What’s Next?


After a dizzying 24 hour period during the Winter Meetings, the new sheriff and his deputies have run a few favorite Dodgers out of town and welcomed some strangers to Dodgertown.

Kemp, Gordon, Haren and others including FedEx and Rojas are gone. Brandon McCarthy, Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and some young pitchers and other prospects are now on the roster.

With Joc Pedersen expected to man center field in 2015, along with Rollins at Short and Kendrick at 2nd, it is widely agreed that the Dodgers will be stronger defensively up the middle. Offensively, the departure of Kemp and Hanley Ramirez left a big hole that has not been filled completely.

While Pedersen has been eagerly awaited, I am not convinced that he is ready for major league pitching, as evidenced by his huge strikeout rate in Albuquerque and his several plate appearances with the Dodgers last September. From all I have heard, his defensive play should be fine.

Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick are solid additions. According to Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa, Rollins thrives in crucial situations and will take it up a notch when playing the Giants or other big games. Kendrick has been overshadowed on the Angels by big bats like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but he brings a nice batting line with him. Brandon McCarthy is a good mid-rotation pitcher that should fit nicely behind Kershaw, Grienke and Ryu.

How do you feel about the changes so far? Stay tuned, Andrew Friedman and company are not done yet.


157 Responses to What’s Next?

  1. 32and53fan says:

    I hope Andrew Friedman doesn’t rue the day that he traded Matt Kemp. Despite his injury history, poor defense, bonehead baserunning and self-centered attitude, Matt is one of the best power hitters in baseball. I can’t help but think that he was encouraged to move Kemp to prevent conflicts about sharing right field with Yasiel Puig, to avoid the possibility that he will get injured again, become untradable if he gets 10/5 status and his performance declines and mostly as a salary dump. He will save the owners $15 million a year for the next five years.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    I like it so far. We are not done yet. They still want to remove an outfielder, and since nobody wants, Carl, it looks like Dre is going to be the one, even though the front office likes his ability to play all the outfield positions. I’m not completely sold on Joc …. potential doesn’t mean success in my book. According to Shaikin, we are still in the hunt for pitching.

  3. nedisajerk says:

    Dodgers Rejected Matt Kemp Trade For Diamondbacks Top Prospect


    The #Dodgers would have traded Matt Kemp to the #Dbacks for CF A.J. Pollock, but rejected Dbacks counter-offer of pitcher Archie Bradley .

  4. messagebear says:

    Grandal is a bum and wouldn’t make it out of spring training except by insistence of the front office, because they’ll be looking for his “power”. The Kemp thing wasn’t a trade – not when you have to send $40 million with the player to have someone take him. The Guggenheims aren’t baseball owners; they’re private equity speculators taking advantage of a revered old franchise. The Dodger fans by en large so far have been what Gruber called the American voters in regard to Obamacare.

  5. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I can see this being a quiet weekend after all the action this past week but I can’t wait to see what else will happen.

  6. Dodger4life says:

    I just seen that the McCarthy deal has been finalized. The two sides have finalized a four-year, $48MM contract, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Brandon also changed his twitter photo…

    I also read that Kemp is due to take a physical on Tuesday…which should shed more light on the Rollins trade.

  7. lbirken says:

    I have read a lot about how Kemp rated in statistical analysis of his defense and he did not come out very well. Trading Kemp could be one of those trades from the old days when Dodger management (during the O’Malley era) felt it was better to trade a player a year too early than a year too late. Of course free agency changed things and it could be argued that the Dodgers did not get fair value for Kemp. But that remains to be seen. I think the other moves made sense.

    • crash24now says:

      Kemp moved back into right field halfway through 2014, and he was “more comfortable” there. However, in watching the games, there were a lot of balls that he just could not get to, due to a lack of speed and/or proper jump.

    • 32and53fan says:

      Now, to find out who he is and what he brings to the team. From the comments on Twitter, I take it that he was on the A’s, Billy Beane wanted him back so Farhan Zaidi knows him well.

  8. zonadodger says:

    Brett Anderson? lol…..He will spend more time on DL then on the Mound..I hope he stays healthy but come on

  9. messagebear says:

    Brett Anderson at a bare $10 million?
    Well, I haven’t pitched but an inning or two to my grandson in the last couple of years, but at a bare major league minimum I would be willing to give it a shot, especially at #3 in the rotation.

    Are we sure these Guggenheim guys are for real?
    This is beginning to sound a bit like the emperor has no clothes story.

  10. crash24now says:

    He’ll be our #5 for about five starts, then he’ll go down to God knows what injury next.

  11. enchantedbeaver says:

    FriedCo go on Christmas vacation and Ned running the show again?

  12. messagebear says:

    If Zaidi is so enamored with the A’s, wouldn’t it be cheaper to just bring the A’s down to Dodger Stadium and send all the current Dodgers up to Oakland, plus about $100 million, of course, as a salary set-off. We all need to be reminded, however, that the A’s haven’t even advanced as far as the recent Dodgers in playoffs. Are these guys totally nuts, or are there now just too many chiefs instead of Indians around Dodger Stadium?

  13. zonadodger says:

    LOL…I kinda agree Tru…I dnt see world series with this team right now…..Regardless i think Donnie is going to be gone anyway

  14. lbirken says:

    All I can say is Seager and Pederson better become superstars and soon. Hopefully they can handle the pressure. Why do I say this? Why else would the Dodgers make some of these moves and resist trading the prospects?

    • Dodger4life says:

      I may be wrong, but it seems like most of these acquisitions are players the new FO has had dealings with previously…

      • kahliforni says:

        You mean like Friedman and Carl Crawford…???

        • Dodger4life says:

          If Crawford hits .305, with 18 HR’s and wins a Fielding Bible Award this year…sure. 2006 was Friedman’s inaugural season as Tampa Bay’s GM, he was promoted from Director of Baseball Development the previous two seasons. 2006 was a career year for Crawford.

          • Dodger4life says:

            It just seems as if a lot of these new guys can be linked to someone in the FO. That at one time they were thought to have fairly good potential…and for some reason or another, it hasn’t
            peaked or panned out. It’s a different approach than Ned trying to catch lightening in a player beyond 30/35

  15. koufax1963 says:

    Im not sure the proposed starting pitchers are going to be with the dodgers come April, I have no facts. I am thinking their might be some bigger deal working for an elite starting pitcher and/or relief pitching.
    The power, hits and RBIs that will be missed with the departure of Hanram and Kemp is drastic, dont see kendrick and rollins compensating that. The kemp deal for Grandal just seems odd, or put it this way I value kemp much more than the ownership did.
    Forget Joc getting a starting position in 2015 unless he has been doing fall and winter ball with impressive results. I see the proposed outfield as crawford in Left, SVS in center and puig back to Right. The heisley guy may slip in, and Dre could go to right, puig in center and SVS in left, but I think crawford and or Dre are being shopped.
    A kershaw, grienke, ryu, mcCarthy and anderson pitcing staff seems weaker than last year.
    In the big picture it seems like our GM is playing with what he knows and famliar with, and much to do with his Oakland connection, and perhaps these players will deliver. Ah I remember when The As use to be the farm system for the Yankees.

  16. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I know one thing for sure, I’m just hoping the team is as good as it was in 2013 and’14. I had a lot of faith in the last two years, feeling we had a championship team. Now I’m not sure of what I think. It’s like going back to square one but as usual only time will tell.

  17. 32and53fan says:

    Brian Wilson is through as a Dodger. He was DFA’d to make room for Brandon McCarthy.

  18. zonadodger says:

    Wilson DFA lol…Now that’s a move i like

  19. messagebear says:

    How can anyone designate the Beard and still leave Ned to do anything in the organization?

  20. enchantedbeaver says:

    DFAing Wilson is addition by subtraction as I see it. I cringed every time he entered a game. He was the Andruw Jones of relief pitchers.

    And his beard was as annoying as some of my comments.

  21. kahliforni says:

    Beard may have been a dog last season, but most of us were pretty happy the Dodgers re-signed him after the great September/October of 2013. I like the guy; I consider him a breath of fresh air (or hair). If anything, there’s a bit more color to the game now, thanks to him. With Kemp, and now Beard, gone, maybe the new regime doesn’t like tattoos?!?!?!?!?

  22. lbirken says:

    When was the last time the Dodgers DFA’d any player owed so much money? My how times have changed. Will the new regime be so quick to do something similar if any of the new signees or players for whom it traded cannot do the job?

    The important aspect to all of these moves is none of them were made in a vacuum. Each move has been a part of a bigger picture. Ned liked former Giants so there is nothing unusual with Friedman and company going after players with whom they are familiar. And still none of the so called top prospects have been moved.

  23. crash24now says:

    The Beard was great for the short amount of time that we had him in 2013.

    But he was a cancer in the 2014 bullpen. Good riddance.

  24. zonadodger says:

    Look’s like League next one to go

  25. kahliforni says:

    Perhaps with Puig’s smuggling trial coming to a close he can now concentrate on baseball…..

  26. enchantedbeaver says:

    You gotta wonder why the Guggs didn’t just clean house (Ned & Donnie) when they bought the club. If they thought Ned was incompetent, (1) why extend his contract?, and (2) why let him sign Wilson, League and Ethier to big contracts? That’s throwing away $127.5M just on those three. Makes no sense.

    • kahliforni says:

      Maybe they believe in giving people enough rope to hang themselves. They sure have given Donnie a nice, big coil of it. I think Friedman may soon discover that Donnie isn’t Maddon.

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        Don’t think that’ll take too long Kahli. In order to play metricsball you need a guy like Maddon who understands the metrics and uses players and matchups to their strengths and advantages. Donnie’s demonstrated over and over again he can’t grasp anything more than a left/right left/right line-up and wait for a big inning. If this team scuffles into June I suspect he’s gone by then. If they’re just sliding by all season he probably won’t be back in 2016.

        • JhallWally says:

          Another head scratcher… Why would you keep Dildon????

          He is inept and way in over his head…. He is the curse of the overrated Torre…. I still can’t see how baseball people see Torre as some baseball icon… He must know the right asses to kiss….

    • JhallWally says:

      Yep Beav, you gotta wonder why Nedcompoop and Dildon weren’t discharged immediately… We have all known for years that Ned was inept… Letting him make the Wilson, League, and Ethier deals was just galactically stupid……

  27. griz says:

    I was hoping Kemp would stay with the Dodgers, but management obviously wanted him off the team. I’m curious which team mate he “disparaged” during his big tantrum. Probably Van Slyke. Anyway I tend to look at all of these moves as positive. Everybody under the sun knows the pen was our achilles heal and those guys are being weeded out. We’ll be better defensively and we’ll be younger with the exception of Rollins, who by all accounts plays like a younger man. It’s also interesting to me that the front office apparently do not think much of the Cubans signed to play the infield. I haven’t seen anything that mentions that directly, only they may be traded.
    Anyway, the new guys have been here a very short time and we already have a very different team, and I think it will be for the better. I think we all knew in the back of our minds the 2014 edition didn’t really have that little extra to get over the hump. Some of us said so, and flaming out against the Cards only proved it.

  28. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I like the fact that the bullpen is turning over to new personnel because we needed changes there. Except for replacing Hanley( whom I was hoping we’d keep) with Rollins I’m still skeptical about most of the other moves. I hope I’m wrong but the starting rotation looks about set. I was hoping we’d get Cole Hammels or one of the top free agent pitchers.

  29. Dodger4life says:

    I’m not so sure that Pederson is as untouchable as has been said…
    I almost expect him to be traded… Mainly, ’cause the new system is based on reducing strike-outs and increasing on-base-percentage.
    I’m probably wrong…I usually am.
    I read up on Maddon this morning, after reading the above comment about Maddon vs Mattingly…
    I watched just about every game played last season…and it was far from being fundamentally sound with an aggressive style of play…Many times, Vinny was the only reason I was able to stay awake…

    • trublu4ever says:

      I heard that he and Dre would vie for Center Field and, whoever doesn’t produce will be traded. Makes sense to me. Joc didn’t show me much when he played.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I haven’t read anything about either of them…other than the Dodgers were unwilling to trade Dre to Arizona because of the money that the D-Backs wanted as well…

        • trublu4ever says:

          Someone posted it on Facebook ….according to the front office.

          • Dodger4life says:

            I’m on a break from FB…

          • trublu4ever says:

            Wondered where you were 🙂

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            I can’t see Dre vying for anything in center. If they’re going defense, his limited range is vastly inferior to Joc’s, and even if Joc scuffles on offense the two are about even given Dre’s decline. Speed there’s no comparison either. I’m not buying it.

        • JhallWally says:

          Right now, as it stands, Pederson is the only real option to play center field……. And now they have Heisey as a fall back….. I look for our new management to get creative and get rid of Ethier…. He is not in their future plans.. And, he shouldn’t be…. He sucks in LA… I am not so sure that he couldn’t contribute if traded to the right situation…. I would like to see him get the chance……..

  30. crash24now says:

    I’m glad somebody is finally taking out the trash…in the bullpen. This will make way for some young live arms to come in to help out Jansen, JP Howell, and the guys they just brought in – Hatcher, Nicasio, Peralta.

  31. nedisajerk says:

    Wow Padres are all in and what weird Myers was in that blockbuster trade that send him to the Rays and Shields/Davis to the Royals in a 7 players trade and that would be crazy if Shields signed with the Padres.

    Trea Turner was ranked their #5, Joe Ross #8, Jake Bauers #14, and Burch Smith #16 as their top prospects in their organization.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I understand this trade involved 11 players with 3 teams. It seems a lot of teams are making themselves look a lot better. I fear this coming season will be a lot harder than the last two, for the Dodgers.

  32. messagebear says:

    Hearing that the Padres may be holding off finalizing the Kemp deal while trying to squeeze out a few more million from the Dodgers to wrap it up. Now that they also have Myers, they may have some leverage. With most of the dealing now complete, it would be the Dodgers’ disadvantage to have Matt back on the roster – still an overloaded outfield, no completion on the Rollins trade, and so on. It must be hell to be in this front office with seemingly unlimited funds and contracts so screwed up by Ned that nobody can clean them up.

  33. zonadodger says:

    lol enchanted….take it or leave it Preller

  34. zonadodger says:

  35. Dodger4life says:

    The Brewers have acquired OF Matt Long and LHP Jarret Martin from the Dodgers in exchange for C Shawn Zarraga.

  36. messagebear says:

    Is there such a thing as arthritis of the brain, like in Ned’s case?

  37. lbirken says:

    If this offseason hasn’t been interesting enough we now have the Padres having second thoughts on Matt Kemp? Or are the Padres just trying to get a better deal from the Dodgers?

  38. zonadodger says:

  39. zonadodger says:

  40. trublu4ever says:

    Well, the trade is finally complete…..Padres did ask for more $$$ but, we refused….and, with the leak of his so called medical records, and the PR aspect, they caved!

  41. zonadodger says:

    As they should refuse..take it or leave it

  42. zonadodger says:

    Agree with u…..Try and get more $…BS

  43. nedisajerk says:

    Vin Scully loses one golden ring in holiday loop around Costco


  44. zonadodger says:

    Pads got J Upton to….Wow there moving a lot of pieces

    • trublu4ever says:

      You think we have a logjam in the outfield….the Padres only have 7 to deal with! 🙂

      • Dodger4life says:

        The money owed to the now seemingly non-essential Padres outfielders…looks to be, just below half of what is owed to both Andre and Crawford…

  45. zonadodger says:

    lol tru…ya there going to have to deal away some peeps

  46. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I think I’m right in thinking most of you are taking a liking to the new Dodger Front office, especially Andrew Friedman. Just wanting you to know that I’ll go along with them too.

  47. Dodger4life says:

    So, if Donnie stumbles grasping the likes of sabermetrics, like some have predicted on this site…who do you think would be a better fit…
    I’m not trying to say anyone is wrong…I just began to wonder…what if, if y’all are correct…

    • Dodger4life says:

      Here are my thoughts…
      His former Fox Sports colleague, C.J. Nitkowski, echoed those sentiments on Friday.

      I couldn’t be more excited for Gabe when I heard the news he was going into the Dodgers front office. I wasn’t surprised at all that he moved into such a prominent position so quickly. His passion, intelligence and drive told me he’d be moving on at some point and without a doubt he is hardly done. I won’t be the least surprised when he is leading an organization as either a GM or field manager.

  48. Dodger4life says:

    I’m also starting to wonder…that if by keeping Ned around, it prevented him from applying and possibly getting one of the vacant GM positions elsewhere…and possibly plucking parts of the organization away…making the transition less challenging for the new FO…

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Its a possibility. They’ve shown no hesitation eating sunken costs with players. What Ned was/is making is peanuts compared to that.

      Of course the bigger question would be – who would hire Ned in the first place?

      • Dodger4life says:

        I hear ya’ enchanted…What made me think someone would of hired him was seeing a stat that showed him having the highest winning percentage in the division during his tenure…Although, with all the money that it is taking to reassemble the roster through trades…I also began thinking…Ned might just be the most expensive ”Cigar Store Indian” anyone has ever purchased…

        • enchantedbeaver says:

          I honestly think D4 that if you took Ned’s tenure and added up all of the mis-spent money, that it would easily top $600M.

          • oldbrooklynfan says:

            The fact that the Dodgers KEPT Colletti, to me, shows although they were pleased with the job he did, they wanted to try a different approach. You don’t know how much he’s involved, at the moment.

  49. enchantedbeaver says:

    Regarding the new regime:

    “They’re going to find successful combinations and make those the name of the game,” McCarthy said. “That’s all I ask for, people who are going to put me in a position to succeed.” [emphasis mine]

    That’s all I’ve asked for the last 8 years.

    Now enter Donnie…

    I’m going to make an early prediction. If Donnie stays the entire season, this team finishes 3rd somewhere around .500 give or take a couple games.

  50. kahliforni says:

    If one assumes an outfield of Crawford, Puig and Pederson, that leaves six guys vying for four bench spots: Scott Van Slyke, Darwin Barney (new contract), Chris Heisey (trade w/Reds), Alex Guerrero (contract says he must stay in majors), Justin Turner, and Andre Ethier. So what gives? Ethier could oust Pederson and send him back to AAA…but the brain trust is touting defense, so I doubt it. I assume Barney, Turner and Heisey stay. That leaves one from Ethier, Van Slyke, Guerrero. I assume they’ll want a righty to platoon with Crawford. So it’s Van Slyke vs. Guerrero. And Ethier vs. Pederson. And that’s just today. Who knows what this roster will look like in a month??!??!?!?!!

  51. nedisajerk says:

    Dang I want something from Wilson getting traded and then flip him and League for something useful.

    • messagebear says:

      Talk about “flipping”, I wish they had flipped Ned right on his ass, and out. At least Wilson was useful now and then. If Ned had matched even that mediocre productivity, we might have been to the World Series. How Ned and Mattingly were ever retained by the new ownership and then given extensions I’ll never understand. Let’s not forget that it is this same ownership that’s brought us the new front office – again with a lot of promise.
      And I’m still UNIMPRESSED – just a new set of Guggenheim assholes.

  52. enchantedbeaver says:

    This has got to be my favorite Friedman quote, and one that succinctly sums up the New Era from the Ned Era:

    [After the flurry of trades during the winter meetings] “This just gets back to us doing everything we could to mold our roster into the most highly functioning baseball team, as opposed to a collection of talent.”

    • Dodger4life says:

      Yeah, I enjoyed this quote as well…

      • oldbrooklynfan says:

        It’s amazing how quickly the change is felt after the changing of the guard. I’m hoping that most of the changes are made now in the early stages of the new regime and later on only very important turnovers will be made and we’ll have a more consistent team to follow.
        As long as the team is at least as good as it was when the season ended that’ll be OK with me, because I think it was good enough to go all the way, as it was.
        I know there’ll always be changes because like any other sport, that’s baseball.

        • 32and53fan says:

          The team went through a major overhaul instead of a tune-up. It is stronger on defense, but weaker on offense. Pitching should be better, especially the bullpen. Less runs mean Donnie better figure out how to play small ball.

          I would like to know what went on in the decision to move Kemp. The new guys in the front office were not emotionally tied to Kemp, so moving him was easier. Saving $75 million probably entered the equation, as did his clubhouse behavior, to some extent. Getting a 26 year old catcher with above average offense and a couple of prospects were other factors.

          It should be interesting to see if all this manipulation results in a better record and a trip to the world series.

  53. JhallWally says:

    Just get us an above average and hopefully a kickass bullpen…..
    That was our weak link last year……..

  54. JhallWally says:

    Happy Holidays Everyone… I wish you all, the best….

  55. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I guess it will be pretty quiet with less transactions over the next few days as we all wish each other a very happy holiday.

  56. lbirken says:

    Happy Holidays to all. Can anyone remember a busier “off season” than what we have seen so far, not just for the Dodgers but for all of MLB? Or is there just better access to information? Anyway, I am sure there will be more to come.

  57. enchantedbeaver says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone!! Been great talking to y’all again this year – looking forward to next. Thanks again 32 for this great site!!

  58. kahliforni says:

    Peace on Earth…and a “new” TV deal…

  59. Dodger4life says:

    Wishing everyone a very safe and enjoyable Holidays…
    HO! HO! HO!



  60. zonadodger says:

    Happy Holidays All

  61. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Merry Christmas.

  62. griz says:

    I got a Kirk Gibson bobble head for Xmas, the one of him rounding the bases after THE DINGER. It’s a fun little thing that also serves to remind me it’s been awhile since we’ve celebrated a championship. Maybe this year.

  63. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Hope the new year finds us all healthy and happy. Sending you all hugs!

  64. griz says:

    Kuroda is returning to Japan to pitch for the Carp after seven seasons in the US. Too bad they were not all with the Dodgers.
    The Carp kept #15 open for him in case he returned. Good Dodger memories with him.

  65. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Every year Kuroda kept us thinking that it could be his last in the US. I followed his career daily after he became a Yankee, like I always do when it comes to former Dodgers. Like in the case of Russell Martin, I often wished he’d return to LA. Good Luck Hero.

  66. 32and53fan says:

    Hiro will return to Japan as a hero.
    Click on image to see story.

    Hiroki Kuroda

  67. 32and53fan says:

    Yasiel Puig Reckless Driving again
    WTF is wrong with this guy?

    • trublu4ever says:

      Wonder what the new brass will think of this?! Perhaps we traded the wrong outfielder.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I was thinking the same thing about the new leadership and how they will proceed…I’m also wondering what the judge will think…Puig was let off easy the first two times…

      • JhallWally says:

        Yes we did Tru… You are on it… They should have traded very high on Puig and kept Kemp… Just my opinion….

        Puig is another Raul Mondesi…. All the talent in the world, but, no brains to cultivate it….. Damn shame…..

        • enchantedbeaver says:

          Tending to agree.

          Don’t think the new regime will put up with too much, yet on the other hand they just signed Tsao (remember him?) who has a lifetime ban from the Taiwan league for fixing games.

          Safe to say I have no idea what this new regime thinks or does about anything.

  68. griz says:

    Maybe we can trade him for Johnny Manziel.

  69. griz says:

    That Mondesi comparison makes me uneasy… could be true.

  70. lbirken says:

    I can understand the concern about Puig being arrested again for reckless driving. Dodger management made a big deal about clubhouse relations and making things easier for Mattingly. Anyone who follows Puig’s Facebook page knows he is a fun loving guy who likes to be out and about. The good news, if there is any, is none of these driving incidents have involved alcohol. Perhaps the Dodgers need to assign someone to Puig to keep him out of trouble.

  71. Dodger4life says:

    I find it rather odd that this is the only report of young Mr. Puig being arrested this morning???
    Especially since it was on Dec 29th of last year that he was arrested for the exact same thing…

  72. griz says:

    I wondered about that myself. Nobody else seems to be reporting this.

  73. JhallWally says:

    Happy New Year Outsiders!!!!

    I hope you all have a safe and festive evening…

    Catch you all next year….. Go Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Happy New Year, Everybody.

  75. enchantedbeaver says:

    According to Mark Saxon, the Dodgers DFA’d Arruebarrena.

    Chalk up another $25M wasted by Ned.

  76. zonadodger says:

    Happy New Year All

  77. Dodger4life says:

    It was 10 degrees outside when I arose this morning…and not much warmer in this drafty old house with it’s thin plate glass windows…so, by the time I jumped out of the shower and returned to my coffee cup…it was no longer warm…I added some whiskey, then another 6, or so, swigs of the fermented grain mash and Voilà, I’m still cold, but feeling no pain…Yadda, yadda, yadda…

    I better wish y’all a safe and…
    Happy New Regime/Year…
    While I’m able…

    Let’s Go Dodgers!! Let’s Go!!
    Clap!! Clap!!

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