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



  1. koufax1963

    Tough one last night. Some Good news: Gnats Lost Today!
    No team seems easy to me now. But I believe the Dodgers have the better team if they play to what they are capable of. The Rockies must be smelling blue blood and can’t wait to have us for their Home meal, but thats what the Giants thought also and we won that series. I know at this time there is much questioning of ownership and mangement, but what happens to win is between the chalk lines. I have faith in our team that winning 3 or more in a row will become a regular occurance. Echo the “GO DODGERS!” Say it loud and proud. We are number one!

  2. Dodger4life

    The Cubs are in a state of urgency….they are 6 games behind the Cards. They say it is crunch time, it is Gut check time for the Blue as well. Our park, Our fans, Our series…Get it Together and Get It Done Boy’s!!!!

  3. selltheteam

    “Saturday night changed a lot of things,” Colletti said. “We were looking for pitching before Saturday night and Hiroki got hit and it became more apparent that we were going to have to go to work on it sooner than later.”
    Now we know what it takes to get Ned off his lazy *** and get us a pitcher. If he hadn’t waited for one of our best pitchers to get beaned, maybe he would have gotten some better quality. That really ****** me off.

  4. koufax1963

    Here come those bashers, I expected. But the Dodgers win and then they lighten up. Ned probably has his hands tied in his head, if he makes a move that fails, then he is gone. If he leaves the team in tact, like it is, like the team that was the best record in Baseball (May/June/July) then it is on the players to do or die, and Ned comes away clean. So Ned has little motivation to do some major trade. Manny will be gone next year, and that is cash saved, and like a politician Ned just works so he may be relected and keep his job. So it is the players that need to play like it is do or Die, because there is no calvary coming over the hill, of course I did not see Manny coming last year either. We have the pitching, we have the hitting, we have the defense, it just needs to manifest itself again, and Im certain it will. Hear the echo “Go Dodgers!

  5. thinkingblue

    Well JOSH thanks for a post….worry bout’ you thought you had what KEMP & KERSH had. Busy Busy busy.
    Well MARTIN should be BUSY practicing his throws. I really don’t care if he doesn’t do a HR, just as long as he can do the THROW.
    BROXTON needs to be BUSY practicing his pitches. He needs to stop trying to over power the batter. Start throwing SMART!
    KERSH – needs to be BUSY getting more confidence. He can throw but boy when he goes down, he goes down. YOU CAN DO IT KERSH!
    MANNY MANNY MANNY – ay ya yay! Don’t know about Manny. He should be BUSY practicing his batting.

  6. perumike

    Well all, I’ll be out at the movies, then Costco, but should see you towards the end of the game tonight. Let’s go blue, hunt those bears!!!

  7. enchantedbeaver

    koufax – Manny has a player option next year for $20 mil. I guarantee he’ll excercise that option. No way he goes FA again and sign at maybe 4-5 million somewhere else.

  8. selltheteam

    from the article linked by kahli,
    “And maybe he needs his synthetic testosterone, assuming he hasn’t doubled back for a therapeutic use exemption and isn’t already on it again.”
    Personally, I think Manny needs to be fed the ashes of BPB. That could turn him back into the man he once was.

  9. selltheteam

    I shudder at the thought of three of the five starting pitchers being Weaver, Padilla, and Haeger. Arrrghhhhh.

  10. trublu4ever

    I would like to see Joe keep this lineup the way it is right now. I think if he leaves it alone, we may produce quite a few runs. Who knows, we may even bring a smile to JPD’s face once again.

  11. lbirken@aol.com

    Don’t have much to add to what has been posted the past few days. Kurt Streeter said it all in his L.A. Times column this morning. But since msdodersrule brought it up, I have to ask something that has been bothering me for a long time. I understand why Don’t Stop Believing is played but can anyone tell me what the heck are “streetlight people”? Am I missing something or do the lyrics of this song make no sense at all? Somebody help me, please!

  12. shad80

    Weaver is a reliable starter same goes with Padilla and he had 2 good season with the Phillies but we only need 2 starters to filled the 4th and 5th spots for now. Haeger was putting up good number in the minor which that doesn’t mean crap.

  13. enchantedbeaver

    Birk – The line “Streetlight people” refers to the prostitutes and other seedy characters on Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Although if you listen to the lyrics it sounds like streetlights, people.
    No I’m not THAT into Journey. I found it on a website, but birk had questions and dammit, I have answers!!!

  14. thinkingblue

    D4 – Love that song…
    JPG (no Jpeg but JustPlainDisgusted)…so why hasn’t Martin played the way he should be playing? I know, I know I am starting a long argument…LOL!

  15. kpookiemon

    Another short answer is Martin gave up drinking and has a steady love. See what clean living gets you! Russell needs to party and play the field!!!!!!!!

  16. lbirken@aol.com

    JPD (and I just got used to BPB), the only way I know the lyrics is because they put them up on the scoreboard at Dodger Stadium when this song is played in the 8th inning. I think the prostitutes are from Detroit. Anyway, the lyrics just drive me crazy and have nothing to do with the song title, which, by the way, does not even come up until the song is almost over.

    But one thing is for sure. We may not be able to keep up with your name but we certainly can count on you for answers.

  17. enchantedbeaver

    Glad you asked that Rosie – and I have that answer for you:
    Martin it seems is his own worst enemy. Basically he’s a head case suffering from RCI for the last two seasons. He’s got it in his head that since he’s the unofficial captain, he somehow has to be superhuman and carry the team. This puts undue self-inflicted pressure on himself to over achieve, which in fact has the opposite effect in reality. All this is of course accentuated by his already heightened superstitious nature, thus for every step he takes forward, he takes one sideways and another backward (which explains how he’s waltzing through this season as Torre’s catcherbitch.)
    That is the long answer. The short answer is that Martin sucks.


  18. cpompe1

    Good afternoon ITD boys and girls!
    And with that nice greeting, I say, “AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!” Okay, I got that out of my system – for now. After last night’s game, I was ready to jump into the TV and put a stranglehold on Martin. No, JB shouldn’t have walked the first batter he faced. But honestly, that isn’t the biggest problem for me. My problem is Martin and the fact that he ALWAYS bounces his throws. Even if Pujols is walked, and EVEN if he is safe at second after the steal, there is NO WAY that he should be standing on 3B at all and NO WAY that he scores!!!

    Okay, I was just going to ask if JustPlainDisgusted is BrownPaperBag AKA Enchanted. Now I have another question. Msdodgersrule AKA Msrussyethier AKA Dodgersrule AKA Rose??? Do I have that right?

    Oh, and JPD – I’ve long since resigned myself that we’ve got Manny for 2010. I don’t think ANY TEAM wants him anymore.

    And Kahli, what an article. Now that we have Padilla, I think he and Manny are going to be two peas in one pod. And I’m not sure if I’m going to like the outcome…

  19. cpompe1

    And JPD – I wonder if we could send Martin down to AAA and bring up Ellis. Perhaps Martin can get his head straightened out…

  20. shad80

    blah at the Philly bandbox I hate losing to a team that took 2 out of 3 n Arizona and about to get sweep by the Philly where the Philly pitching is not that good other than Lee and Happ and they can’t even win at home. lol the dback scored 5 runs in that bandbox stadium.

  21. oldbrooklynfan

    Hi Everybody
    Well I bet these two teams are glad to see each other.
    The Dodgers should be happy to meet anybody after those Nasty Red Birds and the Cubs are 3-7 in their last 10 and almost got swept by the Padres (next year’s menus?) and that sound good.
    I was a little doubtful about this series but now I know the Dodgers will play the Cubs up to their potential, just like they played the Cardinals and I feel they have a good chance to beat the Cubs.
    Tom Gorzelanny?
    GO BUMS.

  22. 32and53fan

    I like the way Kemp lifted his leg to take out the SS.
    We need to get the momentum back. 3 1/2 games is too close for comfort.

  23. shad80

    That why I don’t like Ethier bat against a lhp. I was sure Reyes was going to get Ethier but he’s hit him.

  24. koufax1963

    Hi ItD,
    Martin’s GSis just awesome, the shot he and we needed!
    Then pinch hitter for beli who only pitched one inning, our depleted BP and now Troncoso. Joe works in mysterious, say hilarious ways? Another word? Splain to me lucy!

  25. shad80

    Why do you want Belis to pitch 2 innings? His been overworked all year but he hasn’t pitch much the past week and half.

  26. shad80

    To be honest I would had not waste Abreu to PH but I would love to see Troncoso pitch another inning or 1/3 of it.

  27. shad80

    Home (2009) 2.43 3 2 0 0 28 0 0 33.1 23 9 9 2 12 21 .193
    vs. ChC (2009) 0.00 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333
    August (2009) 7.04 0 2 0 0 9 0 0 7.2 8 6 6 2 4 4 .258

    Ouch I missed the good Mota for the past 2 1/2 to 3 months ago.

  28. oldbrooklynfan

    Mota appeared to labor early in that 8th inning especially to Fukudome and Soriano but nonetheless an overall good inning.

  29. oldbrooklynfan

    Needed that win, as we need them all with the Rox pressing on.
    The Boys don’t look like they’re pressing in anyway.

  30. truebluewill

    Great win by the boys tonight! Now it’s important they build on this win and score 7 or 8 runs tomorrow and win again. Good night all.

  31. shad80

    Wow I didn’t notice it was this close. The same goes with the Cardinals we up by 1 win after all the dominant the Cards done the past 5 years.

    Dodgers 1015 wins
    Cubs 1014 wins
    14 ties

    Cubs have a slight lead in runs scored, 8794-8764.

  32. truebluewill

    Yes Shad they are and they are playing them 7 times in the next 10 games. Hopefully they’ll knock each other off.

  33. kpookiemon

    One game a recovery does not make. Like a good day in the stock market, this team needs to show consistency. That said, the Rockies will be playing the Gnats this weekend after playing the Pirates and Nationals amongst others. Every win against the Cubs means a game up on someone chasing the Dodgers.

  34. shad80

    This month it’s been horrible for him.

    Home (2009) 2.43 3 2 0 0 28 0 0 33.1 23 9 9 2 12 21 .193
    vs. ChC (2009) 0.00 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333
    August (2009) 7.04 0 2 0 0 9 0 0 7.2 8 6 6 2 4 4 .258

  35. nellyjune

    Good Job tonight Dodger Blue. I didn’t watch the game, and I am beginning to think maybe I shouldn’t. They seem to do better when I can’t watch or listen to them.

  36. dodgereric

    That’s right kahli. This team didn’t get to the best record in baseball by going on winning streaks. It got there by consistently winning series.

  37. nellyjune

    Andre and Matt are all over the league leader stats……………just awesome, with the lowest rank being 15th for Andre in the NL in SLG%. Most of the categories they are in the top ten.

  38. kpookiemon

    Interesting next 10 games for the Rockies: 7 vs. Gnats, 3 vs. Dodgers. We’ll see how the West looks by then…

  39. shad80

    NOTES: Kuroda is eligible to return on Aug. 31, the start of a four-game series against Arizona. … The Dodgers improved to 1,015-1,014 all-time against the Cubs. … Martin’s first grand slam came on April 27, 2007, against Pittsburgh at home. … Penny Marshall was a pregame dugout visitor with Dodgers manager Joe Torre. Chicago native Jim Belushi got booed when he was spotted wearing a Cubs cap.

    Ouch poor Belushi.

  40. shad80

    Wow I didn’t even realize Manny only has 2 sac bunt in over 7,850 ab’s. I would had never had guess that one. The last time he done that was with the Indians in 1995 but the crazy part was Manny had 31 homeruns 107 rbi’s while putting up a stat lines of .308 .402 .558 .960.

  41. enchantedbeaver

    Let’s see if they can build on something from here. I’m with Kahli – one game doesn’t mean they’re recovered from anything. It wasn’t like they even beat the dreaded Tom Gorzelanny. They had him on the ropes early and didn’t do anything. This is what they haven’t been doing at all since the all-star break – carrying any momemtum from the previous day’s win, so let’s see what they do tonight.

    Martin now gets a day or two reprieve from sucking. Let’s see if he can build something off of his slam and not go back to K’s and DPs with men on.

  42. thinkingblue

    It seems that yesterday’s game that people that were in a slump were actually doing great (MARTIN, MANNY, & BLAKE). So I hope they keep up the great work. MARTIN GS was wonderful and hopefully this means that he is back. But I am still keeping my name as MsDodgersRule instead of MsRussyEthier!

  43. thinkingblue

    JustPlainDisgusted: I was surprise to hear yesterday that ANDRE is leading in DP. I thought for sure it was MARTIN. And this is coming from VIN! And yeah hopefully they can carry the momemtum from the previous day’s win. We need to get in a long winning streak!

  44. perumike

    I don’t necessarily care about a long winning streak, but would like to see a sweep, or at least 3 of 4 from the Cubbies. Hopefully we keep winning and the Rox and Gnats beat up on each other, knocking at least one of them out of contention.

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