Dodger Thoughts

Jon Weisman's outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball and life

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.



Dodgers’ former Spring Training home renamed ‘Historic Dodgertown’


My five career foul balls


  1. KT

    Go BLUE!!!!

    • 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.

  2. 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

  3. dalegribel

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

  4. 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.

    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. KT


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

  8. Jack Dawkins

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

  9. KT

    Good start Ryu

  10. KT

    Do we patient Puig or aggressive Puig

  11. KT

    Puig speed!

  12. Bob_Hendley

    Jon getting the full Puig.

  13. Jack Dawkins

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

  14. Bob_in_Vegas

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

  15. Ryu smacked that ball!

  16. Bob_in_Vegas

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

  17. KT

    Base of the wall…nice

  18. Yikes that was risky sending him.

  19. Jack Dawkins

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

  20. KT

    tag would have missed anyway

  21. Blue-eyed Gal

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

  22. Bob_Hendley

    CC should have taken a few more pitches.

  23. KT

    Chad Moriyama ‏@ChadMoriyama 2m
    GIF: Hyun Jin Ryu’s slide is basically him dropping the butt on home plate

  24. KT


  25. KT


    • Bob_in_Vegas

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

  26. 4d3fect


  27. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers1m
    Watch @AdrianTitan23 go the other way for a 2-run shot in the 3rd:

  28. 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).

  29. KT

    MEllis!! 1 foot shy of a home run

  30. 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.

    • 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.

  31. KT

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

  32. Jack Dawkins

    I think he missed third to boot.

  33. KT

    Standing O RYU!!!!

  34. 4d3fect

    right on the money.

  35. 4d3fect

    Ryu practically skipping off the field, heh

  36. Bob_Hendley

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

  37. RBI

    Wow! Hanley!

  38. Jack Dawkins

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

    • KT

      From the Padres replay angle he was out

    • 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

  39. KT

    good job Carlos!

  40. RBI

    Loving this team a lot tonight. Everybody participating.

  41. RBI

    And we’re out of the inning!

  42. btimmer

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

  43. KT

    Puig 4-4

  44. RBI

    Puig putting on a show for Jon.

  45. KT


  46. RBI

    Woot! Woot!

  47. 4d3fect

    Puig FINALLY scores.

  48. KT


  49. Bob_Hendley

    Get League up!

  50. 4d3fect

    A-gone, AGAIN?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

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

  51. RBI

    Think the Weismans are having a good time?

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

  53. This is ridiculous.

  54. RBI

    Can we have this Padre pitcher back tomorrow, please?

  55. 4d3fect

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

  56. Bob_Hendley

    Let’s see if Honey fixed him already.

  57. KT

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

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

  59. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers3m
    Want to see the Dodgers go back-to-back? First, it was @AdrianTitan23: and then @AJEllis17:

  60. 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.

  61. KT

    oh there are now 2 silverado trucks at DS

  62. RBI

    Agon responded well to two days off.

  63. RBI

    Here comes League!

  64. RBI

    Okay. Now we’re even on close calls.

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

  66. RBI

    C’mon, League. You can do it!

  67. 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

  68. 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 :)

  69. ASW1

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

  70. ASW1

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

  71. KT

    Dodgers are in 2nd place in the NL standings.

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

  72. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers2m
    RECAP: @AdrianTitan23 homers twice, @YasielPuig goes 4-for-5. #Dodgers roll over Padres, 9-2.

  73. 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.)

      • 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.

  74. 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.

  75. ASW1

    10 and 1/2 – I love that!

  76. 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?

  77. foul tip

    Ryu, from 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.”

  78. 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.”

  79. 14hodges

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

  80. foul tip

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

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