The Sounds of Beloved Dodger Baseball (2014 edition)

Ash-wood legit, don’t take no sh*t
Double Bubble, Double Bubble, Double Bubble, stick

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  1. Dodger4life says:

    Blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue-blood

    Well the boys ’round here don’t listen to the sad songs
    Yeah, you better believe it
    Run through a jukebox needle
    At the ol’ ball field, where their cleats stomp
    All night; what? (Go Go Go Just Go)
    Yea, and what they call ball, is written on the shirt
    Gotta get some of that heart ‘fore the chains come down
    To get paid, to bring the ring
    Up top of Dodger Way (I Love L.A. will survive)

    Yea the boys ’round here
    Drinking that fly the banner beer
    Talkin’ ’bout Wills, talkin’ manin’ up
    Runnin’ them red clay paths out, kicking up dust
    The boys ’round here
    Sending up a prayer to the man upstairs
    Ash-wood legit, don’t take no shit
    Double Bubble, Double Bubble, Double Bubble, stick

    Aw heck
    Blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue-blood

    Well the boys ’round here, they’re keeping it coming
    Ain’t a damn one knows how to do anything ‘cept hustle
    (You don’t win without hustle) No, you can’t get lucky
    But these girls ’round here yep, they sure love ’em
    Yea, the girls ’round here, they all deserve somethin’
    Shakin’ them seats, to a deep sweet Puig swing
    They like that ball, with it’s Southern Cali sound
    And just can’t help it cause they just keep callin’

    For the boys ’round here

    Drinking that fly the banner beer
    Talkin’ ’bout Wills, talkin’ mannin’ up
    Runnin’ them red clay paths out, kicking up dust
    The boys ’round here
    Sending up a prayer to the man upstairs
    Ash-wood legit, don’t take no sh*t
    Double Bubble, Double Bubble, Double Bubble, stick

    Let me hear you say
    (14’s gonna fly)
    (14’s gonna fly)
    Sounds of the next Vin cry

    (14’s gonna fly…)

    Hey now L.A., hop inside
    Boys and you gonna take a little ride to the game
    Let’s ride (That’s right)
    Lay a chalk-line on the ground
    Clap, Clap, Clap-Clap-Clap is our sound
    We love this town (Bleedin’ Blue)
    Have you ever got down with a…
    Blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue-blood?
    And do you wanna get down with a…
    Blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue-blood?

    Yeah, you gotta get down

    With the boys round here
    Drinking that fly the banner beer
    Talkin’ ’bout Wills, talkin’ mannin’ up
    Runnin’ them red clay paths out, kicking up dust
    The boys ’round here
    Sending up a prayer to the man upstairs
    Ash-wood legit, don’t take no sh*t
    Double Bubble, Double Bubble, Double Bubble, stick

    (14’s gonna fly)
    Blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue-blood
    (14’s gonna fly)
    We’re all one of them boys ’round here
    (14’s gonna fly)
    Blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue-blood
    (14’s gonna fly)

    (Ooh let’s ride…)
    Well all I’m thinkin’ ’bout is blue 14, bring that ring
    Hey now L.A., hop inside
    Boys and you gonna take a little ride to the game
    Let’s ride (That’s right)
    Lay a chalk-line on the ground
    Clap, Clap, Clap-Clap-Clap is our sound
    We love this town (Bleedin’ Blue)
    Yeah you gotta get down with a…
    Come on now – Live. Breathe. Blue
    Sounds of the next Vin cry
    (14’s gonna fly)

  2. Dodger4life says:

    Thanks tru… I’m just fired up about the season… and saying in my own way… that it’s been way too long… not have a dang victory parade… with the commissioners trophy. The boy’s have to hit the ball and score runs to win it all.

  3. JhallWally says:

    http://dodgersdigest.com/2014/02/16/the-paul-depodesta-era-ten-years-later/

    Here’s one for Beav….

    How does Ned stack up my brother?

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Read that last night. We’ll never know about DePo because as we all knew, McCourt knew less about baseball than he did women and chauffeurs. And THAT’S how I assume we ended up with Ned – a yes man who knows just enough to get into trouble, and not enough to get out of it.

      DePo’s success would’ve meant McCourt still owns the team and we’d have Oakland south. Don’t know if that’s good or bad baseball-wise. Any success though and we wouldn’t probably have complained too much about Frank.( Thank God his wife was stupid and didn’t just keep her mouth shut and have her fun and half the money too.)

      Ned’s blundering on the other hand just accentuated that NO ONE in upper management knew one iota about running a club. Frankly, I’m still shocked that Kasten never canned the guy given his track record. You can still count the number of great successes Ned’s had on one hand, and his failures on scroll.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I wondered the same about Ned sticking around… Then I thought, why upset the loyal season ticket holders anymore than they already were… [at the time]. Kasten is the man with the plan, Ned has demonstrated he can follow orders… He was already on the payroll. He already had a working relationship with the rest of the staff, many of whom are among the best at their job… With McCourt, Ned didn’t have quality, team oriented leadership above him (Not to discredit any of the special advisers to the chairman, I am sure they didn’t tell Frank to pocket $100MM+). Why hire a new guy right away, if you are Kasten and plan on instituting your own way of building a successful organization???

        • Dodger4life says:

          I’m just saying Kasten can control Ned’s decisions for the most part… Game time decisions made inside the dugout however, are akin to Puig’s decisons to hit the cut-off man. You either make the correct one or not.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Someone always sits Puig down when he makes bad game time decisions and informs him how to use better judgement in the future… Makes me wonder what type of conversations Donnie, Kasten and I suppose Wallach have had this off-season?

  4. oldbrooklynfan says:

    What a thought, if Jamie didn’t spend so much time with the chauffeur things would’ve sure been different. Was it just a stroke of luck?

  5. messagebear says:

    Think they’ll ever put up a statue to the chauffeur?

    • JhallWally says:

      The whole McCourt debacle is just another failure of Selig….
      He sucked.. He turned a blind eye to PED’s… Geez!!!

      The game and product has regressed under his tenure….

      • oldbrooklynfan says:

        I think Selig has done a very good job once he decided to straighten things up. I’m sure things are a lot better now than it use to be.

      • messagebear says:

        I totally agree with Wally. On the other hand, the only mission and objective that Selig had from the owners’ standpoint was to increase the value of the franchises and owners’ profits, whether it be by increasing ticket prices or cable contracts, and no doubt he’s been extremely successful in doing that. Therefore, they’ll all build a monument to him, while there will continually be fewer and fewer families that can afford real time at the ballpark, and to me that’s a shame.

  6. Dodger4life says:

    I can’t say I like the idea of starting the season in Australia… Japan… or anywhere else.

    I definitely don’t like the idea of having home field advantage based on the All-Star game.

    I really dislike the fact that one league has a DH and one doesn’t…

  7. kahliforni says:

    All this enormous TV revenue, which has fueled the high-spending Guggenheim regime, is going to takes its toll on me being able to watch my beloved Dodgers on TV, unless providers (I carry U-verse) can pony up the cash…and me along with it. Bummer. Maybe I should have settled for free mediocrity under McCourt?!?!?!?!?!

  8. lbirken says:

    We still cannot get McScrooge off our mind. The bottom line is this organization has lacked clear, concise leadership and vision since the last few years of the O’Malley era. Actually, I think Peter O’Malley did have a vision and he didn’t like what he saw and decided to bail. Each owner since had the potential to do great things but unfortunately each of those owners had an agenda that had little to do with winning championships. They gave lip service to winning but did not “walk the talk”. I think that is what caused me to contain my enthusiasm when Guggenheim took over and while I admire what Magic Johnson has accomplished in the business world, I still had reservations because he was the only known quantity and yet his role was not clearly defined. I do think Stan Kasten knows what he is doing but agree it is interesting that both Ned and Donnie have been retained. I am trying to put out of my mind the reason for all these moves is that Guggenheim also has an agenda besides winning championships. This group paid a lot of money for the Dodgers and negotiated a sweetheart media deal that offers nothing to the fans (really, do we need 24 hours of Dodger flavored content and another cable channel?) that we did not already have as far as television coverage is concerned.

    So what does this all mean? It means higher ticket prices and potentially higher cable bills down the road and for the short run it means a lot of fans will be deprived of watching the Dodgers on TV unless this new cable channel is made available on all systems. Smart business? Perhaps, but not smart public relations.

  9. messagebear says:

    If I remember correctly, not only didn’t I warm up to the Guggenheimers, I said F the Guggenheimers even if they are the new owners and spend money like unconscious sailors. Nothing has changed my mind, and I continue to wish each of them unthinkable misfortune. Too bad my lifelong team is caught up in the middle.

  10. crash24now says:

    My prediction for the four man outfield rotation:

    Kemp is on the DL until May 1st, due to delays in his ability to run on that ankle.

    Crawford pulls a hammy on April 25th trying to steal second base. Pederson brought up to take his place.

    Crawford returns on July 1st, prompting Bill Plaschke to write a piece whining about what we’re going to do with four outfielders.

    Ethier strains his oblique on July 5th, rides the pine for ten days, then is put on the DL.

    Puig runs into the wall going after a foul ball on August 4th. The wall is put on the DL.

    Ethier returns on August 10th.

    Crawford injures his back on August 15th.

    Etc, etc, etc.

  11. It seems like you can never say that you have “too much” of something because time and nature will make sure that you don’t.
    Right now we have only 3 healthy starting outfielders if you count Puig.

  12. messagebear says:

    Why is Andre trying to go to the opposite field in batting practice? Apparently he hit Koufax in the forehead with a foul ball, while Sandy was standing outside of third base. Somebody should tell Andre to pull the ball and do it with some power. Considering Sandy didn’t suffer any damage, Andre apparently didn’t exhibit much power with that foul ball.
    I hope Sandy is watching out when Puig and some of the other power bats are hitting.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Looks like Andre was finally able to hit a lefty…

      • lbirken says:

        Funny.

        • lbirken says:

          At least no one said anything about checking Sandy’s head and finding nothing there.

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            I heard Sandy showed Dominguez a different grip on his slider (I think it was) and now he’s throwing it with a sharper break. 100mph fastball and a hard late breaking slider? That’s some pretty devastating late inning stuff. Hope we don’t keep guys like League and Wright around long to block better guys like Dominguez and Withrow.

          • 32and53fan says:

            I’ve got to admit that I was thinking about doing that right before I read your comment.
            I doubt if Dizzy Dean was on the same intellectual level as Sandy, so the joke would not have as much effect.

  13. Dodger4life says:

    I read a while back (in an article kahli linked, I believe?) where Puig, stated that in Cuba you can’t get food like you can here in the U.S..
    (And I assume that works both way’s, when you are around family in the off-season and have plenty of get together’s… as there is nothing like comfort food and home cooking…)
    Then yesterday, I read where Puig showed up 26 lbs heavier than at the end of last season. Not that I think Puig’s extra weight will be a hindrance, but I do suspect it has brought awareness to the club and the youngsters… at minimum (double down on mama’s dance floor boy’s!)

    • 32and53fan says:

      A few days ago I looked at a picture of Puig and noted that he had a large stomach, much bigger than in any other photo from last year.

      • Dodger4life says:

        There is a photo of Puig on the Dodgers Twitter page… where he is mocking, sneaking into the kitchen… I think the heading reads…Puig when will you ever learn? He still looks pretty darn healthy.

        • Dodger4life says:

          Might have been his own Twitter page… 26 lbs had to go somewhere… So, I am sure you are on to something in your assumption 32and53fan…

  14. It’s good to read that Sandy’s O.K after being hit by a battered ball off the bat of Ethier. It does give Andre some ink as he hadn’t made any news until then.

  15. Dodger4life says:

    Sunday’s game

    #TeamKoufax intra-squad lineup drafted by Greinke:

    Pederson 8
    Crawford 7
    Puig 9
    Van Slyke 3
    Ellis 2
    Robinson DH
    Guerrero 4
    Turner 5
    Rojas 6

    #TeamWills lineup drafted by Kemp:
    Gordon 4
    Uribe 5
    Ramirez 6
    Gonzalez 3
    Ethier 8
    Federowicz 2
    Buss 9
    Baxter 7
    Figgins DH
    Sellers DH

    • lbirken says:

      Other than the plethora of DH’s, is there any chance either of these lineups could be used during the regular season?

      • Dodger4life says:

        Since Sellers was just DFA’d… I assume to make room on the 40 man for Arruebarrena… Team Wills line-up just became that much more of a longshot of ever happening.

        • Dodger4life says:

          Robinson, Rojas and Turner would have to be added to the 40 man for the Team Koufax line-up to happen.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Take out Robinson and I think the odds increase… I think Arruebarrena needs to get in some playing time, get acquainted to the game here, as well as get some schooling on how to increase his OBP. In the event of an injury of any length to either Uribe/Hanley… Rojas from what I have read has an outstanding glove… and barring a defensive turnaround from Gordon could become the every day SS… If both Uribe/Hanley are healthy… It is my opinion that Gordon, Turner and Figgins are fighting for a bench spot???

  16. Dodger4life says:

    Just going by Ned’s statement earlier…

    Added general manager Ned Colletti: “Signing Arruebarrena gives us another very good middle infielder, who is an outstanding defender. It continues our efforts internationally to add talent that can positively affect the Major League club – be it immediately or in the very near future.”

    I’m starting to wonder if they’ll keep the tandem of Arruebarrena and Guerrero together.

    I suppose we will find out soon enough…

  17. Can hardly wait until Wednesday – first Spring Training game!!! It’s been a long winter . . . .

  18. JhallWally says:

    Don’t get your hopes up too high too soon. This team has major holes…. No depth. 2nd Base is a major hole if A alphabet doesn’t come thru… And, the bench sucks….

    If everyone is not reasonably healthy, we’re hosed….

    • JhallWally says:

      By hosed I mean in the playoffs… I think we can win the pitiful NL West…. But unless, Kersh and Greinke step up better than last year, we are hosed… Those guys could have used a lot better offense… They pitched well enough to win…..Our offense sucked….

      • oldbrooklynfan says:

        This is another year and with all the candidates we have for second base I think the odds are we’ll come up with somebody.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I’m more worried about Donnie than I am about the players.

  19. Dodger4life says:

    Last seasons team stranded a lot of runners early on… then they went on a historic run… Then sorta’ flattened out towards the end as Donnie rested everyone. A-Gon said after the play-offs that he wanted home field advantage next year and I do too. The Dodgers have plenty of veterans in the pen…and plenty of good young arms to assist along the way. They seem to have strengthened the core 5 in the rotation, with Haren and whomever follows him… They have some young replacements with quality gloves in stock. The key is being healthy at the end of the season and having the wherewithal to withstand the injuries that are bound to take place. This is easier said than done… Any one of Kemp, Gonzo, Hanley, Puig or even Ethier could have a standout season offensively. Crawford, Uribe and Guerrero from what has been said… are quite capable of producing in a favorable manner. At the moment it would appear that we are missing a quality bench bat in late game situations. But, we have a lot of baseball to play and the means to acquire one somehow. I may not like everything the new ownership has done… The fact that Vinny can only be heard through a pay channel at this stage in his storied career… kind of rubs me the wrong way. I totally dislike the relationship that continues with McCourt. Magic has said some things related to baseball and the Dodgers that in hindsight even he probably wishes were left out. But as far as the product they have been putting on the field and into the system… I have been for the most part pleased with… Until we win championships… and yes, that is a plural thought… There is always going to be that doubt factor. The latter can both be applied to Ned and Donnie as well… However, with Kasten being highly involved in the day to day dealings… Ned gets a reprieve somewhat. With all the high dollar players and the fact he does a fairly decent job managing all these players… high dollar or not. Coupled with the fact that in 2013 we came so close… with Kemp, and Hanley basically unavailable in the NLCS and being on the road against another storied franchise in St. Louis. Donnie gets a reprieve… But, I hope he has the foresight and plans to obtain home field advantage… and not say it doesn’t matter, trying to boost morale or whatever.

    (I’m not trying to take anybody’s fun away here on OTD, and am certainly not busting anyone’s chops…)

    I respect everyone’s thought process and humor…

    I believe as always… This is the year! Put me down for 103 wins and make sure the Scotch isn’t on back-order….

    ‘Cause….

    (14’s gonna fly) Double Bubble, Double Bubble, Double Bubble, Stick!

    • JhallWally says:

      Donny is a dildo…… You just turn him on and he vibrates with what ever Kasten and Company say… And, not a clue about managing a game… Geez!!!!

      • crash24now says:

        Wow…….what a great analogy.

        One of the great moments in DonnieBoy Dodger history is the 2013 NLDS when Puig was on base and DonnieBoy told Uribe to bunt him over. Uribe countermanded the bunt order by bunting foul twice. Then when DonnieBoy was forced to take off the bunt sign, Uribe promptly hit the ball well over the wall into the bullpen!

  20. crash24now says:

    Sounds like the 2014 success or failure is going to come down to the health of the starting position players. I’m not going to say that they are old, but they certainly seem to be fragile:

    1. Kemp
    2. Ethier
    3. Crawford
    4. Ramirez
    5. Gonzalez

    The fact that Stan Conte is still with the Dodgers gives me zero confidence that the above five players will all be healthy in October.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I don’t know if Conte is to blame for the injuries or the length of time it takes for the recoveries but I agree that we have to cut down on players going on the DL if we want to see the Dodgers get into a World Series. Definitely injuries cause the Dodgers to miss out on the big show last year and we’ll need healthier players to get this team to go deeper into the post season.

  21. lbirken says:

    Injuries have always been an issue and will always be an issue, no matter who is in charge of the team or medical staff. Successful teams overcome these problems because all teams have them. Clearly age is a factor but not always. The current Dodger team is built to win now with the core players Crash mentioned above having a lot of experience who supposedly have reached their so called prime years. As we discuss this there are reports that Kemp still has not been able to run and I would not be surprised if he is on the DL when the season starts or at best still not quite ready to play. Each of the other players have had injury issues in the past, some more severe than others so it should not be a surprise if such problems occur sometime during the season. This is the risk of having a mature team as the Dodgers do but this is the team we have. Management has already stated the goal to become younger but that needs to be done in steps. It will be interesting to see what happens about extending or resigning Hanley should he have a decent, mostly injury free season.

    I would also like to make some comments about the trip to Australia. Funny how reporters and media folks keep asking athletes direct questions which the athlete seldom answers but when they do, the athlete sometimes gets into trouble. For instance, Grienke is asked about the trip to Australia and gives an honest answer but then takes some heat because some people did not like the answer. He did not complain but stated how he felt. I liked his answer and don’t blame him for how he feels. If I were a player I too would not be excited about how this trip is structured. It disrupts the normal routine and the games will count. Even the Dodgers are rethinking the decision about having Kershaw even make this trip. I have made the trip to and from Australia but I was a tourist and had three weeks before the return trip. It took almost a week to adjust after returning home. It would be one thing if the games played there were exhibition games but they are not. So I expect all the players to give the same effort to these games as they do to any other league game no matter how they feel about being there.

  22. Dodger4life says:

    Since I don’t have the new “Dodger Network” as of yet…
    I figured I’d improvise a bit… rather than feel left out…

    Hi everybody and a pleasant Wednesday morning to you, wherever you may be. –

    Welcome to the special “I Love L.A.” coffee segment of today’s broadcast.

    It is with my distinct pleasure this wonderful morning that I am joined in the booth by the King of Blue Suede shoes…

    Mr. Elvis Presley –
    ………………………………
    Thank you Vin, Thank you very much…
    Please, all my friends call me Elvis… –
    ……………………………….
    Any friend of the Dodgers is a friend of mine… Elvis!
    Welcome to the Blue!
    ……………………………….
    (Elvis picks up a guitar and sings a few lyrics to the tune of Something Blue)
    Something old, the dreams we planned
    Something new, here with you, Vin
    Something hallowed in these boy’s of blue
    It’s Time For Dodger Baseball, let’s play two
    And that’s why,
    And that’s why I Live. Breathe. Blue.
    ……………………………….

    That was merely magical, Elvis
    The Dodgers will be looking to write a magical tune of their own in 2014
    With 2 time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw kicking off the Spring
    up on the mound. Behind him on the field of blue dreams, in today’s contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks will be…
    ………………………………..
    (Elvis softly strums the guitar intro to “I Got A Feelin’ In My Body”…)
    ………………………………..
    (Vin announces today’s line-up, mentioning that the DH rule is in effect)

    SS Figgins (S)
    LF Crawford (L)
    RF Puig 1B
    3B Uribe 3B
    CF Pederson (L)
    1B Van Slyke
    C Federowicz
    2B Guerrero
    DH Turner
    ………………………………..
    Elvis and Vinny are joined by Tommy Lasorda who has long sideburns and a Rhinestone lined Dodger Jumpsuit on…
    The three of them coffee cups in hand, toast each other and the viewers… wishing everyone a fabulous good morning while reminding them to tune in at 1pm.

  23. Dodger4life says:

    I know it’s only the 1st game of Spring, but Crawford looks to be out in LF… I mean, come on! Carl!

  24. 32and53fan says:

    New post.

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