Giants are in town

May 7, 2012

The Dodgers, who have several players with nagging injuries, have limped back to LA after a losing road trip against two teams near the bottom of their division.

Ted Lilly hopes to get the team back on the winning track tonight.

Former Dodger pitcher Bobby Castillo suffered a stroke according to the blog Vin Scully is my Home Boy.

Our new owners have flat out lied to us about Frank McCourt getting revenue from current operations.  Frank has to be sitting at home giddily laughing his ass off thinking about how he was able to buy the Dodgers using none of his own money, rip the organization into several different legal entities, avoid losing the team to the MLB by using bankruptcy laws, and sell the team with about a billion dollars going into his pocket, and still be getting 7 million dollars a year income from leasing the land.  I’d like to see what would happen if any of us tried to sell our houses, but keep the land and charge the new buyers rent for the privilege of letting the building rest on our property.

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November

November 1, 2011

The leaves are fading and falling;
The winds are rough and wild;
The birds have ceased their calling–
But let me tell you, my child,

Though day by day, as it closes,
Doth darker and colder grow,
The roots of the bright red roses
Will keep alive in the snow.

And when the winter is over,
The boughs will get new leaves,
The quail come back to the clover,
And the swallow back to the eaves.

The robin will wear on his bosom
A vest that is bright and new,
And the loveliest wayside blossom
Will shine with the sun and dew.

The leaves today are whirling;
The brooks are all dry and dumb–
But let me tell you, my darling,
The spring will be sure to come.

There must be rough, cold weather,
And winds and rains so wild;
Not all good things together
Come to us here, my child.

So, when some dear joy loses
Its beauteous summer glow,
Think how the roots of the roses
Are kept alive in the snow.

Alice Cary

Although this is the first day of November, we Dodger fans have endured metaphorically the bleakness of November ever since news of Frank and Jamie McCourt’s plundering of the team for their own luxurious lifestyle hit the fan.  We have seen our beloved team, once at the pinnacle of of Major League Baseball, fall into mediocrity and become a laughing stock in the baseball community.

Hopelessness and despair have been our constant companions as we read about the continuous flow of litigation and business manuevers initiated by Frank McCourt and his legal henchmen as they tore apart the organization so lovingly crafted  by men such as Branch Rickey, Walter O’Malley, Buzzie Bavasi and Al Campanis.

The news that McCourt may have finally realized that he is in a no win situation given that about 99% of Dodger fans want him gone and is seriously thinking about selling the team has brought the first ray of sunlight after a dark and tumultuous storm.  While he has been a poor steward of the Dodgers, the team itself has too much history and been too big a part of Americana to shrivel up and die.

The roots of the roses are alive in the snow
Awaiting a new owner to restore the Dodgers beauteous summer glow.


Looking through blue colored glasses

October 22, 2011

Until the last couple of years due to the McCourt meltdown, we Dodger fans have always tended to look at our team as one of the premiere teams in MLB history.  Despite the fact that a Dodger almost never appeared on one of the daily recap shows depicting the best plays of the day, we seemed to think our players were somehow more gifted than those of other teams.  And overall, there may have been some merit to that type of thinking.  But in the past few years, we looked at our young core as something really special.  This year, it turns out that Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw actually delivered on that promise.  But the others really have not risen above the rest of the MLB pack.

That brings me to the concern that Oldbrooklynfan has about the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series.  A few years back, I remember Vin Scully remarking that over the entire history of both teams, they were actually tied in wins against each other.  I don’t know how much that has changed since and I am not anal enough to spend the time to look it up.  The point is, as Mr. Pierre has pointed out, is that both the Cards and Dodgers have won 22 pennants but the Cardinals have won 10 championships to the Dodgers 6.

Our heroes include Zack Wheat, Dazzy Vance,  Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Don Sutton and many others.  Currently, Kemp and Kershaw are star players for LA.

If we bled Cardinal red instead of Dodger blue, we could point out that history has not ignored the St. Louis team with players such as
Rogers Hornsby, Jim Bottomley, Dizzy Dean, Stan Musial, Enos Slaughter, Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Bruce Sutter, Ozzie Smith, among others.  Now days, they have Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman providing the power.

Both of these teams have a long and glorious history in the National League.  As Dodger fans, we look to the farm teams and hope that our prospects will pan out.  But in many years, our minor leagues have only provided a few pitchers.  I can’t remember that last power hitter other than Kemp that has made a big splash.  We Dodger fans like to think with our heart and not our head.  Looking around the league, many teams have brought up premiere hitters who are now performing well in the MLB and are featured on the web gems on a regular basis.

Maybe thinking with our hearts is not a bad thing.  Like Danny Kaye sang, “They may be bums but they’re my bums.”


Does It Really Matter?

October 17, 2011

So Frank and Jamie have settled.  What?!!  Again!!!!!

Good News? Who knows…..?

Good news for the writers as it gives them something to scribble about. Not a lot going on so it is a nice little tidbit for them.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-1017-mccourt-divorce-settlement-20111017,0,2826184.story

Doesn’t really mean anything until the judge approves it anyway.

And the big question. Where is the money coming from to pay her off? The only source of income Frank has is the Dodgers, and he has tapped that out to the tune of having to auction off the TV rights of 2 years from now to keep his present day boat afloat.

I don’t think it really matters or changes things. Just puts a number on how much Jamie gets to shut up and go away. The real decision comes starting Oct. 31st when Bud and Frank square off in Delaware.

The funny thing is: after reading this breaking news about Frank and Jamie, the thing that still gives me the most concern is:

Our incompetent GM….

All of this really just keeps blinding people to the fact that this team will never become a championship caliber team as long as they continue to employ a GM that is inept.

The court battle for ownership could drag on for quite some time. The Dodgers can however make a move to make them better immediately. Get rid of NedCompoop!!!!!!!

There won’t be any WS rings in the future as long as Ned is the GM. Regardless of who owns the team. Mark it down.


Wait ’til next year!

September 29, 2011

The Brooklyn Dodgers spent much of their existence playing “bridesmaids”  to the other teams in New York and the league. They put together strings of successful seasons, only to come up short each year in the playoffs. Dodger fans sustained themselves with the mantra, “Wait ’til next year.”  The LA Dodgers are continuing that tradition.

This year has been one of the most interesting with the collapse in May and June leading to a massive deficit by July only to come back strong in the last two months.  Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw had monster years with each of them having a great shot of winning the MVP and Cy Young Award respectively.  We got some great pitching by guys that started the year in Double A.

If the Dodgers can re-sign Hiroki Kuroda, they have a chance of being very competitive next year.  It should be a fun hot stove league this fall and winter.

The greatest deal we can hope for is the sale of the Dodgers and the exit of Frank McCourt but it looks like that will not happen until sometime late in 2012 at the earliest.  So we will be in limbo for another spring and summer.  Ned Colletti said he is open to signing an impact bat to a big contract in the hopes of satisfying a disgruntled fan base.  That might make us a little more gruntled, but we won’t be hugely gruntled until McCourt is gone.

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I would like to thank all of you who have viewed this blog, commented and posted threads here.  It has been fun to read and be part of the conversations of a very dedicated group of Dodger fans.  The ITD/OTD community have made watching the Dodgers much more enjoyable.  Even though we are spread out all over the country, our love of the team has brought us together in a friendly atmosphere.

I started this blog to give us a place to meet after the new posts on Inside the Dodgers became few and far between.  Unlike Josh, I was not above posting some nonsense for the sake of having a new post every day.  But some of that nonsense was fun to  create; the main idea was to give us a place to talk to each other, not to be the fountainhead of new Dodger information.  There are about a dozen very good web sites that provide that type of news.

OTD is unlike most other blogs in that most of the regular readers have full editing privileges and can create posts.  Thanks to yunghitters89, dodgereric, enchantedbeaver and JhallWally for your contributions.  I will not be creating new posts daily during the off season.  I welcome each of you to take advantage of the opportunity to create a post whenever the urge strikes you.  If you see your name on the Author Grid at the right, you can create a post.  If you don’t see your name there, leave a message here and I will add you to the list.  Look at the “How to create a post” link at the bottom right for guidelines on making your contribution.

Thanks again to all of you.  You have made this a fun year to be a Dodger fan. 🙂

This Day in Dodgers History

September 29th

1951     At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, Don Newcombe becomes the first black to win twenty games in a season. In a must win for the Dodgers, the right-hander bests Robin Roberts, also a 20-game-winner, blanking the Phillies, 5-0.

1959     At L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams being tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning, after the first two batter make outs, when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.

1976     Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as Dodger manager. ‘Smokey’, compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558), during his 23-year tenure with the club winning seven pennants and four world championships.

1979     Manny Mota sets a major league record with his 146th career pinch hit, a single to right field, in LA’s 6-2 victory over Chicago at Dodger Stadium. The Dominican Republic native surpasses the all-time record set by Smoky Burgess, who collected his last hit as a pinch-hitter in 1967.

2000     Gary Sheffield ties Duke Snider’s 1956 mark for the Dodgers’ franchise single-season home run record with his career best 43rd round tripper helping Los Angeles to defeat the Padres, 3-0.


Publicly Stating His Version of the Facts

September 18, 2011

In a better world, we would solve our economic issues and be done with them, move on to fixing the jobs market and then move onto education and taxes. In a sophisticated world, we would think logically before speaking, using our ideas to come to a better accord. However, these ideals and tasks have been put off for far to long, that now, public perception is neither fix nor cut, but rather a simple GET IT DONE.

What can be said about this American treasure commonly referred to as the Los Angeles Dodgers.? Our perception of this team runs wild from acceptable, to deplorable, insulting and plain horrid. No more is it a fallacy of the times, than it is of the people who head it.

Enter one Frank McCourt. Under better brain capacity, he’d at least consider to notion of stepping down, but it is because of this lack of brain capacity that he still scorns us. He considers us the enemy and he the liberator: a fighter of the people, for the people, per-se. He has previously said many times that the media has misconstrued the truth and that he is the victim. Although there may be some truth to this, and to how we arrived at this point in time and place, he cannot deny the fact that he brought this upon himself. The mere fact that his conniving sickening ways were kept hidden for so long, is a testament to our lack of digging for answers, and using our better judgement and logic before purchasing that $5 hot dog, $7 beer, $15 parking and $5.50 nachos, and asking, what is he doing with all that money.

Now we know better.

So with all this hatred for the man, and the lack of interest in anything he does to try and bring fans around, what more can he do.? In his mind, again, he is the victim, and his story has been tangled in a web of lies. And with that, Frank has taken it upon himself to ask Bankruptcy Court, the court that now controls the financials of the Dodgers, to allow him to hire a PR firm so they can tell his story in his way.

Never mind the fact that people whom work for the Organization are made to sign confidentiality waivers and cannot speak about the intertwines of the Organization after leaving the ball-club, but also attesting to the fact that now former Vice President of Communications left his post to pursue the forthcoming promotion of this title with another club, seems fishy. I mean, wouldn’t portraying the Dodgers and all things related to them fall under one of Josh Rawitch’s duties?

So all alas for Josh, as maybe he was fired, or left of his own free will. But why hire a PR firm whose sole focus will be to negate any story about an owner whom we all have seemed to fall in love with. We all know about the stealing, deception, cut backs, and problems that plague this team, but when will the man whose name falls on the deed ultimately see this whole situation for what it is: a no win situation. I wonder how this PR firm will try to fix that part of his image!


Off-Season Thoughts

September 5, 2011

With almost $50 mil coming off the books, and what looks like a sudden youth influx of good to OK talent, what do we need but a bat that isn’t named Uribe.  Who knows what this off-season may bring, but something that probably will occur is Bud Selig’s insistence that if Frank is still owner during off-season, that any money he takes out in loans or which way attainable, are used exclusively for the team. Pujols, Prince, etc. Maybe that Yu Darvish fellow? Who knows, but for now, this team rides the trains with the baggage they have, and a sudden resurgence of Loney and Ethier amongst others have helped ease the pain most have felt throughout the season.

Do we need more help in the rotation, or do we re-up with Kuroda-San, and keep the team as is. Do we go all in with the chance at luring Prince or getting a now 30 year old Pujols, who some consider is now in his decline. Maybe, just maybe we become buyers this off-season, probably buying way above value just to get people to sign. Or do we get new management, new front office brain-trusts, and lure someone with the promise of a new direction. All that assumed, can we as Dodger fans actually see a brighter future around the bend?

This Day in Dodgers History

September 5, 1955 – In an 11-4 win over the Phillies, Dodger pitcher Don Newcombe hits his seventh homer establishing a National League record for home runs by a pitcher in a season. The victory is Newk’s 20th of the season.