Dodger Thoughts

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

My five career foul balls


So near, so far


August 31 game chat


  1. btimmer

    The Pirates are not content to sit around. They picked up Justin Morneau from the Twins. I would like to see the Pirates win the NL Central instead of the Cardinals just to see something new and not have the Pirates stay in the postseason last one day.

  2. KT

    Never though of marking my foul balls…We have gotten 10 so far but we use them for signatures from players

  3. WinnipegDave

    So, is that middle ball this game: ?
    Even still you have a 80% winning percentage on foul ball games

    • WinnipegDave

      You must have been wondering if you were ever going to get another ball again after 2001. Nearly 9 years.

      • Frankly, I don’t even remember the 2010 one – that took me by surprise when I was looking at these for the first time since, well, I guess 2010.

  4. Here are the hitters for each:
    1993 Pedro Astacio
    1998: Eric Karros
    1999: Raul Mondesi
    2001: Craig Biggio (off Matt Herges)
    2010: Russell Martin

  5. KT

    Reminder today is a 6:10 start

  6. Here’s how the shelves look now, after a good dusting.

    • KT

      I finally broke down and bought a 30 ball display case that mounts on the wall. I have 12 balls in it 3 are completely filled 1 has all coaches/ HOF’ers, another has about 8 signatures and the last 7 are single signature balls which is the way we are going to go from now on

    • Casey Barker

      I love my Eric Gagne bobblehead. No Vin Scully bobblehead?

  7. Bob_Hendley

    Never been very close to a foul ball, and always poo pooed the wild scramble from afar, until last year when the Bums visited DC. As such, I couldn’t believe it when one actually came my way. Despite being a high popup, I wasn’t ready for it and was in disbelief as it came down. I quickly stood up, but it bounced off my fingers. It was off the bat of Jayson Werth.

  8. Jon, I notice you wrote scores on all the balls (and that they’re all Dodgers victories) except for the Giants one. Did we lose that game? Or should there be a new stat in the Dodgers’ record books: on days when Jon Weisman has caught a foul ball, the Dodgers are 5 and 0.

    I myself got only one foul ball in my life, but it was a humdinger: Shea Stadium, the day Jim Bunning pitched a perfect game against the Mets. Can’t tell you how odd it was to hear my fellow Mets fans (this is when I was living in NJ) root for the opposing pitcher in the last few at-bats.

  9. scooplew

    The only foul ball I have ever gotten at an MLB game was in ’64 off the bat of the Cards’ Charlie
    James vs.Larry Miller of the Dodgers. I once got two in a California League in Salinas-
    -in the same inning.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Did you drop the one you had in your hand in order to catch the second one?

      • scooplew

        You mean was it an Aesop’s fable moment? No,I think I gave one to a friend to hold.

  10. KT

    #Dodgers lineup vs. Padres:
    Crawford LF
    Puig RF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ramirez SS
    Ethier CF
    Uribe 3B
    Schumaker 2B
    Federowicz C
    Capuano P #whiff

  11. KT

    Eric Stephen ‏@truebluela16m
    Longtime Dodgers broadcaster Ross Porter will throw out a ceremonial first pitch tonight at Dodger Stadium

    • WBBsAs

      Bring back Ross, dump Collins, Lyons and Steiner!

      • twaseverthus

        Beggars can’t be choosers. Let’s start with Steiner, since he took Ross’s job (and also because he’s inept at it).

  12. KT

    Bill Plunkett ‏@billplunkettocr9m
    Mattingly said he talked with Matt Kemp about rehab: “He’s just not comfortable baseball-wise yet” Needs more ABs. Will DH tonight/tomorrow

  13. ASW1

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news but for those with Time Warner – all three games @ Colorado Monday 1 pm, Tues 5:30 pm, and Wed. 5:30 pm are slated for CH 9.

  14. dalegribel

    Just one foul ball during the regular season. At Petco, Giants vs. Padres. Thanks Geoff Blum.

    Did get one at Ho Ho Kam during spring training courtesy of Andre Dawson.

  15. btimmer

    Pirates lead Cardinals 6-1 in the 3rd. Russell Martin with a 3-run homer. The Bucs are on target to top 2.1 million in attendance for the 2nd time in their history.

  16. ASW1

    Does anyone know what that thing Pirates fans do with their hands (putting their thumbs together with hands spread opposite directions) is supposed to mean?

  17. KT

    1/2 hour until game time…Let’s Go BLUE!!!!

  18. twaseverthus

    Nice interview with Ross Porter on the Prime Ticket pregame show. Got excited for a minute when Jim Watson referred to him as “part of the FSW family”… but turns out he was just referring to the fact that he occasionally calls high school football games. Sigh.

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