With all that will be available to you as we mark as important an anniversary as there is in our nation’s history, I imagine this will be one of the last places you will look for perspective.

And that’s appropriate. We don’t do politics here, and you certainly don’t need a comment from me about what it all means. On the other hand, there is something very red, white and blue about baseball, only some of it contrived for American consumption. And there was baseball on that particular day for 125 seasons before September 11, 2001, and on ten occasions since, much of it involving the Dodgers.

That is something we can talk about, and in most cases, with the possible exception of 1951, celebrate.

So here are a few of the things which occurred on the other 135 September 11s in baseball history:

1912: Philadelphia Athletics’ second baseman Eddie Collins steals six bases in 9-7 win over the Detroit Tigers.

1915: 40-year-old St. Louis Terriers’ lefthander Eddie Plank wins his 300th game.

1927: At 96-41, New York’s Yankees lead the A’s by 17 games, go on to win 14 of their final 17 and finish 110-44. A four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series is next.

1938: Consecutive losing seasons for Pennsylvania baseball teams is a thing of the past as well the present. Only in 1938 it’s the Philadelphia Phillies who clinch a sub-.500 mark, doing so for the 16th straight year.

1951: With the Giants splitting a double-header in St. Louis, the Dodgers and Clem Labine defeat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0, to lead the National League by six games. Comfortable? I think not.

1955: Sandy Koufax and Johnny Podres are the losing pitchers as the Dodgers are swept a twin-bill by Cincinnati, 5-3 and 9-0. Brooklyn leads the NL and the Milwaukee Braves by 14 games. Comfortable? Thankfully, yes.

1955: Ted Williams records hit number 2000.

1956: Reds’ Frank Robinson hits his 38th home run, tying him with Wally Berger for the National League rookie record.

1959: Wally Moon hits three homers in a Dodgers double-header sweep of the Bucs. In game one, Los Angeles beats Elroy Face to snap his consecutive game win streak going back to 1958 at 22. He would finish the season 18-1. Roberto Clemente is hitless in eight at bats. Meanwhile, Robin Roberts pitches a three-hit shutout, besting the Giants’ Mike McCormick 1-0, and the Dodgers move to within half a game of San Francisco.

1962: Maury Wills steals his 90th base of the season.

1963: Wills goes 4-5 as the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh 9-4, and L.A. holds a three-game lead over the Cardinals.

1966: Nolan Ryan fans Pat Jarvis for the first strikeout of his career.

1969: Gary Gentry shuts out the Montreal Expos 4-0, as the team to be known later as the Miracle Mets take a two-game lead over the Chicago Cubs.

1974: Andy Messersmith improves to 17-6 as the Dodgers beat the Giants 5-4, and lead the NL West and the Reds by four.

1985: Hit number 4192 for Pete Rose. No word on the odds.

1986: There are no pennant races in baseball as the Red Sox, Angels and Astros lead their respective divisions by nine games. The Mets have already clinched the NL East and lead the Phils by 22.

1987: With his 30th stolen base Mets’ third baseman Howard Johnson becomes the sixth National Leaguer with 30 steals and 30 home runs in the same season. The others to date are Henry Aaron, Bobby Bonds, Eric Davis, Willie Mays and Dale Murphy.

1988: Kirk Gibson goes 3-4, with a homer off Tom Browning, as the Dodgers beat the Reds 5-3, and hold a five-game lead over Houston. In his next start five days later, Browning throws a perfect game against Los Angeles. The 1-0 losing pitcher and eventual World Series hero Tim Belcher records a complete game three-hitter.

1996: Soon-to-be NL Most Valuable Player Ken Caminiti homers from both sides of the plate, for the fourth time that season. It is believed that he was on steroids at the time. Exactly eight years and one month to the day later, he was dead.

1998: Kevin Malone becomes general manager of the Dodgers.

2004: Barry Bonds homers twice and stands at 700 lifetime. Some say he was on steroids at the time.

2008: The Dodgers rest after having won 10 of 11, to go from four games behind Arizona to three and half up, on their way to a division crown.

2009: With 2722 hits, Derek Jeter passes Lou Gehrig to become the all-time Yankee leader in the category.

2010: Albert Pujols records 100 RBIs for the tenth consecutive season.

2010: With his 587th homer, Jim Thome passes Frank Robinson for eighth place on the career list.

The Seattle Mariners lead the majors as play was suspended on September 11th 2001 with a stirring 104-40 record, and would finish 116-46, only to lose to the Yanks in the American League Championship Series.

The day before, Darryl Kile pitched six scoreless innings to win his 14th game for the Cards, beating the Davey Lopes-managed Brewers, 8-0. Rookie Pujols went 2-4 in the game, his batting average standing at .333. And the A’s Barry Zito pitched a complete game seven-hitter to defeat the Alex Rodriguez-lead Texas Rangers 7-1 at Oakland.

The Dodgers were actually in a pennant race at the time, but would finish third at 86-76, behind San Francisco and the eventual World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. Paul Lo Duca and Shawn Green were in the stretch run of career years. Chan Ho Park anchored a rotation which included Terry Adams, Kevin Brown, Eric Gagne and Luke Prokopec. Darren Dreifort was there too, kind of.

And remember, glove conquers all.

Please follow me on Twitter @Howard_Cole

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Wonderful column, Howard. Many thanks.

September 11, 2012 1:14 pm

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How about 1983, and R.J. Reynolds squeeze bunt walk off win?

September 11, 2012 1:36 pm

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Oh wow! I missed that one completely, so thank you so much for pointing that out. I was at that game and consider it one of my favorites of all time. I just didn’t know it was on September 11. Great stuff!

September 11, 2012 2:26 pm

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I arrived at Dodger Thoughts a little late:
 
http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/2012/09/11/a-happier-911/#more-21875

September 11, 2012 3:23 pm

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Great tribute/walk down memory lane Howard.  I’ll have to tell you my brief experience with Kevin Malone a little later…

September 11, 2012 5:39 pm

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I’d love to hear it. but you guys are threading on your own tonight. I won’t issue a challenge. you’re just completely on your own.

September 11, 2012 5:52 pm

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7…heres to you howie.

September 11, 2012 7:01 pm

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DP thats dog poop..right??

September 11, 2012 7:13 pm

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number nine number nine

September 11, 2012 7:13 pm

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stolen

September 11, 2012 8:00 pm

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Kevin Malone becoming GM of the Dodgers should never be considered a “highlight!”

September 11, 2012 8:41 pm

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Can’t watch this team any more.  It’s just too damn hard.  The thought of them having a $200 million payroll in the next couple of years and not winning turns my stomach.  I’ve been thru many a bad season, and quite a few terrible season, but this is worse.  

September 11, 2012 8:44 pm

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 @DeathByYoungblood
 exspectations run high…hope the blood pressure stabilizes..

September 11, 2012 9:14 pm

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That was a fitting end…

September 11, 2012 9:22 pm

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got to swing….lame

September 11, 2012 9:22 pm

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No real reason, but I noticed tonight Adrian Beltre has 31 homers so far.
He must have jelled, or be jelling, or in the jell process – oh, wait, that’s only the Dodgers, and Adrian has not been a Dodger for quite a while…if he were, he wouldn’t have those HRs, because he’d have to jell.
Yeah, I’m not happy – I feel a lot like DeathByYoungblood.

September 11, 2012 9:43 pm

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hey howieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

September 12, 2012 6:30 pm

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I be hereeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! cards lost again, and they’re as bad as the dodgers right now. a win today and we’re tied for the second wild card spot, with four against st. louis starting manana.

September 12, 2012 6:34 pm

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don mattingly says he does not know why? lineup ? who’s in charge

September 12, 2012 6:40 pm

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vin said it, not don, but don’t make defend the manager so soon. course, game starts with a little worm killer. so we’re underway.

September 12, 2012 6:41 pm

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holy bleep, batman. a base hit!

September 12, 2012 6:42 pm

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here comes adrian with two on and one out. so, dp, strikeout, home run or a run of the mill hit.

September 12, 2012 6:43 pm

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hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! two runs…in the same game!!!

September 12, 2012 6:44 pm

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the key thing there is, and this’ll sound weird, it’s good that they got the two runs quickly and then were retired. harang’s inconsistent enough. we don’t need him sitting around for a long inning before he makes his first pitch. this will be a good test to see if can get the side out quickly. my prediction? no.

September 12, 2012 6:50 pm

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Also good being on the road where we get a chance to avoid being in a hole right away.

September 12, 2012 6:51 pm

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commish, commish, wherever you are.

September 12, 2012 6:51 pm

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@dodgerblueyes I agree completely. good to see you here, linda! I hope you stick around.

September 12, 2012 6:52 pm

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I’ve been meaning to get into a chat for awhile–just other things going on during games.  But I figured I can’t go through this alone anymore, and hey, they score as soon as I log on.  :)

September 12, 2012 6:53 pm

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respectable start for harang. I will definitely take it.

September 12, 2012 6:53 pm

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@dodgerblueyes that’s exactly it. I need company, especially when they struggle. and when they play well, I like to share with my buds too.

September 12, 2012 6:54 pm

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crazy path to the ball but he got there

September 12, 2012 6:55 pm

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Nice!

September 12, 2012 6:56 pm

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if you’re talking about the first play, I think he was so shocked the little leadoff man hit the ball so far, he just got back as fast as he could, almost in fear. I’ve been there.

September 12, 2012 6:56 pm

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my buddy cruz.

September 12, 2012 6:56 pm

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hey linda, where are located again? I wanna say san diego.

September 12, 2012 6:56 pm

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You are correct!  :)

September 12, 2012 6:57 pm

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you getting out to petco much?

September 12, 2012 6:58 pm

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let’s go mellis.

September 12, 2012 6:59 pm

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Went to a couple of games since the last Dodger series there, which seems like eons ago.  Might have been June?  Hope they cool down before our guys get back in a couple of weeks.

September 12, 2012 7:00 pm

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 @dodgerblueyes
 manning a small sail boat in mission bay with the old  hydro boats from seaworld wissing by is a fond child hood memory

September 12, 2012 7:02 pm

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they will. but it’s like, these teams that play well when they’re completely out of it – pads, brewers, phils – they get credit they don’t really deserve. the whole season counts. those early loses that piled up mean as much as these wins now. i’m not impressed.

September 12, 2012 7:03 pm

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@rotarandy @dodgerblueyes that sounds great. course, to me, anything in san diego sounds great. someday.

September 12, 2012 7:04 pm

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Yeah, I know–they live to be spoilers.

September 12, 2012 7:04 pm

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c’mon harang, don’t get yourself in trouble here. just get outs.

September 12, 2012 7:05 pm

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Well, geez.

September 12, 2012 7:05 pm

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I didn’t know the dodgers had drafted goldschmidt. good looking player.

September 12, 2012 7:06 pm

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gee another ball that aj can’t catch. gotta say, and sorry if this hurts anyone, ellis is going to be replaced next year. at least, they’re going to try. catchers have to catch the ball, for crying out loud.

September 12, 2012 7:07 pm

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this has the makings of a harang inning.

September 12, 2012 7:07 pm

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it’d be nice to get both harang and blanton out of the lineup, but doing the math, that would be tough. you don’t see a lot of three man rotations these days.

September 12, 2012 7:09 pm

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Finally an out!

September 12, 2012 7:09 pm

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damn

September 12, 2012 7:10 pm

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I can live with that. it goes from almost bases loaded and no outs to two out and just a man at first. small price to pay

September 12, 2012 7:10 pm

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oops. one out.

September 12, 2012 7:11 pm

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even so.

September 12, 2012 7:11 pm

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Nice catch!

September 12, 2012 7:11 pm

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!!!

September 12, 2012 7:11 pm

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nice is right. he’ll be ok.

September 12, 2012 7:12 pm

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he’s the best outfielder on the team right now.

September 12, 2012 7:12 pm

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 @dodgerblueyes
 got to tell you linda ..you bring out the like button hits here…have not seen howard use his this much before lol

September 12, 2012 7:12 pm

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memo to randy and anyone else lurking: I’ve gotten away from “liking” comments lately, but tonight I’m liking all your comments. time to get those points up where they belong!

September 12, 2012 7:13 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 can’t wait to cash them in….

September 12, 2012 7:14 pm

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@rotarandy see our souvenir stand. you can get a howard bobblehead doll for 140 points.

September 12, 2012 7:15 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @rotarandy
 8 more pts..

September 12, 2012 7:16 pm

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they’re only down a run, but it sure looks like the pirates are gonna lose again. and they’ll be that much closer to another year under .500, after being in first at the break. oy.

September 12, 2012 7:18 pm

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home run, please.

September 12, 2012 7:18 pm

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At least for 2 years they’ve given their fans some excitement for a change.
 

September 12, 2012 7:19 pm

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maybe they miss barry bonds:)

September 12, 2012 7:20 pm

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When’s that statue going up at PNC Park?  ;)

September 12, 2012 7:20 pm

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So, I’m taking a poll.  The Dodgers are going to score how many runs tonight?
A) 2 (they’re done for the night)
B) 3 (they got just one more in ‘em)
C) 4
D) 5 or more (it’s a miracle!  Like Jesus walking on water or… Chanukah!)

September 12, 2012 7:21 pm

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@dodgerblueyes that one I’m not involved in. koufax, yes. drysdale, yes. jackie, tommy, vin, etc, etc., yes.

September 12, 2012 7:24 pm

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I’ll go with c/4. but since you didn’t actually post a way for us to click our votes, well, I don’t know.

September 12, 2012 7:25 pm

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stick around, steve, and I’ll get you over 100 points.

September 12, 2012 7:25 pm

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more trouble for harang. there’s a shocker.

September 12, 2012 7:26 pm

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Nice!

September 12, 2012 7:28 pm

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Escaped again

September 12, 2012 7:28 pm

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yep. I’ll feel more comfortable with a real lead. let’s go to that right now.

September 12, 2012 7:29 pm

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pirates just lost again, and are two games over .500. which means the phils and/or brewers will probably pass them tomorrow.

September 12, 2012 7:30 pm

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if harang could get his great control back, and stop walking guys, that would help a ton. he doesn’t have the stuff to make up all the extra base runners. not anymore. but the base on balls thing is new this year, it seems to me.

September 12, 2012 7:32 pm

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cruz’ll hit the ball hard someplace.

September 12, 2012 7:33 pm

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base hit.

September 12, 2012 7:34 pm

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extra bases please.

September 12, 2012 7:34 pm

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nice pitch

September 12, 2012 7:35 pm

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waste

September 12, 2012 7:36 pm

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harang could really use an easy inning. or three.

September 12, 2012 7:37 pm

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So could we.

September 12, 2012 7:38 pm

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never can go 1-2-3

September 12, 2012 7:40 pm

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this could still be a relatively easy inning. if I didn’t just jinx it.

September 12, 2012 7:42 pm

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Looks like you didn’t

September 12, 2012 7:44 pm

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 @Howard Cole  I don’t care about the points really – unless I can cash them in for Dodger runs… or at least a bobo doll (I have anger issues).

September 12, 2012 7:47 pm

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Way too much beet in my juice tonight.  No, there’s not a metaphor in there – I just figured it was information that everybody should know.  Oh, look… squirrel!!!

September 12, 2012 7:48 pm

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Note:  this is what watching Dodger baseball circa 2012 is doing to my brain.

September 12, 2012 7:49 pm

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when I was a box boy back in the 70s, beets were my least favorite spill to clean up. ugh.

September 12, 2012 7:50 pm

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@DeathByYoungblood pretend it’s 2014.

September 12, 2012 7:50 pm

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we might just have an easy inning!

September 12, 2012 7:55 pm

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What??  Out of the inning with no baserunners??

September 12, 2012 7:56 pm

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he did it!

September 12, 2012 7:56 pm

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not to throw cold water on it, and obviously we’re not there yet, but they haven’t had a lead since saturday. I hope the pen isn’t too rusty.

September 12, 2012 7:57 pm

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you still there, randy?

September 12, 2012 7:58 pm

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hr, please.

September 12, 2012 8:00 pm

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that’s five straight outs for harang.

September 12, 2012 8:06 pm

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six straight.

September 12, 2012 8:07 pm

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everybody split on me? it’s a close game.

September 12, 2012 8:13 pm

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Still here!

September 12, 2012 8:13 pm

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throw strikes please.

September 12, 2012 8:13 pm

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Great, back to back

September 12, 2012 8:13 pm

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oh man.

September 12, 2012 8:13 pm

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honeycutt please.

September 12, 2012 8:14 pm

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great

September 12, 2012 8:14 pm

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mattingly with his usual great timing.

September 12, 2012 8:15 pm

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unbeliebable.

September 12, 2012 8:15 pm

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Well, actually, believable

September 12, 2012 8:16 pm

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One more out…

September 12, 2012 8:16 pm

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they’re gonna blow it here, I have a feeling.

September 12, 2012 8:17 pm

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@dodgerblueyes you’re right.

September 12, 2012 8:17 pm

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*sigh*

September 12, 2012 8:19 pm

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 @Howard Cole  It would be nice if this team could help the cause by scoring some freakin’ runs….

September 12, 2012 8:22 pm

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What next?

September 12, 2012 8:25 pm

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My stomach hurts.

September 12, 2012 8:26 pm

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have some beets.

September 12, 2012 8:27 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 family took over TV

September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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@dodgerblueyes don’t ask.

September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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remember when ethier used to kill the ball in arizona?

September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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maybe the long inning will hurt cahil.

September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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 @Howard Cole Remember when the Dodgers used to own Arizona?

September 12, 2012 8:29 pm

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 @Howard Cole making it worse.

September 12, 2012 8:29 pm

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@dodgerblueyes no!

September 12, 2012 8:31 pm

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if aj walks, does don counter with uribe?

September 12, 2012 8:33 pm

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bleah!

September 12, 2012 8:34 pm

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I guess that windfall of two runs in the first three minutes of the game was all they could muster. and I predicted they’d score four. I’m a dummy, quite obviously.

September 12, 2012 8:35 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 don’t hear no singing yet…

September 12, 2012 8:35 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 and  don’t say she’s fat…

September 12, 2012 8:36 pm

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@rotarandy never. but it’s so glum yet again. yet again. pretty much every single night.

September 12, 2012 8:37 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @rotarandy
 the dodger blues..

September 12, 2012 8:38 pm

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September 12, 2012 8:39 pm

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900 more comments and we break the record.

September 12, 2012 8:39 pm

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135

September 12, 2012 8:39 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @rotarandy  I predicted they would finish with one run.  I know it’s impossible, but it just seemed appropriate.
 

September 12, 2012 8:40 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 rapture..

September 12, 2012 8:41 pm

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Yes!

September 12, 2012 8:44 pm

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I don’t know if I wanna celebrate kemp making a diving play in a game and season like this right now.

September 12, 2012 8:46 pm

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you’d think abreu could at least draw a walk here. that’s what he does, but no.

September 12, 2012 8:48 pm

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why is this guy on the roster again?

September 12, 2012 8:48 pm

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take one for the club mellis. come on.

September 12, 2012 8:49 pm

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ok you could argue that the lady stepping up to the microphone does have a bit of a waddle..

September 12, 2012 8:53 pm

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@rotarandy I don’t like the lady.

September 12, 2012 8:55 pm

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is that the season lady or the game lady you’re talking about?

September 12, 2012 8:55 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @rotarandy
 only when she sings our song.

September 12, 2012 8:55 pm

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@rotarandy does she even know the words?

September 12, 2012 8:56 pm

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148

September 12, 2012 8:56 pm

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Okay….let’s see what we’ve got.

September 12, 2012 8:59 pm

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 @dodgerblueyes
 150…

September 12, 2012 8:59 pm

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you think we got anything?

September 12, 2012 9:01 pm

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Did you miss me?

September 12, 2012 9:01 pm

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we really need at least two here. a tie doesn’t do much for me on the road.

September 12, 2012 9:01 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo in a word, no.

September 12, 2012 9:01 pm

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Yeah, I agree, not worth tying it just to lose in the B9

September 12, 2012 9:02 pm

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sheesh

September 12, 2012 9:02 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 Howie used the phrase correctly.  He can count

September 12, 2012 9:02 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 But I’m here to bring mojo for the D’s

September 12, 2012 9:03 pm

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uh oh, 3-0.

September 12, 2012 9:03 pm

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a walk would be disaster. they’d run with gordon who’d get thrown out. or theyd score one and go into extras.

September 12, 2012 9:04 pm

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deja blue

September 12, 2012 9:05 pm

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just one or two more pitches.

September 12, 2012 9:06 pm

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Well…

September 12, 2012 9:06 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 memememememe

September 12, 2012 9:07 pm

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I’d like to know how anyone can win these next 4 games since neither team seems to know how to win.

September 12, 2012 9:07 pm

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look at those standings. five games over .500 and still in the race. it’s craziness.

September 12, 2012 9:07 pm

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@dodgerblueyes it’s just gonna rain till monday.

September 12, 2012 9:07 pm

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 @Howard Cole It’s because everyone sucks, not just us

September 12, 2012 9:07 pm

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 @Howard Cole  I think so.

September 12, 2012 9:08 pm

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 @dodgerblueyes  @Howard Cole
 thanks for all the input friends..good nite

September 12, 2012 9:09 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Howard Cole See you all next time.

September 12, 2012 9:12 pm

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@dodgerblueyes @rotarandy I’m a glutton for pain. I’ll be here tomorrow.

September 12, 2012 9:12 pm

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@rotarandy @dodgerblueyes what’s good about it.

September 12, 2012 9:12 pm

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mattingly’s clueless. let’s not forget that. he was presented with one main challenge, the bottom of the sixth, and failed. then he was presented with one chance to pinch hit, and failed. he’s as responsible as anyone.

September 12, 2012 9:15 pm

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Whaddya know, even the Phillies are in this thing.  I bet there are teams that don’t want to see them in the playoffs…

September 12, 2012 9:23 pm

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Damned sad sack Dodgers!

September 12, 2012 9:40 pm

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@Johnny Dodger that about sums it up. but you know me, i’ll be here tomorrow, just the same.

September 12, 2012 10:12 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny Yeah, I’ll probably be here tomorrow, Howard.

September 12, 2012 10:52 pm

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skinny  dip under the milkly way at midnight …check    walk the beach in the water…check   eat lunch on the pier…check…gave up the fun to be here now…checkin in..

September 15, 2012 6:32 pm

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you’re in the wrong thread, but more importantly. photos please.

September 15, 2012 6:39 pm

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