1. trublu4ever

    Tommy, is to this day, one of my all time favorite people. He really does bleed Dodger Blue and I miss that in the current atmosphere of the Dodger Organization.

  2. northstateblues

    Thanks for the link, Josh. My favorite of Tommy’s posts:

    # I spoke at a luncheon hosted by the LA Times today, and by doing so I did more for the Times than Plaschke has all year.
    4:05 PM Nov 17th from web

  3. kpookiemon

    Agree on Blake DeWitt…I want to see him play. And given the sorry state of ownership, he probably WILL play because he’ll come cheap. Hell, any way is fine with me. As enchanted said, the old new mantra is reborn. PLAY THE KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. knouffbrock@frontiernet.net

    I see other teams are going out and getting players they want and need.
    I’d rather have Hudson back, but since that is not going to happen, why not go with DeWitt? He did well enough there before.

  5. nellyjune

    I know talk is talk, and we certainly saw alot of that last year, but it’s funny how last year Andre was talked about in trades because he was viewed by some as expendable. Now, he is in the same discussions but because he is (or one of) the Dodgers’ best bargaining chips. What a difference a year makes.

  6. jhallwally

    I sure wish Beav would show up with the flying monkeys about now!! LOL!!! Oh no, there here!! The Yankees, Red Sox, and Angels!!!! They swoop down and get the best players!!! Oh My!!!

  7. trublu4ever

    Wow, you are on a roll tonight, Jhall! You are Beav, Ward and June all rolled into one! And, how can I forget, Wally!

  8. trublu4ever


  9. kpookiemon

    Hide the children…Ned has begun possible re-stocking of the pitching garbage bin:

    “The Dodgers are in discussions with free-agent reliever Luis Ayala about a minor-league deal, according to a source with knowledge of the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Ayala, who turns 32 next month, was 1-5 with a 5.62 earned-run average for the Twins and Marlins this year. The right-hander had a rough year, as he was released by the Twins in July and designated for assignment by the Marlins in August.”

  10. nellyjune

    Most of that article isn’t so bad. It’s what we already know. It’s the pitching issue that seems shakey………….a Randy Wolf – Like Bargain, and a JP swap. We are the Los Angeles Dodgers for Heaven’s Sake. We are supposed to be at least acting like a big market team. Well, this could get real interesting to see what actually happens. I just wish it was happening to a different team.

  11. nellyjune

    Enchanted – so very true. We are watching Frank and Ned’s version of “Let’s make a Deal!!!”………… “Let’s Make a Cheap PVL Deal”.

  12. nedajerk

    Santana (Martin could be trade bait for Halladay)
    DeJesus (should had been ready ready for 2011 than we could try to trade Furcal but the injury kill him)
    Bell (Oh I wish we still had him so give that job to Dewitt since he was jerk around this year)

    Wolf (if he does come back)

  13. trublu4ever

    Good Morning ITDland ~ I see by our Home Page that we are looking for help in the back of our rotation. Funny, I didn’t know we had a front end rotation!

  14. enchantedbeaver

    Come and listen to a story
    ’bout a man named Frank.
    A parking lot attendant
    And a wife that was a skan*.
    He was out one day
    looking like a tool,
    and that’s when Murdoch
    knew he found him a fool.
    Leveraged man
    Well, the next thing we hearz
    that Frank’s a billionaire.
    Joe sits in the dugout
    and doesn’t have a care.
    But we can’t get no pitching
    and money is the hitch.
    Cuz unbeknownst to Frank,
    he married him a bitc*.
    Swimmin’ pools.
    Lux’ry cars.
    [cue the banjo]

    Frank McCourt as Jed Clampett
    Jamie McCourt as Ellie May
    Joe Torre as Granny
    Ned Colletti (who else?) as Jethro
    Kim Ng as Miss Hathaway
    and Dennis Mannion as Mr. Drysdale

  15. kpookiemon

    nelly, here’s my favorite part from the homepage article:
    “If the Dodgers completely whiff on adding a veteran (second baseman), they seem prepared to let DeWitt sink or swim, but they’d rather add a veteran.”
    Please substitute the words “Joe Torre” in place of the word “they.” Torre is scared to death of kids. He’s a PVL guy all the way. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  16. kpookiemon

    Pretty dang tootin’ good, enchanted! Now I ain’t exactly a Hillbilly aficionado (more of an Andy and Opie guy) but tarnations, Ellie is Jed’s daughter, fer cryin’ out loud…are you implying Frank and Jamie is, whatcha call it, a couple of them thar incest types? I mean, hell, y’all might be on to something. Guess they have been bu**-fu**ing the fans fer a while now, huh?

  17. nellyjune

    LMAO!!!!! Oh enchanted – Your mind works in such mysterious ways.

    Kahli – You would think Kemp and Ethier are proof “them” if you give the kids a chance, they will perform for you, but “they” don’t see it that way obviously.

  18. dodgereric

    “But we can’t get no pitching
    and money is the hitch.
    Cuz unbeknownst to Frank,
    he married him a bitc*.”

    LMAO!!! Classic enchanted! Bravo!

    A belated “Bravo” to all of our songwriters! I’ve been a little negligent about posting the songs onto our site, but I’ve had a slow moment here and they’re all in there now. Five hundred sixty six of ’em and still rollin’!

    Just a quickie that I’ve been working on for a while, and then I’ve got to get back to the salt mines.

    The Seven Stages of Dodger Fan Grief

    1. SHOCK & DENIAL-
    You will probably react to learning of the reality of your horrid owners with numbed disbelief. You may deny the reality of the loss at some level, in order to avoid the pain. Shock provides emotional protection from being overwhelmed all at once. This may last for weeks.

    2. PAIN & GUILT-
    As the shock of realization that we are a second-tier team (despite leading MLB in attendance) wears off, it is replaced with the suffering of unbelievable pain. Although excruciating and almost unbearable, it is important that you experience the pain fully, and not hide it, avoid it or escape from it with alcohol or drugs.

    You may have guilty feelings or remorse over things you did or didn’t do, such as writing more letters to The Times or walking in front of the parking lot gates with protest signs. Life feels chaotic and scary during this phase.

    Frustration gives way to anger, and you may lash out and lay unwarranted blame on someone else, i.e; the media, a former owner, your spouse. Please try to control this, as permanent damage to your relationships may result. This is a time for the release of bottled up emotion.

    You may rail against fate, questioning “Why me?” You may also try to bargain in vain with the powers that be for a way out of your despair (“I will never drink again if you just bring O’Malley back”)

    Just when your friends may think you should be getting on with your life, a long period of sad reflection will likely overtake you. This is a normal stage of grief, so do not be “talked out of it” by well-meaning outsiders. Encouragement from others is not helpful to you during this stage of grieving, but posting occasional bi*ches on ITD can be helpful.

    During this time, you finally realize the true magnitude of your loss, and it depresses you. You may isolate yourself on purpose, reflect on things you did with your lost one, and focus on memories of the past. You may sense feelings of emptiness or despair. Realization that you are not alone can help fight off this depression. Just reading ITD and not posting is OK.

    As you start to adjust to life without decent leadership or starting pitching, your life becomes a little calmer and more organized. Your physical symptoms lessen, and your “depression” begins to lift slightly. This feeling will most likely surface around the beginning of February.

    As you become more functional, your mind starts working again, and you will find yourself seeking realistic solutions to problems posed by the impeding season. You will start to work on how you would solve the practical and financial roster problems and reconstructing the team if only a miracle would happen and your beaneating owners left town.

    During this, the last of the seven stages in this grief model, you learn to accept and deal with the reality of your situation. Acceptance does not necessarily mean instant happiness. Given the pain and turmoil you have experienced, you can never return to the carefree, untroubled YOU that existed before this tragedy. But you will find a way forward.

    You will start to look forward and actually plan things for the future. Eventually, you will be able to think about your own life without pain; sadness, yes, but the wrenching pain will be gone. You will once again anticipate some good times to come, and yes, even find joy again in the experience of watching the Dodgers. You just have to mute the TV when McCourt is interviewed.

  19. dodgereric

    Thanks tru and Junie. Unfortunately I think I’m only in Stage 3.

    And I suppose the time warp just isn’t important enough to fix. I can’t believe it’s that difficult. It’s just a clock.

  20. nellyjune

    I would think most fans are in stage 3. It’s just some are angrier than others. Then there are some who are slowly creeping into stage 4.

    11:06 PST, as opposed to 11:36 ITDFST

  21. nellyjune

    I was really talking about ITD (and the like), both readers and writers, when I was referring to most fans. We, along with other blogs, are a little more intuned to the off-season theatrics than most. I would think the casual fan probably doesn’t even know what is going on, or won’t know, until it gets closer to Opening Day.

  22. colliethec

    The quote I found funny in that article about getting pitching is, “They’ve succeeded in unearthing a Randy Wolf-like bargain each year to fill a back-end-of-the-rotation role,…”
    I thought last year Wolf was signed as a Front End Guy??
    The Dodgers need to improve just to GET to the WS.
    So how is going with the same thing as last year going to get them there? The Phils weren’t just lucky to beat us. They had better pitching and it was obvious.
    They need a #1 now or this year will be a waste.

  23. Dodger4life

    Good afternoon folk’s…………..
    Eric, outstanding….
    It make thing of this song
    Which got me thinking so …………….Here is #567
    Sunshine, Short Hops and JP?s Rainbows

    Sunshine, short hops, and JP?s rainbows
    Everything that?s catch able, makes me sigh, when your in center
    Makes me clamor, F***ing Neddy
    When your near the ITD cool aid disappears, Ahhh!!
    As it makes me numb, watching runners run on you
    My life is sunshine, short hops and JP?s rainbows
    That?s how this refrain goes, so come on, join in everybody
    Sunshine, short hops and JP?s rainbows
    Everything that comes his way is sure to ruin our day
    When Juanpy is in the game to play
    Sunshine, short hops, and JP?s rainbows
    Everything that?s catch able, makes me sigh, when your in center
    Makes me clamor, F***ing Neddy
    When your near the ITD cool aid disappears, Ahhh!!
    As it makes me numb, watching runners run on you
    My life is sunshine, short hops and JP?s rainbows
    That?s how this refrain goes, so come on, join in everybody
    Sunshine, short hops and JP?s rainbows
    Everything that comes his way is sure to ruin our day
    Cause Joe?s in love, Joe?s in love
    And Neddy can?t trade JP away

  24. enchantedbeaver

    Nice one D4!! …and good stuff Eric!!

    Kahli – didn’t think of that aspect. I figured Jamie’s EllieMay because of her affinity for C-ment ponds.

  25. messagebear@msn.com

    Hey, just when I thought all was lost for next season, I see we just pulled the BIG COUP and signed Justin Miller. Apparently took him right away from the Giants. Talk about improving the team! Now if things get really boring during the season, at least the guys can sit around and discuss his tattoos.

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