So near, so far

Tonight, I’m going to my first Dodger game since Memorial Day. That’s right: I have yet to see Yasiel Puig in person, yet to enjoy the Summer of Gorge anywhere but on my TV, radio or cellphone.

This will be my fifth game of the year. When I got the tickets for my wife and me last week — and I’m not likely to go to more than one more regular-season game this year after this one — it occurred to me that this will be the fewest games I’ve attended in a Dodger season since … 1988.

Read into that what you will. I’m reading in a lot of hope.

That ’88 season began with me as a college junior, continuing through my trip to cover Stanford at the College World Series in Omaha, my summer internship at the Half Moon Bay Review & Pescadero Pebble and my late-summer job as a gofer for NBC’s Summer Olympics boxing coverage in Seoul. I saw not an inning of Orel Hershiser’s scoreless streak, and returned to the States a couple of days after my senior year began, stopping at LAX without venturing out of it.

I had been at Dodger Stadium for Tim Leary’s pinch-hitting heroics, but otherwise my Dodger attendance that year was forcibly rare. I saw all the playoffs on TV in the vicinity of Palo Alto. I saw Mike Scioscia’s home run from the Stanford Daily newsroom, Kirk Gibson’s diving daytime catch and Jay Howell’s pine tar while ditching classes, Gibson’s homer off Eckersley with friends who were mainly rooting for Oakland, and the final out on my own little TV in my senior suite.

It wasn’t a lifetime ago, but it kind of feels that way. By the same token, my last Dodger game in May — itself a bright spot countering a dreary start, in case you’ve forgotten — feels about half a lifetime ago. The team’s winning percentage when I’ve gone this year (3-1, .750) is still higher than it’s been in my absence (37-27, .578). Still, though my absence didn’t quite coincide with the surge, the Dodgers have gone 57-27 (.679) since I last attended. More than half the season has gone by.

If the Dodgers make the playoffs, this will be the first postseason for which my family doesn’t have tickets since 1981 (though I did attend an NLCS loss that year). So I might be watching those games on TV as well, even sneaking views from the newsroom where I work. If that’s what it takes …

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.

 

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Go BLUE!!!!

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

      KT, I clicked on your name and it said you have over 10,000 comments! Congrats! I don’t know if that’s just here or on all blogs that use this software.

      • John_from_Aus

        He is usually a busy boy :) (His next milestone is 1000 votes!)

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

          Didn’t even notice…Go BLUE!!!!

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

        just here…I think I used 1 other site that had disqus and made 1 comment

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

          My Dodgers blog uses Disqus, kt.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah Link!

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

            forgot about your blog…I know I wasn’t there much

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

            we can subtract 156 comments from your site plus 1 from the other site…so still over 10,000 here

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

        I just opened my livefyre account on MSTI and I have 161 more comments there and I didn’t start there until you shut down here last year

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Have fun at the game tonight Jon…I’m only going to 5 games this year which is close to the norm for me because of the prices I pay

  • dalegribel

    Can’t think of a better family outing. Have fun.

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

      Just me and the wife – we got a sitter!

      • RBI

        Even better!

  • Scott Gilbert

    1988, the only year I went to more Dodger games than you, Jon. LIving in San Diego, just graduated Oregon State, got up to Dodger Stadium seven times, saw Dodgers four times in SD, including Orel going 10 innings to break the record. My only summer living in Southern California, turned out to be a pretty good one for a Dodgers fan. Have a great time at the game.

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

      Thanks :) Pretty sure your brother was in the room with me when I saw Gibson’s homer off Eckersley.

    • WBBsAs

      OK, both of us were there that night in San Diego. I was sitting on the third base side.

      • Scott Gilbert

        I was on the first base side, second row, right where the stands curved around the foul territory “bullpen”. Maybe 15-20 feet from Hershiser as he warmed up. It was odd, I remember being struck by how normal and human he looked, only with incredibly broad shoulders. The crazy thing was that there was very little anticipation of him breaking the scoreless innings record, because he needed to go 10, and what were the chances of that? Then when it happened it didn’t seem real, like it was a trick, and the Dodgers and Padres were all in on it. Amazing.

        • WBBsAs

          After the game, we came down to the boxes alongside the field, where he was being interviewed. Somewhere I’ve got a slide of that, which I will scan and ask Jon to post.

  • ASW1

    Have a great time at the game, Jon! – Hope Puig hits one out for ya, and Ryu (have you seen him pitch in person yet?) throws a gem.

  • RBI

    So glad to be home from jury duty, to have AC, and to have the game on Prime tonight. Life is good.

    • foul tip

      I understand AC isn’t almost universal in CA? Not having it here in the Southeast is almost unthinkable for anyone who can manage to have it.

      We’ve had the mildest summer in decades with only a few mid 90s days and generally much lower humidity.

      • WBBsAs

        In the immediate Bay Area, a/c is utterly unnecessary. On the other side of hills, in Contra Costa Country, it does get hot, but not here.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    MLB

    Tight division races are the best. @Pirates tie @Cardinals atop NL Central with 78th win, a 5-0 shutout: http://atmlb.com/15GA4Nf

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

      Go Pirates!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Im concerned. Star Wars night. Didnt something odd happen on a past star wars night?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good start Ryu

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Do we patient Puig or aggressive Puig

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Puig!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Puig speed!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CC!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jon getting the full Puig.

  • Jack Dawkins

    A double or a long single would sure be fun to watch with these 2 on.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Looks like Jon is picking up seeing them play as they did in May . . . unfortunately.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    MEllis!

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

    Ryu smacked that ball!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ryu!!!! ‘If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me’ — their pitchers’ batting mantra.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Base of the wall…nice

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    PUIG!!

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

    Yikes that was risky sending him.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Let’s hope no residual effects on the mound.

    • 4d3fect

      Missed it, did 3B coach put up the stop sign?

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

        I didn’t see what Wallach was doing. But it looks like it all worked out alright.

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

        no

  • Jack Dawkins

    I thought he was gonna be out by 10 feet the way he was lumbering in, but the throw was off line.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    tag would have missed anyway

  • Blue-eyed Gal

    Q: how many times this year has one of our pitchers “taken it into his own hands” and started the scoring?

  • Bob_Hendley

    CC should have taken a few more pitches.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Chad Moriyama ‏@ChadMoriyama 2m
    GIF: Hyun Jin Ryu’s slide is basically him dropping the butt on home plate http://www.mlbgifs.com/2013/08/hyun-jin-ryus-slide-is-basically-him-dropping-the-butt-on-home-plate/

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ask & receive!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hanley!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    GONZO!!!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sneak of the future — now waiting to hear what it is . . . YES!@!!!

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

        2 exclamations = double, 3 = Triple, 4 = HR

  • 4d3fect

    A-Gone!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I like that . . . Agon — again!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers1m
    Watch @AdrianTitan23 go the other way for a 2-run shot in the 3rd: http://atmlb.com/14frTnx

  • WBBsAs

    I don’t live in LA, but I was fortunate enough to be in San Diego the night Hershiser broke the scoreless innings record (which the Padres failed to acknowledge).

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    PUIG!!

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

    Nice pitch.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    MEllis!! 1 foot shy of a home run

    • RBI

      That was a fantastic ten pitch at-bat. Textbook.

  • Bob_Hendley

    AJ may be wearing down, with an OPS of .589 in the second half dropping to .519 in August. Fed has been getting a bit more playing time with a second half OPS of .739 and .778 in August.

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

      I think he needs more time off…Get KFed in there…better defensively and right now not much of a drop off offensively

      • Bob_Hendley

        They seem to be doing that. He appeared in one-third of the games in the first half and almost 45% in the second half (appearances, not starts). They will probably throw Butera into the mix as well in a couple of days.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    So the white Chevy truck behind the Dodgers bullpen is new this series right?

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

    Nice throw Dre!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DRE!!!!

  • Jack Dawkins

    I think he missed third to boot.

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

      SD Feed didn’t show him rounding third

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Standing O RYU!!!!

  • 4d3fect

    right on the money.

  • 4d3fect

    Ryu practically skipping off the field, heh

  • Bob_Hendley

    So when Ned picked up JP, he didn’t realize that he actually already had two centerfielders.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hanley!

  • RBI

    Wow! Hanley!

  • Jack Dawkins

    I think the Padres could be justifiably upset by that call.

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

      From the Padres replay angle he was out

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

      Padre announcer both said he was out from the replay at 1st they thought he was safe until the replay…have the sound muted so had to go back and turn up the volume

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    good job Carlos!

  • RBI

    Loving this team a lot tonight. Everybody participating.

  • RBI

    And we’re out of the inning!

  • btimmer

    DBacks lose to the Giants 1-0. Magic number is now 20.

    • Bob_Hendley

      How many games until the giants see the light?

      • btimmer

        13

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

          11 soon to be 10

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

    Puig 4-4

  • RBI

    Puig putting on a show for Jon.

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

      Was just about to say, Jons seeing a good one!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    HANLEY!!

  • RBI

    Woot! Woot!

  • 4d3fect

    Puig FINALLY scores.

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

    Wow.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    GONZO!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Get League up!

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

      Better yet, it’s Volquez!

    • RBI

      League warming up for the 9th.

  • 4d3fect

    A-gone, AGAIN?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice! . . . Guess Hanley was getting too close for the team lead.

  • RBI

    Think the Weismans are having a good time?

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

    Save some for tomorrow night when I’m in the stands boys!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    AJ!!!!

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

    This is ridiculous.

    • 4d3fect

      Has Vin trotted out the expression “laugher” yet?

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

        Not yet.

  • RBI

    Can we have this Padre pitcher back tomorrow, please?

    • RBI

      Of course, now I feel sorry for him. A little.

  • 4d3fect

    Bass getting his..well, his, hat.. handed to him.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s see if Honey fixed him already.

    • ASW1

      These reclamation projects are getting kinda fun.

    • RBI

      Yup.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Eric Stephen ‏@truebluela39s
    Hyun-jin Ryu has 12 quality starts in 13 Dodger Stadium appearances, and sports a 2.07 ERA at home

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

    Didn’t look too sharp, but at least he didn’t give up any runs.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers3m
    Want to see the Dodgers go back-to-back? First, it was @AdrianTitan23: http://atmlb.com/14fzxhZ and then @AJEllis17: http://atmlb.com/15H46k1

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Casual fans…should have made sure he didn’t catch the ball

    • ASW1

      Ha! – I was thinking, Man, that guy kinda was too timid going for that ball – it was in the stands – he should have been more aggressive.

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

        He should have grabbed Guzmans glove

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    oh there are now 2 silverado trucks at DS

  • RBI

    Agon responded well to two days off.

  • RBI

    Here comes League!

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

    He’s out.

  • RBI

    Okay. Now we’re even on close calls.

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

    Bad call at first, defensive indifference, bloop single… about as unearned as they get.

  • RBI

    C’mon, League. You can do it!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Ball Game Dodgers Win!!!! 24 games over .500 Magic Number is 19!!!!

    22 wins this month of August is a new LA Dodger calendar month record.

    The Dodgers’ franchise record for wins in a calendar month is 25, set by Brooklyn in July 1947

    Good to see our home record (41-28) getting better

    won 22 of last 28 gms (.786) in August, 32-8 since ASB (.800) , 49-13 since 6/22 (.790),

    10.5 gms ahead of the Dbags, 2nd largest lead by a division leader

    Dodgers 3 games back of the Barves for MLB’s best record

    Last 20 series 15-1-4 going for the series win tomorrow

    http://i.imgur.com/AMbO5zV.jpg

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT
  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Good game, hoping for half as much excitement when I go tomorrow night. Praying for Good Cappy. Either way I get a Kershaw replica jersey :)

    • ASW1

      Awesome – have a great time!

  • ASW1

    Puig was dialed in tonight – I can see him going off in the playoffs – Donnie finding the right buttons to push with him.

  • ASW1

    Love the domino effect with the rotation – Nolasco pushing Ryu for the #3 in the upcoming playoffs. Ryu says, Hey, not so fast!

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

      If we could just get a consistent #5. Though come playoff time it won’t much matter.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Current Standings:

    http://i.imgur.com/uXPVXCR.jpg

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Dodgers are in 2nd place in the NL standings.

    3 games behind the Barves….We got this…Go BLUE!!!!

    pic.twitter.com/R0s1kaupQq

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers2m
    RECAP: @AdrianTitan23 homers twice, @YasielPuig goes 4-for-5. #Dodgers roll over Padres, 9-2. http://atmlb.com/14fCuPB pic.twitter.com/DGHpOWYDU2

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Run differential for the Dodgers:

    281-161 since 6/22

    105 – 72 6/22 – ASB

    185 – 91 second half

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Padres announcers pointed out something we’re all hoping for . . . that the Blue goes to an even higher level when Matt comes back. (MLB Audio lost KLAC and I had to go to them.)

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

        I’m glad we are playing so well so there won’t be any pressure on him

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Great point. I’m sure he felt it earlier in the year when there was no Puig and Hanley was on the DL and Andre wasn’t doing anything.

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

            yep…everyone was pressing because of all the injuries

  • ASW1

    Loved to see Andre come through with a good throw from short center to save a run.
    Jon really got to see it all in this one.

  • ASW1

    10 and 1/2 – I love that!

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

      I love the magic numbers for the whole division posted below

  • John_from_Aus

    A dominant win I see

    • foul tip

      If you see this, how did the school chess championships you mentioned a few days back go?

  • foul tip

    Ryu, from dodgers.com game story–

    “My initial thought was I just have to stay alive, I have to be safe no matter what,” Ryu said. “After I was safe I thought that I should practice how to slide.”

    AGon also praised Ryu’s hitting. “He has the classic Asian swing. He steps in the bucket, but keeps his
    hands inside and through the ball. I’ve tried to imitate that swing, the Ichiro swing.”

  • foul tip

    “Volquez said he was looking forward to working with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, who has already helped reliever Carlos Marmol improve since coming over from the Cubs in July.

    “From what I hear, he’s an outstanding pitching coach and he knows what he’s doing,” Volquez said. “Hopefully we can get on the same page and fix me and make me better.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130830&content_id=59020646&notebook_id=59020782&vkey=notebook_la&c_id=la

  • 14hodges

    SO glad that you were able to see a fun one, Jon!

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

      Me too! But man, was it steamy!

  • foul tip

    And, to complete the trifecta, “Zack Greinke: Dodgers Slugger”–

    http://therotation.sportsonearthblog.com/zack-greinke-dodgers-slugger/

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

    NPUT