For any of you who have done any hiking in the mountains that run through and surround Los Angeles, you know that there are plenty of rattlesnakes around, whether you see them or not.
As if we don’t have enough snakes, the red hot Arizona Diamondbacks are now in town. As good as the Dodgers have been in the last three weeks or so, the D’backs have been better. It looks like it might be a fun series. Ted Lilly starts tonight against Joe Saunders.
The MLB.com article at the Dodgers web site has more details:
…While the D-backs have won more games since the All-Star break than every team but the Phillies, one thing that has remained consistent all season long has been the variety of lineup cards manager Kirk Gibson has filled out. Entering Monday, Gibson had penciled 107 different lineups (not including pitchers) over 147 games this season.
Sunday’s newest change was hitting newly acquired Aaron Hill in the three-spot, a position he hasn’t hit in since 2008.
“In reality, I think the game has changed a bit right now,” Gibson said. “If you have the personnel, [it’s changed] even more so. When I was a player, you wanted to play 155, 160 games. Maybe there’s no reason for that; maybe there is. But you have to keep everybody healthy. You have to keep everybody engaged. Maybe I look at it a little differently, but you have to know your players.”…
This Day in Dodgers History
September 12, 1963 – With former Dodger teammates, including Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe and Ralph Branca, in attendance, Duke Snider is honored by the Mets who hold his ‘night’ at the Polo Grounds, in a game that coincidentally marks the last time the Giants, now located in San Francisco, will ever play in their once long-time home. The ‘Silver Fox’, obtained by the expansion team in in April and who recently asked to be traded to a contender, tells the crowd at the Harlem ball park, “I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn”.