ThinkTour…

Today, the two winners of the ThinkCure auction who had the winning bids to go “Inside the Dodgers” will be here to spend the day following around yours truly to see what it’s like to work for the team. It’s always a fun day for me, as it’s a reminder of how fortunate we are to do what we do for a living.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in the Inside the Dodgers tour, it’s set for Sept. 4 at 12:00 p.m. and as we mentioned last month, it’ll be a special group rate of $10 per person or $5 for kids. You can also tickets for that night (you can pretty much get them wherever you’d like to sit…we aren’t requiring anyone to purchase in the same section).

If you’re interested in the group tour, please email Brett at bretts@ladodgers.com and he’ll take credit card info, etc. to get you set up. If you want to attend the game that night against the Giants, please contact Bryan at bryans@ladodgers.com or 323.224.1376.

 

92 comments

  1. jhallwally

    Josh, I wish I could get away and attend. I would certainly like to meet you and Thank You personally for this blog and all you do. I know it can be difficult at times. You are much appreciated. Our qualms are with the ownership and management, upper and on the field (or lack thereof)!!!! Don’t take it personally!!! You’re doing an exemplary job!!!!

  2. lbirken@aol.com

    I would like to think UCLA will make a move this season. We will see if the Bruins have the talent to do so. Any you are right about sitting through a doubleheader or games that drag. When the Dodgers first came to L.A. the games started at 8:00. Can’t imagine starting a game at that time now although it happens quite a bit for eastern teams when the games are on national TV. I am amazed at those Red Sox or Yankee fans still hanging around at midnight their time for a routine 9 inning game.

  3. jhallwally

    Just an aside, but, do you think A-Fraud will break the all time home run record of 755!!! Yes, you read it right, in my book, Aaron still holds the record. Barroid is a farce!!! I personally don’t think he can do it without the juice. Same way Barroid did it.

  4. nellyjune

    Thanks for the new thread Josh!!!! …… and I second that on what Jhall said πŸ™‚

    Lots of great posts on the previous thread. I have become a baseball fan as well, and know a little something about every team through all the work I have done trying to implement into a geography unit. So, if the Dodgers were to not make it to the post season, I have other teams I would like to see there.

    Jhall – the Buckeyes are one of the talked about teams to take the BCS Title this year………cool!!

  5. nellyjune

    Ken Levine congratulated A-Roid on his 348th home run. I thought that about said it perfectly. It amazes me how his whole ordeal just got swept under the rug, unlike Manny. The east/west coast bias in full affect it seems.

  6. jhallwally

    Baseball would and will be better when A-Fraud/Roid, Barroid, and Clemens, et al, are just relegated to obscurity and forgotten by baseball. They do not deserve the Hall of Fame!!!!

  7. jhallwally

    Hell, Pete Rose is not in the Hall of Fame because of what he did out of the lines. These guys cheated between the lines!! It’s a no brainer.

  8. jhallwally

    If you put Barroid/Pumpkin Head or A-Fraud into the Hall of Fame because you think they were great players and made their claims before or after the steroids, then, it is total hypocrisy to keep Rose out. Make it an even playing field. Rose deserves to be in based on what he did as a player. If we are considering their total body of work, none gets in. If you want to divide it up into sections, OK, but do it across the board!!!!!

  9. jhallwally

    Sorry for the tirade about steroids gang. I just think our current team situation has been effected by it. (Read Manny, Martin, Furcal, etc..)

  10. lbirken@aol.com

    Rose gets my vote. Of course, I don’t have one but if I did, he would get it. But I do think the media covered the story of A-Rod hitting his 600th home run because it felt it had to while most baseball fans cared little about it. Even some of the media grew weary of talking about it. It is just another home run and perhaps a personal milestone for him but of little significance to the game. Now if he lasts long enough to challenge for the home run title, clearly there will be a lot of interest and not all of it positive. I think we just have to look at the steroid era as another chapter in the history of the game and move on to whatever happens next.

  11. jhallwally

    Well, anyway, it will be decided in the court of public opinion!!! We need to find our offense and get a win to keep our bleak hopes alive!!!!

  12. lbirken@aol.com

    Have a great rest of the day. I will be at Dodger Stadium tonight to cheer on the boys, or what’s left of them.

  13. trublu4ever

    I hope A-roid doesn’t come close to Aarons home run mark…yes, I agree with you, Jhall, Aaron still holds the mark in my eyes.

  14. oldbrooklynfan

    Hi Everybody
    I know you’re all ready for another night of baseball and since wins are pretty hard to come by, all the Dodgers can do is keep working hard and hope that things turn around.
    There’s 52 games left, a lot of baseball, enough time for things to change and anything can happen.
    GO DODGERS!!!!!

  15. northstateblues

    Twitter post from DodgerBlues ( http://www.dodgerblues.com ) :

    “Mets release Alex Cora 18 games shy of triggering $2M option. Ned is erect. (6 hours ago).”

    Obviously the last part is a joke (and mentions Colletti’s attention to posture), but part of me feels it’s only two more years before Ned signs all the guys we traded away in ’04.

    I’m just going to take the rest of this season like I did the entire 90’s decade: Going down with the ship, holding out an inkling of irrational hope until the day they’re mathematically eliminated, then turn to the “how can we best ruin our rivals’ chances?” train of thought.

    That’s how I spent the 90’s through 2004, and it’s how Giants fans have spent over half a century.

    I have a fleeting memory of the Dodgers winning the World Championship when I was seven, and that makes my baseball experience more fulfilling than any California-born Giants fan. Really, that’s eating soup with a fork, though.

    For tonight, let’s get those Nasty Nats.

  16. nellyjune

    Let’s do the Time Warp again!!! It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right………. I think of the “Rocky Hooror Picture Show” everytime this happens πŸ™‚

  17. enchantedbeaver

    For a team that’s in the cellar, at least the Nats come out to play ball, and its not like they’re trying to act as a spoiler to the Dodgers season.

    The Dodgers do that all by themselves.

  18. oldbrooklynfan

    KEMP came close but at least it was far enough for an RBI,
    They give us another and the game is tied.
    I hope this isn’t all for the night.

  19. enchantedbeaver

    That’s, “And I thought” not “though.” Posednik pisses me off so much I can’t even type straight.

  20. enchantedbeaver

    There are so many T.I.P.s on this team Tru you could walk across the Atlantic and not get your feet wet.

  21. enchantedbeaver

    Are Posednik and Theriot signed through next year? Ooooh I hope so because they compliment this team so well. At least Ned will get to see them when I shove them up his ***.

  22. enchantedbeaver

    I’m pretty sure you could underhand them to Blake nowadays and he couldn’t hit them. Glad he’s our 3B next year.

  23. dodgereric

    “All she wants is a percentage of the company, whatever it’s worth….”

    “Frank does not want to become business partners with his former wife….”

    Impasse. Sell the team.

  24. nellyjune

    Submission error hell :(((( I have been locked out since Dodgereric posted his second article. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!!!

    Anyhow……………They should be ashamed of themselves for dragging the Dodger Organization through this, but what else should we expect from them at this point. If they cared about the team, their first priority would have been to make sure the team was taken care of, but who cares about the team and it’s fans. It’s all about the money………………for them.

    Now, that 2nd story was fun to read πŸ™‚

    ………and they don’t call it old anymore…………………..they call it seasoned :)))

    So far, I am able to watch “In My Own Words” with Andre

  25. nedajerk

    Thanks Eric but I was hoping Wally would’ve told me since he said that he went to both of those games of a doubleheader and I wish I was born earlier than 1978.

  26. nellyjune

    Who should be ashamed? ……………The McCourts. Sorry, it was originally it’s own post and much longer, but as I was continually being submission errored, I added a comment about the other article and my issue with the blog and it’s submission errors as well.

  27. lny4loney

    Jwally @ 4:22
    .
    No, AFraud cannot break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record because he is ineligible for the sam reasons that Barroids was ineligible.
    .
    Maybe AFraud can pass Barroids and get the record for most homers by a juicer.

  28. dodgereric

    Glad you’re able to see Dreambo…… er, Andre’s show. He really is an interesting guy, isn’t he? And it’s sure good to see him start stinging the ball again.

    Kinda figures tonight. No sooner do I hang a new moniker on a guy when he goes off and contributes to a win. Anyway, it was about time that Pathednik did something good.

  29. nellyjune

    Yes, I am very happy to see him hitting the ball again, and it was also good to see James come through in the clutch tonight, seeing how he had at least three chances against the Padres the other day.

  30. dodgereric

    I used to go to doubleheaders whenever I could, shad. MLB used to schedule them all the time as they made financial sense then. If you were averaging 10,000 a game and could draw 30,000 for a double header, you can see why. When I read Ty Cobb’s autobiography, he mentioned playing doubleheaders 3 days in a row. Of course, it doesn’t make financial sense to do it anymore.

    Anyway, for several years the Dodgers used to schedule a doubleheader just for old time’s sake. I made a habit of going to them whenever I could. I never had a problem with seeing 2 games. I loved it. But, as lny4loney said, they’d be 8 hours long now instead of 5-6.

  31. nellyjune

    It would be great to see a double header in this day and age at the mlb level. It’s too bad those days are gone, with the exception of make up games.

  32. dodgereric

    I decided to see if I could back up Cobb’s claim. Unfortunately, baseball-reference only has game logs starting in 1920, and Cobb started playing in 1905.

    But in 1922, his Tigers played:
    7/3 – a doubleheader in Chicago against the White Sox (game 1 went 14 innings)
    7/4 – a doubleheader in Detroit against the Indians
    7/5 – a single game in Detroit against the Indians (11 innings)
    7/6 – no game
    7/7 – a doubleheader in Washington
    7/8 – another doubleheader in Washington

    So there is 9 games in 6 days in 3 cities. No airplanes for travel. No air conditioning.

    Oh by the way, Cobb went 23 for 42 in those 9 games (548/.578/.738/1.316).

  33. nellyjune

    Can you imagine the pitching staffs today trying to do a schedule like that? One of the first things Steve and Eric (Lyon and Collins that is) said after tonight’s game was Brox and Kuo were unavailable for tomorrow afternoon’s game.

  34. dodgereric

    HOLY CRAP!

    1923

    9/17 – a DH in Philadelphia
    9/18 – another DH in Philly
    9/19 – yet another DH in Philly
    9/20 – a DH in Boston
    9/21 – another DH in Boston
    9/22 – yet ANOTHER DH in Boston!

    Twelve games in 6 days! He was ordinary for those 12 games. Ordinary for HIM, anyway. Sixteen for 44 (.364/.472/.523/.994).

  35. lny4loney

    Thought I?d get started helping the Nedster find next year?s Sweeneykiewicson:
    .
    Here are some candidates. I realize that some of them are underqualified (overqualified?); but it?s even harder to find somebody with the potential to be as crappy as Sweeney, Mientkiewicz, or Anderson than I thought. I went through the rosters of all 30 MLB teams on cbssportsline.com and this is all I could come up with.

    THE CANDIDATES
    .
    Gary Matthews, Jr.
    Mike Lamb
    Wes Helms
    Fernando Tatis
    Manny Mota
    Frank Catalanotto
    Jody Gerut
    Randy Winn
    Augie Ojeda
    Joe Torre
    Eric Chavez
    Robb Quinlan
    Jenny Finch
    ___________________________________________
    .
    While I was at it, I noticed a few guys down on the farm to keep your eyes on for 2012.
    .
    Mike Sweeney *
    Gabe Gross *
    Mark Kotsay *
    Julio Lugo *

  36. lny4loney

    dodgereric
    .
    The 24 starting pitchers in that 6-day stretch may have thrown more complete games than the Dodgers have thrown in the last 3 seasons combined, which is seven. (2010 to date + ’08 and ’09 = 434 games played. 7 divided by 434 = 1.6%)
    .
    The 1923 Tigers threw 61 Complete Games in a 154 game season. (39.6%)

  37. dodgereric

    Torre would need a 25-man pitching staff.

    OK, I’m anticipating someone’s question.

    9/17/23 – game 1 – Phil 2, Det 0
    Detroit pitching
    Hooks Dauss (6 innings)
    Ole Olsen 2

    Philadelphia pitching
    Rollie Naylor 9

    One of my favorite things: Time of game: 1:40

    9/17/23 – game 2 – Phil 4, Det 3

    Detroit
    Herman Pillette 7
    Ray Francis 1

    Philadelphia
    Fred Heimach 9

    Time 1:47

    9/18/23 – game 1 – Det 8, Phil 2

    Detroit
    Ken Holloway 9

    Philadelphia
    Eddie Rommel 2
    Ren Kelly 7

    Time: 1:58

    game 2 – Phil 10, Det 9

    Detroit
    Bert Cole 7
    Earl Whitehill 1
    Rufe Clarke (looks like he pitched to 1 batter and walked him)
    Syl Johnson 0.1 (allowed 2 hits, game over. Clarke took the loss)

    Philadelphia
    Slim Harriss 7
    Bob Hasty 0.2
    Eddie Rommel 1.1 (Starter from game 1 who got bombed)

    Time: 2:17

    9/19/23 – game 1 – Det 6, Phil 2

    Detroit
    Syl Johnson 6.2 (finished yesterday’s game 2)
    Hooks Dauss 2.1

    Philadelphia
    Rube Walberg 7
    Slim Harriss 2

    Time:2:10

    game 2 – Phil 4, Det 3

    Detroit
    Ole Olsen 5
    Earl Whitehill 2
    Ray Francis 1

    Philadelphia
    Dennis Burns 9

    Time: 1:45

    9/20/23 – game 1 – Det 5, Boston 4

    Detroit
    Herman Pillette 6
    Bert Cole 2
    Hooks Dauss 1

    Boston Red Sox
    George Murray 6.1
    Jack Quinn 2.2

    Time: 2:12

    game 2 – Det 2, Bos 2 (10 innings)

    Detroit
    Ken Holloway 7
    Hooks Dauss 3

    Boston
    Bill Piercy 10

    Time: 1:52

    9/21/23 – game 1 – Bos 4, Det 3 (new game, not a continuation)

    Detroit
    Herman Pillette 6
    Ray Francis 2

    Boston
    Alex Ferguson 9

    Time: 1:39

    game 2 – Det 15, Bos 6

    Detroit
    Ole Olsen 9

    Boston
    Curt Fullerton 2.1 (gave up the first 7 runs)
    Clarence Blethen 6.2 (the last 8. No sense ruining the pen, right Joe?)

    Time: 1:48

    9/22/23 – game 1 – Det 10, Bos 0

    Detroit
    Hooks Dauss 9

    Boston
    Curt Fullerton 9 (Yep, all 10 runs)

    Time: 1:48

    game 2 – Bos 9, Det 7

    Detroit
    Ken Holloway 5.2
    Ray Francis 1.1
    Earl Whitehill 1

    Boston
    George Murray 7
    Jack Quinn 2

    Time: 2:15

    OK, it’s getting late and I’m tired from painting the bathroom today. But first, a quick summary……

    Detroit pitching staff for 12 games in 6 days:

    Ken Holloway – 3 games, 21.2 innings
    Hooks Dauss – 5 games, 21.1 innings
    Herman Pillette – 3 games, 19 innings
    Ole Olsen ? 3 games, 16 innings
    Bert Cole – 2 games, 9 innings
    Syl Johnson – 2 games, 7 innings
    Ray Francis – 4 games, 5.1 innings
    Earl Whitehill – 3 games, 4 innings
    Rufe Clarke ? 1 game, 0 innings

    9 arms (8, really), with 4 shouldering the load. That’s not many, but frankly I was expecting less.

    They played 3 DHs in 3 days in Chicago in Sept ’24, took a day to travel to Cleveland and play another DH the next day.

    There are many other times when they played DHs in back-to-back days, 3DHs in 4 days, 5 DHs in 7 days, etc. Almost all of these were in the latter half of the season, so I’m sure they were making up rainouts, but when you look at what they had to do, it’s amazing.

    Good night all, and if I get submission-errored, I’m copying this to a Word document and hitting the hay!

  38. dodgereric

    Yeah, lny4loney, the ’23 Tigers had 12 pitchers on their staff all year. The 2010 Dodgers have had 24.

    So far.

    OK, this is really a lot of fun. But I guess I started too late tonight.

    Good night my friends! And God Bless!

  39. nedajerk

    G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    Marquis Season 3 3 0 0 8.1 18 20 19 2 6 3 0 3 59.3 2.88 .439 20.52

    Those 3 teams were the Phillies and Brewers and I really won’t be really shock if Marquis shut us down because he’s a Dodgers killer but he’s due to have another bad game and against us.

  40. lny4loney

    Thanks for the research, dodgereric.
    .
    Looks like my guess was right. Tiger pitchers and their opposite numbers threw 9 complete games in the 6-day stretch compared to the 7 CGs thrown by the ’08-’10 Dodgers thus far.

  41. nedajerk

    Marquis, set to make $7.5 million in 2011 — the final season of a two-year deal — is 5-2 with a 2.35 ERA in 11 career starts against Los Angeles. The most recent was a 5-3 loss with Colorado on Oct. 4 at Dodger Stadium.

    That defeat ended his five-game win streak over the Dodgers. Marquis is 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA in his last six starts against them.

    Loney is 7 for 12 against Marquis with three doubles and a home run, but Andre Ethier is 1 for 17 and Matt Kemp 0 for 12.

    Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, batting .387 with five homers and 10 RBIs in his last eight games, is 2 for 9 with no home runs and six strikeouts against Lilly. Adam Dunn, who has seven homers and 14 RBIs over his last 10 contests, is also 2 for 9 versus the left-hander.

  42. lny4loney

    @sparkle
    .
    Good news for Dodgers fans, although I think it’s too late to really matter.
    .
    Bad news for Garret, a classy player who should have gone out on a better note.

  43. enchantedbeaver

    Jay Gibbons or Euell Gibbons, don’t make much matter now. All of the meaningful ABs already went to GA when they were still in the chase.

    Still, getting rid of Sweeney Anderson is a good thing.

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