September 2009

LA County Fair

Hopefully you’ve all heard by now that it’s Dodger Day at the LA County Fair, and several Dodger greats will be signing autographs over the next five hours or so. If you print out a coupon from www.lacountyfair.com and wear Dodger blue, you get half off the admission and half of what you do pay will go to ThinkCure. Not a bad way to spend an off day or night.

Meanwhile, in looking through yesterday’s comments I could tell there was some anger over various players being rested. I love the lively debate and am glad that you don’t always agree with what Joe Torre does, but I can assure that no one here is trying to lose games. Reaching the playoffs and earning home field advantage is of the utmost importance and we’re trying to win every single game from here on out (and as it turned out, even while resting several regulars yesterday, we still won the game and swept the Pirates).

Anyway, it just seemed a little strange to have people so angry about guys getting rest. There’s no perfect recipe for success in the final weeks of the season, but my faith is in the guy with four World Series rings and more wins than all but four other managers in baseball history! He’s got our team leading the NL in victories, which must mean something, right?

 

Manny Bobblehead Day…

Manny gets the day off on his bobblehead day, but we all know how that worked out last time!

For the weekend against the Giants, we’ll be Padilla, Garland and Wolf. And Kerhsaw’s simulated game looks like it will take place on Friday or Saturday.

Here’s the lineup for the sold out game (if you don’t have tickets, please don’t come down today…tune in on PRIME TICKET or listen on KABC or KHJ):

Pierre, LF

Belliard, 2B

Ethier, RF (Mailman Delivered again last night)

Kemp, CF

Loney, 1B

DeWitt, 3B

Ausmus, C

Castro, SS

Kuroda, P

Beach Blanket Ballpark

Fleece blankets will be waving tonight at the park…we just finished taking the team photo for 2009 and here’s hoping it’s one that hangs in Noah’s Bagels 50 years from now (hopefully some of you know what I’m talking about).

Here’s tonight’s lineup behind Randy Wolf, who is back on the hill after one start away:

Furcal, SS

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Kemp, CF

Blake, 3B

Loretta, 1B

Hudson, 2B

Wolf, P

Homestand opener

The Pirates are in town for a three-game set…Jon Garland is starting tonight and going for his eighth straight season with 10 or more wins, which would be him in some pretty elite company in terms of active pitchers. The only guys with more are Javier Vazquez (10 seasons), Mark Buehrle and CC Sabathia (nine seasons) and Derek Lowe (eight seasons).

A free Dodger Dog for everyone in the house tonight…which explains why my office smells like Farmer John has been hanging out in here all day. On the opposite side of my wall is a concession stand and it’s a stronger waft than usual…

Here’s who’ll be backing Garland:

Furcal, SS

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

Martin, C

Hudson, 2B

Garland, P

A powerful morning…

This morning, Dodger Stadium played host to a memorial service for Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones, the two firemen who lost their lives almost two weeks ago helping fight the Station Fire. It was an extremely moving service with thousands of people in attendance, including Vice President Biden, Governor Schwarzanegger, Sen. Boxer, Frank McCourt, and several other dignitaries. The widow of Mr. Quinones is ready to give birth to their first child any day now, which made it even tougher to be a part of, but I think the Fire Department did itself proud today in the manner in which it was handled.

For those interested in donating to the fund set up for the families, you can visit this site.

It’s a reminder to all of us that the real heroes in this world are out there every day but for one day, many of them “took the field” at Dodger Stadium.

Up north at AT&T Park, here are the guys who will take the field tonight for us:

Furcal, SS

Pierre, CF

Manny, LF

Kemp, RF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Hudson, 2B

Padilla, P

Battle by the Bay

The three-game set against the Giants kicks off tonight and I’m guessing some of you made the trip up north (or already live up there and will be showing your Dodger blue in the crowd).

The division lead is down to two games, but hopefully everyone is planning to be out here next homestand to help these guys bring home another NL West title. Free Dodger Dog Night on Monday, Fleece Blanket on Tuesday and Manny bobblehead for the Wednesday day game. Plenty of great stuff going on during the Pirates’ series before the Giants come back into town.

Also, for any of you golfers, KABC is hosting a golf tournament on the off day next week (Sept. 17) at Trump National and it benefits the USO. Celebs, former Dodgers, and possibly some currently players will be on hand so go swing the clubs at an incredible course for a great cause.

Here’s tonight’s lineup in San Fran:

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Kemp, CF

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

Belliard, 2B

Martin, C

Kuroda, P

Brian Cavazos-Galvez

He’s one of our most recent draft picks who also happened to win Pioneer League MVP honors in his first pro season. He also won the August Dodger Pride Awards, which you can read about here.

Even more interesting is the story about him in the most recent edition of Baseball America. You have to have a login to read it (or get the hard copy), but it’s a great read. His father is former Dodger Balvino Galvez, who played briefly for the team in 1986 (back when Pete Guerrero was hitting homers left and right).

Might be worth picking up a copy of the mag…

Big series kicks off tomorrow in SF.

Tonight's lineup and Randy Wolf

Garland going against his old team again tonight…every win is big these days and we’ve had a couple the last two nights.

Here’s the lineup:

Furcal, SS

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Loney, 1B

Belliard, 3B

Hudson, 2B

Martin, C

Garland, P

Also, while I’m waiting to hear details from our PR rep on the road after Joe Torre passes them along to the media, it appears Randy Wolf will miss his next start and this weekend we’ll be Kuroda, Padilla, Billingsley this weekend against the Giants. More details coming shortly on this blog (if I’m still at a computer) or from Ken Gurnick on the front of the site.

 

Answers to your blogging questions…

So I’ve spoken to the good folks at MLB.com and basically, here’s what they’ve told me about the delay you’re experiencing sometimes when you post.

MLBlogs comments weren’t built to be real-time chat vehicles or discussion threads. They exist so that you guys can leave us a comment about what we post. The good thing about this blog is that we have so many followers traditionally, but the downside of that is that you are all trying to comment and it’s putting a drain on the load – which won’t be solved by adding servers.

When 10 people try to send 10 comments in all within 10 seconds, MovableType tries to republish the same page 100 times. With you guys, it’s many multiples of 10. So there is not a solution that is going to improve the ability to have a comment show up immediately; at times (like this) it will be problematic.

I know it’s not the answer you all were seeking, but hopefully you can live with the delays from time to time and still find this to be a useful place to talk Dodger baseball.

Speaking of which, here’s tonight’s lineup in the desert

Furcal, SS

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Loney, 1B

Belliard, 3B

Hudson, 2B

Martin, C

Billingsley, P

Sunday night baseball

Welcome back, Hiroki Kuroda. He’ll take the ball tonight against the Pads on Sunday night baseball so hopefully you’ll be at the yard (sunset at Bleacher Beach!) or watching on ESPN.

 

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