Would Vinny, Strike Kershaw Out??

Just cause I thought it be fun to imagine Vinny on the famed hill against Kershaw.

Vinny and kershaw

Do you consider Vinny to be a Dodger? Or, is this something that should be bestowed on players only?

And if you think of Vinny as a Dodger…would you consider Vinny the Most Valuable Dodger?

I’ve always believed that even fans were considered Dodgers…They call the fan club the Jr. Dodgers… A lot of us started out in the Dodgers fan club…

We ultimately foot the bill…

If the Dodgers could only keep one…and they were asking for donations to even do that…which pile would be bigger???
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Kershaw’s
or
Vinny’s

(I think they’re both priceless gems! I also think it’s shameful that greed is keeping them from the the very folks that bestow them so much love…)

Sorry Kersh…

My money say’s, “Vinny gets you with two soap bubbles and a Butera heater!!”

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44 Responses to Would Vinny, Strike Kershaw Out??

  1. Dodger4life says:

    Vinny looks determined!!

  2. kahliforni says:

    Isn’t Vin Scully that guy who used to broadcast Dodger games on TV, you know, back in the olden days before foundations and conglomerates bought the store???

  3. Dodger4life says:

    This is why I miss Dodgereric and North…
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    In my minds eye, I can see them taking my silly idea… and giving us a (162) pitch at bat… Describing the action, as Vin would… bringing not just the excitement of the match-up, but the facts of why this all important game should be seen by the masses!!
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    (Fast forward to the action…)
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    Vinny picks up the rosin bag as he looks out at Puig resting on the RF grass…he just gives him a wave and a thumbs up…as he turns to toe the rubber….
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    Speaking of rubber, you catch Nascar on your local channel, cause that’s one entertainment source that would never lock out the fans for an entire season….
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    Kershaw steps back into the box after applying more pine-tar…after all this is pitch 161! Things have to be getting a little shaky out there… Vinny’s pitching out of the wind-up this time, as he’s been alternating back and forth even know there isn’t any one on-board. I suppose he’s trying to conserve energy. Not on this pitch though…here comes the delivery, it’s a soap bubble in which Kershaw, attempts to swat over the picnicking Puig and Ethier and he just misses it, as it sails back into the crowd…The count remains, no balls and two strikes.
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    Oh Boy, this is turning into a bigger battle than the “”Ice Bowl” back in 1967, between the Packers and Cowboys…Speaking of being frozen…It’s a shame the Dodgers and their production company have frozen you folk’s out of this one tonight… You’re missing another gem…
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    Rollins calls time-out as the entire infield minus A.J., comes over to give Vinny a pep talk. Meanwhile, one of the concession vendors uses this time to run out and refill Puig and Ethier’s soft drinks… It looks like Puig is motioning for a Dodger-dog as well…
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    Surprisingly, Mattingly doesn’t have anyone up out in the bullpen, even know both of his pitchers have to be, beyond tired…
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    (Camera pans over to the dugout)
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    It appears Wallach and Donnie have some sort of heated game of Dominoes going… They have them things stacked-up from one end of the dug-out to the other end. Although, they seemed to be conferring on whether the stack will make it up the ramp they’ve built out of unopened bags of sunflower-seeds…that lead to a tub of Double Bubble!! Speaking of bubbles…Let’s get back to the action on the field!!
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    A.J. appears to be displaying some sort of “psych magic” towards Kershaw, as the meeting between Vinny, Rollins, Gonzales, Uribe and Kendrick breaks up…Talking about Kendrick…reminds me of that old Motown hit..
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    Keep on Trucking…
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    And how my best advice for you folks right now is
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    Ooh…
    Ooh…
    Ooh…
    Keep on truckin’, baby
    You got to keep on truckin’
    Got to get to your good lovin’
    Huh…huh…huh…huh…huh…
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    What in heavens sake is going on now? Van Slyke has called time-out…He seems to be headed out into LF to replace Crawford…Nope, it looks as if he’s just going out to wake Crawford up, as he has curled up into a ball and put his head on his glove.
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    Okay, Vinny’s ready to go and again he’s working out of a full wind-up. Kershaw digs his cleats into the box… here comes the delivery, (Whoosh!) Strike 3! Vinny reared back and let loose a fire-ball that registered 132 miles per hour…Wow!! We’ve seen pitchers top a 100 before, but this is something special folks and I suppose the 32 was in honor of his old buddy Koufax. What an at bat… 162 pitches and Ol’ Vinny threw not a one of them out of the strike zone…You have to give Kershaw a lot of credit! The lad fought diligently, having fouled off the first 161 balls thrown. Once again too bad the Dodgers have thrown you fans under the bus this season…We’re just getting settled in…as Mattingly has penciled Kershaw as the games first batter. One down in the top of the 1st…

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      I’m a little worried about AJ with all that kinetic energy from the 132mph fastball…

      • crash24now says:

        I’m worried that Ethier is still on the team.

        • Dodger4life says:

          Hold that thought crash! Mattingly is about to use him as a left handed catcher. This may be ground breaking territory??

          You know, besides the fact that the greatest pitch ever…was just thrown by an 87 year old, clocking in at 132mph. And, it was his 162nd recorded toss of the game, all for strikes! All of those being to the 1st batter of the game. Who incidentally, fouled the first 161 pitches off.

          Or, the fact that Kershaw was too exhausted to take the mound, possibly making him the first pinch hitting pitcher ever to be a games opening batter???

      • Dodger4life says:

        A.J. was scheduled to visit the Pediatrics Dept. at Cedars-Sinai, with tomorrow being an off day. The doctors claimed he’ll be okay by his next scheduled start…Then used a blue sharpie to draw a happy face on his swollen palm.

  4. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I would say, I agree, Scully would win. He has been the voice of the Dodgers for nearly 65 years. Way back to Brooklyn. He’s the #1 Dodger. Lasorda was with the team back in the Ebbets field days so he’s #2 Kershaw’s great but he’d lose in this game.

  5. crash24now says:

    Vinny has a major vulnerability – the fact that 70% of Los Angeles has no access to him.

    So Vinny loses [until the Guggs figure out how to provide access to all Angelenos].

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I may have had a chance to meet Vin, in 2009, when I was in LA and McCourt asked me if he can do anything else for me. I guess I was so overwhelmed by everything, I never thought of asking to meet Scully. I actually do remember when he started back in 1950. This I truly regret, but that’s the way it goes.

      • 32and53fan says:

        I was sitting next to you, but didn’t think to suggest meeting Scully to you. That would have been the highlight of your trip.

        I have been close to Vinny three times:

        1. At the ceremony celebrating a Dodger star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was a hot day and Scully ducked out immediately after his remarks. He said with his fair skin, he would be incinerated if he stayed five more minutes.

        Frank McCourt stayed and worked the line after the presentation was done. He smiled, shook hands, signed autographs and took photos with fans behind the rope line.

        2. At Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, when he was honoree at the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon. He was a little embarrassed by all the accolades he received from the speakers at the dais. When his turn to speak came, he turned on the charm and enthralled the audience with witty anecdotes from his six decades with the Dodgers.

        After the event, he wanted to leave immediately to tend to his wife, who had an injured leg. However, his plan for a quick escape was thwarted, as he was surrounded by a group of fans that were hanging out outside the ballroom. They rushed in and encircled him with their bats, balls, gloves, yearbooks, scorecards and whatever else they had thrust into Vinny’s space, pleading for an autograph.

        Scully’s countenance was transformed from the smiling kindly gentleman that we all love, to one formed by his frustration, anger, impatience and despair. He reluctantly signed his autographs with a scowl, not a smile, but did not pose for any pictures. I decided not to go up to him and thank him for all the years I have enjoyed listening to, and learning the intricacies of baseball from him.

        3. At Sportsmen’s Lodge, for the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon honoring Jaimé Jarrín. After the event, he did another vanishing act, this time not impeded by a swarm of well-wishing fans.

        Jaime, his family, fellow Dodger broadcasters including son Jorgé, Pepe Yñiguez and Fernando were friendly to the people who wanted to meet them. I chatted with Jorgé and Pepe and said hello to Jaimé, who was busy posing for pictures. I found myself standing right beside Fernando, but didn’t greet him, since he looked like he was waiting for someone.

        Being invited to formally meet Vin in his press box and comfort zone means that you would see his smiling, gracious side as he welcomed you.

  6. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Thanks 32 and 53 fan for bringing back memories of the time I was in LA. I remember being very surprised that Fernando actually knew who I was when I approached him. He asked me how I enjoyed the trip. Juan Pierre didn’t care much that we had the same last name but was puzzled why a New Yorker rooted for a team from LA. Ron Cey was friendly but the one I spent the most time talking to was Don Newcombe. I felt a little disappointed that Joe Torre, a fellow Brooklynight, was very distant. I didn’t expect that from him.
    One thing I remember most was that I felt like I was walking around in a dream.

    • Dodger4life says:

      That was a very good day indeed, oldbrooklynfan…
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      Too bad about Torre!

    • 32and53fan says:

      When were you able to meet those Dodgers? It seems that many young players have no clue about the history of their teams. To help them feel that they are a part of legacy, Dodgers historian Mark Langill should be tasked with putting together a video telling about the Dodgers, from their origin to today. Watching it should be required for all new players who are placed on the 40 man roster and for all minor leaguers in the Dodgers system. Make sure it has sub-titles so the foreign players will understand better. Juan Pierre should have known how huge an impact the Dodgers had on Brooklynites, especially in the golden era from 1947 to 1957.

      • oldbrooklynfan says:

        This all took place during batting practice. Rawich surprised me by taking me on the field. I never expected anything like that. It was a great thrill. Their were other fans also there.
        I was also surprised at Pierre’s lack of knowledge although I’ve found few Dodger fans that were fans when the team was in Brooklyn.

  7. lbirken says:

    No doubt Vinny will always be considered the most valuable and popular Dodger. I can still recall listening to him and Jerry Doggett from my youth. Vinny is great on TV but so much better on the radio.

    We did get a chance meeting with Vinny a few years ago in Phoenix. We were in town for a wedding so we stayed an extra day to attend a game at Chase Field. We were staying at the same hotel the Dodgers used. In fact, we were asked by the hotel management not to approach the players. Funny how the players can walk right by you without making eye contact. Anyway, it was a day game so the players had the night to themselves. We were walking out of the hotel to go to dinner and wouldn’t you know it, guess who was coming into the hotel as we left: Vinny. It was 110 degrees out but he was wearing a blue sport coat, slacks and a tie. He looked terrific and was quite gracious as we said hello. We did not want to impose on his time so we said our hellos, shook hands and that was it. We have no photos, no autographs but a great memory.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      This may be a little off the subject Iberken, especially the fact that Jonathan Broxton isn’t in Scully’s class. I remember a few years ago, I met Broxton, outside of the Players’ entrance at Shea Stadium. I remember he had a lot of keys. I asked him if he was Broxton and he acknowledge the fact that he was. I’m surprised no one else paid much attention to him. He knew I was a Dodger fan since I was wearing a Dodger T-shirt. I wasn’t into autographs at the time.
      A car later came by and picked him up.

  8. nedisajerk says:

    We have lose some great news anchors/reporters Dunphy (ch 9), Nahan, McCormick, Fishman (ch 5) here in LA but this one might hurt the most. RIP Stan Chambers (91 years old) started in 1947 retired in 2010. He retired on August 11, 2010 on his 87th birthday, marking 63 years as a reporter at KTLA.

    He was famous by reporting about the April 1949 on-scene 27½-hour report of the unsuccessful attempt to rescue Kathy Fiscus from an abandoned well in San Marino, California prompted the sale of hundreds of TV sets in the Los Angeles area. His report has been recognized as the first live coverage of a breaking news story.

  9. kahliforni says:

    Sad but true…

    http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-why-im-glad-the-dodgers-20150213-column.html#page=1

    Truth be known, I’d rather watch the Dodgers on TV, with Matt Kemp in the line-up, perhaps falling short of a championship…than stomach the Guggenheim regime with their billions of dollars, countless GMs, and utter disregard for the common fan.

  10. messagebear says:

    It may be that I simply have a hard time adjusting to what modern day baseball (and to a great degree other sports) have become. Last season I was just getting around to considering Gonzalez as a real Dodger; I accepted Gordon as one, Kemp certainly, was very well O.K. with Greinke, actually liked Andre while still feeling he got overpaid and suffered through his career let-down (actually felt that his let-down was to a great degree brought on by management that didn’t utilize him like in previous years). I will root for the winning outcome in the games, but I don’t see Rollins or Kendrick, or Grendal as Dodgers – probably won’t for another season or two if they’re around that long. Not being able to see the team perform on TV doesn’t help in this regard, but do the Guggenheims give a shit? Even though I’ve been a Dodger fan going back to the Brooklyn days, I certainly don’t feel the same degree of enthusiasm. I have to wonder how many of these newly minted “Dodgers” really feel what used to be a certain team spirit. As to the Guggenheims, I think their only interest is in furthering their investment and not necessarily the fan experience, no matter what they tell you publicly.

  11. lbirken says:

    How sad that long time fans can be so dispirited not because of the play on the field (although truth be told there is reason enough with that) but because of certain management/ownership decisions and behavior. Sadder is people like me keep drinking the cool aid every year by buying tickets and all the other stuff to keep perpetuating the cycle mentioned in the Times article. I have always said sports owners are so smart when it comes to “normal” business but so stupid when it comes to the sports teams they own. They cry in their soup over profits while paying ridiculous player salaries, tap the public taxpayers for all sorts of concessions, reap huge sums of money over broadcast rights and such while still trying to convince the fans they really care. I know it is all about the money, just as much as it is for a player when he says it is not about the money. So maybe I have been wrong about sports owners, at least in the current era because no matter how many stupid things they say and do, the money keeps rolling in from shared revenue. In a way sports owners are like politicians; they believe what they say and think the rest of us are just as stupid as we think about them.

    So what is a fan supposed to do? I am fortunate; I can afford the ticket and parking prices. I have Time Warner. As long as the Dodgers allow us to bring in our own food we will continue to do so. We seldom purchase anything at a game and most of my “gear” is from lower price sources. I still enjoy watching the game and following the Dodgers and UCLA even tough I realize I am part of the problem. I cannot understand how the Dodgers can sit by and watch the TV fiasco continue to be a huge sore point to the fans. I do realize fans have no “right” to expect games on TV but the continuing cash grab for pay TV may be a good business decision, the impact on the fans seems of no consideration. I am also bothered by how even the college game, be it football or basketball, has become such a huge money making machine with seat licenses and preferential treatment for how much money one “donates”.

    However, I admit I am hooked but I do sometimes wonder for how much longer. Why do pro and college teams behave this way? Because they can. At least I would like them to be up front about it and not pretend they care about the fans. I guess I should be happy about all the Dodger promotional give a ways on the schedule.

    On the bright side, pitchers and catchers report this week.

    • kahliforni says:

      lbirk, don’t be too hard on yourself. The Dodgers are a tough drug to kick, that’s why I’m angry all the time. I want them.

      As far as pro sports the big new player is the corporation. We end up having a ballpark full of corporate clients, their host CEOs, and millionaire celebrities gobbling up the elite seats, with limited “crow’s nest” seats left for the peons. Hence, the parade of late arrivals and early departures. I had hoped the Guggenheims, with Magic Johnson as the poster boy, would bring back fan devotion after the McCourt swindle. But the Guggenheims are worse, in my opinion. They throw their hands in the air, look you straight in the eye, and then proclaim their impotency in affecting change. Nonsense. They could end the TV debacle tonight. It’s all bottom line to these investors. Remember, we’re not talking about “widows and orphans” here. Sadly, indeed, we’re not.

    • 32and53fan says:

      Check out
      http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/ballpark/seating_pricing.jsp#fourstar

      The Dodgers now have pricing with a four star system. Like the “E” Ticket rides at Disneyland, the **** (meaning four stars, not profanity) games are the most desirable and expensive. All bobble head “giveaways” occur on a four star game, which ranges from a $5 to $150 higher price than a three star game. Usually the promotions are sponsored so it is not really costing the team any more. If a bobblehead was not sponsored, I’m pretty sure by ordering 40,000 would get them a good discount so even the $5 differential would most likely cover the cost .

      I am just as happy, if not more, just listening on the radio through the At Bat app, which is only $20 a year. When the games were televised, I was usually more interested in the pre and post game shows instead of the game itself. Unfortunately, Vin Scully broadcasts (simulcasts) the first three innings. Rick and Charlie are okay if they stick to play by play and analysis. Their attempts at humor are mostly pretty lame.

      The highlights of the game are shown in high definition on MLB.com during the game sometimes, and all the time after. Player and manager interviews are also shown.

  12. griz says:

    lbirk made an interesting point about college sports and the preferential treatment donors receive. Oklahoma is my team and I get to a game once in a while, so I receive e-mails from the AD asking if I’d donate $50,000 to be in line for good seats after the stadium renovation. I’ve resisted so far. I hear the boosters bet oil wells when they play Texas.

  13. zonadodger says:

    Kenley out 8-12 weeks…Foot Surgery…Hope someone can hold the fort down

  14. messagebear says:

    I have to wonder if a condition like a growth on bone, and therefore necessary surgery, can’t be determined earlier than the week before pitchers report to Spring training.

    • JhallWally says:

      I agree Bear. Someone dropped the ball on this one….
      Shit like that doesn’t grow overnight……

      Good Grief!!!!

      • messagebear says:

        Not only that, but those recovery estimates always tend to be on the over-optimistic side. I’m expecting that Kenley’s effectiveness is pretty much gone for the season. I have to laugh how the pundits include League as a possible closer replacement just because he’s still on the team.
        The only reason League is there is because nobody else wanted him with Ned’s overhanging contract, or probably even if the Dodgers paid his salary for the season. What world are these people living in?

        • oldbrooklynfan says:

          I see this as bad news since Kenley has been a very vital part to this team. It may be a very slow start to the season for the Dodgers without him.

  15. griz says:

    Injuries already.

  16. crash24now says:

    Dang it! That’s gotta hurt. Who’s going to fill in for Jansen? I’d like to see it be JP Howell. Then when Jansen comes back, JP slides back to set up man.

  17. enchantedbeaver says:

    Kenley’s injury is a golden opportunity for one of the young guys to step up – Paco, Baez… hell, maybe even Lee’s stuff plays up better from the pen. I really don’t think they need to panic and scrape up the likes of Soriano or K-Rod – those are such “Ned” moves.

    If its only a month or two they can go with whoever has the hot hand. Personally, I think this team pretty much scuffles into June-July anyway before it starts to gel. So many new faces it’ll be hard not to.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Wasn’t Chris Reed a closer at Stanford? His bio say’s he reached 96 in college.
      .
      Also, I believe people said Chris Anderson would eventually become a closer when he was drafted. His bio claims he can touch 98 in short spurts and has two different power breaking balls, with his slider being the best of the two. Anderson will be on the major league side of camp.

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