Oh, it’s not that mean. C’mon.

While Juan Uribe certainly doesn’t deserve the juvenile label that some in town have used to replace his last name, he has earned most of the scorn L.A. fans have thrown his way the last two seasons. Really, he has.

So when I suggested June 26, that after three with the Giants the last trip to San Francisco, the team just leave him there, I don’t think I was particularly out of line. For perspective, Uribe was hitting .217 at the time; he’s at .196 now, with one home run and five runs batted in since, the homer and four of the RBIs coming in the game of his Los Angeles career, last weekend in New York.

I think the thing that irks the L.A. faithful the most is that, like ex-Giant Jason Schmidt before him, Uribe played so well for them – them – and he’s been such a disaster for us. It’d be worse if, were S.F. to pick him up after his release here, to watch him suddenly get hot, but I’m confident that’s a chance most of us would welcome.

He’s still with us for two reasons. First, the Dodgers are spending money like it’s going out of style, sure, and they’re not done yet, but they owe Uribe a good $10-plus million as of this minute. And as one executive told me, “it’s not Monopoly money,” we’re talking about here, and if there’s a way in bleep to save some of that dough, the club needs to try.

Second, and while it doesn’t seem likely, it is possible for the guy to turn it around. It’s a physical possibility, anyway.

So I don’t know anymore, and for today it doesn’t matter. It’s the Dodgers and the Giants for three big games, starting tonight at 7:15 on Prime Ticket.

The Blue will be ready. The three-out-of-four lost series in St. Louis is history. It was a nightmare of perspiration and frustration, but it’s over and done with. Matt Kemp got his mini-slump out of the way, Clayton Kershaw did the same with a rare ugly outing, and the Cards battered L.A. pitching something awful. But I’m telling you, the Dodgers and Hanley Ramirez will be ready.

Stephen Fife gets his second big league start against Matt Cain to begin the series, Chad Billingsley takes the ball Saturday versus Barry Zito, with Kershaw closing it out opposite Ryan Vogelsong Sunday afternoon.

Huge, huge, huge series, and Juan Uribe or no Juan Uribe, I’m fired up. By the way, above is a photo of the Willie McCovey statue outside AT&T Park, with my license plate propped for political statement, and a grander view, from this great Josh Pahigian article on baseball statues, courtesy of ESPN.com below.

Remember, glove conquers all.

Please follow me on Twitter @Howard_Cole

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Great article Howard.  I wish they could leave him in S.F.  Would love a sweep this series, but two of three isn’t bad either.  I get nervous every time Bllingsley takes the mound.  I wonder if that so called stint on the DL woke him up from a daze or something, causing him to pitch a good game in his last outing.  
If the Dodgers are spending money like it’s going out of style, who else do you see joining the club soon?  How bout Grienke?  

July 27, 2012 3:19 pm

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San Francisco is turning into one gigantic toilet, and I mean that literally. Here’s an excerpt from a story in yesterday’s SF Chronicle:
“When work crews pulled open a broken BART escalator at San Francisco’s Civic Center Station last month, they found so much human excrement in its works they had to call a hazardous-materials team.”  It went on from there about the problems they’re having on the Bart escalators from the homeless using them for toilets.
Go, Dodgers!

July 27, 2012 3:20 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 there are nice hoods there,,my baby girl is in grad school there..
go dodgers

July 27, 2012 7:09 pm

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I’m at the ready if anyone wants to do a thread. It’s up to you guys.

July 27, 2012 7:19 pm

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crappy top of the first. i’m worried already.

July 27, 2012 7:20 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 lol…is this a thread

July 27, 2012 7:21 pm

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 @rotarandy gotta start someplace, don’t we? I challenge you to participate!

July 27, 2012 7:22 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 thanks….total rookie here

July 27, 2012 7:23 pm

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 @rotarandy nah, you’re good. we’re glad to have you here, man.
 

July 27, 2012 7:24 pm

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bad start for the rook.

July 27, 2012 7:25 pm

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I’ve talked with my therapist and it’s agreed, the Dodgers outta win tonight.

July 27, 2012 7:26 pm

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Sorry, Howard, but since I’m in the San Francisco marketing area, MLB won’t let me watch the game. Tonight I’m just going to play around with my new electronics.
Now tomorrow, a Redding TV station I can get is broadcasting Saturday’s game, so I get to watch that one ( too bad, MLB) – let me know about a thread then. Thanks.

July 27, 2012 7:26 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger radio, man, radio!
 

July 27, 2012 7:28 pm

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could be a break there. they shoulda sent melky home.

July 27, 2012 7:29 pm

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 @Howard Cole Howard, it’s the Giant announcers, not Vin. I really don’t care to listen to them.  I’ll just check Gameday once in a while.

July 27, 2012 7:35 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger ok, john. we’ll keep the fire burning for you, but it’s gonna be lonely.
 

July 27, 2012 7:35 pm

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well, there ain’t gonna be no no-no, but cain sure looks like cain to start the game.

July 27, 2012 7:38 pm

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dodger pitcher stevie fife, looks like a
young donald drysdale reincarnated !!
 
 
 

July 27, 2012 7:42 pm

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to stay in suit with donny drysdale, fife
needs to headhunt & pluck a few giants !
 
 
 

July 27, 2012 7:43 pm

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fife; our goliath in blue
& the giant killer !!!!!!
 
 
 

July 27, 2012 7:44 pm

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hey doc. I’m back, and not liking this at all. not at all.

July 27, 2012 7:49 pm

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but fife kind of is the sacrifical lamb here.

July 27, 2012 7:49 pm

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he’s gonna throw a million pitches no matter what.

July 27, 2012 7:51 pm

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can’t afford to burn the whole bullpen in one game, especially if it’s a loss.

July 27, 2012 7:52 pm

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could of been worse.

July 27, 2012 7:55 pm

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yeah, thats what I was thinking. the giants ought to have five runs by now. but our guy has to get ahead of some guys and throw stikes. a quick inning or two would be nice.

July 27, 2012 7:56 pm

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he’s a rookie, all right.

July 27, 2012 7:57 pm

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welcome to the club, Hanley. nice bleeping play!

July 27, 2012 8:27 pm

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bleepin’ a!! beat sf, beat sf, beat sf!!!!!!!!

July 27, 2012 8:41 pm

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Watch your blood pressure, Howard ;-)
I see Kemp is 0 for 3 again, but it IS 2-1 Dodgers.  God, it would be nice if they could hold a lead for a change.

July 27, 2012 8:49 pm

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I’m medicated for bp, my brother. if they win, I’ll be fine. and that was a nice turn around inning. kemp will be fine. plus, he did make that nice catch.

July 27, 2012 8:51 pm

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oh wow, I’m glad vinny said “tomorrow afternoon.” I coulda sworn it was a night game. course, it’s billingsley, so it might be a good day to take a nap.

July 27, 2012 8:52 pm

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had to give up tv to the fam damily thanks for the updates

July 27, 2012 8:52 pm

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you missed a nice inning, all started with a two out double by the rookie pitcher!

July 27, 2012 8:53 pm

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and a nice inning after the rally. damn nice.

July 27, 2012 8:53 pm

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good news, bad news. a double for andre to start the sixth, but the giants just traded for marco scutaro, who plays short and second. he’s a guy a wanted here. solid veteran guy. oh well. maybe the cold will get to him.

July 27, 2012 8:57 pm

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An Ethier double, no outs, and Hanley up – I like this (I hope).

July 27, 2012 8:58 pm

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bleepin loney! whoda thought? what’s next, a pinch grand slam by uribe in the the ninth?

July 27, 2012 8:59 pm

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Yeah – not Hanley, but James!

July 27, 2012 8:59 pm

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cruuuuzzzzz. take that, frisco!

July 27, 2012 9:00 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger well, his initials are JL, after all:)
 

July 27, 2012 9:00 pm

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crap. not clutch for ellis there, but ok. it’s 3-1 and they don’t have to  hit for fife. could be a good thing.

July 27, 2012 9:04 pm

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donnie has a big decision coming up, re hitting for fife to start the seventh. the giants aren’t touching him, and he’s looking stronger after six than he did early. I’d like to see him go another inning.

July 27, 2012 9:12 pm

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mattingly does it right, leaves fife in. I say fife rewards him with another shutout inning.

July 27, 2012 9:15 pm

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Howard: Apropos of our conversation re the points after our name and I told you it was livefyre’s score of our “Likes”?  rotarandy just gave me a “Like” and now my score went from 44 to 45, and you now have 57.
Johnny Dodger doesn’t lie…usually, very much, anyway.

July 27, 2012 9:21 pm

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lol was wondering about points   glad to add

July 27, 2012 9:23 pm

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hey, you guys both get points in my book. just showing up. I was gone for a minute buying tickets for the first game of the colorado series aug 6. should have first place by that time.

July 27, 2012 9:31 pm

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stub hub’s great. loge seats for about a tenth of the face price.

July 27, 2012 9:32 pm

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when I was living in san diego, they had two clays on the team. this guy, and cla meridith, actually spelled “cla,” without the “y.”

July 27, 2012 9:34 pm

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can they get six more outs?

July 27, 2012 9:36 pm

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So Matt is now 0 for 4 – what’s that now, about 2 for the last 21 or so? At least no strikeouts for him tonight, from what I see of the stats.

July 27, 2012 9:38 pm

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I’m more worried about mattingly over-managing. he’s trying to be clever and it’s to his detriment. belisario’s been awful lately.

July 27, 2012 9:39 pm

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but you’re right. yesterday would’ve been the perfect day off for matt. instead he played in the heat and took the collar.

July 27, 2012 9:40 pm

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 @Howard Cole At least he hasn’t hit anyone lately…lol

July 27, 2012 9:40 pm

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big out. giants have two good hitters, and one of em just whiffed.

July 27, 2012 9:41 pm

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Beat SF!! Beat SF!!! Beat SF!!!!!

July 27, 2012 9:42 pm

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mattingly!!!

July 27, 2012 9:42 pm

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single ties the game. manager’s bad.

July 27, 2012 9:42 pm

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shit! told you. mattingly blew the game. it’s completely on him. completely on him.

July 27, 2012 9:44 pm

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now we’ll see if belisario loses the game too.

July 27, 2012 9:44 pm

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I guess something happened I haven’t seen on Gamecast yet?

July 27, 2012 9:45 pm

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Oh, yeah – there was the single that tied it up…

July 27, 2012 9:45 pm

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it’s all mattingly. fife was cruising, and the two guys he brought in were fine too. just silliness to go to belisario there. just silliness. we’re lucky to be tied, but this is not good. I’m pissed. you can’t let this game get away. they basically have to score now. they have to score right now.

July 27, 2012 9:48 pm

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I’m pisssedddd!

July 27, 2012 9:50 pm

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 @Howard Cole About 4 games in a row they’ve blown the lead?

July 27, 2012 9:50 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger Ive lost track, but just might be. and belisario’s been in on several of them. they shoulda dl’d him instead of elbert.
 

July 27, 2012 9:51 pm

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but ok, leadoff single for rivera. but there’s don with the bleepin bunt again!

July 27, 2012 9:52 pm

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he’s killing me.

July 27, 2012 9:52 pm

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 @Howard Cole Just gave up an out – in the ninth, for God’s sake.

July 27, 2012 9:57 pm

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you just can’t win with your manager making mistakes like that in a big game. bordering on malpractice.

July 27, 2012 9:59 pm

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Well, up to Bobby now.

July 27, 2012 10:00 pm

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don wasted an out for no good reason.

July 27, 2012 10:01 pm

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I guess it will be up to Jerry.

July 27, 2012 10:01 pm

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works for me.

July 27, 2012 10:01 pm

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mabye not

July 27, 2012 10:01 pm

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maybe not.

July 27, 2012 10:01 pm

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hanging in there.

July 27, 2012 10:02 pm

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protect theplate

July 27, 2012 10:03 pm

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yep.

July 27, 2012 10:03 pm

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pressure situation.

July 27, 2012 10:03 pm

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how bout back to back balks?

July 27, 2012 10:04 pm

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good at bat, I gotta say.

July 27, 2012 10:04 pm

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shit.

July 27, 2012 10:06 pm

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should be over in five minutes.

July 27, 2012 10:06 pm

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no walks!

July 27, 2012 10:09 pm

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no walks!!!!

July 27, 2012 10:10 pm

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here we dodgers here we go…

July 27, 2012 10:14 pm

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ok. that’s a clutch inning from another rookie. the rookies have done their job. too bad the sophomore manager didn’t do his. heart of the order for the dodgers in the tenth. and again, it’s now or never, with melky and posey due for the giants in the bottom half. let’s go dodgers!

July 27, 2012 10:15 pm

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Dodgers should have won this already, but once again…

July 27, 2012 10:15 pm

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maybe kemp’ll hit one out. or hanley. or both!

July 27, 2012 10:15 pm

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man, I hate the giants with such a passion. they gotta pull this out!

July 27, 2012 10:16 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger manager’s got to give his team the best chance to win. in fact, that’s all he has to do. and he didn’t do it.
 

July 27, 2012 10:17 pm

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c’mon matty!

July 27, 2012 10:17 pm

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when was his last hit?

July 27, 2012 10:18 pm

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 @Howard Cole I can’t remember offhand.

July 27, 2012 10:18 pm

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it’s all on either.

July 27, 2012 10:19 pm

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I’ll take a walk even.

July 27, 2012 10:19 pm

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kemp actually had a hit yesterday, unless the espn stats are wrong. 2 for 16 in st louis and 2 for 21 now.

July 27, 2012 10:21 pm

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ohhhh man, what a pitch to take. ok hanley. your initials are HR, go to it!

July 27, 2012 10:22 pm

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fuckin A

July 27, 2012 10:23 pm

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take that fuckers!!!!

July 27, 2012 10:23 pm

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BEAT SF!!!!! BEAT SF!!!!!!!! BEAT SF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 27, 2012 10:24 pm

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Yes, Kemp got one yesterday, which makes him one for the last seventeen.
 
Thank you, Hanley.

July 27, 2012 10:25 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger man was that clutch. now can they get the save!
 

July 27, 2012 10:26 pm

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I’m naming my next kid Hanley. Or my next dog, which is probably more like it.

July 27, 2012 10:27 pm

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Are the Giants changing pitchers? (I’m still on Gamecast.)

July 27, 2012 10:29 pm

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my lady friends over watching the olympic
ceremonies think that hanley is total hot !
 
 
 

July 27, 2012 10:29 pm

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three outs

July 27, 2012 10:30 pm

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 @larrydoby he IS hot. I’d fuck him right now!
 

July 27, 2012 10:32 pm

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can they get the three outs? hanley with the big hit and kenley with the big save?

July 27, 2012 10:32 pm

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dare I say, NO WALKS!!!!!!!!!!!

July 27, 2012 10:32 pm

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jeez! c’mon!

July 27, 2012 10:33 pm

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on a two stike pitch, come on. buster’s their last good hitter. you gotta get him.

July 27, 2012 10:34 pm

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commish doesn’t like it when I say this, but I wish jansen would throw harder.

July 27, 2012 10:34 pm

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why is jansen even pitching to the best hitter
in baseball when he has 2 strikes on him ?
 
everything else thrown should have been in the dirt !
 
 
 

July 27, 2012 10:34 pm

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come on man! wft.

July 27, 2012 10:35 pm

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 @larrydoby two words: clue and less.
 

July 27, 2012 10:35 pm

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and mattingly will sit there while jansen fucks it up even more.

July 27, 2012 10:36 pm

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alright; the americans are
coming up soon in london;

July 27, 2012 10:36 pm

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might as well have broxton out there.

July 27, 2012 10:36 pm

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they won’t bunt. only idiot managers give up outs for no reasoen

July 27, 2012 10:37 pm

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Gamecast just got caught up – 2 on and no outs?

July 27, 2012 10:37 pm

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bleeping relief corps!

July 27, 2012 10:37 pm

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lame, lame, lame, lame, lame.

July 27, 2012 10:38 pm

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it’s 0-2. perfect time for a hit.

July 27, 2012 10:38 pm

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get an out!

July 27, 2012 10:39 pm

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whew. one down.

July 27, 2012 10:40 pm

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but I don’t understand how he strikes all these guys out at 91 mph.

July 27, 2012 10:40 pm

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walkoff homer?

July 27, 2012 10:40 pm

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0-2. now K the guy!

July 27, 2012 10:42 pm

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man!

July 27, 2012 10:42 pm

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one more

July 27, 2012 10:42 pm

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Beat SF!! Beat SF!!! Beat SF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 27, 2012 10:43 pm

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!!!

July 27, 2012 10:43 pm

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 27, 2012 10:45 pm

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yes

July 27, 2012 10:45 pm

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thanks for being here, randy. you helped get us a win.

July 27, 2012 10:45 pm

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day game tomorrow, remember

July 27, 2012 10:45 pm

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I’ll be gotohell!

July 27, 2012 10:45 pm

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 @Howard Cole Yeah – I should be able to watch that one.

July 27, 2012 10:46 pm

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one game win streak!

July 27, 2012 10:46 pm

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you make it fun cole

July 27, 2012 10:47 pm

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 @rotarandy Jeez, don’t spoil him! He’s bad enough already…lol

July 27, 2012 10:48 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @rotarandy spoil me, spoil me. god knows I need something to smile about.
 

July 27, 2012 10:48 pm

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by the way, shawn tolleson is undefeated in his major league career, at 1-0.

July 27, 2012 10:49 pm

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And I am going to go get something done – goodnight, guys.

July 27, 2012 10:50 pm

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and you know what else? they got four hits out of the first base position. can you believe that?

July 27, 2012 10:51 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger manana john!
 

July 27, 2012 10:51 pm

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Whew, that was some ending! Looks like the Dodgers have found a starting 3rd baseman. Regards.

July 27, 2012 10:59 pm

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what channels got the game???

July 28, 2012 10:56 am

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hey i got five points..woohoo

July 28, 2012 10:57 am

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game’s on “big fox,” channel 11 if you’re in l.a.
 
we’ll be here for another game thread if you wanna join in. 1:05 p.m.

July 28, 2012 11:00 am

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 @Howard Cole
 i thought it was a 11 start time   lol   i now have to do chores   damn

July 28, 2012 11:03 am

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 @rotarandy you local to l.a.?
 

July 28, 2012 11:42 am

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 @Howard Cole
 dude i am across the street…lol

July 28, 2012 12:26 pm

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I had to rig up a second monitor for this, Howard – I use my big-screen TV for my main monitor, but today I had to switch it to Dish Network so I could watch channel 20 from Redding (and the game – stupid MLB).
Strange having to look off to my right to see what you guys are doing.

July 28, 2012 12:58 pm

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its time for dodgers baseball…..

July 28, 2012 1:01 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger you da man, man. welcome to the dodgers and the giants….which I always write in that order, never the other way around.
 

July 28, 2012 1:03 pm

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 @rotarandy damn right, randy!
 

July 28, 2012 1:03 pm

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there goes the no hitter!

July 28, 2012 1:07 pm

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nice

July 28, 2012 1:07 pm

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 28, 2012 1:10 pm

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nicer

July 28, 2012 1:10 pm

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MVP MVP MVP

July 28, 2012 1:10 pm

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way to grove one, zito!

July 28, 2012 1:11 pm

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Poor Barry…

July 28, 2012 1:11 pm

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ok, so billingsley has his lead. what do you think he’ll do with it?

July 28, 2012 1:11 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger rich barry.

July 28, 2012 1:11 pm

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gotta give zito credit though. he did get an out.

July 28, 2012 1:12 pm

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and you know, after all those millions, zito’s gonna pitch just well enough at the end of his contract to get some poor unsuspecting team to give him another big deal.

July 28, 2012 1:13 pm

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ok bills. let’s see what you got.

July 28, 2012 1:15 pm

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commish, commish, commish!!! commish!

July 28, 2012 1:18 pm

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bills impresses. I’ll take it.

July 28, 2012 1:22 pm

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grateful dead”’cool

July 28, 2012 1:22 pm

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so randy, you in l.a.?

July 28, 2012 1:24 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 if i farted down wind you would smell it…lol

July 28, 2012 1:25 pm

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 @rotarandy I can smell it now.
 

July 28, 2012 1:27 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 sorry…. thats my dog

July 28, 2012 1:28 pm

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 @rotarandy it’s my dog, who can fart and eat at the same time.
 

July 28, 2012 1:28 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 i give mine gas be gone pills

July 28, 2012 1:29 pm

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out to brunch with a few of last knight’s leftovers ladies;
 
 

July 28, 2012 1:29 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 wow 25 pts

July 28, 2012 1:30 pm

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 @larrydoby where? they got a tv there? you gotta a smart phone there?
 

July 28, 2012 1:30 pm

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ok, they’ve got two good hitters, and bills just grooved it to one of them. let’s see if he can get the rest of that lineup.

July 28, 2012 1:35 pm

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pagan. I was happy when the giants signed him. course, I thought the same thing about melky, who’s been great. caught me off guard.

July 28, 2012 1:35 pm

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well, props to bills, but the giants stink.

July 28, 2012 1:39 pm

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Guess Matt bombed one.  Gotta shower then off to Sushi dinner. Yeah, well, somebody’s gotta do it.
Will check in from my cell.  Oh waiter, hold the Sushi for a sec, I think Jansen is getting ready for another save!

July 28, 2012 1:39 pm

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 @Howard Cole Really caught the Yanks off guard.

July 28, 2012 1:40 pm

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Some years ago, I was cruising around in that bay in my 30 foot Chris Craft.
I didn’t know then that those were going to be the good old days.  Now I know.

July 28, 2012 1:41 pm

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Got the big goose-egg for likes…wahhhhhhhhhhhhh

July 28, 2012 1:42 pm

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 @The Commish huh?

July 28, 2012 1:44 pm

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oh well. kemp doesn’t homer. what are ya gonna do?

July 28, 2012 1:46 pm

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Bills through three and looking good. Can he give us three more? Or four.

July 28, 2012 1:55 pm

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 @Howard Cole Take 3 greedy.

July 28, 2012 2:02 pm

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WhyTF is Hairston hitting 5th?  They figure they sacrifice Ethier in the number 2, since he has no chance against Zito?

July 28, 2012 2:04 pm

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Weird, the likes were zero, now they are back to 128.  LiveFyre is kinda whacky.

July 28, 2012 2:05 pm

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Just don’t get it, why not hit Rivera 5th. At least he has an outside chance at a HR.

July 28, 2012 2:07 pm

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 @The Commish Yes – I still can’t convince it I want to unfollow the comments.  It keeps forwarding them to my email.

July 28, 2012 2:07 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger I’ve stopped that somehow. But still get the likes. But I do need the affirmations.

July 28, 2012 2:09 pm

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Bills look statistically good. Am blinded by the blackout.  But with Bills that is OPTIMAL!!

July 28, 2012 2:10 pm

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 @The Commish They just sent your comment to my email.

July 28, 2012 2:12 pm

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 @The Commish You probably don’t have an antenna that can pick up Channel 20 from Redding, Ca., do you? ;-)

July 28, 2012 2:15 pm

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sorry I was gone for awhile. on an email back and forth with stan kasten. when I asked about shane victornio he said, “you really know how to shut off a conversation.” then I said, all my sources have left the organization and I need some new ones and he said “good luck with that.” I just sent him a picture of victorino in a dodger uniform from his minor league days.

July 28, 2012 2:15 pm

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cruz is bleeping great. but the dodgers need a couple more runs.

July 28, 2012 2:16 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @The Commish
 trying to stop that too

July 28, 2012 2:17 pm

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2nd and 3rd with nobody out!

July 28, 2012 2:17 pm

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gotta let chad hit.

July 28, 2012 2:18 pm

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 @The Commish it’s a weird program but it works better than some of the others.
 

July 28, 2012 2:20 pm

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bills does the job!

July 28, 2012 2:20 pm

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 @rotarandy  @The Commish They just sent YOUR comment to me, rotarandy…lol

July 28, 2012 2:23 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @The Commish
 spam it…

July 28, 2012 2:24 pm

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I think randy split on us.

July 28, 2012 2:24 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 hanging in.

July 28, 2012 2:25 pm

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 @rotarandy whatcha think? can bills give us seven?
 

July 28, 2012 2:29 pm

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bad play there. first bad play of the day.

July 28, 2012 2:29 pm

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Yeah, one thing about Loney – he would have got that ball.

July 28, 2012 2:30 pm

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Sorry – “gotten”.

July 28, 2012 2:31 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 so far  so good

July 28, 2012 2:31 pm

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I would’ve gotten that ball.

July 28, 2012 2:31 pm

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except, maybe not from 400 miles.

July 28, 2012 2:31 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 im 200 feet passed that

July 28, 2012 2:32 pm

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did you ever hear that old quote from ty cobb? someone asked him in the 50s (or so) if he thought he could hit .400 against today’s pitching. he said something like “no, I’d probably just hit .300….but I’m 70 years old.”

July 28, 2012 2:33 pm

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I wanted scutaro a couple weeks ago, but the way cruz is playing and now that they have hanley, I’m fine with him in san francisco. he’ll be steady but unspectacular…which makes him the perfect giant

July 28, 2012 2:34 pm

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very, very impressive five innings for billingsley. let’s go for six.

July 28, 2012 2:38 pm

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Giants conquer all

July 28, 2012 2:45 pm

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Tom debuts!!!

July 28, 2012 2:48 pm

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meet your resident giants fan, everyone. tom from san mateo. but be nice to him anyway.

July 28, 2012 2:49 pm

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nice baserunning by the new guy.

July 28, 2012 2:49 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 ola giants con guers one and all

July 28, 2012 2:49 pm

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ran right through the stop sign, bold hanley.  get Zito the H outta there.  criminy

July 28, 2012 2:50 pm

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I’m clicking “like” on all your comment to make you feel welcome. note the points you’re getting. I’d call them “runs” but that would be so out of character for a giants fan.

July 28, 2012 2:51 pm

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hey, Howard, not that long ago the D’s got swept two series in a row, including by the G’s, and you were asking me how take an SF muni bus to the bridge – “The Bridge”.  you were pretty darn low.  Good to see you feeling better, even at a Giants’ fan’s expense.  :)

July 28, 2012 2:52 pm

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ahh, they brought in the gold glover at first. not.

July 28, 2012 2:53 pm

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here we go dodgers here we go

July 28, 2012 2:53 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo I have one thing to say to that: 24 years. 24 freaking years. it’s been less than two for you. my pain is so much greater.
 

July 28, 2012 2:54 pm

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I’m surprised mattingly didn’t go to loney there. usually does for defense with a lead anyway

July 28, 2012 2:55 pm

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bills needs a quick inning now. 1-2-3.

July 28, 2012 2:55 pm

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anybody know who’s in first place in NL West.  not all at once, please.

July 28, 2012 2:56 pm

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 @rotarandy I finally gave up on Livefyre and put them on my “Blocked” list. So far so good.

July 28, 2012 2:57 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 a tie for first on sunday

July 28, 2012 2:57 pm

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no, who?

July 28, 2012 2:57 pm

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how old is huff now? 60?

July 28, 2012 2:58 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 i was getting the email a day after the fact

July 28, 2012 2:58 pm

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batting a grand .155

July 28, 2012 2:58 pm

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not anymore.

July 28, 2012 3:00 pm

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And here’s the TOOTBLAN man.

July 28, 2012 3:01 pm

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that reference is over my head…not that that should surprise anyone.

July 28, 2012 3:02 pm

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Like that actor from Sea Hunt [yes, I’m old) who in Airplane said “I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue” , I think I picked the wrong weekend to  jump iinto this game thread. 

July 28, 2012 3:02 pm

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six innings in.

July 28, 2012 3:02 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo ”ever see a grown man naked?”
 

July 28, 2012 3:03 pm

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AJ is back!

July 28, 2012 3:05 pm

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 @Howard Cole “Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop”, an acronym compiled just for Theriot’s many baserunning errors.  I can’t remember what baseball writer came up with that, but it helped make Theriot famous in a bad way.

July 28, 2012 3:06 pm

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guess this Billingsley isn’t the big oaf he’s made out to be.  not so far today, anyway

July 28, 2012 3:06 pm

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this was my prediction for the dodger catcher before the season: “A.J. Ellis’ numbers: .260, 15 and 60.”
 
course, I was wrong about several other things. http://www.baseballsavvy.com/ob_2007Predictions.html

July 28, 2012 3:07 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo two good starts in a row, but he’s done that many times before.
 

July 28, 2012 3:08 pm

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Well, we G’s fans can look forward to Vogelsong/Kershaw tomorrow.  :)

July 28, 2012 3:09 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo can you?
 

July 28, 2012 3:10 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 yeah, now I can.  today looks bad for the G’s.  and I think kershaw got knocked around in his last start.  course, I saw kershaw the first time he pitched at AT&T a few years ago and I callled him “Buzzsae Kershaw”.  he was really impressive.

July 28, 2012 3:12 pm

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I am hereby confident that billingsley will not blow this game.

July 28, 2012 3:12 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 Buzzsaw, that is

July 28, 2012 3:13 pm

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 @Howard Cole I”d like to give you a “Like”, but I’m still nervous about Chad.

July 28, 2012 3:13 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo he’s not as good as last year, but how many young guys do that two years in a row. but he’s gonna have the same challenge bills did. which is basically get the guys out in front of melky and posey, and after. if he gets those two guys too, it’s a bonus.

July 28, 2012 3:15 pm

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I heard on the radio that D’s fans are adding insult to injury – A BEACHBALL was thrown on hallowed Giants’ ground.  the first one ever, they say

July 28, 2012 3:18 pm

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wow

July 28, 2012 3:19 pm

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pretty inspiring, going after that ball with a seven run lead.

July 28, 2012 3:19 pm

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melky sure is a stick though. I never thought I’d say something like that, but he is.

July 28, 2012 3:20 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo almost got the injury too. by the way, do you ever get out to the yard?
 

July 28, 2012 3:20 pm

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you hear that about the cubs and dodgers? I called for this a couple weeks ago. check it out http://www.coleonla.com/2012/07/16/dodgers-need-quicker-fixes/
 
I also said they should get victorino too.

July 28, 2012 3:22 pm

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is this Jerry Garcia day at ATT?  maybe the G’s smoked some of Lincecum’s good stuff during warm-ups.  that’d explain how things went today.  you know, get in the spirit of the day

July 28, 2012 3:22 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo could be.
 

July 28, 2012 3:23 pm

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bills might go eight!

July 28, 2012 3:23 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 ok i will have another

July 28, 2012 3:23 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 yes, I remember.  guess the D’s hit it right with hanley

July 28, 2012 3:25 pm

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hey tom. I’m going to get you past those five points if it’s the last thing I do. keep posting and I’ll keep liking.

July 28, 2012 3:27 pm

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years ago before he died I asked my old man why he never brought me to Giants’Dodgers games at Candlestick.  he brought me to lots of games when i was a kid.  he said, “too much like an NFL game.  Too many drunks.”

July 28, 2012 3:29 pm

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eric karros just said something about how the giants don’t travel in september and how the dodgers schedule is a “nightmare.” but that’s ridiculous. from august 20, the dodgers have all of one week on the road outside the division, and they have a day off just before and just after. they’ll be fine.

July 28, 2012 3:31 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo show up in l.a. and I will take you myself. or maybe I’ll come up for the sept series.
 

July 28, 2012 3:32 pm

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dodgers also have four days off in september, plus a whole bunch of games with colorado, arizona and san diego. what’s karros talking about? they’re better off with some challenges down the stretch. it’s not a hard schedule.

July 28, 2012 3:33 pm

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bills into the eighth!

July 28, 2012 3:33 pm

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In college my girlfriend was from palos Verdes,  summer after our freshmen year I went down to visit her and we went to a couple of Dodger-Pirates games.  man, what a beaufitul park.  Stargell homered in both games, two in one game.

July 28, 2012 3:34 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo I was there on July 20, 1969 when Man first landed on the moon and Gaylord Perry hit his first home run.
Unfortunately (from my perspective), the Giants beat the Dodgers on that historic day.

July 28, 2012 3:40 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo was that the game stargell hit it over the pavilion, off alan foster?

July 28, 2012 3:42 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Tom in San Mateo wow! by the way, if the giants have their hall of famers in bronze at at and t, and they have cepeda, why not perry?
 

July 28, 2012 3:42 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo
I was there at Candlestick on July 20, 1969 when Man first landed on the moon and Gaylord Perry hit his first home run.
Unfortunately (from my perspective), the Giants beat the Dodgers on that historic day.

July 28, 2012 3:43 pm

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it’d be great if they can guerra right again. not that huff is much of a challenge.

July 28, 2012 3:43 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 great memory, Johnny D.  thanks

July 28, 2012 3:47 pm

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well tom, you got a look at the game right here.

July 28, 2012 3:48 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 don’t know. will have to look it up.  I know I remember being totally amazed at one of the blasts.  really clobbered it

July 28, 2012 3:48 pm

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that’s the theriot we all know and love. game pretty much over.

July 28, 2012 3:50 pm

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whew

July 28, 2012 3:50 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 it was summer of 1975. 

July 28, 2012 3:50 pm

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 @rotarandy whew is right. probably tolleson or wright for the ninth. probably wright, and he won’t have a big problem.
 

July 28, 2012 3:51 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo July 20 was my birthday and my folks surprised me by taking me to the game to celebrate.  The moon landing was the icing on my cake.

July 28, 2012 3:51 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 yep, I did.  now bring on Kershaw!  hahaha

July 28, 2012 3:51 pm

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one more at bat for matt.

July 28, 2012 3:55 pm

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here we go.

July 28, 2012 3:55 pm

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opps. forgot ellis was leading off.

July 28, 2012 3:56 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 7 pt. jump congrats

July 28, 2012 3:58 pm

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 @rotarandy plenty more where that came from.
 

July 28, 2012 3:58 pm

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ok, three run homer.

July 28, 2012 3:59 pm

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I’m sure glad penny’s a giant now instead of a dodger.

July 28, 2012 4:00 pm

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no cycle for kemp. he stinks. trade him.

July 28, 2012 4:01 pm

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Huff for Kemp?

July 28, 2012 4:02 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo no. you get hanley too, but you have to give us burris.
 

July 28, 2012 4:03 pm

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woohoo 

July 28, 2012 4:03 pm

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 @rotarandy this does not suck. course, they’ll probably get shut out tomorrow.
 

July 28, 2012 4:03 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 your liking your own posts…cheating??

July 28, 2012 4:04 pm

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so I hope you guys realize, I have handed you my once great lead in points. if someone went through and liked all of mine for the last two days, I’d have 200 or so. but that’s the kind of guy I am. I want my guys to be happy….especially since I ain’t payin you.

July 28, 2012 4:05 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 meant howard

July 28, 2012 4:05 pm

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I’m enjoying this game!
I won’t get to see tomorrow’s, though, damn it.

July 28, 2012 4:05 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Tom in San Mateo nope. it doesn’t let anyone like their own posts.
 

July 28, 2012 4:06 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger whatcha got going tomorrow?
 

July 28, 2012 4:06 pm

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 @Howard Cole There’s a free one for you, Howard.

July 28, 2012 4:07 pm

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hmmm. guerra for another inning. I’m not sure about this. hmmm.

July 28, 2012 4:07 pm

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they outta trot loney out there to pitch.

July 28, 2012 4:07 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom in San Mateo
 sorry maybe had one to many//

July 28, 2012 4:08 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger thanks.

July 28, 2012 4:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole Remember? MLB won’t let me watch any games with the Giants or A’s.
This one was carried by Fox on Redding 20 so I was able to bypass old MLB.

July 28, 2012 4:09 pm

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 @rotarandy
 I have not clicked like for any posts.  not one.  don’t even pay attention to that. 

July 28, 2012 4:09 pm

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well, it’s been fun.  I enjoyed today, despite the game’s result.  probably see you all tomorrow. 

July 28, 2012 4:09 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger oh right. well you could always get on your horse and head to bakersfield or someplace. lodi? I mean, if you’re dedicated.
 

July 28, 2012 4:09 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo I pretty much never miss a kershaw game. usually it’s the billingsley games I look for an excuse to do something else. see ya tomorrow.
 

July 28, 2012 4:10 pm

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a whitewash. 10-bleeping-zip. dodgers try to tie for first tomorrow!

July 28, 2012 4:11 pm

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happy sat. everyone

July 28, 2012 4:11 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Howard Cole
 no problem.  listen tomorrow on radio.  radio is my favorite.

July 28, 2012 4:11 pm

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 @rotarandy thanks for contributing, randy!
 

July 28, 2012 4:12 pm

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 @Howard Cole I don’t want to be stuck in Lodi again…

July 28, 2012 4:12 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 see ya tomorrow.  jon miller on radio is doing game’s highlights.  all Dodgers. 

July 28, 2012 4:19 pm

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 @rotarandy
 have a great one, Rotarandy. 

July 28, 2012 4:20 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger I would need one about 3000 miles long; I’m in NJ.

July 29, 2012 6:56 am

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nice to see the boo crew in CRUZ control today;

July 29, 2012 3:25 pm

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felling this trio the opposition has to face, in the likes of kemp
/ either / hanley, give spots 2 & 6, really good pitches to hit.
 
 
 

July 29, 2012 3:27 pm

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get with it dodger folks;
 
it’s the dreaded FIRST place
giants, for the love of the game ……
 
 

July 29, 2012 3:28 pm

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looks like pee gordon will have a tough time claiming his steals & near below the mendoza-line
batting average, will be enough to get his job back from our new CRUZ control island man;

July 29, 2012 3:32 pm

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we gotz the left side of the diamond covered
in blue by the way of the dominican republic !
 
 
 

July 29, 2012 3:34 pm

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