Wait ’til next year

Those famous words were the Dodgers motto for years when they were still in Brooklyn.  It seemed that the Dodgers were always the bridesmaid, but never the bride.  Of course that all changed with the magical 1955 season.

Tony Jackson has an article that outlines what the Dodgers need to do for the remainder of 2011.

Over at the Los Angeles Times blog, Steve Dilbeck has lots of links for your Dodgers browsing pleasure.

This Day in Dodgers History

August 26, 1939 – At Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, NBC televises the first major league game in history on experimental station W2XBS. The Dodgers and Reds split a doubleheader.


75 Responses to Wait ’til next year

  1. It’s amazing how not much thought or issue or hopefulness has been given to the player we received for Raffy from the Cards.

    We need an OF, and Alex Castellanos seems to be a good hitter, and would slide Ethier back to his original spot of LF, where Kemp would be CF and Castellanos RF. At least, that’s my opinion and assumption.

    Who else agrees that we should give this kid a shot, to see we actually won out by not only giving away Raffy but by getting someone we can actually use in the Majors, not another Bill Murphy.

    If nothing else, he’s played every IF and OF position except Catcher and pitcher. Besides, he’s hitting .356 in AA.

  2. messagebear says:

    Castellanos has done a fine job since coming over to our AA team, and hopefully he will contend for a future spot. We will need all the contenders we can get, because neither Andre nor Matt are likely to be with us if Frank holds on to the ownership for another year.
    I also like Fede*what from what he’s been doing so far in ABQ.

  3. lbirken says:

    I say take a look at everyone! (Except me.)

  4. I really can’t see what the big need is to moving Ethier back to LF. He’s fine where he is. My only concern with him is this prolong slump. When’s it going to end? It’s driving me nuts. Presently he’s one of the worse hitters around. Maybe he should change his diet or something. He was, in my opinion, the best hitter (Kemp included) on the team. Now that most everybody else is hitting he ain’t. I pray he’ll snap out of it -before- Frank tells us he can’t afford him..
    It looks like we have some good outfielders coming along that will fit nicely in left field or at first base, where Loney is struggling, even with this latest hitting surge of his. I think most people want more consistent power over there at 1B. I think he may be going, he’s too young to ride the bench, too good a hitter and will become too expensive.
    That’s why I never buy shirts with active player’s names on them. Except Juan Pierre’s for obvious reasons.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I have only bought T-shirts with a players name on it. My jersey is just plain. I also throw the shirt away when the player isn’t on the team any more.

      • JhallWally says:

        LMAO!! Now that’s funny. Throwing the shirt away when they are gone just cracks me up. So, I guess your Navarro tee shirt just hit the trash, eh? LOL!!!

      • lbirken says:

        Tru, that cracks me up about the shirts. I also do not have any jerseys or shirts with player names but a lot of people do and they wear them long after the player has left the team. In fact, the next time you are at Dodger Stadium try putting together a lineup of former Dodger players from the names on the shirts and jerseys fans are wearing.

        • trublu4ever says:

          LMAO! I would not have bought a Navarro shit! I did throw away Martins and Manny’s. Actually, most of my shirts just have the Dodger logo on them. Would love to get a “Frankrupt” shirt! Wish everybody at the games would wear one!

          I know what you mean, lbirken about wearing shits of players that are no longer on the team. I can see wearing a Koufax or some other HOF player but, not a Juan Pierre 😉

  5. JhallWally says:

    Tonight’s Dodgers lineup:

    Sellers SS,
    Loney 1B,
    Kemp CF,
    Rivera LF,
    Ethier RF,
    Miles 3B,
    Barajas C,
    Carroll 2B,
    Lilly P

    • selltheteam says:

      What? No Velez? He is reliably consistent.

      • trublu4ever says:

        Thanks for the lineup, Jhall. I, like OBF, am hoping Dre snaps out of his slump. I have a feeling, tonight will be the night!

        • JhallWally says:

          Hi’Ya Trumom. No problem on the lineup. I just recopy it from the Twitter Feed that 32 put on the side so that I can read it easier. LOL!!
          Yeah, it’s about time for Andre to break out of this slump. I’m anxious to see what happens to Loney now that we are back at DS. Gonna be interesting to see if he stays hot.

  6. DodgerZona says:

    Hello Everyone…..Just stopped in to say hi…..Go Dodgers

    Go D’Back’s well since i live in Az lol…..Never the Gnats

  7. trublu4ever says:

    Come on Lilly…have a good game with NO dingers, please. And, give him some runs, boys, just in case 😉

  8. I’m all ready for Lilly tonight. 🙂

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Ted thinks the girls dig the long ball 🙂

  10. trublu4ever says:

    F*ck Lilly!

  11. trublu4ever says:

    Down the hatch!

  12. Bayer doesn’t have to worry about donating $10 for a 95mph strike when Lilly’s pitching.

  13. trublu4ever says:

    Woo-Hoo….a hit for Dre!

  14. dodgereric says:

    Hey ya’ll! How ya’ll are?

  15. dodgereric says:

    Oh, trying to hang in there I guess. Still hot down here. Unusually hot for us at this time of day.

    Did you see Ethier wincing as he pulled into third? Also flexed his right leg. He’s hurting.

  16. dodgereric says:

    I’m never bored while watching tv. If the show is boring (like this one) I just watch my fish tank. Right now my maroon clown (I call him Ned) is chasing one of the new blue chromis.

  17. dodgereric says:

    Hooray! Vinny’s coming back for next year! The best news I’ve heard in a long, long time from this team.

  18. These bums sure know how to make a guy with an ERA of almost 6 coming in look like Roy Halladay.

  19. trublu4ever says:

    Good to see you, Dodgereric.

  20. ‘Bout time for Lilly to give up another bomb.

  21. dodgereric says:

    I just looked at the Times’ and the Dodgers’ sites. No mention yet of Vin’s announcement. He just gave us fans a true exclusive, God Bless him!

  22. dodgereric says:

    From the “No Common Sense” department: Barajas is good for only one thing, right? Hitting the long ball. Why on God’s Green Earth does Mattingly have him trying to sacrifice?

  23. trublu4ever says:


  24. Absolutely pathetic.

    Catch you all tomorrow, I’m going to put the dog to bed and watch TV.

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  26. dodgereric says:

    I’d really like to see him tried at second next year with Gordon at short. He played 22 games at second in Alb this year.

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  29. dodgereric says:

    I wonder if e knows that Miles caused that balk the second he said he was folding his tent for the night? A run-scoring balk, a clutch hit, an inning-saving balk, 2 dingers…………

  30. trublu4ever says:

    Geez, Elbert! Get them out!

  31. trublu4ever says:

    38,960 paid

  32. Nellyjune says:

    Looks like I missed an interesting game!!

  33. nedisajerk says:

    No more freaking fielder’s indifference. Can our bullpen give up no runs in the 9th?

  34. dodgereric says:

    I totally agree with you, shad, on the fielder’s indifference. I can’t stand it either.

    Hey, remember earlier in the season when our pitching’s batting-average-against was incredibly horrendous? It’s really evened out. It’s still our worst inning, but at .278, it’s just closer to reasonable now.

    Game 66 attendance (2010): 44,788
    Tonight’s attendance courtesy of trumom: 38,960
    No-shows: 9705
    Actual (turnstile) attendance: 29,220
    Greater than last year = 9 / Less than last year = 56
    11th straight game of negative attendance

    Games less than 30,000 this season – 9
    Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
    Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704

    Lowest attended game of the year: Game 8 – 27,439
    Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)

    2010 attendance (66 games) – 2,956,540 (44,796 average)
    2011 attendance (66 games) – 2,435,895 (36,908 average) #10 in MLB
    Percentage attendance drop 2010/2011: -21.379

    Drop of 520,645 total
    Average drop of 7889
    Extrapolated for 81 games – 638,973
    Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,989,508
    2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)

    Next game’s (67) attendance in 2010 – 44,896

    Crowds less than 30,000 in 2010: none. 2011: 9
    Crowds 30,000 – 39,999 in 2010: 13. 2011: 40
    Crowds 40,000 – 49,999 in 2010: 42. 2011: 12
    Crowds 50,000 – 55,999 in 2010: 7. 2011: 2
    Sellouts (56,000) in 2010: 4. 2011: 3

    • trublu4ever says:

      Love the no-shows and turnstile numbers. Much more realistic than the crap they feed us!

    • Nellyjune says:

      Love the no-show line – That’s more like it!! You know they are planning a Frank protest tomorrow in front of the stadium? It’s a televised Fox game.

      • dodgereric says:

        Yeah, the no-shows are based on the 25% figure that was estimated in one of those recent articles on attendance.

        I hope there’s more than the last one. I heard several radio honks making fun of the scarce numbers.

      • If the protesters come onto Dodger (Frank’s) property, there may be trouble. If they protest on public property, nobody can stop them from assembling peaceably. I just hope it stays peaceful and grows exceedingly large!!

  35. nedisajerk says:

    I miss those ugly numbers in the 9th lol.

  36. Well the offense (with a little help) supported the fantastic pitching of Ted Lilly. It’s about time. Lilly like the rest of the Dodger starters have had some really good outings this year. It’s good to see them get some runs for a change. And it’s good that Scully will be back next year. Long live the King.

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