Back in the USA

2014-03-23 09.24.13

Be it ever so humble,  there’s no place like home.

The Dodgers are back in the USA after a very successful opening of the 2014 season in the land down under.  With a sweep of the Snakes under their belts,  the team now is in the strange position of having more Spring Training to accomplish.

There will be some tough decisions to make regarding the 25  man roster.   Dylan Hernandez has an article in the Los Angeles Times that details the facts and choices that must be made before Opening Day 2 in San Diego.


14 Responses to Back in the USA

  1. 32and53fan says:

    That was a great way to start the season.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    Kersh and Ryu were very good. Dre’s swing looks sweet right now…reminds me of his “Everyday Dre’s ” days. Puig must be reeled in before it costs us games. SVS will be good off the bench. Gordon, if we are to use him, must tighten up his “D”. Anyway, it should be a fun season.

  3. 32and53fan says:

    What’s up with Puig?

    I hope he is not going to turn into Raul Mondesi II. Or, yikes!, Milton Bradley.

  4. We couldn’t ask for more than what we got. The winning of both games made the trip (and our up all night) more than worth it.

  5. enchantedbeaver says:

    What we learned from this trip to Australia:

    1. I totally underestimated their demeanor. They manned up a ton better than I thought they would and came back 2-0. The bats woke up in game 2 and the starting pitching was as advertised.

    2. Dee Gordon for at least one game was the leadoff man we’ve all wanted to see.

    3. Dee Gordon still can’t field.

    4. Mattingly still hasn’t a clue how to manage a bullpen but hey, he’s only in his 4th year. Maybe he’s a slow learner.

    5. Puig is more Mondesi than he is Clemente. I’m really surprised Mattingly can’t relate better though since both are mental midgets. I think you give Puig this year and next to grow up and get his act together or you trade him for someone of lesser talent who plays the game the right way.

    6. Baxter, Figgins and Butera don’t belong in the majors when the real season starts next week.

    • JhallWally says:

      #4 Unfortunately, you are right…. Very slow learner…
      He’s a freaking Yankee protege….. A Joe Torre guy..
      What can you expect… He should have been gone as soon as the new ownership took over. Along with Nedcompoop…..

  6. kahliforni says:

    The perfect fix for Puig is four healthy outfielders (come on, now Crawford and Kemp). If he brain farts, he sits the next game. Simple. But beware of premature Puig hatred. The guy is special, like him or not. And I mean special in a good way. The only grudge I hold against Puig is that his energy and talent saved Mattingly’s job.

  7. There’s a long season ahead with this crowded outfield. Let Mattingly tinker with it and time will eventually straighten things out.

  8. lbirken says:

    After all the talk about this trip and how it disrupted Spring training and all the drama, coming back with two wins is all the fans will remember. I wonder how Arizona fans feel right now. Let’s wait to see how the roster is set on Sunday before we jump to any conclusions.

    I did find Dylan Hernandez’ article about the minor injuries to Ryu and Puig interesting but it does seem clear Donnie and the Dodgers still don’t know what to expect from Puig. I agree with Kahli that Puig is a unique talent but I also have to wonder about his baseball intellect. He does remind me of Raul Mondesi at least a bit in his style and flair but I don’t see any comparisons to Milton Bradley. Bradley was a good player but he had anger issues and who knows what other demons possessed him. Puig does not seem to have those issues and clearly has more talent than Bradley ever had. I don’t want to see Puig change his flair and energy but I would like to see him play “smart” baseball.

    The second game in the Australia series took almost as long as a cricket match (not really) but even Vinny seemed a bit cranky at how sloppy the game was played. The Dodgers are taking a crap shoot with second base regardless of whether it is Gordon or Guerrero. And Gordon still has to prove he can hit major league pitching so he can utilize his best talent, speed. I am willing to give him the chance to see what he can do.

  9. grizzy says:

    Have any of you tried buying a new hat lately? My New Era 59fifty is getting pretty tattered and the new ones I’ve looked at are not up to snuff. Sizing varies and the materials don’t seem to be the same quality. The under side and band are black now and they are advertised as being the same as players wear. Quality control looks to be lacking. Have any of you seen this? I don’t mind the $35, but I want the real deal.

    • lbirken says:

      I have tried on various fitted hats and cannot seem to find one that feels comfortable. I had a similar problem trying to buy a one size fits all UCLA hat. When I received it the hat looked just as good in person as in the on line representation but I could not wear it. It did not have the usual adjustable strap so I gave it away.

      • colliethec says:

        $35 for the caps are a joke – they’ve gone up way too much IMHO. I also have a hard time with the fit. The vary in size even with the same sizes — and I seem to be in between their sizes. Also I don’t have much hair (BY CHOICE!!!!) and so they seem poofy up top.

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