It’s not that the Dodgers are the Godfather 3 of the sports world, exactly. I mean, while we can argue whether the third installment of the great movie franchise ever should have been made or not (not), the 2012 Los Angeles entry into the National League baseball season pretty much had to be. Imagine the scheduling mess with one less team, for openers.

Oh, and remember how poor Sophia Coppola was absolutely savaged by the press for what was at that time her chosen profession of acting? I suppose Juan Uribe is the directing scion in this scenario, and perhaps he’ll go on to greatness in another line of work, as Coppola did. And the sooner the better.

But look, L.A. has been an incredibly streaky club this year, as frustrating to watch over a stretch of time as any in recent memory. Just about every time they lose a few games – heartbreakers usually, with perhaps only a lone clutch hit the difference between victory and defeat – and we, the fans throw up our hands in resignation, the Dodgers do something dramatic to give us hope.

In other words, every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in, literally forcing me to stick with every twist and turn of the next game, the next series of games, and let’s face it, the rest of the 2012 championship season.

Going back just as far as Friday the 13th – July 13th – the Dodgers won the first game coming out of the All-Star break before losing four straight, putting them at 48-44 and deader than dead. Seemingly. Then they win five in a row, only to get swept three by the Cards in St. Louis.

Just when all seems lost, L.A. beats the living crap out of the Giants in San Francisco, sweeping the three-game series by a combined score of 19-3.

Feeling good, Los Angeles? Well forget that, because you’re about to watch Arizona outscore you 19-4, with a humiliating sweep of their own.

Then a sweep of the Cubs starts a nine-out-of-12 run, plus a stirring seven-of-ten road trip, with Los Angeles beating two tough teams in Pittsburgh and Atlanta back to back.

The Dodgers float home from Dixie almost without need of an airplane, proud to be 67-55 on August 20 and primed for San Francisco. Only somebody forgot to tell the Giants, who promptly beat them in yet another sweep, and even the baldest among us is pulling his hair out, violently.

Next comes a little two-game win streak, highlighted by an Adrian Gonzalez home run in his first at bat after the blockbuster trade with Boston, then three losses in a row, a win and two more downers at the hands of the Dbacks this past Thursday and Friday.

And I don’t know about you, but after those last two defeats – to a sub-.500 team which had just lost six straight before hitting town – I was about as fed up with this bunch as could possibly be.

So of course Josh Beckett spins a beauty Saturday, the Dodgers get homers from Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier, and the bullpen assures a 2-1 win, with Brandon League saving his first game as a National Leaguer. The savvy Dodgers faithful is uplifted, but skeptical.

Sunday was one of those great but not-seen-recently come-from-behind jobs, with Gonzalez driving in the tying and winning runs with a bottom of the ninth ringing double to right. Shane Victorino slides majestically into home with a flourish that had to have you thinking, “OK, this is it, this is it, THIS IS IT! The Dodgers are on their way!!!” But who the hell knows?

The obligatory “chemistry” concept has been discussed a lot lately, and I say this to that: chemistry is a class most of us absolutely sucked at in high school. We didn’t have a clue, and neither do the Dodgers. Not about chemistry. Not really.

Don Mattingly is closest to the answer when he talks about winning bringing good chemistry, and about how that’s all the team has time for anyway. What were they to do, after all, keep the alleged good-chemistry-team-that couldn’t-win team together or make the necessary changes and risk chemistry?

Yesterday’s victory was either a trend-setter or it wasn’t, but I’d certainly rather have the W than the L right about now. And it’s the first win of its kind with this new group, and that’s got to mean something. I think. Maybe.

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labor day game thread begins now. don’t tell me you’re doing something else, because I know better.

September 3, 2012 5:12 pm

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This isn’t the NFL, where going to a new team means an entirely new defensive and offensive game plan. This is  Major League Baseball. There’s a guy that throws the ball and you’re supposed to hit it with your bat, period.  Doesn’t matter what team you go to.
And yes, I’m going to be trying to get my bathroom sink unplugged.

September 3, 2012 5:13 pm

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exactly. and we still have that piece of shit, joe blanton. can we get this loser out of the rotation please?

September 3, 2012 5:16 pm

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I’m doing what every Dodger fan should be doing on Labor day – watching Joe Blow Blanton destroy the Dodger’s playoff hopes.

September 3, 2012 5:16 pm

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Let’s hand it to Joe Blanton. He got a whole out before giving up two runs. What a guy.

September 3, 2012 5:18 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood he can’t destroy them all by himself. he’ll try but he can’t. no one here thought it was a good trade, so there really is no suprise. maybe just how bad he is, not that he’d be bad in general.

September 3, 2012 5:19 pm

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ok get it out of your systems now…but i don’t hear the fat lady singing yet.

September 3, 2012 5:20 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  I’m a little surprised because he’s always been a much better second half pitcher and I figured he’d be solid for most of his starts at Dodger Stadium.  

September 3, 2012 5:23 pm

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 @rotarandy  That’s because the fat lady is Blanton’s mom.

September 3, 2012 5:24 pm

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 @rotarandy  I’m in rare form today!

September 3, 2012 5:25 pm

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I kinda thought he’d be good in the second half too, because of hit track record, but I didn’t really believe in my heart. I really did think he’d suck. and he does. they have a bunch of off days coming, so hopefully they skip his turn. and/or replace him with ely.

ely will be first up if blanton gets bombed, so we might just see it today.

September 3, 2012 5:31 pm

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It was only 17 months ago that Blanton was on the cover of SI along with the other Phillies starters:
http://allthingsphillysports.blogspot.com/2011/03/phillies-aces-on-cover-of-sports.html

September 3, 2012 5:32 pm

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Vin just said, “that’s a high fly ball… that went on through”.  What the hell?  Ahhh, he’s still the best anyway.  

September 3, 2012 5:33 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood yeah, I caught that too. what can you can do? you want more of eric collins?

September 3, 2012 5:35 pm

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@linkmeister ah, linkmeister. haven’t seen you here in awhile. glad to have you back.

September 3, 2012 5:35 pm

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 @Howard Cole Maybe they should convert Uribe to a pitcher :-)

September 3, 2012 5:38 pm

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@Johnny Dodger Loney was the guy. they drafted him as a pitcher. if uribe is converted into anything, it’s a vacant roster spot

September 3, 2012 5:40 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny I was being facetious, Howard.

September 3, 2012 5:41 pm

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it’s not a good excuse, but being behind so quickly definitely takes the air of the dodgers sails, before they get a chance to take a breath. seen way too much of that lately.

September 3, 2012 5:41 pm

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@Johnny Dodger @Johnny I know. buyt still.

September 3, 2012 5:43 pm

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Hell! Back to my plugged sink…

September 3, 2012 5:44 pm

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So, a commercial just came on for United Mileage Plus.  I really don’t have an opinion on that, but there’s a man and woman in that commercial who are taking a vacation together.  They seem to really like each other.  Thing is, the woman is Jack’s wife.  She was just in a Jack in the Box commercial during the previous break – with Jack – together in their living room!  The living room in the house that Jack paid for by creating dangerously fattening yet oh so delicious fast food delicacies.Considering I don’t trust people who never change their expression, Jack to me appears to be a loose cannon.  I think she’s gonna get whacked.  I’m not condoning it, but well… he’s got the kind of money that can make anyone disappear.  Serious quiche.  You know, the kind of cheddar that buys elections.

September 3, 2012 5:44 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood that chick is trending on this thread, which is fine by me. I think she’s pretty cute in the jack commercial, so I’m fine seeing it every night.

September 3, 2012 5:50 pm

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here’s sd’s pitcher’s minor league numbers, which is pretty much all he has.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=werner002and

September 3, 2012 5:51 pm

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I’m going as jack for halloween. or that cowboy in the five hour energy commercial. “hours and hours of energy.”

September 3, 2012 5:52 pm

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Blanton’s ERA just dipped under 5.00 again.

September 3, 2012 5:56 pm

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just wondering if I’m still welcome here.  btw, G’s won.  hehehe

September 3, 2012 6:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole  I’m going as that guy from the Old Spice commercials.  I’ve got the body, I just need a better tan.

September 3, 2012 6:11 pm

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yeah, they’re playing well. and arizona sucks. I knew they were a one year wonder.

September 3, 2012 6:12 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo I have no printable comment here.

September 3, 2012 6:13 pm

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Blanton is a strikeout machine!

September 3, 2012 6:14 pm

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we’re all too smart to expect anything more from this guy. just because he throws a few shutout innings, you just know he’s going to five up a couple more before they can pull him. the question is, will they get back in the game first, only for him to give the lead right back, or will he just let the lead get bigger.

September 3, 2012 6:16 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Speak for yourself – I’m not that bright.

September 3, 2012 6:22 pm

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I could be crazy, but I think things would be easier if, you know, they scored some runs…

September 3, 2012 6:23 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 Well, Gee, then I otta tell you that Howie e-mailed me earlier today to ask if I’d be the moderator for the thread when he can’t make it.

September 3, 2012 6:28 pm

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tie game, please.

September 3, 2012 6:33 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Good luck with that.

September 3, 2012 6:35 pm

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ok!

September 3, 2012 6:35 pm

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Wow!

September 3, 2012 6:35 pm

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 @DeathByYoungblood
 there  you  go

September 3, 2012 6:35 pm

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they actually only waited till the fifth to make it a game. but like I said, what now? they tie and blanton gives up another run or two or three?

September 3, 2012 6:35 pm

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two on for gonzalez wouldn’t be bad.

September 3, 2012 6:36 pm

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blanton can get his era below 4.9 with a good inning here. what are we betting

September 3, 2012 6:37 pm

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I love to watch Victorino run the bases.  I also love to walk the Champs de Elysee…

September 3, 2012 6:40 pm

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I sure hope the D’s tie it up and even go ahead.  Makes for better game and better thread and better pennant race and better baseball all around.

September 3, 2012 6:42 pm

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 @DeathByYoungblood I’ve done that, years ago.
(Walk the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, I mean…)

September 3, 2012 6:48 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo yeah, cause we need that one game wild card game!

September 3, 2012 6:48 pm

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@Johnny Dodger @DeathByYoungblood not me. and gee those 10 years of french I took in school sure has come in handy living my entire life in southern california.

September 3, 2012 6:50 pm

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nice three pitch whiff for kemp. oy.

September 3, 2012 6:51 pm

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tie game, please.

September 3, 2012 6:51 pm

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thank you.

September 3, 2012 6:52 pm

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The guy has 9 HRs in the past 17 games or something like that.

September 3, 2012 6:52 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 hmm, wonder who the D’s would play if they got into the new Wild Card game

September 3, 2012 6:53 pm

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is that a pretty swing or what? best player on the team at the moment.

September 3, 2012 6:53 pm

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he ought to get more mvp votes than any dodger by the time we’re through. that’ s a hint to you guys who plan to finally join the ibwaa.

September 3, 2012 6:54 pm

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 @Howard Cole   If he can just regain his old plate discipline he can be a .300, 30 HR guy easy.

September 3, 2012 6:54 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Gonzo is averaging 1 HR every 38 ABs for the Blue.  He’s in the conversation.

September 3, 2012 6:58 pm

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Who’s warming up?

September 3, 2012 7:00 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood he’s gonna get his 30 this year, and he’s at .284 as a dodger. why not .300 as a dodger by the end of the year.

September 3, 2012 7:01 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood does it matter?

September 3, 2012 7:01 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood he’ll be fine. you know he’ll be fine.

September 3, 2012 7:02 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  I’m hoping he’ll be better than fine.  I’m hoping he’ll be great.

September 3, 2012 7:03 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  Probably, but I can’t tell you why.

September 3, 2012 7:03 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood mattingly doesn’t want to pull him here, since he’s batting third, but this is absolutely the right move. this is why you have extra players in september.

September 3, 2012 7:04 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood 30 rbis in august, his biggest total of the year. it’s only a handful of games here. it’s nothing.

September 3, 2012 7:06 pm

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it’s nice to have werner standing out there all inning. that can’t help him. they’ll score in the bottom half, and black will have wished he hit for the guy.

September 3, 2012 7:08 pm

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Broken.

September 3, 2012 7:09 pm

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it’s not that complicated. mattingly always does this. just take him out.

September 3, 2012 7:10 pm

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it’s their best hitter, come on!

September 3, 2012 7:10 pm

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 @Howard Cole  And, he’s toast.

September 3, 2012 7:10 pm

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dammit! you could see that coming a mile away.

September 3, 2012 7:14 pm

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 @Howard Cole  It’s pretty clear for North Hollywood tonight.  I could see it from two miles.

September 3, 2012 7:15 pm

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grab the mike from that clown before he ever uses one again.

September 3, 2012 7:16 pm

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ok, top of the order and four five and six. gotta get something in one of these innings.

September 3, 2012 7:31 pm

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ump loves that high strike.

September 3, 2012 7:34 pm

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Gonzalez 0-2, Kemp 0-3, Victorino 0-4, Ethier, 0-3…?

September 3, 2012 7:38 pm

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The strike zone has become a moving target over the years.

September 3, 2012 7:38 pm

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And this is why:
 
“Professional Baseball & American Legion: “OBR 2.00 – Strike Zone is the area over home plate, the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the knee cap. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter’s stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.”   

September 3, 2012 7:38 pm

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@Johnny Dodger same old thing. and victorino makes the quickest easiest outs of any of them. not what I expected at all.

September 3, 2012 7:38 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny Exactly.

September 3, 2012 7:39 pm

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do they have another lefty for andre? if not this is a mistake.

September 3, 2012 7:39 pm

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tie game, please.

September 3, 2012 7:39 pm

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adrian doesn’t care who he faces. nice shot up the middle on one pitch.

September 3, 2012 7:40 pm

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home run please.

September 3, 2012 7:43 pm

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Now would be a great time for the real Kemp to come back.

September 3, 2012 7:44 pm

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that’s his twitter handle.

September 3, 2012 7:45 pm

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sure does have trouble with that pitch lately. can’t lay off, can’t hit it

September 3, 2012 7:45 pm

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 @Howard Cole What – the real Kemp?

September 3, 2012 7:45 pm

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I’ll take the walk

September 3, 2012 7:45 pm

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Ughhh…

September 3, 2012 7:46 pm

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 @DeathByYoungblood
 always wondered what your avatar was yelling

September 3, 2012 7:47 pm

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kemp man. another awful at bat. didn’t come close to a good swing there. and we’re see too much of that. noncompetitive at bats.

September 3, 2012 7:47 pm

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I wonder when he’ll learn not to swing at those kinds of pitches? They must look a lot different to someone waiting at the plate than they do to us watching on TV.

September 3, 2012 7:49 pm

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@Johnny Dodger he has learned. this is a kind of regression. one of the reasons he was so good last year was because he laid off that pitch. all year really.

September 3, 2012 7:49 pm

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so hanley, andre and cruz in the ninth. a good trio, especially if they don’t have another lefty for andre ready.

September 3, 2012 7:50 pm

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D’s need a Marco Scutaro

September 3, 2012 7:51 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo pass.

September 3, 2012 7:52 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny OK, then when will he learn all over again?  Can’t an old dog learn OLD tricks…LOL

September 3, 2012 7:52 pm

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last chance guys. c’mon d’s. beat sd. beat sd. beat sd!

September 3, 2012 7:52 pm

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damn, if only broxton was a padre.

September 3, 2012 7:52 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 been a better deadline pick-up for the G’s than Ramirez has been for the D’s.  bigger impact.

September 3, 2012 7:52 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole  @Tom I’d still take Ramirez.

September 3, 2012 7:54 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo dream on, tom. not even close or worth discussing.

September 3, 2012 7:56 pm

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no

September 3, 2012 7:56 pm

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ok yes

September 3, 2012 7:56 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Howard Cole  @Tom
 Ramirez is somewhere around .285 for D’s.  Scutaro is way beyond that for G’s since he got here.  and a tougher out.  more polished player for the late innings. 
 
wholly worth discussing. 

September 3, 2012 7:57 pm

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no lefty for andre.

September 3, 2012 7:57 pm

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not that it matters?

September 3, 2012 7:57 pm

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holy shit

September 3, 2012 7:58 pm

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Amazing.

September 3, 2012 7:58 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Howard Cole  @Tom
 I remember Scutaro htting huge homer against Mariano Rivera when Scutaro was on the A’s.  he’s a tough, polished hitter.

September 3, 2012 7:58 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole  @Tom It’s a moot point, basically – the Dodgers have Ramirez, regardless, Thomas.
And I just missed Ethier’s HR…

September 3, 2012 7:58 pm

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 @eppis1 Yes!

September 3, 2012 7:59 pm

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woohoo!  D’s boys are happy. 

September 3, 2012 8:00 pm

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@eppis1 hey matt!!!

September 3, 2012 8:00 pm

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Cruz is a major league hitter.  Not like Uribe, Loney, Gordon etc.  Dude finds a way to put bat on ball.

September 3, 2012 8:00 pm

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one more run…one more run

September 3, 2012 8:00 pm

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time for another walkoff double

September 3, 2012 8:00 pm

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gregorsen on the ropes.

September 3, 2012 8:01 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood and he rips it. hard. a lot. and in the most important times.

September 3, 2012 8:01 pm

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Trivia question:  How many Dodgers are hitting .300 or better?

September 3, 2012 8:01 pm

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yeah, it’s easy.

September 3, 2012 8:02 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo you gonna retract that scutaro hanley statement of do I have to vanquish you with evidence.

September 3, 2012 8:02 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood don drysdale in 1965. the only one.

September 3, 2012 8:02 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Howard Cole  @Tom
 and Ramirez has those big STOOOOPID diamond earrings.  yuk!
 
Barry Bonds was probably my least favorite SF Giant ever.  wish they got rid of him years before that stupid, crooked, home run record.  Aaron is still the HR champ to me. 

September 3, 2012 8:02 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  Wait, Drysdale is dead.  I know he did hit 7 HRs in a season.

September 3, 2012 8:03 pm

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 @DeathByYoungblood Just Kemp and Cruz, isn’t it?

September 3, 2012 8:04 pm

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come onbobby

September 3, 2012 8:05 pm

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 @eppis1 Nice to see Abreu.

September 3, 2012 8:05 pm

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Well, at least Abreu hit the ball instead of another damned Dodger strikeout.

September 3, 2012 8:07 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 ok, tell me what Han Ramirez is hitting since he got to the D’s and what Scutaro is hitting for the G’s since he got to the G’s. 

September 3, 2012 8:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @eppis1 Hey Howard! Happy Anniversary. Thanks God for Ethier.

September 3, 2012 8:08 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood 29 lifetime

September 3, 2012 8:09 pm

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you can’t get right into trouble after a ninth inning homer to tie. come on.

September 3, 2012 8:10 pm

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@eppis1 he’s barely hanging on to a career. every at bat could be his last.

September 3, 2012 8:10 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 still waiting…, …, …

September 3, 2012 8:12 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Ummm, this is the Dodgers we’re talkin’ ’bout.

September 3, 2012 8:12 pm

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DP.

September 3, 2012 8:13 pm

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tenth inning walkoff.

September 3, 2012 8:14 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 I wouldn’t be surprised if Scutaro is hitting .335 since he joined the Giants.  ramirez isn’t anywhere near .335 for the Dodgers.

September 3, 2012 8:14 pm

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 @Howard Cole  I’m thinking – is there another way to win this other than a walkoff?  Balkoff perhaps?  Erroroff?

September 3, 2012 8:16 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood I’ve been rooting for the wild pitchoff myself. or the cather’s interferenceoff.

September 3, 2012 8:16 pm

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Howard – please tell Tom that Scutaro is a lot better than Ramirez so he can relax, OK?

September 3, 2012 8:17 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood or the strike out passed balloff.

September 3, 2012 8:17 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  Yep, that’s it.  Two.  A big two.

September 3, 2012 8:18 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 I didn’t claim that:  I stated:   [Scutaro's] “been a better deadline pick-up for the G’s than Ramirez has been for the D’s.  bigger impact.”

September 3, 2012 8:18 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo I just want Howard to soothe your fevered brow :-)

September 3, 2012 8:19 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 Thank you, Johnny D.  :)

September 3, 2012 8:20 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Johnny Dodger I heard you the first time. just kind of a lame statement, sorry.

September 3, 2012 8:20 pm

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home run, please

September 3, 2012 8:21 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Johnny
 Howies overheated.  even pissed off again

September 3, 2012 8:21 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Dreaming…

September 3, 2012 8:23 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Tom @Johnny not at all. the argument holds no water. it’s full of holes. the people will drown. it makes no sense. just look up the numbers, look at a few boxscores, read a month’s worth of game stories. hanley will be a top ten mvp vote getter. scutaro will sign a minor league contract in february.

September 3, 2012 8:24 pm

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Scutaro vs Han-Ram?  Can’t we all just argue about whether Gonzo is a “very good” or “great” player these days?

September 3, 2012 8:24 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Tom  @Johnny
 still waiting for the respective hitting records since each joined their new teams.

September 3, 2012 8:26 pm

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 @DeathByYoungblood
 Gonzo is better all around hitter than Kemp.  no doubt about it. 

September 3, 2012 8:27 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Tom @Johnny look em up, and be embarrased.

September 3, 2012 8:30 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Tom @Johnny I’ll look later, but basically, scutaro’s doing what he does, hanley’s doing what he does. almost to a tee. what’s to compare?

September 3, 2012 8:30 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Tom  @Johnny
 what is Han-Ram’s BA since joining D’s?

September 3, 2012 8:31 pm

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walkoff little suzy … walkoff….

September 3, 2012 8:34 pm

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This ends now…

September 3, 2012 8:35 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Tom @Johnny something like .284, at least it was earlier in the game, with a lot of homers and I’d guess three times the rbis scutaro has. maybe just double.

September 3, 2012 8:36 pm

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@rotarandy the movie wasn’t so hot, didn’t have much of a plot.

September 3, 2012 8:36 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  Ok, thanks…

September 3, 2012 8:37 pm

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lame inning so far. c’mon andre.

September 3, 2012 8:37 pm

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look at that stat!

September 3, 2012 8:37 pm

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These long games are doing wonders for our bullpen.

September 3, 2012 8:40 pm

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cruzin…

September 3, 2012 8:40 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood league will have that platlet thing tomorrow.

September 3, 2012 8:40 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Tom  @Johnny
 yea, Hanley will probably get more votes than Posey for MVP. 

September 3, 2012 8:41 pm

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let the wild ruckus begin…

September 3, 2012 8:42 pm

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fuck yeah!

September 3, 2012 8:42 pm

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Damn – just a plain ol’ walk off.

September 3, 2012 8:43 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  I had it done this morning.

September 3, 2012 8:43 pm

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 @Howard Cole  In a farmacia in TJ.

September 3, 2012 8:45 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood those slackers! they just don’t know how to please.

September 3, 2012 8:45 pm

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dodgers just have to win games and series. nothing else matters now. forget the scoreboard watching. just win games.

September 3, 2012 8:46 pm

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second eye surgery tomorrow, but if it goes as well as the first, I’ll be on the thread tomorrow. no new blog, just the thread right here at this url.

September 3, 2012 8:47 pm

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 @Howard Cole Good luck, friend.

September 3, 2012 8:47 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 goood luck buddy

September 3, 2012 8:47 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 from your lips to  who knows where??

September 3, 2012 8:48 pm

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thanks guys. piece of cake. hardest thing is waking up at 4:30, and not having coffee till 9:30 or 10. oy!

September 3, 2012 8:50 pm

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I got thrown out from center in babe ruth league once. most embarrasing thing ever. I ripped it, or it wouldn’t have been so close. I argued with the ump, but I was so out.

September 3, 2012 8:51 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Hang in there – we need you healthy for the playoff run (even if it’s only one game)

September 3, 2012 8:52 pm

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Vogelsong for the g’s tomorrow. he’s given up 18 runs in his last 17 innings.

September 3, 2012 8:57 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Howard Cole
 it will go well.  those eye pros are pros.

September 3, 2012 8:57 pm

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Yeah…..last week you were counting the days until catchers and pitchers report to spring training.  What a week can do huh?  Shame, shame!  

September 3, 2012 8:59 pm

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@RigoMartinezJr I was just doing a public service. those tickets are gonna be hard to get in arizona next year! you should be thanking me:)

September 3, 2012 9:01 pm

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 @Howard Cole I went through that back on July 11. Be at the hospital at 0530 for a 0730 surgery. No coffee, no nothin’. Woke up in recovery at 10:15, minus a uvula. Well, minus some cancer cells on it, too.

September 3, 2012 11:06 pm

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@linkmeister I’m so glad you’re ok, and thank you for sharing. I just got back twenty minutes ago. all good here. absolutely no problems.

September 4, 2012 10:51 am

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 @Howard Cole  @linkmeister  Good to hear.  Now go take your nap and get ready for Kershaw tonight.

September 4, 2012 10:57 am

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 @DeathByYoungblood  @Howard Cole Thanks, guys. Even the docs were impressed at themselves. “No spread at all,” they said (and the PET/CT scans and biopsies confirmed). Large bullet, dodged.

September 4, 2012 11:29 am

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 @Howard Cole
 yeah, a better W-L record than Buzzaw and era slightly higher than Buzzsaw.  before all those runs he had  very low era.  we’ll see.how he does.  Kershaw would have fantasitc record if he his team could have delivered the lumber on time and consistently.

September 4, 2012 4:16 pm

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Today’s Dodger news:  Ted Lilly will throw a simulated game on Wednesday and Kenley Jansen says he is going to stay on blood thinners for 10 days & return Sep 17.

September 4, 2012 4:43 pm

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what happened to Kershaw.  hmm, must be saving him for Giants

September 4, 2012 7:18 pm

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oop.  got bad information from the radio.  thought somebody else was pitching.

September 4, 2012 7:26 pm

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belatedly, I am here.

September 4, 2012 8:24 pm

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meanwhile in san francisco, the giant sill probably still pull out a win, but vogelsong continues to struggle. he’s given up four runs in three innings, and made 75 pitches.

September 4, 2012 8:26 pm

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another steal for hanley.

September 4, 2012 8:28 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 not sure about that.  Kennedy is very good pitcher.  hope so but in his last six starts against Giants he’s 5 – 0 and the D-backs won all 6

September 4, 2012 8:31 pm

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I just hope that Colletti has the smarts to attempt a trade of Kemp and Ethier – and Ramirez, if necessary – to the Giants for Scutaro.
Oh, hello, Tom – I didn’t see you sitting there.

September 4, 2012 8:32 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo well, I was throwing you a bone. I’ll take the 4-2 start and another crappy performance from vogelsong. he’ll give up more I’m quite sure. then they’re going to have to start thinking about whether he’s 100% healthy or not….never one of bochy’s better things.

September 4, 2012 8:33 pm

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@Johnny Dodger I like it!

September 4, 2012 8:34 pm

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I did do the comparison, john, and was admittedly surprised to see scutaro at .322 as a giant. but of course, hanley bests him in every other category. plus, as I told tom, hanley can continue the pace, scutaro can’t. not to save his life.

September 4, 2012 8:35 pm

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Hill just two run homer.  G’s getting creamed. 

September 4, 2012 8:35 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 Scutaro tripled and doubled tonight so far, knocked in two.  and look at the runs scored.  And, yes, he has much better batting average since he got to the G’s than Hanley has since he got to the Dodgers.  Way higher.  You Can Look It Up, Al

September 4, 2012 8:36 pm

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ouch. so that’s 24 runs in his last 20 innings over five games, raising his era from 2.27 to 3.29.

September 4, 2012 8:41 pm

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Hey, Howie, next thread make sure you come on and says, like Simon says – Howie says you all can post even when I’m not here.  [pissed off Giants fan.  hehehe]

September 4, 2012 8:41 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Johnny Dodger I’ll take hanley’s production, but scutaro has been great. like I said, I wanted him here before we had any idea about how good cruz was gonna be. and I’m not looking back on that one.

September 4, 2012 8:42 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 wish I could be a starter in the M-Leagues with a 3.29 ERA in September. 

September 4, 2012 8:42 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 Plus, Scutaro doesn’t wear those stooopidass huge diamond earrings as Hanely does like your favorite and my least favorite, BARRY BONDS

September 4, 2012 8:45 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Johnny Dodger ok, I’ll take scutaro in a straight trade for hanley. you’ve convinced me:)

September 4, 2012 8:46 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo I’ve tried. it won’t work. the thread simply is lost without me. at least for now. we can aspire to greatness though. maybe as things heat up even more. we’ll see.

September 4, 2012 8:47 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Johnny
 :).  knew the diamond earrings thing would be persuasive

September 4, 2012 8:47 pm

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 @Howard Cole  I want the G-Spots to lose, but why can’t it be 1-0 when Vogelsong starts?  Looks like I’m gonna have to stop starting him…

September 4, 2012 8:47 pm

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great at bat for ellis. made stults throw an extra ten pitches or so and then got the hit. great stuff. now if shane can just come through like I thought he would all along.

September 4, 2012 8:48 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo God bless my hero, Barry Bonds.

September 4, 2012 8:48 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood because he’s either burnt out with some injury or in a slump. and at just the right/wrong time, depending on your perspective. you ought to replace him while you can.

September 4, 2012 8:48 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 yea, right.  he was and is a total prick. 

September 4, 2012 8:49 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo me too, but at my age, I’d probably have to settle for an era around 4.

September 4, 2012 8:49 pm

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This offense is downright… offensive.

September 4, 2012 8:51 pm

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oh well. victorino really has been a disappointment. he shows in almost every at bat. but at least they got stults pitch count right up to kershaw’s 78 to 79. that’s key. stults goes a maximum of seven and maybe just the six, with heart of the order up next inning.

September 4, 2012 8:51 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 I hated his going for the home-run record here.  such huge fanfare although everybody knew he was a fucking cheater.  I was happey when he was gone and the Giants could finally have a team that were all in it together instead of BARRY BONDS and a supporting cast. 

September 4, 2012 8:51 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood it’s just five innings. they’ll get to him in the sixth or seventh, I promise. then it’s gonna be up to tolleson and wall and ely in the pen. should be interesting.

September 4, 2012 8:52 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 HAHAHA.  FOUR HUNDRED is more like it

September 4, 2012 8:52 pm

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great memory from vin there. I don’t remember that game, but I sure did love that hit streak back then. I still love hit streaks, actually.

September 4, 2012 8:52 pm

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56 is still incomprehensible to me….and you know what, steroids wouldn’t help you get there. so there’s that.

September 4, 2012 8:53 pm

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kersh in trouble again. he really had to work to get out of that jam in the fifth. and here we go again. this might be his last inning.

September 4, 2012 8:54 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Unless this offense starts producing 5 runs a game, a playoff appearance seems unlikely.

September 4, 2012 8:57 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo I WAS an admirer of Mr. Bonds when he was with Pittsburgh – he was a hell of a player, and probably could have made it into the HofF on his own.
You look at a photo of him then, and after when he bulked up with the Giants and it’s obvious what was happening.

September 4, 2012 8:58 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood I don’t think they need that many runs. they can win some 2-1 games, and some 4-2, 3-1 and a few with more runs. I think the hitting’s gonna be ok. kemp will get it going again. they’ll score enough.

September 4, 2012 8:59 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 I grew up with Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, etc.  To me Barry Bonds never got near their baseball greatness mainly because he was an a-hole to his teammates and once the steroids thing raised its ugly head it was obvious it was true from his appearance and he became a bigger pos to me.

September 4, 2012 8:59 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood and they’ll score more on the road, for whatever reason.

September 4, 2012 8:59 pm

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kershaw’s a freaking god. there’s no other way around it. just one bad pitch – his first.

September 4, 2012 9:00 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 I live three blocks from a field Bonds played at as a kid.  He used to hit homers off a tall bank building across El Camin Real – main throroughfare all the way down the peininsula – when he was fourteen.  He didn’t need to cheat.  He got jealous seeing Mark McGwire go nutss on the Maris record and wanted the same adulation.  He really screwed up on that.

September 4, 2012 9:04 pm

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was watching on the ESPN, but we’re having hail and thunder, so back to the interWeb…it’s the Fathers…c’mon Dodgers!

September 4, 2012 9:04 pm

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kemp really really needs a good at bat here. I don’t care if it’s a bloop single or a ground ball to the right side or a walk. just something.

September 4, 2012 9:05 pm

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even the interweb isn’t working so well in this weather

September 4, 2012 9:06 pm

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that qualifies

September 4, 2012 9:06 pm

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@wesparkerinia where are you again?

September 4, 2012 9:06 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo No, he didn’t need to cheat – that’s what I was talking about when he played with Pittsburgh. He was a star, period, doing it on talent.
I still remember his famous recliner in the Giant’s clubhouse later on.

September 4, 2012 9:07 pm

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another tootblan. jeez man.

September 4, 2012 9:07 pm

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another TOOTBLAN…..aargh!

September 4, 2012 9:07 pm

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Speechless…

September 4, 2012 9:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole that’s the crap that makes this team not a playoff team

September 4, 2012 9:08 pm

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With no outs, you’re not running on anything.  Ridiculous…

September 4, 2012 9:09 pm

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@wesparkerinia it’s frustrating, but they only need one of these per game to win, and that’s what they’ve done the last three games. nobody does it every time. but hanley’s at bat was the killer. cruz’ll come through.

September 4, 2012 9:09 pm

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c’mon Cochito!

September 4, 2012 9:09 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood a lot of times you go to keep them for getting a dp, but that time I think he just got caught off. maybe they need to keep their runners away from third the rest of the way.

September 4, 2012 9:11 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 yea, the recliner.  hell, I think he tried to move two recliners into the clubhouse.  could be wrong on that.  and he had his “trainer” with him all the time who, I think, was finally banned from the locker room. his personal trainer I think did two prison stints from refusing to rat out his client, Bonds.

September 4, 2012 9:12 pm

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kersh has another good inning in him and then it’s pinch hitter time. still plenty of time to win this one. and you won’t care about the score if they pull it out.

plus, kemp getting that hit is a great sign.

September 4, 2012 9:12 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @wesparkerinia I know, but this struggling against Snakes, Rocks, and Friars is frustrating

September 4, 2012 9:13 pm

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this storm is really messing with “net….it was 99 here today….now it’s 57

September 4, 2012 9:14 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  Just replayed it a couple of times in slo-mo.  He does get caught off, but Headley was playing just a few feet off the bag and when the ball is hit Gonzo’s was already stepping towards the plate.  Bad luck and bad baserunning combined.

September 4, 2012 9:14 pm

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Tonight MLB TV is working OK, but my Motorola modem keeps dropping off and losing my internet. Haysoos!

September 4, 2012 9:14 pm

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they got stults outta there, which is key. kersh just needs to get through this inning relatively easily

September 4, 2012 9:15 pm

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CRUZ!!!!!!!!

September 4, 2012 9:15 pm

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Maybe we can win this in the 11th and everyone can run around and jump on each other.

September 4, 2012 9:15 pm

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Shades of Chris Chambliss… 

September 4, 2012 9:16 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood without being tackled by matt kemp. the jersey thing is much safer.

September 4, 2012 9:16 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  I hope everyone is wearing a cup…

September 4, 2012 9:16 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood you gonna check?

September 4, 2012 9:17 pm

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Satellite is back, net, not so much

September 4, 2012 9:18 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood exactly. his game is not quickness on the bases. but generally he’s a smart player. same with mark ellis.

September 4, 2012 9:18 pm

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@wesparkerinia where are you again?

September 4, 2012 9:18 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood ohh, the 85 alcs reference? I think that was the year, with the walkoff homer. good one dby.

September 4, 2012 9:19 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood speaking of which, can anyone tell me why chambliss never got a chance to manage in the majors?

September 4, 2012 9:20 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @wesparkerinia Baja Minnesota….NE Iowa

September 4, 2012 9:20 pm

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last batter for kersh. let’s hope it’s a quick one.

September 4, 2012 9:20 pm

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Brandon Belt just clobbered one into McCovey Cove, a Splash Hit as they’re called here, and now the G’s are only one back. 

September 4, 2012 9:20 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo see. told you. bleeing dbacks. by the way, trivia. who hit the first splash hit?

September 4, 2012 9:21 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo Yes, three runs so far just this inning.

September 4, 2012 9:21 pm

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by the way, brandon belt is a great baseball name.

September 4, 2012 9:22 pm

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he’ll get the k.

September 4, 2012 9:22 pm

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@wesparkerinia how did you get to be a dodger fan there?

September 4, 2012 9:23 pm

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too many pitches. they gotta get him outta there in a minute.

September 4, 2012 9:23 pm

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not a bad at bat, vin. that’s clayton kershaw up there!

September 4, 2012 9:24 pm

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se fuckinn’ poncha

September 4, 2012 9:24 pm

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I am so stoked that I can listen to Vin….wish Jon Miller was still on ESPN

September 4, 2012 9:25 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @wesparkerinia My dad was born and raised in Akely, Minnesota, and a fervent Dodger fan, as I’ve mentioned.

September 4, 2012 9:26 pm

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nobody wants in on the who had the first homer at att trivia? not even tom? c’mon.

September 4, 2012 9:26 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 a Dodger in an exhibition game – forget his name – but i think he might’ve hit two.  it was a dodger in an odd pre-season game right before the season started.  guy hardly known for being power hitter.

September 4, 2012 9:26 pm

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time for a rally

September 4, 2012 9:26 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  He was a Yankee?

September 4, 2012 9:26 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Uh, no, I guess that’s not it…

September 4, 2012 9:26 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 I think he might have hit three homers that night.  I remember listening to the game and thinking that guy hit three homers?

September 4, 2012 9:28 pm

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here’s that clown reliever. he’s giving us the win right here in this inning.

September 4, 2012 9:28 pm

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 @Howard Cole Barry…..

September 4, 2012 9:28 pm

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dbacks get out of the inning with a one-run lead. let’s see if they can get something going.

September 4, 2012 9:29 pm

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you don’t see ellis with an infield hit every day.

September 4, 2012 9:30 pm

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 @Howard Cole check that….Todd Hundley

September 4, 2012 9:30 pm

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I’m ok with the bunt there, but with ellis running, it’s a concern. course, if the dodgers had real pinch hitters….

September 4, 2012 9:31 pm

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big at bat here, because we can’t expect victorino to come thru.

September 4, 2012 9:32 pm

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I would have guessed that Sutton had 3 straight seasons of at least 200 strikeouts.  He came oh so close to 5 seasons in a row starting in 1969.   He had over 200 Ks 4 out of 5 years only to miss in 1971 with 194.

September 4, 2012 9:32 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood I think he had the rookie strikeout record for a long time.

September 4, 2012 9:33 pm

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how is ellis standing at third?

September 4, 2012 9:33 pm

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 @Howard Cole he is a catcher

September 4, 2012 9:33 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 I answered.  below.  it was a Dodger in pre-season game – and odd pre-season game right before the 2000 season opened.  I think the guy hit two or three homers that night.  A dodger not known for being a power hitter and it shocked everybody, although it was only a pre-season game.  remember it well but not how many homers.  know it was at least two

September 4, 2012 9:33 pm

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 @Howard Cole  I guess he was afraid the ball might be caught?  We need a baserunning coach.

September 4, 2012 9:33 pm

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 @wesparkerinia  @Howard Cole Hundley did it June 30, 2000. Barry Bonds hit the first one in May 1, 2000.

September 4, 2012 9:34 pm

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Sugar Shane….a fly ball at least?

September 4, 2012 9:34 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @wesparkerinia  @Howard Cole
 yes, Hundley.  he hit at least two homers that night.  probably three.

September 4, 2012 9:34 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  209 as a rook in 1966.  Before I was born.

September 4, 2012 9:35 pm

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@wesparkerinia shoulda been halfway home when the ball dropped, easy.

September 4, 2012 9:35 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood we got one. davey lopes.

September 4, 2012 9:35 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @wesparkerinia  @Howard Cole
 no, it was a pre-season game when the first one was hit.

September 4, 2012 9:35 pm

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victorino joins the club! biggest hit as a dodger!!!!

September 4, 2012 9:36 pm

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break on through to the other side

September 4, 2012 9:36 pm

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wow a reverse TOOTBLAN

September 4, 2012 9:36 pm

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Like I said before, I love watching the flyin’ hawaiian run the bases. Of course, he has to actually get on base.

September 4, 2012 9:36 pm

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that’s a good way to put it. maybe reshould coin that the RTOOTBLAN.

September 4, 2012 9:36 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood on teams that win championships, people come through out of nowhere. shoot, maybe uribe will win a game – one game – with a big hit. and they’d not only rip his jersey off, they’d strip him naked right down to his jockstrap.

September 4, 2012 9:37 pm

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golf ball sized hail is really loud!

September 4, 2012 9:38 pm

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@rotarandy back door man!

September 4, 2012 9:38 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood I was seven and remember it, although not well. I remember my brother telling me about it later more.

September 4, 2012 9:39 pm

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AZ is trying to lose again…

September 4, 2012 9:39 pm

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and we got a good thread going actually. better late than never.

September 4, 2012 9:39 pm

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 @wesparkerinia
 what town??

September 4, 2012 9:39 pm

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I’m pretty sure gonzo is over .300 against lefties now, and I mean including his boston numbers.

September 4, 2012 9:40 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  Then they would use his jersey to make a parachute. 

September 4, 2012 9:40 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood those bastards. but it’s what they do

September 4, 2012 9:40 pm

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Come on Gonzo – I really need the RBIs…

September 4, 2012 9:41 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole Can’t find it anywhere on the internet, Tom.

September 4, 2012 9:42 pm

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there you go with the ribby. we’ll take it too.

September 4, 2012 9:42 pm

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great ab for a lefty against a lefty.

September 4, 2012 9:42 pm

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Ok, that’s a solid AB…

September 4, 2012 9:42 pm

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 @rotarandy Decorah

September 4, 2012 9:42 pm

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7th inning and it’s 6-5 AZ.  They had 1st and 3rd with 1 out and hit into a dp.

September 4, 2012 9:43 pm

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 @wesparkerinia
 lol in the state of …?

September 4, 2012 9:43 pm

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Brad Boxberger?  

September 4, 2012 9:45 pm

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 @rotarandy IA

September 4, 2012 9:45 pm

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Ahhh, he is the son of Rod Boxberger!

September 4, 2012 9:46 pm

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 @wesparkerinia  @rotarandy 339 miles from Akely, Mn.

September 4, 2012 9:47 pm

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Oy… the G’s have a runner on 3rd with 1 out.

September 4, 2012 9:47 pm

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 @wesparkerinia
 oh heaven.  in a corn field that is.

September 4, 2012 9:48 pm

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Pagan lead off inning with double.  Scutaro – yes, Scutaro again, he of the double and triple so far tonight – sacrificed him to thrid.  Sandoval knocked in Pagan with a single.  Game tied.

September 4, 2012 9:49 pm

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That new baseball movie with Clint Eastwood looks like a giant turd.  

September 4, 2012 9:50 pm

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 @rotarandy
love that song.  the opening bass line really kicks ass.  guess their keyboardist laid that one down on his keyboard

September 4, 2012 9:51 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo what are ya gonna do? the giants are playing well. it’s gonna be some series this weekend. luckily, we get to face vogelsong, and if he gives us six runs, with kersh, that’s a win.

September 4, 2012 9:52 pm

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oh vin.

September 4, 2012 9:52 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood yeah, it does. but I love amy adams. she’s my prototype.

September 4, 2012 9:52 pm

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 @rotarandy http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/iowa/weather-radar

September 4, 2012 9:52 pm

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I hate this.

September 4, 2012 9:53 pm

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nice bullpen, Ned

September 4, 2012 9:53 pm

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unreal. josh wall is so far away from being a major leaguer. nice job mattingly.

September 4, 2012 9:53 pm

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Well, hell!

September 4, 2012 9:53 pm

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@wesparkerinia not bullpen, josh wall. don mattingly.

September 4, 2012 9:54 pm

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ouch!.  that even hurt me!  :)

September 4, 2012 9:54 pm

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just have to come back again. I’m worried about getting out of this inning though.

September 4, 2012 9:54 pm

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shades of serve’em up Ray Burris

September 4, 2012 9:54 pm

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shades of pete mickleson. blow the save and get the win. oh sit, sorry, I didnt’ realize it’s guerrier. even worse. you bring him in, he gives up a homer

September 4, 2012 9:55 pm

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so…the Cards and Braves keep winning….LA can’t put away the NL West….not good

September 4, 2012 9:55 pm

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braves lost tonight, and if the dodgers win, they’re right there with the cards. they just gotta win tonight. and guerrier has to come out immediately.

September 4, 2012 9:56 pm

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Night, all, gonna hit the hay.  Go, er, ah, er, ah, Gi……..NLWest teams that start with G.  Remember G conquers all [better get out of here before I get my ass....]

September 4, 2012 9:57 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  Scutaro is 36 and In 11 seasons he’s never batted .300 (until now) and never had more than 60 RBIs (he’s getting close).  The guys a middle infielder who has 52 stolen bases in 11 years…  Definitely PEDs ; ).

September 4, 2012 9:57 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo g does conquer all. g as in glove. glove conquers all.

September 4, 2012 9:57 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo Dream of Scutaro…

September 4, 2012 9:57 pm

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great. I’m worried this run’s gonna score with a crappy hitter at the plate.

September 4, 2012 9:58 pm

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@Johnny Dodger @Tom in San Mateo i’ll dream of amy adams while tom is dreaming of marco scutaro. man, I wish he’d let a game winner go thru his legs before the night is over…or the season.

September 4, 2012 9:59 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  Yep, I love me some Amy Adams too.  I don’t know if I can sit through Clint going all Grand Torino on a baseball field though.  Maybe he’ll at least ramble incoherently at a mitt in the dugout for 10 minutes…

September 4, 2012 10:01 pm

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dbacks have em loaded.

September 4, 2012 10:02 pm

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it’s grand slam time.

September 4, 2012 10:02 pm

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hello?!

September 4, 2012 10:04 pm

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way to set up the force

September 4, 2012 10:04 pm

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unbelievable. way to walk the .220 hitter.

September 4, 2012 10:05 pm

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hey, he’s got a base open! walk kostay too!

September 4, 2012 10:05 pm

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throw a friggin strike

September 4, 2012 10:05 pm

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this is lame but the inning is on guerrier.

September 4, 2012 10:06 pm

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whew.

September 4, 2012 10:07 pm

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Wow – shades of Craig Nettles!

September 4, 2012 10:07 pm

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that was close

September 4, 2012 10:07 pm

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Great call by the ump.

September 4, 2012 10:07 pm

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gonzo should’ve thrown it harder but ok. time to win this freaking game right here.

September 4, 2012 10:07 pm

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upton choked, it’s up to kubel.

September 4, 2012 10:08 pm

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side out. fucking dbacks.

September 4, 2012 10:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole not any more… sigh.

September 4, 2012 10:08 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood ok, giants have it. no question about this game.

September 4, 2012 10:09 pm

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dodgers caught a break. what the hell is choate doing trying to tag him. just run to the base.

September 4, 2012 10:10 pm

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hanley ethier and cruz. they’ll do it.

September 4, 2012 10:10 pm

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on another topic, does anyone think or care that the yankess may miss the playoffs? they had a huge lead a couple weeks ago.

September 4, 2012 10:11 pm

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home run, please.

September 4, 2012 10:12 pm

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ethier hasn’t homered in hour.

September 4, 2012 10:13 pm

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well, I’m pissed now. they had the game. they absolutely had it. pre guerrier. if the guy would just give up doubles instead of homers, you know. we might have a chance.

September 4, 2012 10:14 pm

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This is driving me nuts – lose the internet just when the Dodgers were coming up, and now it’s the end of the inning?

September 4, 2012 10:15 pm

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consider yourself lucky. giants are about to break their game open. way to go arizona.

September 4, 2012 10:17 pm

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beli’s due for an off night. and he’s being overworked.

September 4, 2012 10:18 pm

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but it looks like we’ll get jansen back. he’ll be rusty, so they better get him into an easy game before a tough save, but it’ll be great to have that arm out there. they already completely need it.

September 4, 2012 10:19 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger Got steady stream now…but satellite is wigging out

September 4, 2012 10:19 pm

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 @Howard Cole  I care.  I root for them to miss the playoffs every year.

September 4, 2012 10:21 pm

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 @Howard Cole  yep.

September 4, 2012 10:22 pm

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walkoff please.

September 4, 2012 10:23 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood they really need a long start tomorrow. today would’ve been nice.

September 4, 2012 10:25 pm

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if abreu homers this is definitely the dodgers year.

September 4, 2012 10:26 pm

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finally ely. god forbid you use him instead of guerrier there. jeez.

September 4, 2012 10:26 pm

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oh great. frisco has the bases loaded now.

September 4, 2012 10:27 pm

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I’ll take the walk, bobby.

September 4, 2012 10:28 pm

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 @Howard Cole And only one out.

September 4, 2012 10:28 pm

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that’s one thing he’s good at. no runner. he’ll steal, even at 38.

September 4, 2012 10:28 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Best AB of the season for the fat tub o goo…

September 4, 2012 10:29 pm

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so….no tv, no internet….down to At Bat on my phone

September 4, 2012 10:29 pm

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@wesparkerinia I’ll keep you posted.

September 4, 2012 10:29 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Oh, wait, I was thinking Uribe… nevermind.

September 4, 2012 10:29 pm

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ellis flies out. two down and it’s up to shane again.

September 4, 2012 10:30 pm

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of course,,,,battery is dying

September 4, 2012 10:30 pm

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yeah! finally arizona comes through. dp with the bases loaded.

September 4, 2012 10:30 pm

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another walk would be great.

September 4, 2012 10:30 pm

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oy. we go to the tenth.

September 4, 2012 10:31 pm

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No, no, not another long one!

September 4, 2012 10:31 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood you sounded like commish for a second. he’s not a big abreu fan. the guy contributed while he could and those game helped. but he’s just out of gas now.

September 4, 2012 10:32 pm

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let’s see what ely’s got. he probably hasn’t pitched in five or six days at least, which can’t be good. but he’s had a great year in a hitter’s league. pitcher of the year in the pcl I think.

September 4, 2012 10:33 pm

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Ely’s coming…

September 4, 2012 10:33 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @wesparkerinia as old Norwegians around here say….Takk….think I’m gonna turn in. Thanks for doing the thread

September 4, 2012 10:33 pm

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 @DeathByYoungblood Never liked that song.

September 4, 2012 10:34 pm

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@Johnny Dodger that’s what she said.

September 4, 2012 10:34 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny I’m going to tell Beth!

September 4, 2012 10:35 pm

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I really would love to see ely pitch well, even in relief. they could use another arm. but I don’t imagine mattingly will be quick to give him chances and let him get in a rhythm.

September 4, 2012 10:35 pm

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looked good to me. this is the inning. they’ll win it here.

September 4, 2012 10:39 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  Love me the Three Dog Night version.

September 4, 2012 10:40 pm

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Tom’s Scutaro is up now.

September 4, 2012 10:41 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  He’ll hit a homer.  PEDs…

September 4, 2012 10:41 pm

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 @DeathByYoungblood Flied out – yay!

September 4, 2012 10:42 pm

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@Johnny Dodger something tells me he’s watching.

September 4, 2012 10:42 pm

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ok matt, you’re more than due.

September 4, 2012 10:44 pm

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just a little 331 foot homer and I’ll be much obliged.

September 4, 2012 10:44 pm

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The Dodgers are going to be so freakin’ worn out by the end of the season that I can’t imagine them going deep in the playoffs.

September 4, 2012 10:44 pm

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OK – Arizona up.

September 4, 2012 10:45 pm

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kemp has got to stop chasing that pitch like it’s three years ago.

September 4, 2012 10:45 pm

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Chasing those bad pitches again.

September 4, 2012 10:45 pm

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bad inning or good pitching I suppose. but I’m tired of this. I want it won in the next inning, period.

September 4, 2012 10:47 pm

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oh no not a uncle charlie

September 4, 2012 10:47 pm

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I’ve got to get a few things done now – I’ll try to keep checking…

September 4, 2012 10:49 pm

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dammit!

September 4, 2012 10:49 pm

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remember phil humber, who pitched a perfect game for the white sox early in the year. tonight he gave up 8 runs in a third of an inning of relief and sports an era of 6.51

September 4, 2012 10:51 pm

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F…

September 4, 2012 10:51 pm

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oh man. well that’s it. not a chance in hell they get out of this.

September 4, 2012 10:51 pm

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Well, hell again.

September 4, 2012 10:51 pm

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again, it’s on guerrier. without a doubt. it’s his loss.

September 4, 2012 10:52 pm

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dp, please.

September 4, 2012 10:55 pm

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that’s it. well, they deserve this loss.

September 4, 2012 10:58 pm

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I’ll admit to classic second guessing, but pretty much everything mattingly did tonight worked against him.

September 4, 2012 10:59 pm

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I’m gonna go brush my teeth and watch the Daily Show.

September 4, 2012 11:00 pm

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just have to take one for the club now. there’s no point in wasting another arm…unless it’s josh wall, I guess.

September 4, 2012 11:00 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood that’s a better plan than I have. I’m gonna stick it out.

September 4, 2012 11:01 pm

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Think I’ll go wash dishes or something.

September 4, 2012 11:02 pm

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@Johnny Dodger I did mine hours ago, but I can always wash em again. you can never have too many clean dishes.

September 4, 2012 11:03 pm

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think i will continue to sit on my ass and wish for better baseball from the boys in blue

September 4, 2012 11:04 pm

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@rotarandy well they did just win three straight, but this is a step back. we’ll see if they can right the ship tomorrow. I’m not counting on it, with harang vs dodger killer clayton richard, but we gotta keep the faith. well, we don’t have to, but you get the idea.

September 4, 2012 11:06 pm

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gregorson stinks, so who knows. maybe they have a comeback in them.

September 4, 2012 11:07 pm

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somebody tell that fat lady to quite down please.

September 4, 2012 11:11 pm

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dbacks take the lead in the 11th at frisco. bfd.

September 4, 2012 11:12 pm

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we’ll try again tomorrow. I’ll have this out of my system and just hope that the skipper has learned something.

September 4, 2012 11:12 pm

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It doesn’t look any better than when I left!

September 4, 2012 11:14 pm

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But the Dodgers could have GAINED a game in the standings!!

September 4, 2012 11:15 pm

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right now I’m more concerned with the wild card. they lost a game there. but what are ya gonna do? I’m not going to let myself get too bummed about this one. I’ll meet you here tomorrow night and we’ll keep a good thought for a series victory. that’s all I ever ask. just win series. and they can do that tomorrow, then the off day and it’s onto frisco.

September 4, 2012 11:18 pm

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 @Howard Cole I’m going to Chico tomorrow – I’ll check in whenever I get back.

September 4, 2012 11:24 pm

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hope all the democrats in my house let me check on the game now and then…

September 5, 2012 7:09 pm

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batter up—-play balll—etc.

September 5, 2012 7:11 pm

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just ordering from oak tree inn delivery for the main squeeze. hope it’s good. and of course a leadoff single.

September 5, 2012 7:13 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 thats what we had tonight…lol

September 5, 2012 7:14 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 oak tree special fish fillet

September 5, 2012 7:15 pm

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3-0 in a second. same old dodgers. unwatchable aaron harang

September 5, 2012 7:15 pm

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@rotarandy I’d lilke to filet aaron harang. I’ll never make it through september, I swear I won’t

September 5, 2012 7:16 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 Howard:  the incorrigible Chicken Little of Baseball Fandom

September 5, 2012 7:16 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 at least you made it to 300 pts.

September 5, 2012 7:16 pm

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@rotarandy I was gonna get golden china, but they don’t deliver. slackers.

September 5, 2012 7:17 pm

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told ya. total disaster already. why do I put myself through this night after night.

September 5, 2012 7:18 pm

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and by the way, a.j. ellis has awful hands. I can’t believe how many balls have gotten by him this year. passed balls, wild pitches, plays at the plate, etc.

September 5, 2012 7:18 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo when a man is right he’s right. and on cue.

September 5, 2012 7:19 pm

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hopefully, bumgarner starts to suck and then the giants are down to cain and lincecum, which is competitive with kershaw and beckett.

September 5, 2012 7:20 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo what would you call chicken little if the sky actually was falling?

September 5, 2012 7:21 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 a loud mouth know it all ?

September 5, 2012 7:23 pm

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“this might be considered worse.”

September 5, 2012 7:24 pm

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gee two outs on only 30 pitches

September 5, 2012 7:25 pm

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clearly, harang can get a complete game on 306 pitches

September 5, 2012 7:27 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 he is good with a water gun..

September 5, 2012 7:28 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 Howard Cole.
sheesk!  you were right.  3 nothing

September 5, 2012 7:30 pm

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@rotarandy without videotape of it I would highly doubt it.

September 5, 2012 7:30 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @rotarandy
 lol he is the post game waterman from a distance when no bucket is available.

September 5, 2012 7:32 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 of course they must win the game first.

September 5, 2012 7:33 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 a cynical and hopeful bastard all at the same time.  good comparision, however.

September 5, 2012 7:34 pm

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welcome number TEN  howard is busy with chop sticks …hang in there.

September 5, 2012 7:46 pm

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welcome number ELEVEN

September 5, 2012 7:49 pm

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As soon as the Pads get one more run, I’m going to go and sit out on my deck, have a drink and contemplate the infinite.  I’m not watching this crap for three hours again.
If ONLY we had Scutaro!

September 5, 2012 7:51 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 crackin’ up.  [smartass]

September 5, 2012 7:53 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo Oh, hi, Tom – didn’t see you sitting there.

September 5, 2012 7:54 pm

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Drove across the Golden Gate Bridge this afternoon.  Had my eyes open for anybody in a Dodgers’ cap.  Had I seen one would have pulled over and tried to talk them out of it. 

September 5, 2012 7:57 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo I have driven across there with a Dodger cap a number of times, actually.

September 5, 2012 8:01 pm

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Trevor Cahill just retired the G’s in bottom third on three strikeouts.  all of them called third.
 
Giants suck

September 5, 2012 8:02 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo That’s what I’ve been telling you!

September 5, 2012 8:04 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Tom in San Mateo
 you can see the tops of the bridge from a apartment i pay for ..for a daughter

September 5, 2012 8:04 pm

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damn good chinese food. except they forgot the chopsticks and gave me the wrong kind of rice. I tipped well. aaron harang is not good to eat by. nice sacrifice, huh?

September 5, 2012 8:05 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo nah, you would’ve thrown a cinder block out the window at em. we know the drill

September 5, 2012 8:06 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Tom in San Mateo I would really hate to pay for anything in SF real estate these days.

September 5, 2012 8:06 pm

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god forbid, a one two three inning.

September 5, 2012 8:07 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 crackin up, that was funny, Howie

September 5, 2012 8:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole I’ve got a tri-tip I need to get on the BBQ sometime soon.

September 5, 2012 8:08 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Johnny Dodger
 ouch!  that must cost a ton

September 5, 2012 8:08 pm

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cahin on a pace for 15 ks and no hits.

September 5, 2012 8:09 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Johnny Dodger
 a ton and a half..

September 5, 2012 8:09 pm

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Arizona got another run.

September 5, 2012 8:11 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 Snakes in the grass, I say

September 5, 2012 8:11 pm

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harang has picked up the pace on the pitch count. so now, he can get a complete game on 237 pitches.

September 5, 2012 8:14 pm

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is kemp healthy or what?

September 5, 2012 8:16 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 he’s fine, just stopped doing the testosterone cream after Melky and Colon got caught

September 5, 2012 8:17 pm

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awful at bat. awful. but I’d like to know if he’s healthy first.

September 5, 2012 8:17 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo oh please. northern california baseball players cheat. not dodgers.

September 5, 2012 8:18 pm

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but really, I would like to know if his shoulder’s a mess from that collision. if it is, fine, it’s a slump and some bad choices. but what if it’s all of the above?

September 5, 2012 8:18 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 remember when ballplayers just grabbed their own balls for a pick-me-up at the plate. don’t see that anymore.  now they buy it in a bottle or a tube.  HAHAHA.  hell, I crack up myself sometimes

September 5, 2012 8:19 pm

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grand slam please.

September 5, 2012 8:19 pm

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andre. ok, it’s up to cruz. I’ll take cruz here. woulda been nice not to have kemp ruin the inning, but ok. let’s go cruz!!!

September 5, 2012 8:20 pm

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same dodgers. same dodgers. they’ve had him on the ropes twice in three innings and didn’t get it done. but ok. onward.

September 5, 2012 8:21 pm

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I really enjoy seeing Cruz come to the plate.  Hard to believe what he’s gone through to play MLB.

September 5, 2012 8:26 pm

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At least your guys got 7 hits and 2 runs.  My guys got no hits and no runs.

September 5, 2012 8:28 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo right, so what’s the problem?

September 5, 2012 8:29 pm

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he made it thru four innings, so what the bleep.

September 5, 2012 8:29 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 still a young game with a run difference…

September 5, 2012 8:30 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 wiseacre

September 5, 2012 8:31 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo They do have one error, though – their scoreboard isn’t completely empty – see? 0,0,1.

September 5, 2012 8:31 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 and the sky looks to hold up..

September 5, 2012 8:31 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 smartass

September 5, 2012 8:31 pm

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Cahill has perfect game through five.  wish he were still on the A’s

September 5, 2012 8:33 pm

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Willie Davis, Pee Wee Reese, Zack Wheat.

September 5, 2012 8:35 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 2000 hits as dodgers ??

September 5, 2012 8:36 pm

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 @rotarandy Yes.

September 5, 2012 8:36 pm

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hello. bill russell!!

September 5, 2012 8:39 pm

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but willie davis is in the top five of just about every offensive category in franchise history (brooklyn and la) you can think of. man, I loved that guy.

September 5, 2012 8:40 pm

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so look, once again we have a dodger pitcher doing well after the first inning. we’re seeing it so much it’s obviously a team issue. which means it can be fixed, I would think.

c’mon honeygoltz!

September 5, 2012 8:41 pm

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shoot. maybe I spoke too soon. gotta get this third out here. absolutely have to get this out.

September 5, 2012 8:42 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 Yeah, I agree.  Manny Ramirez wuz framed

September 5, 2012 8:42 pm

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speaking of the devil.

September 5, 2012 8:42 pm

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nice play. thanks, victorino!

September 5, 2012 8:46 pm

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I think we’ve seen the last of the Harangatang.

September 5, 2012 8:46 pm

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hey, could one or two of you tune in the Giants game so you spoil Cahill’s no-hitter. 
 
hehehe

September 5, 2012 8:47 pm

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yeah. good that got the five innings in. it could’ve been much worse. I’m not sure which bullpen will show up tonight, so it’d be nice to get some runs here. hint hint

September 5, 2012 8:48 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo hey dodgers were no-hit this year too. you’ll survive it. plus, the giants are probably gonna win 3-2 anyway.

September 5, 2012 8:48 pm

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uh oh. leadoff man on. now what. first pitch dp?

September 5, 2012 8:49 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 no perfect game.  my second favorite player from UCLA (Crawford) already walked tonight

September 5, 2012 8:49 pm

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oh sorry, I forgot kemp was batting fourth. my bad

September 5, 2012 8:49 pm

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uh oh. two on no out. first pitch dp? or can kemp at least be smart. just be smart.

September 5, 2012 8:51 pm

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damn, 3 nothing D-backs from Hill’s triple.  Good, I hope G’s get no-hit.  That’ll just piss em off and have them loaded for bear when the D’s show up this weekend for thier whuppin’.

September 5, 2012 8:51 pm

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so essentially I was rights. that’s a dp with a good throw. wtf kemp, man. shoulder or what. come on.

September 5, 2012 8:52 pm

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huge at bat with andre on deck. huge!

September 5, 2012 8:53 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo I’ll take that. no agument from me on that score

September 5, 2012 8:53 pm

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alright! they tied it finally, despite, well, a lot of things. now andre just has to stay out of the dp. if he gets a hit, all the better.

September 5, 2012 8:54 pm

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hey tom, for the record, yet another rbi for hanley

September 5, 2012 8:54 pm

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 @Howard Cole Jeez, Howard – don’t get him started again!

September 5, 2012 8:55 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 I got the box score on my screen.  I’m aware.

September 5, 2012 8:55 pm

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oh andre. can’t you at least see some pitches against lefties? just be smart and we’ll be ok with an out. just be smart.

September 5, 2012 8:55 pm

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cruzin…

September 5, 2012 8:55 pm

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so just checking. if the giants get no-hitted, what would marco scutaro’s spot in the boxscore look like?

September 5, 2012 8:56 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Howard Cole
 wouldn’t it be great if Scutaro hits a Grand Slam this weekend.  Oh, man, that would be great!  :)

September 5, 2012 8:57 pm

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has anyone noticed harang actually went longer than richard? whoda thought.

September 5, 2012 8:58 pm

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4 nothing D-backs.  Hill and Goldschmidt are Giant Killers

September 5, 2012 8:58 pm

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what ever happened to lary doby? did we scare him away.

September 5, 2012 8:59 pm

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crappy at bat again. I love cruz, but twice he’s gotten out on one pitch. there’s a lot of that going around here.

September 5, 2012 8:59 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 hahaha.  that’s something I might have written.  You are hereby promoted from Wiseacre to FULL-BLOWN SMARTASS

September 5, 2012 8:59 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 [next rank on your ascent will be INSUFFERABLE A-H]  no doubt you’ll achieve it and beyond.  Your Mom’s gonna be proud

September 5, 2012 9:01 pm

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man, do we need a good performance from tolleson tonight. I have no prediction unfortunately. he’s up and down, like almost every other reliever on the planet. especially the young guys.

September 5, 2012 9:02 pm

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Looks like I can at least watch Sunday’s game on ESPN – unless they black me out also. Hopefully KRVU in Redding will carry one game – it still kills me not to able to watch the Dodgers – Giants.

September 5, 2012 9:02 pm

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6 nothing snakes.  they’re piling on

September 5, 2012 9:02 pm

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pile the bleep on. what the hell. but you don’t want the innings to be too long. gotta get cahil back out there to finish that no-no.

September 5, 2012 9:03 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 sure glad i don’t have to drive across the bridge tomorrow

September 5, 2012 9:04 pm

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shoot, russell only had 1926 hits. close but no cigar.

September 5, 2012 9:06 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 I like baseball on the radio.  you’ll get by.  I’m sure you’ve listened to thousands of games on the radio, despite your baby face.

September 5, 2012 9:07 pm

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here’s a great page for bookmarking. dodgers single season AND career leaders, brooklyn AND la.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/LAD/leaders_bat.shtml

September 5, 2012 9:07 pm

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damn good inning. damn good.

September 5, 2012 9:07 pm

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Scutaro just spoiled the no-hitter with base hit.

September 5, 2012 9:08 pm

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ok, sf gets a hit and omg, it’s freaking scutaro. well taht’s just perfect

September 5, 2012 9:08 pm

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it’s perfect, really. it’s like he did it for us.

September 5, 2012 9:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 ha, you think I’m gonna let you beat me to it?  :)

September 5, 2012 9:09 pm

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hopefully he gets picked off now.

September 5, 2012 9:09 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 funny

September 5, 2012 9:09 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 yep, he’s a pro hitter

September 5, 2012 9:10 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo or out stealing because he misread a sign.

September 5, 2012 9:12 pm

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 @Howard Cole That’s a pretty good site, Howard – thanks.

September 5, 2012 9:13 pm

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kennedy with his usual smash to the second baseman.

September 5, 2012 9:14 pm

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they had a chance to get a pinch hitter or two in july and august and didn’t do it. sure could be a big deal down the stretch and in the playoffs….if there are any playoffs.

September 5, 2012 9:15 pm

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Bases loaded, Cahill’s gone, some guy sounds like Bronco Nagursky’s coming in to face Belt.  yeah, Belt.  like that name for a hitter with the bases loaded.

September 5, 2012 9:17 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo wasn’t he a linebacker for green bay in the 60s?

September 5, 2012 9:18 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 or the 40′s.  something like that. 

September 5, 2012 9:18 pm

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giants will get back in the game here. only question is how close will they get. 6-4, 6-3?

September 5, 2012 9:18 pm

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Belt singled to knock in two

September 5, 2012 9:20 pm

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gee, if only a blogger had come out and pleaded for the dodgers to get headley two months ago, before anyone else on the planet did. oh wait.

September 5, 2012 9:20 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo no surprise there. and really, that’s a great baseball name.

September 5, 2012 9:20 pm

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cahil sucks. dbacks suck worse.

September 5, 2012 9:20 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 Headley is tearing it up lately got 25 homers or more.  didn’t know he was such a stick.

September 5, 2012 9:20 pm

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dp to end inning. 

September 5, 2012 9:22 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo outside of petco and at dodger stadium especially. this sucks here. they double switched so tolleson could go two, but what good is it if tolleson can’t go two.

September 5, 2012 9:22 pm

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 @Howard Cole If Headly had come to the Dodgers, he probably would be having trouble hitting.

September 5, 2012 9:23 pm

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they’ve got dodgers disease. it’s going around. but here come the pads and mattingly’s strategy backfiring like holding a textbook into a mirror.

September 5, 2012 9:25 pm

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@Johnny Dodger seems that way, but no. whatever, you can’t get everything you wanted. maybe somebody should right a song.

September 5, 2012 9:28 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny
 but if you try sometimes, you can get…

September 5, 2012 9:28 pm

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really too bad about Billingsley and Jansen.  I mean that. I never like a player to be out from injury or other condition. 

September 5, 2012 9:30 pm

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Well, guys, I need to start cooking, so I have to change to full screen so I can see the game when I walk by. Goodnight if I don’t get back.
 
That’s the advantage of being retired and living by myself – I can eat when I’m hungry and sleep when I’m tired. Whatever time it happens to be is irrelevant.

September 5, 2012 9:31 pm

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jansen will be ok. and god forbid, the dodgers actually do something to prevent an injury like billingsley’s. they do this over and over and over again. he was hurt, they sent him back out there and now he’s hurt much much worse.

September 5, 2012 9:31 pm

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almost a big fight in SF.  sharp hit to Belt.  Belt fires to third for a force but he wasn’t near the bag but I guess he put a tag on the runner coming into third and the runner got pissed off at Sandoval and went after him. 

September 5, 2012 9:32 pm

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@Johnny Dodger I’m not retired (just way underemployed) but I eat whenever I want. sleep when I’m tired too. so there.

September 5, 2012 9:32 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo sorry I mised that. any ejections?

September 5, 2012 9:36 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 almost, but no.  Bochy came out and explained to the umps that he called off his dogs to save them so they can beat the shit out of the Dodgers. 
 
hehehe

September 5, 2012 9:38 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Tom people are saying on twitter that panda overreacted…but they’re not saying it that nicely.

September 5, 2012 9:39 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 hey, I couldn’t help myself

September 5, 2012 9:39 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Tom
 he probably did.  the throw from Belt caught him off-guard and the runner, seeing Panda was not in position to make force, went in to knock the ball loose and ran into The Beer Truck.  sandoval probably did overreact.  he screwed up a basic move.  he should have been at the base prepared to take throw for force.

September 5, 2012 9:41 pm

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just heard on radio that Kemp had a homer stolen.  is that accurate?

September 5, 2012 9:42 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Tom he’s there for his bat, so you have to live with the rest of his game. and with melky out, they sure do need him.

September 5, 2012 9:43 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Tom
 yep. you’re right.  sure wish he bring the power stroke back. 

September 5, 2012 9:43 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Tom I haven’t followed his numbers lately. what’s he doing?

September 5, 2012 9:46 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Tom
 gone from .298 down to .286 or thereabout since he came back from hand problem.  but hitting.  no panda power, though.  no jacks.

September 5, 2012 9:48 pm

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not that hard a play, just a basic goldtend but yeah. would’ve given them the lead. I’ll take it if it means he’s ok.

September 5, 2012 9:48 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Tom zero? not a one? I didnt know that. maybe he rushed back early.

September 5, 2012 9:57 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Tom
 not one homer.  G’s need his power stick to do anything in the playoffs (if they get there).  remember, yaneverknow

September 5, 2012 9:59 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Tom zero? he came back AFTER mekly was suspended, right?

September 5, 2012 10:00 pm

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another base hit for Scutaro.  2 for 4.  :)

September 5, 2012 10:02 pm

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question been meaning to ask:  of the Dodger fans still on the thread which team did you root for in the 2010 World Series:  Giants or Rangers

September 5, 2012 10:07 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Tom I’m just looking forward to the dodgers getting on the road again. they’re better there.

September 5, 2012 10:07 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Tom
 I think so.  was a while ago.  he’s gone scores of AB’s without homering

September 5, 2012 10:08 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 which one was wearing blue?

September 5, 2012 10:08 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo I can speak for every last one of us confidently and say texas. the 2002 was the tough one. giants and angels. man, was that tough for me. I wanted rain until january, but grudingly rooted for anaheim.

September 5, 2012 10:09 pm

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 @rotarandy
 another smartass.  :)

September 5, 2012 10:09 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo I’ll give you kemp for scutaro right now. then scutaro can leave as a free agent in a month and re-sign with you guys.

September 5, 2012 10:09 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @rotarandy a smartass is still smart. and we all have asses.

September 5, 2012 10:11 pm

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Watch, League’ll give up a run, and the Dodgers will come back with a run, and lose 5-4.

September 5, 2012 10:11 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @rotarandy
 awright, awright, I got my answer.

September 5, 2012 10:12 pm

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well, it’s ONLY a one-run game heading to the bottom of the ninth. let’s see what side the baseball gods are on.

September 5, 2012 10:17 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 2002 was tough for you.  Shit, I was sitting in a pub to watch the sixth game and Gawd what a horrible ending.  when the Angels went up in that game I knew it was over for the G’s  and it was.
 
I like both the A’s and the G’s.  too bad you don’t like both the Angels and the D’s.  makes the season better, esp if one of your teams stinks that year.

September 5, 2012 10:19 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 everybody knows the gods dwell in the wild BLUE yonder …so???

September 5, 2012 10:21 pm

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Deja-Dodgers…

September 5, 2012 10:21 pm

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funny, I just said deja vu all over again on twitter

September 5, 2012 10:22 pm

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did you like that double switch mattingly did earlier? oy.

September 5, 2012 10:22 pm

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nice inning so far. not a murmur of protest.

September 5, 2012 10:22 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 lost signal  damn

September 5, 2012 10:22 pm

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Mattingly is learning on the job, which isn’t helping, but the line-up should be producing much better than it has been.  

September 5, 2012 10:23 pm

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Of course – the Giants and Cardinals both lost.

September 5, 2012 10:24 pm

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ok im back

September 5, 2012 10:25 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood well said. but he’d be criticized like hell in the playoffs by the national media. I mean, when was the last time he outmanaged somebody. anybody.

September 5, 2012 10:27 pm

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@Johnny Dodger better that the the opposite.

September 5, 2012 10:27 pm

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 @DeathByYoungblood
 yep, I agree.  he’s a lousy manager.  with that line-up, Geeze

September 5, 2012 10:28 pm

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fri nite then…be safe fans.

September 5, 2012 10:31 pm

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C ya’ll Friday.  Here.  In SF

September 5, 2012 10:32 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny To me, Howard, the Dodgers not making the playoffs is only the second worst thing in the world.  The very first worst thing in the/my world is the Giants ending up ahead of the Dodgers at the end of the season, whatever the standings.

September 5, 2012 10:32 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @DeathByYoungblood  True.  I often felt that way about Torre too…

September 5, 2012 10:49 pm

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I’ll be up for the weekend. not so much saturday with capuano and cain, but the other two the dodgers should win.

September 5, 2012 10:52 pm

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