The arrival of Manny Ramirez has given a spark to the offense of the Dodgers. You can even feel that the other players are much more relaxed (ok maybe not Andruw Jones) From the Ken Gurnick’s article…
“He’s kind of brought a new life to our team,” said All-Star catcher Russell Martin. “Everybody is kind of a little bit looser, having more fun, and we just know we’re going to put runs on the board with him in the lineup.” Chad Billingsley said “When we added him, just L.A. and all the
fans, and you just felt the excitement in the air,It gives us a spark. That’s what it’ll take to maybe get us deep into the playoffs, so obviously having him in the lineup changes how the opposing teams approach us. He just makes us better all around.”
I agree. I believe we can win the West Division. We need to fix our crowded outfield and play the best players at the moment. I would prefer a Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp outfield. Speaking about the crowded outfield, you have to like Ethier’s attitude about him being on the bench. From Tony Jackson’s article.
“We have worked hard these first few months to get into a situation where we can go where we want to go,” Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said. “You have to focus on that and put all the individual stuff aside.”
Awesome. Ethier knows it’s going to be hard to start but he will be ready to come off the bench anytime during a game. I respect that. He has been playing solid baseball the whole year and deserved to be playing but with Ramirez coming and Kemp
being on fire, he has to be patient. I only wish Joe Torre would understand that Juan Pierre is not the answer to start everyday. From Torre…
“To me, Juan certainly deserves to play,” Torre said. “Juan, for me, will play the bulk of the time. That is taking nothing away from Ethier, but Matty right now is impressive for me in how he goes about his business. Somebody is going to have to sit, but it won’t happen all the time. We have to play the (backup) guys now and again just to make sure they get action.”
Ok I agree that Kemp is impressive. Why not play him along Ramirez and Ethier ! You start Kemp leadoff and Pierre in the bench. I believe Torre wants a true “leadoff hitter” so he wants Pierre there. I only hope that Rafael Furcal comes back soon and he can be the leadoff hitter and Pierre on the bench. Furcal was with the Dodgers over the weekend and told the reporters:
“I feel a lot better than before,” said Furcal, injured since May 6 after the best April of his career. “It doesn’t bother me anymore.”
“All I’ve ever done was be Juan Pierre,” he said. “I don’t know why, for some reason, they’re just sticking it to me this year. I applaud the move. Any time you get a chance to get Manny Ramirez, you get him. But from a personal standpoint, it’s putting me in a tough position.”
I disagree Juan. The Dodgers are not “sticking it” to you. You are basically not getting on base enough. That’s the point. Anyways, with all the Manny-Mania, let me write about his Jersey number. From Fox Sports…
By now, it is well-known that he’ll wear the number 99. It’s a nice number, distinctive and goofy, and previously worn by such luminaries as Mitch Williams, Turk Wendell and Wayne
Gretzky. (“I don’t know anything about hockey, sir,” he said. “They don’t have hockey in the Dominican.”) But 99 was not Ramirez’ his first choice.
“I wanted 34, but I guess it’s not available,” he said.
In fact, he wanted 24, the number he wore with the Red Sox, but that number has long since been retired in honor of Walter Alston. Thirty-four, it should be added, was worn by the Los Angeles icon Fernando Valenzuela.
“It’s not retired,” said Dodgers equipment manager Mitch Poole. “But it’s in our heart.”
That statement is a little odd. # 34 is not retired but no one can use it ? I know the Dodgers have a rule that in order to have your # retired you have to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, except for special circumstances like Jim Gilliam. He isn’t a Hall of Famer but his # 19 was retired. Well shouldn’t # 34 be retired ? I know Fernando Valenzuela is not a Hall of Famer but with everything that he did for the Dodgers and the Hispanic community I think he deserves to have his number retired. Back to Ramirez, I believe all this hype about his number will give a boost for Dodger sales this year. Last Friday, I saw many fans already wearing t-shirts with the number # 99
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A friend, Nick, called me the other day to tell me that I’m on Andre Ethier’s MySpace. I didn’t know what he was talking about so I asked him what does he mean I’m on his MySpace ? He gave me instructions to get to his page and click on photos. The first photo is me standing next to Ethier. How cool is that ? Nice. Of course, who knows if it’s really his MySpace. It does look legit but you just never know. Visit his page to check it out for yourself. Thanks Nick for the tip. Talking about MySpace, you can add me if you want. It’s not my personal MySpace. It’s my Baseball MySpace. I never update it, only the picture album. As far as the photo that Ethier
posted, it reminds me when that picture was taken. It was taken back in June 24, 2006 He was signing autographs at a Home Show in Glendale, California. Not alot of people showed up. I think around 10 fans. I’m serious. I don’t remember anyone! I even got mad that day because the promoter of the Home Show was telling me that in order of me attending the Home Show, I need to pay a ticket to enter. I told him I’m not interested in attending and that I only want Ethier’s autograph which was held outside the building. Ethier was not inside. He was outisde under a tent. He said it doesn’t matter. For me to get a autograph, I
needed a ticket and to get the ticket, I had to pay for it. What a punk! lol Speaking of being on MySpace, I got another tip from another reader of the blog, Joseph, who told me that he saw a different picture of me and Ethier at a Dodgers Site. I’ve never read this site before (sorry…!) but I guess the site posted upcoming appearances that the Dodgers will be making and a picture of me and Ethier was on top of it. Check it out here… I have no idea who runs the site or why they posted one of my pictures. I don’t mind, it’s all good. I’m everywhere! lol
Milano, Ethier, Jones Blogs
Alyssa posted a entry about wanting Andre Ethier to play everyday or else trade him.
I wouldn’t go that far. I want Ethier to play everyday. I think he is able to do it. I see him as the future, which is now. Ethier also updated his blog. With another Restaurant review. This time, he reviewed a Spanish Restaurant. It’s cool reading blogs of players. You get a feeling they are normal people like me and you. Check it out. One guy that never updates his blog, is Andruw Jones… Another blogger, Dodger fan Stephamie Vu, who once in a while leaves me comments, also has a Dodger blog. If you go a little down on the right side, check out “Dodgerstuffs that I read” She has a link to my blog and says “Dude sure knows a lot about how to stalk players! I especially like his one entry with photos of Kemp, Martin, and Young out clubbing.” lol That made me laugh! I’m not a stalker, just a crazy dude that enjoys collecting autographs. 🙂
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“I really enjoy living in downtown and I think it’s important to do something positive in my neighborhood,” said Ethier. “The Union Rescue Mission was the perfect place to make the biggest impact and I really look forward to forming a relationship with them and the people who benefit from the great work that they do.”
Andre will also be joining the MLBlogs Community and focus on his love of food. His new blog will be titled “Dining with ‘Dre” Andre says the following:
Thanks to everyone for taking a look at my new blog, where I’ll be reviewing restaurants around the Los Angeles area throughout the season. I can’t really call myself an expert or a true food critic, but I love to try new restaurants and so we though it would be cool to show off some of my favorites…or maybe some of those that I won’t be going back to anytime soon.
Keep checking back throughout the year and feel free to leave comments or even recommendations. I’ll do my best to answer them whenever I can.
It’s nice what Andre is doing and it’s cool to see the players participate in the community.