August 2009

Los Angeles Fires

As you can imagine, there’s a lot going on right now in Los Angeles with th wildfires and our hearts go out to anyone who has lost their home or has had to evacuate their homes. Of course, even more sad are the two firefighters who lost their lives protecting our homes and our deepest sympathies go out to them and their families. We will honor their memory tonight with a moment of silence, which is the least we can do here at the stadium.

From a baseball standpoint, the air quality seems to be just fine and we don’t foresee any issues for the fans or players tonight, but of course we have taken the necessary precautions in case either need assistance. Several players got the night off tonight, so here’s the lineup:

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Kemp, CF

Blake, 3B

Belliard, 2B

Loretta, 1B

Castro, SS

Wolf, P

And for those looking for a cool Kershaw story, check out Psychollingy, where Eric weighed in with an entry after the weekend. Steve Lyons will be posting one tomorrow.

Looking to take the series

Another big one today in Cincy…if we can take each series, I’m feeling good about our chances. Looks like a day off for Manny, though I’m not in Cincinnati so we’ll have to wait for official word from Joe T.

Furcal, SS

Pierre, LF

Ethier, RF

Kemp, CF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Hudson, 2B

Kershaw, P

Weekend in Cincy

What a huge win yesterday was in Denver. First-place ice cream for the front office in just about an hour (sorry to rub it in). But one hour after that, at 4 p.m., we start the three-game set against the Reds and Dusty Baker.

The team can’t afford any let downs just because we’re outside our division. And they can certainly use everyone’s support during the final month of the season, which kicks off with this homestand starting Monday.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Furcal, SS

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Hudson, 2B

Billingsley, P

Point taken…

Thanks for continuing to point out the issues we’re having with posting. I know patience is a lot to ask, but MLB.com is working on getting this fixed and I’m hopeful that will happen soon. I do realize that it makes it harder to interact with your fellow fans when there is a delay in posting comments.

Today’s day game in Colorado is a big one…the difference between leaving town four games up and two games up is certainly important.

Here’s the lineup:

Furcal, SS

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Hudson, 2B

Ausmus, C

Padilla, P (first-ever Nicaraguan to play for the Dodgers)

 

Tonight's game…a little late

Been a busy day with non baseball stuff but here’s the lineup (which you probably already know if you’re watching)

Furcal, SS

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF (already has a two-run homer tonight)

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Hudson, 2B

Wolf, P

 

 

I guess the pennant race is officially on…

What a crazy game last night for the Rockies to set up this showdown over the next three days. It should be an amazing month of baseball and hopefully we can catch fire and ride it though the month of September and October.

Mark Langill provides this piece of history for you all:

The long tenures of Hall of Famers Walter Alston (1954-76) and Tommy Lasorda (1976-96) in the Dodger dugout make it rare for the team to battle a former manager within its division or league. First-year Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy piloted Los Angeles from 2001-05 and later the Pittsburgh Pirates (2006-07). The last former Dodger to face his old team was Leo Durocher, who managed the Brooklyn Dodgers for 8 ½ seasons (1938-46, 1948). Durocher joined the Giants during the 1948 season and guided New York to a historic comeback in 1951, defeating the Dodgers in a three-game playoff for the National League pennant. Durocher’s Giants also captured the 1954 championship, the last time the Giants have won a World Series title. Durocher, a Los Angeles coach from 1961-64, later faced the Dodgers as manager of the Cubs (1966-72) and Houston Astros (1972-73). Charlie Dressen, like Durocher a former Dodger manager (1951-53) and coach (1939-46, 1958-59), managed against the Dodgers with the Milwaukee Braves in 1960 and 1961. And in the World Series, the Dodgers faced Casey Stengel’s Yankees on five occasions between 1949 and 1956. Stengel managed the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1934-36.

For tonight’s game, here’s the lineup:

Furcal 6

Kemp 8

Ethier 9

Manny 7

Loney 3

Blake 5

Martin 2

Hudson 4

Kershaw 1

And thanks to everyone who took part in the ThinkCure weekend. We raised more than $240,000 for collaborative cancer research and even though I got destroyed in the Battle of the Joshs (Sooosh had two people bidding close to $3500 each for the chance to spend the day with him), we were able to generate even more money than last year on this item, with a winning bid of $1,700 to go “Inside the Dodgers.” I look forward to giving that tour later this season.

One game, two Hall of Famers

The regular telecast is with Vin Scully on PRIME TICKET and the Spanish-language broadcast today, the first-ever for the Dodgers, is on FSN West with Jaime Jarrin. Now that’s some star power.

Here’s the lineup:

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Kemp, CF

Martin, C

Abreu, 2B

Loretta, 1B

Billingsley, P

Keep it going…

What a great first day of the ThinkCure! radiotelewebethon. $160,000 raised for collaborative cancer research in one day, nearly as much as the entire two-day event last year. However, Josh Suchon is running away in the battle of the Joshs, so I’m hoping everyone is just biding their time until the deadline Monday night to push it over the top.

Here’s today’s lineup for the game on FOX

Furcal, SS

Pierre, CF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Kemp, RF

Hudson 2B

Loretta, 1B

Ausmus, C

Haeger, P

Plenty of programming for today…

As you’ve probably heard by now, the ThinkCure radiotelewebethon is underway…

It started this morning on KABC 790 at 5 a.m. with Hiroki Kuroda matching the first $25,000 in donations and continues all the way through the postgame show.

PRIME TICKET has eight straight hours of programming starting at 11 a.m. and there is some amazing stuff that you can watch while you’re at the office or home today.

KCAL, which has been running touching stories all week, picks up at 6:30 for the pregame show and then throughout tonight’s game.

And for those who didn’t hear, this is an amazing way to donate and get something back. From 5-6 p.m. tonight at Dodger Stadium, you can pinch hit for Davey Lopes and take your picture with Garvey, Cey and Russell for a donation of $100 or more at the ThinkCure suite (221) on the club level. And, during the seventh and eighth innings, for a similar donation, you can take your picture with Fernando Valenzuela and the 1981 World Series trophy in the same location.

Now those are two photos you’ll save for a lifetime.

And of course, the online auction is going straight through the weekend and in the battle of the Joshs, we’re winning, $510 to $367 as of this minute.

So please, if it’s at all possible, find a way to take part this weekend and help find a cure for cancer. The dollar value isn’t important. It’s contributing something that matters. In fact, for those in the texting generation, if you text JOIN to 90999, you’ll make a $5 donation through your phone bill (standard messaging rates apply). Everyone can afford that, right?

Thanks to all of you for supporting ThinkCure and remember to tune in today and tomorrow to Prime Ticket, KCAL, KABC and KLOS.

Busy days…

So much going on these days, I didn’t have time to post anything yesterday so throwing a new thread out there for everyone.

Might not have time until game time tonight, either, as we’re gearing up for the ThinkCure radiotelethon this weekend (don’t forget the Battle of the Joshs benefiting ThinkCure), an afternoon news conference today with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, and lots of other random things that fill our days just like the rest of you in the business world.

Let’s hope we can make this series like last year’s NLDS…we’ve got to get back on the horse! Fortunately, no one downstairs seems to be panicking despite our recent struggles, which is big.

Furcal, SS

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Hudson, 2B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Weaver, P

 

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