Postseason Bound!!!

A little late on this post, but worth the wait, right?? The place was nuts last night, so hopefully everyone has saved some energy for the postseason! Believe it or not, we’re the only NL team to go to the playoffs three of the last four years and four of the last six. There’s something to be said for that, I think.

Game 1 will be Wednesday at 6:37 p.m. with Randy Wolf on the hill and Game 2 will be at 3:07 p.m. with Clayton Kershaw on the hill.

Hope you’ll all be here supporting your team as you have all year long! And if you can’t be here, tune in on TBS on KABC 790/KHJ 930.

 

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Dodgers all the way!!!!!

Wow you don’t see that often back to back left handed starters and especially from this team.

Pierre was presented with the team’s fourth annual Roy Campanella Award by Campy’s daughter, Joni Roan, in a pregame ceremony

I didn’t even know that.

Saturday was an ugly anniversary for the Dodgers on several counts. In 1951, Ralph Branca gave up a three-run homer by Bobby Thomson in the bottom of the ninth inning at New York’s Polo Grounds as the New York Giants won the NL pennant with a stunning 5-4 win in the deciding game of a three-game playoff.

In 1962, the Dodgers lost the third and deciding game of another three-game playoff with the Giants, who rallied with four runs in the ninth to win 6-4 at Los Angeles and advanced to the World Series.

Urgh sorry I knew about the 1951 didn’t know about the 1962.

I didn’t realize there was a new thread, lol. I would have thought they would have taken Andre out by now so he could have his moment to be appreciated by the fans. Isn’t Jamie Hoffman available?

Yeah Hu just double dang Repko getting picked off.

I give a pass for Padilla getting picked off second base but there is no excuse for that happening to Repko. I HATE to see mental errors like that. Repko has a history of making stupid mistakes in the guise of being enthusiastic and hard charging. He must have a pea sized brain or something. Compare him to Manny. Manny looks lazy sometimes the way he goes after balls. But Manny immediately can judge where a ball is going and how much effort is needed. He knows he can no matter how hard he tries or how fast he runs, certain balls are going to be a double no matter what so he just takes it easy and casually gets the ball back to the infield. He also knows when to just turn and watch a ball sail over the fence. Repko, on the other hand, seems to have some delusions that he can get to balls no matter what so he has crashed into the wall on a home run 4 or 5 rows in the bleachers. I’m sorry to vent like this but it REALLY steams me when I see a MLB player that makes stupid mental mistakes.

I want to see Ausmus PH for someone lol.

Doug went from .214 to .333 with those 3 hits today.

Hoffmann is not even on the roster.

I’d take Repko defense over Manny lazyness defense anyday of the week.

Why didn’t Hu tag the runner?

Fowler’s got some long legs. He took a possible double away from Andre earlier and now Castro.

I like it Ausmus ran for Thome and I’m surprise he didn’t have a pitcher ran for Thome.

BCG, did you see my answer to your question last night on De La Rpsa?

No, I didn’t, Shad, but it was a tight groin that he went out with, right?

Oh yeah I forgot Castro can played his 3rd career games in LF his 2nd this year and I thought Loretta already PH.

Yeah it was and I hope he’s ok.

Come on Troncoso time to get a useless save for #5 of the year. Urgh walk and a hit dang and we need the light out Troncoso back

Make that’s 6.

Opps for about Martin running for Thome also.

*forgot

Ok Troncoso hopefully you got that performace out of your system and you’re be sharp in the playoff.

Got to thinking about the playoff roster and wrote down the names of the guys I would take. Came up with 5 to many. Joe and staff have some tough choices to make Tuesday night.

The Dodgers, who outscored their opponents 121-54 in the first, took a 4-0 lead in the opening inning on a two-run single by Casey Blake(notes) and RBI singles by Doug Mientkiewicz(notes) and A.J. Ellis(notes).

I’m praying we jump out to a huge 1st inning lead but it’s not going to be tough. I wish Ausmus would had used Haeger instead of Troncoso.

Dodgers Drained?

With the victory on Saturday, the Dodgers not only clinched the West but the best record in National League. That hasn’t been the best omen in the past. Here’s a look:
Dodgers with Best NL Record
Divisional Era (since 1969) Year Record Result
2009 94-67 ?
1983 91-71 L, NLCS
1978 95-67 L, WS
1974 102-60 L, WS

Gosh damn espn like to do some facts.

Dodgereric – It’s 20-8, Fish in the lead.

Well, it’s a great day when you see Enchanted back to his usual self, for the time being anyway. ………….And Beav, I have gotten used to you coming and going, and thanks for checking in while you were away. However, Ward Dear/Your father may have some words for you.

Since my phone kept me in the loop today, it seemed like a great game today for a season finale. The Cards are going to be tough, but the playoffs are a whole new ballgame, and anything can happen, especially when you have home field advantage.

That was a nice way to end the regular season. Torre has his work cut out coming up with the playoff roster. I am looking forward to Wednesday.

There are some good photos on Sons of Steve Garvey if you have a chance. One of the photos is calling out all Ethieraholics. It’s great to see our ITD name being used on other blogs. There is another photo of Andre and Matt…………Andre on Matt’s back with the caption reading “31 homeruns on top of 26 homeruns.” What a Dynamic Duo they have been this year.

I love the DYNAMIC DUO!!!!!

Actually, we we have a “Fine Nine”!!!!

The mammals are gaining ground……

Poor Rangers if they were in the Tigers/Twins division they would had won.

Go Mammals!!!!!!!!

Uh Oh!!!!! The mammals are losing ground to the fish again.

SD Pitts
1st Downs 5 24
3rd down efficiency 0-5 4-6
4th down efficiency 0-0 1-1
Total Yards 96 355
Passing 85 246
Comp-Att 8-18 19-23
Yards per pass 4.7 10.7
Rushing 11 109
Rushing Attempts 5 23
Yards per rush 2.2 4.7
Penalties 3-20 1-3
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles lost 0 0
Interceptions thrown 0 0
Possession 9:19 27:53

Wow the Charges not playing good tonight but this was like 5 min ago and they got 2

2 first down

this drive now 3 I think

Yeah they finally scored and had a decent drive.

Mammals don’t stand a chance!

It means I’m just plain disgusted again. :|

The score is currently Fish – 25, Mammals – 17.

Make it 18! lol

Nice play Jacob Hester to swap the ball from Logan for the TD’s.

26-20 :)

21…does this mean I can drink now….

You sure can Dodger4life – 22

LMAO!!!! 23 :)

Let’s go Philip!!!!!

Hey Enchantedsunset!!!!! It is really good to see you back and looking like yourself again, for now anyway I am sure :)

These submission errors are just brutal. I have been trying to make this post for 15 minutes eventhough this one will probably time warp me like it was 2 minutes ago.

Gettin’ so a fella can’t get a word in edgewise :)

I think the mammals are slightly ahead now.

Especially when you really have something to say.

Now the time warp……………………….9:10 pm.

Well, well, well. Enchantedsunset, we kept your place at the table. Welcome back, son!

So, who’s on our playoff roster? The givens:

1 1B Loney
2 2B Hudson
3 3B Blake
4 SS Furcal
5 LF Ramirez
6 CF Kemp
7 RF Ethier
8 C Martin
9 OF Pierre
10 IF Belliard
11 IF Loretta
12 C Ausmus
13 SP Wolf
14 SP Kershaw
15 SP Padilla
16 RP Broxton
17 RP Sherrill
18 RP Troncoso
19 RP Belisario
20 RP Kuo

That’s 12 position players and 8 pitchers. Most of the season I think we carried 12 pitchers, but I think Torre took 11 into the ’08 playoffs and I think he’ll do it again, which means adding 3 more:

21 SP Garland (Torre always talks about him being a playoff pitcher)
22 SP Billingsley (He’ll make it unless he bombs in Arizona)

That leaves a choice between Mota and Weaver.

23 RP Mota (We’ll have Garland and/or Billz to be a 4th starter and long man)

OK, two more subs. We need more lefties on the bench.

24 IF Mientkiewicz (Torre loves him and I do too)
25 IF Thome (I’ll bet Torre loves to have him on the bench and wants to keep him active for the Series)

There’s a possibility that Castro might supplant Thome until we get to the AL opponent, but I doubt it.

So there’s my prediction. Not necessarily who I want, but my prediction. What do you think? I believe they have until 7AM (Pacific) on Wednesday to submit it, so we probably have some time to banter about it.

I’m hoping we’ve shaken the offensive doldrums now and can move aggressively into the postseason. One things’ for sure, no one else is setting the world on fire at the moment either.

Good night good people! And may God Bless you all!
Go Big Blue!!!!

Good morning ITDers!
Congratulations to the Dodgers! Their staff, the fans!! The Bums did it!!!
Now lets get ready for Wednesday!
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Drop me a note in my blog so that I can have your email address and tell me where you are sitting. I already forgot(signs of senility) but I think is field level under the covered area. You might have a little problem watching the screen but you will have a great view of the field. During the playoffs, they get strict on fans going to other levels so I’ll see if I can see you at your seat or come to the Top Deck aisle 3 last row (The penthouse view!).
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

JOSH…I will never run out of energy for my Dodgers….GOOOO DODGERS WOOOOOHOOOOO! Hey spot you out on the videos over at dodgers.com. You were standing near Frank & Ned when they were hugging…it sure was a great night.
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EMMA: The penthouse view….LOVE IT! Hey it is where you can see all the Stadium action and beautiful Downtown L.A.
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Hey ITD we don’t have to wait a whole week this time for the 1st game of the playoffs….GOOOOO DODGERS

NELLY – just saw the picture of Andre taking a beer shower dedicated to all the Ethieraholics…great one…LOVE IT! ETHIERAHOLICS will be use by many more in DodgerWorld (great job Eric for coming up with such a wonderful name and NELLY & TRU for being such great endorsers of the name)

Good Morning ITD readers and writers!!!!!

Dodgereric – I haven’t sat down and really looked at the roster, but your prediction looks pretty good.

Rose – It is pretty cool that they are using our name in other forums.

Of course the east coast bias at work again are picking the Cards to win, but it’s okay…………….they also thought the Cubs would be us too.

NELLY TRU…it is great the people higher up in Dodger Management are using the term. But I think it will be awsome when ETHIER himself comes out and uses the term “ETHIERAHOLICS”.
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And YES we have a tough play off series agains the CARDS but we will win it all!

sorry – red pen:
east coast bias “is at ” work again………
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……..they also thought the Cubs would “beat” us too.

msdodgersrule ~ I think it is awesome that others have been using “Ethieraholic”. I think it means that people outside our ITD family have been reading our blog. It is very easy, once you meet him, to think Andre is somebody special.
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I can’t wait for the series with the Cardinals to begin and I love the fact that nobody thinks we don’t stand a chance. We will prove once again that when our team clicks on all aspects of the game, we are a team to be reckoned with.
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With our Dynamic Duo and the rest of our Fine Nine, we are the DODGERS and we are GOING TO WIN THE WHOLE THING THIS YEAR!!!!

YEAH!!! It took a LONG time, but we got what we wanted! NL West Division Champs and HF advantage!!! Actually on Saturday, we were at a concert. But it got done and we got to the car just in time to hear last three outs!!! Great going JB!!! I’m going to the game on Thursday. Don’t know where I’ll be sitting though. I’ll be with my mom, who is one of two that have the same season seats; they share. There are 2 additional seats. I think my mom will get her usual seats on Wednesday, and the other guy will get the “other” 2 seats, but on Thursday, I think that’s reversed. But at least I’ll be there!!!

Emma – I put a quick little post on your blog; great pics! That one of Andre and his son is just precious!

This is a short little post; I’ve got a bunch of stuff to do, so I’ve gotta go. But I’ll catch up with y’all later…

GO DODGERS!!!
GO WOLFY!!!

Good afternoon everyone….Eric may have posted some or all of these but……It’s a slow day so………
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A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate. I know some people like that!

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo. No one knows why.

A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2 by 3-1/2.

During the chariot scene in “Ben Hur,” a small red car can be seen in the distance.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily! That explains it!

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.

The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.” There was never a recorded Wendy before.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.

By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.

Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said “Elementary, my dear Watson.”

An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.

The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.

The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them. Not to mention the other drawback.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.

We had that very discussion today in class. Illinois’ state flower is a violet. So, today in handwriting, they had that line……………..Roses are red, violets are blue, and they all said, “no…………….violet is purple”.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

I could have used that information last Saturday. Two days too late Dodger4life.

It’s called the “Dancing Raisin Experiment”, and it works with 7-up, and the like as well. It’s one of the best experiments to show young kids three forms of matter………solids, liquids and gases.

Thanks………………..those are always fun Dodger4life, whether they have been done before or not. We don’t all have photographic memories like Dodgereric. We need it repeated a few times before it sinks in – lol!!!!

“There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.
By Dodger4life on October 5, 2009 2:28 PM”

“Roses are red, violets are blue, and they all said, “no…………….violet is purple”.
By nellyjune on October 5, 2009 3:17 PM”

Ahem…….. the British rhyme “orange” when they say “door hinge”………..and Roger Miller rhymed purple with something a long time ago – in the song he starts at about the 5 minute mark:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3abxWgDsP6w

Way to go Dodger4life! That’s for filling my brain with information I will pass on to others. :)

I was only three years old in 1951 so I only know what happened from the accounts and old films. However, I still get depressed whenever that situation is brought up and especially when I see the clip the the home run. The lasting image is Branca with his head down.

I do remember 1962 and how depressed I was at the Dodgers losing that playoff game, especially taking a lead into the ninth inning at home. The season had been really exciting with Maury Wills stealing bases and the tight race with the Giants. Dodger Stadium opened that season. I think Sandy Koufax had 13 wins by the first half but was lost for the season with a strange injury when he lost feeling in the middle finger of his left hand. The worst thing was not only did the Dodgers lose a playoff game that deprived them of going to the World Series, they lost to the hated Giants. The good news is the Giants lost that series.

Nells, use Ned for your discussion…
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He built a fairly solid team.
The roster was fluid.
And he’s full of hot air.

Tried the one about the onions – doesn’t work. Thinking about suing D4 now for false advertising and personal duress.

What is the “ahem” for? LOL!!!!!!! Trying to prove a point are you?

Just bein’ stupid, Junie! LOL!!

lbirken, I was 9 years old in ’62. And from ’62 through ’67 I learned what it was really going to be like to be a Dodger fan. They’ll break your heart and take you to the peaks and then toss you down again. But it’s ne-ver bor-ing! LOL!!!

And now we’re up to 21 minutes……..3:45PM.

Ahem! lol

Rosie,
Good to see you posting again! I love my penthouse! I can’t wait till Wednesday! I am going to be a nervous wreck!
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Carol,
So good to read you again! You and I can met TBW!
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Afternoon ITDers!
I am wearing my “Mission October” t-shirt today that I picked up at the stadium. I could not wait to wear it.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Being silly is more like it!!! LOL!!!!

lbirken – I wasn’t around in ’62 and I was only a year and a half in ’67. So, all my knowledge is what I have read, either in books or on here ITD.

LMAO!!!!!! Enchanted – that’s pretty good!!!

*Josh or anyone that knows:
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I know that Josh said Thursday’s game starts at 3:07 p.m. but how come MLB, Dodger site and Cardinal site still says “TBD” ? Could this still change?
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Eric, you know it. Never boring, often downright disturbingly frustrating and very often heart stopping. There is no logic to why we go through all this aggravation and sometimes I do envy just a little those folks who are not crazy enough to be sucked into the life of a sports fan. Of course, that feeling goes away quickly.

Nelly, then you know that in every decade since the 1940′s through the 1980′s the Dodgers appeared in the World Series multiple times in each of those decades. They did not win most of those series but they were there. They missed out on appearing in a few more by losing playoffs. For years they teased Brooklyn fans, finally winning in 1955 and I can only imagine how Dodger fans felt when that happened. The Dodgers have had more success in Los Angeles. Think about it; Brooklyn fans waited years to finally win a championship while L.A. fans waited one year! We expect the Dodgers to compete for a championship every year. Beating the Giants? That’s nice but not enough for Dodger fans.

lbirken, I also am too young to remember those years, however I feel your pain…….
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More useless information…….I will be lucky to remember one of these let alone 20%….
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As you age, your eye color gets lighter.

There are 206 bones in the adult human body, but 300 in children (some of the bones fuse together as a child grows).

The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.

It takes approximately 12 hours for food to entirely digest.

The longest living cells in the body are brain cells which can live an entire lifetime.

There are more living organisms on the skin of a single human being than there are human beings on the surface of the earth.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.

Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of “Lorne Greene’s Animal Kingdom”.

Life expectancy for Russian men has actually gone down over the past 40 years. A Russian male born today can expect to live an average 58 years.

In 1985, the most popular waist size for men’s pants was 32. In 2003, it’s 36.

Seven percent of Americans claim they never bathe at all.

In 2004, one in six girls in the United States enter puberty at age 8. A hundred years ago, only one in a hundred entered puberty that early.

Newest trend in the Netherlands: Tiny jewels implanted directly into the eye.

A British gymnast survived a fall from a fourth story window because he went into a somersault and came down on two feet.

Jeffrey and Sheryl McGowen in Houston turned to vitro fertilization. Two eggs were implanted in Sheryl’s womb, and both of them split. Sheryl gave birth to two sets of identical twins at once.

In 1991, the average bra size in the United States was 34B. Today it’s 36C.

The average North Korean 7-year-old is almost three inches shorter than the average South Korean 7-year-old.

Every year, 2700 surgical patients go home from the hospital with metal tools, sponges, and other objects left inside them. In 2000, 57 people died as a result of these mistakes.

We forget 80 percent of what we learn everyday.

Pain is measured in units of “dols”. The instrument used to measure pain is a “dolorimeter”.

The Amish a diet high in meat, dairy, refined sugars and calories. Yet obesity is virtually unknown among them. The difference is since they have no TVs, cars or powered machines, they spend their time in manual labor.

As of January 1, 2004, the population of the United States increases by one person every 12 seconds. There is a birth every eight seconds, an immigrant is added every 25 seconds, but a death every 13 seconds.

Astronauts cannot burp in space. There is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.

Fidgeting can burn about 350 calories a day.

Wearing headphones for an hour increases the bacteria in your ear 700 times.

A baby is born without kneecaps. They appear between age 2 and 6.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

In a recent survey, Americans revealed that banana was their favorite smell.

The arteries and veins surrounding the brain stem called the “circle of Willis” looks like a stick person with a large head.

Brushing your teeth regularly has been shown to prevent heart disease.

A kiss stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals causing relaxation. Women seem to like it light and frequent, men like it more strenuous.

Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.

Your nose and ears never stop growing.

Men get hiccups more often than women.

Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.

Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.

Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe.

One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

The average person laughs 15 times a day.

There are 206 bones in the adult human body, but 300 in children (some of the bones fuse together as a child grows).
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Boy, we did that these past few weeks too – and over half of those bones being in your hands and feet – 27 in your hand. ………..plus there are over 600 muscles as well; your heart is about the size of your fist, and if you took out all your blood vessels they would circle the Earth 4 times.

Fidgeting can burn about 350 calories a day.
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I guess I don’t fidget enough.

Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
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No more licking stamps unless you lick a stamp and then eat a stalk of celery.

The average person laughs 15 times a day.
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I think we are well above the average on ITD :)

Some more good ones Dodger4life.

lbirken – I certainly have read about it, and yes, it has been a painful journey for some. And you are right, Dodger fans are never happy just beating the Giants……………it usually requires both……….beating the Giants and a Title to be fully happy.

Emma, it’s “to be determined” because the DET-MIN game still has to be played, at which point the Yankees have until an hour after the completion of the game to choose whether they want the 7 day series, or the 8 day series.

If the Yanks choose the 8 game series, our game 2 will be at 3:07. If they choose the 7 game series, our game 2 will be at 6:37.
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/ps.jsp?y=09

Personally, I blame Bristol CT, Roger Goodell and that crybaby Kleenex spokesman Brett Farve, because they could’ve found another arrangement for Farve and Green Bay’s regular season p*ssing contest. I bet the Twin(kie)s will be glad to get out of the Dome and these scheduling conflicts once and for all… whenever they’re done playing.

Thanks NSB!
So why did Josh posted in here that it was 3:07. That is crazy for people that have to make arrangements to get to the game. I guess I’ll tell my boss on Wednesday what time I am leaving on Thursday.

crzblue2, silly you for thinking games are played for the convenience of the ticket buying fans actually attending games. They are played for the convenience of the broadcasters and the eastern time zone. No matter what day or time a game is played, a lot of people are going to be inconvenienced. Obviously, the games are played to attract the most viewers so the networks can charge the highest advertising prices. There is no concern for the late afternoon traffic or crazy shadows for games played in the west at 5:00 PM nor the silliness of east coast games ending well after midnight local time. Such is the price we pay for all the games to be on TV.

lbirken I am a product of 65, which puts my hey day in the 70′s……Garvey, Cey, Russell, Lopes, Yeager and so forth….
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I can remember how disappointing it was to come up short, although I am foggy on the details, too many concussions perhaps. I do remember loving those guys year after year and the excitement that came with each opportunity. This is baseball, where obtaining the ring is a privilege, not something you can achieve at the drop of a hat. To be in the position to get there is a battle in itself, with all the personnel changes from year to year, the changes within the season, from trades to injuries, to the chemistry of playing well as a team. These youngsters that lace em up this year have been a outright pleasure to watch at least for me…..Win or lose I will respect them for what they gave me in the way of enjoyment.
I will however suffer the good with the bad right there with them, as I have have in the past…..I will go through my rituals, and pay homage to my superstitions along the way….I will never give up hope, believing that this year belongs to me and my bums, and that the momentum and magic will align with the willpower and ability to win the ball game. I have faith in them as a team as a group that they will achieve their goals. Every rally starts with a positive action on your side of the game, and that breeds more positive action, it can be downright contagious….even with two outs in the deciding game of a big series, against any team, under any circumstance…….never give up hope and never under estimate your power to overcome odds.
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GO GET EM BOY’S!!!!!!!
THIS IS THE DODGERS YEAR!!!! MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN!!!

Emma ~ Where are you sitting? I’ll be in field level Section 1FD Row U Seat 7. I’ll be getting to the stadium when the gates open. How about you? Maybe we can say hello?

Wow, TBW! That’s a great seat! You must know some VIP!

North, don’t forget to include Kommisar Bud as he genuflects to the New York Baseball Yankees. “Gosh George, when would you like to play? Take your time in answering, the rest of the teams can wait……” But, as lbirken says, that’s the price we pay.

Although, again going to the memory banks, I remember watching games on TV in the gym and having to devise all sorts of ways to catch the games on the sly during school – such as hiding transistor radios in jackets on hot days with the earpiece running inside the sleeve.

Those were the days……

I enjoyed watched games played in the good ol’ sunshine, Dodgereric. Of course, that was before the executives decided almost every game should be played at night. That’s great for the kids who have to go to school the next day. We are supposed to be getting the children interested in our beloved past-time. Instead, they hardly ever get to see a game.

eric- I used the jacket and radio combo myself. For a while these white, canvas surplus parkas were the fad. They were for the ski troops and were just one layer of canvas. Not to hot to wear come World Series time. Maybe you remember them. They were popular with the surf kids.

lbirken ~ my point about day games is that baseball people wonder why kids aren’t interested in playing baseball anymore. Unless you live close to a stadium and have the luxury of going to a game in person, the only way kids can see the games is on TV. I know they play almost all of the games at night and I don’t object to it…but, it is wonderful to sit in the sunshine for a day game. And, you make my point, ibirken, they just cannot stay up that late.

Enchanted I look forward to your litigation and await the results eagerly…….I am sure you will have top notch counsel, as opposed to my $2 hack….However, keep in mind you may only be successful in obtaining another onion and some waded up gum from under the jury desk……. Your victory shall be Vidalia Sweet, and bubblicious, which as you stated in your briefs wont keep either one of us from crying……

DAMN, I JUST GOT A MAJOR TIME-WARP. I RESPONDED TO IBIRKEN’S POST BEFORE HE POSTD IT!

dodgereric ~ I just went on Dodgers.com and looked for a single seat. I guess I got lucky.

Dodgereric – It’s not any different today with phones and computers, is it? The technology is just better, and you don’t have to worry about anybody hearing because you can just turn the sound off if you need to. We can, if we choose to, watch the game from anywhere and now……..at anytime with archived games and such. I watched the entire game late last night since I couldn’t be there at home to watch it in the afternoon. I had to see them come off the field one by one. It’s one of those things Dodger fans have to see.

Eric, I remember those days as well although I never used the jacket. I would go home for lunch just to see one inning of a game. I still remember out teacher letting us watch the Dodgers-White Sox series game in 1959 on TV in the classroom.

I can understand why some people prefer day games but I reject the argument about playing them for the kids. As far as I am concerned, sportswriters (and there aren’t that many left anymore who actually write for a newspaper) liked to make that argument when in fact they just did not like the tight deadlines of the night games. Most kids are in school when a lot of playoff and series games are played so they wouldn’t see them anyway. I like the games being played at night since most of the games during the regular season are played at night. I think playing weekend games during the day might be o.k. but these days baseball has to compete with college and pro football.

Look at it this way. Most of us in the west don’t see the beginnings of the games but we see the end. My son, who lives in North Carolina, misses the ends of many games as he just cannot stay up that late.

This time warp thing is annoying. I have forced myself to scroll up just to make sure I havn’t missed anything. What a bother.

I still see a lot of kids and young adults at Dodger games but the conventional wisdom says kids prefer the “cooler” sports of basketball and football. Those sports are faster and more glamorous and have done a much better job marketing their product. College basketball and football are big time but college baseball isn’t. I drive by some little league fields in my area and there are still kids playing but then agian I don’t live in the inner city where kids can play pick up basketball games so much easier than baseball. I don’t think it has much to do with when the games are played. They play most football games on weekends and most basketball games are played at night.

Anyway, have great evening.

You’re in trouble now D4, I’ve retained Haynes for all my briefs…

Crap, forgot there isn’t a “Y” in Hanes. Made more sense that Fruit of the Loom though. Now look, the whole damn joke is ruined. Now I have to add mental anguish to the list.

LMAO, Enchanted!!!

LOL!!! Beav, you need to sue Ned for the undue pain and suffering!!! For the cows, schidts, etc.. we’ve had to endure. Frank should sue him for dereliction of duty and inappropriation of funds!!!!

I’d almost bet Ned got a kickback on the Schidt deal. Must have slipped Conte a few bucks to go along. Its either that or they are just plain stupid!!! You make the call. Obviously injured player that no one else wanted, and Ned signs him. Something not Kosher going on!!!

And, for that Ned is going to be rewarded with an extension!

Ouch Trumom, you really now how to hurt a guy!!! LOL!!!

I heard the other day, that he is going to be given a 3 year extention at the end of the season. They didn’t want to say anything to distrupt the playoffs. (Is it extention or extension?) lol

Being a GM is not that hard. Just don’t ever take a chance on players that Atlanta gives up on, deal with the Indians and Pirates, and don’t sign pitchers or position players over 32 with a history of injuries!!!!

I have obtained Russell, and Spaulding thier offices are on 42DD Atheletic Supporter Drive, Longhandle Virginia….

LMAO D4!!!!!

Its Extenze for male GM enhancement.

Being manager isn’t either, Jhall. Brad Ausmus did a fine job yesterday! He even put himself in as a pinch runner! lol

LMTO, Enchanted!!!!! Very good!!!!!!!

LOL Trumom, neither, it is stupidity!!!

You are right, Jhall! LOL

LMFAO Beav!!!!

Your right Trumom!! LOL!!!

I for one really don’t want to see Torre put himself in as a pinch runner.

I’ve always been an athletic supporter D4!!

Oh well, I guess it is apparent how we feel about Ned!!! I wonder how Dad/Eric feels? LOL!!! Anyway, the real work starts Wednesday!!!

Our see our boys and their friends are up to their mischief again Ward Dear.

I am more of an intoxicating set of boxers, cause I am usually seeing double…..

You would have to pry Joe off the rail, Enchanted!

LOL Nelly!!! Yep, I guess so, but you or dad could do a better job as the GM!!! I wish that was a joke!!!

Intoxicating boxers……….LMAO!!!

Not to mention Ng or White!!!! Geez!!!!

LOL D4!!!

Torre as a pinch runner…..It just may be possible that he can still outrun Manny to first…..

I really thought, Ng had a shot…..she’s a real hard nose and is respected. Maybe, respect is the problem.

She’s got my vote Trumom!!! Especially over Ned!!!

ESPN did a report on her early in the season and I was sold on her, Jhall. Maybe after Joe’s term, is over, she will get a shot at it.

Didn’t mean to put extra commas in there….was going to say something and changed my mind!

Dodgereric/Ward Dear is the ITDmanager, which by his roster predictions this morning, sounds like a pretty good one. However, he calls it a prediction so he must be thinking of a roster that he would better suit him. Wouldn’t you like to know what that is?

I am still happy just being the Dodgers Team Mom, Enchanted GM’s secretary (who wouldn’t want that job and be able to LYAO all day long), and the CEO of Ethierholics, Inc. (because if he gets to stay a Dodger for a while…………….we are going to make money off of this name since everyone else in the Dodgertown likes using it too). Mannywood will crumble and Dreland will emerge, with it’s own zipcode, of course. Then there is Matt who will have to have his own Bison Country as well.

No puncuation police here tonight Trumom!! LOL!!!!

I am definitely for Ng or White.

Hi’Ya Nelly!!!

Hey Jhall/Wally!!!! How are you doing? Is it getting cold in Ohio these days, or do you have an actual autumn season?

As long as you’re not an odiferous set of boxers D4, you’re OK in my book.

BTW, when is someone going to FIX THIS STINKING BLOG??!!! I don’t get submission errors, I just hit submit and absolutely nothing happens. I finally had to restart my computer, then sign in for the third time today.

Yep Nelly, getting chilly here. At night especially. We have a real nice autumn season here. Many people consider it the best time of year here.

Yep Beav, they’ve outgrown their server!!! Plus, too much junk still on the home page!!!

Don’t say junk Wally or Ned will try and sign it.

LOL Beav!! Probably!!!

No I ain’t got Odiferouse’s Boxers …they’re mine and they are G.I Joe issue. I take them fors a soak everyday also….

Bidets don’t count D4!!!

Speaking of which, Ned’s been soaked many times.

Neddy fudged’em Beav!!!! He’s left lots of skids that don’t come out in the wash. Just gotta throw’em away!! LOL!!!!

Okay, as Enchanted suggested, I restarted my computer after trying for 15 minutes to get a post on here. I am really getting tired of the submission errors and major time warps. A lot of our regular bloggers have given up posting here because of the problem.

Sorry Trumom!! It is a definate problem that MLB.com needs to address soon.

Now, the boys are just getting rowdy!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ll bet Mr. Fish never has the problem!

We ain’t got a bidet…..it’s just an old fashioned bucket with a sprinkler in it Beav…..

Hey mister! I run and play in those sprinklers!!!

I remember when I bought my first rental about 15-16 years ago the property manager called me up and said I’ve got a renter for you, but he has a 13 year old boxer. I sat there thinking, “what the hell do I care what his son does?”

It finally dawned on me after talking to her another 10-15 minutes that she meant a dog.

At least it’s not a Slip and Slide, Enchanted!!

EEEEEEEEeeeeeeeewwwwwww!!!!

LMAO TruMom!!!

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s good Beav!!!!!!!!!!

LMAO!!!!! tru – very good too :)

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is just not right Tru…..Funny!!!! Just not right…LMAO!!!!

I’m afraid to ask if D4 has a Water Wiggle.

LMTO, Enchanted!!!!

I got ah……. Naw just can’t do it….next!!!!!

Can you imagine what a person reading this blog for the first time must think?!! lol

I guess we’re OK though as long as it isn’t a Water Wiggler.

I guess we’re OK though as long as it isn’t a Water Wiggler™ © ®.

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ……………..how about a kiddy pool?

LMAO!!!!! Gotta call it a night gang!! Thanks for the laughs!!! Catch you all later!!!

Ah WHAM-O – Supplying two generations of kids hours of unsafe and toxic fun.

Nite Wally!!!

See Ya JHall….

Who knew, ITD is into water sports!!!! Goodnight all!!!!

Good Night Jhall/Wally!!!!!! Thanks for laughs yourself. You and Beav make quite the pair along with our other ITD friends tonight. Sweet Dodger Dreams and have a fabulous day tomorrow ~ Take Care :)

Water sports or water toys? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

Gettin’ so you can’t take us anywhere mom.

If me on a slip n slide ever becomes a sport …………Lord help us…..I did get stuck in one of those water tubes one year, my shorts were grabbing the tubing material, so I would go about 10 feet and stop…kids were flying by me….Zoom…………I’d go another 10 feet and Zoom…Then came the Plus size lady….needless to say she flushed me right on through…..

LMAO D4!!!

Beav – If you behave like this when we are around, who knows what you two do when you are out and about on your own. Nevermind……………………don’t answer that – LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LMAO Dodger4life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

About 100 feet of twist and turns Beav with me stuck between her legs……..I was LMAO!!!!! I did go ask for a refund though…..I had an all day pass…..

And I bet it took a month to wipe the smile off HER face!!!

LMTO!!!

Well folks I’m going to hit it. Busy day ahead tomorrow.

Thanks for all the laughs!!!

Probably…it was a sunny day and you could see a sillouette of me and everything developing from the outside, my wife was cracking up upon my return…….As were the other patron’s.

Good Night E…..

Good Night Enchantedsunset!!!!! May your day be a good one tomorrow. Take Care :)

That is it for me too….. Good Night and God Bless everyone…..
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Have a great day tomorrow……
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GO DODGERS GO!!!!!!
BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!!

Well, good night to you too then Dodger4life!! Thanks for the fun trivia today. I have to go to mandatory training all day tomorrow so you can do some more to pass the time away during the boring times. Good Night and God Bless :)

For all of you Ethieraholics, and others as well………………….

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-andre-ethier6-2009oct06,0,3306721.story

Very nice article Nellyjune. I guess it will in tomorrow’s paper. Byron is a very nice man. I met him back in May. It was the day after I dressed like the 70′s with the big afro wig. I was going by and he said “where is your wig?” I did not understand at first then it dawn on me he was talking about the 70′s night. I started talking to him then I saw his name tag. My friends and I talked too him about how we got three speeding tickets in Arizona. Then we told him that we had gone to the premiere of the Bluetopia movie and that Maggie and Andre were there. He said he had stayed home taking care of the baby. He is always very nice everytime we see him. My friend and I ran into him also at Wrigley Field. We were at our seats when he was coming back up from the field level. The last time I saw him he introduced to his wife.
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My seats are Top Deck (the penthouse like I like to call it) aisle 3, last row. Come up and ask for Emma. If you are looking at the Dodger logo in the Top Deck, it is to to your left. The log is in aisle 1. Odd numbers are to the 3rd base side. The company that I work for has seats in the field level aisle 30 so is to the 1st base side. The president and the vp’s will have those seats on Wedneday and Thursday is still up in the air. email me at crzblue at yahoo. Let me know if there is anything I can help you with. I’ll remember your location is Loney’s number.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

I know………………….it’s been a while since I have written a song. I heard this song actually on a country station, and I knew I had heard it before on another station. Of course, it was a Nickelback song (my daughter was proud). Anyhow, eventhough the original song is about finding love, I think most of us have already found a strong liking (okay – love) for the Dodgers, but we are in search of a World Series Ring for our boys in blue. Here’s to hope it comes true this season. And if not, we love our Dodgers anyway. Why?……………….because we do :)

Song: Feeling of a Ring Out There
Original Song: Gotta Be Somebody
Artist: Nickelback

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pbnRvAUQiI

This time we wonder what it feels like
To win the Ring on this ride
The one we all dream of
But dreams just aren’t enough
So we’ll be waiting for the real thing.
We’ll know it by the feeling.
The moment when we´re screaming
will play out like a scene straight off the Dodger Dream
So we’ll be holdin’ our own breath
Right up to the end
Until that moment when
We win the Ring that they’ll spend forever with

`Cause Dodgers want to be the last one there.
‘Cause Dodgers want to feel theWorld Series air.
Nothing but love and the best from their fans.
There`s a definite hope for a Win like that.

`Cause Dodgers want to do it on their own
And everyone wants them to know they´re not alone.
Dodger fans are all out there everywhere
There`s a definite feeling of a Ring out there

Tonight, out on the field out in the moonlight
And dammit this feels too right
It´s just like Déjà Vu
Fans standin’ there in blue
So we’ll be holdin`our own breath
Could this be the year?
Is it that moment when
We find the out what our team is really worth?

`Cause Dodgers want to be the last one there.
‘Cause Dodgers want to feel theWorld Series air.
Nothing but love and the best from their fans.
There`s a definite hope for a win like that.

`Cause Dodgers want to do it on their own
And everyone wants them to know they´re not alone.
Dodger fans are out there everywhere
There`s a definite feeling of a Ring out there

We can´t give up!
Lookin´ for that diamond in the rough
We never know but when it shows up
Make sure you´re holdin` on

‘Cause it could be the one, the one we’re waiting for
`Cause Dodgers want to be the last one there.
‘Cause Dodgers want to feel theWorld Series air.
Nothing but love and the best from their fans.
There`s a definite hope for a win like that.

Ohhhhhh.

`Cause Dodgers want to do it on their own
And everyone wants them to know they´re not alone.
Dodger fans are out there everywhere
There`s a definite feeling of a Ring out there

`Cause Dodgers want to be the last one there.
‘Cause Dodgers want to feel theWorld Series air.
Nothing but love and the best from their fans.
There`s a definite hope for a win like that.

The Dodgers, who outscored their opponents 121-54 in the first, took a 4-0 lead in the opening inning on a two-run single by Casey Blake(notes) and RBI singles by Doug Mientkiewicz(notes) and A.J. Ellis(notes).

I’m praying we jump out to a huge 1st inning lead but it’s not going to be tough. I wish Ausmus would had used Haeger instead of Troncoso.

By you_know_nothing on October 4, 2009 5:46 PM

I feel like an idiot with that 2nd sentence and I totally forgot that Haeger got hurt. I wanted to say Happy Bday to Tony Malinosky since it was his real bday yesterday but didn’t get on so happy belated 100th Bday.

YKN,
I also did not get a chance to say it so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr. Malinoskly.
My second post in my blog back in February of this year was about the oldest living Ex-player in MLB and the Negro League
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/02/oldest_living_explayer_in_mlb.html

here is what I said back then about Malinoskly:
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oldest living ex-player in MLB and the Negro League.
I always read the L.A Times obituaries in the California section. When last month I read that Bill Werber the oldest living former MLB player and a teammate of Babe Ruth had died at age 100 I was asking myself “who is now the oldest living former MLB player?” Well, after much research I found out the answer is Tony Malinosky. He is 99, born October 5, 1909 and he briefly played with the Dodgers! Tony played in only one season, 1937, in 34 games total. He lived in Whittier, CA and attended Whittier college in the 30′s.
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BTW, Bill Werber had the distinction of being the first player to bat in the first televised major league game, leading off for the Reds in a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field on Aug 26, 1939. Occasionally he would write letters to Bud Selig telling him that he did not think women should sing the national anthem, that games today take too long and that he was disgusted with the long hair on modern players. Wonder what he thought about the steriod scandals.
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3 weeks ago I was switching channels when I heard as part of highlights of a show in Spanish TV station “Univision” that they were going to cover the oldest living professional player that played in the Negro League. Toward the end of the show they showed Emilio Navarro. He is 103, born September 26, 1905 in Puerto Rico. He still looks healthy doing his morning exercises. He reminded me of Buck O’Neill, so upbeat, happy, friendly and with a wonderful look on life. his highlight for him was throwing out the first ball at Yankee Stadium last year. Pudge Rodriguez caught him. The world needs more people like Buck O’Neill & Emilio Navarro.
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This Dodger fan and baseball fan salute you gentlemen! I hope that the two of you get the oportunity to throw out the first ball at Dodger Stadium this year!
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Emma

Good Morning ITDland ~ It’s really difficult listening to all the baseball “experts” saying we don’t have a chance against the Cards. I want to prove them wrong and blow the Cards away. If we play to our capabilities, the Dodgers shall prevail!!
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Can’t wait until tomorrow when we get this Victory Party started!

GOOD MORNING…DODGERS WILL PLAY LIKE CHAMPS…THEY CAN DO IT!

Good Morning ITD, Dodger Faithful and Our Beloved Boy’s in Blue….
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WERE ON A ROLL and WERE READY TO ROCK!!!!!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6slibTD9MF0
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No hurry here….. Just want to accomplish the goals and have fun…………………..
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GO DODGERS GO!!!!!!
BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!!
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Enjoy the day everyone……Tomorrow We Battle!!!!

The Cardinals don’t do well against lefties. Well, except for prince Albert but if we could hold Albert and Holliday to no more than singles, they won’t score. I am seeing this with blue colored glasses but I think our lefties can hold these guys. Now we just need our offense to score. This is the Magic Castle! We can do it!!!
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

I think you are right, Emma.

I almost forgot….Nelly very nice song, very nice indeed….I am starting to worry though…I didn’t see one mention of Andre in there are you feeling okay today….LOL!!!!!

No Worries……. Here Emma……..All is Good

So, I just did my bracket to try to win $10k. I am picking the Dodgers and Phils, Sox and Yanks, with the Dodgers winning the World Series over the Sox. :)

Has anyone heard how our postseason roster is rounding out? Should we all make our guesses?

Here’s my guess:

Belisario
Billingsley
Broxton
Elbert
Garland
Kershaw
Kuo
McDonald
Padilla
Sherrill
Troncoso
Weaver
Wolf

Ausmus
Martin
Belliard
Blake
Furcal
Hudson
Loney
Thome
Ethier
Kemp
Ramirez
Pierre

Mike…I am guessing ANDRE will be in the Roster…

He better be msdodgers!!! :)

I think either Castro or Dewitt…will be on the roster to back up Raffy????

I would tend to agree dodger4life, just not sure who out of Ausmus, Belliard, Thome and Pierre they would take off. I’m guessing they would use Belliard as the all-around backup, including at short.

Mike: I would add Castro and Loretta, and remove Weaver and Elbert. With all the days off, we don’t need as many pitchers and can have more bench players to use as pinch hitters.

I guess is easier to say who is going to be out. I won’t guess. I am getting excited and a little nervous but just from the excitement.
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Mike,
10K?? Wow! If I was in Vegas, I would place a small bet.
so ou think Elbert will make it, would it be only for the first round?
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Emma, I think Elbert will make it only because Kuroda is out for the first round. He would go if we get Hiro back for round 2.

Yeah crash, I would like to see at least one of the two you mentioned added, but trying to think like Joe, I am guessing he will stock us with pitchers for the first round, especially withou Kuroda, we may have to rely heavily on the pen.

Game 1 line up, taken from Dodger Thoughts
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Rafael Furcal, SS
Matt Kemp, CF
Andre Ethier, LF
Manny Ramirez, LF
James Loney, 1B
Casey Blake, 3B
Ronnie Belliard, 2B
Russell Martin, C
Randy Wolf, P

Game 3 starter is Padilla….Game 4 is Billingsley.

The playoffs start in fifteen minutes at the Metrodome (garbage bag dome). I’m picking the Twinkies.

That’s a heckuva shift with two leftfielders and nobody in right. Time Stamp: 1:54 pm

The homepage has live interviews…Carpenter is speaking now.

Tigers draw first blood 1-0 in the third.

Dodger4life ~ Thanks for providing the lineup. I personally love it this way….the Dynamic Duo 2 & 3 !!!!!!

Piggy Miggy goes yard, 3-1 through 4.

Tru – Joe is slowing beginning to understand that Manny needs to move down in the lineup, since he can’t hit squat without the roids!

Red pen – “slowing” should be “slowly”. How could I think that Joe is slowing?? How much slower could he get?
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Tru – It could be electric with Furcal and Kemp wreaking havoc on the base paths, while Every Day Dre is wreaking havoc with his swing! Fire up!

I’m suffering with a different type of “dynamic duo” – Submission Errors and Time Warping!

Crash ~ I agree. You might as well give Matt and Andre a few extra at-bats.

And, it’s even better if Manny breaks out of his slump and performs as he usually does in the post-season. With Matt and Dre on base, we could have some big innings.

Dodger4life – that lineup is awesome!!!!!!!!!!

Orlando Cabrera goes yard. Twinkies 4-3 in the seventh.

Game is tied now 4-4. I so wish I could listen to it but my MLB audio is not working, well is saying the password is not correct. I thought it is the same one I use for the blogs.
Dodgers play at 3:07 on Thursday. I just asked a 1/2 day vaca for Wed and a hole day vaca for Thursday.

Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

yes Nelly, but the Twindkies lost all 7 games to the Yankees. I think that is what I saw in one blog.
I know I saw your post last but mine snuck in there before yours. 4:57 here
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

If this one goes on much longer, then it’s more to the Yankees advantage.

Crash – that Dynamic duo (time warp and submission errors)is horrendous!! Go Twinkies!!!!!! …………………I think. I don’t think I care too much, but I think they have the best shot of knocking off the Yankees since they are on such a roll right now.

Time Warp is especially virulent today. I never know whether my comment will be posted on time or will be posted 21 minutes into the future. Time Stamp=5:06pm

You know the Yankees to pick the 7 days package so that game would be tommorrow for them instead of Thursday.

It does seem like the Yankees have the time off would have the upperhand, but knowing how the Dodgers play after a day off, maybe the Twins aren’t in such a bad situation. I guess pitching would be the issue.

red pen – “Yankees having the time off” not “have”

Wow Shad!!! That is terrible news for all involved.

Ouch so sad.

Wee bit surprised Padilla got the nod over Garland, just based on Garland’s successful World Series experience. But pitching is a strange science, so I’ll trust Joe on this one. But I have NO CLUE what Joe will do with the roster tomorrow. The bubble people appear to be Weaver, Troncoso, Belisario, Mota, Elbert, Thome and Mientkiewicz from which to pick only four. Doesn’t seem to be enough seats for everyone. I figure at least two of those picks will be pitchers, if not three.

I think I read somewhere that, Joe stated….. Weaver was on the division roster??? Maybe it was during the press conference???

Thanks, Dodger4life…guess that wraps up the suspense. Mota, Elbert and Mientkiewicz have to pick up their toys and go home….. I gotta say though, Belisario and Troncoso look like tired pitchers to me. At this late date, I don’t have a lot of confidence in the two of them to get Cardinals out.

The 25-man roster is not required to be submitted until Wednesday morning, but it appears virtually set. Torre notified Jeff Weaver that he would be active as a situational right-hander to give St. Louis hitters a different look, with Garland serving as long reliever.
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http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091006&content_id=7363858&vkey=news_la&fext=.jsp&c_id=la
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We shall see though??

Elbert is staying sharp in Arizona??? Could he be an early morning surprise???

Works for me over Troncoso.

I agree Troncoso was a little off at the end……..He did play well and with a lot of intensity for most of the season….I wish him well.

looking forward to the ride! since my rangers are out im pullin for L.A BABY!!

if we can pass the nightmare that is wainwright and carpenter we should be set!

plus at least the Giants are sitting at home.

guys check out my NEW YORK VS L.A WORLD SERIES PREDICTION BLOG!

http://irvincastellanos.mlblogs.com

Here is a link to Jon Weisman’s Dodger Thoughts where there is a very enjoyable interview with Vin Scully
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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dodgerthoughts/

Submission errors when nobody is on here at 10:21pm.

I too just recieved a short lived one????

I just got another one right after my previous post. This is ridiculous!!!!!

10:47

I was on the correct time last post.

10:48

That was fantastic Collie…………LMAO!!!!!
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10:51

Good Evening Collie!!!! That was a great video and one awesome Dodger fan.

That guy does that at every game. Ken Levine from Dodger Talk interviewed him Sunday. He is an actor. He was in a commercial for Magic Mountain. He shares season tix. I ran into him in the parking lot. He said on Dodger Talk that two fans showed him that they made t-shirts with his immage. He said that was unreal.
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The Vin scully interview was great! Thanks!
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

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Matt Kemp has a blog
http://mattkemp.mlblogs.com/

Is about time Kemp have one.

lol what the heck are these new poster over there and a Cards troll to.

It’s only going to get worse Shad. Andre’s blog last year was plastered with trolls, and it wasn’t fun to read at all.

Good Early Morning ITD, Dodger Faithful and Our Beloved Boy’s in Blue…………………
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I Don’t believe in the, skeptics, naysayers and non believers……
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNlmn7vbXBQ&feature=related
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I Do Believe In Joe Torre and The Boy’s In Blue…….
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BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I DON’T WANT THIS FEELING TO GO AWAY!!
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GO MAKE THE MAGIC GENTLEMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Enjoy your day and Enjoy the game tonight everyone :-)

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Randy Wolf(notes) has seen a lot in his 11-year career, just never the playoffs. He’s finally getting a chance in the stadium where he watched the Los Angeles Dodgers as a kid.

The 33-year-old left-hander proved to be the most consistent starter for the repeat NL West champions, although he quickly rejects the label of staff ace.

Series at a Glance vs.
Series tied 0-0
Game 1: at LAD
Wed, Oct 07 – 9:37 pm EDT

Preview

TV: TBS

Game 2: at LAD
Thu, Oct 08 – 6:07 pm EDT

TV: TBS

Game 3: at STL
Sat, Oct 10 – 6:07 pm EDT

TV: TBS

Game 4: at STL
Sun, Oct 11 – TBA

TV: TBS

Game 5: at LAD
Tue, Oct 13 – TBA

TV: TBS

Series Breakdown

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“I almost despise that word,” Wolf said Tuesday. “A guy like Chris Carpenter(notes), you could consider him an ace. He’s done it year in, year out. He’s the guy who is almost a perennial top-five Cy Young voting guy.”

Carpenter will start for the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 Wednesday night against Wolf. The 2005 Cy Young winner is a strong contender again this season, boasting a 17-4 record and a NL-best 2.24 ERA.

Wolf describes himself in less lofty terms.

“I’ve kept the team in the game,” he said. “With this staff, we could have an ace on any given day. That’s why I don’t like to use that term. It’s just try to pitch as well as you can, that’s the key.”

Wolf proved durable this season, setting career highs with 34 starts and 214 1-3 innings just two years after lasting half a season for the Dodgers because of injury.

He ended the regular season strongly, going 6-1 in his final nine starts with a 2.51 ERA. Overall, he was 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA that was second on the staff to Clayton Kershaw’s(notes) 2.79.

Kershaw will start Game 2 on Thursday, while Adam Wainwright(notes) goes for the Cardinals.

The Dodgers open the series with two pitchers who lack playoff experience, between Wolf and Kershaw, a 21-year-old left-hander. Manager Joe Torre went with the two lefties because the Cardinals batted .234 against southpaws compared to .274 against right-handers.

“Wolf’s excited. You’ll see him snatch the ball back from Russell Martin(notes), and that’s why he is who he is,” Torre said.

“Kershaw, we’ve spent the better part of two years trying to protect him and insulate him from all this exposure because he’s just a kid. Then you hand him the ball (last) Saturday and say, `Here, kid,’ and he comes back with a division title. He’s pretty well not anybody to be concerned about.”

Wolf spent eight seasons with Philadelphia, enduring his share of runner-up finishes and playoff misses. Then he missed the Dodgers’ playoff run last season, which ended in the NLCS against the Phillies.

“You obviously start feeling like there’s some kind of a jinx even though I’m not a big believer in that, but luckily that went away,” he said.

Wolf couldn’t have predicted his success in the offseason, when he thought he would be returning to the Houston Astros. That didn’t work out and the Dodgers stepped in to sign him for a second stint about a week before spring training began.

“I was happy to have that opportunity to come to LA again, and I felt that I owed them something,” said Wolf, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. “I felt I had some unfinished business.”

He got off to a rocky beginning with a 5-6 record, a 3.55 ERA and 13 no-decisions in his first 24 starts. Coincidentally, his luck seemed to turn around the All-Star break when he switched his jersey from No. 21 to 43, and won that day.

“I always wanted No. 43. It was the number I had in Philly for a long time,” Wolf said.

Carpenter had his own share of problems, missing nearly all the previous two seasons to injuries. He was 2-0 with 1.20 ERA against the Dodgers this season.

“He has a bunch of weapons, so he can pitch to all areas,” manager Tony La Russa said. “He competes like a maniac, he’s a complete guy.”

Carpenter takes no comfort in the fact that Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez(notes) comes into the playoffs having batted .218 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 25 games.

“If you ever take Manny Ramirez for granted, you’re crazy, no matter what he’s swinging,” Carpenter said. “I’m not concerned if Manny is 0 for 50. He can hit. You go out and you continue to execute your game plan, that’s it.”

Ramirez tailed off after returning from a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy. He was hitting .348 with six homers and 20 RBIs before sitting out. He returned to hit .269 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in 77 games

Ramirez is baseball’s all-time postseason home run leader with 28. His 74 RBIs are second only to former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams’(notes) 80.

“He tries to get too big and really it affects his balance,” Torre said. “He just has to think more in terms of smaller, like the line drive instead of long way. Usually the long ball will come when you sort of get yourself back in rhythm.”

Torre announced his starting lineup for Game 1, with Ramirez hitting in the cleanup spot. He chose infielder Ronnie Belliard(notes) (hitting .351 since coming from Washington) over All-Star Orlando Hudson(notes) (.284).

“He doesn’t have as wide a range as Hudson does, but I think offensively he’s maybe a little fresher right now,” Torre said. “We asked O-Dog to do a lot of stuff early in the year. We’ll go day-to-day right now.”

La Russa declined to identify his starters, saying the biggest issue remained who will play center field against the left-handed Wolf.

Right-hander Joel Pineiro(notes) will start Game 3 in St. Louis, while the Dodgers will go with righty Vicente Padilla(notes). Torre said All-Star right-hander Chad Billingsley(notes) would start Game 4 if necessary.

“I was just a little more comfortable with where Padilla is now,” Torre said. “I know Billingsley is getting there, otherwise he wouldn’t even be considered for No. 4 if I didn’t think I was more comfortable watching him.”

Billingsley threw 85 pitches in a simulated game Monday at the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona. A year ago, he went into the division series as the Game 2 starter and beat the Chicago Cubs. But he was mostly ineffective after the break.

“Everything felt good mechanically,” he said about the simulated game. “I’m feeling a lot better out on the mound. That’s what you want to see.”

I’ve must had missed that troll since I did read it 2 to 3 times.

I’ve must had missed those troll since I did read it 2 to 3 times.

Poor Rockies fans.

Game 1: at PHI
Wed, Oct 07 – 2:37 pm EDT

Game 2: at PHI
Thu, Oct 08 – 2:37 pm EDT

Game 3: at COL
Sat, Oct 10 – 9:37 pm EDT

GOOOOOD MORNING…..ITD!
I am sooooo ready for GAME 1. Ready to see our boys in Action.
LET’S GO DODGERS…..LET’S GO!

I’m ready. I have my Buckner jersey on at work. Let’s go.

I’m ready……ready for some Dodger runs tonight, let’s go boy’s….it’s time to get ready for………………
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SWING TOWN
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq3RIN2LRkU&feature=related

I’m real excited this post season. First time I get to go to a game, even though I’m not a Dodger fan, but my dad is a hardcore fan and we going to a game. Should be fun.
Two Voices | Two Guys

Cool, Tom. You have to show some respect for your Dad and cheer for the Dodgers tonight!

I envy you. I wish I could go to another game with my Dad. Enjoy! Seeing post-season games in person is an unforgetable experience!

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