September 2009

Pads series underway

The San Diego Padres hit up Dodger Stadium this weekend, starting tonight and for those who aren’t yet aware, Sunday’s game is on ESPN, a 5:10 start so please don’t show up at 1:10!!

With two night games tomorrow and Sunday, I sense that Russell Martin will be in the lineup for both, so he’s out of there tonight. And Ronnie Belliard spells Orlando Hudson for another day. Here’s the lineup:

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Kemp, CF

Blake, 3B

Belliard, 2B

Loney, 1B

Ausmus, C

Kershaw, P

Valley days

Congrats to fellow blogger and Dodger friend Alyssa Milano on her recent nuptials.

As for tonight, should be interesting starting Garland for us instead of facing him. Any of you Valley folks know that he went to Kennedy High and Randy Wolf went to El Camino. We’re filling out a roster of Valley boys and let’s hope Jon can be as consistent as Randy has been this season.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Furcal, SS

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Belliard, 2B

Martin, C

Garland, P

First week of September

The first week of September brings many anniversaries for longtime Dodger “Iron Man” Steve Garvey, who made his Major League debut 40 years ago this week against the New York Mets.

Garvey began his career as a third baseman from Michigan State University, and he was the team’s Opening Day third baseman in 1970. But his troubles throwing to first base during the next three seasons eventualy left him in limbo on defense and relagated to pinch-hitting duties. The Dodgers nearly traded Garvey to the Phillies prior to the 1973 season in exchange for Willie Montanez, but Philadelphia reportedly turned down the deal. Garvey’s career fortunes changed early in 1973 when outfielder Von Joshua was injured, prompting manager Walter Alston to move Bill Buckner from first base to left field. That left an opening for Garvey to try the position.

Garvey joined the infield of Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey on June 23, 1973 and the group spent a record 8 1/2 seasons together. But Garvey’s National League record streak of 1,207 consecutive games did not begin until Sept. 3, 1975 after he missed two games with the flu. Garvey had played in 156 of the team’s 162 games during his N.L. MVP season in 1974. 

– Mark Langill

And here’s tonight’s lineup:

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Kemp, CF

Loney, 1B

Belliard, 3B

Martin, C

Hudson, 2B

Billingsley, P

Congrats are in order…

First and foremost, to Ned Colletti and his crew, who have done an incredible job in bolstering the big league club. By my count, they’ve acquired George Sherrill, Vicente Padilla, Ronnie Belliard, Jon Garland, Jim Thome, and cash considerations in exchange for Josh Bell, Steven Johnson, Luis Garcia, Justin Fuller, and two players to be named. Of course, those minor leaguers could all turn out to be the next Jeff Bagwell, but that’s a pretty impressive haul in my biased opinion. Last night as he got interviewed on the postgame shows on radio and TV, Ned gave tons of credit to all the people who work with him, Kim Ng, Ellen Harrigan, our advance scouts, his special assistants and everyone else who played a key role in last night’s trades. It’s amazing what a team effort it takes to pull this stuff off. Even clubhouse attendant Alex Torres got pressed into duty to get Joe Torre on the phone with Ned during the game.

Also congrats go out to Orlando Hudson, who is our nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a player so dedicated to community service in all of my time in baseball and we’ve had some impressive ones. But this guy has dedicated himself in an incredible way and he deserves your support. You can vote for him here starting tomorrow and I hope you’ll all do so as many times as allowed.

You can also read the latest from Steve Lyons at Psychollingy and believe it or not, he’s worried about our offense. In all fairness, he wrote this before we got Thome last night but he makes some good points.

Lineup to follow in a bit.

UPDATE – LINEUP

Furcal, SS

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Hudson, 2B

Martin, C

Loney, 1B

Padilla, P 

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