and finish a 7-3 home stand.

  58. dodgereric

    It sure would be, tbwill! Especially with Schmidt going for us. Every win from him is like found money.

    I just looked who’s pitching against us tomorrow. Is everyone on their starting staff huge? Yesterday’s starter was 6’7″, tonight’s was 6’5″. This Chris Volstad character is 6’8″.

  59. truebluewill

    Even though our lead is 9 games over the Rockies it’s nice to see the Giants back by double figures. 10 games.

  60. nellyjune

    They sure are fun to watch when they have moments like those walk-offs. Many were talking about what makes baseball unique, and this might be one of those things. There aren’t too many sports where each game is treated like it’s their last. This team just looks like they are actually having fun out there at times.

  61. shad80

    hahahahaha they were showing some WNBA all stars game replay and Syliva Fowles had a crowd-pleasing dunk with 15 seconds left. The teams cleared the way for her with about 30 seconds to go but she missed her first attempt.

    β€œSue (Bird) looked at me with these big eyes like, β€˜Are you ready to do it? Are you ready to do it?’ and I’m like, β€˜Yeah, yeah, yeah!”’ the 6-foot-6 Chicago Sky star said. β€œI was excited about it that I had a chance to do it in front of the fans and let them see that I can actually dunk.”

  62. nellyjune

    Good Night Trubluewill!!!! Let’s hope the big guy falls tomorrow………….meaning Volstad, of course.

  63. Dodger4life

    Thanks for the link to the story on Rice Eric πŸ™‚
    It was a wonderful read…
    Congratulations to Jim Rice, Rickey Henderson and the late Joe Gordon on bieng selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
    Good Night and God Bless everyone
    BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!

  64. dodgereric

    That “Psycho” Steve Lyons should check his facts before he talks. He just said that all of Broxton’s wins were “legit” wins, not because he blew the save and got the win when we come back. Steve – sorry to tell you that 2 of his 7 wins were exactly that – blown saves. April 28th and May 14.

  65. Dodger4life

    Hello Eric…. We all went ( Nelly, and her family…Jane and her family, Jason and his family~Nelly’s brother and Nancy Nelly’s sister and her daughter, and I had a wonderful time last night. It was a nice little fairgrounds and Jane was nice enough to treat us to funnel cake, which was a first for me.
    I was pleasantly surprised….:-)
    How are you???

  66. shad80

    NOTES: Guillermo Mota(notes) pitched two hitless innings of relief for Los Angeles on his 36th birthday. He has thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings in his last 15 appearances since June 24. … Kuroda got his first hit of the season in the fifth inning. … During the 51st annual Hollywood Stars celebrity softball game, actor Rob Lowe charged the mound and tackled pitcher Dave Annable, his co-star on β€œBrothers & Sisters.” No actors were harmed in the ensuing bench-clearing brawl. Sugar Shane Mosley and Tom Arnold were co-MVPs.

  67. dodgereric

    Actually shad, the second one he came in for the ninth. It was in Philly, we had a 2-run lead going to the bottom of the ninth and he allowed the Phils to tie the game. We scored twice in the 10th and Troncoso pitched the 10th and got the save.

  68. Dodger4life

    They have been exceptionally nice to me and everyone else around them Eric. I cant thank them enough. I hear you get to have breakfast with them in the morning πŸ™‚

  69. nellyjune

    I do have cotton candy sometimes or sometimes we take it home. Tru loves cotton candy!! I rather spend the 5 bucks at the NASCAR Cafe πŸ™‚

    ……….and your family is pretty remarkable themselves dodgereric.

  70. nellyjune

    10 it is Dodgereric. Well, it’s a long race so hopefully you will be home to watch the, sure to be amazing, conclusion.

  71. Dodger4life

    Good Night again all, Nelly and Eric drive safe and get some rest and relaxation this week…. Have fun πŸ™‚

  72. nellyjune

    Good Night again Dodger4life – Take Care and I will keep in touch. Just think……………you will have a whole week of just Dodger baseball. No sharing with gnat fans πŸ™‚

  73. dodgereric

    That’s the one shad! Both coming so early in the season at the time I was remembering Phil “The Vulture” Regan who got himself a lot of wins that way.

    I’ll probably just let the DVR save it and watch it after the Dodger game.

    Goodnight D4! I’m afraid I’ll be cheering for the car that he “owns” instead.

    Speaking of which, I think I’ll hit the rack. God Bless you all!

  74. nellyjune

    Good Night Ward Dear. I will see you in about 10 hours. That’s right!! A day game tomorrow πŸ™‚ Take Care and God Bless to you and yours.

  75. nellyjune

    Good Night and take care to you too Shad. I am going to bed since I have to be up in about 4 and a half hours.

  76. shad80

    Loretta vs Young PH’s this year.

    Loretta 9/39 with the Dodgers.
    Young 10/30 with the Pirates.

    Last year.

    Loretta 11/30 with the Astros.
    Young 14/48 with the Dodgers.

    Career PH.

    Loretta 37 yrs old 41/158.
    Young 27 yrs old 28/93.

  77. shad80

    Sweeney 2007 was 24/76 with SF/LA and last year 12/78 and something is wrong. Why is it that everytime someone that use to be good as a PH the prior year with a different team and once they change uniform and play for us they seems to always suck for us?

  78. trublu4ever

    What a great game last night. Too bad I missed the end of it….bottom of the 9th, Manny up, and I lose both my audio & video! I was livid! Didn’t get to see or hear Casey’s game winning hit!

  79. truebluewill

    That’s too bad tb4ever. I lost mine in the 7th, but was able to get it back by 9th. When that happens I usually restart my computer and it comes back. Just curious where do you live?

  80. trublu4ever

    tbwill ~ I live in California and I usually do start my computer over too but it was the bottom of the 9th and figured it would be over by the time I got back to the game. NellyJune is my daughter. I believe you live in New York. I was born in Brooklyn but left at a very young age. I still have cousins who live there but have lost touch with them over the years.

  81. enchantedbeaver

    Still no Halladay. No Lee. Not even a Washburn. No reliever(s).

    NedCo – Increase success by lowering expectationsβ„’

  82. truebluewill

    tb4 You must live far enough away from LA to be out of the MLB blackout zone. I do live in NY. I spent my whole life in Manhattan. I became a Dodger fan when I was very young (3-4) and they were still in Bklyn. I’ve been a fan ever since.

  83. trublu4ever

    tbwill ~ me too! I’ve been a fan since the Brooklyn days.
    BPB ~ I really think we will get Halladay. If you can believe what you read. I do remember we all thought we were getting CC last year, too! lol

  84. enchantedbeaver

    That’s why I don’t read the rumor stories Tru. I’ll believe something when I see it.

    Hope that little bloop gets Blake going again. Why is it though that he never needs a day off but Loney does? I assume we’ll see both JP in center and Castro at short today. Nice way to back-up Schmidt.

    JP of course is nothing but a wad on the bottom of a shoe who had a great 20-game run and will ride that wave through the next 2+ years. God I hope they don’t resign JoJo to manage beyond next year or will see JP far more than any other team would put up with, all at the expense of better producing players. JP will get his one hit today and promptly get thrown out trying to steal I’m sure.

  85. trublu4ever

    BPB ~ All of the media guys think the Phillies will get Halladay which makes me think they probably won’t. I think we will get somebody, could be Washburn, but JoJo wants a pitcher and JoJo gets what h wants. I wish Joe would leave the starter in today to help Schmidt out as much as we can but, we all know JoJo will probably put in PP as you said.

  86. enchantedbeaver

    I guess I shouldn’t concern myself Tru. Afterall, Estes and Maddux aren’t doing anything right now. I’m sure Ned still has their numbers…


    I’m going to lay this pitching issue squarely on Frank rather than Ned. Joe wanted pitching before the season started – what did he get. Wolf and then a lot of has-beens; all of whom have had a chance to start, except for Vargas so far, and he’ll probably get his chance before the season is over. Overpowering, isn’t it? Frank was obsessed with getting Manny, because that served his promotional schemes. A good starting pitcher will cost some real money, and it only translates into playoff success, not necessarily getting Dodger Stadium filled for all the remaining games of the season. Frank is basically CHEAP, or else we would still have Meloan and Sanchez on our farm. If we were to get Halladay, I dread to think what we’d give away because Frank won’t want to pay his salary. Just a CHEAP, overextended real estate ***** is what we have for an owner, so Joe and his need for a premium front line pitcher can go suck.


    Incidentally T. Abreu seems to be coming back into form down in ABQ after starting the season in AA. I would favor bringing him up as a reserve in place of DeWitt. I think DeWitt will be all right, if he isn’t traded, once somebody designs a development plan for him instead of having him on a constant flight between ABQ and LA either coming or going.


    I usually ignore what that phan has to say, I mean, who cares what the people in Philly think? But I was watching the Fox game and somebody with a laser pointer was disrupting some of the Cardinal’s at bats, so I was wondering what that meatball had to say about his wonderful town now?
    This morning I was looking at the Cardinal site, and according to an article there, the same has happened in LA and a couple of other cities. I would hope our fans had a little more class than that. Hopefully, anyone sitting around someone pulling that stunt would help get them ejected.

  90. truebluewill

    Shad, According to the roster on the Padre site their pitching coach is Darren Balsley. Greg Maddux is retired and I don’t he’s doing any coaching. His brother and ex-dodger Mike is the pitching coach for the Texas Rangers.

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