Snakes… why did it have to be snakes?

I haven’t been to a Dodger game since the ITD tour, four years ago. When I heard about the Old-Timers’ Game, with all of the Dodgers stars of my childhood, I thought this opportunity is to good to pass up.  My favorite years were 1962 to 1966 and lots of players from those years were there, as were the guys from my next favorite era, “The Infield” years, and of course, Fernando.  The other reason that I wanted to go was so I could take a picture of the new stadium and update the header photo on OTD.

Like the Dodger tour game, I was given a top level ticket by season ticket holder and Dodger super fan, Crzblue.  Thanks  to Emma, I was able to enter at the field level and hang out at the first row to see all of the pre-game activities.

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“Old-Timers’ Game” was displayed on the ribbon board that circles the stands.

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Many Dodgers stars were milling around after batting practice and before their game, including a couple of Hall of Famers.

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No Hit pitcher Jerry Reuss signing a shirt.

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I didn’t even realize that Stan Kasten was standing right in front of me until I got home and looked at this picture.

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A few lucky fans got a prized autograph on a ball from Sandy Koufax. People standing behind me kept yelling “Sandy!” to no avail.

While Sandy didn’t take the mound, Fernando Valenzuela pitched the first inning looking much like he did 32 years ago. Two time batting champion Tommy Davis was there as were other Dodgers participants Bill Buckner, Ron Cey, Eric Gagne, Pedro Guerrero, Mickey Hatcher, Lou Johnson, Ken Landreaux, Davey Lopes, Rick Monday, Manny Mota, Don Newcombe, Jerry Reuss, Bill Russell, Dave Stewart, Bob Welch, Maury Wills and Steve Yeager. Apparently the LA Times, from whom I borrowed this list, didn’t think that Dick Tracewski or Pete Richert were worthy of including, but I saw them, so here they are. Extra points for anyone that remembers these two guys.

I stayed on the field level the whole game in the best seat I ever had for a Dodger game. Yasiel Puig did not homer but went 2 for 4. I got to witness that perfect throw, and the exciting, but dangerous, slide into first base. Incredible!


Apologies to Dodger4Life for stepping on his post. Here is his post, which is more relevant to this series than mine.

Clayton Kershaw the crafty six shootin’ youngster from Texas:

Pairs with Yasiel Puig, the kid they call the missile from Havana:

Supporting cast to be determined later:

7:10 PM PT @ Dodger Stadium

It’s going to take firepower from here on out, if we’re to catch the Diamondbacks and the rest of N.L. West.

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272 Responses to Snakes… why did it have to be snakes?

  1. Dodger4Life says:

    Dodgers Lineup:

    1. SS: Nick Punto
    2. 2B: Mark Ellis
    3. 1B: Adrian Gonzalez
    4. RF: Yasiel Puig
    5. LF: Jerry Hairston
    6. CF: Andre Ethier
    7. 3B: Juan Uribe
    8. C: Tim Federowicz

  2. Dodger4Life says:

    It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere

    Self Serve:

    Bar’s Open

  3. crash24now says:

    I’m not sure that Jerry Hairston provides much protection for Puig. Look for lots of intentional walks to Puig until Donnie can provide some punch to bat behind him.

  4. trublu4ever says:

    Go Kersh…Go Dodgers!

  5. Seems to me Puig would be utilized as the #3 hitter, but Donnie would rather leave him unprotected with Hairston hitting behind him rather than Gonzalez.

    Donnie Dumball anyone?

    • trublu4ever says:

      Exactly. Even the guys on MLB Network said why fix what is already working?! #3 would be okay….Puig has said he doesn’t like to bat cleanup…so, of course, Dumb-dumb puts him there!

      • This is what I mean by Donnie’s stupidity ultimately trumping Puig’s energy. Pretty soon he’ll be batting Puig all over the place and probably playing all over the place in the OF from one game to another when Kemp or Crawford return. In no time at all he’ll have Puig not knowing if he’s coming or going and playing like the rest of this crappy team.

  6. Dodger4life says:

    You didn’t step on my post, I made the error in judgement, 32&53fan, I came home today and din’t see one up, and assumed no one had time to make one is all. Yours is in relation to the team, and I love all the photo’s. Nice work.

  7. I see Punto’s turned back into a pumpkin. The guys been slumping, so hell, bat him leadoff.

  8. trublu4ever says:

    Yay…a run!

  9. Nice RBI base hit for Jerry.

  10. trublu4ever says:

    That lead didn’t last very long.

  11. 32and53fan says:

    I received two tickets from someone who couldn’t make it to the game, but wanted Emma to get the 1963 World Series replica rings for him. I didn’t think I would be going, so I pre-ordered one from eBay last week.
    I was surprised when I saw one. They are just as big and heavy as a real one, minus the gold and diamond. I just thought I’d mention this for some of you old school OTDers that were curious about the ring.

  12. Kershaw’s having a rough start.

  13. phew!!! I hope he settles down.

  14. trublu4ever says:

    Do I need to start drinking this early in the game?!

    • Dodger4life says:

      I have…

      • trublu4ever says:

        ( 😉 )

      • Dodger4life says:

        Only because my neighbor, stocked up on beer a while back. He decided to stop playing in the town pool league and stay at home. Then after further deliberation he chose to play in the town poker tourney and switched to Vodka and Cranberry… Every now and then I get a free 12 pack. This morning was another one of those now and then’s 🙂

    • vl4eccjr says:

      People say I have a drinking problem. . .
      I drink. Sometimes I get drunk. Sometimes I fall down.
      No problem! 😉

  15. trublu4ever says:

    Damn…A-gon.

  16. Puig’s batting .500.

  17. trublu4ever says:

    Well, that sucked!

  18. Give Puig credit for trying.

  19. trublu4ever says:

    Viva Uribe! 🙂

  20. Puig’s fly and so do Uribe’s 🙂

  21. Thanks to Uribe, we got lead back.

  22. So 2 singles, a double, an intentional walk and an extra out and they get 1 run.

    This is why we’re in last.

  23. trublu4ever says:

    Mark…way to go!

  24. Mark Ellis owns Miley.

  25. trublu4ever says:

    Good to see James doing well after leaving Mattingly…now has 8 homers.

  26. Kershaw was so-so tonight but he deserves a win from the guys.

  27. They’d better get a buttload of insurance runs for League. He’s due to implode.

  28. Puig is absolutely unbelievable!

  29. trublu4ever says:

    Boy…Ump blew that one!

  30. Wow, way to really put some passion in your argument Donnie. Why’d he even bother coming out?

  31. This doesn’t look to good, there’s a good chance we won’t score.
    It’s up to Andre.

  32. Finger nail biting time.

  33. trublu4ever says:

    Puig..3 – 4 tonight…what’s wrong with the guy…couldn’t get the 4th hit 😉 Fun to watch the kid. Even the players are liking it.

  34. trublu4ever says:

    ……on the other hand…”League” …..scary shit!

  35. vl4eccjr says:

    We sure could use a real closer!

  36. Are we surprised? HELL NO!!!!

  37. Shocking.

    Well I’ve had it with this bunch of crap for the year – I can’t take any more. Catch y’all in the hot stove league.

    • JhallWally says:

      Hi’Ya my brother…. I feel ya… This is a tough bunch of shit to watch/listen. But, I am hoping that this catastrophe will be the end of Nedcomshit, Didon, and Conte…… I hope you will be around to enjoy that with us… Plus, in these trying times, all we have is our witty banter with each other….

  38. vl4eccjr says:

    If I remember right, this ain’t the first one he’s blown for Kersh this year!

  39. Well that’s that for the top of the ninth.

  40. vl4eccjr says:

    Uribe makes it more interesting. . .May we have some more walk off magic?

  41. vl4eccjr says:

    Whoever’s sticking that Bell voodoo doll with those needles, please don’t stop now!!!

  42. Ok, Agon, let’s see some of that good old clutch hitting.

  43. trublu4ever says:

    Fitting end to the game!

  44. Right now, the Dodgers remind me a bit of the little engine that could. I think I can, I think I can, oh no, it’s too hard; I give up.

  45. Good night, folks. I’m going to be away from my computer for the next 3 days (withdrawal is expected), but I’ll be with you and the team in spirit.

  46. trublu4ever says:

    When Steve Lyons is pissed off and chews out Mattingly for using “Loser League” instead of Jansen as closer….you know Donnie’s days are numbered.

    • JhallWally says:

      I hope so Tru… Geez!! Dildon is clueless… Tough loss…

      Fire Nedcomshit, Dildon, and Conte…. Soon!!!

  47. What beat the Dodgers was chemistry, something the D-backs have and the Dodgers can’t find. The D-backs are like one force while the Dodgers are made up little pieces.

  48. Dodger4life says:

    Kind of hard to win, when you have 1 guy in the bullpen playing solid baseball that you can count on…

    And one guy on the offense, playing solid baseball that you can count on!

    Even with three starting pitchers, you can count on!!

    5 guys out of 25, won’t accomplish anything, especially when one of them plays every 5 days.

    There are still 2 games left in the series and a chance to at least pick up a game.

    I am so disappointed in tonight’s, non win!

  49. grizzy says:

    Well. As they say out here, “F**k me to tears!!!” Two more games to turn this crap around. I’m about to start spending more time on the Sooner web sites and they aren’t even practicing yet.It’s getting hard to be patient, when you keep wondering if this team will ever all be healthy at the same time.
    *
    I think teams should go back to paying year-to-year, and maybe these guys would go back to playing like they had something to play for.

    • messagebear says:

      Yeah, like the Players Association is really going to agree to that change. The horse is out of the barn…
      But I agree with you that only in major professional sports can you get paid in the future for what you produced in the past with no recourse if you stink up the future.

    • JhallWally says:

      LOL!! My sentiments exactly Grizz… I’d like to see them go the NFL route. They can cut you at any time if you aren’t cutting it. The old year to year contracts were great…..

  50. messagebear says:

    League is a perfect example of Ned’s manner of incompetence.
    He USED to be a decent closer, albeit for a perennial loser in the American League. When they no longer felt that League was up to the task, he was essentially let go. Who but Ned would jump at the chance to raid the dumpster and figure that he knew better. I think most of us have learned how clueless Donnie can be as a manager, so if he’s given a “closer” he’ll use that closer till hell freezes over. Hopefully hell’s getting a frost on it by now – otherwise, how many more games do we need to give up.

  51. JhallWally says:

    And we thought the Grrrear contract was ill advised and bad. Nedcomshit just continues to amaze… League is pathetic….

    I can’t believe that Ned is still employed…. It is total imcompetency on the part of our new owners…. And, if they are the ones that oversaw and approved his deals, we are totally screwed…..

  52. JhallWally says:

    Nice of Ethier to leave 5 on base…. That is going to end up being one of the worst contracts in baseball history….

    • JhallWally says:

      Do ya still think Beav and I were crazy when we were advocating trading Ethier 3 years ago when he had some value????????

  53. JhallWally says:

    It’s time to call a turd a turd… Ned and company have taken a huge dump on the Dodger faithful……..

  54. grizzy says:

    Well, Jhall, looks as though you two were correct. I thought extension was a good move at the time, but Ethier is the biggest disappointment of all. Where did he go? Who is that guy in his uniform?

    • I always felt that Ethier was one of the “core” players on this team. I actually thought that he’d be with us for a long time but I have to agree he’s certainly hurting this team and it won’t be long before the team finnally gives up on him.

  55. messagebear says:

    Andre is an easy target to pick on, but why single him out as the worst example. Matt is getting paid a lot more and guaranteed for a longer period of time, and he’s plain fragile at this point. What we are paying for the collective Red Sox group is outrageous, with Beckett and CC being damaged goods. Even Gonzo who’s performing reasonably well (considering his pay) is a question. There are guys being paid a lot less who are providing better results than him, and the size of his contract pretty much presupposes that he’ll wane toward the end of the contract leaving us at a loss before its time. I would rather have paid out some millions of bucks to get the Sox’ top three minor league prospects, but we were looking for the quick fix, and it’s not working out so well, is it. With what we have saddled on our backs, I’m afraid that when it comes time to do that long term contract with Kershaw, we could come up short – he might see better pastures ahead in Yankee land anyway. I’m so disgusted with the new ownership and their money and the old way of managing things that’s so far producing worse results than Frank ever thought imaginable.

  56. Dodger4life says:

    I was listening to Dodger Talk last evening and Kevin Kennedy was saying… That given the chance he would take League as his closer.

    That Honeycutt and the other coaches would work on figuring out what was wrong with Brandon and get him squared away. I had a very hard time digesting these comments. I agree with messagebear… In that the Mariners gave up on him, so Ned giving him three years seemed dumb to me at the time as well.

    I also agree that if these guys don’t come around soon, and yes, (I’ll also agree, that statement is being made from my Dodger Blue heart … more so than anything I have been shown from this team this season). We should be in readjust and reload mode, and that includes everyone.

    It will be interesting to see what kind of moves we make in the near future, as well as this winter. Kershaw will take a big chunk of the budget (If he signs) and who know’s what we can afford after that?

    I refuse to give up on this team, thinking, hoping, wishing… they would find a way to win ballgames. Like OBF say’s though, they can never seem to put everything together at once. They have what one walk off so far this season? Very few successful late game rally’s for wins. With a disappointing ability to strand runners, even when they are on 3rd with no outs.

    With the hole that has been dug, waiting to get healthy isn’t a good option, not to mention that even if they do, that may not take right away. Somehow they need to get gritty enough to grind away and win ballgames.

    It won’t make me angry if Donnie get’s canned, he has failed to get the team going. It will make me angry if Ned doesn’t go with him… He has failed to provide the essentials needed to be successful. You can blame the lack of talent in the minors, you can blame the injuries, you can blame, blame, blame, all day long. I would like to see someone other than Ned in charge of our ballclub.

    Oh and while they are cleaning house, send Steiner packing as well… He is in my opinion… the worse announcer in baseball.

  57. grizzy says:

    Gonzalez has been OK, Punto has been OK, CC was OK until the hamstring epidemic got him. Becket, another hurt pitcher. So, in the end, the Sox trade hasn’t gone so well considering the salary taken on, but Ehtier is the biggest disappointment for me.

  58. crash24now says:

    Donnie’s just not too good at math. “Gee, based on a small sample size, League does better against the guys that are up in the ninth, and Jansen does better against the guys that are up in the eighth”.

    Wake up and look at the bigger picture, Donnie. League sucks. He gives up too many hits and too many walks. He doesn’t strike out a lot of batters.

    Jansen is an elite reliever. He has always blown people away. He averaged 15 K’s per 9 innings in the minors; he’s averaging over 12 K’s per 9 innings in the MLB. He doesn’t let many people on base. Use him as your closer.

    Use League to mop up Ned’s office.

  59. crash24now says:

    Ned and Kasten wanted the following lineup:
    Crawford
    Ellis
    Gonzalez
    Kemp
    Ethier
    Ramirez
    Ellis
    Cruz

    Instead they have this:

    Punto
    Ellis
    Gonzalez
    Puig
    Ethier
    Van Slyke
    Federowicz
    Uribe

    What happened? Should they have foreseen this? Why is the DL and the should-be-on-DL so heavily occupied? Let’s take a look at the players they have recently acquired.

    Hanley –“ Injuries might be the primary cause of Ramirez’s 2011 struggles. Everyone recalls the shoulder surgery that prematurely ended his season; he didn’t appear in a game after Aug. 2 and succumbed to the operation Sept. 15. In addition to that, however, Ramirez battled back pain for the entire month of May, before finally landing on the disabled list for two weeks in early June, not to mention missing three games earlier in the year due to leg and foot injuries.” Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/flb/story?page=mlbdk2k12_30qmarlins

    Crawford: Had a hamstring injury as far back as 2008. http://www.kffl.com/a.php/91130/
    He played just 109 games in 2008, played 130 in 2011 and just 31 in 2012.

    Mark Ellis: Number one, Ellis is old (age 36). Number two, Ellis has missed significant time due to injury. He missed the entire 2004 season (at age 27) due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He missed most of the 2006 post-season due to a hand injury. He then missed two months in 2008 due to further right shoulder issues.

    The point is this: certain guys are more prone to injuries than other guys. Don’t acquire injury-prone guys and assume that you’ll have them for 162 games. It’s just not going to happen. Punto and Schumaker have filled in, but they are just not going to be able to hit consistently all year long. Nor are they that great defensively.

    Many others have said it here repeatedly, especially jhallwally and enchantedbeaver. This team needs to be rebuilt from the farm system up. It will take a minimum of five years, but more likely 7-9 years from the point of drafting good players to bringing them along to their peak years of age 25 to 29.

    Puig, Kershaw, and Jansen cannot get the job done by themselves.

  60. The first question that needs to be asked is CAN this team amount to anything? That answer is an emphatic NO as long as Mattingly and Ned are in charge.

    Considering we have the same core players signed for 2014, 2015, 2016, the next question is, WILL this team ever amount to anything if those two are gone? THAT’S the answer management needs to come to.

    If the answer is yes, then the sooner they dump those two losers and get some real baseball people in to run this organization the better off it will be.

    If the answer is NO, then you need to trade off what you can of these overpriced pansies (including Kemp) for some marginal prospects, and SERIOUSLY consider picking a deep farm system and raiding it for Kershaw. It does Kersh nor the Dodgers any good to keep going the way they are. Maybe then 6-7 years of rebuilding become 4-5.

  61. crash24now says:

    Tonight’s sad lineup:

    Schumaker LF – leadoff? a 33 yr old utility player?
    Punto 2B – second in the lineup is your best hitter? a career .248 BA?
    Gonzalez 1B
    Puig RF
    Ethier CF – no protection for Puig
    Uribe 3B – no comment
    Federowicz C – still learning how to hit in MLB, but making progress
    Cruz SS – how is this guy still in MLB?
    Greinke P

  62. trublu4ever says:

    Sellers sent back…Alex.Castellanos & Chris Withrow called up.

  63. crash24now says:

    Starting Lineup from 2012 – June 11th:

    Gordon SS
    Herrera 3B
    Ethier RF
    Abreu LF
    Hairston 2B
    Loney 1B
    Ellis C
    Gwynn CF
    Capuano P

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Just another craptastic lineup.

  64. crash24now says:

    Dylan Hernandez ✔ @dylanohernandez

    Mattingly names Jansen the #Dodgers’ closer.

  65. Hi Everybody
    I’m stuck with the D-backs’ feed but that’s better than MLB.TV on my machine. Anyway the ballgame will not be any different, the Dodgers just have to get back on the field and try again.

  66. trublu4ever says:

    Uh, oh…looks like Puig is hurt.

  67. Dodger4life says:

  68. Greinke was pitching very well before Kubel blast.

  69. Did Ross get hit with the pitch I couldn’t see it? My TV shut off when they showed it.

  70. That what we call a Dodger rally. lol

  71. I think Kennedy was trying to keep the pitch up on Puig. Which he has been having trouble hitting.

  72. vl4eccjr says:

    WTF Kennedy?!! That’s just bush!
    Payback is a bitch!

  73. trublu4ever says:

    THAT’S MY BOY!

  74. Dodger4life says:

    Bout damn time…Woo Hoo Dre’!!

  75. Believe it or not I said “For that Andre should hit one out of here”.

  76. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Zack!

  77. crash24now says:

    Nice hitting Dre!

  78. 32and53fan says:

    Nice hitting Zack!

  79. trublu4ever says:

    Cruz-o-matic-out….must go!

  80. trublu4ever says:

    Boy..this is ugly now!

  81. vl4eccjr says:

    That’s just a chicken shit move by Kennedy to try & bean the opposing pitcher. I’d pay money to see Gibby & Mac go at it!

  82. WOW that was something.
    I needed some excitement.

  83. vl4eccjr says:

    Some of the locals here are excited their hometown boy Withrow getting the call up. I wonder if we’ll even get a look see of him?

  84. This game could go anyway now.

  85. koufax1963 says:

    donnie was pretty aggravated too, wow alot of hostility tonight.

  86. trublu4ever says:

    Fed-Ex!

  87. Fedex delivered the mail.

  88. crash24now says:

    Like I said, FedEx is making progress!

  89. I hate to think the Dodgers will win, when that happens they usually lose, lately. It kept happening last night.

  90. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go! win a dirty one…I love it!

  91. lbirken says:

    Wow, two big brawls in one season and Greinke is in the middle of both. Good to see the Dodgers do tonight what they could not do last night and great to see last night’s difficult loss followed by an emotional win. Is there still life in this team?

  92. Dodger4life says:

    Mile Marker # 5

  93. crash24now says:

    Good on FedEx not only for the double, but also for protecting his pitcher when Greinke hit Montero.

    • YES I noticed that too, He probably was thinking of the last time when AJ was a little slow protecting Greinke. I think Dodger catchers will always become more protective from now on.

  94. PuigLover aka MartinLoneyKemp says:

    What a bizarre world we are occupying when Mark McGwire is fighting Kirk Gibson and McGwire is the Dodger.

  95. grizzy says:

    So there is some life in this team, Ethier included, after all? Last night and awin tonight could set things rolling in the right direction in a big way.

  96. grizzy says:

    I think what got McGwire fired up was Greinke getting hit in the head. Used to be you’d get hit lower on the body when a statement along those lines was made.

    • JhallWally says:

      Exactly….. You plunk them in the back or the butt…. You don’t throw at the head…. Greinke hit him in the posterior. Going for the head is crap…….

  97. JhallWally says:

    This just might be what we need to wake this team up…. I was encouraged by the way the Dodgers came out and aquited themselves… McGuire was awesome…. Kersh even got in a couple of licks… Those bastards stepped over the line..

  98. JhallWally says:

    For the first time this season, I was proud of our Dodgers…..

  99. It would be great to see a teamwide different attitude from here on in.

  100. crash24now says:

    The best signs of life that I saw last night:

    1. Ethier makes the Dbacks pay for Puig HBP with 2 run homer.
    2. FedEx shows how to hit with the bases loaded with a bases clearing double off the left field wall. That ball was smoked.

  101. Dodger4life says:

    In a season that has been so lackluster, and after what happened in San Diego… Seeing Zack Grienke protect his team without hesitation was admirable… Worth any suspensions that will be coming… Just my penny’s worth of thought!

  102. I’m glad to see Puig in the lineup to finish this imprtant series. We can advance with a win.
    GO RYU,

  103. Dodger4life says:

    Let’s Go Dodgers, Let’s Go

    Let’s get some runs early, Boy’s!!!

  104. trublu4ever says:

    I’m assuming Ramona is Ryu’s personal catcher….why else would he be in there?!

  105. Ryu, a little inconsistent but nevigating through it pretty well.

  106. trublu4ever says:

    Damn, Ramona! Get his ass out of here!

  107. Hernandez too quick with his hands should’ve caught the ball first.

  108. Tough error but Ryu isn’t at his best.

  109. Good going Ramon Ryu and Punto.

  110. trublu4ever says:

    Wonder who they will throw at now?!

  111. Now that’s what I call classic Dodger baseball!

  112. That’s puttin us ahead, A-Gon.

  113. trublu4ever says:

    WOW!

  114. Now I hope Ryu settles down.

  115. trublu4ever says:

    Dbacks pinch hitting for their ACE….at least we are in their pen next inning.

  116. trublu4ever says:

    Whew!

  117. Talk about tight rope walking . . . that must be Ryu’s new specialty 🙂

  118. Unbelievable clutch pitching by Ryu.

  119. Hope Withrow does well in his debut.

  120. trublu4ever says:

    Withrow is a cutie….and, boy, can he throw! 😉

  121. 32and53fan says:

    Nice start by Withrow.

  122. trublu4ever says:

    Damn…little bloop hits!

  123. It was a good try, but those darned pop flies work for them as well as us 😦

  124. 32and53fan says:

    Crap!

  125. Uh oh . . . . he’s out of there.

  126. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Paco!

    • vl4eccjr says:

      Withrow owes him big time for the bailout!
      I think the young man was running on pure adrenaline. I don’t think Bunnynuts was any help breaking his concentration either.

  127. Nothing more better looking than a pickoff by a catcher NICE PLAY RAMON.

  128. Dodger4life says:

  129. crash24now says:

    Nice ninth inning pitching by Jansen.

  130. trublu4ever says:

    Ramona sucks!

  131. crash24now says:

    Mattingly asks another incompetent bunter to bunt…..

    Let’s go Hanley!!!!!!

  132. crash24now says:

    This sucks – why is there a MASH unit in the Dodgers dugout?

  133. Howell did that handerly.

  134. lbirken says:

    Van Slyke on the DL, Puig banged up, other players lingering on the DL…what the heck is in the water or Gatorade these guys are drinking?

  135. lbirken says:

    That is a good bunt. I don’t like it when the batter squares up to bunt even in a bunt situation.

  136. Mattingly’s probably looking for a way to lose this thing.

  137. crash24now says:

    Rockies and Giants lost. With a win tonight, we can pick up ground on all three top teams in the West. Let’s see……

  138. crash24now says:

    I would love to plunk Parra right here, but I hope Belly resists the temptation.

  139. lbirken says:

    Belisorryio did a nice job and a good catch by Hairston certainly helped. Time to win this thing.

  140. vl4eccjr says:

    Ruh Roh!
    Belly Sorry Oh!!!

  141. vl4eccjr says:

    POOF!!!!
    Thar she blows!!!

  142. crash24now says:

    Put a fork in us – we’re done!

  143. vl4eccjr says:

    Great bullpen management from Dildon!!

    • lbirken says:

      Really? What would you have done? Leave Belisario in? Honestly, with the lineup the Dodgers put on the field tonight and the opposing pitcher that started this game, I am surprised the Dodgers scored 4 runs. The Dodgers have done nothing since scoring those runs.

      • vl4eccjr says:

        When’s the last time Belisario has been effective for more than one inning? I’m not saying Grrear would have done better, but it would have been worth a shot.

  144. I guess we’re getting close to the end.

  145. crash24now says:

    Hernandez! Now we need four more just like that!

    • lbirken says:

      Can’t get a bunt down but hits a bases empty home run when down by 4 runs. This game will drive you crazy.

  146. crash24now says:

    Say Mr. Puig – I didn’t see any evidence of a sore shoulder in that swing.

  147. crash24now says:

    A-Gon can tie it right here!

  148. crash24now says:

    Too little too late. This one hurts. Now we’re out 8.5 games instead of 6.5 games.

  149. vl4eccjr says:

    Another stinker!

  150. Well at least we can say we made them work to win this series.

  151. grizzy says:

    Not result we wanted, but the Dodgers showed us they have some fight in them. I’m a little weary of the “If we could just get healthy” line I keep feeding myself, but there it is. .500 is even farther away now, but in truth I feel better about this team than I did three days ago.

  152. koufax1963 says:

    Um yea, Donnie really blew this game. Not leaving JP in. “Testing” withrow in a critical inning, and the cherry on top, using Jansen in a non-save inning( oh right it was the9th) and having some “faith” that the combo of Beli and Brandon would keep the ship afloat, I hear Brian Wilson is available Ned, I mean like he fits your criteria, Stan watch the next move from your GM. The summer is coming and dodgers being in last does not make it fun

  153. We can discuss this game, this series, this season so far but the main thing is to keep on pressing forward and hope that things will improve and get better as the team roles along.

  154. Dodger4life says:

    I woke up this morning… With a non alcohol related baseball hangover…

    Pittsburgh coming up…

    Anyone think Ned will try and find a fish to save us?

    There has to a parody in that song somewhere?

  155. Dodger4life says:

    Here We Go…

  156. crash24now says:

    Our offense should be bolstered by returns from the following:

    Hanley – starting Friday in Pittsburgh
    AJ Ellis – could be back Friday; has done rehab in minors already
    Kemp – not sure exactly when, but traveling to Pittsburgh with the club.

  157. Well well well… looks like Donnie Baseball took three winnable games against the division leader and single handedly parlayed them into 2 more losses and another game down in the standings.

    I really feel sorry for the players that still give a shit (not talking to you Andre.) First he uses League to blow a 3-run lead in the ninth. Shocking. Then he throws in a raw rookie who’s never pitched a game in the majors into a tight late inning situation, not to mention his handling of PHers late in the game.

    And yet as I sit here this fine Thursday, Donnie’s still got his job as management just sits on their hands.

    I’m sure Ned’s scheming right this minute on how he can trade what little farm we have left for one form of PVL or another to save our season. Didn’t he do that in 2011 also when it was abundantly clear that this team had no chance in hell of doing anything? I believe that’s when we got Dotel – great pick-up that was. Since we’re going to Pittsburgh, maybe we can get Martin back for Pederson, Lee and Seager. That ought to be just about right. Make it so Ned.

  158. Dodger4life says:

    Define should crash? (It’s just that we’ve been saying this for a while now)

    It will be interesting to see what kind of swing Kemp comes back with? Fed Ex has filled in well, when applicable for A.J. and I’ll agree Hanley’s presence has been missed since day one.

    As far as the bullpen goes, there is plenty of blame to go around, Donnie, Honeycutt, Ned…The players themselves, but the fact that Donnie now admits that he can’t trust certain people… shows the error of his ways.

    Do you honestly think that Ned, will trade Pederson, Lee, or Seager. I know we make jokes, and in some sense they have value to them. But wouldn’t there be other options available that we have turned the corner on before unloading these three?

    This was supposed to become a fun season and so far has rivaled, the McCourt day’s (In terms of jubilant joy)!.. speaking of which…. Ah never mind! I’d much rather talk about Ned, Donnie or Dickerson than Slumlord Extraordinaire!

    • Dodger4life says:

      I am not trying to say that enchanted is wrong one bit with his comment. I think that with what this club has shown us up to this point, trying to trade a serviceable piece of our farm, for help this season is wasteful. This team dug the hole they are in, let them dig themselves out! Although, it is beginning to look like they will need help from the rest of league… just to have a chance at accomplishing that.

  159. Dodger4life says:

    32and53fan:

    I am a little late getting to this (been a little busy lately) but the new headline photo looks much better. I watched the Old Timers game on the web and it was both fun and comical in a way. I thought Cey looked like he could still crack one out. (I’ll bet he to a ribbing for striking out afterwards.) I enjoyed watching all of them make the best of what little skill they have left and I am sure they all had fun doing in displaying it.

    The gentleman getting the jacket signed by Ruess (and remember now, my memory is horrible these days), resembles our very own Kahli?

    • 32and53fan says:

      I used the panoramic mode on that picture, so it has that superwide look to it. The almost capacity crowd and the symettrical scoreboard add to the feeling.

      The O.T. Game was for fun…those guys had a lot of laughs while playing and after. None of them tried to run fast, other than Mickey Hatcher, who slid into second and was out by six feet trying for a double.

      That gentleman, you, me, or any other middle aged guy with a graying goatee resembles Kahli. 😉

      • Dodger4life says:

        I thought Hatcher was safe, although, he appeared to be out by a mile.
        .
        Yes, us graying goatee folk’s do look somewhat alike.

  160. 32and53fan says:

    BTW, the pictures are clickable and will bring up a full sized photo.

  161. messagebear says:

    With Hernandez now DFA’d can Cruz be far behind?

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