I’m incredibly bummed. The Dodgers are out and I’m bummed. I’ll get over it, but I’m bummed. It happens every fall.

The Dodgers lost a heartbreaker, 4-3 to the hated Giants last night at the Ravine, and did so in that frustrating way that seemingly only they can. Other teams do it too, of course, but who the hell cares about them at the moment?

MSTI’s Mike Petriello has a great recap you really should read that rails on Don Mattingly especially, and on poor Mark Ellis for his brain-cramp attempt to stretch a triple in seventh inning. Since Mike sums it up well, and since I really don’t want to experience the pain of it all over again, I’ll just say a couple of things.

First, Mattingly and the sacrifice are strange bedfellows. Actually, they’re a bleeping nightmare is what they are, and need to be separated, surgically if at all possible. This old piece of mine explains the theory, if you require it, and when I get around to my 2012 Dodgers post mortem, expect the manager to take the brunt of my wrath.

On the other hand, I’ll have calmed down by then, which is why I usually wait a few days before tackling the assignment, and will do my best to be objective.

As for Ellis, look, it was an uncharacteristic mistake and the man knew he’d blown it 50 feet before being tagged out. He gets a pass as far as I’m concerned. It’s over and done with. For me the base running blunder opens an old wound, and in eerily-similar fashion.

Game Five of the 1974 World Series. The deciding game, Dodgers trailing Oakland 3-2 in the eighth. Bill Buckner leads off with a single to center, and after Bill North kicks it around in the outfield, is out trying to go all the way to third. So instead of the tying run at second with nobody out, the Dodgers have nothing, don’t score and lose the Series, giving the A’s their third straight championship.

There were highlights in the series too – very much including Joe Ferguson nailing Sal Bando at the plate in Game One and Mike Marshall’s pickoff of “designated runner” Herb Washington in Game Two – which illustrates the point that in baseball most of the time, among the bad things to remember, there is also the good.

A.J. Ellis is the good. With a game to play, Ellis has hit .270, with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs in his first full season in the bigs (I predicted .260, 15 and 60), but there is so much more to Ellis than the numbers.

There’s the way he works with the starters, there’s his arm and his eye, the consistently great at bats, and the way he makes opposing pitchers work. There is the durability, which we can attribute in part to Mattingly’s overworking of catchers, learned at the knee of Joe Torre.

There is the no-surprise-to-anyone and probably unanimous Roy Campanella Award, given to Ellis by his mates, who tabbed him this year’s “Most Inspirational Dodger.” There is the totally cool “Between two Palm Trees” video series, co-starring Clayton Kershaw.

And there is the attitude; the way he talks, with respect for the interviewer and for the game he loves to play. Read practically any game story, after a tough loss in particular – Ellis is always the man up front, with a thoughtful comment about what just happened out there on the field.

He’s not in the lineup for this afternoon’s finale, and we probably won’t see him pinch hit, but look for Ellis on the field after the game, congratulating his team on a season just concluded, and perhaps taking a bow on his way to the clubhouse.

Kershaw goes for consecutive National League ERA and strikeout titles, a 14th win, and most importantly, a healthy conclusion to his season, at 4:15 p.m.

Here’s hoping the Dodgers finish on a high note, which would give them 86 victories for 2012, including seven of their last eight.

And remember, glove conquers all.

Please follow me on Twitter @Howard_Cole

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Our guys just came upon a hitting slump at the wrong time.  That’s baseball.  But I can see it now.  Get rid of bonehead at second, put Cruz there, David Wright at third, add Greinke to the rotation with a healthy Billingsley and Lilly, and the Giants had better feel darned lucky they somehow scutaroed into the playoffs this year, because it will be a long time before it happens again.  Aw, let’s just say it – I hate the Giants.  Hate ‘em, hate ‘em, hate ‘em.  The most despicable franchise in sports, hands down (although if we could get Matt Cain, okay, I could start liking him a lot – unless he pulled a Jason Schmidt or Juan Uribe, which would make me detest SF even more).

October 3, 2012 2:09 pm

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well gentlemen, thanks for
tolerating doby again this year;
 
until next, go fuck yourselves ……
 
 
 

October 3, 2012 3:36 pm

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 @larrydoby beautiful sentiment, i feel a tear welling up

October 3, 2012 4:13 pm

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In da house… what’s left of it.

October 3, 2012 4:14 pm

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 @The Commish
 where’s the 800 pt. man ?

October 3, 2012 4:21 pm

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 @Clouddodger1 ah, we disagree. moving hanley to third is absolutely crucial. can’t spend the money on david wright at this point in his career. instead, the money goes on short term deals for peavy (for a third of the money greinke gets), league (gotta keep him), and maybe a shortstop, depending on who’s available.
 
ellis stays, as does cruz.
 
forget lilly. sign peavy and kuroda (for one year), operate on and get kersh back in may, operate on bills and see him in 2014. capuano is four, harang is five and lilly is six.
 
more later.

October 3, 2012 4:24 pm

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howie in da house too. bochy’s as ass for starting all those guys, and especially posey behind the plate.
 
oakland is freaking awesome. awesome!

October 3, 2012 4:25 pm

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 @The Commish
 357 magnum

October 3, 2012 4:27 pm

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number 9

October 3, 2012 4:27 pm

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i’m back , but chewing on dinner ; will be  few more minutes.

October 3, 2012 4:35 pm

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 @The Commish having dodger dogs?

October 3, 2012 4:36 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Clouddodger1 Thanks for giving Caps #4. You are quite the generous man.

October 3, 2012 4:36 pm

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 @Howard Cole Chicken and rice.

October 3, 2012 4:36 pm

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 @The Commish  @Clouddodger1 only one other choice. but all in all, being objective, he gave us plenty. the first half counts, he does a lot of things well, he didn’t miss a start, his era was fine and he won 12 games. basically the same exact thing for harang. both should be fine nexgt year.
 

October 3, 2012 4:37 pm

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so who’s bob hendley today?

October 3, 2012 4:37 pm

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 @The Commish when you’re done with diinner, check your email.
 

October 3, 2012 4:41 pm

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 @The Commish they don’t sell that at dodger stadium. yet. maybe if we get kuroda back.

October 3, 2012 4:48 pm

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you gotta know kersh is gonna break it up.

October 3, 2012 4:49 pm

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so am I crazy or do we have our first triple crown winner since 1967.

October 3, 2012 4:54 pm

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I’ve never heard that story before.

October 3, 2012 4:55 pm

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satch is a disaster. I’m glad he’s a giant and not a dodger.

October 3, 2012 5:01 pm

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 @Howard Cole got it.

October 3, 2012 5:02 pm

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Yankees whoopin’ up on Sox; damn.

October 3, 2012 5:03 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 I’m damn gllad he’s a Giant.  like them RBI’s

October 3, 2012 5:12 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo I’m glad he’s a giant too. as I’ll be glad when scutaro is a dodger. so, did you see what I posted last night? from my blog about scutaro in july?

October 3, 2012 5:16 pm

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 @The Commish that’s really a shame. hopefully baltimore beats texas.

October 3, 2012 5:16 pm

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we really need to win this last game, and kersh needs to get it. can’t lose the last two to frisco like that.
 
by the way, did you see romo screaming on the field last night? what a douche.

October 3, 2012 5:17 pm

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don better not take out everybody. I mean what’s the point. if you’re gonna pitch kersh, you might as well try to win it for him.

October 3, 2012 5:18 pm

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 @Howard Cole Ballot , done , done and done.

October 3, 2012 5:18 pm

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Base hit, please.

October 3, 2012 5:20 pm

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Since MLB TV won’t let me watch this game live, I was hoping it would be one I would enjoy watching later from the archives…but no-hit so far?
Love what Clouddodger said about the Giants…lol  (Sorry, Tom.)
Catch you later.
(Just trying to keep up with ESPN Gamecast again – better than nothing, but still sort of  “ugh”.)

October 3, 2012 5:21 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 yes, I did.  wee-put but I guess the Dodgers waited too long

October 3, 2012 5:24 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 well-put.  prescient.  that was for Bus, even if misspelled

October 3, 2012 5:25 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 Bud, that is.  not bus

October 3, 2012 5:25 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole Yeah, hell at least get my name right.

October 3, 2012 5:26 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger I swear, if they get no hit tonight you are going to see some wrath out of my pen. a loss would be bad enough, but a second no hitter and to the giants!!

October 3, 2012 5:27 pm

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and a weak thread to end the season. that’s fitting too. we’ll probably be below 100.

October 3, 2012 5:28 pm

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 @Johnny Dodger
 yeah, I love those perfectly time batting slumps, too.  :)

October 3, 2012 5:28 pm

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oh come on, vin. that’s an error.

October 3, 2012 5:28 pm

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That’s a hit, sort of and Scutaro to boot!!!!!!!!!!!!!  too funny

October 3, 2012 5:29 pm

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Gotta mind my manners tonight (as I always do, of course); and, watch my P’s and Q’s, too, and if the latter means pints and quarts I guess I can’t drink too much cuz were I to I  would forget my manners among all these roughed-up Dodger emotions and I might end up getting my ass kicked.

October 3, 2012 5:31 pm

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remember I said kersh was gonna break it up.

October 3, 2012 5:32 pm

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fedx!!!!!!!!!!!!! now kersh to tie it.

October 3, 2012 5:33 pm

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I am awesome.

October 3, 2012 5:34 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo much appreciated. and your retort about romo?

October 3, 2012 5:34 pm

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Dodgers used to be the best baserunners around.  the good ol’ days. 

October 3, 2012 5:34 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 I didn’t see that.  neither watched nor listened to game.  you mean romo the pitcher or romo the Dallas QB. 

October 3, 2012 5:35 pm

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Are we winning?

October 3, 2012 5:35 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood no comment.

October 3, 2012 5:36 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo they’ll be better at that next year. I’m not even remotely concerned. but tim wallach should go.

October 3, 2012 5:36 pm

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ok, I am officially annoyed by the announcer today. bugging me.

October 3, 2012 5:37 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole  Romo the QB is killing my fantasy team.  5 INTs last game – not all his fault – but, a couple were terrible passes.  But, I don’t hate him as much (yet) as Romo the pitcher.  Maybe it’s the beard…

October 3, 2012 5:37 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo your boy acted like he’d just won the world series, the lottery and whatever female in the world he wants as his love slave with that celebration. what a total and complete ass. it was totally directed at beating the dodgers, and nothing else.
 

October 3, 2012 5:38 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood  @Howard Cole
 hahaha.  I’d say Romo is not a popular name in your household these days. 

October 3, 2012 5:38 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 you’d probably out-do him if the Dodgers had beat the Giants to knock them out of post-season…as would Bud, Randy, Steve, CloudDodger, Wes, et al

October 3, 2012 5:42 pm

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skate save and a beauty.

October 3, 2012 5:42 pm

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57 steve howe

October 3, 2012 5:42 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 i think Romo is from down around LA, too. 

October 3, 2012 5:42 pm

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ok, finally bochy concedes the game. we gotta pull this out, and starting rignt now.

October 3, 2012 5:46 pm

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everybody split for the season? anyone wanna thread about the postseason, even without the dodgers?

October 3, 2012 5:47 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 any time

October 3, 2012 5:47 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 can you call the post-season thread the….oh, forget it

October 3, 2012 5:48 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 start the lakers thread..

October 3, 2012 5:48 pm

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 @rotarandy thanks, randy. see all those empty seats in oakland. we should jump in the car and go to one of those games.
 

October 3, 2012 5:50 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo I will.

October 3, 2012 5:50 pm

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 @Howard Cole
I I got great digs in the bat area.                                                              

October 3, 2012 5:52 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 lol bay area

October 3, 2012 5:53 pm

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Both G’s and A’s in playoffs.  How sweet it si!

October 3, 2012 5:55 pm

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gonna pay close attention now. it could be the last time we ever see kersh.

October 3, 2012 5:56 pm

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the second he gives up this run you gotta yank him, don’t you? course, I wouldn’t have started him at all.

October 3, 2012 5:57 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Howard Cole
 you mean for this weekend?  what area are you staying at…

October 3, 2012 5:57 pm

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 @rotarandy I might just do that. I almost did it last year, with lakerssavvy.com, but got the job at the register and decided not to.

October 3, 2012 5:58 pm

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see that nice save by fedx. that’s the thing that aj ellis has struggled with all year. doesn’t seem important now, but it is.

October 3, 2012 5:59 pm

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74 merlin olsen

October 3, 2012 5:59 pm

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75 deacon jones

October 3, 2012 5:59 pm

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Randy – Columbus Day Parade, Fleet Wee/Blue Angels, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Castro Stree Fair (no jokes please); Americas Cup race in the bay, playoff baseball, man lots of stuff gonna be going on for you.

October 3, 2012 6:00 pm

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Sorry, man, gonna watch the debate.

October 3, 2012 6:00 pm

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 @The Commish I’m bummed, but ok. will you participate in the thread for the playoffs? should be plenty of early games.

October 3, 2012 6:00 pm

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 @The Commish
 gonna listen on radio.  follow boxscores on Internet

October 3, 2012 6:01 pm

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kersh is such a god, I swear. he gives up a leadoff double and they almost never score.

October 3, 2012 6:01 pm

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for me, I just can’t watch tape delayed sports. I can watch tape delayed politics. this is the last game of the year. it’s a religious experience for me. and I would love to see kersh win it here.

October 3, 2012 6:03 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole
 mill valley …golden gate park.. and.daughters apt. is one block from park

October 3, 2012 6:04 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 so that means walking only

October 3, 2012 6:05 pm

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 @rotarandy
 ??  don’t understand

October 3, 2012 6:05 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 travel by car ..impossible

October 3, 2012 6:06 pm

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 @rotarandy
 yes, of course,  should have understood. 

October 3, 2012 6:07 pm

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 @rotarandy
 don’t even think about parking at GGP for the festival.  I’ve spents many hundreds of day at that park and on event days it’s impossible. 

October 3, 2012 6:08 pm

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 @The Commish
 go obama …go obama  go

October 3, 2012 6:09 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 got a garage 1 blk from park costing me 1000 /mo.

October 3, 2012 6:10 pm

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89 fred dryer

October 3, 2012 6:10 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 time to use it

October 3, 2012 6:11 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Howard Cole
 perfect.  that’s right, she’s a student in SF

October 3, 2012 6:11 pm

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 @rotarandy
 you pay a thousand a month for a garage?  c’mon

October 3, 2012 6:12 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 comes with the two bedroom and that half rent

October 3, 2012 6:13 pm

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 @rotarandy
 I get it.  yeah, use it.  on Lincoln or Fulton and what avenue.  Or on Balboa, Anza?

October 3, 2012 6:14 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 turk and arguello

October 3, 2012 6:15 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 criminy, how old are you anyway, Howie?  Fred Dryer?  didn’t he become a TV actor

October 3, 2012 6:16 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 at balboa

October 3, 2012 6:16 pm

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 @rotarandy
 have real good idea where you’re staying. 

October 3, 2012 6:17 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo he’s less old than a lot of the people we talk about. and I used to deliver italian food to him from the place where ronald goldman worked in brentwood. what a stud. not an  ounce of at on him and you could see from the way he’d eat.
 
when he’d come into the restarant, he’d have a green salad, then either healthily prepared chicken or fish on a plate with nothing else, and then another salad.

October 3, 2012 6:26 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo how old do you think i am?

October 3, 2012 6:27 pm

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wowie howie

October 3, 2012 6:38 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom in San Mateo 39?

October 3, 2012 6:42 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood  @Tom in San Mateo yeah right. try don drysdale. 53.
 

October 3, 2012 6:44 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood  @Tom in San Mateo but I feel 52.
 

October 3, 2012 6:44 pm

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 @rotarandy check your email.

October 3, 2012 6:44 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @Tom in San Mateo And you look 51!

October 3, 2012 6:52 pm

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that’s a wrap

October 3, 2012 6:54 pm

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 @Howard Cole Sometimes, watching tape-delay is the only choice – we can’t all be wealthy Angelenos able to watch anything we want.  I believe I will definitely watch this game tonight.

October 3, 2012 6:55 pm

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I’m still having Mark Ellis flashbacks.  I was yelling at the TV, “what is he doing, what is he doing?!?” and then my head was in my hands.  I’ve yet to recover.

October 3, 2012 6:57 pm

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it was great threading with you guys, it really way. you may not know it, but it all started the day of the h hanley trade. I literally could not get 10 comments until that day. and we got 544 that night.

October 3, 2012 7:00 pm

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 @rotarandy we’ve only just begun.
 

October 3, 2012 7:01 pm

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403

October 3, 2012 7:01 pm

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I’m watching every minute of the post game show.

October 3, 2012 7:03 pm

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 @Howard Cole
 yes, I know he’s way younger than many of the athletes – some long gone.  the teasing was all in fun.  sad goldman story.  creep simpson. 

October 3, 2012 7:09 pm

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 @Howard Cole 
 
there’s no debate there my friend;

October 3, 2012 7:23 pm

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 @Howard Cole 
 
what are we, chopped liver to you ?

October 3, 2012 7:23 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood 
 
any flashbacks should be reflective of the entire month of august, when
the boo-hoo couldn’t hit a thing & matty k was hitting below a buck fifty …..
 
 
 

October 3, 2012 7:25 pm

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 @larrydoby chopped liver is gross. I’ve avoided it my entire life.
 

October 3, 2012 7:26 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  @Howard Cole 
 
freddie tried;
 
sadly, i know his bother charlie.
 
what a life to be a sibling to a
marginally famous D level celebrity ….
 
 
 
 

October 3, 2012 7:26 pm

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409
 

October 3, 2012 7:29 pm

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 @Howard Cole  @larrydoby  Word!

October 3, 2012 7:29 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood
 start cleaning

October 3, 2012 7:30 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood 
 
409 is good shit;
 
much better than any of that
new crap with orange in it …

October 3, 2012 7:30 pm

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 @Howard Cole 
 
same as i did marriage !

October 3, 2012 7:31 pm

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 @larrydoby  I only use the non-toxic stuff.  Well, I do drink whiskey.

October 3, 2012 7:32 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood
 I see you got 8 to go

October 3, 2012 7:32 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood
 I’ll save my pennies and I’ll save my dimes
Geddy up, Geddy up

October 3, 2012 7:33 pm

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 @rotarandy  @Steve in North Hollywood I prefer it as a beach boys song.
 

October 3, 2012 7:33 pm

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I had a great time on this thread over the last couple of months.  very enjoyable aspect of my social life.  bunch of guys who love baseball, even though they root for the wrong team!
 
thanks to all!

October 3, 2012 7:37 pm

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I could sure use 500 points for the regular season.  crackin’ up.  cryin’ like a baby for my candy and soda

October 3, 2012 7:39 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo
 I second that emotion…

October 3, 2012 7:50 pm

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 @Steve in North Hollywood 
 
whiskey is the liver’s way of
telling us that we are truly pickled;

October 3, 2012 8:25 pm

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 @Tom in San Mateo  yeah, yeah, yeah, ya big ol’ lug ; ).  Good luck to you – and as your doctor I’d advice putting out the cigar.  That much hair has to be flammable.

October 3, 2012 8:55 pm

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Good night and good luck. See you in the spring.

October 3, 2012 11:08 pm

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 @Howard Cole I DID, Howard – I watched the tape-delayed game and enjoyed the hell out of it.
Bless you and your blog – stay healthy.

October 4, 2012 11:50 am

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@Steve in North Hollywood  @Tom in San Mateo
 nah, it’s inflammable.  hehehe

October 4, 2012 7:20 pm

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