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.
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.