Happy Birthday Tommy Lasorda!

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May your birthday presents on this, your 87th birthday, include a Dodger victory over the Giants.

 

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149 Responses to Happy Birthday Tommy Lasorda!

  1. crash24now says:

    What could be better?

  2. crash24now says:

    Gordon 2B
    Puig CF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kemp RF
    Ramirez SS
    Crawford LF
    Uribe 3B
    Ellis C
    Haren P

    Get ‘er done!

  3. zonadodger says:

    Let’s go boys..Hoping for a sweep

  4. trublu4ever says:

    One game at a time….if we take care of business tonight….things will be looking up!

  5. Getting really excited about the upcoming games. And I am beyond excited that we can clinch against the hated ones. And what’s even sweeter, I get to watch it on TV! What a great time to be a Dodger fan.

  6. oldbrooklynfan says:

    March Dodgers march
    And set the heights of LA ringing.
    March Dodgers march
    And raise the song of victory
    March on to glory and the fame of history
    You once belong to Brooklyn, it’s true
    And now you no longer do.
    But there is still. at least, one Dodger fan here
    Hoping you’ll make it through
    March on to victory without any fear
    With the steps that are firm, as the goal you near.

  7. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Thanks

  8. 32and53fan says:

    It is nice to finally be able to see the Dodgers channel, at least those of us in th L.A. area.
    Peavy has always been trouble for the Dodgers. Hopefully tonight the Dodgers will be trouble for him.

  9. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Blanco HRs 1-0.

  10. Dodger4life says:

    Haren’s inability to hit the outside corner on the 2-2 pitch…proves costly!

  11. Dodger4life says:

    That’s the pitch, Danny…

  12. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Giants score another run on Kemp’s error.

  13. Dodger4life says:

    It looks a little like early March out in right-center…even if the schedule tells us…this is game ”157”!!

  14. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I don’t think it’s too early to mention the fact that Peavy’s pitching a no-hitter.

  15. oldbrooklynfan says:

    CC HRs it’s 2-1.

  16. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Dee’s SF7 sends in Uribe who had doubled and the game is tied.

  17. Dodger4life says:

    New ball-game…

  18. trublu4ever says:

    Feeling better now.

  19. enchantedbeaver says:

    So Haren’s contract is now vested to a player option. Could do worse for a 5th starter next year.

  20. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Our guys are really making Haren work.

  21. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Haren had a very good outing.

  22. nedisajerk says:

    Blanco almost pulled a Furcal.

  23. enchantedbeaver says:

    Time for Donnie to use up his bullpen.

  24. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well, the beard got through it.

  25. enchantedbeaver says:

    Hope Donnie isn’t planning on using Wilson in any critical situations in the playoffs. He stinks on ice.

  26. oldbrooklynfan says:

    As Vin said, “A thing of beauty” on Puig’s throw to the plate to get Belt.

  27. crash24now says:

    Helluva throw by Puig to deny the rival Giants.

  28. zonadodger says:

    Beautiful throw Puig

  29. crash24now says:

    Four hits in twelve innings. What an offensive powerhouse.

  30. crash24now says:

    Way to showcase your crappy arm, Crawford!

    oh, and why is Correia on the pitching staff?

    • JhallWally says:

      Yep, Crash… You just summmed it up in a nutshell… Why are we stuck with Correia? He should be called Diaherreia….. He just gives the other team the runs….

      Unacceptable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Giants have been doing all the hitting so it figured they’d eventually score. The Dodgers haven’t had a hit since the 6th inning.

  32. zonadodger says:

    There she blows…Correia sux

  33. zonadodger says:

    nite folks

  34. 32and53fan says:

    F’ing Dodgers can never close the deal. After Puig ‘ s throw, the momentum was clearly with the Dodgers. I don’t know why they can’t shorten their swing and play small ball to manufacture one run.

  35. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well…We’ll try again tomorrow night.

  36. Dodger4life says:

    Man, losing that game last night was a bummer…
    .
    The teams failure to execute on two pitches cost them a win…
    .
    The 2-2 pitch that Haren missed with, outside to Blanco. A pitch he was able to execute with, the rest of the night…and the pitch where Blanco hit a catch-able ball, to which Puig should have caught…
    .
    The explanation of anything else in this game, is just a bunch of no need for excuses…
    .
    Execution ain’t this squads forte…
    .
    There were far too many mistakes for a first place team, trying to wrap up a division on game 157…
    .
    I’m concerned that these squirrels haven’t gathered enough acorns to enjoy a comfortable winter…

  37. griz says:

    Haren was my biggest concern going into last night’s game. Silly me.
    As we have seen time and again, we could do worse than having him back next year.
    *
    From the reports I’ve seen and a comment on here, the boys were over swinging. The giants are also a playoff team, so they might as well start figuring out some better at bats now. Kershaw and Greinke alone will not do it. They bounced back in SF and I think they will do it again tonight. They’re smart enough to figure this out.

    • Dodger4life says:

      They have 5 games to figure how to…

      1- Decide whose play it is in the outfield on any given fly ball
      2- Get the sign right from the third base coach, providing he can give such knowledge…Crawford’s mix-up on the bunt comes to mind, as well as when and where to send the runner. Half the time they don’t even pay attention to him.
      3- Hustle on the base-paths as to not get thrown out lollygagging
      4- Hit the cutoff man when the play calls for it.
      5- Keep an inserted pinch runner, from breaking out a pup tent and having a dutch-oven cook-out…
      6- Make the routine throw to first base, as Vinny says, with the proper arm slot.
      7- Use good judgement at the plate…and not revert back to 2012 Uribe… becoming fooled on crap outside and digging dirt.
      8- Hustle out of the batters box, so as to, not get short changed on a well hit ball.
      .
      I do agree with ya’ griz…they’re smart enough to figure this stuff out…

  38. nedisajerk says:

    Happy Bday Kemp finally turning the big 30.

  39. koufax1963 says:

    Haren pitched the game of the year for him, too bad we couldn’t support him. Many fly balls, not line drives, perhaps they were thinking a HR attack? Wrong approach. Hmmm I saw Matt wave his hand to catch that ball, did he yell also, because Im not sure if puig looks at anything but the ball, but above all Puig needs to get out of the way so Kemp can make that catch. a real shame that without that error, dodgers might of won 2-1.
    Great applause for the Bull pen, may of looked a bit shaky, but front line guys kept zeros on the board. Where did the bats go?
    Not feeling good right now, with sore elbow Zack going vs Madbum.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      Have to disagree with you on the botched up fly ball. It’s the center fielders ball not Kemp’s.

      • koufax1963 says:

        I accept your disagreement , of course, but the CF didnt catch it either. E9 was the call from scorekeeper. Beyond blame, the ball should have been caught, the communication out there is terrible, on that we can agree? Ball caught, no runner to 3rd, perhaps a 2-1 Dodger victory, but NO! Puig has no problem speaking up to UMPs, so do the same with your fellow OFs.

  40. kahliforni says:

    Atrocious offense (no hits after the sixth inning…are you kidding me?), pretty horrible defense (Dee Gordon looked like a deer in the headlights all night, both glove and stick…is this guy ready for Prime Time????), great starting pitching, crummy execution, including Donnie’s reluctance to do anything creative with a runner. Gnats pick up Peavy, Ned picks up Correia and Fausto. Ugh…. Gnats throw their ace tonight. Let’s see the intestinal fortitude of the Dodgers. Will they just roll over and chalk it up to facing a great pitcher?

  41. JhallWally says:

    UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It’s not going to be easy but I can’t see the Dodgers losing all 5 remaining games .At least I hope not.
    I truly think they can manage at least two wins,hopefully at least one against the Giants
    I hate facing Bumgarner but there’s nothing we can do about it..

  43. kahliforni says:

    If the Dodgers lose five in a row and the Gnats win five out of their next six, Dodgers will be the Wild Card, and the silver lining will be the dismissal of Donnie and Ned. 🙂

  44. Dodger4life says:

    My above comment about Haren, wasn’t meant to try and take anything away from the fact that he threw 7 innings of one hit baseball. But, he was clearly upset with himself when he let the count to Blanco, get to 3-2. Haren isn’t a guy that likes to walk batters, so, in my opinion, he forced himself into throwing a strike. It was a gamble that didn’t pay-off. Hats off to the guy for putting everything together after that. I thought his start before this was almost as impressive…due to the inconsistent umpire…That, again in my opinion, is a frustrating thing to battle through…especially for a guy who isn’t a power pitcher and relies heavily on executing his game-plan..
    .
    I find it hard to believe that with, Lopes, Bundy, Wallach, Donnie and all the other Dodger personnel…for example, all the former players, that have played the game and played it well…around them. That good execution and solid fundamentals have fallen on deaf ears with 5 games left in the season. It’s time for these guys to sound a siren, and police themselves. If this continues, they will either shoot themselves in the foot, so to speak, and/or smart teams with smart personnel, will no doubt expose the other bad habits in the days to come.
    .
    Having said this…How do I feel about the teams ability to win tonight and lower the magic number, to…just win the division today.
    .
    I feel as good as I ever did… New day, new attitude…

  45. crash24now says:

    Fact 1 – Bumgarner is an excellent lefty pitcher

    Fact 2 – We have trouble hitting lefties

    With these two facts working against us, tonight’s game will be a difficult one to win. Not impossible, but we need to bring our “A” game tonight.

    1. No errors.
    2. Quality at bats.
    3. Get on base.
    4. Move the runner along.
    5. Score some runs.
    6. Greinke needs to get through the first inning without giving up a run.

    Those are the keys to our success.

    • koufax1963 says:

      I like that! Greinke needs to pitch deep, which I am concerned he wont, then the BP throws and Blows.If they weren’t tired last night they will be tonight. Really would like this game, but I think the Giants want it more and will focus on the above good execution, as the WC and division lead are all focused on this game tonight for them.

      • crash24now says:

        I’d really like to see a win tonight, and then we clinch tomorrow.

        • kahliforni says:

          Perhaps improving on four hits and three errors would be a nice place to start.

        • koufax1963 says:

          Yes Me too, but BUM the Mad has been excellent of late. And Donnie feels quite comfortable taking our Crawford and GonZO for Righties to bat vs The lefty, perhaps SVS in Left. that way the wimpy arm will be out of the game tonight.

          • kahliforni says:

            If the Dodgers are going to do ANYTHING in the playoffs they need to show they can beat a pitcher like BUM the Mad when it matters…

          • crash24now says:

            Good point. Seems like I’ve only seen the Dodgers show some gumption a couple of times this year. I’m sure I’m under-stating that. Actually, they’ve only come from behind in late innings a couple of times.

            Tonight is put-up or shut-up time.

            (Except that they can still win the division by beating the Rockies, but let’s go with the put-up or shut-up for now.)

  46. crash24now says:

    Lineup

    Turner 2B
    Puig CF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kemp RF
    Ramirez SS
    Van Slyke LF
    Uribe 3B
    Ellis C
    Greinke P

    I hope Turner provides his leadoff magic tonight. He’s done well there, although in limited action:

    17 plate appearances with BA/OBP/SLG/OPS of .385/.529/.615/1.145

  47. koufax1963 says:

    Not thrilled that DEE is not leading off, would rather use Turner for the golden PH that might come in tonight’s game. We Beat Madbum once this year on 17-APR, ryu was pitching, Madbum threw 99 piches in 4.1 innings giving up 2 runs, the snakes has some fun with him this month too, but without fear the dodgers bats need to be patient and work his arm, have a plan at the plate. The dodgers can do this , prove it, GO Dodgers! Birthday boy Matt have agreat day!

    • Dee didn’t look good last night at bat nor in the field. Maybe a day off will get him back on the right path. But I will miss his enthusiasm and the way he shakes up the pitcher when he’s on base.

  48. zonadodger says:

    Let’s get a win tonight boys

  49. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Turner puts us up 1-0.

  50. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Kemp has a birthday 2-run HR.

  51. trublu4ever says:

    Good start.

  52. crash24now says:

    Nice start to the game. Greene gets through the first, Turner and Kemp contribute with big home runs, and Madbum causes excitement by hitting Puig.

  53. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Bumgarner HRs with one on to make it 3-2.

  54. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It seems like there’s nothing but surprises lately.

  55. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I think we have another tough one tonight.

  56. kahliforni says:

    Offense going into its comfortable little turtle shell.

  57. nedisajerk says:

    Good Job Greinke. To bad Bum hit his 4th HR of the season.

  58. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Nervewracking.

  59. nedisajerk says:

    Ned better resigned Turner.

  60. oldbrooklynfan says:

    YES…Breathe

  61. zonadodger says:

    Way to go Turner..Turner has been huge this yr

  62. trublu4ever says:

    WOO-HOO…JT AGAIN!

  63. lbirken says:

    Timely choice to have Turner in the lineup tonight.

  64. nedisajerk says:

    What the hell are you swinging at Puig?

  65. nedisajerk says:

    Down to 1

    Gary Weiss (1980-1981)
    Derrel Thomas (1979)
    Rick Auerbach (1974-1976)
    Billy Grabarkewitz (1969-1972)
    Pee Wee Reese (1940-1958, RET)
    Mike Sandlock (1945)
    Paul Waner (1943-1944)
    Charlie Gilbert (1940)
    Gene Moore (1939)
    Packy Rogers (1938)
    Woody English (1937-1938)
    Freddie Lindstrom (1936)
    Buzz Boyle (1935)
    Johnny Frederick (1932-1934)

  66. oldbrooklynfan says:

    WE..WIN

  67. trublu4ever says:

    Yes….Magic #1

  68. lbirken says:

    Terrific game tonight. Good defense, good pitching and enough offense to win a huge game. Now bring it home tomorrow

  69. crash24now says:

    I feel a Kershaw clinching win coming tomorrow.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      It would be very appropriate for Kershaw to win the clincher.
      I hope it happens that way.
      If not. We have 3 more games to do it.

  70. griz says:

    Good move by Donnie having JT in there last night, and I agree: he obviously should be resigned. One of Ned’s better moves.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      I agree, but I doubt Turner will sign again. He’s going to be in demand from a whole lot of teams for a starting gig.

      • JhallWally says:

        He’s a nice player on a terrific, but, unsustainable run… He won’t, nor would most any player, be able to sustain his current production… I am happy that his current run is happening down the stretch with our Dodgers…..

        Woo-Hoo, nice win…. Way to go Greinke, Turner, and Kemp…..

        • enchantedbeaver says:

          Exactly. He’d still make a good bench player for us next year, but some team is going to come along and sign him for 2-3 years for too much money and he’ll inevitably go back to his career norms.

  71. kahliforni says:

    Greinke pitching the eighth inning was a good move by Donnie…but a horrible indictment of our set-up men. Uncle Tommy said on the pre-game show a few days ago that baseball championships are won and lost with the bullpen. Then he lied on the air and said the Dodgers bullpen is good.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      It’s strange but for years I always thought our bullpen was better than our starters but this year it’s a little different.

  72. koufax1963 says:

    OK, last night was nerve rattling, but OK with the win. I was wrong about turner starting at second, he did great on defense too. Im glad I was wrong!! Puig is lucky to be near Hollywood, cause after his baseball career he can go in to acting, what a performance he put on and Madbum played right in to it. Next time Puig just take your base without the show. Matt Kemp, Wow! Nice B-day celebration.

  73. crash24now says:

    Matt Kemp is becoming an MVP candidate. He won’t win it, because he wasn’t getting the job done in the first half of the season. But boy, he has been in Beast Mode ever since the All-Star break.

  74. lbirken says:

    I still think it is a bit premature to talk about next season but barring injury or rapid decline, the Dodgers still have some potentially decent parts of the lineup already in place with Kemp, Puig, Gonzalez and Uribe. Other than that, who knows. I suppose Crawford still gets the nod over Ethier so I would expect him to be shopped once again. I doubt the Dodgers would give up on Puig quite yet. Kemp seems healthy and comfortable in right field and at 30 should have some good years. But we get ahead of ourselves, there is still a lot of work left to this season.

    • kahliforni says:

      If Ethier is really on the outs, I hope the Dodgers trade him because I’ve always liked and respected him as a clutch player, and I hate to see his career languish on the bench under DM.

  75. crash24now says:

    Everyday Lineup (vs. RHP)

    Gordon 2B
    Puig CF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kemp RF
    Ramirez SS
    Crawford LF
    Uribe 3B
    Ellis C
    Kershaw P

  76. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well here we go.
    Would like to clinch it tonight.
    GO DODGERS!!!

  77. oldbrooklynfan says:

    1-0 Giants.

  78. zonadodger says:

    We needed that DP..Come on dodgers

  79. crash24now says:

    How’s about some hits ya bums?

  80. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Kershaw puts the Dodgers on the board with a triple.

  81. kahliforni says:

    Wow, Gordon has been awful the past week or so, glove and bat. Don’t look now, but Turner could be the playoff second baseman.

  82. oldbrooklynfan says:

    PUIG hits one out.

  83. trublu4ever says:

    VIVA PUIG!

  84. oldbrooklynfan says:

    CC doubles in 2. 4-1

  85. zonadodger says:

    CC yes

  86. enchantedbeaver says:

    Whoops, that didn’t work out the way they planned. Hope Donnie doesn’t pull that RH shit in the playoff when a lefty’s going. Crawford swings the bat just fine against them.

  87. oldbrooklynfan says:

    URIBE makes it 5-1.

  88. enchantedbeaver says:

    Frisco’s bullpen’s looking like ours.

  89. trublu4ever says:

    Puig nailed his ass! 🙂

  90. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Another great throw by Puig.

  91. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I hope they play this right with Kershaw.

  92. oldbrooklynfan says:

    MVP MVP MVP MVP.

  93. enchantedbeaver says:

    Kersh smells blood in the water and is in full shutdown mode.

  94. nedisajerk says:

    I don’t want to see Jansen pitched a 4th straight games.

  95. Dodger4life says:

    Koolshaw & the Gang
    .

  96. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It’s 7-1 on URIBE’s hit.

  97. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The more runs the merrier.

  98. oldbrooklynfan says:

    One more out.

  99. trublu4ever says:

    WOW! AWESOME!

  100. oldbrooklynfan says:

    BACK TO THE POSTSEASON

  101. zonadodger says:

    Man that ump sure pinched wilson…NL West Champs..woohoo

  102. enchantedbeaver says:

    Damn fine play by Barney to end it.

  103. griz says:

    Yowzah!! That was worth staying up for.

  104. lbirken says:

    Ok, one goal reached, now to the next step.

  105. 32and53fan says:

    Perfect way to clinch. Kershaw getting the win… at home… vs Giants… and letting the former Giant Wilson get the save.

  106. 32and53fan says:

    Perfect way to clinch. Kershaw getting the win… at home… vs Giants… and letting the former Giant Wilson get the save.

    On to the Division Series!

  107. griz says:

    I’m hoping we get a better announcing team than ESPN gave us last night. Pretty weak with a lot of yakking about things that had nothing to do with the game.

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