Campy, CSUN and the DDF

It was a great afternoon on the field at Dodger Stadium, as the Dodgers, the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the Campanella Family and Cal State Northridge announced a partnership to keep Roy Campanella’s legacy alive for years to come. You can read the details here but equally as cool were some of the great items we brought out from the archives, including his original wheelchair, his shin guards from Brooklyn and the contract he signed to play for the LA Dodgers just weeks before his accident.

Jamey Carroll, meanwhile, was voted the Campanella Award winner by his teammates and you can tell he was truly humbled by it. And well deserved. Turns out, he was an exercise science major at Evansville and did a lot of physical therapy studies along the way, so it couldn’t have fit together more perfectly. Photos of the event are here

And of course, Bill Plaschke wrote a column about the Campanella legacy in today’s Times. Plenty more coverage that you’ll find tomorrow, I’m sure.

It’s a bright spot in a tough week for the team but with tonight’s win, the team avoids a sweep and heads to Arizona in an hour or so.

Will post from there tomorrow.

 

37 Comments

Congratulations to Jamey!
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I had mixed feelings about our win last night…of course, I aways want to win but, putting the Giants in first place, turns my stomach. Then again, I’m not crazy about the Padres either. Their fans show no support and they are the ones who choked away a 6 game lead. I was kind of hoping that the Rockies would make it. But, right now, they are playing like crap. Maybe they will take down the Giants. That being said, I don’t think anybody in our division will beat the Phillies.

I’m hoping the Rocks make it, too. Maybe they’ll get hot again. To tell the truth, it wouldn’t bother me that much more if the giants made it. I had a friend here in Moab who ran a bakery and was also a tremendous baseball fan. I’d go by, we’d talk baseball, and I’d always get a scone and coffee at no charge. She is a giants fan and we could talk about the teams without her being petty about it. Unlike some others in town. So if they get in there, I’ll be ok with it for her sake, especially since Bonds, Will Clark, and Marichal are gone. Come to think of it, I’ll also be ok if their plane crashes.
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I think the Phillies win it all, and barf to that idea.

My congrats as well to Jamey Carroll, a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season. Can’t say I much care who wins the division at this point. Yes, I would just as soon the Giants don’t make it but if they do, the will have deserved it. Must have been fun for Giants fans rooting for the Dodgers these past three days. I would have no problem pulling for the Giants to win a game if doing so helped the Dodgers. I agree that whoever wins the division will have a tough time in the playoffs but anything is possible.

I must say the Padres have something going for them with David Eckstein. I love it that Vinny calls him a”pest”. Interesting how he has been on two World Series teams. No doubt if he ended up on the Dodgers he would get some freak injury and be horrible.

Hi Everybody
Lucky for me I have no feelings whatsoever for the Padres one way or another but not so lucky the Dodger win hurt more than if they had lost. I hated seeing us put the Giants back into first place.
But it was good to see Kuroda pitch 8 solid innings and Kuo as a dominant closer.
Very unsettling.
I hope we can sweep the D’backs to get to 77wins.
GO DODGERS!!!

Well, the Giants won….boy, the Rockies are sinking like the Titanic!

Where have all the bloggers gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the bloggers gone?
Long time ago.

LOL, Kahli…we’re still here :)

Go Padres!!!!!

I have been reading late at night. I have had a busy, busy week with school, a funeral, and Homecoming Activities with my son, who lost being King to the football player by 5 votes. It is probably better he didn’t win. He thinks he is all that as it is at times.

knouffbrock – I know I always talk about the obnoxious Giants fans, but you are right, the ones that are truly fans of baseball are pretty decent most of the time. They realize all teams have issues and it makes for great conversations.

Lincecum notices Rockies’ Juiced Ball

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K74NUqrli5M&feature=youtu.be

You have to be kidding me.

Did anyone read the “OP-ED” article to the LA Times by Soboroff?
Claims support for Frank McCourt, although cites he made mistakes, but he has plenty of money and has done lot of community work. Please, save it, for the judge, Jaime (wife) may have done the community work, not Frank! I do hope they both get to do community work for tax evasion, after they sell the team.
The ROX have to win the next two or they are done.
I prefer Padres to Giants getting in, only because of my geography, I don’t think I could stand the playoff banter from the giants fans. Yes some are fine and can have a civil conversation, but most don’t know how to do that, had enough this year already.!

Hello ITD!

Kahli, I am here, just busy busy. Heading to a wedding to a restaurant close to Dodger Stadium They are both Dodger fans with season tix in the Top Deck.
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Well I better start getting ready. Is so hot right now.
Good luck Ely!
Emma

Hi everybodt
It feels good to know that the Pods won and the Reds didn’t lose no grown on the Cards who also lost(that’s almost done).
The Braves winning is also very favorable.
Now all we need is for the Rockies to upset the Giants.
GO ROCKIES!!!!!
oh yes and GO DODGERS!!!!

You got your wish OBF….and, to make it better Wilson blew the save!

Hey, Rockies beat the Giants, Rockies beat the Giants!!!!!!!.

September To Remember
Saturday night in Colorado, Troy Tulowitzki continued his September to remember with a home run and five RBIs. His fifth RBI came on a walk-off double in the 10th inning. It was his fifth career walkoff hit. Here’s where he stacks up in history:

Most RBIs in September since 1920
1927 Babe Ruth 43
2010 Troy Tulowitzki 40
1946 Hank Greenberg 39
1940 Rudy York 39
1940 Hank Greenberg 38
1929 Lou Gehrig 38
1985 Don Mattingly 37

Tulowitzki on his way to break Ruth record.

Hong-Chih Kuo (LAD – RP)
Sat, Sep 25 Recent News LHP Hong-Chih Kuo will continue throwing in the off-season. Kuo’s undergone two Tommy John elbow surgeries and two more cleanup elbow surgeries. The Dodgers medical staff has noticed that when Kuo gets shuts down at the end of the year, it takes him awhile to get the elbow ready in the spring. Instead, Kuo will keep throwing 1-2 times a week in the off-season to keep his arm loose.
(Yahoo! Sports)
Fri, Sep 24 Kuo struck out all three batters he faced on Thursday to notch his 10th save of the season.

Recommendation: Kuo has been spectacular this season, striking out 66 batters in 56 innings with an ERA and WHIP of 1.29 and 0.79, respectively. Manager Joe Torre has used care with Kuo this season, not letting him work on back-to-back days very often because of previous elbow injuries, so it will be interesting to see how the Dodgers will use him next year, assuming he’s back with the club (signed a one-year deal in January).

He better be back with the club next season and just to bad we can’t swap his salary with Sherrill salary

Hello Everybody
I didn’t expect to be here, but I am.
So far nothings going good today but there’s plenty of time.
GO DODGERS, ROCKIES, PADRES, BRAVES, & CUBS!!!!!!!

Sometimes you just have to laugh.
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If I was Bills I’d go and get in Brox’s face and tell him to get his head out of his *** and learn how to pitch. Every pitch is a fastball.
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Someone on this team has to step up next year and not accept this lousy play. Then when/if a player continues to play like a piece of crap call him to the carpet and get on his/their *** and tell them to stop playing and or acting like a looser and get their head out of their ***.
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Sorry for my language but this is just really horrible managing/coaching and playing by this team and I want to get in someones face and let loose. I’m so tired of watching this piss poor play and the manager/coaches accepting it. It’s gone on all year and patience is great but at some point you have to change what your doing to make it work.
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Now on to Ned. Another reason he should be gone is with being buyers as opposed to sellers this season. Part of being a GM is having the ability to access the team and their potential. Who on here thought in July that we had a chance? So lets go out and trade the farm for pieces of crap. Nice Ned. Dotel? Theriot? Podsednik? Really?? We needed someone with pop in the bat not another slap/singles hitter. Lilly was ok but why then and not earlier in the season or preseason when we all knew we needed pitching? Nice decisions all year long by Framie, Ned, Joe, and the coaches.
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I can live with a mistake or two but this has been constant mistakes. And now after giving up that dinger does anybody think we can come back & win? Hell no…

WOO-HOO, COLLIE! BRILLIANT!!!!!!

Young was like 0/13 with 8 k’s and why the hell was Belisario facing one batter for? I don’t want the left to left move. When Belisario is good he can get you through and inning but I shouldn’t be surprise at all.

Dodgers trade Don Mattingly?s son to Indians
1 hour, 25 minutes ago

CLEVELAND (AP)?A little more than a week after promoting Don Mattingly to be their next manager, the Los Angeles Dodgers have traded his son.

Los Angeles sent Preston Mattingly to the Cleveland Indians for Roman Pena in a swap of minor league outfielders Sunday.

Don Mattingly, the Dodgers? current hitting coach, will replace Joe Torre as manager next year in a move announced Sept. 17.

Preston Mattingly, the Dodgers? No. 1 draft pick in 2006, batted .218 with two homers and 17 RBIs at the Class-A level this season. He struck out 51 times in 165 at-bats.

The 23-year-old Mattingly bats and throws right-handed. His best season as a pro came in 2006, when he hit .290 with a home run and 29 RBIs for the Dodgers? rookie-level team in the Gulf Coast League.

Don Mattingly was a star first baseman for the New York Yankees during his playing career, winning the AL MVP award in 1985.

lol at getting rid of his son first and maybe Don won’t be the team manager next season.

Hello ITD.
What I don’t understand is why Broxton has not been shutdown for the season. I don’t remember the day that I dropped him from my baseball fantasy team because it was too long ago.
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Take a look at the t-shirt this guy had in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium. I wonder if they made the guy turn it inside out when he went inside. He was still in the car when I spotted him but I waited for him to come to take the picture and he posed for me.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

I hate for my post to get ahead of another.
BTW, great post Collie. All of us Dodger fans feel your frustration.
Emma at 10:51 p.m.
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Once again, I didn’t watch any of the game, but from what I read and what Collie said up above (outstanding by the way Collie!!!), Billz pitched a fabulous game and the bullpen couldn’t hold it. For whatever it’s worth, Billz seems to have really found his stuff again. We really weren’t too sure about him earlier in the season.

I am still holding out hope Judge Gordon will help out the Dodgers team and make Frank put the team up for sale. It really is the best solution for the players and their fans. The players and their fans deserve better!!!!

WOW, can’t believe we have less than week left of Dodger Games…SNIFF SNIFF. And talk about a Run for the NL West. Just sucks that Dodgers are not it. Sucks even more that we are so far far behind.
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Congratulations to Jamie Carroll, well derserve! I truelly enjoyed watching him Dodger Blue.
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I realy do hate Broxton and don’t want to see him in Dodger Blue for the 2011 Dodger Season. Please please, when the team gets sold, can Frank or Jamie take him with them….please please!

Ho hum, another day reading the divorce box score. Greedy little buggers, both of them. Frank, allegedly, offered Jamie $100 million to settle (because he’s too greedy to offer more) and Jamie countered with $400 million and a percentage of future Dodger profits (because she’s too greedy to accept less). Hopefully, their combined greed will bite ‘em both in the posterior and we’ll be rid of these two malevolent cartoon characters. As for Broxton, he’s a too one dimensional and too tentative. Sixth or seventh inning sounds about right, with the bases empty, thank you. What a lost season. Joe, this one’s on you. If you can accept the WS rings and the applause, then you’ll have to take the boos and your failures as a manager of men, as well.

kahli, I think in an indirect way Joe has taken responsibility for this season when he said the players need to hear another voice. I still think that in spite of the weaknesses this team had going into this season, the Dodgers had enough talent to compete with the other teams in the division for the title. Everyone has an opinion about what went wrong but I think we have heard enough from Kemp and Loney that imply the focus and intensity just was not there. Fair or not, that has to fall on the manager. Ethier now says maybe he came back too soon but he also says his numbers are not that much different than last season. Unfortunately, that was not good enough. This team struck out too much, did not move runners enough, and did not play smart much of the time. Again, fair or not, this also falls on the manager. I think Joe knows it and I think he knew it a while ago. I have no idea if Broxton has a physical or mental problem but once again, management needs to address this and find an answer.

Campy would not be happy with the current situation. Have the McCourts left LA yet? If not when can we expect to get our team back?

And, here, I thought we were going to have a dull off-season :)

trublu, I was the one who was worried we would have nothing to talk about when JP was traded. Those were the days! Nothing is dull when Frank and Jamie are involved but it is a bit sad that ownership should be a bigger story than the team and players.

Yankeenemy, I fear we may be stuck with a McCourt for a while but hang in there. My fear is Frank will come up with some clever plan to settle with Jamie by payments over a period of time. He is an expert at this sort of maneuver. He is also good at wearing down his opponent. She might take such a deal if she has some security interest in the ogranization. He gets to keep the team, drain more money out of it to pay Jamie and still pass the team to his (and her) sons. If revenues decrease, payments to Jamie decrease. What does Frank care. I hope I am wrong about this.

I am not saying the players and the manager don’t have a big responsibility in what went on, out on the field this season. I will say that if anyone of us was asked to do a job ( Job being to Bring a Ring, ) and were told by our top dog……that we will do whatever it takes….then after putting in long hours and hard work for not 1 ( No Ace )
but 2 years ( No Ace, ) then in year 3, were given the likes of Ramon and Russ Ortiz, along with the rest of the bunch, your boss would have a difficult time motivating you as well.
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I think lbirken is correct in his thought they will settle, Jamie and Frank will continue to drain more money out of the team, unless the people paying them…. (US) prevent it!
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However it may be too late by now anyhow, Fox (TV Rights) could bail them out at any moment in time. Hate to be a party pooper, just sayin.
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GO DODGERS!!!!
BEAT THE ROCKIES!!!!

Hiya Everybody
6 games left and we have to win them all to get back to .500
We can knock the Rockies right out of the race.
One thing I’d like to see and that is Loney finally getting into double degits in HRs.

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