Dodgers A’s

Ethier

Personnel Changes

Lots of changes are afoot in the Dodger Franchise.  International scouts are being told that their services are no longer necessary.  Lorenzo Bundy has been asked to concentrate all of his time on positioning the outfielders.  Ron Roenicke has been hired to be the third base coach for the remaining 44 games of the regular season (and the post season if they go that far).  Meanwhile there have been no announcements regarding change in manager.  However, the Dodgers have gone so far as to inquire about the possibility of acquiring Alejandro De Aza from the Boston Red Sox.  Who is Alejandro De Aza?  A left-handed hitting outfielder.

All of this, together with tonight’s lineup, has us asking the perennial question:  Where is Andre Ethier?  What ever happened to “Every Day Dre”?

I don’t suppose it has anything to do with his splits against left-handed pitchers.  Over the course of his career, Ethier’s OPS split is .889 against righties and .637 against lefties.  His split has widened this year to .900 against righties and .487 against lefties, though of course he only has 36 plate appearances against lefties in 2015.

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142 Responses to Dodgers A’s

  1. crash24now says:

    Lineup

    Rollins SS
    Hernandez 2B
    Turner 3B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Van Slyke LF
    Puig RF
    Guerrero DH
    Ellis C
    Pederson CF
    (Kershaw P)

    Stupid AL. Stupid DH. Stupid Interleague play. Didn’t Greinke teach us that pitchers can hit too?

  2. crash24now says:

    Here are some splits, since the geeks in the front office love splits so much:

    Second half of 2015: BA/OBP/SLG/OPS

    Guerrero .214/.241/.321/.563
    Greinke .429/.429/.857/1.286

  3. crash24now says:

    Somehow this post turned into a Every Day Dre scrapbook. I hope Tru likes it.

  4. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Great shots of ‘Dre.

  5. griz says:

    Dodger4, I’d forgotten about the A’s analytics connection. DePodesta shipped Dave Roberts and his base stealing ability off to Boston where he stole a base when they had to have one and the Red Sox went on to win the series.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I wasn’t around for that era (glad you brought it up though, I know now)…I just remember reading how the numbers people don’t put much emphasis on running.

  6. Dodger4life says:

    We caught a break with zero outs…

    Let’s Go Dodgers, Let’s Go!!

  7. The Beav says:

    Typical stellar play against a shitty pitcher with Donnie’s wonderful f’d up line-up.

  8. The Beav says:

    Well I’m bored. Think I’ll go shove bamboo under my fingernails. Its no more excruciating than watching this team hit.

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Offense sucks! We need my Dre to liven things up…..SVS isn’t holding up his end. Wish the players (and our manager) had he fire in hit gut like Kersh!

  10. lbirken says:

    I am not much of a stat freak but I did take notice of a stat I saw on the paper today: the Dodgers have lost 17 games this season started by Kershaw and Greinke.

  11. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Who da dunk it? AJ.

  12. trublu4ever says:

    My guy drew the walk that gave him the shot! PLAY DRE, PLAY DRE!

  13. lbirken says:

    Now up to the bullpen to nail down this game.

  14. trublu4ever says:

    I have a feeling, Donnie won’t survive the week!

  15. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It’s a brand new game.

  16. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well, that’s that.

  17. lbirken says:

    That’s another loss in a game started by Kershaw or Greinke. I realize they can’t win them all and even the best lose now and then but with a three run lead late should be enough. But not tonight.

  18. koufax1963 says:

    On a lark, I went to see the Dodgers tonight at Oakland, well kershaw didnt look sharp from the beginning , but settled, He was really upset about not fielding a ball hit near him, which may of been better handled by Turner. Speaking of Turner he had a real awful game, both with Bat and Glove, but AG and Joc didnt do much either. The spotty hitting, especially with all the walks given. But as soon as AJ did something totally surprising, the Bull pen just collapsed with Baez. Crap Tied and then yimi coming in again? Oh Brother. Hey I got a Mark Maguire Bobblehead and a bit of trivia that I have not confirmed, but the Dodgers have not won a game at Oakland since 14-July-2001, so it is a tough place to play for the boys in Blue, Worse than Coors!
    and I saw that the gnats beat the cards, while the dodgers cant beat this last place As. The Dodgers just seem uptight tonight, not loose, perhaps the changes in the dugout, and the organization are affecting the team? The Oakland Mausoleum is really an awful place to play as well as view. Lets win tomorrow and stop a trend.

  19. The Beav says:

    Another pathetic effort in a season of pathetic efforts. Why not just replace Donnie now? I doubt this team even makes the playoffs anyway.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I’m leaning towards the team sitting at home during the 2015 playoffs as well… I’m also leaning towards Donnie Horseshit sitting home permanently!!

  20. griz says:

    Ellis says he trusts the bullpen, but I don’t. That part of the game makes me cringe. Those guys just plain suck and reports are the front office is working on a trade for a left handed hitting outfielder. As if we need another one.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Ellis is a fucking liar….No one, I repeat, no one has faith in this bullpen as it is currently constructed!

  21. Dodger4life says:

    My medical staff and I have figured out what has been making me ill these past few months. It turns out I have an infected gallbladder, from gallstone blockage. I get that taken out on Friday. Due to my breathing difficulties I get to stay at the hospital for observation overnight. Usually I would be against missing a Dodger game…But this team ain’t all that, so…bring on the nurses and Jello cups.

    I’m hoping to be back from my pre-op appointment in time for the game. The phone nurse asked me to come in early, so I’m guessing she wants me outta there by her lunch break…

    • trublu4ever says:

      Have a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

    • crash24now says:

      Have fun with the nurses. Just kidding. I’m glad you have found the issue. Get well soon. Don’t worry about the Dodgers. Would be great if they miss the playoffs and blame the manager!

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      Get well soon, D4life.

    • The Beav says:

      Goodluck D4. Had my belly cut on a little last week. No cute nurses though. They just hand you your bill and kick your ass out when its over.

      • Dodger4life says:

        Thanks everyone…It looks like I need more testing done before I can have my surgery. All those brownies have propelled me into the high risk category…they’re worried about my breathing and my heart. They have me coming back tomorrow, but it looks like Friday will be moved to another date. The nurse said I was wheezing heavily…She wanted to admit me to the ER today…I told her I didn’t have security clearance for that section of the building…Gotta go lady…see ya’ tomorrow…

  22. JhallWally says:

    Hey FAZ, what’s up with your new bullpen.. They still suck…
    You must have learned from last year in the playoffs, if the bullpen can’t get it done, you are DONE! !!!
    If this team is fortunate enough to make the playoffs, the bullpen, once again will be our undoing…. Unacceptable!!!!!

  23. griz says:

    Speedy recovery, D4. Good to hear your ailment is getting taken care of.

  24. griz says:

    I suppose Ellis may be lying, but what the hell else can he say.

  25. koufax1963 says:

    prayer sent. Do you want any brownies? Ha!This was suppose to be a reply to D4

  26. crash24now says:

    Lineup

    Rollins SS
    Crawford LF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Turner 3B
    Ethier RF
    Grandal C
    Van Slyke DH
    Pederson CF
    Hernandez 2B
    (Wood P)

    I’m guessing Tru likes this lineup much more than last night’s. I’m thinking Every Day Dre goes deep today. It will truly suck if this lineup has just as much trouble scoring runs as last night’s lineup.

    • The Beav says:

      All of Donnie’s line-ups have trouble scoring runs. HRs or nothing.

      • trublu4ever says:

        I do like this lineup. I hope it’s a long absence for Puig ….. we played much better when he was on the DL. Carl and Dre will flourish in his time off. Now, if we face a lefty, all bets are off!

  27. messagebear says:

    Is there a special message in the firing of the entire international scouting staff? Seems to me they got carried away by having so much money and throwing it to the Cubans – Puig, Guerrero, Olivera, Arribuerrena, etc. Some of them may have the skills, but where’s the character, the team cohesiveness. You would think a guy like Puig who’s now been at the major league level for over two years would have had enough time to learn English and be a teammate in the locker room and outside. Far as I can tell, he still needs an interpreter. That may not mean much to some of you, but I think assimilation is more than just looking out for yourself and keeping to yourself. Teams stick together and learn to win together. Puig to me is just an asshole, and unfortunately our scouting staff doesn’t know how to figure that dimension into their selection process. I’m glad they’re all gone – now the front office needs to do similar cleaning of the management and coaching ranks, and maybe we’ll get somewhere.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I think one of the weakest links in the organization is the scouting. All the scouting.

      • crash24now says:

        Wow. Maybe you are right. That would explain why we are worlds behind the Cards.

        Without good scouting, draft decisions are bad. Then the farm system is mediocre or worse. Leads to few good young players to bring up. That would explain the last 27 years of mediocrity at the big league level.

  28. trublu4ever says:

    Okay…explain this to me…..we are acquiring Utley from Phillies….pending physical, I’m hearing…..why?!

    • crash24now says:

      Utley to play 2nd base while Kendrick on the DL. Allows Kike to go back to his utility role – playing shortstop, centerfield, and second base.

      Who gets tossed aside? Callaspo or Guerrero? Time for the Dodgers to realize the sunk cost and just cut Guerrero. He can’t field. He hit, but not after the MLB pitchers adjusted to him.

    • crash24now says:

      One basic problem with Utley – he’s lost the ability to hit in his old age (36).

      • Dodger4life says:

        I’ve read that as of late his bat has improved.

        • crash24now says:

          Interesting. He sprained his ankle way back in January. Then played through the injury until he was put on the DL in June. Has hit very well in the seven games after coming off the DL.

          Why didn’t he just let it heal in January?

    • messagebear says:

      Obviously because we can. When you can spend all the money in the world, you acquire anybody who’s available. Now Donnie will have even more material to screw around with, and, of course, guys like Hernandez will lose playing time to another down the hill veteran – what else is new with this organization.

    • crash24now says:

      Makes slightly more sense than picking up another lefty outfielder. But only slightly. Whatever happened to the idea of getting a reliever?

  29. crash24now says:

    Jimmy Rollins’ 12th home run! 2 RBI’s!

    [what did The Beav say about waiting for the HR?]

  30. griz says:

    I heard the giants were interested in Utley. Maybe part of the reason for his pick up is to keep him from sf.

  31. koufax1963 says:

    I agree with Bear (as all of you do) the scouting and draft are poorly done, and most recently with the FAZ in control, so what is Kasten doing in his hires to look after this stuff. I was excited when Kasten came on board with his previous success, but now…..
    I see the likes of Chase utley coming over, Oh Christ, now we the DP combo the Phillies had in 2008 and 2009 when we got beat, but they can’t compete like they did then. Really iritates me, that Kike is here doing his best to make the team, and does rather well, cant find a place for him, then opportunity comes (hendrick out) and he can get regular ABs, what can utley do that kike hasnt?
    I want to findout what Roenicke can do that Donnie Cant!!!

  32. koufax1963 says:

    Wood will not last long, his stuff is not good. BP to come in soon.
    Our hitting: you can see. Yes J-roll is in his hometown, so he might be feeling good, but the rest of the team is just in a slump.
    The Dodgers play like they are the last place team.

  33. crash24now says:

    Okay, just a reminder. Who is this guy Eric Chavez?

    Lifetime W-L record 23-35. ERA=4.48. Gives up 9.3 hits for every nine innings pitched.

  34. trublu4ever says:

    We have one F**cking hit! WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. messagebear says:

    I read an interesting point somewhere regarding Turner and how he worked over the winter by himself developing his hitting style. Actually I believe that Pederson and Turner worked together. Obviously whatever the system, it worked for Turner. Of course, he was motivated, because he didn’t have any guarantee that he’d be a major leaguer with a big guaranteed contract for his career. Maybe a few guys can borrow his hitting philosophy and shit-can whatever McGuire is trying to teach them.

  36. crash24now says:

    Damn, this Jim Johnson guy is good. NOT.

  37. kahliforni says:

    The Dodgers right now are severely messed up. Reminds me of the kid sticking his fingers in all the holes of the dike. (Don’t go there?!?!?!?) Donnie just lends himself to second-guessing with his laid-back, confused look all the time. They continue to surround him with “advisors” to help him, the latest being Roenicke. I won’t second guess his moves because anyone can look like a genius in hindsight. But the demeanor of this team has always been “blah” under his guidance. I truly feel there will be a new regime next year…anything to kick start this franchise. Name one young player who has improved and grown under current leadership? Most bash Puig, but he’s been hurt most of the year, and even if he was healthy, he just looks confused. And now Mr. PED is messing with his swing. Hell, this organization can’t even get the team on TV and with Vinny maybe not coming back, a curse on their house!!!.

  38. Dodger4life says:

    The Dodgers bridge to Jansen reminds me of ol’ Galloping Gertie…

  39. koufax1963 says:

    and Donnie isnt even thinking of salvage, He trots one pitcher in after another to do what? The Dodgers are losing, lets not waste BP arms, give some of them a rest for a couple of days.
    Oh does he think the hitting will come to life in the 9th, what a jackass, even the Callaspo in for SVS boggles my mind.
    Do players come up to him and say, “Hey Coach can I get in the game”

  40. crash24now says:

    At this point I don’t know which is worse: the offense or the bullpen.

    JFC – Greinke will be leaving the Dodgers for sure. I know I would if I had his talent and drive.

  41. lbirken says:

    Best wishes D4 for a speedy recovery.

    I think it is a great question to wonder if the bullpen problems stem from ability or how they have been used but one thing leads to another. I know AJ professes confidence in the bullpen but what else is he supposed to do? Does he really believe it? The fact remains that the front office may have to bear some responsibility for signing players they believe can do the job. Didn’t the Dodgers have similar problems last season?

    To be fair, the Guggenheims and this front office have not been in place long enough to judge but lets all agree to not be fair. We are frustrated fans, tired of watching a team that seems to underachieve. We are tired of watching games like last night’s or today’s game when a supposedly weaker opponent out plays the Dodgers. It seems the opponents know exactly how to pitch to Dodger hitters who cannot get the big hit often enough. The starting pitching has been ok while the bullpen has been inconsistent at best. Last night’s game was extremely frustrating because the big hit from someone not expected to provide it still was not enough to win the game.

    So what is management’s response so far? Replacing the third base coach. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not have an answer as to how to fix the problems. But it does start with drafting and developing good baseball players and getting the most out of whatever talent is on the team. If this were easy every team would be over .500 every season.

    I will admit that the manager and staff have to take responsibility for having players ready to play and in a position to succeed. I think this was Tommy Lasorda’s best asset. His teams did not always win but he seemed to get a lot out of his players. Donnie has not been able to do that. I do think the players have to take responsibility as well for what happens on the field. They have to put in the time to prepare. They have to perform at the highest level and bounce back from adversity. I am not sure this team knows how to do that.

  42. koufax1963 says:

    well the drought of wins continues in Oakland. have not won in Oakland since 2001.
    And to think Hatcher was the best arm of the day. Pathetic.
    This team cant hit, cant pitch and of late the D is questionable.
    with a first place team I usually dont much care what goes on behind them, but right now GO Cards!

  43. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Who knows? Maybe they’re feeling the pressure.

  44. crash24now says:

    The Dodgers succeeded at one thing: by getting just two hits they kept the fucking stinky game short!

  45. griz says:

    I suppose it doesn’t matter if the bp sucks or not when you can’t score.

  46. The Beav says:

    You guys ever visit True Blue LA and read the tripe over there that a manager doesn’t mean that much to wins and losses? Seems to me that’s kinda like saying the engineer doesn’t have much to do with driving the train.

    What this FO is failing to comprehend is, you can’t have a new overall philosophy and try and plug it in and make it work with the same old leftover parts. Step back and start from scratch. They obviously don’t need to worry about money coming in, so just say we’re going to rebuild under a different philosophy and its going to take 3 years for it to reach its potential. Personally, I’d rather have something worth having in 3 years as to keep watching this mediocre underachieving shit year in and year out. If that means trading Puig and even Kersh, then so be it. What they’re doing now doesn’t work.

    • crash48now says:

      True Blue LA has some good information. However, they all seem to toe the company line. They seem afraid to piss off the Dodgers.

      That’s what I like about this blog. We say what we think. That’s why I wrote the post “No to Censors”. We need to be able to say what we think. No bullshit here.

      Well, except for D4’s nice little cartoon up above.

    • Dodger4life says:

      If a manager doesn’t mean that much to wins and losses? How come everywhere Buck Showalter goes the team improves immediately???

      • Dodger4life says:

        The 2010 Orioles won 34 of 57 games played under Showalter, second only to the Phillies during the same stretch.[1] Showalter became the first manager in MLB history to take over a team in August and coach them to more wins for the remainder of a season, than the team previously had before hiring him.

  47. kahliforni says:

    Dodgers are a rudderless ship….

  48. Dodger4life says:

    It’s hard to believe they don’t have one reliable arm in the bullpen other than Jansen. Even Ned could find something that sorta worked.

    How does a 23 year old guy, go from this…


    .
    to this, at 24.
    .

  49. trublu4ever says:

    The Giants/Cards are tied at 2 ….. if the Giants win and we fall out of first place by the end of the week, I think Donnie’s tenure will be finally over.

  50. Dodger4life says:

    “Honestly this is a great time of the year to be playing. It’s fun every day at the ballpark,” Mattingly said. “We’ll see what our guys are made of, in a pennant race.”
    .
    Your guys are made of marshmallows Donnie and you’re all about to get toasted.

  51. oldbrooklynfan says:

    2 games up is better than 1

  52. trublu4ever says:

    Yes it is.

  53. trublu4ever says:

    Full details of the trade: We get Chase Utley & 4M cash…..they get Darnell Sweeney (IF/OF) and P John Richy.

  54. The Beav says:

    A lot of good it did to hire Roenicke. Only time he sees anyone on third is when they’re rounding it from a HR. Otherwise, its the loneliest place on the field with this team.

  55. The Beav says:

    You know, maybe if we had gotten Rollins and Utley IN 2009, we might’ve won. Can’t see how a DP combo that hits in the two-teens and two-twenties does anyone much good. Gawd, this move smacks of desperation Ned.

    Hell, I’ll go as far as saying Ned’s teams were usually better than this.

  56. kahliforni says:

    This FO is too slick for its own good. Roenicke is the latest nursemaid to Donnie; FO keeps hiring them, like if they just find the right one Donnie will become competent. Watched a replay of the Kirk Gibson AB vs. Eckersley in ’88 WS…just to cheer me up. Can you imagine Donnie sending Mike Davis to steal second with two outs in 9th and a 3-1 count on Gibby? In your dreams.

    • The Beav says:

      Lasorda always seemed to coax out the best a player had to give (except for Mondesi), and as a team they were usually better than the sum of their parts. Lasorda wasn’t afraid of offending a player by getting in their face either. Donnie’s the polar opposite on all points.

      I agree, how many hand holders do you need to make Donnie competent? Fire him and hire somebody that knows how to manage. Anyone will be an improvement, even the peanut vendor from section 23.

  57. nedisajerk says:

    Lindblom pitching in the KBO has a 9-7 record with a 3.47 ERA.

    Sullivan pitching in the Phillies minor league has a 1-0 record with a 1.50 ERA finished 11 of 30 games and has 3 saves.

    Martin has a 2-0 record with a 4.46 ERA and started 3 of 17 games.

    Rasmussen has a 2-1 record with a 14.09 ERA (pitching 1 game with the Blue Jays and 8 with the Mariners). Tor/Sea with 35 games pitched (including 34 games with the BlueJay minor league since being traded.) a 4-1 record 2.3 ERA and 1 save.

    Valentin has a stat lines of (.200/.288/.257/.555) only played 16 games in the Phillies system.

    Arano has a 4-11 record with a 4.95 ERA and started 20 of 21 games.

    Windle has a 4-5 record with a 4.47 ERA and started 14 of 28 games with 3 games finished.

  58. JhallWally says:

    Well this Johnson acquistion is certainly not working out.
    What a POS!!! Geez!!

  59. JhallWally says:

    Our offense is pathetic.. We routinely make mediocre pitchers look like Cy Young….

  60. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well you have to say, Donnie will have a lot of experience around him down the stretch.

  61. koufax1963 says:

    here is my take on the utley aquisition: Move enrique hernandez to Center field. Joc isn’t helping with the Bat, the walk/ HR/SO thing is not providing enough consistent hitting for the Dodgers.
    I’ll take the defensive liability, I want a line up that can hit consistently. The Dodgers are just waiting on the Bomb to get their runs, example the Oakland series.
    DRE in right and crawford / SVS in Left.
    If Utley shows he can’t hit then I have just lost all faith in the evaluation of Talent the FAZ has.

  62. Dodger4life says:

    Utley seems to think he can still hit. If he’s right, he can help… They still need someone other than Jansen in the bullpen though. This will most likely have to come from what the Dodgers already have in house.

    • koufax1963 says:

      Im all for team chemistry, if rollins/utley reunion causes a chemical reaction in the clubhouse great, make it infectious.
      Somebody getting punched in the nose might do the same thing and that could of been done months ago for free!

      • Dodger4life says:

        I punched a guy in the nose at work once…kinda (Sno-flake was his nickname). I tried to drop kick him off the second story roof. I had him headed that way until someone grabbed me and told me that wasn’t allowed. I was so mad I quit the job. I went and found another job within hours though. When I showed up for work the next day, they introduced me to my new work partner. It was the same guy I tried to drop kick the day before. Apparently they fired him!! I worked with him about a week, before I punched him in the nose and quit that job. It all worked out, I found another job where I worked for the next 15 years and I never seen ol’ Sno-flake again.

        • Dodger4life says:

          I punched another guy at the job where I worked for 15 years. Punched him good too. About 5 years later I ran into him in a bar, while I was drunker than 600 bucks. He punched me back about 30 times. I woke up with 3 broken ribs the next day. I haven’t seen him since either. Maybe he died from exhaustion. That guy literally whooped my drunken ass.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Anyone else have any work related, team chemistry issues??? I can’t be the only one…

          • Dodger4life says:

            I had another partner (Little Jake was what we called him), when I stocked sheetrock for my pops back in the day. I punched Little Jake about once a week. I also drank beer with him everyday after work. Little Jake was a tough son of a gun. Ya’ kinda had to be to work at that place. Pops went through so many guys, he finally started hiring them from the prison halfway house. Those guys weren’t all there. Crazy Calvin looked like a nerd in search of a pocket protector. That is until you pissed him off. If you pissed Crazy Calvin off he’d give you a look that would make Jack Torrance look like a choir boy! The black guys wouldn’t even mess with Crazy Calvin and they messed with everyone. I’m still frightened of Crazy Calvin and I ain’t seen him in 30 years.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Pop’s hired another guy from the prison farm who claimed he was Roddy Roddy Pipers cousin. They shared the same last name and our Piper was 350lbs and about 6’6. He was missing several of his fingers (he told me a rival gang held him down in prison and cut them off), he had scars on his face from knife cuts as well. Pop’s made him the shop foreman. He was one scary looking SOB, he was. He drove a big pimped out Purple Caddy after he got out.

  63. koufax1963 says:

    D4: My comment was considering the dugout, of course that is the work place, and perhaps a veiled reference to the dugout brawl between Bonds and Kent in SF in 2002, which was followed with a WS appearance. Something has got to get these Dodgers hitting!
    If not the baseball, then the next relief pitcher that gives up a lead; then we might see the bullpen become effective, perhaps dominating, I know they got it in them.

    • Dodger4life says:

      It’s a really good team when it’s running efficiently, I agree. Remember thinking how tough Yimi and Kenley were gonna be?

      I thought all the team did back then was hit home-runs, but I was wrong they drove in guys with hits as well. I still have hope they’ll turn things around. Even if I tend to agree with all the criticism in the meantime.

  64. griz says:

    I still think the FO should get Reggie (aka Hard Reggie) Smith to come in and throw a tantrum and start turning over tables. The ones with food on them. Take away their food, as in meal ticket, maybe someone would come to life.

  65. Dodger4life says:

    I got in a bit of trouble back then myself and spent 90 days in the county jail. The jail took a percentage of my paycheck for letting me out on work release. The more you made, the the more they’d take. Pop’s told the jail that I made minimum wage. I used to get 18 cents for every sheet I stocked. 556 sheets was $100, although I made $200 just about everyday. Pop’s then cut two checks, one he’d send to the jail and they’d put the balance in a safe for me to use. You were only allowed to have $10 on you in the facility. The first week on work release you couldn’t work weekends. And I was jones’n for a spliff. Someone told me that if I told the guard I was sick and needed medical attention they would let me out on my own to go to the ER down the street. Not only that, they told me where a pot house was too. I told the guard I had the clap and sure enough (Who’s gonna deny help to a man with the clap, right?) they gave me a note that had to be signed when I arrived. I ran to that pot house as fast as I could, bought me $10 worth of weed, found some way to smoke it, then ran to the ER. On my way home I put that in some bushes until they let me out for work again. We had a little team chemistry problem there too. I woke up one night because one guy from Walla Walla prison and another guy from the planet crazy were fighting on top of my bunk. I had a window next to my bed and could see the door that all the police cars drove through. The ambulance also entered that way…a lot! They had another inmate that was a child predator…he didn’t have a job, it was just where they housed him for safety, I think. One day someone talked his fat ass into climbing into a locker. So, he did, the someone then put a combo lock on it and walked away. He was in there for hours too. I used to ride to work with some of the black guys who shared the facility with me, James and Big Art. If Pop’s would give us a note we could work overtime. Pop’s was cool he gave us notes all the time. We’d go goof around on our way back. Usually drink beer…I almost got busted once, I left a beer cap in my pocket one day and they stripped searched everyone before re-entry. I threw it in the garbage without getting caught somehow. The guard’s desk was in front of the elevators and I was so drunk I was having trouble catching the damn thing. It would open but before I could navigate my way in, it would close again. This happened several times until I heard a guard say…you get one more chance to catch that thing or you’re going into the general population. I made it! I was supposed to check in upon entering my dorm…but I just went to bed, the guard woke me up a little later and I told him I was just so tired I forgot. I stopped drinking beer on the way back after that. I learned how to smuggle weed back inside too. You could cut the stitching from your waistband on your Levis and stick it inside, then stitch that back up. Or cut the soles on your Nikes and glue them back up. It worked, until the heroin addict lost his Methadone for fighting in the day room. Sure enough he turned me in to get it back. I had ears that alerted me to this, so even know they searched me for hours upon my return that day. I was clean.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Man, looking back… I did some stupid shit when I was young

      • koufax1963 says:

        Yea but some of that stupid stuff makes great stories to tell.

        • Dodger4life says:

          Agreed

          I was in jail because I got caught with a gram of weed and didn’t pay the fine. When they took me back to see the Judge. I told him I paid for that bag once and I thought once was enough. He didn’t find the same humor in that I did.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Of course I acted as my own lawyer back then too…I remember one particular case very well…I’ll share that one after I research my legal documents as to be sure and have all the facts correct.
            .
            I’m pretty sure it involved sitting in my car, in the middle of the city’s busiest intersection, at 2 am one morning, trying to read a road map. It was kinda dark due to the street lights changing colors every so often and I was having trouble making out my way.

          • Dodger4life says:

            I see here in the legal documents that I lost that case due to my clients inability to remember what letter came after abcdefghijkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. I was however successful in getting a second offense, reduced to a first offense, by advising my client to skip court on the first offense. Since they were so close together and my client was innocent until proven guilty, my client was charged with two first offenses. My dumbass client went and added a third offense to that later at his own discretion. The judge became my lawyer on that charge after I repeatedly asked for a continuance in order to find a more suitable attorney. After 6 months he caught on to my little run around. He gave me 60 days on work release and gave me three months to show up…I asked for the last day of that third month (The court room busted out in laughter at this point). He granted me my request and then said if I was late I’d do 90 days…

  66. kahliforni says:

    Dodger Talk callers say the team lacks heart and fire. I disagree; just about all professional athletes are competitive and want to win. But for some time the Dodgers have lacked that overt ass-kicker. That’s why Kirk Gibson was so valuable. We’ve heard for years that this or that player is not vocal, but leads by example. That just doesn’t translate. 27 years and counting. Even in my cesspool slo-pitch leagues we ALWAYS win and we ALWAYS have a guy (or three) who channels his inward passion into a snarly, vocal, take-no-prisoners attitude. I’m a quiet guy. I NEED that input. My favorite slo-pitch shortstop used to pace the dugout during playoff games, demanding teammates to “step up or get out of the way.” It was awesome and it works. I’m very tired of these milquetoast Dodger players…and manager.

  67. Dodger4life says:

    New thread

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