Homeboy Carlos…

It’s a combination headline today, with Joe Torre’s horse Homeboykris having just run in the Kentucky Derby, which has to be one of the coolest things you can experience as a sports fan. Joe watched the race from the coaches’ office at Dodger Stadium but unfortunately, his horse didn’t quite get out in front and finished 16th. But, his family got the chance to be on site and anyone who has ever attended that event will tell you it’s one of the more unique experiences you can have in sports. And Calvin Borel, the winning horse’s jockey, has no real equal in sports right now, having won three of the last four derbys. I don’t believe there’s anyone in sports currently at “hot” at their sport’s major event.

As for Carlos, the reference is of course to Mr. Monasterios, who gets his first big league start today. He’s pitched incredibly well so far this year and we’re hopeful he can stay on track and give the team a boost after last night’s win ended our losing streak.

For those who haven’t yet heard, one of our prospects, Andrew Lambo, unfortunately tested positive in a minor league drug test for a drug of abuse, so he will be suspended for 50 games. As Ned has told the several media members who have asked, we’re obviously disappointed to learn of the test results and we hope he’ll use this time to evaluate the decisions he has made and learns from this experience. And we’ll certainly use this time to help him work out his challenges.

Here’s tonight’s lineup at Dodger Stadium:

Johnson, LF

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Kemp, CF

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

DeWitt, 2B

Carroll, SS

Monasterios, P


  1. trublu4ever

    I’m sorry XPaul isn’t playing again tonight. I think he did a good job last night. Would be nice to see what he could do if given the chance to play more than one game here and there.
    North ~ I am also very disappointed the issues we have raised have not been addressed. I used to think what we felt mattered but I know now they don’t care about us.

  2. northstateblues

    Happy to have a win last night.

    Disappointed that security concerns by many commentors here are still being ignored. (Hey, we might be angry, but have you seen the facebook comments? Gives the phrase “Dodger Blue” a new meaning)

    Sad to see Lambo suspended. I”m guessing it’s not marijuana, as speculated earlier. If they can give you a 50 game suspension for that, then Tim Lincecum should be almost coming to the halfway point of his 50-game suspension. And Tim was caught by a Washington State officer driving with a smoking pipe with 3.3 grams of hippie lettuce.

    If it IS marijuana, then APPEAL, APPEAL, APPEAL ’til we make sure all players in the league are treated equally, even 2-time Cy-Young-winning freaks.

    At any rate, sad to see our franchise slapped again with a 50-game suspension. But on the bright side, we haven’t vomited on any 11 year olds yet. With all that Hoodlum Beer flooding the stands, though, it’s only a matter of time 😦 .

  3. nedajerk

    Awwwwwwwwwwww damn it they taken that too far. I want to hear about Timmy being suspended for 50 games or Pablo

  4. northstateblues

    Funny thing overheard from my living room here in NorCal (by my gf’s brother) after changing it to MLB TV:

    “GOD! Everytime I change the channel here, they show the [expletive deleted] Kirk Gibson homerun over the A’s!”

    Heh heh heh.


  5. nedajerk

    In 2007, The Brewers’… ..first round draft pick from the previous year, RHP Jeremy Jeffress, was given a 50-game suspension for testing positive for marijuana, but apparently that suspension came only after Jeffress had failed ?numerous? previous drug tests. So it could be that Lambo has also tested positive for marijuana on other occasions and only now is the hammer being brought down. And about Jeffress: he tested positive again last year and is now serving a 100-game suspension.

  6. 32and53fan

    He was suspended after the SECOND time he tested positive. The first result is not released to the public and does not result in a suspension. I assume the player or team is notified if he tests positive the first time. To get caught once and then use the drug again is either lame or the guy has a serious problem and needs some professional help.
    Of course, knowing what to do and yet not doing it is a very human thing. Half the population is overweight or obese and yet 95% of people can not avoid overeating and will gain back any weight they lose through dieting. Alcohol is probably a bigger problem than marijuana but it is socially accepted and thus not on the banned substances list. Maybe the MLB needs to review their policies. I would feel a lot safer crossing the street when a car with Lambo behind the wheel is coming at me than one with Monasterios driving.

  7. oldbrooklynfan

    Speaking about the Kentucky Derby, besides Joe Torre’s
    “Homeboykris”, who, too bad, ran out of the money, my cousin Nick Zito (trainer) had two horses in that race, “Ice Box” who ran second and, “Jackson Bend”. Zito who is my first cousin on my mother’s side has won it at least once an no, he doesn’t know me from Adam. Although I tried to get in touch with him after he won the Kentucky Derby about 20 years ago, but to no avail. I was just trying to congratulate him.
    Andrew Lambo was probably trying to hit with more power or something, but he got caught. Hope he learned is lesson.
    Let’s go Monastarios
    GO DODGERS!!!!!

  8. colliethec

    Well I guess the powers that be could care less about the fans! The management & owners should be embarrassed.
    Still no word on getting security tightened up. I guess that means they are okay with fans being assaulted on a nightly/daily basis.
    I could use a few extra bucks. Maybe I’ll go to a game with a Giants jersey on and when I get assaulted then I’ll bring a lawsuit.
    All kidding aside because I’m not that way. But is that what it will take for something to be done? Someone being really hurt?
    It’s really sad to see that this isn’t important to Frank (& it obviously isn’t otherwise he’d release a statement on Fan Code Of Conduct). I would like to think that he would do something just so it’s a great place to be and make it a bit of heaven on earth, but I guess we’ll just have to wait until something really bad happens and he’s sued.
    Come on Frank. Be responsible for something. If not for the team on the field (Thinking pitchers here) then for the safety and enjoyment of fans up in the stands.
    I’m extremely ticked off. More so than ever with any sports teams in my 40+ years here on the planet.

  9. colliethec

    No True he isn’t. Hopefully he can get out of this. Faced 11 batters and only a 1st pitch strike to 1 of them.

  10. truebluewill

    Nice shot by Either, giving the Dodgers the jolt they needed. Note by Vinny about Either. He came into tonight’s game hitting .333 against lefthanders. Quite an improvement over last year.

  11. colliethec

    OBF — Russ singled on a little dribbler to 3rd who wasn’t able to make the barehanded pickup/throw. Carlos had singled and so they had runners on 1st & 2nd & then Dre went deep…

  12. truebluewill

    collie ~ That last inning was an improvement. Hopefully he can pitch one more inning and qualify for the win.

  13. nellyjune

    I know Andre really admires JP, but just think……………….if it weren’t for a timely injury to JP that put him on the DL in 2008, Andre wouldn’t have even been given the chance to prove he can do what he is doing now, which is hitting the crap out of the ball and making fantastic plays in the outfield.

  14. trublu4ever

    And, just think, Nellyjune….if JP were still with us he’d probably be in there against left handed pitchers, because Joe had a man-crush on him.

  15. oldbrooklynfan

    Thank Trueble4ever
    Nice inning for Ramon
    Monasterios pitched a fantastic 4 innings
    I’m having page loading problems again.

  16. truebluewill

    Torre had Carlos on a 75 pitch limit and he reached 73. I guess that’s why he came out.

  17. nellyjune

    I think we can put all the comments about Andre not being able to hit against lefties to rest for a while.

  18. oldbrooklynfan

    A long long time ago (so it seems),I was telling a friend of mine (a Met fan), I believed that Andy LaRoche was going to be our Mr. Wright (David Wright), but alas he became Mr. Wrong.

  19. oldbrooklynfan

    If you’re listening to Scully, Tommy Burn. I remember him.
    Mel Allen (Yankee announcer) use to say he was a GOOOOOD hitting pitcher.

  20. colliethec

    I thought the same OBF. Prospects are just that… prospects. I remember thinking Bobby Crosby was going to be a real solid MLB’er when I saw him in AAA in Sactown. Other than AL ROY he hasn’t cut it.

  21. truebluewill

    A good win for the Blue tonight! Good job by Monasterios. He should get another start. 5 scoreless innings by the bullpen tonight. 2 in a row. We’re on our way back!!!

  22. oldbrooklynfan

    You never know Colliethec.
    I’d still like Andy to make good, and I think he will, he’s just having a tough series,…..so far.
    He was always alright except when he put on a Dodger uniform.

  23. selltheteam

    A two game winning streak is a good start. But the Dodgers are still in last place, and I’m keeping my brown paper bag on for now.

  24. nellyjune

    And who might be brownpaperbag3
    I guess we will have to just wait and see

    The Padres lost, but the gnats are still winning. There are rumors up here that the gnats are looking into another bat.

  25. selltheteam

    Hey Nelly, how was your birthday?
    BPB3 is aka crash. But like I said, a few wins at home against the lowly Pirates does not convince me to lose the paper bag.
    Congrats to Eithier who has had two fantastic games. Also, James Loney, who is hot right now.

  26. nellyjune

    ahhhhh!!! You were on my list of probables. My birthday week was great!!

    Yea – I am glad they are winning, but like you said, it’s hard to be convinced things have turned around (as a whole team) when you are playing the Pirates. Unlike the gnats, we haven’t played the Phillies or the Cardinals yet. So, until we play those teams and win, it’s best to just stay mildly happy they are making small steps towards a better looking team as of late.

  27. colliethec

    Baby steps… A couple of good games defensively as well. Good to see. Not just without errors but making plays smoothly. Not throwing to the wrong base etc… Now if Matty can get going again with the bat I think his D will come around. He looks to me as if he’s pressing.
    By the way did anyone see Halliday today? Another complete game winning 10-0. The dude is a stud!

  28. nellyjune

    Collie ~ I didn’t see the game, but I am watching all the highlights on mlbtv’s “Quick Pitch”. The guy is simply amazing. It is just too bad he plays for the Phillies Phans. It would be good to see a Linsecum/Halladay matchup. Any baseball fan would want to see two of the best pitchers in baseball go at it.

  29. nellyjune

    Garland and Wolf pitching against each other tomorrow. It would have been nice to try and keep one of them.

  30. colliethec

    Especially telling from the article was this comment…
    “The Dodgers brand name, internationally, should be the best,” he said. “They’re no longer a leader. They used to be so far out in front of other organizations. That’s an advantage they have not maintained.”

    “It is not that the Dodgers cannot contend without pouring money into major league free agents, draft picks and international signings. However, given the prices they charge for tickets and parking, and given that they led the major leagues in attendance last season, it is unconscionable that ownership won’t pour money into at least one of those areas, to leverage the advantage of playing in Los Angeles into the best possible chance to dominate the National League West.”

  31. colliethec

    Unfortunately it does Nelly.
    There is another article recapping the game and it talks about Dre. The comment I like is…
    “Ethier seems to do something almost every night. He?s suffered an 0-for only twice in 20 starts.:
    That’s why we call him Every Day Dre!! Or in this case… “night”!! Maybe when he does his thing during the day we’ll call him Every Day Dre, but at night he becomes the Dark Knight… BATMAN!!!

  32. nellyjune

    I just got done reading that same quote – LOL!!!!

    Everday Dre and Dark Knight/Batman – very cool!!!

  33. nellyjune

    The Yankees just lost Granderson to the DL for 15 days…………….. poor Yankees, NOT!!!! So, what is with Andruw and his 8 HRs? The quote “He is playing like he cares”. Wouldn’t you like a job where you can just show up when you decide to care about it? Geesh!!

  34. colliethec

    LOL Nelly! Just a couple of minutes apart!!
    Nelly — I thought the same thing when I saw that about Granderson. I felt bad and was like “bummer” cause he seems like a good guy. Then I remembered that he was with the Yanks now and I smiled!
    As far as Jones don’t you wish he cared when he was in LA…
    Oh well! Time to have my head hit that sweet thing called my pillow!! Have a great rest and awesome day tomorrow! Nice chatting with you tonight!
    Peace … Collie ouuuut!

  35. nedajerk

    This was no shock anytime a RPcomes in to start he would be on a strict PC and I knew Ramon Ortiz was coming in after him.

  36. nedajerk

    I was on the Pirates/Dodgers preview for today game and a fan wrote this and this was 1 of his 2 comment.

    CRAZYDODGERSMAN 4 hours ago Report Abuse my man andre did it again………………i name my 6 month old boy after him

  37. jhallwally

    Hi’Ya Tromom!!! How are you today? So far so good!!! LOL!!! I was wondering where everyone was.

  38. jhallwally

    Outstanding Andre!!! Probably Ned’s lone shining moment. Unloading Meltin’down Bradley for Ethier!!! Wow, talk about one sided deals. I guess it just goes to show, even a bling squirrel will find an acorn once in a while. LOL!!! Hi’Ya Bear!! Pile it on Dodgers!!!!

  39. perumike

    Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well! I’m entering my last week of vacation, then a long flight home and back to work! Glad to see our boys are doing well the last couple games, and so far today, 5-1 and threatening. Love to see Dre doing his thing!!! Oh, and I read Ned’s comments. He made his bed, especially with the pitching, but doesn’t want to sleep in it!

  40. jhallwally

    No Trumom, not too early at all. Let’s start getting those all-star votes in for Andre!!!

  41. jhallwally

    It would certainly be nice if Martin could find some semblance of his 2008 stroke!!!! Heck, if he just hits .270 with 12-14 homers and 70-80 rbi’s, I’ll be ecstatic!!!!

  42. nellyjune

    The last three days Jhall!! They are finding all kinds of fun names for Andre on mlbtv and ESPN. How are you doing?

    THAT was awesome Ronnie!!!! Web Gem for sure!!!

    Perumike – nice to see you too. Are you still in Chile?

  43. jhallwally

    Doing well Nelly, thanks!! How about you? Like I need to ask with you floating on the Ethier cloud right now. LOL!!!

  44. nellyjune

    I am doing well jhall! I am just glad to see the Dodgers winning, and yes, it is definitely nice seeing Andre being one of the main contributers. I see the Rox are beating the gnats too. So, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing either.

  45. perumike

    Hi Nelly! Yes, still here, we fly back this Saturday, so still have some time. This is the part where my wife’s separation from her mom starts kicking in, so I’m sure the tears will be flowing. 🙂

  46. jhallwally

    Darn shame Frank and Furter didn’t keep Wolf and Garland!!! For the money, they would have been worth it. Two quality starting pitchers for less than the price of one ace. Geez!!!!

  47. nellyjune

    Well, I guess the submission error issues are not over.

    Perumike – that will be a tough trip home for you I am sure.

    The Padres continue to do damage to others.

  48. oldbrooklynfan

    Hi Everybody
    I was just enjoying the home 7th and then checked the Box score all I can say is WOW.
    Beautiful game.

  49. nellyjune

    I agree jhall!! It looks like Garland is having a good day over Wolf in today’s game against each other.

  50. nellyjune

    Depending on Johnson and Reynolds on the dbacks, he may be tied for the league in HRs as of today.

  51. jhallwally

    I can sleep calmly now,
    The losing pain is gone,
    We will tackle all obstacles in our way,
    Gone are the dark April days that had me down,
    It’s gonna be bright, bright,
    Because of Sunshining Dre’!!!!!

  52. nedajerk

    What the hell was Sherrill in this game I wanted for Kuroda to finish it off. How many low PC under 100 does it need to finish one game?

  53. jhallwally

    :))) Trumom!!! I agree Bear, he should have given Kuroda a chance to finish this one out. A huge “Outstanding” to Kuroda for his effort today!!!! Sherrill sucks so hard, he could probably suck start a Harley!!!!

  54. nedajerk

    At least we won the series 4-3 and should’ve been better glad we don’t have to face those fool no more lol.

  55. kpookiemon

    Sherrill will be fine…a bit tough to get the old adrenalin going up by eight runs in the 9th. This team has far more to worry about than Sherrill. Just don’t ask me to start the list. I just ate dinner and need to digest my food.

  56. trublu4ever

    This Ethieraholic is very proud of him, too! 🙂 In fact, my original Andre shirt was so worn out, I ordered another one this morning 🙂

  57. nellyjune

    BPB3 – I saw that this morning! That is just “wow!!”

    Messagebear – couldn’t agree with you more.

  58. enchantedbeaver

    If memory serves, Logan recommended Ethier.

    Still, its always been my contention that Billy Bean thought he was putting one over on ol’ Ned. It just happened that Ned fell backwards into clover rather than face first into Schmidt.

  59. thinkingblue

    I’m also a proud ETHIERAHOLIC! GOOO ANDRE! And I will be there on his BobbleHead Night cheering LOUD for him… I will be super early to make sure I get one. I can’t wait. It will also be my first game of the season! GOOOO DODGERS!

  60. thinkingblue

    The scary part is that THE YANKEES will probably be offering MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF $$ for him and Frank will have no problems accepting the offers… he will not think twice! ANDRE IS THE BEST…GO ANDRE!

  61. crzblue2

    Best wishes to Dave Roberts who is being treated for lymphoma. Roberts was diagnosed in mid-March and he says the cancer was detected early. He says the prognosis is “good.” He has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy so far.

  62. nedajerk

    Link pitches 117 through 6th innings if Kershaw and Bills had that PC in the 8th last night Torre would probably let them finish.

  63. nedajerk

    I really thought Sherrill was turning the corner with all those scoreless innings but at least I didn’t jinx him.

  64. nedajerk

    Now playing for the Yankees in RF #16 Andre Ethier on my and I better not here about this one with Kemp also lol.

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