Weekend By The Bay

Weekend By The Bay

Dodger fans will be out in force at Pac Bell Park. I’m hoping for two games out of the three.

209 Responses to Weekend By The Bay

  1. trublu4ever says:

    CC is still nursing his sore hammy. So, here is the lineup for tonight:

    Hairston, LF
    Punto, 2B
    Matty, CF
    Agon, 1B
    Hanley, SS
    Dre, RF
    A.J., C
    Cruz, 3B
    Kersh, P

    I hope they give Kersh enough runs for the win.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    Ted Lilly to DL….Matt Magill recalled to pitch Saturday. Praise the Lord!

  3. Dodger4life says:

    Just a thought on the non existant running game we were talking about earlier. I am gonna guess that if you want to run more, especially with a guru like Lopes, and Wills in the organization. You don’t do it by loading up on players who were born in the 1970’s.

    Wild Childs of Neds 70’s
    Uribe – (79)
    Punto – (77)
    Hairston – (76)
    M. Ellis – (77)
    R. Hernandez -(76)
    Schumaker misses this group by about 44 days – (Feb 3 – 80)
    Early 80’s that can’t exactly run like crazy
    Ethier – (82)
    Gonzalez – (82)
    A.J Ellis – (81)

    Speedsters with previous bouts of hamstring problems
    Kemp – (84)
    Crawford – (81)

    Youngsters who rarely get on base
    Cruz – (84)
    Sellers – (86)

    Everyone else
    Ramirez – (83)

  4. Dodger4life says:

    Just another observation on youth in todays game…

    When it comes to position players, the team we face tonight has a much younger group of guys than what Ned continues to assemble…


  5. trublu4ever says:

    Crap…Adrian scratched from lineup.

    • trublu4ever says:

      ….so, Hairston moves to 1st and Schu will play left. Poor Kersh..unless Matt, Hanley & Dre step it up!

  6. messagebear says:

    I’m going to ask somebody like OBF to help me out here with my memory. I can’t remember any period of time that guys like Furillo, Snider, Pafko, Billy Cox, Reese, Robinson, Hodges, or Campy were disabled during a baseball season. It seems to me like they just played through every game. The same for Erskine, Newcombe, Roe, Podres, Joe Black – they just took their pitching turns. What’s with the current crop of players all over that seem to go on the DL almost once every season with some crap of an excuse? Is my memory just fooling me here?

  7. koufax1963 says:

    Tonights game will be interesting around the Kershaw emotional mentality, with the recent death of his father. I know the gnat fans are thinking sweep, in fact the ones I run into (all too frequently) claim that they were just a Kershaw HR away from a sweep in the season opening series. So I trust Kershaw will throw a no-hitter to honor his father, He sure could use it with the team BA in this line-up.

  8. This will probably be a tough night for me. This game isn’t on MLB extra innings and I’m using my very weak MLB.TV which I never know when it will shutdown.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I don’t know that this will help OBF, but I find that if I run my cleaner and defragmenter before watching MLB.TV, it seems to run better. On my older computer with less free space… I turn off the sound and adjust the quality of the picture to where I can at least follow the game…even if it isn’t as clear as it should be.

      • Dodger4life says:

        Although, I have no subscription, so usually I rely on gameday and highlights…I usually play music and try to channel good vibes… now that the russian guy is no longer with the team…

        • Dodger4life says:

          And as luck would have it our good friends over at DodgerLyrics have amassed quite a selection of motivation songs to select from…One can usually find something that fits the occasion 🙂

        • Thanks Dod4Life but I don’t have enough knowledge to do all that but so far everything is fine.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Like I said… I am not too sure it would help even if you did OBF…glad to see evrything is working good so far.

  9. Needless to say the Dodgers are 0-5 with RISP.

  10. Dodger4life says:

    Kershaw with the lead off double….

  11. vl4eccjr says:

    Oh shit Hanley!

  12. vl4eccjr says:

    Cruz aint cutting it! He needs to be sent down!

  13. I’m surprised Scully hasn’t mentioned it but it’s now 1-10 with RISP.

  14. crash24now says:

    Dangit! Now we need more runs.

  15. crash24now says:

    Come on AJ! Your battery mate needs you here!

  16. crash24now says:

    How in the h___ can we have 15 baserunners in 7 innings and only score one run????

    • Dodger4life says:

      From what I have seen tonight …we have failed to hit the ball out of the infield…luckily though Punto’s grounder managed to squeek by.

  17. crash24now says:

    Cruz really looks like shit at the plate – golf swings at pitches two inches off the ground.

    • vl4eccjr says:

      Maybe next time he’ll bring a 9 iron, or a sand wedge.
      He is stinking it up bad at the plate. . .

  18. crash24now says:

    Hairston – just another pop up with RISP.

  19. enchantedbeaver says:

    You’d think after the first 2-3 dozen injuries this year, and all of the injuries over the years since Ned brought his SF crone down with him, that they might start looking at the medical and training staff to figure out why this team has more pulled hamstrings, stiff necks, toe jams and farts crossways than any other in baseball.

    • JhallWally says:

      Yep, you would think someone with an ounce of baseball acumen would have noticed our inordinant amount of injuries….
      Of course, like you pointed out earlier, when you employ an old team, you can expect alot more injuries…..

  20. enchantedbeaver says:

    And they’ll give more ABs to a worthless pile of shit like Cruz rather than call up Gordon or anyone else. I’m through with this crap until they make some changes where they need it most – the front office and manager.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I think we are all frustrated as all get up with this current team and management…Any chance I talk you into wearing the papersack again and sticking around???

    • JhallWally says:

      Amen my brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Baker’s dozen left on base–so far (13)

  22. trublu4ever says:

    Hey, Donnie…even the guys on MLB Network say….”BUNT”….or “HIT AND RUN”…..you will never learn!

  23. crash24now says:

    Damn Beli – he was getting wild and now gives up the gopher ball.

    Wake me up in July.

  24. vl4eccjr says:

    PFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTT!!~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    A really rank putrid one!!!

  25. I’ve been a Dodger fan for over 64 years but I have to say that the best team won.

  26. Dodger4life says:

    I think ownership tolerate’s Ned, just so that when things don’t work out… they’ll have a scapegoat!!

    Donnie on the other hand …won’t make it that long.

    • JhallWally says:

      I hope you are right……. Nedcompoop and Dildon need to be gone…. I’ve been saying it for 2 years in Dildons case, and since Nedcompoops 2nd year.

  27. kahliforni says:

    I was just rescued from a deserted island after a year and, damn, that McCourt just has to sell this team. Mediocre talent, mediocre manager, mediocre GM, mediocre excuses. Can’t wait until we get real ownership with some cash and some brains. Maybe then the Dodgers can start righting all the wrongs…and maybe, just maybe, start playing at least .500 ball with some semblance of excitement and urgency. Can’t wait. 25 years and counting……..

  28. lbirken says:

    Another frustrating loss to a team that finds a way to win. Their big time players come through. Not much more to say about that.

    However, I would like to give my two cents toward the question about injuries and how past players dealt with them. We seem to think players from past eras were tougher than today’s players. I am sure players did get hurt in the 50’s and 60’s but the game has changed a lot since then. There were fewer teams and therefore fewer jobs so players most likely played through injuries for fear of losing a job. They also did not make the kind of money players make today. They also did not have the level of medical care or concern we see today or agents to protect them. They had bum knees or bad arms, not torn rotator cuffs and all the other maladies with fancy names nor the remedies.

    So are today’s players less tough than past eras? I think they are more aware and at times more cautious. Some of the injuries seem so random and weird. Is it just bad luck? I just don’t know.

  29. grizzy says:

    lbirken’s point is well taken. I think it’s fair to say the old timers were tougher, but they also had to be. If Mark Fidrich (The Bird) played in today’s game, perhaps his rotator cuff would have been diagnosed and his short career extended.
    Meanwhile, the two runs given up last night should not have been a killer. Our scoring machine (sarcastically) should have been able to overcome that.

  30. JhallWally says:

    This team is weak…… Good Grief as Nelly would say….

    Fire Nedcompoop and Dildon soon…..

  31. Dodger4life says:

    I would agree that it is a different era now…and that players from the time when money was an issue were tougher, cause they had to be. They had to work regular jobs in the off season. I also wonder if being from a warm climate like Los Angeles, has something to do with how we prepare for a game…I am just saying do our players get injured in colder climates vs warmer climates?? Does the fact that Donnie juggles the line up so much have anything to do with injuries. I know when I am working construction missing a day takes a small toll on me. I remember last year or the year before Donnie was wondering if it was something in the water in L.A. that was causing all the hamstring injuries? With all the available medical expertice and funding these day’s, you’d think someone would have researched this problem and taken steps to correct it…

    Back to the thought of having a running game…I know there are ways to move runners without stealing a bag…However with all these injured above replacement guys going down like flies and the likes of Cruz, Sellers, Hernadez and Uribe to fill in when they do…It would be understandable, if Donnie is hesitant to get guys moving on the bases. Did anyone notice after Hanley was thrown out at third, that Wallach just gave him a look, like he was disgusted, then after noticing that Hanley was limping… turned back around and stared at the bag. I am not knocking Wallach, or even Hanley, just saying there didn’t seem to be much immediate concern for a guy who just returned from the DL. Talk about being laid back…I think it’s time for across the board change…I don’t care if Donnie says that would be like hitting the panic button or not!! Maybe we should call it pulling the fire alarm to get the trucks a coming, cause that would be just plain smart if you noticed your dreams going up in smoke!!!

  32. Dodger4life says:

    The pitching is sub par on both ends
    The hitting especially with RISP is sub par
    The physical therapy and medical staff is sub par
    Game time management is sub par, as a whole
    Player accusition is sub par…playing a man down, with a sub par bench and bullpen

    Ned has his mark on all of this…He should be the gone before I can manage to post this…

    A search for overall replacements on the field should be underway as well.

    It won’t be long now and season tickets will start to go unused, and will be filling up a “Whole New Blue” garbage can near you…

  33. Dodger4life says:

    2010, 2011, 2012 and now 2013…4 years now of getting our behind’s handed to us by our hated rivals…this alone should be reason for change in my book!!!

  34. Dodger4life says:

    I am not purosely trying to be negative…I have just decided that these guy’s don’t deserve an inch of leeway…

  35. Dodger4life says:

    Once again…

    I am not purposely trying to be negative…I have just decided that these guy’s don’t deserve an inch of leeway…

    These days all I can do is support them with my heart…I can just imagine how upset I would be …if I had the means to support their high lifestyles with my pocketbook too!!!


  36. Dodger4life says:

    Oh well, it’s just another game…

    Hey!! Wait A Second!!

    The Raiders and Broncos is just another game
    The Celtics and Pistons is just another game
    World Cup Soccer is just another game
    Ping Pong is just another game
    Monopoly on New Years Eve is just another game
    Jacks with your sister is just another game

    We aint playing just another game
    I ain’t sure what we’re playing these days, but it ain’t just another game!!!

  37. messagebear says:

    “I just think the whole environment is better here. You’ve got the right type of leaders here. You’ve got the right type of guys. And you know, it’s just a good atmosphere that we have.”

    That’s a quote from an interview with Loney, who’s currently streaking at a .375 clip with the Rays. I’m glad for him – can’t really blame the Dodgers for giving up on him, but I wonder whether he’s got a point about our disfunctional organization at the field level.

    Even Kasten should be wondering by now whether he’d have been better off canning much of the existing front office and the field management organization. I could have told him YES, JUST DO IT.

  38. trublu4ever says:

    Looks like Hanley is back on the DL….Mark, probably also. Just wish it was BeliSorryO and GrrrRear!

  39. trublu4ever says:

    Dee Gordon called up.

    • I don’t know where you get your info from but you do. I wonder if it’s to play shortstop, which most likely is, I think that’s where he belongs. They should forget about 2B, for Dee.

  40. The team is going through a tough time and has been for quite a few years. I think if things don’t improve quickly a lot of changes will be made. Mark McGwire will probably go if only for the sake of change like others before him. I guess the batting coach has to take the blame or there will be a big turnover with position players, which is probably where the problem lies.
    This new ownership, if they still have enough money, will have to go to the drawing board.

  41. messagebear says:

    I personally hope this ownership loses its ass, especially blow-hard Magic Johnson. Baseball people instead of big money should have bought this franchise. Nothing too bad can happen to the Guggenheims as far as I’m concerned. The only regret I have is that the Dodgers will have to go through it, and I don’t have that many years left waiting to see them on the top again.

  42. kahliforni says:

    Stack the front office and the bench with Dodger people. If this team is going to lose, at least it can do it the Dodger way…whatever that means, anymore.

  43. trublu4ever says:

    Lineup tonight:
    CC, lf
    A.J., c
    Yo-Adrian, 1b
    Matty, cf
    Dre, rf
    Uribe, 3b
    Schu, 2b
    Gordon, ss
    Magill, p


  44. kahliforni says:

    I hope Dee does so well that Hanley will play third base the rest of his career here. And given Ramirez’ hamstring, that might happen anyway, with or without Gordon. Oh, and memo to Donnie: take the Clydesdale out of the two hole and put Gordon there.

    • Dodger4life says:

      The Clydesdale part made me laugh, heck, I think it might even of made A.J. laugh….

      • Dodger4life says:

        Now I envision Donnie reading this and saying ” But he’s a mudder Kahli, he’s a mudder I say!!”Then Hillman taps Donnie on the shoulder and say’s “The field is projected to be dry tonight boss!” Donnies response…”Well then have Belisario sabatoge the sprinkler system…I am counting on that mudder tonight!!”

  45. trublu4ever says:

    Agon scratched from lineup…Hairston at 1st.

    • crash24now says:

      Before long, we’ll be back to these June 7, 2012 type lineups:

      Gordon ss

      Herrera 3b

      Rivera lf

      Hairston 2b

      Loney 1b

      Castellanos rf

      Gwynn cf

      Treanor c

      Harang p

  46. crash24now says:

    GIDP – WTG Kemp

  47. Dodger4life says:

    This news kinda makes one wonder if Crawford is actually healthy…I am glad they decided to sit Agon rather than risk a more severe injury. But Jeeze Louis, he went from I can’t move my neck… to the starting line up… to, I am guessing…available in case of an emergency?? Did Donnie make this call, was it Agon, maybe Ned chimed in, perhaps Magic dialed a number and put his .50 cents in…Who the heck is in charge???

  48. crash24now says:

    The first of many Dee errors.

  49. trublu4ever says:

    The homeplate umpire sucks!

  50. Dodger4life says:

    I just noticed that Donnie replaced Cruz who was hitting .100 at the plate, with Uribe who is hitting ,200 at the plate. It’s hard to fathom that there isn’t a better option out there somewhere?

    • trublu4ever says:

      I know a guy who plays for the Padres who would fit nicely.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I think there is a guy on just about every team that would fit better than Cruz and Uribe…but Headly would be the cream of that crop, yes.

  51. Dodger4life says:

    I wonder if enchanted needs any help doing whatever it is, he is doing tonight???

    • Dodger4life says:

      With Magill lasting less than 2 innings, and having Agon and M. Ellis on the roster but unplayable…we are currently 3 players short…I think management is carrying this “positive thing” a little too far, by handicapping the current “World Series Champs”….3 roster spots!!!

  52. trublu4ever says:

    Sorry…Dee Gordon still sucks!

  53. Hi Everybody
    I was watching the game on MLB.TV and the Nets-Bulls game on TV but I couldn’t do anything else on my computer without losing MLB.TV.
    The basketball game is over (Brooklyn lost) and now I got this game on MLB Network.

  54. trublu4ever says:

    You’re not going to believe it…..I think Hairston just hurt himself!

  55. We’re in the lead.

  56. This inning is like old times.

  57. Hairston’s O.K. that’s good.

  58. Dodger4life says:

    Nice to see ya OBF, looks like you came just in time…we managed to score a few runs…Now if we can just get the bullpen on the same page…we just might have the makings of something good.

  59. Hairston’s out of the game so he might be having some trouble.

  60. vl4eccjr says:

    What team disguised as the Dodgers just put up 7 runs in one inning? Surely it couldn’t be the same lunch meats that have been wearing Dodger Blue so far this season! 😉

  61. Vinnie pulled an Eric Collins on Sandoval’s fly out to Kemp.

  62. vl4eccjr says:

    A Javy implosion!
    Deja vu!!

  63. crash24now says:

    Can anybody tell me why we have a guy that hits .098 playing first base??

  64. trublu4ever says:

    BeliSORRYo…really, Donnie?!

  65. Aside from the runs this game is ending up about the same as most Dodger games.

  66. crash24now says:

    League is not starting out well – who walks the first batter?

  67. vl4eccjr says:

    Do I smell divine intervention cooking here?

  68. I generally think negative but I thought of that DP just as it happened.

  69. trublu4ever says:


  70. vl4eccjr says:

    I’m fed up with this bullpen!! It needs a drastic overhaul!!!

  71. This time I was wrong, I expected Quiros to strike out.

  72. Well we did have some offense tonight.

  73. crash24now says:

    Lost on a walk off HR by a career minor leaguer, while our career minor leaguer is hitting .097 and playing 1B.

  74. crash24now says:

    Looks like we will be competing this year……..

    …..with the Padres for last place.

  75. koufax1963 says:

    Hits with RISP, Wow! and still hitting in to DPs. One inning of hitting won’t convince me ITis fixed, but I am hopeful!

  76. grizzy says:

    These are the times that try Dodgers fans souls.

  77. Dodger4life says:

    The way this team hits with RISP, factored in with the lack of quality starts from the pitching staff and thrown together with a bullpen that underperforms night in and night out…I don’t think anyone will even notice if and when Dee Gordon commits a few errors…

    This bullpen is the weak link…Other than Kenley, I have very little confidence that anyone can get the job done…

    I think Ned should be the first to go…This would be a wake up call of sorts, it doesn’t mean that Donnie and most of his staff shouldn’t be let go as well….just that Ned’s future, at least to me belongs elsewhere ..So why not try and shake things up and see if those who inhabit the dugout, step it up.

    It also seems to me…That there is no better time to send this message than after losing not one, but two early series against the rival Giants!!

  78. JhallWally says:

    This team stinks…. On every level. Our bullpen is horrendous…
    Beav was right about League. He’s a worse rendition of Grear.

    I’m not onboard with anything going forward with Nedcompoop and Dildon…… This group needs a major overhaul……. They suck..

    • Dodger4life says:

      I am not disputing your “They Suck” commentary Wally…I am merely stating my thoughts, that it is easier to get rid of Ned now and put in an interim GM or perhaps someone whom has already been selected, than to replace Donnie and his staff at this point.

      • JhallWally says:

        Point well taken…. Ned built this piece of shit, he should take the fall. Dildon will be gone after the All-Star break when this bunch is below .500 and still stinking it up….. This team needs a complete face lift. I’m not so sure about our new owners either…. Starting to resemble the Fox group… Throw alot of money around and think it will turn out OK…

        • Dodger4life says:

          I have no clue as to the validity of what I have read, nor do I remember where I read it. But Somewhere it was written that MLB was worried that Guggenheim could sell the Dodgers if they didn’t get a satisfactory deal when it comes to sharing the proceeds of the new media deal…They have also broken up this media deal I think it was said, so the new owners would only get a portion of it’s proceeds…factor that in with the fact that the parking lots have already been broken up by Frank, meaning that any new ownership after Guggenheim would have to rent the entire space or move… all while assuming $600 million in debt…This would devalue the price clubs could claim they are worth in the future…Not to mention, devalue the fan base of such a storied organization such as the Dodgers…

          This guy Bud Selig is anything but a genius…The hard part to swallow is that stuff like this is being done before all eyes to see, and is acceptable, because we as fans need baseball at any and all cost!!

          • Dodger4life says:

            Oh and I wish Magic Johnson would become a silent partner…

          • Dodger4life says:

            Nothing against Magic…I am just tired of his part time basbeball commentary.

          • Dodger4life says:

            I guess when it comes to Magic and I understand he is an investor in this ballclub, it’s his money that helps fund the day to day operations…I would like to see more passion if he is going to become a public figurehead…I would like to see that the Dodgers are first and foremost on his agenda…Even if he has other commitments abroad, doing so many other things, let the world know that today and everyday… you bleed blue!!

  79. JhallWally says:

    Oh, by the way, this is Unacceptable!!!!!!!!!

  80. Dodger4life says:

    Anyone know which Hello Kitty Cat is available to come out of the jacks and bouncy ball bullpen today…and does it even matter???

  81. ZonaDodger says:

    Where to start lol…..I agree Ned should be out of here…Should of been gone along time ago….League does suck what a waste of $ and yrs….Pathetic…Hope you all are doing well


  82. kahliforni says:

    Ned and Donnie get a huge reprieve because of injuries…hell, they’re probably the ones tweaking these guys in their sleep to save their arses. L.A. Times says Kasten looking at long-term structure of organization/player development…says the expensive roster is an interim fix. No commitment yet to either Ned or Donnie in the future. Hooray!

  83. Aside from Kershaw, Ryu is the best man to have on the mound tonight to avoid the sweep. I know we all know that but I’m just saying…………

    • Dodger4life says:

      Ryu has been a bright spot so far this season, let’s hope he continues to shine like a beacon from a lighthouse and keeps the Dodgers afloat on this Cinco de Mayo…

      Happy Cinco de Mayo by the way everyone….

  84. Dodger4life says:

    All joking…worrying…griping…guestimating… or personnel bashing aside….I always want this team to WIN and under NO circumstances EVER…do I want them to get swept by our long time Rivals, from the North….

    So we’re putting tonight’s game in the WIN column and THAT is THAT!!!

  85. Dodger4life says:

    Television set to ESPN ~ Check
    Dodger cap and foam finger on ~ Check
    PC charged up and tuned into OTD ~ Check
    Pitcher of sweet tea and glass of ice close by ~ Check
    Bucket of salted in the shell peanuts filled and ready to go ~ Check
    Pitching arm loosened up and ready to go ~ Check
    Tossing peanuts for strikes into the forehead of Angel Pagan ~ Soon to be checked

    • Dodger4life says:

      Have no fear… typing should not effect my soon to be… Cy Young, peanut throwing finger and I have no intention of pulling a hamstring in during any part of either process…

  86. I’ve been seeing this for a few years now but can someone explain in a few words, What is Cinco de Mayo?

  87. Glad to get out of that inning with only one run scoring.

  88. koufax1963 says:

    That could of been much uglier. 1-0 OK dodgers lets GO!

  89. trublu4ever says:

    Just got home from a wonderful day at the Monterey Bay
    Aquarium and now….WIN THIS GAME BOYS!

  90. koufax1963 says:

    monterey! Quite a weather change from what has been! and what did people think of the “dodgers motivation” evaluation that inning from ESPN crew? Doonie will go. Kemp must become the leader, start hitting!

  91. ZonaDodger says:

    Can they fire someone already

  92. Just like that it’s 4-0.

  93. Ethier gets his hit with nobody on, This hitting out of sync is maddening, 0-9.

  94. messagebear says:

    This team totally SUCKS! Kemp and Andre SUCK! Gonzo is a total “pain in the neck” ASSHOLE, who won’t even show up on the field!

    NED? Well, what does it matter anyway.


    • I don’t think Mark McGwire is doing his job along with John Valentin. I think it’s time for the Dodgers to find somebody else.
      Also it could be just mental.

  95. Dodger4life says:

    Ned has to looking over his shoulder wondering who it is, that is going to replace him???

  96. Dodger4life says:

    I really need to find my glasses soon

    Ned has to be looking over his shoulder wondering who it is, that is going to replace him???

  97. koufax1963 says:

    Thank goodness its the cinco de mayo, plenty of tequila around, this game deserves it , GRRREARRR!

  98. messagebear says:

    Yeah, I’ve had a few Margaritas, but it isn’t helping much. I don’t even like the mix that we picked up this year. Maybe I’ll have some Tequila straight.

  99. Kemp becomes the 10th man…….ISP

  100. Correction Uribe is the 10th batter.

  101. Now it’s Cruz., the 10th

  102. Make it Gonzalez…and he comes through 1-10.

  103. Maybe we’ll have another 7 run inning. (smile)

  104. CLOSE but no cigar.

  105. Dodger4life says:

    We’ve clawed our way back into it….

  106. Well we scared them a little but I must say the Giants have one of the best teams again.
    But maybe being swept will wake the Dodgers up.

  107. Dodger4life says:

    O for the month of May with Capuano on the way….

  108. I know they know that they are a 1/2 game out of the cellar. It’s time for Mattingly to start to ball them out instead of making excuses. He better because it means his job and the rest of management.
    It’s time to get out the cat of nine tails.
    Some thing some how has to give. I mean they have the 2nd highest payroll and they are 5-13 against the NL West. It’s time to do something. If this doesn’t happen then Ned has to get his whip out before it’s too late…for him.

  109. kahliforni says:

    “I feel better about our club walking out of here right now than I did walking in,” said Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly, whose team has dropped three straight one-run games. “We played them tough the whole series. I feel great about coming out of here.”

    Stan? Magic? Anybody?

    • crash24now says:

      What the freaking hell? How can Donnie-boy say that he feels great about being swept by the arch-rival Giants? Geezus (excuse my french). This is just another in a long list of examples of how poor his competitive nature is. Does anybody wonder why the Yankees (the storied Yankees, the Yankees who have far more championships than any other team) could never win a thing as long as Donnie-Boy was on the team??

      I am so tired of Donnie-Boy. He’s gotta go even before Nedcompoop. Or just send them both off the deep end together.

      • JhallWally says:

        Better to be thought of as a dildo, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. What a dope…..

  110. JhallWally says:

    Please, fire Nedcompoop and Dildon soon…… The team is not going to go anywhere with either of them still employed…

    It is the perfect time to shake things up. There is nothing lose.

    Can them and send a message……. Geeeeeeeez!!!!

    • trublu4ever says:

      I agree 100%.

      • trublu4ever says:

        ….it’s pretty bad when the baseball commentators question Donnie-boys moves. I know, it’s the players on the field but, he’s the field general and is doing a poor job of putting plays in motion….his pitching changes also suck.

        • JhallWally says:

          Yep Tru, Dildon is a tool without the tools. He needs to go.
          Ownership needs to really shake this team up.

          Fire Ned and Dildon… Conte can also go….

          • Dodger4life says:

            As much as I would probably like Donnie as an individual…As the skipper of my beloved Dodgers I don’t share the same setiment. The only problem I have in letting him go at this point, is unless you already have a replacement staff picked out and ready to go…I don’t know that it will help much. Also if and when we choose to go forward in another direction I don’t want to do it hastily…I want to find the best avalible options to put in place for the future…However, like I have said before, it is my belief that ownership has someone in mind already to succeed Ned, this person may even already be on the payroll? By making this change it clearly sends a message a) That not just that Donnies job is in jeopardy, but if things don’t turn around quickly, many other jobs will be in jeopardy as well… b) That losing series against not just the Giants but against the division isn’t acceptable!! If the players like it in Los Angeles, and like Donnie Ball… they may step up the intensity levels just enough to avoid dissaster…And with what we have to put on the field these days, it’s going to take plenty of intensity and focus to turn this season around and have a shot at the big shabang!!

            The way we are playing at the moment, by the end of May we will be come sellers at the deadline and not buyers…And I don’t believe Ned is the guy we want making these moves in any event.
            I haven’t given up on the season…It is baseball and anything can happen…But it is also a thinking mans game, so it would help to have the best thinkers in the game on your side.

            And making a comment that getting swept in a series by one run, two runs, or ten runs (to the division rivals nonetheless)…is a good thing…isn’t good thinking!!

  111. crash24now says:

    Donnieboy: “I feel good about losing three to the Giants”.

    Donnieboy II: “I would like to feel good some more – let’s lose three to the Diamondbacks.” (not an actual quote from Donnieboy, but this is the inference I get from his asinine quote of last night.)

  112. messagebear says:

    The Dodgers being in the “sellers” position in another month or so is really not a tenable position – just who are we going to sell, and for what. We have assumed our share of heavy salary contracts that nobody else wanted, and have added a few of our own that are not producing any results. So tell me, just who do we have to trade – Sellers, Cruz, Shumaker, or Uribe? I declare that there isn’t a GM out there comparable to Ned in gullibility, so we’re stuck with what we’ve got. The only option in my mind is to remove Donnie, because he doesn’t know how to maneuver or inspire the existing pieces, and Ned because we don’t want the existing situation repeated into the future.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I would bet that in the event that we are forced to become sellers…There are teams out there that would find some players on our roster appealing (even with the salary complications)…I may be wrong, as I have been on many occasions in the past. It also would seem to me that if this ballclub doesn’t make post season play…There is a fairly good chance that the competition for an outfield spot next season will present itself in a more urgent and timely manner.

      But as I said …I still believe that there is reason to have hope for this season…even with Donnie as the skipper!!

  113. Dodger4life says:

    One more thing I would like to say…How has Neds last acquisition, the catcher that was to provide stability and pop off the bench been helpful in recent days???

  114. I think something has to be done. Something to shake things up. Like firing the hitting coach which has been done several times in the recent past. With the failling to hit with RISP an obvious big problem the hitting or batting coaches have to be the scape goats, I mean we need somebody else for them to listen to.
    Regardless a move has to be done to show that this team is serious about winning. Even if it means firing Ned or Donnie or both.
    Pitching always seemed to me what keeps this team running but lately even that hasn’t been too good. Honeycutt better watch his butt.
    Whatever, a surprise move might do the trick, that is if this sweep by the Giants hasn’t meant anything to this team already.
    The Dodgers to me right now are just 30 or some individual players with no chemistry. Something has to be done.

  115. Dodger4life says:

    How many 3rd baseman has Ned put on the roster…


    The only one who could possibly start for another team, if he was healthy…Is Hanley and he has been cemented in as our shortstop.

    How many shortstops has Ned put on the roster…


    I think it is highly possible that none of the above could start for another MLB team…

    Whom has ned acquired as our backup 1st baseman in the event that Agon is injured…


    I am almost certain none of the above would be replacements elsewhere at first base…

    He has gambled on League, Belisario, Guerrier and Howell as the backbone to our bullpen…with what was assumably was an unlimited budget during the winter??

    In my opinion, Ned has handed Donnie a $200 million house of straw and asked him to keep the wolf at bay…Not that I believe that Donnie is the right guy to keep the wolf at bay…But from what the players say…they believe he is.

    Our pitchers have about as good a BA as our most of our 3rd baseman…and most of our 3rd baseman double as our back up 1st baseman…and there aren’t much better options in the minors…Van Slyke isn’t even on the 40 man roster, but could at the very least provide some pop off the bench…It is not like Ned values his future so much that he needs seasoning in the minors. He was cut loose and passed through waivers…yet is having a good season to date.
    Meanwhile Ned continues to let the team play several players down while using the likes of Sellers and Cruz as bats off of the bench.

  116. crash24now says:

    Last night on Dodger Talk, Kevin Kennedy was advocating bringing up Scott Van Slyke and Tim Fedex. I agree. I would do it today.

  117. Dodger4life says:

    It was reported that the team saved $2MM in the trade for Hernadez while according to Ned adding some pop off the bench…Of course he may have been reffering to an extra tub of Bazooka Bubble Gum that sit’s atop the upper shelf???

  118. kahliforni says:

    Sellers at the deadline? No way. There is plenty of time left in this season…and plenty of talent here already. But playing with intensity and singleness of purpose has NOT been a part of this season…injuries notwithstanding. I guarantee other managers could win regularly with this line-up. That the players are “comfortable” with Mattingly and that he, himself, is “feeling great” about his team’s effort and play coming off a sweep at the hands of the Gnats tells me nothing will change.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Kahli, if Kemp and Eithier didn’t look lost at times and Beckett Belisario and League…weren’t performing at sub par levels according their own capabilities…We probably would be winning more often…But the fact remains that they are not…and like you say…everyone seems to be in the let’s kick back and enjoy Lallapalooza mood, no worries, cause the winds of change are bound to shift any day now…So let’s just breathe in and breathe out. Kemp in my opinion is like Tigger the bouncy cartoon character…he needs to be energetic and having fun… He doesn’t look like he is enjoying the game or even playing like one would expect a cartoon Tigger to play…Forget needing a leader, just have some fun, play with passion, but do it with good solid focus.on the game itself…Dre kind of reminds me of Yosemite Sam…He is at his best when fired up…Belisario resembles Mutley the dog, so I suppose Guerrier could be Dick Dastardly…I somehow envision Uribe stealing pic-i-nic baskets and Sellers sems to have a knack for Boo-Boo.’s ..I could go on and on…but Tom and Jerry just came on so….I’ll spare y’all….Donnie could be the Hillbilly Bear, cause I am never to sure what the heck he is mumbling about anyways…but he is laid back!!

  119. messagebear says:

    If there’s a lesson that I’ve learned, it is that I would not take a player from another team who’s got a big long term contract in place and has not lived up to it in the past season – there is a complacency factor in this game once the big bucks come your way. I think the Boston trade was a disaster. Look at how Boston is doing without all these great players they gave up.

    There might be a consideration here about how many of such huge contracts you want to give out to your own players. I can’t blame Kemp for having a hard time coming back from his injuries and surgery – time will tell, but Andre and Bills never did enough to deserve their contracts, and I think Andre is too complacent, and Bills may never recover his form, whatever that was. Kershaw will be a tough decision. We almost have to sign him, but realistically health is always an issue for a pitcher with a huge and long contract, so I understand the team’s willingness to put it off until you have to deal with it. I don’t really care about the money, or how much of it the Guggenheim people lose; I don’t like to see the complacency and loss to injury when so much money has been handed out.

  120. Since ownership has already invested a lot of money into this team and it’s actually playing worse than before the investment, I have a big feeling that a big CHANGE is about to happen.

  121. messagebear says:

    Boy, I hope there’s a big CHANGE coming! Would love to see a few people GONE and the troops shaken up, especially if they don’t like it.

  122. lbirken says:

    Donnie’s comments even bothered me although I think I understand what he is thinking. Face it, although it seems as if the Giants totally dominated all three games, the fact remains al three were one run victories and the Giants had big leads in two of those games. Perhaps these games say more about the Giants than the Dodgers. The Giants are getting the most out of what they have. They are doing what it takes to win. Cannot say the same thing about the Dodgers.

  123. kahliforni says:

    Consistently losing one-run games is more damning, to me, than getting blown out. It speaks to strategy and in-game management skills, otherwise known as bullpen and little ball. Bottom line: this team is under-performing and has been for more than a season…or two. Sometimes nice guys DO finish last.

  124. enchantedbeaver says:

    I see they’re going to have a Kings vs. Ducks game in Dodger Stadium in 2014.

    Apropriately, the Dodgers are playing like might ducks.

    Oh wait, that’s mighty fu…


    • Dodger4life says:

      It’s time for the Boy’s to back up what they and Donnie have said…that even know they were SWEPT by the Rivals from up North…they have a good feeling about how they played…The only way these comments have an ounce of validity, is if you start winning, and winning consistantly…

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