A salute to our troops…

Here’s hoping that some of our troops overseas reads Inside the Dodgers or will get this message via Facebook. On behalf of the entire Dodger organization, thank you for all that you do for those of us here in the States and we hope to see you home soon.

To all those who have served in the past, we thank you, too, and hope that you’re one of the many veterans who will be at Dodger Stadium tonight. We’ve given about 1,000 tickets out to branches of the military and three of the team’s most high profile veterans will take part in the first pitch ceremony.

Former Dodgers and proud U.S. veterans Don Newcombe, Rick Monday and Roy Gleason will be accompanied by veterans from various branches of the military. In honor of Memorial Day, the team will also wear white hats with stars and stripes for the LA logo.

We’ll also have a moment of silence for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our nation.

On a much lighter note, Andre Ethier is back in the lineup…and the team has a chance to finish the month of May with a 20-8 record! Last year, the Dodgers were 20-9 in May.

148 comments

  1. enchantedbeaver

    A greatful “thank you” to my father, uncle and cousin who all served in the military, and to all the fathers, daughters, uncles, sons and wives who have served and who are serving wherever they may now be, be it heaven or earth. God bless and godspeed.

  2. truebluewill

    oldbrooklynfan ~ What do I always say? I hate when we face a team on a long losing streak, because they have the law of averages on their side. They have to win sooner or later.

  3. oldbrooklynfan

    Hi Everybody.
    I hope everyone is enjoying a fine Memorial Day.
    It’s good to have the Dodgers back at Dodger Stadium, where they’re at their best.
    It will help them keep pace and possibly pass the Padres, as quickly as possible.
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. colliethec

    Nice to see everybody tonight. I’m watching the game on MLB network and they are carrying the feed with Vin. Boy is he a poet. He just really has a way with words.
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    I also would like to thank all that have served, are serving, as well as their families & friends for their sacrifices so I can have the life I’ve had and do what I’m doing this very second. And for those that have family or friends that have served and paid the ultimate price thank you. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

  5. colliethec

    The one to Upton wasn’t bad. But the one to Young was a bad pitch. Russ was putting his glove down and that was up, up, and away!!!

  6. colliethec

    Ok that one to Snyder was the same. Russ was putting his glove face down & low and it was also up, up and away.
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    Strange that’s it’s feast or famine. 5 K’s, 3 HR’s & a double in 1 & 2/3rd of an inning.

  7. colliethec

    The ball is jumping tonight. Hopefully we can get a couple more of those on our side! Maybe Matt will swing at a strike instead of looking at them down the middle.

  8. nedajerk

    Two fans ran across the outfield and were apprehended by security personnel at different points in the game. The first fan came out of the right-field stands in the seventh and climbed over the center-field wall. The next fan ran across the outfield from the opposite side of the field in the eighth.

    Wow not 1 but 2 fans never see that happen before.

  9. truebluewill

    oldbrooklynfan ~ What do I always say? I hate when we face a team on a long losing streak, because they have the law of averages on their side. They have to win sooner or later.

  10. oldbrooklynfan

    Thanks Colliethac
    For letting me know we’re on MLB Network.
    No wonder Bilz gave up 3 HRs.

  11. dodge1612

    not making excuses for us losing cause those jacks were legit but according to pitch track on gameday this ump has a terrible stike zone… is it just gameday or is it really bad?

  12. nedajerk

    lol that’s rare of those 3 homeruns by guys that hit there 8 and no Johnson or Reynolds hit one.

  13. dodge1612

    is it just me or is the umpires strike zone kinda crazy tonight… its been called fairly both ways… but some calls have been brutal…

  14. colliethec

    No problem OBF! We are also on MLB Network this Wednesday at 12:00 here (West coast), 3:00 in the great city of NY!

  15. oldbrooklynfan

    The Dodgers look great in those white hats, of course they got the worlds best uniform to go with them.

  16. nedajerk

    On the off chance he won’t get to add to this tonight, Jonathan Broxton has already set the Dodger record for most saves in a month, with 12.

  17. truebluewill

    oldbrooklynfan ~ The stinking Mets gave up a grandslam in the bottom of the first. 4-1 Padres. Did I mention I HATE THE METS!!!

  18. truebluewill

    Was that ever a gift wrapped win or what. A double error to tie the game and a balk to win it. The way this game started out I’d never thought we comeback to win it . I thought the law of averages were against us, but I’m glad to say I was wrong. Thanks for the gift D-Backs.

  19. truebluewill

    Was that ever a gift wrapped win or what. A double error to tie the game and a balk to win it. The way this game started out I’d never thought we comeback to win it . I thought the law of averages were against us, but I’m glad to say I was wrong. Thanks for the gift D-Backs.

  20. jhallwally

    Sure making this Lopez look good. Sad!! Billz was serving up the spaghetti, tangling them up and striking them out. However, I didn’t order the 3 meatballs!!!!!!

  21. nedajerk

    Well since we owned him this year and the dback was on a losing streak there were due to have a good game by there starter.

  22. jhallwally

    Holy Cow!! Not pretty, but, I’ll take it!!!! C’mon Manny, I need some Johnny Says tonight!!!

  23. nellyjune

    He just makes things happen when he’s in the game, pure and simple. It is just so fun to watch!

  24. jhallwally

    I feel bad for the kid but, I like living thru their growing pains more than living thru ours!!! Let’s win this freaking game!!!!!

  25. nellyjune

    I think Andre has gotten to a point where opposing players make mistakes around him because they know what he is capable of in these late innings.

  26. jhallwally

    Glad Billz is off the hook. Makes me wonder how our starters get ready for a game. We seem to have a problem in the first couple of innings!!! Maybe they should warm up with a simulated first inning and then go pitch the freaking game.

  27. jhallwally

    Unbelievable!!!! I guess Blakes campaigning about balks paid off!!!! I’ve never seen anything like this!!!

  28. jhallwally

    This win feels like making out with your best friends date at the prom!!!! Probably shouldn’t have, but sure feels nice. WOW!!!

  29. gibbie23

    A BEARDED BALK-OFF! Dodgers comeback win tonight at Chavez Ravine!!!

    BTW, Moron J-Lo owes Joe Torre a steak dinner tonight after that bonehead play on the base pads…

  30. nellyjune

    submission errors kill it every time – geez!!!!!!

    I am doing well. Michael was in a wood bat tournament over the weekend (our very own 18 and Under VSA Eagles team), and they won the tourney. It was very cool seeing these 15-18 years olds using wood bats. The game was very dependent on good pitching and good defense because of the low scores. Michael pitched the championship game……………a complete 8-inning game (7 innings with and extra inning to win the game). Our academy has 6 baseball teams and 3 girls softball teams. It’s alot of fun seeing the business evolve into a fun place now.

    Wow Dodgers!!!!! What in the world?……………….we will take it!!!

  31. gibbie23

    So hmmm, Steve Lyons in the post-game show is saying it WAS NOT a balk…

    …regardless, KUDOS to the ever attentive Beard-on-base and Larry Bowa for immediately pointing out dumb-dumb Vasquez pointing back at them with a baseball in hand still standing on the rubber. A 2-for-1 error and a Balk gives us the win! WE’LL TAKE IT!!!

  32. truebluewill

    Was that ever a gift wrapped win or what. A double error to tie the game and a balk to win it. The way this game started out I’d never thought we comeback to win it . I thought the law of averages were against us, but I’m glad to say I was wrong. Thanks for the gift D-Backs.

  33. oldbrooklynfan

    I’m having page loading problems, seem to never get my last comment in.
    I hope this makes it.
    In all my years I never saw a Dodger win quite like this.

  34. nedajerk

    Is ok Loney I don’t need a sb’s that bad in my fantasy league lol but shouldn’t we buy Johnson lunch with that gift.

  35. oldbrooklynfan

    They still haven’t given the winner and losing pitchers, although I know who they are.
    I never saw them take this long.

  36. nellyjune

    The defense sure was a key this game. The mental mistakes the dbacks made and how we capitizlized on those mistakes tonight was huge. It’s part of the game too and makes you never out of a ball game for the most part.

  37. nedajerk

    lol 12-6 SD. This is crazy the Mets swept us in NY, Padres owning the Mets tonight and the Dodgers own the Padres.

  38. oldbrooklynfan

    Broxton is the winner even though they haven’t credit it to him yet. And the loser is Vasquez even though he hasn’t been charged yet.
    I didn’t hear anything about a protest.

  39. lbirken@aol.com

    This has got to be one of the most bizare Dodger games in recent memory and by far the strangest way to win a game. Even Vinny was caught by surprise. I am not sure it was a balk but the balk rule is probably the most difficult call to make. Some balks are obvious but it looked to me as if Vasquez’ foot was not on the rubber. Not sure why he pointed towards third base. How many times do we see a runner at third try to distract the pitcher and nothing happens? Blake and Bowa reacted so quickly to it so they must have seen something. No matter, it goes down as a win. Not sure Arizona can protest since this was a judgement call.

  40. northstateblues

    Check out this blog post from the LA Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dodgers/2010/05/dodger-stadium-are-those-empty-seats-a-vote-against-the-mccourts.html

    Talks about all the empty seats at the stadium, and what they could mean. And take a look at the comments while you’re at it. Wow.

    Nothing we didn’t know already, but I sure wouldn’t mind ESPN picking up this loose thread and unravelling the whole sweater.

    Top 3 in attendance.
    Second largest market in the country.
    12th in total player payroll.
    18th in actual player payroll (i.e. players on OUR roster).
    THAT’S 18TH OUT OF 30.

    At least the team on the field doesn’t disappoint. Today’s win could’ve only happened to our Dodgers. Just waiting for the day when the Padres remember they’re the Padres.

  41. trublu4ever

    Good Morning. I think the problems with this blog have gone on long enough and it’s now time to get it fixed! I joined the Dodger game in the 8th inning and was unable to get a post on here when the game was over due to the now famous “SUBMISSION ERROR”, which lasted over 20 minutes. I just gave up on trying to post anything.

  42. kpookiemon

    When I was sixteen my grandmother asked me why I was so down. I told her, “The Dodgers just lost.” She responded, “No, really, what’s wrong?” It’s hard for many people to appreciate the illogical passion that “fanatics” have for their team. This ridiculous passion is one I doubt Frank McCourt has ever felt in his life. When I think of Frank and Jamie, I see profiteers. Nothing more. They might just as well have invested in off-shore drilling.

  43. blueteapartymember1

    Thanks for that link, north! And reading the comments will give us, who are counting the days until McCourt leaves, hope.

    We are not alone, are we?

  44. blueteapartymember1

    Woof! I hadda look up “excoriated” first, but I agree with my hero!

    Who says ITD isn’t educational?

  45. nellyjune

    Submission errors are no fun iwannabelikebear!! I am with Kahli ~ Love the “We are not alone” mantra ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. nedajerk

    L.A. had itself, as Joe Torre later called it, a “balk-off” victory. It’s a rare thing, as some commenters on Baseball-Reference have deduced that this is only the 13th time since 1954 that a game has ended on a balk.

  47. nedajerk

    It’s the first time a major league game ended on a balk since September 2008, but it’s the first such victory for the Dodgers since 1989. Only the second since ’69.

    I just took the 2 part that was important on that blog.

  48. blueteapartymember1

    Lost in all of the hubbub of the phantom balk (it looks like I don’t know what a balk is anymore) and Loney’s adventure in humility (he shoulda just kept running, he might have made it) was the new Battling Billingsley. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Chad of last year would have folded like a cheap tent. He’s throwing inside too!

  49. lbirken@aol.com

    No, I don’t think Jimenez will win 30 games.

    I have noticed the empty seats while watching on TV and when I have attended games at Dodger Stadium this season. Perhaps the team will draw a little better now that it is winning but I believe there has been some sort of reaction by ticket buying fans that is keeping them away. Is it the McCourts? Is it the lingering effects of a down economy? I am willing to accept that many are down on the McCourts as evidenced by letters to the Times, various blogs and ITD. Do I expect anything to change? We might have to wait for the divorce case to be resolved but I suspect nothing will change for a while. At this point I am not even sure what the McCourts can do to repair their image or even if they care. I still encourage fans to attend games if they want and keep the costs down by buying as little as possible once they get there. We have been doing that for years. I am still trying to not let the McCourts ruin my enjoyment of Dodger baseball.

    To those fans still longing for the Garvey, Lopes, Russell & Cey days, get over it. The business side of the game has changed dramatically since then, not just for the Dodgers but for every organization. And remember, as good as those players were, they won one championship in four opportunities. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t measure their success as players because of that but I think it bears remembering in the grand scheme of things.

  50. blueteapartymember1

    Absolutely no surprise here, tru. Who wouldn’t want a .158/.185/.250/.435, no-field, no-throw, no-run, no-defense PVL rather than have to put up with a .281/.328/404/.731, good fielding, good-throwing, very good running, good defense kid? Torre is an idiot. So’s Ned. And I don’t care one whit about “he’s wasting on the big league bench” garbage. Are we, or are we not, trying to win the World Series? Sorry, stupid question. We, the fans, are. Management is certainly not. Seriously, look at the numbers, Joe. Paul is twice the hitter your buddy Anderson is, and he can go in to play defense and he can pinch-run. Oh, I forgot, stupid me. Anderson was a pretty good hitter several years ago, so he’ll eventually come around. Sure. Just like Sweeney.

    And here’s one for Major League Baseball (I’d love to lay into McCourt for this, but it’s MLB-wide): Those softball hats everyone was wearing yesterday, nice that MLB is donating $1 to the Welcome Back Veterans Fund for each one sold.

    So why are they $3 more than the regular caps?

    I know, another stupid question………

  51. enchantedbeaver

    Granted Paul should be playing everyday at AAA, but isn’t the object to put your best players out on the field regardless of whether they’re a regular or bench player? Anderson isn’t going to get any better anymore than Sweeney did. He’ll get every important LH PH assignment and fail just as miserably as he has already. For someone that used to DH once in awhile for the Halos, you wouldn’t think he suck so completely PHing as he does. As least Paul has a chance to do something with an AB besides flail away and go sit back down.

  52. trublu4ever

    I guess Joe misses Juanpy ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s the only reason I can see for keeping GA.
    .
    Dbacks signed Dontrelle Willis….whew..I thought for sure we were going to get him. LOL

  53. nellyjune

    With the way he sits out half the lineup on Sundays and day games, you would think you would want Paul and Johnson as options just for defensive purposes alone, but then again, I am just an irritated fan at the moment.

  54. nedajerk

    Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is on pace to go 32-3 this season. The last 30-game winner came 42 years ago.
    Can Jimenez win 30 games this year?

  55. nedajerk

    What about Jay Gibbons? He killing the ball in triple A which probably mean jack anyway but he would be an upgrade over GA since GA seem to be wash. He can played the OF and 1st base and I don’t like Belliard at 1st basemen.

  56. enchantedbeaver

    Great point Nells.

    For 29 other franchises, waiving a hasbeen like Anderson and keeping Paul wouldn’t even require a second thought.

  57. nedajerk

    Former major league pitcher Jeriome Robertson dead
    1 hour, 10 minutes ago

    Email Print VISALIA, Calif. (AP)?Former major league pitcher Jeriome Robertson, whose 15 wins led all rookies in 2003, has died. He was 33.

    Robertson was killed Saturday when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed, the California Highway Patrol said.

    The left-hander went 15-9 with a 5.10 ERA for Houston in his one big year and topped the team in victories. Robertson was traded to Cleveland before the next season after the Astros signed free agents Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte.

    Robertson?s last game in the majors came in July 2004?he hit Magglio Ordonez with his final pitch and was ejected. He later played in the minors for the Mets and Reds, and finished in 2007 in the Mexican and independent leagues.

  58. nedajerk

    Well it look like another pitcher that died young and had a good season with the Astros in his only year with them.

  59. Dodger4life

    Hey everyone…………..
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    I have been busy this past month, and I feel as if i missed an entire season with everything that has transpired……
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    I am back…..Time to crack a Modelo, and enjoy the Boy’s in Blue!!!!
    .
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!
    .
    Enjoy the game tonight all…..

  60. Dodger4life

    From henceforth…all D4’s messageages will be sponsered by something…..
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    Today my thoughts have been sponsered and inspired by Modelo especial…….
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    Call it my very own green girldle……..
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    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!
    .

  61. nedajerk

    I don’t know the last time I’ve heard the temptation and I wish I was alive when they started but sad to here a former singer pass away and once again RIP Ali-Ollie Woodson dies at 58.

  62. nedajerk

    lol Willis they need bullpen help but do they need Willis? The dback going to finish last plac e.

  63. jhallwally

    Hi’Ya everyone!! Hope everyone is well and happy this evening. Ely just continues to impress me. By the way, new thread!!!

  64. gibbie23

    If you can find the video, the first base cam clearly shows Vasquez leaning in to start his wind-up motion, then looking at Beardy the 3rd base “Breaker Faker” then lean back while stepping off the rubber and therefore earning the rightfully called/ruled Balk. Steve Lyons who think there was no balk… is an idiot!

  65. oldbrooklynfan

    Hi Everybody.
    We’re not going to forget last night’s game too soon.
    What a finish.
    The score keepers must’ve been in shock as they almost forgot to mention the winning and losing pitchers, but of course we knew who they were anyway.
    Billingsley who didn’t win, except for the 3 HRs pitched in his longest outing this season an entire 8 innings.
    Dan Haren stands in our way tonight, again, but one never knows what to expect.
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!

  66. gibbie23

    Pretty trippy that Veteran NL umpire Bob Davidson who was one of two umpires last night to call the Vasquez Balk-Off was the very same umpire to call the last Balk-Off back in 1989!!!

  67. oldbrooklynfan

    It seems like MLB.TV works better when the Dodgers are on the road. I seemed to be getting the freeze frame only since last night.

  68. gibbie23

    My man, Mr. Beardy-Boogying-Balk-Off

    Just like that, BEARD ON BASE! Remember, he is… The Most Interesting Man… in the World. (stay thirsty my friends)

  69. gibbie23

    D’oh Casey!!! There goes Ely’s No-No!!!

    To be honest, Ely isn’t exactly showing No-No stuff today. As mentioned, too many balls hit for contact…

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