How will you spend Father’s Day?

On behalf of everyone at the Dodger organization, we want to wish all the Dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.

If you’re coming out to the Stadium, bring your glove so you can play catch on the field with your father/son after the game. And check out the ceremonial first pitch from Tom Gordon to Dee Gordon and Tony Gwynn Sr. to Jr., plus snag a new BBQ Apron from Farmer John. 

If you’re not making it down here, tune in on KABC 790, KTNQ 1020 or on PRIME Ticket, where they’ve got lots of Father’s Day content in store throughout the game. You can hang out and watch with your kids or your Dad and make it a day to remember.

You can also watch Tony Gwynn Sr. talk about his son here and read about how Tom Gordon helped change Dee’s career path here.

And if you do nothing else for your Dad today, make sure you educate yourself on how to “keep Dad in the game” through the prostate cancer foundation. It’s supported by so many people – including Tommy Lasorda and our Dodger rep, Mat Kemp.  Early detection is so important and you can literally save your father’s life.

158 comments

  1. Isis Hernandez

    Well my dad has been a fan of the Dodgers for as long as i can remember. I remember when i was little when he was working out in the yard or the garage he would carry his radio around to hear the game and watched it every time when it was aired weather in black or white or when we first got our color tv he always enjoyed the game. To this day i still put it on for him and we sit there and cheer them on even at the young age of 101 he won’t miss a game my dad was born on Sept. 19 1909 he may well be your oldest fan.

  2. messagebear

    FRUSTRATING is the word. Try as hard as we can, and we can’t get past those Padres to last place in the division. I’m almost ready to give up on that quest. It’s not that we don’t deserve it – Ned made sure of that – but we still have a couple of pieces on this team that work like we’re designed to win something. Well, maybe come trade time, Ned can still saddle us with a PVL or two that can enable us to go all the way, DOWN I mean.
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    Love to hear about all those EMPTY SEATS. Keep sticking it to Frank until Bud lowers the boom on the bastard.

  3. messagebear

    I see that the Marlins’ manager Rodriguez resigned after his team’s low standings this season.
    That’s quite unheard of these days, not that I expect Ned or Donnie to have that kind of honor system. Can’t wait for a new owner to come and clean out the coaching ranks and all the front office big wheels – a bunch of IMPOSTORS all.

  4. kpookiemon

    Happy day to all pops out there! My son made me a nice breakfast. And a heartfelt goodbye to Clarence Clemons, Springsteen’s “Big Man” and part of the soundtrack of my younger, glory days…

  5. enchantedTheBeav

    Hello and welcome to today’s edition of Bad Baseball.
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    <———– with your host, Leonard Pinth-Garnell
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    Today's game promises to be particularly dreadful with the last place Astros of Houston, Texas and the even more inept Dodgers of Los Angeles, California. Ooh it looks like we're just about to start with the opening pitch…

  6. nedsajerk

    So against Norris in the past:

    Blake – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg.)
    Ethier – 1 for 1 with a 2-run HR (1.000 avg.)
    Kemp – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg)

    lol before today so do we have a chance or not? lol I thought Gordon was going to walk.

  7. enchantedTheBeav

    Note the two out error and walk combo, followed by a devilishly poorly timed wild pitch. Brilliantly bad.

  8. enchantedTheBeav

    Look how deliciously inept each and every one of the Dodgers’ hitters are, reaching depths heretofore unheard of.

  9. Frank McCourt

    I sure am happy to see the great Dodger crowds return on this splendid Father’s Day to help me celebrate my victory in court over my former girlfriend.

  10. Frank McCourt

    Hmmm, I was thinking about changing my avatar to something a little less provocative, but looking at yours, trublu4ever, I think I’ll keep it as it is.

  11. Frank McCourt

    I’ve seen several of yours. Perhaps you could recycle a few of them. I haven’t had sex for almost 2 years.

  12. messagebear

    We could really do Kuroda a favor. He has been quite decent. Why not trade him to either the Yankees or the Sox for a couple of decent prospects. It might do us some good in the future, while having Kuroda this season is going to do us ZIP in any case.

  13. Frank McCourt

    That’s an excellent suggestion, messagebear! Ned! Trade Kuroda ASAP for some of the old Yankee Stadium memorabilia. We can save the rest of Kuroda’s salary for the rest of the year and we can get some more by putting up the seats and bricks and whatever else we get on eBay.

  14. enchantedTheBeav

    Note how they build into a crescendo of anticipation, then hit nothing but flat notes. Perfectly hideous.

    • Nellyjune

      I was watching, but I had to share time with the other game that the A’s won. Plus, Denny and his win today too 🙂

  15. nedsajerk

    We don’t need no stinky Broxton. I bet the Astros wish they save some of the run in last night game.

  16. dodgereric

    Game 37 attendance (2010): 56,000
    Today’s attendance courtesy of trumom : 44,665
    Greater than last year = 5 / Less than last year = 31
    20th straight game of negative attendance
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    Games less than 30,000 this season – 5
    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 (37 games) – 1,636,743 (44,236 average)
    2011 attendance (37 games) – 1,326,315 (35,846 average) #10 in MLB
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    Drop of 310,428 total
    Average drop of 8390
    Extrapolated for 81 games – 679,586
    Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,883,713
    2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)
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    Next game’s (37) attendance in 2010 – 56,000

  17. Nellyjune

    Whether it’s true or not, this is exactly the kind of thing that is now making the Dodgers (the Organization) suspicious at best. Tony Jackson said he heard it second hand, but it was said that as of now, security is no longer to give away foul balls to the fans in the stands. Why? Because they cost $8 a piece.

  18. trublu4ever

    Good Morning ITDland. It’s going to be a splendid day in my neighborhood. Hope the same for you. I see, tonight, we get to face Brad Penny. If there is one game I really want, it’s this one! So, please, Dodgers, bring the bats with some hits in them.

    • nedsajerk

      I bet everyone wanted Votto. I bet the Dodgers would’ve taken Votto over Loney now if they had to do it over.

  19. messagebear

    The SHOWDOWN cometh…
    Great to see that Bud has announced his decision.
    Flush Frank down the toilet; flush all his cronies down too – especially Ned and Soboroff, the great political addition. What a pile of crap!

  20. northstateblues

    Not posted yet? Okay, I’ll do it. Front page of the LA Times, and still up after almost an hour:

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    Bud Selig rejects Dodgers TV contract, nullifying McCourt divorce deal

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    The settlement between Frank and Jamie McCourt announced Friday was contingent on Commissioner Bud Selig’s approval of a new Dodgers TV contract. A provision in that proposed contract that would have funneled $173.5 million to the estranged couple immediately was apparently unacceptable to Selig, leaving the team’s future in limbo.

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    Here’s the article: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-mccourt-fox-selig-20110621,0,6709990.story

    • soberoff

      He can shred (Hiccup) I mean, shed a tail like no other! That’s why I call him the Lavander Lizard

  21. enchantedTheBeav

    Of course you know what this really means… no new thread for at least a week.
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    I’ll get on it…

  22. selltheteam?

    First Post-Selig Decision Lineup
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    Gordon SS
    Uribe 3B
    Ethier RF
    Kemp CF
    Loney 1B
    Thames LF
    Navarro C
    Carroll 2B
    Kershaw P

  23. messagebear

    I hope the next thread makes some acknowledgment of the MLB decision concerning the Fox deal. A fair and balanced view would also allow for the possibility that Frank McCourt is a worthless disgusting puke of a shithead who deserves to be put out of baseball permanently.

  24. trublu4ever

    Dodgereric & Bear ~ this one’s for you: Dodger employees can now park in the stadium parking lot instead of the satellite lot because of low attendance.

  25. lbirken

    Not quite sure what all this means as of yet so until we know for sure that the McCourt era has officially ended, I will remain cautiously optomistic. After reading the article posted above that describes all the various entities under Frank’s control, it may be a long time getting rid of and recovering from the coniving McCourts. In addition, I think hailing Bud Selig as a hero is a bit premature. This is far from over and had the commissioner done a better job of qualifying the McCourt’s in the first place and monitoring their activities, perhaps we would not be in this situation. I wonder how much influence the commissioner has over the business activities of the owners but then again, the owners hire the commissioner and he serves at their will. I do applaud Selig’s concerns about the Fox deal and how it will affect the fans and the organization. I just wish he had been more diligent in the first place.

    • selltheteam?

      lbirken – Great summary and I agree wholeheartedly. I look at this decision as the first step in the right direction.

  26. messagebear

    Might one also assume that there may be no ITD Day at the ballpark this year, and that Frank may not be willing to communicate with the ITD bloggers any time soon?

  27. perumike

    Good afternoon all! I’m lbirken in being cautiously optimistic about the TV decision, and also think Bud is trying to clean up the mess that he allowed to happen. Let’s hope this is the first step on the slippery slope that slides Frank right out of LA. I would take either Mark Cuban or the Garvey-Hershiser-Billionaire group here in LA! And no, no public ownership of the Dodgers, as we would have some of those morons on the city council on some oversight committee, along with Villaraigosa smiling for the cameras at every game. We need a GOOD private owner!

  28. lbirken

    Correct me if I am wrong but it just occured to me that Mr. Selig did not come in with the heavy hand until it became clear to him (and MLB) that the Dodgers were experiencing a noticeable decline in attendence. Don’t the other clubs share a part of the revenue from ticket sales? As long as the Dodgers meet payroll and the fans keep coming, would Mr. Selig have done anything?

  29. messagebear

    If Frank sues, let’s go all the way in – if he can’t make payroll, don’t have MBL pay, but declare everybody a free agent and close down the season on Frank, PERIOD.
    I’d even give up the Dodgers as we know them for a year or so, just to see Frank absolutely RUINED.

  30. lbirken

    Bear, interesting idea but you know MLB will never do such a thing. My guess is Frank has not violated any MLB agreements by creating all those companies. Some would probably call what he did genious and who knows, other owners might be doing the same thing. Frank made the same mistake all the banks and financial geniouses made that led to the horrible recession: they never figured the bubble would burst and probably didn’t much care.

    • enchantedTheBeav

      Pretty much sums up Jamie & Frank doesn’t it bear? One is a loose screw and the other has a screw loose.

  31. selltheteam?

    Step 1. A loose screw
    Step 2. Frank finds out
    Step 3. Divorce papers
    Step 4. MLB investigates
    Step 5. MLB rejects the Fox deal
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    How many more steps before Frankie is gone?

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