If I had a sledgehammer …

I’m trying not to be the person that worries about guys getting hurt when doing good. So moving past that, I think this Habitat for Humanity effort by the Dodgers today is great — and appealingly photogenic.

Roberto Baly of Vin Scully Is My Homeboy and Jon SooHoo of the Dodgers Photog Blog have highlights. Here’s a sampling, featuring Josh and Aurielle Lindblom, Clayton and Ellen Kershaw and Matt Kemp.

© Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

© Roberto Baly/Vin Scully Is My Homeboy

© Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Braves at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Dee Gordon, SS
Mark Ellis, 2B
Matt Kemp, CF
Juan Rivera, 1B
Andre Ethier, RF
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF
Juan Uribe, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Aaron Harang, P

  • Anonymous

    Matty has been doing the same to NL pitchers.

  • Anonymous

    I was at the Habitat event as well (Roberto, were you there?  I didn’t see you.)  I’m the guy in the yellow shirt in the photos on VSIMHB, and in the photos on my site, Dodgersdiaries.com.  

    A highlight of the day was when one of our Habitat staff asked Kemp if was worried that the construction work, especially the sledgehammer, would affect his swing.  His answer:

    “Don’t worry, I work out.”

    • http://twitter.com/rbaly79 Roberto Baly

      Yes I was there. I was going to ask you if you leave comments here or in True Blue L.A. I’ve seen your face before. Now I know it’s you. Great event! :)

      • Anonymous

        I usually leave comments on Jon’s site.  I can’t keep up with True Blue.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t understand why Rivera is batting this high in the lineup especially when Ethier has been doing fine against lefties 

    • Anonymous

      Funny how that worked out…  :)

  • Anonymous

    OT.  SSS, but hard to believe that they would be “phasing out” Elbert.  He has had a couple of rough outings, not helped by his walks nor by a .462 BAbip, but he is striking guys out at a 10/9 rate.

  • Anonymous

    Giving back to the community is always good.  Glad to see these guys out there.  I would prefer the off season though. :)

    • Anonymous

      They stayed far away from the roof we were tearing off, and didn’t put themselves in a situation where they could have been hurt.  I was looking out for their safety as much as they were, to be quite honest.  Our safety record at Habitat is excellent.  21 years and no Tommy John surgeries required. LOL

    • Anonymous

      dale, I noticed you posted that you can’t get the dodgers on the radio. Have you checked all their radio affiliates? Last season they had 15 in english in CA alone.

      • Anonymous

         yeah. Vegas is shut out.  Ironic that for over 20 years, they were on one of the most powerful stations in the west.  If I can’t get it on TV, I rely on Yahoo and Dodger Thoughts.  One guess which is quicker and more accurate.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Of course Kemp wore some Jordans to do some home demolishing.

  • Anonymous

    Rice pitched on Sunday and Monday, 28 pitches on Sunday only 8 yesterday. Also, he gave up at least 1 run in his 3 appearances before last night. I would think they didn’t want him to pitch 3 consecutive days.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, she sure is purdy!

  • Anonymous

    Mrs. Lindblom is quite attractive ;)

    • Anonymous

      Funny how wealthy athletes’ wives usually share that feature.

      • Anonymous

        Lindblom ain’t wealthy yet, but she’s indeed an attractive woman in person.  So’s Clayton’s wife. 

        • Anonymous

          He was a 2nd round pick. Guessing the signing bonus was none too shabby. This year salary $483k.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, tonight’s game is the free game of the day on MLB.TV!

    • Anonymous

      And its a home game, so we get Vin the whole time!

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    Curse you, Prime Ticket. The Clippers are already in the playoffs, so why are you showing their game instead of the Dodgers?

    That said, I’ll check to see if MLB is showing it to me out here and report back.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a KCAL game in L.A.

      • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

        Grrrh. And so far MLB on cable is showing me the end of the Yankees-Rangers, as I said. I’ll have to wait and see if it automatically goes over to the Dodgers game.

  • KT

    just found the braves feed is blacked out to me in SD…wow…Hopefully MLB free tv works since I don’t have an account this year…so far so good

    • KT

      just found out it’s on 749-1 mlb extra innings channel with the braves anouncers just in case

  • KT

    Good defensive alignment to save a run there…come on guys start it off

  • KT

    They are using the same video feed for both KCAL and the braves feed…the mlb computer feed is about 2-3 seconds ahead

  • KT

    Juan gone!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Way to go!!

    • KT

      welcome john

      • Anonymous

        Anyone else tuning in and seeing 2-0 would assume a Kemp 1st innings HR with Dee or Mark on base :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    I need to complain about Rivera’s lack of power more often. It’s about time Juan!

  • Anonymous

    Who else can we complain on DT about their lack of production , first Uribe follows with a 4-4, now Rivera with his HR :)

  • KT

    MWP of the LA Lakers received a 7 game suspension…I guess they don’t want LA to make it out of the 2nd round

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      Ron Ron is to blame, nobody else. Such a terrible, classless act. Don’t worry, LA’s other team will do just fine :)

      • KT

        never been a clippers fan…never will be…and they won’t make it to the championship either
         
        The only reason my brother is a clippers fan is because my dad had season tickets (because he couldn’t get good enough laker tickets) so he could see the other teams that came into town…my brother was so young he didn’t understand he wasn’t there to root for the clippers

      • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

        Yeah, I can’t blame the NBA for that one, that’s what he deserved. Even if he didn’t mean it maliciously, it was still violent and stupid. 

        • Anonymous

          He absolutely meant to do it.

  • Anonymous

    Per Anthony Jackson: Rivera’s HR was first to reach the Loge level since Adam Dunn in 2010. First Dodger since Kemp in ’07.

  • Anonymous

    If I was to go on memory alone, I would say Hairston was batting at least .750

  • KT

    That high inside pitch to the bunters really works…they use the bat to stop the ball…that’s how we got our triple play

  • KT

    now the feeds are finally different and they are almost in snyc now

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    Why on earth is an island 2500 miles away blacked out, even on the web? Rats.

    • KT

      Link…I don’t have a current mlb account and I’m considered in the Dodger area even though I live in San Diego and I still get the free game on mlbtv…did you try? or are they only trying to blackout your household  ^_^

  • KT

    Nice play Juan…saved a run most likely

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Rivera’s having a nice game — now picking it with the glove, too. Maybe Donnie’s platoon at 1st (even though we’re not supposed to use the p word) is a good idea after all. 

    Btw, I’m sure Martin Prado appreciates Vin relating the childhood nose-picking story. :)

  • KT

    Big shift for McCann

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    I love Vin as much as anybody but I’m not sure I can hear him tell us that Uggla means owl one more time and retain my sanity.

  • KT

    Nice hit matty…way to start it off

  • KT

    matty doubled off by maybe 2 inches

    • Anonymous

      I am amazed that Uggla caught that.

      • KT

        yea it was a good play…that’s why Matty was so close to second on that play

        • Anonymous

          Not much of a choice for him on that one.

          • KT

            I agree

  • Anonymous

    My only real complaint of Mattingly is that he doesn’t get out of the dugout and argue the calls he should. He should take a jog out to first on that last call.

    • KT

      he was out…definitely out by my dvr

      • Anonymous

        OK, but still.. When your player seems adamant about a call you might want to have his back once in a while. I remember having similar thoughts last year of Donnie.

        • KT

          the way I look at it is if you come out all the time they being the umps say oh here he comes again…but if you seldom come out then they take you seriously

          • Anonymous

            I don’t think they ever take you seriously…

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Well, happy birthday Chipper Jones. I’ve always liked him, and he grew up a Dodger fan… and that still made me unhappy.

    • Anonymous

      Chipper can have that one, feliz cumpleanos, but we need to get it back.

  • KT

    my 21 month old son hears the clapping and claps for chippers’ HR…I raise my voice a little saying NO and he stops clapping for 2 seconds the hears the croud and starts clapping again…He still has a lot to learn but he’s trying

  • KT

    looked like Harang had a shot at third on that bunt attempt

  • KT

    Come on Aaron

  • KT

    Well there goes Rivera’s early offense exploits that helped us today…at least his defensive exploits have us still tied

  • KT

    Not this time Uggla

    • Anonymous

      His enthusiasm may have deterred Bourne for going all out for it (but I don’t have a dvr).

      • KT

        rewound…that would be a definite yes

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, Bourne’s body language suggested such (at least in his own mind).

  • KT

    Except for the NY and Philly fans Vinny
     
    Good play Dee

  • KT

    Harang walking the tightrope and doesn’t get away with it

    • KT

      willd pitch does him in…that ground ball base hit to ellis would have been an easy out at 2nd

  • KT

    Come on Dee

    • KT

      Yes…make it a double Dee

  • KT

    Nice Mark
     
    Come on Matty

  • KT

    We will take it

  • KT

    No turn

  • Anonymous

    Now Donnie comes out, when Kemp is trotting back to the dugout.

  • Anonymous

    Uh oh, has the old Matt Kemp, Baserunner, returned?  That’s 3 outs on the basepaths in 2 nights.

    • Anonymous

      Well, with a lot of practice, he does seem to have the homerun trot down pat.

      • KT

        ^_^

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U3DPMRWHEJOLO4JUFORAC5VFLI Josh

    Kemp can certainly be an airhead at times.  Why he would even think about taking a step toward second at that point is beyond me.

    • KT

      me too

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.hindinger Ryan Hindinger

    Not sure how taking one step 25ft outside of the lane constitutes a commitment, but I guess the rulebook must be pretty clear.  Heh.

    • KT

      no he made an attempt about 15 ft pass the bag…it was a definite step

      • Anonymous

        Still.. I think that rule should allow for some umpire interpretation.

        • KT

          Did you see the replay…if you did you could see the intent..then the oh S*** stop

    • Anonymous

      Yep doesn’t matter how far past the bag if you make a move to 2nd, you’re live and able to be tagged out.

  • KT

    At least we are tied again

  • Anonymous

    Based on where that ball was hit, I was thinking it must have been a homer. Force out still scored Gordon!

  • KT

    throw strikes Elbert

    • KT

      Nice inning Scott

  • KT

    Kenley sighting
     
    Come on Juan

  • KT

    Nice job AJ

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.hindinger Ryan Hindinger

    Attendance in the ravine looks high tonight.

    • Anonymous

      Yep 44k.  That’s a whole bunch for the middle of the week, no?

      • Anonymous

        Natural Balance Pet Foods fleece blanket giveaway. That commercial with Guerra wearing it and doing that odd tribal clapping/praying thing really did the job.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.hindinger Ryan Hindinger

      44,014 I believe Vin said.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.hindinger Ryan Hindinger

        Definitely not bad for a Tuesday night.

  • Anonymous

    I’m gonna go ahead and say this PRE- Kennedy AB. Time to cut ties. Now prove me wrong, Adam.

  • KT

    I don’t know why I was expecting anything different from Adam Kenedy…too tough to come off the bench to pinch hit when you haven’t been hitting at all

    • Anonymous

      Adam Kennedy hasn’t hit in 3 years.

      • KT

        If  they’re not a Dodger….I really don’t follow

  • KT

    For a second there I thought Ethier was going to have to jump for the ball by the way he set up

  • KT

    Braves replay showed he went but doesn’t matter now except for the extra pitch

  • Anonymous

    Heyward K, come on Kenley!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you.

      • KT

        you asked for it…you got it…Love it

        • Anonymous

          I’m asking for a Loney HR next….might as well go big!

          • Anonymous

            Nope.

  • KT

    Come on Dee

  • KT

    Brave telecast showed dee’s foot in Harangs size 15 shoe…looked like my son trying to wear my shoes

  • KT

    Do you walk him?

    • KT

      they did but not intentionally

  • KT

    throw it away pitcher

    • KT

      Almost

  • Anonymous

    Let’s go, WGJ!

  • KT

    Come on DP

    • Anonymous

      K will work.

      • KT

        oh yes

  • KT

    Nice Javy…1 more

  • KT

    Kemp played that ball poorly

  • Anonymous

    That’s not very Gold Glovish..

  • Anonymous

    Matt’s gotta shake this jumping act, that in the last few series alone, has interfered with his ability to make running catches that I think he would expect himself to make. That looks like the case on that one.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U3DPMRWHEJOLO4JUFORAC5VFLI Josh

       Yeah, that ball should have been caught.  Hate to pile on the MVP tonight, but he is kind of in la-la land tonight.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DQKCUJVYNHPWJGM36UUHRXUPP4 Gilbert

    He didnt need to jump… way to pretty much cost us the game…. oh btw javy, your fast ball isnt the greatest in the world have some respect for your opponent…. 2 strikes on Pastornicky and Prado and only throwing your fastball… mix it up.

  • KT

    Come on Dre

  • Anonymous

    Vin: Ethier at bat in the bottom of the 9th, down by a run, is not the time for a human interest story on the pitcher.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DQKCUJVYNHPWJGM36UUHRXUPP4 Gilbert

    thats game…. f-ing annoying that they lose like that in that manner

    • KT

      My game is still on…what one are you talking about…Is it over?

      Oh I get it now you just gave up

  • KT

    Nice Jerry

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

    come on Uribe, if you swing extra hard u can win this thing 

  • Jibin Park

    Green light, AJ.  Two-run walk-off bomb!

    • Jibin Park

      Or walk.

  • KT

    Come on Tony…Have a good eye

  • KT

    Night all

  • Anonymous

    We wanted it less than they did tonight.

    • Anonymous

      What!?  I wanted it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DQKCUJVYNHPWJGM36UUHRXUPP4 Gilbert

    Kemp lost it for us…He’ll win more games for us then lose but its just the reality…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGJN4PYDJLDR3O2PSOU3PSVJ6Q Michael

    Guerra allowing the lead off hitter on hurt. Couldn’t agree more that he shoulda changed up his pitches instead of high fastball after high fastball. It was only a matter of time before the damage was going to be done. And Kemp’s error….unbelievable. Won’t happen often, but definitely cost us the game tonight.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

        whenever we let a leadoff hitter on in the 9th I just assume we will loose

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the ceiling in the photo actually came down on Matt’s head, causing a temporary loss of abilities :)

  • Anonymous

    Interesting criticism of Kemp’s defense last night on a play which, IMO, was much more difficult than his flubbed throw to home last week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Zales/100001766283823 Peter Zales

    I think this has been at least three games that Kemp has made bonehead mistakes on the bases. Torre and Bowa must be shaking their heads and rolling their eyes. Regarding his defense, we all know that Kemp is not a natural born CF and therefore a true Golden Glove outfielder. He is probably a better RF with his arm. He doesn’t get a natural jump on the ball and is more athlete than ball player, but, hey, let’s nick pick about the best player in baseball right?!?

    • Anonymous

      I love the position of CF. It is such a difficult position. Applause to those who make it look easy. And overall I think Kemp is one of the best in the game.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Matty made a great attempt. But it looked like he hesitated for a split second when the bat made contact and that was enough. I’d like to think Pete Reiser makes that catch. But if Matty tries to emulate ol Pete that will bring all sorts of “headaches “.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    I think the Kemp catch looks like one that should be made – except I don’t think most of us can imagine what it’s like to have the wall right there. I think it takes a special fielder not to let that affect you.

    It was disappointing that he didn’t catch it, but there’s a reason it’s not ruled an error. The biggest disappointment for me was watching that .170-hitting shortstop reach base four times.

    • Anonymous

      “Pastornicky!!!!!!”

    • Anonymous

      That really bugged me too, starting with his first AB.  I know bona fide major leaguers are always dangerous at the plate, but three hits and a walk are a week’s worth for him.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if the Braves felt the same way about Uribe after Monday night’s game?

  • Anonymous

    Any information released on the severity of Juan Rivera’s injury?  All I’ve seen is Mattingly saying he doesn’t excpect him to play on Wednesday.

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       There was going to be no update until at least after Rivera arrived at the ballpark today.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7PNAFNXM7T73BGEJ4GML6UCTC4 scottF

    Juan Rivera just when you showed power?
    LF 3b & 1b needs a serious upgrade.
    Ned move: Garrett Jones
    Reason I say this is Ned never gets a real hitter.  Don’t tell me Manny. Mccourt wanted Manny.

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       Manny.  (Sorry – I couldn’t resist.)

  • Anonymous

    I blame Habitat for the loss.  If Kemp hadn’t been swinging the sledgehammer so hard yesterday morning, he woulda had more energy to track down that ball.

  • Anonymous

    Could be the SVS callup we’ve been waiting for?

  • Anonymous

    The Pirates split a doubleheader with the Rockies. They lost the first game 2-1 and won the second 5-1. That means the Pirates have gone 18 straight games to start the season without scoring more than 5 runs or giving up more than 5 runs.

    From what the Pirates announcers said, that broke the mark set by the 1943 Tigers.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/DET/1943-schedule-scores.shtml 
    In Game 18 for the Tigers that season, they lost 7-6 to the A’s. 

    In that game, A’s starting pitcher Lum Harris went all 12 innings and scattered 16 hits. There was a war going on! Relief pitchers were needed on the front!

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT