Utterly Embarrasing

October 7, 2011

It has been painful to  read some of the stories about Frank McCourt vs MLB.  Headlines like “Dodgers ask bankruptcy judge to reconsider limits on arguments” make me cringe.  Other headlines and sentences from recent articles include: “MLB calls Dodgers’ document demands ‘totally irrelevant'”, “The Dodgers also alleged that discovery “has been one-sided in favor of MLB” because Gross denied the Dodgers‘ previous requests…”, “Dodgers‘ argument fails to move bankruptcy judge”, “The Dodgers failed again on Wednesday to persuade U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross that they needed documents about other Major League Baseball teams”…

These stories make the Dodgers sound like a whiny, pathetic organization.  This is the organization of “The Boys of Summer”, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.  It is not “the Dodgers” making all of these desperate legal ploys, it is Frank McCourt!  I for one, cannot wait until this weasel is long gone from Los Angeles and the Dodgers can begin the long journey of rebuilding the legacy that we have come to know and love.

Attention headline writers and reporters: Stop writing Dodgers and write that McCourt is the one responsible for the legal maneuvering.

Brewers advance to NLCS

The Milwaukee Brewers just defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in extra innings.  In the other game five action, the Cardinals are leading the Phillies going into the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Colletti talks about the off-season

Ned Colletti talked to ESPN’s Jim Bowden about the 2011 performances of some players and his thoughts for next year at http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/7071525/los-angeles-dodgers-gm-ned-colletti-assesses-team-personnel-season-come

Jon Weisman remembers 2011

The Dodger Thoughts blogger has been busy in the last week taking a look at various Dodger players including Justin Sellers, John Ely, Eugeni0-for-ever, Nathan Eovaldi, Casey Blake, Juan Castro, Aaron Miles and Javy Guerra.  See http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/dodger-thoughts/archive/_/month/october-2011

Dodgers signal they won’t bring back Rod Barajas

Wallach on Red Sox’ list of manager candidates


Who are these guys?

September 3, 2011

Yesterday, I left my house in Camarillo to head over to Oxnard where I get a better price on a smog check for my truck.  I flipped on AM 1450 KVEN, part of the Dodger Radio Network and recently changed from “The Boomer” baby boomer demographics programming to being part of the ESPN radio group.  I was just in time to hear the dulcet tones of Charlie Steiner describing the Braves three run rally in the second inning.

I got to Oxnard only to find that my usual place had recently changed from a “Test Only” to a test and repair station and could not test my truck until a month from now.  The proprietor recommended a couple of other places I could go to but by the time I got there, they were closed.  For some reason, Saviers Road in Oxnard is filled with Smog Check places and I was able to find one and negotiate a better price.

By the time I was finished and headed home, the score was 5-0 Atlanta.  I turned off the radio figuring that the Dodgers, who came to Atlanta winning nine of their last ten games, had run into a buzz saw of the number two team of the league.  I went home and tried to register my car online only to find that the smog certificate filed electronically from the shop to the DMV in Sacramento had not yet reached the registration web page.  Oh well, I will sort it out later.

I flipped on the TV and fired up my laptop computer to check on the latest OTD comments and was shocked that the Dodgers were AHEAD 8 to 5.  Could it be that the formerly anemic bats that the Dodgers displayed when playing better teams were suddenly energized by their recent success against the Rockies and Padres?

The Dodgers are literally a different team than they were three months ago.  PVLs like Raphael Furcal, Juan Uribe as well as a couple of stiffs named Thames and Gibbons are nowhere to be found.  Juan Rivera has been a pleasant surprise and a clutch hitter since he was cast off from the Blue Jays.  Aaron Miles continues to provide some nice at bats and the solid play of newcomers Justin Sellers and Dee Gordon have contributed to the Dodgers recent success.  Of course Matt Kemp’s career year performance and the resurgence of James Loney and Andre Ethier have rounded out the newly powerful Dodgers.

Let’s hope they can keep their winning ways.  EnchantedTheBeav thought that Blake Hawksworth’s older sister brought us good luck and wanted her back today.  What can I say?  I created this blog for the crazy bunch of regulars that have found a home here away from the scripted marketing hype of that other place.  You asked for her… you got her.  I guess you really like her great smile.

Erin Hawksworth

Erin Hawksworth Displays Her Great Smile

This Day in Dodgers History

September 3, 1917 – Phillies hurler Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the distance in both games of doubleheader as Philadelphia sweeps the Dodgers, 5-0 and 9-3.


Is That All There Is?

August 23, 2011

All the Dodgers scored yesterday were two runs.  But the Dodger pitchers held the Cardinals to only one run.  Behind 1-0 in the ninth inning, Aaron Miles tripled in the tying run after Juan Rivera was hit by a pitch to open the inning.  Moments later, Miles scored on hard grounder to Raphael Furcal.

Jerry Leiber, who along with his partner Mike Stoller wrote “Is That All There Is” and dozens of other hits died Monday.  The songwriting duo, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, wrote many of the songs that were such a big part of the musical culture in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

If two runs is all there is from the Dodgers offense, they won’t win many games.  Only with great pitching can they expect to win when scoring such a low amount of runs.

This Day in Dodgers History

August 23, 1989 – The second-longest shutout in big league history ends when Rick Dempsey hits a home run in the top of the 22nd inning giving the Dodgers an eventual 1-0 victory over the Expos at Olympic Stadium. The Astros blanked the Mets for 24 frames en route to a 1-0 win at the Astrodome in 1968.

August 23, 2000  – Team president Bob Graziano apologizes to a female couple who were asked to leave Dodger Stadium on August 8th because the two shared a kiss during a game. The pair felt the action of the eight security guards was discriminatory because the couple’s friends, a man and a woman, also kissed but were not ejected.