Today’s the day: Booksigning for 100 Things Dodgers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die


Hope to see as many of you as possible as I sign copies of “100 Things Dodgers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” at Barnes & Noble on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, beginning at 2 p.m. The revised version of is on sale now.

The new edition of “100 Things Dodgers” features several new chapters (including Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw) and other tidbits, as well as new information for some existing chapters. I’m looking forward to meeting readers, taking questions and talking Dodgers.

Oh yes, the Dodgers. To describe the state of things, let’s just say that I put out this tweet mid-game Friday, before Hanley Ramirez took himself out of action with the team’s latest injury.


 

The score was 0-0, and Kershaw was working on a perfect game at the time. And yet, the sport was feeling like such a struggle for this team, part of a quarter-century of constantly battling uphill while other teams flit from last to first like it was nothing, that I allowed the fatigued pessimist in me a bit of breathing room.

And then Ramirez flamed out running from second to third. I didn’t see the play until after the game, but from the tweets I saw beforehand, it sounded as if Ramirez had no business trying to go from first to third. Then I saw the replay, and these things were clear: Even after slowing down to a near jog haflway between second and third because of the injury, the throw from right field didn’t arrive at third base until Ramirez was beginning his slide. He clearly would have made it if he hadn’t gotten hurt – I watched the replay a dozen times and saw each time that his choice to go for the extra base even with none out was sound.

It was small consolation, that Ramirez’s injury came in an effort valiant, not dubious. Kershaw lost the perfect game, the no-hitter, the shutout and the one-run lead that he mainly provided with his bat. The Dodgers lost the game, painfully if un-unexpectedly, in the bottom of the ninth. Ramirez will be out again, likely for weeks, and even after Adrian Gonzalez’s neck self-corrects and Mark Ellis works his way back from his quad injury, the left side of the Dodger infield will still be Scrappy Central, emphasis on Scrap.

The injuries are exhausting. There’s no use feeling sorry for yourself in this world, but you sort of feel that, after watching 20-odd teams make the World Series in the past 24 years and enduring the Fox and McCourt ownerships, we’d catch a break from the suffering. But this season has been Sisyphusian.

If you aren’t packing up your boulder and going home, all you can do is keep pushing. Let’s rally in Pasadena today!

 

  • Anonymous

    Sisyphus is a good reference. Diogenes would be relevant too…

  • Anonymous

    Sad I won’t be able to make it, but wishing you and the crew here best of success.

  • Anonymous

    GMing again… Cast adrift (with no compass or water): Uribe, Cruz, Hernandez, Schumacher

    Call up: SVS, Fedex, Gordon, Castellano (as soon as he is off the DL)

    Fedex is our backup catcher; SVS is our backup left fielder/ first baseman; Castellano is our fourth outfielder and maybe emergency use at third; Gordon is, take your pick, SS or backup and pinch runner deluxe. Hairston Jr is officially an infielder.

    • Anonymous

      Federowicz is absolutely mashing at Albuquerque (1.514 OPS), while Hernandez, with his .261 OPS, is doing a better imitation of Eugenio Velez 2011 than even Luis Cruz.

      SVS is also doing a lot of great hitting at Albuquerque (1.226). If Crawford or AGon go on the DL, he’s the obvious call-up candidate. A spot on the 40-man would be required, and could be created by moving Bills to the 60-day DL.

      • Anonymous

        Hernandez has also looked terrible behind the plate, he’s got nothing left.

  • Anonymous

    Jon, you said ” . . . the left side of the Dodger infield will still be Scrappy Central, emphasis on Scrap.”

    Too often it seems the “S” in that is extraneous.

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

    Sisyphus, or maybe Laocoön and his sons.

  • Anonymous

    >> the left side of the Dodger infield will still be Scrappy Central, emphasis on Scrap.

    I think you mean, emphasis on crap. :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good luck at your signing today Jon

    Now on to Baseball…The Dodgers need to get off the pot and DL both Ellis and Crawford. I would rather have 4 good months where everyone is healthy and we play good baseball then have players going in and out of the lineup like Kemp last year.
    We should field the best available team now and let the hurt regulars heal properly

    • Anonymous

      This does make sense. Last year, the Giants were 10 GB as late as what — July?
      “Best available team” in the meantime raises some questions — answered by call-ups, I believe.

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        yes…Dee for Hanley, Send Ellis to the DL…bring up SVS even though I’m not a big fan He’s raking now. If CC goes down which I think is a strong possibility since I think he’s hurting (just not reported yet) bring up Puig…60 Day Billz and Tolleson to make room on the 40 man for SVS
        DFA Cruz and Hernandez…bring up Fed

        • Anonymous

          I agree with all those suggestions KT

  • Anonymous

    Good luck with the signing Jon. I’d come by but I live in Missouri.

    Just glad that I can turn for solace to your site again for some relief from this early season morass.

  • Anonymous

    Jon: I hope that the book signing is/was a big success. You deserve it. As I live about 330 miles north of L.A., I couldn’t make it. How can I order the book?….Regarding last night’s debacle, the best think that happened for me was that I went to bed after the Dodgers didn’t score in the top of the 9th and didn’t learn that and how they lost until this morning.

    • Anonymous

      Even better for me — I avoided the frustration of not scoring by going to bed after the bottom of the 8th.

      Ditto on ordering an autographed copy of the book, Jon. ??????

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Adrian scratched from the lineup…Here is the updated lineup:

    Crawford LF
    Hairston 1B
    Kemp CF
    Ethier RF
    AJ Ellis C
    Schumaker 2B
    Uribe 3B
    Gordon SS
    Magill P

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice Jerry

  • Anonymous

    With this offense, this could be the ballgame right here.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on 1-2-3 DP

  • Anonymous

    That’s a break — in the park AND bouncing over.. But nothing else going right.

  • Anonymous

    Getting this out is a victory of sorts, since it’s one less than the grand slam would have been.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    about time

    • Anonymous

      No matter what, Magill is not long for the game, which burns up the bullpen again. . . . Maybe a guest pitcher? . . . OR there could be some life from the offense and this actually becomes a game.

      Which is more likely?

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        they way things are going I choose option 1

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    I’m tempted to turn this off and then come back after a few hours so I can FFwd through the bad stuff

    • Anonymous

      Gotta keep Vin company.

  • Anonymous

    Kept thinking (wishing) AJ was gunna do that last night with a couple of guys aboard.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      me too

      • Anonymous

        Gotta weather this injury bug and try to stay close.

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          You got that right

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    AJ!!
    Good hit Juan…Come on Dee

  • Anonymous

    I do not think well of Colletti, but to think he would allow a player who needed to go on the DL to PH last night thereby re-setting the player’s 15 day minimum 15 day DL period is ludicrous. Those who commented below that CC should be DL’ed should at least realize this.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I knew CC’s calendar reset…It just looked like he aggravated his hamstring beating out the throw last night and he was hiding it

      • Anonymous

        CC looked good on that one and didn’t grab anything.

      • Anonymous

        there was a article on dodgers.com by Gurnick that said he tripped on first base but was ok.
        Appreciated the reply in any case.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Damn…that hurt going over the wall

  • Anonymous

    Oh great. Hairston pulls up lame.

  • Anonymous

    Not going quietly into the night.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    creeping back into this one need Dee to make up for that missed DP

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DEEEEE!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Pence looked like Joe Boyd trying to corral that one.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Punto & Carl!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on Jerry

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    close one whew

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    way to get on Dre

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice AJ!!…Come on Shoe

  • Anonymous

    Come on Juan, show them what they gave up.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice Paco

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice Job Paco!!!…pass ball not your fault

    • Anonymous

      Don’t agree with official scorer, I guess.

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        nope AJ should have had that one…needs to move his body more

        • Anonymous

          You are tough on catchers. Was that your position?

          • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

            yes when I wasn’t pitching

  • Anonymous

    Just like last night, we are going into the 7th tied.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      not tied anymore ^_^

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    NICE DEE…Make it a double

  • Anonymous

    DEElightful!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      produced a run almost by himself…I thought they bunted too soon

      • Anonymous

        Wonder what Donnie said to him. I guess he might have gone to third on his own.

  • Anonymous

    That was fun to see. Checked in when it was 6-1. Came back at 8-7 Dodgers. Quite a game so far!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      so you missed the fireworks…It was very nice to watch for a change

  • Anonymous

    There are about a half a dozen players who are both fast enough and athletic enough to score on that ground ball to second base….

    I’m glad one of them is on our team….. Dee Gordon.

  • Anonymous

    So, why did DM pull Paco? Was he tired after one inning?

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      he underutilizes him every time

      • Anonymous

        Why would he use Paco if he can abuse Kenley?

  • Anonymous

    Punto actually played 1st in 5 games last year for the Bosox. Cruz, 3 times in AAA in 2009.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice play Luis

  • Anonymous

    Inconceivable! . . . I left when it was 7-1 . . . and the Blue scored 7 — in one inning?!!! And had leads which the bullpen then lost? Okay, that’s more conceivable.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      it was only 6-1

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on Dre

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    bad bunt by AJ…bad jump by Dre…Bad call by Donnie

    • Anonymous

      AJ probably as likely to get Dre to second by walking.

  • Anonymous

    Dre isn’t Dee in the speed department.

  • Anonymous

    Mattingly’s a real tactical genius.

    • Anonymous

      I’m really not enjoying him this year. At all.

      • Anonymous

        He’s clearly out of his League (both literally and so to speak).

  • Anonymous

    Nice, Belli!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Dee!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good job Dee

  • Anonymous

    Crowd seems a little singleminded,

  • Anonymous

    Rats.

  • Anonymous

    Skip looking at the wrong guy.

  • Anonymous

    C’mon, double play!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    YES!!! there is your DP

  • Anonymous

    This team is going to put me on blood pressure medicine.

    • Anonymous

      Or anti-depression.

      • Anonymous

        Ulcers…

  • Anonymous

    Whoa! Repeat of the 1st inning, TOTALLY different result!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe this one is the turning point for the Dodgers fortunes to start climbing upwards.

    • Anonymous

      Gotta hope that regardless of the results, the offense gets confidence that they CAN score.

  • Anonymous

    MLB Audio is behind Gameday and whatever many of you are using for results . . . worked out when KT reported the DP several minutes before I heard it . . . then Gameday reported Kemp’s K several minutes before I heard it. . . . Guess I’m doing the Time Warp.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Gnats have their last bench player in the on deck circle

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    night all

  • Anonymous

    Maybe not

  • Anonymous

    rule 1 violation.

  • Anonymous

    Pitchers equally share the blame: 5 runs by the starter, 5 by the bullpen.

    • Anonymous

      League not doing his job.

  • Anonymous

    Remember that year when we kept winning on walk-offs? I miss that year.

  • Anonymous

    Really….when you sum total it…. what is there to really say?

    • Anonymous

      Jon says it in his NPUT.

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

    NPUT