Game 7 – The final chapter of the World Series

October 28, 2011

Game six was a World Series game for the ages.  What a roller coaster ride!

After that devastating loss, the Texas Rangers will have to summon up their best effort to overcome any so-called momentum that the Cardinals may now have.  I don’t believe that momentum means anything in a one game series.  It is all tied and either team can win it.

Good luck to both teams, but it would be nice for the Rangers to finally win a series after 50 years in the American League.

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More bad news

October 26, 2011

The bankruptcy hearing that was supposed to start next Monday has been postponed until November 29.

The OC Register has this article http://dodgers.ocregister.com/2011/10/26/whats-up-mccourt-sleeve-this-time/ with a link to the original report by LA Times Bill Shaikin http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dodgers/2011/10/key-dodgers-bankruptcy-hearing-postponed-one-month.html

This comes after yesterday’s report that McCourt’s minions have asked to extend their exclusive window to propose a reorganization plan for the team until April 25, 2012.  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dodgers/2011/10/dodgers-to-bankruptcy-judge-six-more-months-please.html

It looks like another depressing off season is in store for Dodger fans.


Looking through blue colored glasses

October 22, 2011

Until the last couple of years due to the McCourt meltdown, we Dodger fans have always tended to look at our team as one of the premiere teams in MLB history.  Despite the fact that a Dodger almost never appeared on one of the daily recap shows depicting the best plays of the day, we seemed to think our players were somehow more gifted than those of other teams.  And overall, there may have been some merit to that type of thinking.  But in the past few years, we looked at our young core as something really special.  This year, it turns out that Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw actually delivered on that promise.  But the others really have not risen above the rest of the MLB pack.

That brings me to the concern that Oldbrooklynfan has about the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series.  A few years back, I remember Vin Scully remarking that over the entire history of both teams, they were actually tied in wins against each other.  I don’t know how much that has changed since and I am not anal enough to spend the time to look it up.  The point is, as Mr. Pierre has pointed out, is that both the Cards and Dodgers have won 22 pennants but the Cardinals have won 10 championships to the Dodgers 6.

Our heroes include Zack Wheat, Dazzy Vance,  Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Don Sutton and many others.  Currently, Kemp and Kershaw are star players for LA.

If we bled Cardinal red instead of Dodger blue, we could point out that history has not ignored the St. Louis team with players such as
Rogers Hornsby, Jim Bottomley, Dizzy Dean, Stan Musial, Enos Slaughter, Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Bruce Sutter, Ozzie Smith, among others.  Now days, they have Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman providing the power.

Both of these teams have a long and glorious history in the National League.  As Dodger fans, we look to the farm teams and hope that our prospects will pan out.  But in many years, our minor leagues have only provided a few pitchers.  I can’t remember that last power hitter other than Kemp that has made a big splash.  We Dodger fans like to think with our heart and not our head.  Looking around the league, many teams have brought up premiere hitters who are now performing well in the MLB and are featured on the web gems on a regular basis.

Maybe thinking with our hearts is not a bad thing.  Like Danny Kaye sang, “They may be bums but they’re my bums.”


McCOCKROACH…..

October 19, 2011

What’s Up Outsiders?!!

Looking forward to tonight and the start of the World Series.
It goes without saying for me, Go Rangers!!!!
There are only 4 teams in baseball that I would even give a thought to wanting them to not win the WS. And damned if one of them hasn’t gone and made it that far. At least it makes it somewhat more interesting for me to follow. Hopefully, this year I will get a better outcome than last year and one of the teams I dislike, will not win it.

On another note. Just read this article about Frank and the divorce settlement. I found the last lines very funny and very true.

http://opinionofkingmansperformance.blogspot.com/2011/10/divorce-settlementi-have-no-idea-of.html

That’s the way Frank McCourt has lived his life. One legal issue after another, and when he doesn’t get his way, he just appeals and appeals. How many times have his rivals simply given up. Frank prevails in court not out of principle, but out of perseverance. He’s got to be the most patient man alive. Never mind that he is the most despised man in Los Angeles. He doesn’t care, as long as he continues to clutch the reigns of Dodger ownership.

When the nuclear holocaust hits and the world is obliterated. Two things will emerge, cockroaches and Frank McCourt.

How appropriate.

McCockroach…… Kind of says it all……


Does It Really Matter?

October 17, 2011

So Frank and Jamie have settled.  What?!!  Again!!!!!

Good News? Who knows…..?

Good news for the writers as it gives them something to scribble about. Not a lot going on so it is a nice little tidbit for them.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-1017-mccourt-divorce-settlement-20111017,0,2826184.story

Doesn’t really mean anything until the judge approves it anyway.

And the big question. Where is the money coming from to pay her off? The only source of income Frank has is the Dodgers, and he has tapped that out to the tune of having to auction off the TV rights of 2 years from now to keep his present day boat afloat.

I don’t think it really matters or changes things. Just puts a number on how much Jamie gets to shut up and go away. The real decision comes starting Oct. 31st when Bud and Frank square off in Delaware.

The funny thing is: after reading this breaking news about Frank and Jamie, the thing that still gives me the most concern is:

Our incompetent GM….

All of this really just keeps blinding people to the fact that this team will never become a championship caliber team as long as they continue to employ a GM that is inept.

The court battle for ownership could drag on for quite some time. The Dodgers can however make a move to make them better immediately. Get rid of NedCompoop!!!!!!!

There won’t be any WS rings in the future as long as Ned is the GM. Regardless of who owns the team. Mark it down.


Say it isn’t so…

October 13, 2011

That son of Oklahoma, Matt Kemp, has been living the title of that old song “How ‘ya Gonna Keep ’em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?)” only he has seen Hollywood, New York and now London.  He was spotted recently with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna according to an article in the LA Times.

“…Per Bossip.com, we know that Kemp and Rihanna were spotted together in London not too long ago. That wouldn’t necessarily have to be significant, but the story goes that they were spotted in and around a nightclub.

Which makes one go “Hmmm….”

Now, it would be great if I could offer a definitive yes or no answer to the question of whether or not Kemp and Rihanna are back together are getting back together. I can’t. And to be honest, I’d rather not speculate.

But for the sake of Dodgers fans, I kinda hope that these two aren’t back together. After all, my guess is that we are all aware of the strange correlation between their relationship and the rotten season Kemp had in 2010…”

I have no idea whether Kemp’s off year in 2010 had anything to do with his relationship with the music superstar but it can’t hurt to recall the story of Samson and Delilah, the man whose great weakness was a beautiful woman.  Just keep away from those scissors Matt.


Utterly Embarrasing

October 7, 2011

It has been painful to  read some of the stories about Frank McCourt vs MLB.  Headlines like “Dodgers ask bankruptcy judge to reconsider limits on arguments” make me cringe.  Other headlines and sentences from recent articles include: “MLB calls Dodgers’ document demands ‘totally irrelevant'”, “The Dodgers also alleged that discovery “has been one-sided in favor of MLB” because Gross denied the Dodgers‘ previous requests…”, “Dodgers‘ argument fails to move bankruptcy judge”, “The Dodgers failed again on Wednesday to persuade U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross that they needed documents about other Major League Baseball teams”…

These stories make the Dodgers sound like a whiny, pathetic organization.  This is the organization of “The Boys of Summer”, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.  It is not “the Dodgers” making all of these desperate legal ploys, it is Frank McCourt!  I for one, cannot wait until this weasel is long gone from Los Angeles and the Dodgers can begin the long journey of rebuilding the legacy that we have come to know and love.

Attention headline writers and reporters: Stop writing Dodgers and write that McCourt is the one responsible for the legal maneuvering.

Brewers advance to NLCS

The Milwaukee Brewers just defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in extra innings.  In the other game five action, the Cardinals are leading the Phillies going into the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Colletti talks about the off-season

Ned Colletti talked to ESPN’s Jim Bowden about the 2011 performances of some players and his thoughts for next year at http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/7071525/los-angeles-dodgers-gm-ned-colletti-assesses-team-personnel-season-come

Jon Weisman remembers 2011

The Dodger Thoughts blogger has been busy in the last week taking a look at various Dodger players including Justin Sellers, John Ely, Eugeni0-for-ever, Nathan Eovaldi, Casey Blake, Juan Castro, Aaron Miles and Javy Guerra.  See http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/dodger-thoughts/archive/_/month/october-2011

Dodgers signal they won’t bring back Rod Barajas

Wallach on Red Sox’ list of manager candidates