Caravaning throughout Los Angeles…

It’s been an amazing two days hitting all areas around Los Angeles and seeing so many fans out there.

The stories are all over the news and on the front of the site, so check them out and be sure to check out the photo galleries, too. Some great shots.

It certainly has those of us at the organization counting down the days until pitchers and catchers report…17 days left, in case you’re wondering.

Off to Olvera Street for the finale of the caravan…


  1. colliethec

    In the what the heck file — I went to the local card store the other day and purchased a couple of packs of Topps Series 1 baseball cards. One f the cards I pulled was a R. Martin rookie card. Well not really a rookie player card but a card that had his baby picture on it.
    Now some of you might love that but the words that came out of my mouth was, “what the heck?!!!”.
    Why would I want his baby picture? Topps sure has taken over the card industry the last few years and really made some bad product. I miss my Donruss cards. They made some great cards that were really nice looking with some great photo’s & graphics and some special surprises at a reasonable price.
    For those that don’t follow the baseball card world Donruss lost their licensing on baseball cards a few years ago. & this year Upper Deck has lost it as well. So now it’s just Topps.
    They wanted to make them more affordable for kids and MLB agreed. I totally agree that some of the cards should be made affordable but some of the Donruss were really nice and at $7.00 a pack not to bad. Topps makes packs that are about $2.00 each and some really high end ones that are like $20+ a pack and some that are $50-100 a pack. Seems to me they just have done what they can to get MLB to go with their company so they can own the whole shabang and remove the middle priced cards.

  2. northstateblues

    Collie, I read about Upper Deck losing their MLB licensing… why the heck would Baseball want to put all their eggs in one basket?

    Oh yeah, that’s right… Bud Selig is a colossal moron who has his head so far up his blowhole, he sees Captain Ahab.

    Just like Reebok owning the rights to the NFL’s jerseys as opposed to owning the rights to 32 different entities, and EA exclusively owning the NFL video games licensing (and I’m sure the MLB and NBA have their exclusive third-party providers, or will before long), this monopolizing is threating the individuality that makes sports enjoyable. If we keep going down this track, all the sports leagues are going to look like the UFL (Look that up on Google).

    The scary thing is… Majestic’s jersey contract with MLB is ending soon… can you imagine if Nike gets their hands on that? Swooshes everywhere, and jerseys that look like Rollerball and Tron had a baby. Everyone will look like Oregon’s football team, it’ll all be anarchy.

    Everything Changes.


    … em up, head em up, head em up. move em on, buy em up, head em up, head em up, move em on……….Glendale!!!!!
    …..Nice to get a well needed baseball fix from the Caribbean Series. Wasn’t aware that the Venezuelan team has at least 9 players with the last name of Coca Cola….Where would you rather party during the Super Bowl?? Indianapolis or New Orleans??? Now there’s a slam dunk!!!!


    With Ned logging obscene amounts of frequent flier miles on his Preferred Customer card with, it’s nice to hear some good news. According to Peter Gammons on mlbtv the other night, Loney has been hitting the workouts real hard this off season and, according to his report, is in exceptional shape. Could mean a breakout season for James…. as usual, you’re on it, nsb. The Caribbean Series is a prime example. If you can get past the corporate logos, you can almost see the team uniforms.

  5. nellyjune

    Collie – I haven’t been paying as much attention to the baseball card industry as a business as I should be I guess. It makes sense why I haven’t seen as many different types of cards around. That’s distrubing news about Upper Deck. I actually enjoyed Upper Deck the most as far as the mid-range ones, and as far as the pricier ones now, I have taken a liking to the Bowman cards. I guess this means they are out too then? Topps is/was my least favorite.


    Thanks for the great article, collie. In particular,the Rangers sale comments concerning the leveraged debt of Tom Hicks. Could have a lot of resonance in the event of a Dodger sale.

  7. colliethec

    Hi Nelly. Well you’re in luck. Bowman is made by Topps.
    I used to get Bowman by the box. I’d get 4-5 memorabilia cards and 4-5 auto’s a box. Plus ton’s of rookies which I liked because I would go to Sacramento Rivercats games and get the players to sign there.
    But then they cut those totals in half and raised the prices. The quality went downhill as well. They used to have these parallel cards that were thicker than the rest & trimmed in gold. Now they just are the regular thickness & trimmed in white. Also they would have the facsimile auto on the card so they didn’t look all that good with the real signature on it as well.
    The Bowman Sterling cards are awesome but cost a lot.
    I liked Upper Deck for their action photo’s and Donruss for many of their metallic cards, such as the Elite ones. The Elite also had some great memorabilia cards.
    Donruss still does a type of Elite but they are collage players that have been drafted.
    Upper Deck is still selling some cards but they are being sued by MLB for licensing infractions. They are still selling the cards with the players images and the name of the jersey across the front but not the full name. On the back of the cards they don’t have the team name but the city the player played with.
    From what I understand MLB wanted to cut down on the different cards that were out there as they felt it was confusing the consumer. Many cards that were considered “rookie” cards weren’t. There were battles over who had the original rookie card for each player by each company.
    MLB came up with a logo that was placed on the official “rookie” cards. That has just been changed this year to the MLB logo with “RC” over it.
    Sorry if this is boring anyone…

  8. nellyjune

    seesky – I heard that about James too. For the past few nights, the panel on mlbtv has been mentioning James alot, (along with Matt and Andre, a powerful Manny too, if that exists still) and how he can really be a force in the lineup and perhaps have his breakout year.

  9. kpookiemon

    They ought to have GM baseball cards…
    “I’ll trade you three Ned Colletti and two Paul DePodesta and one Fred Claire for your Buzzie Bavasi.”

  10. nellyjune

    Well that’s good Collie!! Thanks for the lesson too!! This must put a big wrench into the serious collector like yourself (I am not sure how serious you are, but you have a pretty good system IMO). I mean….isn’t that part of the fun of getting the different brands? I just go to our local comic store (haven’t been there in a while) and say I want a pack of those and a pack of those and a pack of those, or I will go to Target and pick packs off their shelves. I am finding as I am going through team by team this time around (that is how mine are sorted – 30 binders…… for each team), I have alot of rookie cards that the player is just now hitting their stardom……kind of fun to look at. Also, a few weeks back when I was doing the Angels’ binder, I realized I had Nick Adenhart’s Rookie Card 😦

  11. colliethec

    JK Ned! I don’t really dislike you. Just a few of your moves. I really want you to be successful but some of the moves… ouch!
    It has actually been a good thing Nelly. Now that I’m married & have a mortgage. I need to spend my $$$ in other places.
    I still go in and get a couple of packs after the tough days. It’s sort of like having a beer after a hard day.
    I hear you with the Adenhart card. I have that one as well.
    The same thing happened with my Cory Lidle & Darrel Kile cards. Also my old Thurmon Munson from when I was a little guy living in New York.

  12. jhallwally

    :))) Showing my age gang!! We used to buy a pack of baseball cards for a quarter. Yep, 25 cents, with some pretty good gum in them. If you were lucky you got a Mantle, Mays, Koufax, or Drysdale. I remember getting a Clemente, but I wasn’t into the Pirates, so I traded it away for a Dodger player!!! Sure wish I had those cards now!!!

  13. Dodger4life

    Hey everyone…jhall, I am a few years behind you…but I remember those packs……However, I would chuck the gum, then blow off the dust. Then it was come on Dodgers cards!!!

  14. nellyjune

    Collie – I had a great post and lost it to the Bermuda Triangle of ITD called submission error!! Please…………please fix this!!! It is sooooooo very annoying!!!!!!

    Anyhow – what has been so amazing this year as I am going through the teams (and their baseball cards) is all the players that have moved by choice or by trade to other teams. However, the Dodgers lineup (other than DeWitt/Carroll) is the same as last year.

    Hey jhall!!!! I have been trying to get on to say “hi” for a while, but this blog just doesn’t like me too much lately.

  15. Dodger4life

    Good for you jhall….everyonce in a while I would try…same results though…..I did like the little Bazooka Joes though, go figure….

  16. jhallwally

    Great memories, thanks gang!!! Then we had to come up with 12 cents for a comic book. Talk about a tight budget!!! If you were lucky, you could find 3 or 4 pop bottles and cash them in for 2 cents each to finance your comic book addiction. Too fun!!!

  17. kpookiemon

    Speaking of baseball cards, a great thing about the mid 60s were the Union Oil Dodger portraits. I can still see the sweat beads on Ron Perranoski’s forehead. And for every Koufax or Tommy Davis, you had to suffer through Larry Burright and Joe Moeller. But every week I’d run up to the gas station to see who was on tap.

  18. nellyjune

    Being a girl, I wasn’t too into the comic books, but my mom used to buy the old 33′ LPs of all the Disney classics that are probably worth a fortune now……………..but sold them at a yard sale, much like many did with baseball cards, not knowing the value they would have had now.

    Kahli – I think I have some of those pictures you are talking about thanks to Eric.

  19. nellyjune

    My mom and dad used to play cards all the time and still do!! I just remember my brother and I hanging around a bunch of boys in the neighborhood when I was in elementary school (same school I am teaching at now),and we would play black jack for the pile of baseball cards in the middle.

  20. nellyjune

    Good Night Jhall!!! Thanks for hanging out with us nightowls (it’s really late for you)!!! Always a pleasure being in your company my friend. Take Care and God Bless!!!

  21. Dodger4life

    I spent my money as kid on the Pitch Back! Garvey, Russell, Cey, Lopes, Yeager and I would then go woop up…. on the Big Red Machine…..I used to have to buy a new one every 6 months or so….

  22. nellyjune

    This article is about Dustin Pedroia, but he and Andre are best friends, and Dustin had this to say about his friend……..

    The 27-year-old outfielder has turned himself into a baseball-playing behemoth. With Ethier now lifting an inhuman amount of weight, the memories of when Pedroia first met the once-skinny kid from Phoenix seem a lifetime ago. Ethier now is on the precipice of major league stardom, having just signed a two-year, $15.25 million deal with LA that bought out his first two years of arbitration.
    Ethier might not look like the 5-foot-7 Pedroia, but there?s a reason they are best friends.
    ?Andre is the ring leader of his circus. He?s the guy who is screaming and yelling after a set, looking in the mirror for the next 20 minutes,? explains Pedroia. ?I feed him just to get him fired up.?
    For example ?
    Upon bench-pressing a few reps of weight most major leaguers only dream of lifting, Ethier is being fed by Pedroia. ?You see that? That?s how you get it done,? the second baseman yells at the nearby video camera documenting the workout, ?Send that tape to Theo!? (It is no secret the Red Sox star would like to somehow play with his former ASU teammate once more.)

  23. dodgereric

    I just read an article in The Times regarding Ramirez’ statistical decline upon his return from the suspension. I know I posted my protest to that here a while ago, but I just wrote into The Times and I’d like to post it here because they’ll never publish it.

    “I don?t expect you to publish this due to its length, but I?d appreciate it if you could let Mr Dilbeck read it.

    I think your new blogger Steve Dilbeck, along with Dodger Manager Joe Torre, ought to work on their statistical research before reaching conclusions.

    In his Wednesday article on Manny Ramirez, Dilbeck wrote that ?Torre blamed Manny’s great drop-off last season on the 50-game suspension he served for violating baseball’s drug policy.? Then Dilbeck ran off statistics to prove it.

    However, this doesn?t account for what I think was a very important event that happened just after his return. Let me break down his season into 3 sections.

    Before suspension, Games 1-29 (Ramirez appeared in 27), he went 32 for 91 (.348), 6 HRs and 20 RBIs. That doesn?t seem like much, but extrapolated to a full season those totals are 36 HRs and 120 RBIs. Dibeck wrote, ?So his average was up pre-suspension, but the power was never really there. Not Manny power.? I dispute this. Thirty-six and 120 may not have been what he did at the end of ?08, but who expects THAT again? Forty and 131 are his career averages. They are pretty close to ?Manny power?.

    He returned on July 3rd. The Reds came to town July 20th and got beat 7-5 with Ramirez going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. The next game he hit a 2-run triple in his first at-bat and then got nailed in the wrist and left the game. The next game he didn?t start, but clubbed that grand slam on Manny Bobblehead Day. That was his last hurrah for a while.

    After the suspension and including the game when he was hit in the wrist, Games 80-94, (he appeared in all 15 of those games), he went 16 for 48 (.309), 4 HRs and 13 RBIs. For 162 games, this works out to 44 HRs and 141 RBIs.
    After getting hit, he got that memorable PH, played the next two games, took one game off and then played the next 38 games in a row. For games 95-162 (he appeared in 62), he went 54 for 212 (.255), 9 HRs and 30 RBIs. For 162 games, it?s 24 HRs and 79 RBIs.

    I contend that it wasn?t the suspension that dropped his numbers, it was getting hit in the wrist and not taking any time off for it to heal. As Yogi used to say, ?You could look it up.?

    I did.”

    Maybe Josh could give it to him.

  24. nellyjune

    I am doing good Dodgereric………………..busy but good, and yourself?

    I keep getting stuck in time warps and submission errors, including now………..I have been trying to post for over 10 minutes now and counting………….no fun at all!!!! It was 41 minutes just the other day.

  25. nellyjune

    Case in point…………….submission errored for 20 minutes and then time warped back into pst – uugggghhh!!!!
    12:43am (pst)

  26. nellyjune

    Thanks Collie!!! So Collie – Does that explain why I have an Andre Ethier card where his number is transposed? I have a card where his number is 61 rather than 16. I will have to go see who manufactured that card.

  27. trublu4ever

    Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants over 100%. How about acheiving 103%? Here’s a little math that might prove helpful. What makes life 100%.
    If — A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
    is represented as — 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 25
    H A R D W O R K = 98%
    K N O W L E D G E = 96%
    A T T I T U D E = 100%
    B U L L * * * * = 103%
    So, it stands to reason that hardwork and knowledge will get you close, attitude will get you there. But, bull**** will put you over the top.
    And, look how far this will take you——A * *K I S S I N G = 118%.
    Think about it and have a nice day!

  28. nellyjune

    Yep – definitely alot of 103%. Hey!!! We can use this method to say all those not so nice words we used to say. So, instead of hell, we can just say 37!!!!! ,and instead of jhall saying un****ingbelieveable, he can just say 185!!!!

    On the otherhand, nevermind………………..that would mean another ITD handbook to add to the ones we already have to decifer the crap we say now 🙂

  29. trublu4ever

    Just went on your blog, Cat. I posted my remarks there but I will say it here too…..”There is never an excuse for rudeness!”

  30. cpompe1

    Good evening ITD boys and girls!
    How are my ITD friends this fine evening? My feelings kinda go back and forth and back and forth again. Oh well, such has been my life for a long time.

    Trumom – I read Cat’s blog too, and put my comments. Seems like she didn’t have that great a time. Too bad.

    Oh and Josh, I’ll be at Camelback this year (YEAH!); I hope I run into you! I’m coming with my husband (you met him; he was with me at the ITD tour last year) and my mom! I’ve told my mom about this blog that you run and how I met you last year. I know she’s looking forward to ST! 🙂

  31. cpompe1

    My Nellygirl!
    Yeah, I’m looking so forward to it as every day goes by! And now that we’re in the month of February, I can say, “I’m going to the Dodgers’ ST next month!” Yeah! I know it’s farther for you, but are you planning on going? Hey, tell you gnat hubby and son that “their team’s” ST camp isn’t far away! 😉

  32. nellyjune

    No, I won’t be going this year. Too much going on here with the kids and their schedules, and school has been hectic this year, but it’s because of our new principal, not the students. She is not into having fun………..all about academics with very little art, music, assemblies, etc., and so alot of us are not liking our new school atmosphere lately. So, I am saving my vacation days to go to the game on May 18th – Andre’s Bobblehead night, and a few other days that I will need to take off between now and the end of the school year. My friend has always volunteered for the Olympics when it has taken place in North America. This is the first time she is not doing it because she is worried about missing school.

  33. cpompe1

    I’m sorry Nelly, I’m just so used to not working that I didn’t even think of that you DO have to work. I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to be that insensitive. I’m sorry that things seem tough for you and your fellow teachers. Does your principal have something against your “baseball” teachings? I hope not. I know you and your students enjoy that immensely!

    You’ve gotta tell me where you’ll be sitting for Andre’s big night (5/18). I’ll see if I can go to the game and we can say hi! But if you sit on the Loge level like you usually do (I don’t think you cared for the Inner Reserved seats for the ITD tour), it’ll make it difficult, but I’ll see what I can do. Usually at DS, a person can go up to another level, but not down to another level. But we’ll see.

    I always like to watch the Olympics, and it’ll be nice that it’s in the same time zone as me (so I’m not watching in the middle of the night). But your friend usually volunteers for the Olympics when it’s in North America? What about NY? I mean, would she normally fly from CA to NY to volunteer if it was there?

  34. nellyjune

    Oh yea!! She has done both the summer and winter Olympics. The one she talks about most is Atlanta because she was living there at the time. She was supposed to do the Snowboarding and the Hockey this time, but she just didn’t think she could take the time off.

    As far as my baseball in the classroom, she hasn’t said anything yet, but that doesn’t mean she won’t. It really is all academic…………..mostly geography now, but her thing is wasting academic time, and if she feels your academic time is being wasted, she will question why you are doing it. She has never been in the classroom when I have showed it off, but you are right…………the kids love it!! We are on team #16 (abc order), which is Milwaukee, and this year I have really made it into a full geography unit. I don’t think she will take it away, but she has changed alot of the fun stuff we used to do. Also, we don’t think she will allow us to do our 4th annual musical that we just love doing at the end of the year. We had our sights on Disney or Country this year. It’s very sad indeed!!!

    BTW – no need to apologize!!! You need to go and have fun there!!! Andre (and the rest of the boys) will be glad to have you there.

  35. cpompe1

    Wow, that is one dedicated lady friend you have! Kudos to her! Sorry to hear about the woes going on at your school. I know you will do a great job if you have to change, but c’mon, you gotta get those kids baseball fans (if not Dodger fans!) It will be nice to get away, but I still feel bad for my miscue. But thx for your words! You always have a way of lifting me up when I need it! 🙂

    Well, I’m getting tired, so I’ve gotta go. I’ll catch up with ya later…

  36. thinkingblue

    Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants over 100%. How about acheiving 103%? Here’s a little math that might prove helpful. What makes life 100%.
    If — A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
    is represented as — 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 25
    H A R D W O R K = 98%
    K N O W L E D G E = 96%
    A T T I T U D E = 100%
    B U L L * * * * = 103%
    So, it stands to reason that hardwork and knowledge will get you close, attitude will get you there. But, bull**** will put you over the top.
    And, look how far this will take you——A * *K I S S I N G = 118%.
    Think about it and have a nice day!

    By trublu4ever on February 4, 2010 12:17 PM


  37. thinkingblue

    CP: Have fun at Camelback Ranch!
    HEARTRUSS: Have a wonderful DRE! If you think about t…you were acually one of the LUCKY ONES! ANDRE, MATT , JOSH and 4 field level tickets :0)
    NELLY: It sucks that schools are taking all the fun out of school. Lot’s has to do with the cut backs. And oh yeah it is strictly academics…the schools around me are just competing against each other to be #1. But just hang in there. That principal needs to learn that with “FUN” kids learn more.

  38. crzblue2

    Good morning ITD!
    Mark Langill:
    Thank you for answering my question! I got another one that I will send you!
    always a pleasure seeing you! Thank you so much for always having a little time for us! Don’t forget my suggestion. I got more coming!!
    I put my post and pictures of the Caravan. I had a wonderful time! Take a look at who crashed our Dodger party at Roscoes! yes, Barry Bond happened to be there! My friend Lore took a pic of him in his car. I might update my post with more pictures. Lore took a great pic of Kemp that I might post later.
    Sorry Cat and Linda that you were not treated nice but I must say that we were treated nice .
    To: David who handles the auctions, Think Cure, etc., Laurie, Cindy, Steve, April and the rest of the young people working the Caravan, a big Thank you!
    Polo and Jessica from Dodgers on Demand! It was great seeing you again! Jessica: You are so sweeet!.
    Jaime Jarrin & all the current and past Dodgers players:
    A Big Thank you! I know your day started early with a visit to the Childrens hospital (also the people working the event).

    I was observing you all at Olvera Street and could see some yawning tired. It was a long day for all of you and ending it by signing autographs with the long lines and posing for pictures and still smiling! You guys are grrrrrreat!!!
    Boomer (Yeager): Wish I knew you were going to be there! I have lots of pictures of you from your playing days including the Union 76 pictures done back in the old days!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH to all that participated and help put the Dodger Caravan event!
    ONE COMPLAIN ABOUT ROSCOE’S The waiters and waitresses were asking the fans that they needed the table. That was no cool since we all were waiting for the Dodgers to make their rounds to the tables. I saw a few that they did leave. We asked for slice of sweet potatoe pie so we could stay longer but we were ready to talk to the manager and complain there and online if they were going to ask for us to leave.

  39. cpompe1

    Hey Rosie!
    Thx; I do plan on having a good time at Camelback!

    *** Josh ***
    I’ve been reading Cat’s and Emma’s blogs on the caravan and how you treated them! Great job Josh! Too bad I couldn’t make it this year, but there’s always next year! 🙂

  40. nellyjune

    I just happened to go onto the Twins website this morning for class, and I saw O-Dog on their front page. He is their new second baseman.

  41. nellyjune

    Well, the ITD gentlemen aren’t too shabby themselves!!!

    I am doing good as well!! Enjoying a Friday afternoon…….students are working on a Fun Friday activity.

  42. nellyjune

    I am sure it is!!! We just have rain for now, but I am guessing enchanted may be getting some snow before too long.

  43. jhallwally

    Well, only a few days till Spring Training. I can’t wait. I think our season will come down to how much Manny has left in the steroid free tank and if Kersh and Billz continue to improve and have breakout seasons. I think Kersh is on the verge of being a true ace. If I’m the Dodgers, I have him talking and working with Orel Hershiser and Sandy Koufax on a daily basis. Billz, I’m a little worried. I think Sandy can help him, but, he really needs Don Drysdale. I would seek out Tom Seaver to work with Billz. I believe we can take the NL West, beyond that, It’s going to come down to Kersh, Billz, and Manny!!!!

  44. enchantedbeaver

    Its the prospect of snow Wally. Grand Cooley-it Wally, I’m a Southern Cal boy.

    Not here yet though 🙂

  45. enchantedbeaver

    I think what Billz needs more is a killer instinct. He’s too good a pitcher to live on the outside part of the plate nibbling.

  46. jhallwally

    LOL Trumom!!! I’m not crazy about snow, but I’m OK with it right now as I got the night off because of it. Alot of snow and some Dodger kool-aid make for a happy Wally!!!! LOL!!!

  47. enchantedbeaver

    I don’t mind the snow Tru as long as I don’t have to get out in it. I was just looking forward to getting out this weekend.

  48. enchantedbeaver

    Depends on if I have to shovel out of my driveway Tru. Already done that 3 times – kills my back. I am getting old now you know!!

  49. nellyjune

    So, enchanted, if you have a song for Amazaga, do you have a song in mind for all the other pvls Ned has picked up?

  50. kpookiemon

    I’m bored and so I stole an idea from nelly, namely, seeing what we had to say exactly one year ago today. The most ominous post was actually northstatesblues, 13 minutes into the next day, a kind of clairvoyance…but it wins!!!

    Could be worse. We could be SD fans… Whatever happens with the McCourts, I hope they never divorce. She’d leave him with the Pavillions and half the parking lot.
    By northstateblues on February 6, 2009 12:13 AM

  51. 636566cy

    It seems as if, except for a few instances, that the Caravan was mostly a good experience for all. Glad everyone had a good time. Can’t wait for the season to start.

    I’m pretty comfortable with our Top 3 in the rotation, but still have my doubts about Padilla and the mystery number 5 man. Our bullpen is going to be solid again this season as well.

    I think Loney will continue to progress, but we gotta hope Furcal improves and Blake doesn’t start to take a downward slide. I honestly don’t know what to think about 2b because I have no idea what the heck they are doing there.

    As long as Kemp and Ethier can repeat what they did last year, I can’t complain. Manny is the big unknown and it is worrisome that we are counting on a 39-year-old (is that correct) to continue to produce at a high level when we know how he got to that high level in the first place.

    Martin needs to not only pick it up offensively, he needs to stop having mental lapses defensively: he did things last year that I would have jumped on high school kids for doing, let alone a big leaguer.

    The bench is another big unknown and I think it is going to prove to be important this season with Manny and Blake getting up there in age.

    I am hopeful for another good season, but I see a few too many question marks to make me comfortable. I guess we’ll just need to wait and see.

  52. Dodger4life

    I’m bored so…just messin around…I googled kahliforni….
    Google has him and jhall associated with Helter Skelter…LMDO!!

  53. kpookiemon

    Dodger4…’tis a bit weird… Look! Over there!! Thought Police!!! The Master Cylinder…seeking ALL our rants and raves…I coil, paranoid and sweaty–a lunatic hybrid of Travis Bickle and Richard Nixon! Internet search engines….The Department of Homeland Security…brain scans….identity theft…Big Brother! Big F’ing Brother, I tell you! The horror!!! THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. nedajerk

    I’m going to have to go back and write all this new terminology down! Love LMBUGO!!!!!!
    I feel sorry for Shad when he comes back 🙂

    By trublu4ever on January 21, 2010 9:25 PM

    Yeah what I missed and lol 103% never knew that before

  55. crzblue2

    Good morning ITD!
    Hey I see a few of you went back to a year ago posts. I was doing …I think It was last week when I was also bored with no baseball news. That is when I found the post of D4 saying he was going to make cupcakes with his then 10 year old daughter. I was also looking at the very first posters when this blog was started but none seemed to be around.
    I can’t believe that it will be a year February 13th when I started my blog. Love is Blue!

  56. nedajerk

    I’m going to have to go back and write all this new terminology down! Love LMBUGO!!!!!!
    I feel sorry for Shad when he comes back 🙂

    By trublu4ever on January 21, 2010 9:25 PM

    What a miss hahaha 103% but 118% is my favorite lol

  57. nedajerk

    NOTES: The oft-traded Jokinen played his first two NHL seasons with the Kings, who drafted the Finnish forward with the third overall pick in 1997. Los Angeles eventually traded him for Ziggy Palffy. ? Los Angeles is 21-0-0 when leading after two periods. ? Dodgers OF Andre Ethier dropped the ceremonial first puck.

  58. nedajerk

    Guess who was at the Lakers game last night?

    Dodgers manager Joe Torre and actor Denzel Washington attended the game. Jamie McCourt, the estranged wife of Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, sat courtside after greeting Torre.

  59. nellyjune

    Welcome back Shad!!! BTW – no betting on Denny this year – LOL!!! (jk). Bet on Brad Kelsowski all you want :))

  60. colliethec

    So Giants tix went on sale today.
    I looked at getting some against our beloved Blue and for field level seats on a Monday night they were $75.00 each! Plus all the charges tack on another 12 or so.
    The same seats for a game against Washington are $32.00.
    I’m still glad I’m a Dodger fan!!!
    Go Blue!!!!


    OK, this numeric code language is beyond me – I’m not a numbers kind of guy; just plain spoken, and I feel a surge coming on.
    Can somebody figure out for me the numeric sign for:
    donkeyhole maternalcopulating roostersuckers?
    Bound to come in handy pretty soon now.


    Thank you, nelly.
    I now feel like I have a nuclear arsenal.
    Just don’t mess with me, Frank!

    That is one powerful number, nelly.
    I was trying to post this acknowledgment to you, and up at the top of the screen where it says “connecting” the lights started flickering – just like it was sensing a bunch of gamma rays. I don’t know whether MLB can handle this.

  63. nellyjune

    Well, Messagebear, it time-warped back into PST. I am sure you will be able to use it quite often in the future.


    Well, Frank is definitely a 482 – no redeeming qualities at all.
    SELL THE TEAM, 482!
    With Ned we can take off a notch, because he’s apparently just following 482’s orders. He gets me confused when he starts running out of PVL’s to the point where he has to sign two guys named Ortiz, none of whom have a chance of making the club – at least I hope we’re not that desperate.
    Joe is just a semiretired sleepy idiot, so I won’t even assign a number to him.

    Jamie is another story. On the good side is the fact that 482 fired her. If she wins out in court, that’s probably the quickest way to guarantee that they have to SELL THE TEAM. She physically can’t qualify for a part of the 482 formula, although I’m pretty sure that she qualifies for the roostersucker part. So, I’ll just rate her a 69 for now and let it go at that.

  65. kpookiemon

    Even though our beloved Dodgers have made it to the NLCS two years running, we ITD faithful still reach a point of frustration and depression with management…which, thanks to enchanted (I think??!?!?) has always been expressed as the mantra:
    Fire Joe
    Fire the guy who hired Joe
    Fire the guy who hired the guy who hired Joe
    That number, ladies and gentlemen, in Dodger newspeak is:

  66. enchantedbeaver

    Think you’re right Nells. Scott came up with it and Eric championed it.

    Being an old accountant, I like the new number system. We just need to make it easier to convey the original terminology. So for instance, I could say Ned’s a real 8-15-18-19-5-’19 1-19-19 for all the PVL’s he signed. Or shorthand that’s a real 123.

  67. cpompe1

    Good evening ITD boys and girls!
    Okay, now I know Trumom started this numbers “game.” I remember reading that a bit ago. Like enchanted is a numbers guy, I’m a numbers gal. But all these numbers are making me dizzy! 🙂

    Okay Enchanted, you were an accountant? Hmmm. Did you ever do it freelance like I’m trying?

  68. enchantedbeaver

    Hi CP!
    Never freelanced as a bookkeeper/accountant, but without that background I’d have never been in business for the last 19 years.

  69. cpompe1

    Hey Enchanted! So you live in Nor Cal now, don’t you? During my numerous “away from posting on ITD days” I remember reading that you moved from NM to Nor Cal. Don’t you live kinda close to Nelly and Trumom? How do you like the change of scenery? 😉

  70. readbetweenthevines

    Hmm some very interesting points? Can u please check out my blog at if ur a Cubs fan or just baseball fan. I just got it and im an aspiring sports writer that wants some honest feedback, thanks

  71. enchantedbeaver

    I think of it as Central Cal CP, and yes, about an hour or so from Nells. I lived up in this area for 10 years before I moved to NM – I’ve always considered it home even when I was in Cruces.

  72. nellyjune

    Even though it rained all day, it wasn’t real cold like the last couple of storms we have had. Glad you didn’t have to do any shoveling today then.


    Now that we’re stocked up on outfielders, old #482 is probably ready to trade Andre to save some payroll.

    SELL THE TEAM, you F***ing Idiot, 482!!!

  74. trublu4ever

    Good Morning ITDland ~ I see we have signed 39 year old Giles…….excuse me, Jhall, but that is totally 185!!!!!!!!!

  75. bluesplash09

    so I wonder who will be sharing lockers at Camelback seeing as how we’re going to spring training with like 300 players, at least everyone will have to earn their spot.

  76. bluesplash09

    since we share the same facility as the white sox, do you thing juan pierre might get confused one day and come sit on our bench, it’s his home away from home after all.

  77. enchantedbeaver

    “Giles, an All-Star in 2000 and 2001 while with Pittsburgh, went on the disabled list for the Padres with an arthritic right knee in mid-June last year and never returned. Giles had microfracture surgery on the right knee in 2007. Limited to 61 games in 2009, Giles hit .191 with two homers and 23 RBIs.” Ain’t no way you can spin that.

    I’m done. This is just plain ********. I never thought I’d long for the days of Juan Pierre, but I do. Pool the money of all 3800 PVLs this *******’s signed and you might actually come up with a decent pitcher. But NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooo uh-uh, this is going to go on year after year after year as long as this ******* owns the team and we have Ned and Joe making the “moves.” Totally rediculous and they should be the laughing stock of MLB. They already are here.

  78. trublu4ever

    Instead of provding sunflowers seeds in the dugout…this season we will be offering One-a-Day, Metamucil and Ensure coolers!!!

  79. enchantedbeaver

    No kidding Tru!! LOL

    Hey, I’m 49, can’t run for ****, doubt I could ever even make contact on one of Schmidt’s “fastballs”, and I could make JP look like Ozzie Smith in the field – hey Ned, I’m available. Make me an offer.

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