Andre Ethier: Thank you, Dodger Fans

On behalf of Andre and everyone at the Dodger organization, we can’t thank you all enough for trying to get Andre to Phoenix for the All-Star Game next week. It was arguably the biggest push we have ever made, and our All-Star campaigns go back to the days of Cesar Izturis, Russell Martin, Nomar Garciaparra and many more. But what made this one the best is how much you all embraced it.

Andre was downstairs in the clubhouse earlier today and telling people how grateful he was that you all took this to heart. Seeing some of the chatter on this blog, Twitter and Facebook, there were some of you that literally voted thousands of times, which is unfathomable. From the #VoteAndre TweetSuite to the clubouse t-shirts and the various celebs who threw their Twitter endorsements behind him, it was a fun four days. Ideas came from clubhouse attendants, team execs, fans and just about everyone who wanted to see him play in front of his home crowd.

So thank you! And let’s keep pulling for Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, who will be there to represent your team.

In the meantime, hope many of you are at Andre’s Throwback Bobblehead tonight…should be a crowd over 50,000.

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Thank-you, Andre…we tried.

On another note…..a win would be nice for a change.

Uribe was out by a mile! Good call for us ump!!!!

A gift – that’s the only way we will score tonight!

I’m still wondering what the final tally was on the vote for Dre. They never disclosed the spread.

Me too! I think it is rigged.

I wouldn’t doubt it one bit. Like you mentioned, east coast bias always seems to prevail.

Andre – We gave it all we had. Even though we failed to get you there, you are an All-Star to us. I was reading an article about you that was written from a writer from the Mets organization, and they did a great job in giving some insight to the things you like. Dodgereric would be thrilled to know that if you weren’t playing baseball, you would want to be a NASCAR driver like Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon. Enchanted and Dodger4life would love to go fishing with you sometime. My hubby and son gave each other high fives when I read you used be a Giants fan when you were younger. It’s okay!! We all eventually see the light on that team – LOL!! (jk). The rest of the stuff I pretty much knew. However, the best thing you said who would you pay money to see play now, and you said your own teammate Matt Kemp. You mentioned in another article you aren’t sure how to assess this season, and you brought light the fact that the individual stuff is good to reflect on after the season, but it’s how the team is playing that is important. What’s great about you, Andre, is you never make excuses, for yourself or the team. And that, and all the other things aforementioned are why you are an All-Star in our hearts. Players like you are what makes this game the best game there is. Keep up the good work, both on and off the field, and you will have many more All-Star games to play in.
GO DODGERS!!!!

Hey Josh – I noticed that you didn’t answer any of the dozens of questions that we asked you over the past couple of days. Not that I am surprised – just stating a fact.

Hey Josh – How does a team that struggles to win 40% of its games have even two All-Stars, let alone three? I’ll tell you how. Ned Colletti tried to fill in all the holes around these young stars (Kershaw, Kemp, and Ethier), and he totally failed. We need a new owner and we need a new GM. When? Yesterday.

Sorry we couldn’t get you in, ‘Dre. It was fun trying, I think I know 10-key typing by heart now, heh.

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There will be more ASGs for Andre Ethier, I’m sure. Just too bad we couldn’t get him to Phoenix.

It’s only appropriate that it be NellyJune who expresses all of our best feelings for Andre. I wouldn’t deminish an iota from what you said, so I will only add AMEN.

Well I see we’re mashing again tonight.

We’re trying to get that sixth, but we’re receiving lots of gifts on the way. That just makes it harder.

Those bastards!

First run took two gifts – one from the Mets, one from the Ump.
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Couldn’t convert the two gifts we got this inning.

See – if they really put their minds to it they can overcome the other team’s adversity.

I’m really looking forward to being able to put some real distance between us and the Puds this weekend.

Wouldn’t it be great to have Kemp make the 40/40 club? He’s on pace for getting it done.
I truly believe he has a serious shot at doing it.

He needs to pick up the pace on the HR’s a bit. Stolen bases should be no problem, given (a) the help he’s getting from Lopes, and (b) he’s not taking the bat out of the hands of anyone hitting #5-#8 behind him.

It’s not going to be easy. More & more he’s getting IBB’s.

Hell, we are in last place…..have a lousy bullpen and not much hitting…I don’t think they hve to worry about Matt hitting one out…..we score one, they score five!

At least that would give us something to look forward to!

Kinda like rooting for Donnie Baseball during the Yankees’ drought years of 1985 to 1993!

A hit would be something to look forward to.

Shit, whatcha bitchin’ about? We already had one of those tonight.

I know – what was I thinking?

Another gift!

Carroll couldn’t convert with an RBI! I’m shocked!

LOL…not many of us have!

That’s why we are LAST!!!!

Matt got it done though! :-)

A HIT!!!!!!!

The gift has been redeemed. WTG Matt!!

WTG Matty!

Andre looks like he is not feeling well!

Looks better now…thank God ;-)

Hey Josh – Who are these guys?

Holy shit! An RBI from Urectum?!!

Crap. There goes our streak.

Don’t give up yet, there’s still McDooDoo.

Piles!!!!

OMG!!! A 4 run inning!

I stand corrected! Make that a 5 run inning. Quite a surprise coming from Navarro. . .

This is just not what we expect from this team – wha’ happen’?

It’s early, Sparkleplenty.

I think it was a Kodak-moment inning. They need to take a picture because it will probably be a long time before it happens again.

Who are these guys – I feel like we’re watching “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

Uribe and Navarro driving in a run in the same game is like Andruw and Bennett homering in the same game.

Cheer up, enchanted, at least Carroll continues his abominable, gag hitting with runners in scoring position. What a faux .300 hitter. Did Donnie Baseball really deem him All-Star quality? Ned’ll be lucky to move him at the deadline. On that note, Ned’ll be lucky if anything he does works out.

What I’m afraid of is that Ned will deem 13 games under .500 as being within striking distance and he’ll be a buyer again.

I think Frankrupt’s credit card is maxed-out!

Gwynn 3 – 4…so, tomorrow I expect Velez to play!

LOL That wouldn’t surprise me at all!

What the hell Tru, we gotta start another streak.

That was some play by Kemp.

From a true baseball fan and Dodgers fan, I love your approach to the game and classiness you bring to this organization. Many more within the leadership ranks should take your example and try it someday. Thank you for all you do for our team.

Well said, Daniel.

He was out!

56,000 paid attendance.

Only because it is Andre’s bobblehead night.

( ;-) )

Good job, Kersh!

Nice job, Kersh!!!!!

Now THAT’S an All Star pitching performance!!!
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WTG Kersh!

It would be nice if Jansen could preserve the shutout.

it would be nice if Jansen could’ve thrown a strike!!

( ( ;-) ) )

What does Kuo say? I’m Hung?! :-)

the kicker is that the data you are presenting is based on paid attendance (number of tickets sold). Actual attendance, i.e., persons at the game, has dropped off even more dramatically – take it from somebody who’s been at the stadium regularly this season and last.

I’m sure some idiot will come up with a line in tomorrow’s media world like “It looks like the boycott is over, that’s 2 sellouts in 4 games!”
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At least I hope so, because I’ll be there to tell them different soon enough.
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I’ve got a different twist on the attendance figures to show how they’ve slipped from last year through game 47:
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Crowds less than 30,000 in 2010: none. 2011: 6
Crowds 30,000 – 39,999 in 2010: 10. 2011: 28
Crowds 40,000 – 49,999 in 2010: 27. 2011: 9
Crowds 50,000 – 55,999 in 2010: 6. 2011: 1
Sellouts (56,000) in 2010: 4. 2011: 3
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Gotta love those numbers. Last year, 10 games less than 40,000. This year, 34. Thirty four of forty seven. Last year, 36 of the first 47 were over 40,000. This year, 13. Let’s see some sportswriter toss those numbers into a story tomorrow.
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Game 47 attendance (2010): 45,056
Today’s attendance courtesy of trumom: 56,000
Greater than last year = 8 / Less than last year = 38
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Games less than 30,000 this season – 6
Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704
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Lowest attended game of the year: Game 8 – 27,439
Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)
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2010 attendance (47 games) – 2,106,966 (44,829 average)
2011 attendance (47 games) – 1,726,957 (36,744 average) #10 in MLB
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Drop of 380,009 total
Average drop of 8085
Extrapolated for 81 games – 654,909
Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,976,245
2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)
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Next game’s (48) attendance in 2010 – 53,381

I like the new breakdown. Tomorrow will NOT be 53,381.

Another firework night just wonderful even I don’t think it would be around 53,381.

Great job, DodgerEric!

Good I stay away and we win no way that work again without Kershaw pitching.

It would’ve also been nice if Kershaw had another CG/shutout but I can’t be this greedy lol.

Look like we had some bullpen trouble dang we just can’t make it easy.

Sorry Andre – we tried. But you still have a chance…You never know. All us true blue Dodger fans are rooting for you and the rest of the guys. GO DODGERS!

To bad the voting didn’t end tomorrow. I wonder how many votes did Ethier trail that fool Victorino back? I wonder if any Red Sox fans and his buddy Pedoria try to get him in or maybe the Yankees fans. I would’ve had thought Ethier would had crush this.

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Remember when I wrote about ESPNLA.com asking for letters from Dodger fans expressing their feelings regarding all that hath transpired around the Dodgers lately? They’ve posted all the letters now they are going to post. Here is the link to the last grouping of letters: http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/news/story?id=6744157
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If you go to the bottom of the page, you’ll see a link to the previous day’s letters. I believe there are 4 pages in all.

But here is a very interesting one. It’s from life-long-Dodger-fan-since-Brooklyn Kareem Abdul Jabbar: http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/news/story?page=abdul-jabbar-110706

RIP to that Rangers fan that died falling out of the stand and horrible in front of his 6 years old son.

http://www.sportsgrid.com/mlb/watch-a-rangers-fan-go-tumbling-over-the-outfield-fence/

What the hell? This is nothing to joke around with.

OMG I got the chills! May he rest in peace and I just pray for his son, that little boy, to be able to errase that image off his head of his dad falling! Poor guy and poor little boy.

Andre….”my man”…..it wasn’t for lack of trying. I personally voted 1,050 times. I can’t understand why you didn’t make it. You’re still the favorite Dodger and your fans are you fans for keeps! We’re here for ‘ya…’cause you’re always there for us. God bless you and your family.

Andre made it!!!! He is replacing Victorino because he’s on the DL!!! 2nd place in votes paid off!!! Yeah!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ETHIER! YEY! I just called my husband to let him know that all my voting counted! And my kids reminding me to vote for ETHIER paid off. GO ETHIER!
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Awesome news!

Ethierholics, enjoy him while you can:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jon_heyman/07/08/andre.ethier.dodgers/
He’s been singing this tune for about a year now. Granted, everything he feels is true–the franchise is, indeed, an embarrassment. But don’t leak this s**t to the press. If he doesn’t want to be a Dodger, then adios. I’ve never heard Kemp or Kershaw whine about one thing this awful, forgetful season; Andre had to start griping in Spring Training.
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Oh, and congrats on your All-Star selection. Makes me feel real warm and fuzzy.

Still say we could get us a real ML catcher for Dre this offseason. No way you keep Dre over Kemp, and this team won’t pay for both, so better to get something of value.

Now, you know I will not go for this idea. However, I think that unless we get a new owner, it will probably happen. I don’t think Matt is too crazy about staying with this sinking ship either. I honestly think with an owner who cares abuot baseball and the fans who support the team, we can keep Dre, Matt, Kersh and Billz (provided we get a new pitching coach).

I want to add that Andre has never said anythng negative about this team when on the air. And, even if he did…so what, we do it too!

Dodgers players take accountability
http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/columns/story?id=6748194
Jamey Carroll called the meeting. Matt Kemp also spoke, amongst others. Nobody knows what was said. Here’s what might have happened.
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Jamey Carroll: “I don’t care who owns this team. I am just sick and tired of losing.”
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Andre: “Jamey, you can’t drive in any runs, so just get on base ahead of us, and we’ll let our bats do the talking.”
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Matt: “I am sick and tired of having no protection behind me. Here’s how it’s going to go down. I’m gonna get us started with an extra base hit. Then I want everybody, especially Urectum and Nobodyvarro to follow suit. Let’s get this thing done.”

I was at last night’s game and while it may have been officially a sell-out, there were still plenty of empty seats. There were more people than the other bobblehead nights I attended this season, that is for sure. We did notice something interesting while driving into the stadium: a lot of people leaving on foot with their bobbleheads. The pavillion sections were pretty much filled but I suspect a lot of folks decided to get the doll and skip the game. Too bad, they missed a rare Dodger win. Kershaw was in good form and while it took two relievers to finish the game in the 9th inning, I agree with Donnie’s decision to not let Kersh go out there in the 9th. It was obvious he was tiring a bit and in the 8th inning his pitches were starting to rise.

Kahil, not sure what to think about Andre. I am not going to get upset at him for the feelings described in the article you mentioned. While everything in that article might be accurate, I don’t like references to unnamed sources. Even so, I can understand a player wondering about his future; I think it happens all the time. Some players handle it better than others. Even Ethierholics probably would not blame Andre if he decided he wanted to be somewhere else because of all the problems surrounding the Dodgers. The fans have been good to him and as long as his play on the field stays at a high level, the fans will support him.

Yes, we will!! Plus, how come this crap always comes up when Andre at the worst time. Some of this info seems planted just to take away from the McCourt issues. Let’s get the fans upset with the players so we won’t think about our owner who is a criminal.

Red pen – omit “when Andre” – sorry :)

Sorry, I typed Kahil but I meant Kahli (kpookiemon).

Well, it can’t be too fun for the players to get court documents for them to read. When that happens, how is that not taking the problems outside the game itself inside the clubhouse. Reading bankruptcy papers over the All-Star break is something I would enjoy reading. As for Andre, more power to him for speaking his mind. Why in the world would any player (that has actual talent) want to play for this team right now. They rest of the team that says it doesn’t bother them is not being honest IMO. If it didn’t bother them the other day, having to read the bankruptcy papers some got yesterday should change their minds.
GO DODGERS!!!!

Is not something I would enjoy reading :)

Don’t let them try to silence you, Andre. Nobody stays with the same team for their whole career anymore. I’ll enjoy you occasionally wherever you go next; same for Matt, Kersh, and anybody else who’ll reach their peak in another uniform. In fact I’d enjoy hearing from one of our valued players what they plainly think about Frank and Ned. I find myself running out of expletives, so it would be good to hear a fresh approach from the players’ side.
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I find myself following our minor league games more and more, because by the time Frank is forced out of town we’ll be looking for those who’re in the rookie leagues now.

Messagebear – I will always be a Dodger fan. They are my team, but I also love watching well played baseball, regardless of the team. I find myself liking individual players on all sorts of teams. Even when I was at Target Field, watching Joe Mauer, Jim Thome, Jason Repko, Michael Cuddyer and some of their young players like Danny Valencia and Luke Hughes was so much fun. There are some great young players out there, and it is just fun to watch. I have been paying alot of attention to the Isotopes lately. They have their ups and downs, but otherwise fun to watch.

Tonights lineup as we battle for the NL West cellar.
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1. Gwynn, LF
2. Furcal, SS
3. Ethier, RF
4. Kemp, CF
5. Loney, 1B
6. Uribe, 3B
7. Miles, 2B
8. Ellis, C
9. Billingsley, P

Very sad news about the Texas fan last night. What a freaky thing to happen. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to him and his family. I guess it goes to show that you should not take anything for granted and don’t sweat the small shit.

Very well said Jhall!!

Congratulations to Andre and all you Ethierholics. I got in about 300 votes by my estimate. It’s a darn shame that Andrew McCutchen was not on the final 5 vote. He really deserves to be there more than Ethier or Victorino and I would have voted for him if he had been on the ballot. Hope he somehow slips in there.

Maybe McCutchen can get in if Braun can’t play.

Tulo is hurt too….maybe Bochy will select Uribe :-)

Yep, I’m hoping McCutchen somehow gets in there. Good grief, with Tulo and Reyes out, who will start at short. After those two, there is a serious drop off. I see where Jeter is not going to attend. He doesn’t deserve to be there anyway. One of the most overrated players I’ve seen come down the pike in the last few years.

I think McCutchen should have been picked outright with no vote necessary.

I agree!

Totally.

With Jeter pulling out, the AL can now add Asdruble Cabrera from Cleveland. Actually makes them much better.

I agree with that too! Mo is out also…so, no Yankee closer!

That would be great!!!!

I just hope the NL wins.

A-Rod also out. Although I can’t stand him personally, he does deserve to be there.

NL winning or losing will depend on how Bochy manages his team. Who’s he going to play and, when is he going to change players?

Wally just imagine if we had that 1st pick instead of us drafting Dreifort.

Mixed emotions here on my 1st post of the day.
I’m happy Andre got into the roster for the AS game. I hope he enjoys the experience, has a great game, and has a great time with his family.
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On the other hand, my thoughts & prayers go out to that poor Rangers fan’s family. Sad situation. Maybe this will send a message to fans willing to risk life & limb over a $4.50 baseball.

RIP Betty Ford and the only former 1st lady that is still living where her husband pass away is Nancy Reagan.

WTG Ethier that really was a waste of time for those Phillies fans and Tigers fans that was teaming up to voting for Victorino when he was planning on going on the DL.

Gameday no workie!

Never mind. Must have gotten hung up for a bit.

LOL!

How come there no kids on Wheel of Fortune? I just got finish watching Jeopardy.

The world is full of mysteries like that.

That’s why we have Scooby-Doo & Friends to help solve them.

Why can’t major league ball players hit the baseball?

Why can’t a pitcher, who only has to perform every five days, throw the ball near the plate?

Why the hell did Neddy sign Uribe?!

You’ll have to move onto a higher plane of existance to get all those answers Tru.

Dre says he’s embarrassed by the Dodgers and Frankrupts handling of things. He’s thinking about the Red Sox, and his friend Pedroia who told him how great Boston is. Way to go Boss chase everyone out of here, and then I get the blame.

Way to turn the line-up over AJ!!
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(Its these small victories I live for.)

( ( ;-) ;-) ) )

Billz is pitching a nice game. Too bad the rest of the team didn’t show up.
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How’s the crowd tonight Tru?

Crowd is so-so. Lots of empty spaces ;-)

I believe it’s very telling when the two last place teams can’t score off each other!

38,529 paid attendance.

Why is attendance getting better? I really thought after the asshole filed bankruptcy we see paid crowds down around 20000-25000.

I think that 20 – 25 thousand is what is actually there. A lot of no-shows!

Whut up folks?
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I also want to pass on my condolences to the Ranges fans family & friends. Really was upsetting to see that and hear about it. Truly heartbreaking.
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Congrats to Dre for making it. I voted many times and so I’m glad it paid off.
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In terms of Dre and the linked article it doesn’t seem as if he was talking again. The quotes were from ST. I might be wrong but as I read it I didn’t see anything new other than what an unnamed source stated.
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Everyone knows I love Dre but he is an interesting guy. I don’t know why he seems so guarded now. I met him a few times when he 1st came to the organization and he was really cool. Talkative and engaging. The last few times (Not this season however — the last 2009 & 2010) I’ve run across him he’s not seemed all that happy and talkative. He signed autographs for everybody but wasn’t really chatty.
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I love Dre & hope he stays. I don’t think he keeps saying stuff in the media — I think because he made the Allstar Game and is one of the teams top players and all the drama going on it’s a topic for conversation. Thus the media brings it up.
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I do think that Dre will be gone when he has a chance to leave. I’d be very surprised if he stays. The wild card there is what happens to the ownership situation. I think if it gets settled and someone comes in and can stabilize things I could see him staying.
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The one thing I did read in that link was the following…
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• With everything else that’s going on with the Dodgers, McCourt is said to be complaining privately about a couple of the team’s signings (namely Juan Uribe and Ted Lilly). Overall, GM Colletti has done a very good job and is said to have had a solid relationship with McCourt, so it’s very likely McCourt is just blowing off steam at a difficult time. The team has been hampered by a stark reduction in payroll and also has been decimated by injuries to the infield and pitching staff. But McCourt’s behind-the-scenes complaints are par for him. One person who knows him well said, “If they signed 10 All-Stars and one player who didn’t work out, he’d just be upset about that one player.”
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Maybe Frank is now going to try to put the blame on Ned.

Maybe Frank does read our blog. LOL

LOL…

By the way the Giants game is on MLB Network and Bob Costas and Al Michaels are calling it. It’s pretty cool to hear them together.

Not here…comcast blacks it out and I have to watch Krud & Krap!

We’re ALWAYS watching crud & crap Tru!!

You’re right!

They were blacking it out here as well Tru. But now on the comcast Giants station those loosers are off. Check it out…

Okay….thanks, Collie!

Squeeze time….

I like a good squeeze ;-)

Who doesn’t?????????

I used to love the game of the week on NBC on Saturday mornings. With Joe Garagiola calling the game. It would be fun to meet him & also to hear him call a game again. He had a smooth voice.

Those were the good days.

They had TWIB with Tommy as the genie guy.

I hate that crap. Why not let Bills bunt?

Gee…a run!

Sweet!! Time to get Brox up in … oh never mind!

Signs of life?

Nah. Just a little murmur of protest.

Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Furcal

Dang it Dre…

I knew that was going to happen come on Loney.

As my pal, Jhall would say: “Geez, f*cking pathetic!”

Double f*cking pathetic!

This is why it would of been nice for Dre to of gotten that runner home from 3rd.
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Get the pink juice out…

Oh crap that not a good start.

WTF? Just give it away already!

Here goes the ball game!!!!

What does Steve Garvey say?

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“I SHALL RETURN!”

I guess we did bring in BroxTON…

lol I think you jinx him Collie.

I just might of Shad…

We’re fortunate however to have Rick Bunnynutts to help Javy get through this.

We sure are ;-)

It would be pretty sweet if he gets out of this…

What does Javy say: “I don’t need damn Bunnynutts!”

Whew!
I can’t say I didn’t have my doubts! Talk about drama!!! Broxton flashbacks!

Normally I’d have something smart-assed to say, but all I can say to that is WAY TO SAC UP KID!!!

YAY…..Brian Wilson just blew another save!!!!! I hate him with a passion!

Yeah another BS by Wilson.

Actually it wasn’t a blown save since the score was 2-2.

Gosh dang I thought we was done with the Broxton flashback.

I’m surprise the Padres didn’t bunt with the bases loaded down by 1 with no outs. They are capable of doing that to.

I love watching Ahab blow it!!

Look like the Giants hate that ex Padres Hairston.

I on the other hand am very happy with him. :)

:)

You know what I hate and our bullpen is one of the worst but there just some stats they are great. I’m glad we don’t have many saves chances to bring this % down. I wish espn would’ve had the IRA% stats added to all of these other categories.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/pitching/split/128/sort/savePct/type/expanded/order/true

Once the players get inside the lines, management is the farthest thing from their minds. But especially when they’re on the road, they have plenty of time to read and to think about what dregs their team is being dragged through.
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Most of what is in that article is conjecture, but if Ethier isn’t thinking this stuff, he would have to be horribly stupid. Personally, I would hate to lose him. But I hated to lose Wills, Koufax (yeah, I know. He retired. I still hated to lose him), Valentine, Buckner, Garvey, Martinez, Piazza, Karros………
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Game 48 attendance (2010): 53,381
Today’s attendance courtesy of trumom: 38,529
Greater than last year = 8 / Less than last year = 39
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Games less than 30,000 this season – 6
Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704
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Lowest attended game of the year: Game 8 – 27,439
Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)
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2010 attendance (48 games) – 2,160,347 (45,007 average)
2011 attendance (48 games) – 1,765,486 (36,781 average) #10 in MLB
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Drop of 394,861 total
Average drop of 8226
Extrapolated for 81 games – 666,328
Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,979,258
2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)
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Next game’s (49) attendance in 2010 – 45,151
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Crowds less than 30,000 in 2010: none. 2011: 6
Crowds 30,000 – 39,999 in 2010: 10. 2011: 29
Crowds 40,000 – 49,999 in 2010: 27. 2011: 9
Crowds 50,000 – 55,999 in 2010: 6. 2011: 1
Sellouts (56,000) in 2010: 4. 2011: 3

E — If I was him, I would… If you had a boss this crummy wouldn’t be open to a new employer?

Society will turn on you, Frank. No more cocktail parties……..no more hob-nobbing……… Walk away, now, with dignity, and I’ll bet they keep inviting you to their parties. Otherwise, you’re on your own.

• OF Trayvon Robinson will participate in the Class AAA Home Run Derby at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City on Monday. Robinson is having a breakout power season. After hitting 17 in 2009 and nine last year, he already has 21 this year, including nine in June.

• RHP Hiroki Kuroda will probably start the second game after the All-Star break, following Clayton Kershaw, but the Dodgers are still debating the order for their starting pitchers.

• SS Rafael Furcal picked up his first RBI since coming off the disabled list, NOTES, QUOTES

• C Rod Barajas went 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI in his second rehab game for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, his second start at designated hitter. He’s expected to catch Saturday and Sunday.

• OF Trayvon Robinson will participate in the Class AAA Home Run Derby at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City on Monday. Robinson is having a breakout power season. After hitting 17 in 2009 and nine last year, he already has 21 this year, including nine in June.

• RHP Hiroki Kuroda will probably start the second game after the All-Star break, following Clayton Kershaw, but the Dodgers are still debating the order for their starting pitchers.

• SS Rafael Furcal picked up his first RBI since coming off the disabled list, an RBI single in the eighth inning that was the game-winner. Furcal is 5-for-14 (.357) career against Padres starter Mat Latos.

• Steve Garvey was fired by the Dodgers from his marketing and community relations job. The iconic former first baseman was very public in his attempts to form an ownership group that would buy the team from embattled owner Frank McCourt, despite continuing to get paid by McCourt and McCourt refusing to sell the team. Garvey was told to cool his aggressive attempts, which included adding Orel Hershiser to his prospective ownership group, but Garvey continued taking his plans to the public airwaves.

The Dodgers are 2-0 since Jamey Carroll called a players-only meeting before Thursday’s game.

“It was a good meeting,” said catcher A.J. Ellis, whose single started the game-winning rally. “We were able to communicate with each other, where we’re at and what we’re feeling. We can’t get caught up trying to get 12 wins in one night. We’ll play as hard as we can, and we’ll see where we are in September.”

We need more of these.

They’ve now gone 10 games and 350 plate appearances without a home run. The last one was by Aaron Miles, during the 15-0 win at Minnesota on June 27. The L.A. Dodger record is 13 games without a home run, set from June 15, 1976 to June 27, 1976.

Billingsley went eight scoreless innings, which means he obviously didn’t allow a home run either. Since the 2010 season, he’s given up 15 homers in 308 innings, 0.44 per nine innings, the best ratio in the majors (minimum 250 innings). It took some nail-biting for Billingsley to get the victory though.

Javy Guerra made it interesting in the ninth, giving up a double and hitting two batters to load the bases with nobody out. He rallied with two strikeouts, then Matt Kemp caught a sinking liner from Jason Bartlett to preserve the victory. Guerra’s been the Dodgers closer for over a month, but it was his first save chance since June 19.

Good Morning. Was reading letters in the Times and, Dodgereric, yours is still there! I only had to read three lines and I knew it was your style ;-)

Where is Jamie’s representation before the bankruptcy court?
One would think that as long as there’s a reasonable chance that she is awarded half ownership of the Dodgers, she would belong somewhere in the bankruptcy court deliberations, especially if she wants the franchise sold.
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Actually I wish Andre would plain come out and say that he doesn’t want to play for a club owned by such an asshole as Frank. What’re they going to do to him – trade him? Come on, Andre – you know Frank is one piece of shit. Make some news off the field.

LMAO!!!! That made me laugh :)

Messagebear – I would love to know who doesn’t think Frank is an asshole. Those that don’t must have some financial advantage if he stays the owner. So, that leaves his sons.

Dodgereric – Funny, It was like “Name That Tune”. How many words does it take to know which letter is Eric’s – lol!!! I am impressed that yours is the longest letter too. All the letters reflect the same outrage towards our owner/GM. I guess Frank and Ned don’t read the paper either. They just live in their little bubble of 5 people who keep telling them over and over “You are doing a good job. Just keep fighting! The rest of the millions of people don’t know what they are talking about.”

LOL…Name That Tune! Priceless!!!!

OK, just a little fantasy scenario here this morning.
Garvey fired from the Dodgers organization. Two days later Garvey confronts Frank McCourt and shoots him dead. All of LA celebrates. Garvey hires Jose Baez as his defense attorney. Case has to be dismissed when it comes to trial, but nobody can find 12 people for a jury who’re willing to consider the action anything but commendable public service.

Dare to dream!!! LMFAO

Ok, we all agree on that. But, at the risk of sounding selfish, it would take away my own fantasy moment. I don’t want to get too graphic, but it involves my own two hands, a Clint Eastwood moment, a lot of girlish wimpering by the owner, followed by usage of an ink pen, followed by tar, feathers, a few feet of rope, a railroad tie, a parade and finally – directions to Ned’s house.

Damn, wrong persona……

Todays lineup:

•Tony Gwynn Jr., LF
•Rafael Furcal, SS
•Andre Ethier, RF
•Matt Kemp, CF
•James Loney, 1B
•Juan Uribe, 3B
•Dioner Navarro, C
•Jamey Carroll, 2B
•Rubby De La Rosa, P

Thanks, Jhall.

Hi’Ya Trumom. Nice win last night. I see it was a nail biter. Especially the 9th. Wow, when you think we’ve got a shit lineup, imagine having to look forward to the Padres lineup.

It was a nail biter last night. I didn’t think Javy would get out of it but, he did a good job.

(apologies to “Field of Dreams”)

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People won’t come, Frank.

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They’ll stay away in droves for reasons you can’t even fathom. Your parking lots remain empty, and you’re still not sure why they’re doing it. Your ankle-biting tantrums have taken the innocence from fans looking to connect to the past. “Dodger Dogs are only a dollar today,” you say. “Parking’s only 15 dollars a car”. They’ll pass on you without even thinking about it, for it’s ethics and fortitude you lack.

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And you’ll see empty bleachers, the stadium quiet on a perfect afternoon. A sea of reserved seats along the baselines, which Los Angeles filled from the time they were children and cheered their heroes. And they watch the game from home, and know, today, that the magic is gone. The memories so thick, they have to brush the tears from their faces.

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People won’t come, Frank.

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The one constant in L.A. through the summers had been baseball. Then you rolled in with your army of litigating steamrollers. Dodger tradition under you has been erased like a blackboard, clumsily redrawn, and erased again.

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But the fans mark the time. This field, this team, is a part of OUR past, Frank, a past you never could understand. It reminds us of all that once was good, and, once you’re gone, all that will be good again.

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On that day, the people will come, Frank.

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People will MOST DEFINITELY come.

Could it be? Could we be on the verge of respectability? The Dodgers,not you, McCourt.

Hello all…the thread everyone jumped to now has more entries than the most recent blog right here. Anyway, the stadium looked absolutely empty on TV today. Tommy, please get Frank on the phone and reason with this guy. And if he won’t listen, have some of your “friends” make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Also, if you must jump ship, head to Tommy’s blog. It’s virtually empty all the time, it’s second on the Dodgers’ website blog list after ITD, and Tommy always has a fun story to tell!
http://tommy.mlblogs.com/

Tommy’s Blog was the first MLBlog. I remember when it started, I didn’t know what the heck a “blog” was. Sounded like half a word, and I guess it is.

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One of the best things McCourt has done during his tenure was bringing Tommy back into the fold. It was a shame FOX ran him off after the dirty business that probably started with the Piazza trade. FOX proved tradition didn’t matter as much as giving it to Ted Turner on another front of a massive Multi-Media Battle.

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Remembering “ANYBODY but FOX” back in ’03, we were fooled once. Now hearing the chants of “ANYBODY but McCourt”, will we be fooled again?

Im so sick of this baseball season, it was ruined by Frank McDickhead! They just keep coming, proud L.A. moments… Steve Garvey fired is the latest.
I hate you McCourt! Why would you work for such a creep Josh! I hope all the big talents signs elsewhere if McCourt still is owner.
Frank, Not only did you destroy this franchise you stole from each and every Dodgers fan. You took LA baseball away from us all

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