Holiday spirits…

I know that many of us who are fortunate enough to work for the Dodgers spend a lot of time thinking about how lucky we are to work for an organization of this stature, but there are certain days that are just better than others.

Most days, as I pull into the parking lot, I try to remember what an amazing job I have. But much like all of you, there’s also an office culture and office life and with that, comes an office holiday party. Ours starts in about 30 minutes when the offices will close for the afternoon and the games begin. There’s lunch in the Dugout Club, a softball tournament down on the field, some sort of Olympic games (not sure what it will entail) and then dinner before we head home. Office camaraderie is important anywhere you work, even more so when you log the kind of hours that are required of these sorts of jobs.

I certainly don’t write this to brag…just to give a little insight into a great day like this for the organization. We get hammered plenty publicly but it’s days like this that it’s hard to deny how fortunate we are to be associated with the Los Angeles Dodgers…there are very few teams in baseball that can say they’ve been in the playoffs four out of the last six years and three out of the last four, not to mention back-to-back NLCS for the first time in three decades. I’ve worked with a lot of people through the 90s and early 2000s who spent a lot of years here and never got to witness the sort of success we’ve had on the field in recent years. We still have the ultimate goal in mind – a World Series – but we also have to know that only one team can win it each year and hopefully our time is coming soon. And off the field, I think we all know that there are several million people who would trade jobs with us in a heartbeat. I’m just hoping I don’t pull any muscles in advance of tomorrow night’s front office basketball tournament…yet another cool thing organized by the accounting department.

Anyway, changing subjects, one more cool thing happened today…Camelback Ranch won an award from Ballpark Digest and I’d imagine that any of you who got to visit understand why. Those who didn’t should start making their plans now because it really is a very cool experience.


Josh – I wouldn’t trade jobs with you. I can only imagine what you go through in a day. However, I would love to work for the Dodgers in any capacity someday. That would be a dream come true (even if for a day). Maybe even your job for a day πŸ™‚ Have a great time at your celebrations.

Have a wonderful time Josh and also all the people that make our experiense at the ballpark great! I miss you all! I was at the ballpark last Sunday when my friends LTD23, Erik, my bro Vic and I met at Barragans for breakfast then we headed to the field level gift shoft and then went inside the stadium. It was raining but it was great to see my friends that share the same love for the Dodgers as I do.
Great bargains still at the gift shop
We started talking about our plans for Spring Training and also to go to Fenway Park. We need info on Fenway Park Josh!

I wonder who is hosting the party? Frank or Jamie?

I would also give anything to work at Dodger Stadium, as Nellyjune said, even if for just one day! I’d like to apply for batgirl (I should probably say batoldlady). Shagging foul balls would be fun too.

JOSH – I’m glad you are loving your job and I hope you are having a wonderful time. And congratulations on CamelBack Ranch….beautiful place that maybe someday…I mean SOMEDAY I will get the privilege to visit the place.
I’m thankful for the job I have (I still have). Eventhough we just got the news that we are closing down for the week between the holidays…NOT GOOD! It has been a tough month. And this morning was not the best. But trying to make the best of it. It is also my sons birthday!
NELLY, EMMA….miss y’all. I haven’t been around much, here on ITD but I need my BLUES.

Hey Rose! Happy birthday to your son! I miss you too!
We close for a week every year so this year the last day is 12/23 but a few of us will be on call since we work in IT.
Is a lot of fun to run into so many people from L.A. at Camelback Ranch. Heck even in Vero Beach, I used to run into a lot of people from L.A. that I know during Spring Training. One time at Vero Beach, I had these guys asked me “Hey, haven’t I seen you at Dodger Stadium.” Dodger fans are everywhere!


I am stuck in PST. I time warped you enchanted. The LOL was meant for you.

Hey Emma…yeah several offices close during that week and I’m not used to it. Well once, but I was younger, single, no kids & still living with my parents so I was able to afford it. Now I have insurances, mortgage, husband, 2 kids and one on the way…..stress is not good. I need a fix of Dodger blue to cheer me up. Could of been worst and I am just grateful I still have my job, fam, house, etc. etc. We were planning a trip to Camel back this March, but no can do now. SOMEDAY!

Don’t know Phan, but we’d all like to see Frank and Jamie’s head on a platter.

This just in:

McCourts own goldmine, fans get shaft.

The spin stops here.

Enchanted – Who know’s if Frank will let Jamie in.

..and some thought with JP gone there wouldn’t be any material – hahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Good to see you too Rose πŸ™‚

I went to ST at Camelback and can see why it won an award. It was an experience. I plan on going back again.

phan, I have to admit, I’ve been reading the Phillies blog to get all the phans’ take on the Halladay/Lee thing. You should have told us you guys were moving Lee. We’d have given you a couple limo drivers for him. Not much else, though…nothing left to give.

enchanted, these are the times that try men’s souls…or something like that. Can only climb on Santa’s knee and wish for MartinLoneyKempEthierBillingsleyKershawBroxton to light their noses and deliver us Christmas cheer come October.

What? Juan Pierre was traded? lol

The dumpster diver got us a couple of stiffs by the name of Carroll and Ayala. It never fails – just the veterans we need.


The story say’s Blake DeWitts back up??
For just under 4 Million, at 2 years……in other words…..4 Castro’s.

The agent says Caroll and Blake will share the position…..
I am assuming we all know what Torre will say…..
So why not just say it now. Your new second baseman is Jamie Carroll

Hello gang!!! Hope you are all well and having a great evening!! Kahli, outstanding post!!!

I think Kahli is about ready to make a great post!! LOL!!!!

Hey jhall, How have ya been???
Always good to see your insight khali!

‘Tis the season to be shopping at Dumpsters R Us….Ho, Ho, Ho!!!!

The problem with dumpster diving is that there are usually two very different kinds of dumpsters. One for trash, the other for recyclables. Now, a keen GM….mind you, a VERY keen GM…can always tell them apart. Last season Jeff Weaver was recyclable, but Eric Milton turned out to be trash. Now in fairness to Milton, he was injured. Again, we come back to that “keen” part of the GM…the gifted, mysterious talent which deciphers and sorts the myriad “used” items from the “useless” broken rubble.

Hi’Ya D4, doing well my friend, how about you? Always good to see you!!!

LOL Trumom!!! It is if Frank, Ned, and Jamie are piloting the sleigh!!!

I cant complain jhall, looking foward to seeing the Buckeyes and Ducks play…..Christmas and New Years…..and lets not forget Spring!!!


Question: Where is the pitching help Joe and most of the players wanted?

Unfortunately Trumom, it is in the back seat of a Limo between Jamie’s legs!!!!

Me too D4, should be a good game!!!

LMAO, Jhall!!!!!

Jamie’s little roll in the dough probably set the Dodger franchise back a few years. For a few minutes of pleasure!!!! Unbelievable!!!

LMAO!!!!! What in the world is going on around here!?!

In 51 we had, “The shot heard round the world!!! In 09 we have, “The cock heard round the world”!!!!

I have been time warping all day long!!

LOL Tru!!! Who’s the bigger *****? Jamie or Ned!!! Interesting, eh?

Rock Around the Cock!!!!!

Hi’Ya Nells!! Me too!! I guess we are a sensory overload.

Who is the bigger wh*re’? Ned or Jamie?

That’s a hard choice Jhall!!!

Regardless, Frank takes it up the ___!!! Not the brightest bulb in the pack!!!!

LOL Nells!! At least Jamie delivered the goods somewhere along the line. Ned?, we’re still waiting to get off!!!

This is where Beav needs to take his cue and put it all into perspective.

Hmmm…………..Where is Beav when you need him?

I think beav is hiding under the paperbag again…….Cut the eye holes out, E.

………….and Ward Dear must be hiding under there with him.

I think Ward took Beav to the strip bar.

Then I’m guessing they cut the eye holes out

I’m pissed, they didn’t take me!!!!!

LOL, nelly!!!!Good luck to JP with his new team.We might need good luck more than he does. Considering that we practically paid the White Sox to take him, we can only hope we got some reasonably decent pitching prospects in return. Considering Ned’s track record….. The Phillies made a steal of a deal, the likes of which our management can only dream of. They traded a pitcher that they were unlikely to resign and a few prospects for, arguably, the best pitcher in baseball and the Mariners’ top pitching prospect. Additionally, they didn’t have to outbid the Yankees, Red Sox, etc. to retain him. Interesting note on the previous thread concerning the Dennis Gilbert rumor re: a possible purchase of the D’s. There must have been a reason why he didn’t get the Rangers. Food for thought.

You should be Wally!!!

Hi’Ya Sky!!! Great post!!!! You are on it! my friend!!

I’m sure they will bring you home a little something Wally….Wrapped in tassles!!!

:)))) Nells!!! You give dad hell’ when he gets home!!! Maybe he needed to have THE talk with the Beav!!!? LOL!!!!

Hey Seesky!!!!! Fantastic post!!!!

I will do that, and Beav always needs to be talked to about something. You know him…………always getting into mischief and all.

Thanks, guys!!! I see that ITD Late Night is in full swing and ITDFST hasn’t reared it’s ugly head.

It just reared it’s ugly head…………………..I got submission errored after my last post 😦

There once was an owner named Frank,
Who laughed all the way to the bank.
Til one day he seen,
where the doughboy had been,
And found out he’d married a skank.

How’s that for perspective?

Hey Wally!! Could you come here please!!?? Beaver’s home with perspective of course.

I was looking through the thread from the time I left school, and I noticed we had a visit from jungar. That was a very pleasant surprise.

ENCHANTED….great POEM! Yeah nothing like reading some funny Blues to get me going in the morning.
Hope every will have a wonderful day….I mean HAVE A WONDERFUL DRE!

Dodger4life – that article will go over well around here. I am especially curious about the last part.

The Reds are asking for one or two players on the Dodgers’ major league roster in return.
One or two? Why do we always seem to have to give up so much to get so little in return?

and then there is this………………….

The Dodgers would want the Reds to pay for a portion of the $15 million Harang would be guaranteed if he is traded.

Harang is owed $12.5 million in 2010 and has a $12.75-million club option for 2011 with a $2-million buyout. If Harang is traded, the option would become a mutual option worth $14 million and the price of the buyout would increase to $2.5 million.

— Dylan Hernandez
Like that is going to happen.

I was watching mlbtv this morning again, and once again, when it comes to talking about the Dodgers, it’s all about our financial situation and the divorce. Everyone else is on there talking about how strong their teams are, who needs who, and all that is talked about when it’s our turn……………this crap. It’s extremely frustrating knowing we can be in a much better position right now if we had owners who gived a damn.

I VOTE NO HARANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can you just imagine Harang and Wang both on our team…..E anc Crew would have field-day expressing themselves.
I agree with Nellyjune ~ we cannot afford to give up any of our current players for a washed up pitcher!

What could enchanted possibly have to say??? About Frank and Ned dumpster diving for a Harang-n Wang

The possibilities are endless with this group πŸ™‚

Harang-n Wang and Yin and Yang, oh, joy!! lol

Pehaps, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum. Oh, forgot, we already have them!

Smoltz and Johnson are looking better all the time…

Smoltz could actually be good for the Kersh and Billz, kind of like Maddux was, Enchanted. I’d rather have him than Harang.

Ned isn’t dumpster diving, he’s in the dairy manure pile with all the heffers. “I know there’s a pony in here somewhere” he was heard muttering as he went in headfirst.

Maybe Frank will say No to the Harang-n Wang and instruct Ned to hang on to his Chin-Lu and give him a good Smoltz instead.

LOS ANGELES ? Infielders Doug Mientkiewicz and Angel Berroa, and pitcher Josh Towers were among nine players who agreed Wednesday to minor league contracts with the Los Angels Dodgers.

Glad Doug is staying, but what is up with the big contracts? Inquiring minds would like to know.

I seen that nelly…..I am glad for (monkeywhiskers), I see we haven’t added the (Harangatang) yet though…..I was looking at cots contracts from previous seasons and they didn’t sign any arbitration guys until Febuary, if that is an indication.

Well is Luis Maza he would kick *** int he minor. I don’t want Carroll. He does have a nice career baa and obp. I’d rather have Marlon Anderson back. RIP Chris Henry dang had to see any sport athletic pass away so young.

I’m surprise that article didn’t see bring back former player Berroa who played for us in 2008 and acquired him from KC.

From the homepage…………….the rest of the nine.

Thanks Dodger4life πŸ™‚

Congratulations on the bundle of joy on the way! Cheer up, things will get better. Como decia mi abuelita “Dios aprieta pero no ahorca.”.
I am so happy that Tony Jackson will be back covering the Dodgers! Maybe this is old news to some of you, but I recently found out. You can find him at, but the site doesn’t launch until Monday.

I actually like Monkeywhiskers being back. At least maybe he’ll get the bulk of the PH opportunities and they won’t go to Carroll Channing.

I’d say Berroa pretty much spells the end of Hu’s chance of making the club.

Carroll Channing…LMAO!!!!

And, Enchanted thought he wouldn’t have any material for song writing….LMAO!!!!!

Hu put the Wang in the Harang? Why it was Carroll Channing or perhaps Monkeywhiskers.

Enchanted without material…………………….will never happen πŸ™‚

He might have more than he bargained for, Nellyjune!

Hi all. It’s been wonderful to be able to open up our toy box here and see/read all the humorous comments. You make me laugh.
However, on a more serious subject, those of you who met me at the ITD tour also met my friend, Dave. He was recently diagnosed with having anal cancer and started chemo and radiation therapy this week. The chemo has affected his heart in some way and as I am relating this news, he’s in the hospital being poked, examined, and poked some more. They want to keep him overnight at the very least.
It would be so appreciated if my friends here would be praying and putting up good thoughts for Dave. Many many thanks – and a big group hug to all of you.

I am so sorry, Sparkleplenty. I do remember Dave and I will keep him in my prayers. A big hug to you !

Will do sparkleplenty…..You and Dave hang in there πŸ™‚

Hello gang!!! Sparky, my thoughts and prayers go out to Dave, his family, and you!!!

Hey jhall, whats the word in Ohio??

Go Bucks!!! Not much, just left the girls they should be out in a bit….Just trying to shake a cold, you know these Cali winters…LOL!!!

Good Evening Jhall!!!!! How are you doing this fine evening…..well, early, early morning for you:)) ?

Sparkleplenty – Sorry to hear/read about Dave. Prayers and hugs go out you the both of you.

Hey Dodger4life – These California winters are brutal – brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! LOL!!!!

Hi Nelly…..Yes they can be….I shouldn’t of been running around barefoot during the last cold snap. live and learn.

Hi ya tru…..

Me too πŸ™‚

I think jhall, may of snuck off to the Spearment Rhino

Maybe it was his night out with Ward Dear.

Only seems fair…..Ward sure is a good father getting himself so involved in the boys and their extra curricular activities.

Yea – I hear he is taking in the midnight showing of Avitar tonight with Matt.

jhall did say Go Bucks!!! I was assuming he was reffering to Ohio State however he may of just been in a little bit of a rut.

Hey enchanted!!! How is it up in the hills?

Hi’Ya D4!!! The word is “Go Bucks!!” Just getting ready for Christmas, the Rose Bowl, and the impending cold of January and February!!! Thanks for asking. What’s shaking where you live?


I knew you could do it enchanted – fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, I am in the pst time warp. I am reading your mind again enchanted πŸ™‚

Not I jhall, but most everyone I know is πŸ™‚

I’d much rather have the 100 degrees summers, Nellyjune!
Hi, Jhall and Dodger4life πŸ™‚

My thoughts be with you and Dave Sparks.

Carol Channing – Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

A rook in the fold may be quite instrumental
But Neddy is a vet?s best friend.
A kid may be grand but be too detrimental
He could stumble flat, or miss a sign in his at bat…
Kids go cold are brash and bold
And lose their charm in arbitration
But round cut or pear shaped
His deals leave us agape…
Neddy is a vet?s best friend.
There may be a time when they get a sore shoulder
But Neddy is a vet?s best friend.
There may come a time when ol? Neddy?s employer
Sinks to an awful vice
But sign guys twice is oh so nice…
Vets be prized when they fly high
But with Ned?s they never ascend
Frank buys him some houses for unfaithful spouses…
But Neddy is a vet?s best friend.
With Jamie and Ned it is always platonic
Cuz Neddy is a vet?s best friend.
We hear some big names, but its all quite ironic
Cheaper the vets that Ned gets from the Mets
Time?s rolled on, their youth is gone
And they can?t straighten up when they bend
But stiff back or stiff knees
Give him more if you please
(Don?t need Berroa)
But Neddy
Is a vet?s best friend.

© NedCo Broken Records 2009


LOL, outstanding Beav!!!!

Its even better when you sing it in Carol’s voice. πŸ™‚

How are you tonight sir??

LOL D4, are you a deer hunter?

Didn’t see y’all time warping me up there. Hey D4 & Nells!!!

Little chilly up here this evening, but no snow in the immediate forecast. Just need my customers to pay me and get somemore clientele and jobs coming in and I’ll be a regular happy camper.

And hello to you too Tru!!!

I vote no on the alleged Harang deal!!! If the Reds want to dump his salary, they don’t need to get any of our major league players. We’ll take him for a low minor leaguer and you eat most of his salary!!!

Good to see ya enchanted…..I kept picturing Carroll in a blond wig and lipstick after your comment, remarkable resemblense…I must say, even without the big black rimmed glasses…LOL!!!!!

Not I jhall, but most everyone I know is πŸ™‚

Jhall – We are supposed to be adding to what we have, not subtracting, and depending on who we would have to give up, it doesn’t sound like it would benefit us.

Me neither D4, but my dad is into it!!! Only reason I know that the Bucks are in the rut(mating) mode now!!!!!

Have to admit D4, I got a good chuckle from who put the Hu and the Wang in Harang too!!

So’s Jamie πŸ™‚

Ned’s just in a rut period.


Yep Nells, Reds are trying to play Ned!!! I don’t blame them. With his history, they will probably screw us!!!!


LOL Beav!!! No sh*t!!!!

Paying customers and clientele are important enchanted. Are the neighbors any better these days?

There is a new sports drink about to hit the market…it’s called Neddy’s Remedies, better than drinking from the fountain of youth…….I’ll send them your way…

Okay, I guess everyone took off to the Ruttin Bucks Club???

Say Merry Christmas to Bambi for me ya’ll….

LMAO!!!!!! No, just laughing at enchanted’s song and getting some work done.

God damn it. Give Berroa chump money to Jones.

Men Without Hats – Safety Dance:

You can?t hit when we want you.
You just leave runners behind.
Cause? you plain can?t hit
but Joe don?t give a Schmidt
cuz to him you really grind.
Say, who is Joe gonna to go to
when the game is on the line?
Doug gets him a bat, but his swing’s kinda flat
Three whiffs and he grabs the pine.
Got a name like an eye chart,
a name we can?t really spell.
And though you?re not too fleet
to Joe you?re complete,
but to us you just look like hell.
Say, not so sure you?re not Sweeney.
You sure can?t hit the pill.
Cuz you can?t compete from your head to your feet
And you might be an imbecile.
Average is O-O-O
Time to just go go go
Hitting has gone on the fritz
PHing is really the schiiiiii-itz
Oh, Meintkiewicz
Yes, Meintkiewicz
You can?t hit when we want you
Swing like your wife and mine.
No longer can abuse it
Know we?re gonna lose it
Nothings gonna work out fine.
You can?t hit when we want you.
You just leave runners behind.
Cause? you plain can?t hit
but Joe don?t give a Schmidt
cuz to him you really grind.
Average is O-O-O
Time to just go go go
Hitting has gone on the fritz
PHing is really the schiiiiii-itz
Yes Meintkiewicz.
Hey! Meintkiewicz.
Yes, Meintkiewicz.
Hey! Meintkiewicz.


©NedCo Broken Records 2009

Hu>Berroa I’d said give Hu another chance

Your working…..It’s kind of late nelly???

Wow Enchanted!!! two in one night – fabulous once again. Carol Channing to Men Without Hats. Good variety of music too πŸ™‚

Dodger4life – I haven’t been keeping up with my homework so I will be up a while finishing it…………..wrapping gifts (books) for my students.

Had that one started last season and was afraid I’d never be able to use it πŸ™‚

Actually though, I like old Monkeywhiskers.

Well then I hope you have some coffee and a drop of Ameretto to keep ya going then πŸ™‚
Yes enchanted you are on a roll tonight πŸ™‚

I do too enchanted. He seemed to have a good report with all the players, and when he went on the DL for that shoulder injury, he really worked hard to get back in the lineup.

Coffee…………, not yet.

I too look forward to saying…. Atta Boy Monkeywhiskers!!!

Well I see by the ol’ clock on the wall, its right where I left it, so I will bid you all a goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow.

Good Night Enchantedsunset!!!! Are your sunsets as enchanted in the Sierras as they were in Las Cruces? Have a wonderful day tomorrow πŸ™‚

Thanks for the entertainment, Enchanted…stay warm and out of the ditch….

Well I think I am going to turn in also Nelly.
Sparkleplenty, I always include my Dodger friends in my nightly prayers but you will get an extra helping tonight..
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!
Good Night and May God Bless us all…..

The Yankees don’t need Johnson.

Good Night Dodger4life!!!! Get some rest and get rid of that cold.

Once again Sparkleplenty – prayers and hugs πŸ™‚

Good Night ITD!!! Hopefully tomorrow brings some good Dodger news for a change. Well, one can hope you know πŸ™‚

Good Morning Everyone……….
It’s another Great Day to be Dodger Fans!! It’s a Friday, (WHOO-HOO) the Holidays are upon us…(HO,HO,HO) and our boys in blue, are sure to come out soon (GO DODGERS!!) So grab your self some coffee (MAKE MINE IRISH) and lets enjoy the day, as we run out the rest of 2009, thinking about summertime, summerfun, and a whole lot of Dodgers coming home……….

Good Friday Morning ITDland ~ Awesome songs Enchanted. I love it when I have a good laugh to start my mornings……makes the rest of the day seem like it’s going to be just fine.

Great to see Ned “land” Jamey Carroll. WOW!!! Gimme a “P”, gimme a “V”, gimme a “L”…

All articles referring to the “financially strapped” Dodgers.

Am I missing something here? 3 million plus fans every year, tickets, parking and concessions raised every year, #99 jerseys selling like hotcakes (at least for a little bit) and yet the second largest market in the country is “financially strapped”?

I call Bullsh1t.

You are so right, Scott! The fans are being strapped and thrown under the train!

$10,000,000 Manny Ramirez
$8,500,000 Rafael Furcal
$6,000,000 Casey Blake
*$6,000,000 Russell Martin
*$5,500,000 Andre Ethier
*$4,000,000 Matt Kemp
*$3,500,000 James Loney
*$409,000 Blake DeWitt
$43,909,000 Total*estimate

I’ve copied the above 2010 earnings projections from Jon Weisman’s site. Anybody else see what’s so obviously ludicrous about the arbitration process, if Weisman turns out to be correct about what we can expect our young guys to be earning as a result of their success or lack of it, as the case may be.

Well, I’d say Kemp & Ethier should be making more than Wussybat.

We have received RHPs John Ely and Jon Link from the White Sox completing the December 15th trade.

From what I’ve seen of Ely’s AA stats, he shows good promise; I don’t know anything about Link. I don’t even want Ned to try to trade for Harang. As always, he’d only give up too much, and Harang has been sliding downhill fast.

I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog
that’s both equally educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
The issue is something which too few men and women are speaking intelligently about.
Now i’m very happy I stumbled across this in my search for something
regarding this.

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