Dodger Thoughts

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September 22 game chat

Dodgers at Padres, 1:10 p.m.

Happy birthday to Young Miss Weisman. She’s 11. It’s getting hard to wrap my head around, and it’s only gonna get harder …


Kershaw CLXXXI: Kershawvity


A 10-man playoff pitching staff?


  1. btimmer

    I do not feel that I am the right person to leave the first comment, but someone has to.

  2. John_from_Aus

    Hanley is back playing today

    • Bob_Hendley

      You were up early for this one, no?

      • John_from_Aus

        checked in at 6am my time (the 5 hours ago) at home and when I logged in at work, I was just in time to follow Kenley go KKK to finish

  3. John_from_Aus

    I have an 11 year old girl, 99.9% she is an angel, but she makes up for it the other 0.1% :)

  4. btimmer

    At Yankee Stadium, Yankees with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, down 2-1 to the Giants.

    Ground out, fielder’s choice at the plate
    Single to left, Cano thrown out at plate

  5. Jack Dawkins

    At opening night of the LA Opera season last night I espied Peter O’Malley.

    • berkowit28

      Hold on. Where were you when you saw O’Malley? I thought you lived in Australia or somewhere in east Asia? Was LA Opera opening on TV (???) or are you here in LA now?

      • Jack Dawkins

        No, I live in LA area. grew up in Pasadena. So attended opera openign in person. Have subscribed for 27 years there now.

        • berkowit28

          OK. But haven’t we discussed cricket in previous years? Or am I confusing you with someone else? If not, where did you get interested in cricket?

          • Jack Dawkins

            Growing up, had a brit Ex pat living next door who would listen to the england Test matches on a short wave radio in his back yard. Through him I learned the game.

          • berkowit28

            OK, makes sense. (Though it’s still highly unusual for an A,mericam with no other access to have enough interest from radion and a neighbour to learn thj e game.) This year I started subscribing to Willow TV, just 415/mo. I now can watch all international matches (all countries).

            When I was in London in July, I went to the Royal Opera twice. I don’t usually get to LA Opera, living in Santa Barbara. Just once or twice. I have gone to Met Opera HD film viewings here.

          • berkowit28

            Willow TV $15/mo. Sorry for all the typos.

          • John_from_Aus

            I wondered when cricket would enter the conversation between you two :)

  6. Jack Dawkins

    Vin talking about facial hair. Says the one thing you never see in clubhouses anymore is a razor blade.

  7. WinnipegDave

    Nice hit by Greinke. He may well finish the season above .300.

  8. btimmer

    Bee delay in Anaheim. They’ve taken over right field.

  9. Jack Dawkins

    Puig’s right leg looks like it is botherign him as he jogs back to the dugout.

  10. Isn’t someone going to do something in this game?

  11. John_from_Aus

    Was Grienke OK, I just tuned in and saw he came out after only 75 pitches?

    • Not hurt, just being rested for playoff duty, or so Vinnie surmised.

      • John_from_Aus

        Are the DT commentators also resting ready for playoff duty? :)

        • foul tip

          Yup. Got to get ready for all those fresh great insights and observations and give the fingers rest from a long season of keystroke fatigue. ;-])

      • KT

        yea that’s what Tim Wallach told me

  12. John_from_Aus

    Good to see Andre back at the plate (even though he struck out)

    • John_from_Aus

      20 comments, wow, is everyone all cheered out :)

      • Sunday afternoon beach excursion before fall begins? Half of them attended the game in San Diego? Complacency?

        • foul tip

          Carpooling to AZ to go swimming in a certain pool?

        • RBI

          How did you know I was at the beach with family? Listened to the first three innings in the car. I’m glad to see we won!

  13. John_from_Aus

    KKK – I hope he keeps this form up for the playoffs

  14. Jack Dawkins

    90 wins. Has a nice feel to it.
    Wonder if Donny will let a veteran manage one of the last games the way Torre did?

  15. foul tip

    What are the odds of seeing PH Zack Greinke at some point in the playoffs? From what I’ve seen, he’d do as well or better than some other options.

    However it might work, that’d probably be a bit to cutting edge for DM.

  16. TAFKA_Gagne55

    I was sitting on the first base side today and caught the foul ball that Michael Young hit just before his game winning hit. It was my first foul ball ever.

    • KT

      Was it a scramble or outright catch..I don’t remember?

      Did you see me grab one off the field by the 3rd base camera well today…Tim and Skip also threw me two balls which I turned around and found the youngest Dodger fans around and gave it to them.

      I try to do this every game…1st one is for my daughter the rest is to make some little boy or girls day

      • TAFKA_Gagne55

        It was a little bit in between. It was a hard foul ball to a few rows in front of me. It bounced off the first people’s hands and went straight to me. Having been slowed down I could catch it (I didn’t bring a glove) but bobbled it and it rolled under the chair behind me. I immediately reached my arm back and grabbed it just in time. I didn’t see yours. It was really cool that you got all that stuff. I thought about seeing if I could go over and get Young to autograph the foul ball after the game, but I figured it was a long shot and we didn’t want to miss the 4:06 trolley.

        PS- Sorry for taking so long to respond. San Diego to Thousand Oaks is a long drive.

        • KT

          I remember it now…after young’s post game interview my daughter and I were standing right in front of him as some relatives were coming around to see him she asked while he was stand 2 feet in front of us and he said he wasn’t signing today…even after I told him we went to the same High school and my brother was 3 years ahead of him
          First they wouldn’t have let you into the area where I was sitting…they had ushers making sure people who didn’t have tickets stayed out.
          Be glad you didn’t waste your time

  17. foul tip

    Sometimes you wonder what some writers are thinking, or if they are. Saw an item elsewhere that referred to the Dodgers’ failed former closers, Wilson and Marmol.

    Wilson has never been a failure. Marmol struggled before being released by the Cubs this year, but he’s not a failure. Writer of that item needed more thought or at least more careful editing.

    BTW, some stats for the two….Marmol, no runs across 16 of his last 17 outings, ERA in those 1.08. Not quite 17 IP in them, 23Ks but the customary high number of BBs, 15.

    Wilson as a Dodger: 11.1 IP, 8 H, I ER, 3 BB, 10 Ks, ERA 0.97.

    Wilson is a lock for postseason. Might even take Beli’s setup role.

    No way Marmol should be left off in favor of League. There is a failed former closer for you.

    BA against as Dodgers for both Wilson and Marmol barely above .200.

    • WBBsAs

      Both League and Mármol are failed closers. Twitterboy 00 was shaky even during his best days as a Gnat.

  18. KT

    Sunday is a bad day to go for autographs ( no batting practice, most players stayed in the dugout)

    This is the booty from today’s game 3 game balls (actually gave two away to a couple of young dodger fans), CC signed my copy of his jersey and a ball, Chris Capuano, Stephen Fife, Steve Lyons,

    besides these sigs only Kemp, Puig and Kenley signed but they were way down the line from us

    Also Dre actually waved to my daughter from the dugout and made her day

    View from my seats into the dugout:

  19. KT

    View to the mound slightly zoomed

  20. KT

    Pre-game as I was waiting for signatures no zoom on the watson / lyons…Zoom on Kershaw:

  21. KT

    Zoom on the dugout view others no zoom…Had a conversation for two innings with each of the crew of Watson / Rogandino and Lyons

  22. John_from_Aus

    Nice photos KT

    • KT

      taken from my regular phone…one day I’m going to bring my good camera with me

  23. 14hodges

    Happy birthday to your daughter, Jon!

  24. KT

    Today’s Tommy LaSorda and my Nephew’s birthday…Mine’s tomorrow…Happy Birthday Miss Weisman

  25. KT

    An old man was dancing during the bottom of the 5th and was beingg shown on the scoreboard when I bombed the camera man big time…also bombed Steve Lyons picture of Mark Rogandino and Jim Watson

  26. KT

    Well my record for games attended this season is 4-1…I hope my post season record is 1-0

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Right on for the former, amen to the latter!
      Happy Birthday!

      • KT

        Thanks Bob…I’m going to collect all my birthday wishes everyone is giving me and spend them on not needing a win on Halloween night

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Yeah, but that’s a nice problem to have — needing a win then means the World Series!

        • NoahUCLA

          Although needing a win on Halloween night means that we are in game 7 of the World Series, so be careful in how you formulate your wishes!!

          • KT

            Yea I want to win before they have to play that last game in the AL park…I was careful

  27. KT

    Lana Berry‏@Lana
    Puig always trying to steal the show smh RT @n1ck_pants: @lana

  28. KT

    ABC7 Eyewitness News ‏@ABC719m
    @Dodgers announcer Vin Scully may soon have street near stadium with his name on it

  29. btimmer

    Off day today! Let’s all take a nap. Next off days will be September 30-October 2.

    • KT

      Take one almost everyday…look forward to that 45-60 minutes since I still can’t sleep through the night

  30. Via Jonah Keri: The 30 praises Yasiel Puig, and debunks The Puig Myth

  31. NoahUCLA

    With the off day I’m bored, so I’m wondering who wins the NL MVP? Nobody seems to be running away with this by any stretch. Goldschmidt seems to have the best numbers, but is not on a playoff team. The players from the playoff teams (other than Kershaw of course), either have good, but not great, numbers, or have been injured for too much of the season (Hanley). I’m looking at Molina, McCutchen, Votto and Freeman and am not blown away by any of them this year. What do you guys think?

  32. KT

    sorry old news

  33. foul tip

    A story related how, since the Padres had had more success v Kershaw than anyone else this year–and there was time to implement changing his approach to them–the game plan for him last time out was to use his change more and work the whole plate.

    Got really good results. Also gives potential playoff opponents something else to think about.

    Also this from on how prominent the change has become. Lemire says the most important–

  34. James Loney just hit a walk off homer for the Rays.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Will never forget WGJ’s Chicago salami and the silence in Wrigley that greeted it.

  35. RBI

    Reds won. Pirates won. Cards winning. Crazy tight wild card race.

  36. RBI

    Bye bye Nationals. Too bad.

  37. btimmer

    Kaz Ishii announced his retirement from baseball tonight. He had been pitching for the Seibu Lions most recently.

  38. KT

    the last two KCAL nights of the year and probably forever are tonight and tomorrow, at least ESPN has tomorrow’s game:

  39. dalegribel

    I sure hope this isn’t true, but Tony Jackson’s never led us astray before.

    • RBI

      Reads a bit high-horse, moralistic to me, but silly of the player, if true. That said, this response from Chad Moriyama – – did make me laugh. Either way, I’m glad there’s another game tonight. Can we pleeease “get back to this one?”

    • KT

      No wonder Matt Kemp doesn’t like him…I’m not going to pay

    • First off, I can’t say I really care whether they pee’d in the pool or not.

      But I just question his reason for writing this. Other than clearing his conscience after piling on, which sure is his prerogative, what benefit is there to this story existing? All it has done is rekindle a non-controversy that was already fading away. If you look on twitter most of the people spreading this story and complimenting Tony are located in Arizona. On the program “Around the Horn” on ESPN they just mentioned the story as well, so I guess he’ll be getting some page views.

    • dalegribel

      If it is true the shows typically ran at a loss, then this is really no surprise.

  40. KT

    Dodgers Lineup:
    Puig RF
    Crawford LF
    Ramirez SS
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kemp CF
    Uribe 3B
    Ellis C
    Ellis 2B
    Ryu P

  41. Andre not in the line up, which is unfortunate as he is 30/68 for a .441 average and 1.040 OPS against Cain.

  42. ASW1

    So has Andre ever played in LF? With an OF of Puig, Kemp and Andre, who plays Left – Andre or Kemp?

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      Andre played in left field when he first came up and JD Drew was patrolling right. He moved to right field in 2008 to accommodate Juan Pierre’s move to left.

      • ASW1

        Ah, good call – then Ethier slides over to LF, Kemp in Center, Puig in Right, Crawford off the bench.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He became 3.5 when we got Andruw and JP moved the LF. He later went to right when Kemp moved to CF.

        • TAFKA_Gagne55

          3.5! I totally remember that nickname. Oh, the old toaster days…

  43. KT

    Eric Stephen ‏@truebluela1m
    Dodgers announce a postseason rally at Dodger Stadium after Sunday’s 1pm game vs. Rockies

  44. KT

    Dylan Hernandez ‏@dylanohernandez45s
    Andre Ethier isn’t in the #Dodgers lineup. Ethier said he’s shooting for tomorrow.

  45. ASW1

    Heavy hitter James Loney comin’ up with the bases juiced, Rays already up, 3-0 on the Yanks, top 6.

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