Baseball season is upon us…

Congratulations to Rowland Heights’s Jacob Martinez, who predicted the Saints’ would win 28-17 yesterday, coming within three points of the correct score. We’re going to send out a Dodger prize package, including an autographed baseball and other memorabilia.

And with that, football season has come to a close and baseball is upon us. Less than two weeks before we report to Camelback Ranch.

Are any of you planning on coming out?

128 comments

  1. 636566cy

    Josh,
    Thinking about coming out to Az this spring, but I wondering how the trip to Taiwan impacts who will be left behind. What is the date that the squad splits up? Who is going? The answers to those two questions would help me (and probably others as well) decide when I want to make my way out to McRanch.

  2. kpookiemon

    I hope that prize package includes Ned Colletti’s best seller, “Let’s Be Frank–Leveraging a Storied Franchise.”

  3. trublu4ever

    Josh ~ I’m curious. How come the people who post on Facebook use language far worse than any I’ve seen here and, nobody says anything about them?

  4. jhallwally

    Hi’Ya Kahli!! LOL!!! Don’t forget to pick up his latest less than best seller; “A Tale of Two-Faced Owners”. It was the best of times, and we’ll make it the worst of times.

  5. trublu4ever

    Jhall ~ they post the exact same thread on FB that we get here. Hardly any of us ITDers post there. And, by the end of the day…..the F word is used quite freqently ans well as calling our future owner a billionare *****. Not exactly tame language, is it?

  6. trublu4ever

    See they even bleeped me here. I was trying to say the five letter word that begins with a W and ends in an E. It wasn’t bleeped on Facebook.

  7. nellyjune

    Hey Jhall!!!!

    I am okay losing to the facebook crowd as long as it is known that WE are the real, the creative, and the original ITD.

  8. jhallwally

    Hi’Ya Nelly, no doubt!!! I don’t think we have anything to worry about from the a**facebook crowd!!! :)))

  9. nellyjune

    LMDO!!!!!

    All I know is I am soooooo ready to get baseball underway. I must have said World Series instead of Superbowl at least 5 times today during school. It’s definitely time for Dodger baseball. I was putting up the Minnesota wall today, and their new ballpark, Target Field, looks beautiful. Just wondering how cold it’s going to be in April and May, and then again in September/October (if they get there).

  10. jhallwally

    I agree whole heartedly Nelly!!! We need the crack of the old bat and the smell of new mown grass!!! Fill me in, what is 482? I’m sure it’s a doosey!!!

  11. nellyjune

    482 is the numerical version of…………….

    donkeyhole maternalcopulating roostersuckers

    ……..which I so gladly figured out for Messagebear.

  12. jhallwally

    Hey Trumom, seems appropriate that wh*re is 69 in our new, more civilized vernacular. Right now my score is:

    Jamie-69
    Frank-67(clown)
    Ned-94(puppet)

  13. enchantedbeaver

    Hey gang!!

    Ned sign Bonds yet? Figured if he signed Giles, Barry can’t be far behind. And speaking of behinds, where’s Frank?

  14. enchantedbeaver

    Oh I’m living under high tension baby!!!

    I think me and the Sheriff’s office are going to become well acquainted 🙂

  15. nellyjune

    You do have some pretty “off their rocker” neighbors enchanted. I can only imagine what they did this time.

  16. trublu4ever

    There is some hot-shot Japanese pitcher (Takahashi) that many teams (including the Dodgers) aree interested in…he does want to pitch on the West Coast.

  17. nellyjune

    It does seem pretty weird that Bonds happened to show up at Roscoe’s for chicken and waffles on the same day the Dodger Caravan was there. Makes you say “hmmmmm”

  18. trublu4ever

    Your neighbor can’t be worse than mine, Enchanted. My neighbor calls the police out at least once a week. He leaves nasty notes on my other neighbor’s door complaining that his dogs bark very now and then. The police see his number on caller ID now and thinks herw we go again.

  19. nellyjune

    I would love to see if Ward Dear’s math is right, but I rather have the blog fixed long before May 22nd, 5:06pm.

  20. enchantedbeaver

    I’m waiting for yet another “new and improved” version of MLB Blogs to come out on opening day. You know, the one that’ll be even worse than this.

    3 years ago this blog worked perfectly with the simple program they used.

  21. nellyjune

    ******PLEASE FIX IT******* SO VERY TIRED OF SUBMISSION ERRORS AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME!!!

    All I am trying to do is say good night.

    Good Night Jhall!!! Always a pleasure seeing you around here. Take Care and God Bless!

  22. froehdp@auburn.edu

    Josh: The Auburn baseball team is playing at Arizona State March 12-14 so I hope to make it out to the Ranch on either Friday or Saturday morning, but I see that you guys will be in Taiwan at the time. Hopefully I can catch up with Scott from the Sox since I am assuming you will be with the team.

    Dan

  23. messagebear@msn.com

    I hope Ned doesn’t find out that Taveras has been released and is on the open market. Ned will probably appreciate the similarities with JP, and, considering how desperate we are for outfield help, what’s one more guy at Spring Training. If you decide to go for that, Ned, then double #482 for you.

    SELL THE TEAM, you top #482 guy!

  24. lbirken@aol.com

    My, my, I step away for a few weeks and everyone is talking in code! I guess I can’t blame you since there has not been much to talk about, at least with respect to the Dodgers. Actually, I was afraid this would happen once JP was traded away since his presence provided so much fodder. Kemp and Ethier got huge bumps in pay thereby eliminating another favorite topic and Ned filled out his dance card by signing anyone he could find with a pulse who would work for meal money. No surprises there either, at least not yet. And the time warp thing is alive and well. Oh yeah, it is definitely time for spring training!

  25. jhallwally

    That’s just scratching the surface and discussing his most glaring boners!!! The dude is a PR spin man, not a baseball saavy GM!!!! He’s out of his league!!! Ng and White are more responsible for our current success and young core.

  26. nellyjune

    lbirken – your ears must have been burning last night. We were thinking about you last night and the fact we haven’t seen you around here in a while. It was great seeing your name on the comment list. Yep, I agree, there is no real debate to be had because we kind of all agree on Frank and Ned, no Andre to fight for, and until we see what really happens with DeWitt and Repko, we are just anxious to get this season rolling so we will have something to really talk about.

    Hey Jhall!!!

  27. jhallwally

    I’m anxious to see what Manny has left in the steroid free tank, if Martin is really a star, and if Billz can get a nut sack!!! Those three will go a long way in determining our 2010 fate, IMO!!!

  28. nellyjune

    I was referring to jhall’s 4:23 post 🙂

    Are you buried in snow Jhall? It looks like Ohio was getting a pretty heavy dose according to our weather sources.

    enchanted should be getting some later on today/tonight according to the same weather sources.

  29. jhallwally

    Yep Nelly, we’re getting dumped on pretty heavy for this area. Snow wise that is. I knew what you meant DNelly!! Manny, Billz, and Martin are the biggest variables on our team in my opinion. I really don’t care if Loney hits for much more power if he continues to drive in runs. He plays a mean 1st base and gets RBI’s. I don’t care if he gets them with homers or singles. The big key beyond pitching and defense is team OBP!!

  30. lbirken@aol.com

    Thanks for thinking about me. I know most of you expect Matt and Andre to improve and I do too but I must admit I am anxious to see that happen now that they have a little security and a lot more money. Frankly, I have little expectations for Manny. I hope he hits around .300, cuts down on the strikeouts, gets his walks, hits around 20 homeruns and gets around 80-90 rbi’s. In reality, I will be surprised if he plays the entire season without any trips to the DL. I would also guess that Joe will give Repko and Paul a fair chance to win the 4th outfielder spot and I hope one of them does as I think everyone suspects that even a healthy Manny will be given a lot of time off during the season. Wouldn’t it be great to see one of those guys out there making a strong contribution to the Dodger’s success in 2010? I suspect the Dodgers are not too confident that will happen but we will see.

  31. jhallwally

    I’m with you lb, nice post!!! It’s going to come down to Kersch, Billz, and the pitching. If those two continue to improve and Kuroda is healthy and pitches well, we’re in good shape.

  32. jhallwally

    I’m just not sure we have the right guidance in place for Billz!!! His problems are obviously between his ears. Not in his stuff!!!

  33. oldbrooklynfan

    Hi Josh and ITD
    I still got a lot of winter in front of me, but that won’t interfere with spring training.
    I’m looking forward to another exciting season and hoping we can break through the NLCS and beyond.
    GO DODGERS

  34. lbirken@aol.com

    The day became brighter with Joe Pierre in the house!

    By the way, I know many of you are critical of Honeycutt and his ability to develop pitchers and I will leave that to others to debate. The other day someone lamented that Bob Gibson was not available to come teach the “killer” instinct to Kershaw and the rest of the staff but do you think such an attitude can be taught? I believe it can come with confidence and we all know Lasorda’s story of how he motivated Orel Hershiser. But can it be taught?

  35. jhallwally

    LB, that attitude is not taught, it is inspired!!! Honeycutt is not inspirational. Tom Seaver, Don Drysdale, and Bob Gibson are. Tommy needs to come up with a nickname for Billz!! LOL!!!

  36. nellyjune

    Well, it’s great to see you Oldbrooklynfan!! Spring Training always brings around a sense of excitement for the upcoming season. Can’t wait to catch a glimpse of what is about to unfold for this 2010 season.

    You are most welcome lbirken 🙂

    As far as Repko and Paul (and Johnson and Giles), it’s a different situation then the Andre/Pierre situation. With Andre and JP, it was a competition for the 3rd spot (left field), and it was clear through spring training who was the better left fielder, but the powers that be certainly didn’t see it that way for quite a while. However, with the situation with Repko, Paul, Johnson, Giles (and whoever else is/will be in the mix), it’s about the 4th outfield spot, defensive replacement for Manny, and/or a potential replacement should Manny, Andre, or Matt get injured. So, just maybe it will be a legitimate competition for that 4th (and perhaps 5th) outfielder’s spot.

  37. trublu4ever

    I think the current umpires have a lot to do with the pitchers throwing inside. One up-and-in pitch and a damn warning is issued. I love the brush back pitch but, the umpires and prima dona players have to accept it once again!

  38. jhallwally

    I agree Trumom. But it only takes a couple of times to establish the fact that you will come up and in. You might get thrown out once or twice but it plants the right seed in the hitters mind!!!!

  39. jhallwally

    Just an aside, but what do you think Big D would have done to Barroid. He’d wouldn’t have walked him, he would have beaned his pumpkin head!!! Gibson also!!! Next time up they would strike him out!!!!!

  40. trublu4ever

    They sure would have, Jhall! Why do you think Barry wore all of that armour….he knew he was going to get hit. But, pitchers for the most part, would not hit him.

  41. jhallwally

    Unfortunate Trumom!! That body armour is b*llsh*t!!! No choice but to put one in his ear!!!! I miss Big D!!!!

  42. lbirken@aol.com

    jhall, I am sure Gibson and Drysdale would try to intimidate but I don’t think that really works with the good hitters. As I recall Hank Aaron hit a lot of homeruns off Drysdale. I don’t remember what happened to the guy who hit after Aaron but I imagine that poor guy got brushed back once in a while. Guys like Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson crowded the plate and dared the pitcher to hit them. The game has changed as trublu4ever mentioned. I still maintain Drysdale and Gibson brought that attitude to the game and their abilities let it manifest. The good pitchers don’t get rattled when things are not going well. I think Kershaw already shows some of that and when he has confidence in his pitches, we will all see the results. I am not sure Bills has that mentality.

  43. jhallwally

    Outstanding post LB!! You’re right on it. That’s what made Pinson, Robinson, and Aaron great. The fact is, only a very few players/hitters can rise to that level. Pitching and defense wins championships. As far as Billz, yeh, that’s the point. He would be well served to get that mentality!!!!

  44. nellyjune

    We sure did miss your two cents lbirken. Great posts as always!!!

    I am leaving school and heading home. Have a wonderful evening if you are not around for late night ITD.

  45. jhallwally

    In baseball, you don’t let one guy beat you. I’ll be darned if I let Pujols beat me. Make the Cardinals beat me. Greg Maddux was a master at it. You don’t pitch to a player, you pitch to a team. Pick your spots wisely!!!!

  46. jhallwally

    I was lucky to see baseball in the 60’s and 70’s. The way it was played since its inception. Down and gritty. The reason we won it all in 88 was because Gibson brought back that smash mouth football mentality back.

  47. lbirken@aol.com

    Same here. Not saying the game is not good today and in a way I understand why some hitters choose to wear protection. Maybe pitchers back in the day did have better control but I suspect it has more to do with protecting careers and big money which certainly was not the case years ago. However, I still have memories of Steve Garvey and how he responded to close pitches: he did not charge the mound but got back in the box quickly and usually hit the next pitch into the gap in right center field for a double. At least that is how the legend grows as time passes.

  48. dodgereric

    And as the saying goes, “’tis the season when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of ……. baseball.”

    To Elton John’s great “Roy Rogers”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGIds7cSf3U

    We all love our teams, and sometimes it seems
    Winter won?t end at all
    The bleachers are dripping with icicles
    And the snow just continues to fall
    You draw to the curtain and one thing’s for certain
    You’re cozy in your little room
    The cable’s all paid for, God bless the TV
    Gee, we?re now just 3 months from June

    And Vin Scully?s broadcasting tonight
    Returning to our silver screens
    Hall Of Fame characters never grow old
    Ballplaying heroes whose stories were told
    Oh, the great Sandy Koufax still fires the ball
    That hustling Pete Reiser still runs into walls
    Turn on the T.V., shut out the lights
    Vin Scully?s broadcasting tonight

    Ten o’clock mornings, six o’clock evenings
    Vin makes every game sound so good
    His voice takes me back to my childhood days
    Round baseballs hit squarely with wood
    Lay back in my armchair, close eyes and think clear
    Do homework ? no, base hits instead
    Maury and Big D still grace memories
    While I fall asleep in my bed

    And Vin Scully?s broadcasting tonight
    Returning to our silver screens
    Hall Of Fame characters never grow old
    Ballplaying heroes whose stories were told
    Oh, the great Sandy Koufax still fires the ball
    That hustling Pete Reiser still runs into walls
    Turn on the T.V., shut out the lights
    Vin Scully?s broadcasting tonight

  49. nellyjune

    Wow!!! We haven’t seen one of those around here in a while either…………………a song that is!!! Fabulous Dodgereric, and gotta love Elton John!!!

  50. messagebear@msn.com

    The trouble with dumpster diving is that there is so much trash that sometimes you can miss a real diamond. Ned is no doubt saddened by the fact that Hendrickson signed on somewhere else for 2010. I didn’t even know he was still active. “Active” may be too strong a word, but then we know Ned. Wish he was no longer active.

  51. trublu4ever

    You know you’re a redneck if you think the last words to the “Star Spangled Banner” are “Play Ball”.
    .
    Great song, Dodgereric.

  52. cpompe1

    Good morning ITD boys and girls!
    Happy Birthday Kuroda-san!!!

    Eric, THAT song was wonderful!!! I love EJ and you did him justice with that parody! Makes me wonder when my next song will come out. I don’t know. I think about it and then life distracts me, and it’s not even close to posting. But one of these years! 🙂

    I thought everyone here would appreciate this. I workout at my local Curves. Everyday, they have on their whiteboard a mind game called Tribond – you’re supposed to figure out what connects the three words or three phrases. Well, today’s Tribond was courtesy of little old me! Everyone here should know what these three have in common and I’m sure y’all will know what these mean but here is what I gave them: (1) can of corn, (2) around the horn, and (3) cup of coffee!

    Anyone who knows anything about baseball will know, but those ladies didn’t know what hit them! 🙂 I told them yesterday that I had a REALLY TOUGH Tribond, and they’re using it today. I went to the gym this morning and everyone was after me trying to figure out what these three things mean! It was funny!

  53. crzblue2

    Buenos Dias ITD!
    Buenos dias a la vida (life)
    Buenos dias al amor!
    .
    Happy birthday Hiro!
    .
    Another great song Dodgereric!
    .
    Carol,
    LOL. If they know you well, they should have a clue. How are the exercises going? The only thing I do is Pilates three days a week at work during the noon hour. Today is Weight Watchers and I am dreading weighting myself.
    .
    There is more snow in the mountains. My friends make fun of me ’cause I have never been to Big Bear. Some day…
    .
    My trip to Fenway Park is booked!! My friends and I are doing the DodgerLife event. I hope I hope I hope Vin Scully does go back to Fenway like he did last time. So excited about making this trip!
    .
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/
    http://DodgersBlueBlog.com/

  54. nellyjune

    According to the homepage, pitchers and catchers report in 11 days, according to mlb.com it is 7 days………so take your pick. PBG!!! :))

  55. thinkingblue

    GOOD DAY ITD!
    *
    Happy birthday Kuroda!
    *
    GREAT SONG Eric…thanks for sharing!
    *
    NELLY I think MLB knows that our pitchers need extra time, Dodger’s management like extended vacations…J/K Wish our pitchers luck & lots of blessings…GO DODGERS!

  56. oldbrooklynfan

    Hi ITD
    I hope you’re enjoying that wonderful California weather as mother nature has dropped some six inches of snow on us today, with another 3 to 6 inches expected by midnight, our time.
    Ah, but it was due, we’ve haven’t had this much in some time now and it’s February, the usual time for a foot of snow.
    Like I always say, I wish it would snow on Christmas like this.
    But spring training is around the corner and we’re all looking forward to it.

  57. lbirken@aol.com

    Yes, the headline writers would have had a good time with that one. But Ned has learned his lesson, or so it seems.

  58. enchantedbeaver

    To bad through. I can see it now:
    .
    Torre pulls out Wang in 7th inning.
    .
    Wang lifted in favor of Johnson.
    .
    Loney trips over Wang covering first.

    The possibilities are endless.

  59. lbirken@aol.com

    Ng might be a good GM but probably for some other organization since it appears Ned will be around for a while. Of course, we have to assume she wants the job and some organization will have the, you know, to give her the opportunity. Anyway, enough on that subject. Have a great evening, everyone.

  60. jhallwally

    If Frank and Ned had two nuts to rub together (as well as brain cells), we would probably not be debating our current situation!!!!!

  61. trublu4ever

    You guys make me want an Almond Joy, or perhaps a Mounds, would do….sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t 🙂

  62. jhallwally

    And I don’t mean sack as in the bed gang!!! Just wanted to head that one off right away!!! I admire what she has done and think she would be a good GM!!!

  63. jhallwally

    I don’t think you can play this game at a championship level without some balls (ie, Kirk Gibson in 88, our last championship). Both on the field and in the front office.

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