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Back at it…

First and foremost, a belated happy birthday to Vin Scully, who celebrated his 82nd yesterday. There’s never been anyone better and there never will be, at least not in my lifetime. It dawned on me that he’s almost been in the Hall of Fame for half of his career. Think about how absurd that is!!

Anyway, we hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and that you’re gearing up for the December holidays. I hope to update the blog more regularly now that we’re all back in the office up until Spring Training (and then some).

Thanks for your spirited comments in the last thread. There’s really no good way to raise ticket prices and we all wish we didn’t have to do it, but we felt very, very fortunate to be able to do it last season on every ticket in the house. And I’m guessing that many of you are season ticket holders and for the second consecutive year, we did not raise prices for you and in fact, lowered them in some cases. Keeping every ticket in the house at the same price two years in a row is very tough and that’s not to suggest that it’s not tough on all of you.

Please know that I sit in the meetings here where these sorts of things are discussed and decided and there is very, very serious thought given to how to minimize the impact on all of you. There really, truly is. Your voices are heard inside the offices, which is the point of this forum. Beyond that, we certainly don’t expect fans to agree with every decision we make – though that won’t stop us from trying. We just hope that going to the playoffs four out of the last six years and reaching the NLCS two years in a row with a commitment to building a team from within is something our fans can get behind and support – and you all do that tremendously.

 

Another season of Vin…

It appears Vin Scully has made it official, telling the Times’ Bill Plaschke that he plans to be back next season. It seems he also suggested that next year will be his last, but obviously that’s a bridge to be crossed at a later time. As my boss, Charles Steinberg, said in the story, we certainly want to honor him in some way or another but we want to make sure that its in line with his own wishes. But rest assured, it’ll be something to remember. And as far as I’m concerned, it’s the best news we can ask for as Dodger fans.

Meanwhile, last night’s game in St. Louis obviously got out of hand, so much so that Mark Loretta wound up pitching for one-third of an inning. Other Dodger position players to have pitched for us in Los Angeles are Jim Hickman (6/23/67), Danny Heep (7/30/88), Jeff Hamilton (4/15/89), Mickey Hatcher just two weeks later (5/4/89), Chris Donnels (5/5/01), and Robin Ventura (6/25/04).

Eric Collins, who called the game last night alongside Steve Lyons, weighed in over at Psychollingy regarding Loretta’s appearance and much more.

And finally, for those who might have missed it, I thought Phil Wallace wrote a very interesting breakdown of the team and our current situation a few days ago over at LA Observed.

Lineup to come later in the day…

UPDATE:

Lineup:

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Kemp, CF (His In My Own Words debuts tonight on PRIME TICKET at 8 p.m. or right after the game)

Kershaw, P

Dodgers Magazine

I don’t know how this is possible, but when we approached Vin Scully a couple months back about being on the cover of Dodgers Magazine, he said that he does not believe he’s ever been on the cover. Well, after 60 years, we’re finally changing that (the magazine hasn’t been around that long but this is his 60th year behind the mic). You can get a copy at Dodger Stadium starting tonight or you can get a subscription, but it’s a great cover story by Eric Neel of ESPN.com so check it out.

Meahwhile, over at Psychollingy, Eric Collins weighs in with this latest…

And here’s tonight’s Dodger lineup:

Pierre, LF

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Castro, 2B

Ellis, C

Bills, P

Appreciating Vin…

When I first met DodgerTalk co-host Josh Suchon, we were covering the Giants as reporters in 2002. He had been covering the team for several years and was a beat writer when Barry Bonds hit his 73 homers in 2001 (I was covering the Dodgers at the time for MLB.com). To get myself up to speed on the Giants that winter, I read Soosh’s book, This Gracious Season, and one of the underlying themes was that his “laptop was down” whenever Barry was hitting. That is to say, he and another writer realized that they might never get to see someone hit the way Barry does and therefore, whenever he came up, they stopped writing, surfing the net, or doing whatever they were doing and they watched the at-bat intently.

Last night, ironically in a game against the Giants at AT&T Park where Bonds has stopped by the night before, I found myself thinking the same thing about Vin Scully. And I wondered, what is the equivalent of having your “laptop down?” Unlike Bonds, Vin is on for three hours a night and the gems he comes up with can come at any point in the game. Like the way he can show Bengie Molina blocking a ball and matter-of-factly say, “I can hear Campanella talking about getting the glove turned over.” Or the way he referred to Russell Martin framing Broxton’s pitch as “larceny,” in reference to the fact that quite obviously, he stole a strike from the home plate umpire.

There are a number of websites that have sprouted up that pay homage to the best that there has ever been in this business, which is pretty cool. But I know how much Vin hates the hooplah that goes along with having perfected your trade better than anyone that came before you. He’s as humble as anyone I’ve ever met and so we honor his wishes by not going over-the-top with things (though it sure was awesome to see him throw out the first pitch on Opening Day).

I just hope that everyone finds the time whenever they’re watching a game to appreciate his story-telling ability night in and night out. I consider it an honor to work with him, listen to him, and learn from him every game.

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On a completely unrelated note, Andre Ethier was profiled in the Daily News today for his food passions and he promises me he’ll post a new blog soon for Dining with ‘Dre. As long as he keeps getting game-winning hits like last night, it’s hard to get on his case too badly!

UPDATE:

Tonight’s lineup has Juan Pierre batting ninth…

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Blake, 3B

Stults, P

Pierre, CF

According to Elias’ John Labombarda, the last time a Dodgers pitcher did not bat 9th was August 15, 1965, when Don Drysdale batted 7th vs. Pittsburgh.

That day, catcher John Roseboro hit 8th (1-for-4) and shortstop John Kennedy hit 9th (0-for-2, BB, K).

The Dodgers lost 4-2, and Drysdale went 0-for-2 with 2 strikeouts before being pulled after 6.0 innings of work. 

Vin will be back in '09

Not only did last night deliver a resounding shutout victory to pull the team to within have a game of first place, but the incredible news is out…Vin Scully will be behind the mic for his 60th season of Dodger baseball.

Anyone who has been fortunate enough to even hear an inning of his work over the years knows that we are truly blessed with every game that he does. Just yesterday, as I stopped in the booth to check in with him on a couple of things, I happened to be there when he taped the “open,” which is what you see at the top of the telecast each night.

Amazingly, without any notes in front of him and no teleprompter, he just rattles off some of the most incredible prose, mixed in with statistics and stories that I can’t understand how he remembers. It’s really something else.

In any event, in case you missed it, I wanted to make sure you knew the great news and hopefully we’ll see many of you at the park today. If not, tune into FOX for the big duel for first place in the NL West…we’ve been this close many times before, but haven’t been atop the division since April 4. If there were ever a time to be playing great baseball, this is certainly it.

P.S. No lineup again today. 

 

No way!

Were you here? 55,000-plus fans can actually say they were at Dodger Stadium last night for history in the making. Not exactly the type of history we want to be making, but a win is a win, right?

It was just the fifth time in the modern era that a team managed to win a game without the benefit of a hit. As you can imagine, our department was looking up interesting tidbits for quite some time, so I’ll post those below.

Now the question for you all is, how many no-hitters have you seen in person? By my count, Vin Scully has seen 20, though I’ll have to check with him to see if perhaps he was off doing a game of the week when one of these took place.

Boston’s Vern Bickford against the Dodgers in 1950.

Two by Carl Erskine 1952 and 1956.

Don Larsen’s World Series perfecto.

Sal Maglie’s in 1956.

Four by Koufax.

Bill Singer in 1970.

John Candelaria in 1976 against the Dodgers.

Jerry Reuss in 1980 at Candlestick.

Nolan Ryan for Houston in 1981 against the Dodgers.

Tom Browning’s perfect game in 1988 against the Dodgers.

Fernando’s on this date in 1990.

Dennis Martinez’s perfect game in 1991.

Kevin Gross the next year.

Kent Mercker in 1994.

Ramon Martinez in 1995.

Hideo Nomo in 1996.

Still, even Vin had never seen what we saw last night. As for me, that’s only the second I’ve ever attended, as I was a fan down the right field line at Dodger Stadium for Mercker’s 1994 gem. How about all of you?

UPDATE: Just spoke to Vin and he missed Browning’s perfect game, but was at Jack Morris’ for a game of the week, so we still think it’s 20!

Here’s today’s lineup:

Pierre, LF

Ethier, RF

Martin, C

Kent, 2B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

DeWitt, 3B

Berroa, SS

Lowe, P

 

NO-HIT NOTES

Last night’s game marked the fifth time since 1900 that a team won a game without the benefit of a hit. The four previous ones:

- April 12, 1992 (first game of a doubleheader) – The Indians beat Boston, 2-1, in Cleveland despite getting no-hit for 8.0 innings by Pasadena-born left-hander Matt Young.

- July 1, 1990 – The White Sox defeat the New York Yankees, 4-0, in Chicago despite facing 8.0 no-hit innings from right-hander Andy Hawkins.

- April 30, 1967 (first game of a doubleheader) – The Tigers defeat the Orioles, 2-1, in Baltimore despite a no-hit effort from Steve Barber (8.2) and Stu Miller (0.1).

- April 23, 1964 – The Reds defeated the Houston Colt 45s, 1-0, in Houston despite 9.0 innings of no-hit ball from Ken Johnson.

The Dodgers were held hitless last night for the first time since April 8, 1994, when Atlanta’s Kent Mercker turned the trick in a 6-0 win at Dodger Stadium…the only other time the Dodgers have been held hitless at Dodger Stadium was July 28, 1991, when Dennis Martinez pitched a perfect game for the Montreal Expos.

The game last night marked the 17th time that the Dodgers did not get a hit in a game, which includes Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. On two occasions, the Dodgers have been held hitless for nine innings, only to notch a hit in extra innings and go on to win the game:

- April 15, 1909 when the New York Giants’ Leon Ames made his Major League debut and pitched 9.1 hitless innings but lost the game in the 13th inning, 3-0

- July 26, 1991 when the Montreal Expos’ Mark Gardner pitched 9.0 hitless innings but gave up a hit and lost the game in the 10th inning 

There have been 82 players who have played for the Dodgers and Angels in their career and incredibly, six have thrown no-hitters – John Candelaria (8/19/1976), Kevin Gross (8/17.1992), Jerry Reuss (6/27/1980), Bill Singer (7/20/1970), Fernando Valenzuela (6/29/1990), Hoyt Wilhelm (9/20/58).  Though last night’s Angel pitcher Jered Weaver does not fit that category, his older brother, Jeff, does.

Today marks the 18th anniversary of Dodger great Fernando Valenzuela’s no-hitter against St. Louis at Dodger Stadium.  In silencing the Cardinals, 6-0, on June 29, 1990, the southpaw walked three batters and struck out seven.  On that same Friday night, Dave Stewart, a former Dodger, tossed a no-hitter for Oakland at Toronto.  Speaking of no-hitters, tomorrow marks the 46th anniversary of Sandy Koufax’s National League-record fourth no-hitter.  On June 30, 1962, the Hall of Famer recorded 13 strikeouts in no-hitting the New York Mets.

Today’s Dodger starter, Derek Lowe, threw a no-hitter on April 27, 2002 for Boston while facing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Lowe joins Dennis Eckersley as the only two pitchers in Major League history with a 20-win season, a 40-save season and a no-hitter.

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