Anchors a-whoa

I spent the past week like a Merchant Marine on a ship at sea, if the Merchant Marines had three kids to wrangle but otherwise every whim catered to, thanks to the generosity of their in-laws.

During my absence from the States, it was another eventful but victory-challenged week for the Dodgers, who continue generating all manner of interesting side trips but can’t much alter their main journey of failing to execute when it counts.

Almost every aspect of the team is so inconsistent, so unreliable, that to form any expectations of sustained success – and by sustained success I simply mean nine innings of winning baseball – is foolhardy. The ship was built with good intentions, but clearly the seas have their own agenda and we are at their mercy. Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.

Overall, however, the National League West requires medication for all, in its bizarre mix of mild overachievers and dyspeptic disappointments. Arizona, Colorado, San Francisco and San Diego aren’t exactly drowning their rivals in their wake. The waters aren’t kind to anyone these days.

And so we raise our sails on this Father’s Day, a day devoted to appreciation of those who captained us and championed us, and continue our voyage (weather permitting). Why do we do it? I guess because we are sailors, and because they keep putting that ocean out there.

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Bob Timmermann held the fort here for the past several days and reminded us all of his genius. For more of his writerly stylings, please continue to check out his work at The Portable Griddle, L.A. Observed’s Native Intelligence and on Twitter.

Dodgers at Pirates, 10:35 a.m.

  • Anonymous

    Fitting, then, that we are playing the Pirates.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s all thank Bob for manning the bridge and quelling the motely lot of us. Let’s go get those Filibusteros! (rain permitting).

    • Anonymous

      ¡Corsarios!

  • Anonymous

    You picked a good week to miss. Every game felt like walking the plank.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, indeed, to Bob, and welcome back to Jon. We hope that all went well on your trip–better than it did for the Dodgers, to be sure.

  • Anonymous

    any weather news from Pittsburgh would be welcome

    • Anonymous

      Radar shows this one moving on. There are others about 50 miles away. I don’t know how fast they are moving but they might try to get something in shortly.

      • Anonymous

        Zero percent chance of precipitation starting at about 3 p.m. EDT and until about 8 p.m. EDT, according to weather.com.

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

    Game is scheduled for a 12 noon (Pacific) start.

    • Anonymous

      For those of us not in L.A. or without MLBTV, the game is scheduled to be broadcast by TBS.

  • Anonymous

    Virtually nothing comes easily for the Dodgers.

    • Anonymous

      Well, we just got a run on pretty much nothing.

      • Anonymous

        and another run out of pretty much nothing.

        • Anonymous

          I was speaking philosophically, about the entire season, and my post was in connection with Pittsburgh’s first inning. And, yes, I agree that we have made the most of not much at the plate today.

  • Anonymous

    Puig smiles too much and I often mistake it for a grimace.

    • foul tip

      I have to be in favor of anyone who can find much to smile about this season.

      • Anonymous

        Edited to better express my feeling.

  • foul tip

    Cruz shown on TBS talking with Puig. I’m all for that. Maybe some of Puig’s hitting will rub off through osmosis…or plain dumb luck…or something, anything. Luis has done a bit better lately, but only a bit isn’t enough.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome back, Jpn. See what you’ve missed?

  • foul tip

    TBS guys talking about Ethier and Puig colliding. Ethier probably felt that.

    Rather not have any Dodger collisions, but if Puig and VanSlyke do, it could inspire a remake of When Worlds Collide.

  • Anonymous

    All tied up!

    • Anonymous

      But the BIG hit remains as elusive as ever.

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

    Well, there’s the BIG hit, but for the wrong team.

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

    Cruz finally takes a pitch and the ump gets it wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how long Cruz has to continue to fail before Mattingly figures out that he shouldn’t be on the team, or at least hardly ever starting. Anyone know why Uribe, whose batting average is double that of Cruz’, was scratched today?

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

      Back spasms. According to the Dodgers on twitter, Uribe was scratched but Papi is available.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks.

        • Anonymous

          there is an article about the Uribe situation which was posted at 4:20 Eastern time at dodgers.com, long after you asked your question in the, as you now know, unnecessarily unpleasant way you did. Imo, if you will not look around to find the answer to your question before you post, it will be more pleasant if you ask such questions in a straight forward way.
          We are all frustrated but only a small number here criticize the manager almost every game.
          Mattingly doesn’t decide who is on the team, Colletti does.
          Actually, the dodger.com article says “tightness in his back”

          • Anonymous

            Fire them both, then. Pardon my breach of conduct.

          • Anonymous

            If I offended you, I apologize.

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

    Strikeout with the bases loaded, again. Futility, thy name is the 2013 Dodgers.

    • Anonymous

      Remarkably consistent in this category.

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

        ONLY area of consistency seen thus far this season. Other than Kershaw, I guess.

  • Anonymous

    I think I’m almost ready to take the long view on this Dodgers’ team. As in, even though they could right the ship and succeed this year, I’m really thinking next year will be exciting.

    • Anonymous

      Certainly opening day in Australia will be!

  • Anonymous

    Waaay off topic here – but I’m excited to celebrate this Father’s Day with my son (who was born in Ethiopia) Ethiopia’s win over South Africa in FIFA action.

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

    Now, folks, we get to watch the team go play the Yankees in what was thought to be a fantastic series before the season started. Now? Blah.

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

    NPUT