No, I haven’t taken leave of my senses. And yes, I am engaging in a little wishful thinking.

But the Dodgers really are at Petco Park, beginning a three-game series with the Padres tonight at 7:05 p.m, Josh Beckett vs. Edinson Volquez. That much we can count on, independent of the admittedly clouded state of my blue-colored glassed.

I guess I’ve become less cynical in recent years. I’m not apologizing for that, certainly, and I’d rather grow with optimism than go the opposite way – not that that’s been easy with all things Dodgers these last 24 years, sans World Series.

But I’m going to miss baseball something awful from the instant the Dodgers record the final out of their season until – say it with me now – until pitchers and catchers report, and I’m dragging this out as far as humanly possible. And while I do so, I’d prefer to root for my team with the belief, however fleeting, that they have a chance to make the postseason.

Mathematically, of course, they do, and stranger things have happened. Los Angeles sits 3 ½ out of the second wild card position (and we really need a better name for it than “second wild card position”) behind St. Louis, three back in the loss column. The Cardinals are in Houston to face the the-1962-Mets-like Astros momentarily. Probably a St. Louis lead by the time you read this, but then again, perhaps not.

The Cards can go 4-4 or 3-5 in their last eight games and the Dodgers can 8-1 or 9-0 in their final nine. It’s possible. Maybe StL goes 2-6 or 1-7. That’s possible too.

Maybe L.A. clinches a tie with Milwaukee by beating the hated Giants on the final night of the season, Wednesday, October 3 at Chavez Ravine. Hey, it could happen. I’m not predicting something like that, but it could happen.

The point is, it’s not going to kill me to hold onto my dreams of another Fall Classic in the City of Dodgers, and you’ll survive yours if you follow suit. Probably.

For evidence of the effectiveness of such reverie, I dreamt of a World Series in Los Angeles in 1988, and we had one, right? I dreamt of a World Series in Los Angeles in 1981. And we had one, right? Glorious victories both.

I dreamt of a World Series in Los Angeles in 1978, 1977, 1974, 1966, 1965, 1963 and 1959, and we had one each time. Right? OK, I was too young to recall my dreams in the latter four of those years listed, but it’s a good bet that’s what was stirring around in my pointy little head pressed against the pillow, Dodgers bedding surrounding me. Bed, Bath & Beyond, no doubt.

I’m going to take a nap now, and dream of a World Series in Los Angeles in 2012 – that’s L.A., not Anaheim – and be in front of the tube by game time. We’ll see if it turns out well, and if so, we’ll worry about tomorrow’s Dodger victory and Cards defeat tomorrow.

 Please follow me on Twitter @Howard_Cole

 

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Howard, the first thing my mind went thought of when I read your title was Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  One of my favorite scenes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh8mNjeuyV4

September 25, 2012 5:30 pm

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about every other time Howie uses the word “Giants” the word “hated” is in front of it. 

September 25, 2012 5:34 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  That’s what makes him a great writer!

September 25, 2012 5:35 pm

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I’m with you, Howard.  We’ve got life in us yet.  Especially if the NFL sends over some of those terrific R2s (Replacement Refs) to ump.

September 25, 2012 5:48 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood
 crackin up!.  Good one, Steve.  Didn’t know you had it in you.  Busted out laffin.

September 25, 2012 5:57 pm

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“great writer,” huh. so that’s how you feel. awwwwww. course, by the time I had that thing posted, the astros had already given up a run and were in trouble in the top of the first. but somehow, it’s only 2-0 in the fourth now! and houston has two hits and everything.

September 25, 2012 6:07 pm

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game thread at 7:05. gonna be mostly busy till then.

September 25, 2012 6:07 pm

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 @Howard Cole  You’re skills at tickling the keys not withstanding, I think we’re dead.  Totally dead.  I think we need to win out to have a chance and I just can’t see it happening.  And if we get within a game of the Cards or whoever with only that last three game series against the hated ones remaining, I think they Mike Piazza us and finish the deal.  But, technically, we aren’t actually dead until we’ve been hit over the head with a stick and thrown on the back of a wooden cart… so, there’s a chance!

September 25, 2012 6:18 pm

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@Steve in North Hollywood well said. astros still hanging tough – tough for them comparitively – 2-0 in the seventh.

September 25, 2012 7:04 pm

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7:05. it’s time for dodger baseball.

September 25, 2012 7:05 pm

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let’s just take care of business. see baseball, hit baseball.

September 25, 2012 7:05 pm

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we don’t count dead worms till after the top of the first.

September 25, 2012 7:07 pm

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there goes the perfect game. and still, just one dead worm.

September 25, 2012 7:09 pm

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I didn’t know that Harang was #3 in walks.

September 25, 2012 7:09 pm

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Okay, I’ll say it.  Would rather see the D’s in the playoffs than the Cards

September 25, 2012 7:11 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo thanks for that. but I still won’t root for the giants (not the hated giants) in the playoffs.

September 25, 2012 7:12 pm

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@Johnny Dodger I didn’t either, but it doesn’t surprise me.

September 25, 2012 7:13 pm

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commish is on a romantic vacation with his version of the main squeeze. I don’t expect to see him much during the series. you guys’ll have to pick up the slack.

September 25, 2012 7:13 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 good enough.  watching for your next use of the G word.  it’ll have the H word in front of it.  I already iknow that you’d root for the yankoffs or the red sucks over the G;s

September 25, 2012 7:14 pm

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total worms killed in the first: one. unless ellis’ ball took two hops, each killing one worm.

September 25, 2012 7:15 pm

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 @Howard Cole I’ve got 45 minutes before my company gets here – then I’ll have to adios..

September 25, 2012 7:16 pm

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 @Howard Cole I’ve got 45 minutes before my company gets here – then I’ll have to adios.

September 25, 2012 7:16 pm

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nice easy inning.

September 25, 2012 7:20 pm

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looks like lincecum’s up to his old tricks again. bases loaded nobody out.

September 25, 2012 7:20 pm

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@Johnny Dodger I’ll take that 45, thanks. or you can set up a keyboard for each guest.

September 25, 2012 7:22 pm

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lincecum gives up 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs on 29 1st inning pitches.

September 25, 2012 7:32 pm

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Once again Cruz gets a hit with a man on base, and he’s only making $250,000 (compared to the millionaires).

September 25, 2012 7:32 pm

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 @Howard Cole Unfortunately, those “people” have still ended up ahead of the Dodgers.

September 25, 2012 7:33 pm

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@Johnny Dodger yeah, but that a prorated season salary. he’s really making 450K. and he’ll probably get more than gordon next year.

September 25, 2012 7:37 pm

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and that was incredibly bad base coaching by wallach. again.

September 25, 2012 7:38 pm

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I want to apologize for calling the astros worse than the 62 mets. that was uncalled for. they’re gonna win 50 for sure.

September 25, 2012 7:39 pm

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 @Howard Cole Yeah, I was really surprised he waved him home when Denorfia had the ball so fast in close..

September 25, 2012 7:39 pm

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@Johnny Dodger and one out. incompetent.

September 25, 2012 7:41 pm

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Giants  getting whupped.  Goldschmidt has fourteen at-bats against Lincecum this season and five homers, including the three run job he he just hit tonight.

September 25, 2012 8:10 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 and he threw a wild pitch, too, during that

September 25, 2012 8:12 pm

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That’s it for me – got to go.
Catch you tomorrow, I hope.

September 25, 2012 8:15 pm

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D’s lose tonight, get out the olive fork; lose tomorrow and it’s the big serving fork.  the long one with two big sharp tines.

September 25, 2012 8:21 pm

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honestly, I’ll have the fork ready if they lose tonight. I’m already finding myself only half watching tonight, which I never do until we get to a certain point. it’s only 1-0 and yet it feels like that point. oy.

September 25, 2012 8:37 pm

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same dodgers. bad defense. one team finding a way to score. and it’s not the dodgers. preparing fork.

September 25, 2012 8:47 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 preparing fork.  hehehe

September 25, 2012 8:55 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 bet you put where it belongs:  in Mattingly’s back.

September 25, 2012 9:00 pm

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The Dodgers have been “done” for awhile now. Even if they were to get into the one game playoff, they’re still not going anywhere. I’ve been a Dodger fan for 55 seasons now, and they have NEVER had any hitting. Maybe next year with Carl Crawford and a fresh start by everybody and some healthy players we can contend (I BELIEVE WE CAN)! However, each game I hold my breath until they get their first hit so there won’t be a no-hitter, then I pray for a single run so they won’t be shut-out, then and only then, will I hope they can pull out a one run victory!

September 25, 2012 9:15 pm

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@LaDodgers6 they had hitting early in the year, but I know what you mean. and this looks like another shutout. it’s discouraging, and when I feel like this, I worry about next year too. they do so many things badly, it’s not just the hitting. just makes you wonder.

September 25, 2012 9:38 pm

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good thing andre brought a bat to the plate with him.

September 25, 2012 9:39 pm

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lincecum’s era back over five. I wonder if they put him in the playoff rotation. and I can’t believe I even formed that sentence.

September 25, 2012 9:40 pm

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what a mess kemp is. just adds to the pain of it all.

September 25, 2012 9:44 pm

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Numb…

September 25, 2012 9:53 pm

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@Steve in North Hollywood depressed. discouraged. worried about 2013. worried about both the angels and the giants in the postseason.

September 25, 2012 9:56 pm

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another gold glove play.

September 25, 2012 9:57 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Steve  Yep – I can’t say I’m that surprised by the current state of the Dodgers union, but the sheer epicness of the 2012 post all-star break crash is highly disturbing.

September 25, 2012 10:01 pm

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Of note:  I live on Huston Street… seriously.

September 25, 2012 10:02 pm

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are they gonna tortune us or what.

September 25, 2012 10:04 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Yes.  But I like running for AJ.

September 25, 2012 10:04 pm

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hey steve, you should know this stuff. and maybe you can tell me how to save a sound byte as a link, so I don’t have to post the whole page. see badteam.wav

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/healybytes.html

September 25, 2012 10:06 pm

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Four options:
1) They fail to score the tying run.
2) They tie this thing up and lose in the bottom of the 9th.
3) They tie it up, and lose in the 11th or something
4) They tie it up and eventually win.

September 25, 2012 10:06 pm

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@Steve in North Hollywood I was thinking, 1, 2 or 3 myself. course, you left out, they get a lead here and lose it in the ninth. and they get a lead here and lose it in extras. I’m confident they can’t lose by more than a run without scoring one more run here:)

September 25, 2012 10:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole  I didn’t even know Sir Charles followed the Dodgers!  You mean like this?
http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/badteam.wav

September 25, 2012 10:08 pm

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on the bright side, street will pull a muscle or two here and be unable to pitch the rest of the series.

September 25, 2012 10:09 pm

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 @Howard Cole  I think we need to win out to have a chance.

September 25, 2012 10:09 pm

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ellis’ll walk, and ethier will hit into two to end the game.

September 25, 2012 10:10 pm

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He’s setting up the double play.

September 25, 2012 10:10 pm

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Please, hit the ball in the air – preferably far.

September 25, 2012 10:11 pm

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He walks Ethier and there’s an out at any base.

September 25, 2012 10:11 pm

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@Steve in North Hollywood shallow, out at the plate.

September 25, 2012 10:12 pm

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strikeout wild pitch, gordon out at the plate.

September 25, 2012 10:14 pm

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@Steve in North Hollywood how did you do that?

September 25, 2012 10:14 pm

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perfect!

September 25, 2012 10:15 pm

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a fitting end.

September 25, 2012 10:16 pm

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Outside – changes the whole AB.

September 25, 2012 10:16 pm

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He had to swing after the first one.

September 25, 2012 10:17 pm

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@Steve in North Hollywood doesn’t matter. he’s completely clueless.

September 25, 2012 10:18 pm

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Forked.

September 25, 2012 10:18 pm

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he’s clueless, hurt and slumping. the team is clueless and slumping. mattingly is clueless. thanks for the bunt. unbeliebable but believable, you know?

September 25, 2012 10:20 pm

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there’s a giant fork in a park near my house. I should go take a picture of it with my dodger hat at sticking out somehow. oy.

September 25, 2012 10:21 pm

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I’m still going to be here for every game, except the one I go to on friday. though I wish I didn’t buy the tickets. might sell em.

September 25, 2012 10:24 pm

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I hope I can get to 600 point before the end of the season. it might be close. randy.

September 25, 2012 10:24 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Whatdya win?

September 25, 2012 10:33 pm

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 @Howard Cole  Can you cash in the points for prizes?  Like stuffed animals, cupie dolls, or mood rings?

September 25, 2012 10:34 pm

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@Steve in North Hollywood six months away from the dodgers, starting a week from wednesday.

September 25, 2012 10:42 pm

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http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/basefun2.wav
 
Jesus, these Dodgers! I quit.
 
I’m now a WNBA fan.

September 25, 2012 10:43 pm

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how do you save them like that? I have a couple more.

September 25, 2012 10:49 pm

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 @Howard Cole Enjoy your 600, Howard – you deserve it.

September 25, 2012 10:49 pm

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 @Howard Cole I charge  a lot of money for computer/internet training, Howard – be glad to take you on.
 
Or, if you don’t want to enroll in my expensive classes, just right-click on  the one you want, click “Copy Link Location”, then paste in the comment box here.
 
Damned sad sack Dodgers!

September 25, 2012 10:56 pm

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 It’s possible that the Dodgers COULD, after that great start, end up with a LOSING RECORD for the YEAR!! God I hope that doesn’t happen!!!

September 25, 2012 10:59 pm

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I knew I shouldn’t have come back to the internet when my company left, I KNEW it! Of course the Dodgers were going to lose – and the (SF team) has already taken the division.
 
There is no God.

September 25, 2012 11:05 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Steve  It’s a good thing I’ll have the Lakers to get me thru the long, cold winter then…

September 25, 2012 11:15 pm

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 @Howard Cole sorry you suffered this one without me … i hosted a band practice.

September 26, 2012 12:15 am

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@LaDodgers6 that one I’m actually confident of. they will finish above .500.

September 26, 2012 8:56 am

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I’m five minutes late and I miss the only two runs the dodgers are gonna score. oy.

September 26, 2012 3:48 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 me too

September 26, 2012 4:23 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 3-0

September 26, 2012 4:24 pm

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randy!! they got another run. a veritible windfall of offense.

September 26, 2012 4:24 pm

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oh…i forgive you if you forgive me…lol

September 26, 2012 4:28 pm

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if they win, punto plays every day till they lose. that’s my brilliant try anything suggestion.

September 26, 2012 4:29 pm

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95

September 26, 2012 4:36 pm

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4-0!

September 26, 2012 4:36 pm

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Just keep on winning!

September 26, 2012 4:41 pm

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the baseball world has been expecting these offtensive salvos from the D’s for a couple of months now.

September 26, 2012 4:48 pm

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and a near no-hitter against them tomorrow. it’s funny though, pretty much any of the bad teams in baseball can hit every so often like this. the dodgers seem to do it less than most clubs. not the astros, but most clubs.

September 26, 2012 4:53 pm

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and I cannot believe houston has ten more wins than the 62 mets.

September 26, 2012 4:53 pm

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speaking of no-hitters.

September 26, 2012 4:55 pm

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102

September 26, 2012 4:55 pm

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103

September 26, 2012 4:56 pm

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104 maury wills

September 26, 2012 4:56 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 number of regular season  wins the Giants had before that playoff game in early nineties that had dusty baker Solomon Torres instead of Bud Black in the one game playoff game against the, er, ah, can’t remember.  and the G’s got creamed

September 26, 2012 4:58 pm

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I remember when you pined for 500 pts….look at you…605 fwy.

September 26, 2012 4:58 pm

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all I really pine for is a world series. and a vacation by the sea. actually two world series. and two vacations by two seas. or two vacations by one sea but from different locations.

September 26, 2012 5:02 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 will be on one vacation by  two seas by years end.

September 26, 2012 5:04 pm

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@rotarandy where?

September 26, 2012 5:07 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @rotarandy
 costa rica

September 26, 2012 5:07 pm

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@rotarandy sounds great. I’ll be happy with cambria and la jolla by year’s end.

September 26, 2012 5:09 pm

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pining for randy to get 300 pts.

September 26, 2012 5:09 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @rotarandy
 both nice

September 26, 2012 5:09 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 can I take the pts. south with me ??

September 26, 2012 5:10 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 yeah, I had tclick on that.  not a playoff game but may as well have been.  what a rotten decision by the manager to pitch Torres.    Baker was always enamored of guys that threw hard heat.  wasn’t smart enough to start a seasoned, smart pitcher.  yeah, I knew it was the beloved Dodgers who knocked us out of post-season.

September 26, 2012 5:10 pm

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Guess we’re going back to the 19th century with all the “pining” going on here. 

September 26, 2012 5:11 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 where;s me tar

September 26, 2012 5:12 pm

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of course they lose the no hitter on a gorund ball to short. the guy takes soooo long to throw the ball, it’s amazing he’s been a shortstop this long in the big leagues.

September 26, 2012 5:13 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 I’m pining for a World Series for the Giants now that they’ve hickoried and white-ashed their way into the playoffs.

September 26, 2012 5:17 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole
 and creamed and doped…

September 26, 2012 5:19 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Howard Cole
 sour grapes

September 26, 2012 5:19 pm

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wow

September 26, 2012 5:24 pm

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and why do they look so relaxed at the plate??

September 26, 2012 5:24 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo what an ass matt williams made of himself after the game. omg. like the dodgers shouldn’t have run up the score to 12 runs. I wish I had video of that press conference.

September 26, 2012 5:32 pm

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ok, here we go. you gotta know it’s gonna be 8-4 in a minute.

September 26, 2012 5:33 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 Chicken Little is in the room

September 26, 2012 5:36 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo I could go for a little chicken right about now.

September 26, 2012 5:37 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 or, is that CHICKEN LITTLE IN DA HOUSE!

September 26, 2012 5:37 pm

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nice k there

September 26, 2012 5:37 pm

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told ya.

September 26, 2012 5:39 pm

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actually, that’s damn good relief pitching in a tough spot. not as tough as if had been a close game, obviously, but still a nice job by tolleson.

September 26, 2012 5:39 pm

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Headley!

September 26, 2012 5:43 pm

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welll for someone who claims he wants me to sucede at coleworld you sure have left me hanging tonight…

September 26, 2012 6:02 pm

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as in sucess////

September 26, 2012 6:05 pm

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testing one two testing tap tap tap

September 26, 2012 6:08 pm

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me? I’m here. I’m always here. but tweeting too. for my “career.”

September 26, 2012 6:08 pm

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either way I’m pretty much talking to myself.

September 26, 2012 6:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 you and me both buddy

September 26, 2012 6:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 say hello to the birds

September 26, 2012 6:10 pm

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my mom used to say “it’s like talking to a wall!”

September 26, 2012 6:14 pm

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I could go for another run here. make it nine.

September 26, 2012 6:24 pm

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143

September 26, 2012 6:26 pm

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12 squared. 144

September 26, 2012 6:27 pm

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Wall to Howie:  I think the D’s are gonna win this one.  what are the astros doing with the cards

September 26, 2012 6:28 pm

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winning 2-0. whoda thought they might win game number 51 and actually help us out.

September 26, 2012 6:28 pm

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don’t start out with a walk here please.

September 26, 2012 6:30 pm

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two more outs and we might be 3 1/2 out with seven to play.

September 26, 2012 6:32 pm

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una mas.

September 26, 2012 6:32 pm

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We scored 8 runs on 14 hits?  Maybe Punto should play more….

September 26, 2012 6:32 pm

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the wright stuff

September 26, 2012 6:34 pm

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it’s so much more fun this way. but you know, it’s win loss win loss win loss pretty much always. but maybe they’ll surprise us, win tomorrow, with stl losing tonight, and come home three back with six to play. I’m going friday either way.

September 26, 2012 6:35 pm

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Petco Park looks pretty darn cool in that picture above.  Never been to San Diego but I understand superb weather.  Imagine having an office up there in the RH building, looking down on the field.  I’d get fired.  hehehehahaha

September 26, 2012 6:49 pm

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Our good ol’ dodger bretheren:  creamin’ and a dopin’

September 26, 2012 7:08 pm

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I guess this was an early game today? Thankfully, I can watch it on the archives -  there aren’t many anymore I would enjoy seeing after it was over.
Damn – 8 runs, and NOT a total for the last 12 games, but in just 1?
 
Tom – Yeah, ESPN had that story on Gagne also.
 
Goodnight, all.

September 26, 2012 7:12 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  I think anytime someone throws out a number as large as 80%, they should back that crap up.  There’s no question that many players that were never caught or accused used PEDs, but this dude just threw the entire organization that helped him become a star under the proverbial bus.  I can’t wait until somebody like Bob Costas or Jim Rome interviews him and he starts fumbling for answers.

September 26, 2012 7:12 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  Petco is pretty cool.  Great area for kids/families to hang out and picnic.  Fun atmosphere.  Not always very full though…

September 26, 2012 7:13 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood
 it was all over, I’m sure.  80% is way up there, though.  I agree

September 26, 2012 7:16 pm

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Howie must be reading a magazine camping out

September 26, 2012 7:21 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood
 anybody with an office that looks over the field probably is plenty high in the food chain, screws off half the day if not more, and will never get fired. 
 
 

September 26, 2012 7:24 pm

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Astros won.  that’s some good news to go along with the D’s win.

September 26, 2012 7:41 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  I had dinner at an Italian place last night.  A fat lady was singing – giant, fat lady sized fork in hand.  And it wasn’t, “It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame”…

September 26, 2012 7:50 pm

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what the hell. 3 1/2 out with seven to play. dodgers win tomorrow, breaking precident and come home 3 back with six to play. then go 5-1, while the cards go 2-4 to set up a 1 game playoff. piece of cake.

September 26, 2012 8:29 pm

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OK – watched a great game.  The Padres reminded me of a team called the Dodgers.
That Harang is really a Dee Gordon on the base path, isn’t he? Made me actually laugh out loud.
Howard – that guy with the So. Ca. style bright blue suit that said “LA” and had the 6″ wide white belt…was that you?

September 26, 2012 9:14 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood  @Tom in San Mateo
 ”fat lady-sized fork” in hand.  hahaha. 

September 27, 2012 5:36 pm

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2 pts away. howard….thank you

September 27, 2012 6:58 pm

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I’m moving slow today, a little under the weather, but here just the same. don’t expect my usual pithe.

September 27, 2012 7:02 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 you spelled piss incorrectly.

September 27, 2012 7:08 pm

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there goes the no-hitter

September 27, 2012 7:08 pm

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a certain guy named scutaro homered today and is over .300 on the year.

September 27, 2012 7:09 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 damn scutaro for being best deadline acquisition in the big leagues this year

September 27, 2012 7:12 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo pretty much. no one could have expected him to be that good. but hats off to him, ok?

September 27, 2012 7:17 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 agreed.

September 27, 2012 7:18 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole Ha! Scutaro – .305, Punto – .360.

September 27, 2012 7:18 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Howard Cole
 Scutaro is at 300 for year.  .360 or so since he got to Giants.

September 27, 2012 7:19 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole I was kidding, Tom.

September 27, 2012 7:21 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Howard Cole
 you rascal.  you made your punto

September 27, 2012 7:22 pm

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@Johnny Dodger @Tom in San Mateo what’s punto got, 12 at bats? 15?

September 27, 2012 7:25 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Johnny Dodger use a pun(to) go to jail.

September 27, 2012 7:25 pm

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and Zito’s got 14 wins.  who wouild have expected that?  more amazing than Scutaro’s performance?

September 27, 2012 7:25 pm

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vin lost track of the outs. it’s 2, not one.

September 27, 2012 7:30 pm

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not dead yet;
 
really ?
 
muchael vick has a better chance of getting a dog at a
 
puppy mill, than the boo-hoos making a playoff game; 
 
 
 
 

September 27, 2012 7:30 pm

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not dead yet;
 
really ?
 
muchael vick has a better chance of getting a dog at a
 
puppy mill, than the boo-hoos making a playoff game; 
 
 
 
 

September 27, 2012 7:30 pm

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How many times do you think Cruz has been stranded at second?

September 27, 2012 7:33 pm

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@Johnny Dodger that’s a great question. not sure how to look it up, but it’s a lot.

September 27, 2012 7:36 pm

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@larrydoby I gotta keep the faith.

September 27, 2012 7:37 pm

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here we go. capuano doing his thing. 2-0 in a minute.

September 27, 2012 7:38 pm

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nice play

September 27, 2012 7:40 pm

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shoulda scored on that play.

September 27, 2012 7:40 pm

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191

September 27, 2012 7:41 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 what the drunk dialed when he really needed emergency help

September 27, 2012 7:46 pm

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Interesting bit of trivia – Cruz’ first major league hit was his first MLB at bat – against Harang.

September 27, 2012 7:47 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo the drunk or the dyslexic? or the drunk dyslexic?

September 27, 2012 7:47 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 :)

September 27, 2012 7:48 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 the drunk dyslexic would have gotten it right.  sheesk! Howie

September 27, 2012 7:48 pm

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@Johnny Dodger that is an interesting piece of trivia. probably when harang was with the reds.

September 27, 2012 7:49 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 far too many. sure keeps him from cruzin’ around the bases to score

September 27, 2012 7:50 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny Exactly.

September 27, 2012 7:50 pm

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punto was 8 for 24 as a dodger before tonight.

September 27, 2012 7:51 pm

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scutaro was 81 for 223 as a giant before today.

September 27, 2012 7:52 pm

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D’s are gonna win this game.

September 27, 2012 7:56 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo why do you think that? looks like they’re right back to their offensive ways.

September 27, 2012 7:57 pm

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I wanna get randy his milestone 300 points.

September 27, 2012 7:57 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 because all it takes is for a string of their good hitters to go off.    why is ethier out of the line-up?

September 27, 2012 7:58 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 pardon me.  he’s in.  wasn’t looking for him in the 2nd spot

September 27, 2012 7:59 pm

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randy! randy! randy!

September 27, 2012 8:00 pm

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Man, that Punto – what a magnificent deadline acquisition!

September 27, 2012 8:02 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 must be off being randy with his main….

September 27, 2012 8:02 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 Johnyy D, you are so full…
 
hehehe

September 27, 2012 8:03 pm

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always was a good defensive player. the man has spirit.

September 27, 2012 8:03 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 course, gotta hand it to any Dodger fan who can spell magnificient and use it perfectly, even in sarcasm.

September 27, 2012 8:04 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo he’s in the lineup. it only seems like he’s out of he lineup.

September 27, 2012 8:04 pm

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hr for hr please.

September 27, 2012 8:05 pm

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like taking candy from a baby.

September 27, 2012 8:08 pm

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randy!!!!!!!

September 27, 2012 8:09 pm

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this is where Cruz homers

September 27, 2012 8:11 pm

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almost

September 27, 2012 8:13 pm

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we don’t really want a walk but I guess we’ll take it.

September 27, 2012 8:13 pm

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on the board! and they get the pitcher out of the way.

September 27, 2012 8:13 pm

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capuano shoulda been back of home plate telling adrian to stand up.

September 27, 2012 8:14 pm

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channeling steve garvey with that bunt there.

September 27, 2012 8:22 pm

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223

September 27, 2012 8:24 pm

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anybody still here?

September 27, 2012 8:36 pm

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 @Howard Cole More or less.

September 27, 2012 8:39 pm

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@Johnny Dodger mostly less.

September 27, 2012 8:39 pm

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227

September 27, 2012 8:40 pm

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oh man. that’s broxton like. back to back hit batters.

September 27, 2012 8:42 pm

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 @Howard Cole Hit on the shin with a ML pitch? Hurts just thinking about it.
 

September 27, 2012 8:43 pm

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.412 for Cruz, Scutaro, you bum…Ha!

September 27, 2012 8:48 pm

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I’m naming my next male child cruz. I’m naming my next female child cruz too.

September 27, 2012 8:49 pm

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 @Howard Cole Not Scutaro?

September 27, 2012 8:49 pm

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no commish tonight with his boy winning, 5-0. course, he’s got to get three out to be eligible for a win. can he do it?

September 27, 2012 8:50 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 hehehe.  Scutaro has 600 at-bats for the year.  Take a cruise, Cruz.

September 27, 2012 8:51 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 good for Cruz.  G’d are still in this wild card wild ride.  aint over till it’s…

September 27, 2012 8:53 pm

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Seriously, talking about Cruz being stranded, he’s 3 for 3 tonight and still hasn’t scored a run.

September 27, 2012 8:53 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo Damn – thought you were gone and i was safe maligning Scutaro.

September 27, 2012 8:55 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 crackin up

September 27, 2012 8:56 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 no,no, no, no, Howie 1, Howie 2, etc., just like George Foreman.

September 27, 2012 8:57 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 oops.  D’s are still in this wild card ride.  and it ain’t over till it’s…

September 27, 2012 8:58 pm

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@Johnny Dodger that’s fine. five runs after 8 last night. I’m happy with this.

September 27, 2012 9:00 pm

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@Johnny Dodger not till he signs with another club.

September 27, 2012 9:00 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo the thought occured to me.

September 27, 2012 9:01 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 then in 10 or so years you can get 1000 posts every night cuz you know all your kids are likely to be blabbermouths on the Internet as you and the rest of us here.

September 27, 2012 9:02 pm

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nice play

September 27, 2012 9:03 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny
 crackin up.  your “beloved” Giants

September 27, 2012 9:03 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny Except that’s an example of  the problem with the Dodgers – you have a guy who gets on base so many times and he dies there.

September 27, 2012 9:04 pm

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another two out double.

September 27, 2012 9:07 pm

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@Johnny Dodger yeah but it’s the bottom of the order, where he shouldn’t even be hitting.

September 27, 2012 9:08 pm

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6-0

September 27, 2012 9:09 pm

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Only three people on the Dodgers hitting over .300 – Cruz, Kemp, and the man they call Mr. October, Nick Punto.

September 27, 2012 9:09 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 this is what a lot of baseball fans ecpected when the D’s got those hitters.  a lot of offense that would overcome their pitching deficiencies.

September 27, 2012 9:10 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 oh, you’re a card, Johnny/

September 27, 2012 9:11 pm

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@Johnny Dodger what was it george steinbrenner called dave winfield, “mr. may.” what a great diss that was.

September 27, 2012 9:11 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 pssst, Johnny, it’s still September.

September 27, 2012 9:11 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo Oh. My mistake.

September 27, 2012 9:12 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 if Punto is Mr. October Zito otta be considered for the Cy Young this year.  :)

September 27, 2012 9:14 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Johnny Dodger speaking of cy young, who gets the r.a. dickey steve stone reference.

September 27, 2012 9:15 pm

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so what’s the status now.  if D’s win, they’ll be 3 back of the Cards in the wild card setting?  with how many games left and who do the cards play to finish out the season.  home or away?

September 27, 2012 9:15 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo yeah, three back. cards go to washington for three and then home against the reds for three. dodgers have six at home, with colorado and you know who.

September 27, 2012 9:16 pm

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I know Howard must know this – who was the last MLB pitcher allowed to throw over 200 pitches in a game?

September 27, 2012 9:18 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Johnny
 I’m right at the edge of it – wasn’t Stone a pirate pitcher couldn’t find the plate after stellar year.  early 70′s.  missed the reference and can’t find it here.  was it a Scully remark unknown to me here, on the thread?  or Stone should’ve gotten it and lost out in the voting.  fill us in.

September 27, 2012 9:18 pm

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@Johnny Dodger I’d have to guess fernando. or nolan ryan.

September 27, 2012 9:19 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny What? And you’re trying to get a statue erected for him?

September 27, 2012 9:20 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 dang, Cards have no easy go of it.  and it’d be just like baseball for the D’s to kick the s out of the rockies and the giants to end the season

September 27, 2012 9:20 pm

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@Johnny Dodger didn’t think it could go that far back. you sure?

September 27, 2012 9:21 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny
 no wonder he had to retire at 31.  200 pitches?   wow. 

September 27, 2012 9:23 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny As I remember.  He also threw over two hundred pitches several times, as I also remember, which is often thought to have been a reason for his problems.

September 27, 2012 9:24 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Howard Cole  @Johnny
 I remember as a kid being stunned when Koufax quit the game.  Akin to the rainy morning in San Luis Obispo and I turned on my little radio to learn that Sam Cooke had been killed. 

September 27, 2012 9:26 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 thanks, H

September 27, 2012 9:28 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @Johnny Dodger akin?

September 27, 2012 9:28 pm

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@Johnny Dodger 40 starts a year plus world series. who knew about pitch counts in those days? no one, really.

September 27, 2012 9:29 pm

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Yeah, I’m sort of right but I just looked it up to be certain:
“41 years ago today, the Dodgers played their final game in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving into Dodger Stadium in 1962. The fact that they’d never play a regular season game there again is in no way the most memorable moment from that game, however; it’s that Sandy Koufax threw an unbelievable 205 pitches over 13 innings in a 3-2 Dodger victory over the Cubs. It was one of 13 times Koufax collected 28 outs or more on his own, and it remains to this very day the last time a big league pitcher was allowed to throw more than 200 pitches. Two. Hundred. Pitches.”

September 27, 2012 9:30 pm

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@Johnny Dodger great, thanks. 13 innings makes more sense. I’m sure juan marichal did it too. he’d pitch 16 innings no problem.

September 27, 2012 9:32 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom  @Johnny
 poor diction.  not akin from an adult perspective but from a kid’s perspective:  similar to the degree of surprise that icons you revered were gone forever:  one gone, period; one gone from baseball in the day-to-day sense that he won’t be pitching against the Giants ever again.  or the yankees in a world series. 

September 27, 2012 9:33 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Johnny Please don’t mention “Batman” in my presence.

September 27, 2012 9:33 pm

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akin means like or similar to in the way I used it.

September 27, 2012 9:34 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo I thought you were gonna say something about legitimate baseball. or something. akin.

September 27, 2012 9:35 pm

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OK, guys – I’ve got some paperwork I have to get done tonight – has to do with my money.
I will  be checking in.

September 27, 2012 9:43 pm

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@Johnny Dodger ok

September 27, 2012 9:44 pm

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i think we have a randy sighting.

September 27, 2012 9:44 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom
 hey, looked it  up, the old Sillverback used akin correctly.  “Analogous to”
 
don’t start in with your smartassery with me, Goddammit., just because your D’s kicked ass tonight.   just kidding, I love it. 
 
yeah, I used the term akin. 

September 27, 2012 9:45 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Howard Cole  @Johnny
 ”Batman”  crackin up.
 
teach that Roseboro dude to not the skim his ear when the throws the ball back to Koufax. 

September 27, 2012 9:47 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 hello all out to din din …oinksters…looks good here

September 27, 2012 9:48 pm

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@rotarandy i’ve heard good things about that place. probably not too many healthy options thought, right?

September 27, 2012 9:49 pm

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 @Howard Cole
one stinking point away…
 

September 27, 2012 9:50 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @rotarandy
 yes good but bad

September 27, 2012 9:51 pm

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@rotarandy I was just looking at the menu. beth can get chicken or a salad.

September 27, 2012 9:52 pm

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I’m here to help ya.

September 27, 2012 9:54 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @rotarandy
 yes they have a good beet salad with goat cheese ball in middle

September 27, 2012 9:54 pm

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c’mon. no walk here.

September 27, 2012 9:54 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Howard Cole
 the goat cheese ball in the middle might have put you over the top.  :)

September 27, 2012 9:55 pm

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@rotarandy not a fan of beets. the absolute worst clean up spill from my box boy days. not fun.

September 27, 2012 9:56 pm

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six outs to go here.

September 27, 2012 9:56 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole
 my head is swimming with ideas of what to do with 300 pts.

September 27, 2012 9:58 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole
 whats it like tom

September 27, 2012 9:59 pm

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@rotarandy @Tom in San let’s hear some of them.

September 27, 2012 10:00 pm

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randy is over the hump. time to go for 400.

September 27, 2012 10:00 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Howard Cole
 crackin up.  had to see how many points I had.  hardly pay attention.  had no idea you guys held in such reverence a GIANTS FAN!

September 27, 2012 10:00 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 I could use a hump

September 27, 2012 10:01 pm

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@rotarandy would you walk a mile for a camel hump?

September 27, 2012 10:01 pm

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punto’s a matinee idol.

September 27, 2012 10:01 pm

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 @Howard Cole Mr. September/October.

September 27, 2012 10:05 pm

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@Johnny Dodger what the hell.

September 27, 2012 10:06 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger  @Howard Cole  @Johnny
 I was watching that game with my old man on that Sunday when my dadsters yelled out, “Jesus christ, he just hit him with the bat”

September 27, 2012 10:06 pm

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Hey, I WANT MORE POINTS.  hahaha.  just kidding. 

September 27, 2012 10:07 pm

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I’m gonna go ahead and jinx this. we got this game in the bag.

September 27, 2012 10:07 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole  @Johnny I was doing that same exact thing – however, in a Dodger people house.

September 27, 2012 10:08 pm

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Punto’s a Scutaro wannabe

September 27, 2012 10:08 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Howard Cole
 Get more randy

September 27, 2012 10:10 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole  @Johnny My dad was the one who started calling Batman “Batman” – that’s where I got it.

September 27, 2012 10:10 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo 400 points awaits you. probably during the playoffs.

September 27, 2012 10:13 pm

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Hey, I gotta plan.  Could you guys save all the points – aka RUNS – for the beloved Giants once they’re in the playoffs?

September 27, 2012 10:14 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 NFW

September 27, 2012 10:15 pm

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 @rotarandy
 hmmm, I think I can figger out what that means

September 27, 2012 10:15 pm

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how ’bout you Howie and Johnny?  a point or two for the wonderful Gigantes?

September 27, 2012 10:17 pm

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I shouldn’t have put this in the bag.

September 27, 2012 10:21 pm

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What’s going on?

September 27, 2012 10:22 pm

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@Tom in San Mateo @rotarandy National Foundation of Woo-hoos.

September 27, 2012 10:22 pm

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if they blow this game.

September 27, 2012 10:24 pm

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ok!

September 27, 2012 10:24 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 it’s in the bag.  not trying to jinx anything

September 27, 2012 10:26 pm

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league has been great. should be an easy save.

September 27, 2012 10:27 pm

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Swing at a pitch like that, you deserve to be out.

September 27, 2012 10:33 pm

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we’ll take it!

September 27, 2012 10:34 pm

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no save opportunity now, but they’ll probably bring in league anyway. hopefully it’s a quick inning, because they’ll need him tomorrow. and beli threw 31 pitches. probably can’t pitch tomorrow.

September 27, 2012 10:35 pm

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two more outs.

September 27, 2012 10:40 pm

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one more out.

September 27, 2012 10:44 pm

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they just can’t make it easy, can they?

September 27, 2012 10:46 pm

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ok!

September 27, 2012 10:46 pm

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happy for the evening. will sleep well. kirk, out.

September 27, 2012 10:47 pm

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Goodnight, all.
Don’t know if I’ll be around tomorrow.

September 27, 2012 10:49 pm

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Missed the game tonight.  Went straight from work to Hollywood/LA to the Largo to have dinner and see Colin Hay (Men at Work).  He’s fantastic.  Anyway, not dead yet, but it looks like we’re gonna need to win out to have a chance.  That would include taking all three from the Gs.  Gonna be tough.
 

September 28, 2012 12:35 am

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