Wow, Dodgers go from a crazy celebration last night to playing a meaningless 3 game series at San Francisco. It doesn’t matter if we lose all 3 games or if we win any game, Dodgers will still be opening the playoffs on the road. Reason being that we will end up with the fewest wins among the other N.L. Teams. My advice is to take it easy. Don’t get hurt and just have fun. Get ready for next week and please….don’t get beat in the 1st round !
Pierre HR Ball
Hank Steinbrenner, the son of Yankees owner George, is hating the playoff system that we have. Lil Steinbrenner blogs about it on Sporting News. He makes the following dumb statements…
“plenty of people in the media pointing out that Joe Torre and the Dodgers are going to the playoffs while we’re not. This is by no means a knock on Torre — let me make that clear — but look at the division they’re in. If L.A. were in the A.L. East, it wouldn’t be in the playoff discussion. The A.L. East is never weak. Ask the teams that finished
behind us all of those seasons. So, what should be done? Have an A.L. and an N.L. and put the top four finishers from each in the playoffs. You’d still have eight teams and the same number of playoff rounds.”
Relax Hank. Stop worrying about the playoff system and worry about how you are going to fix your roster. You are just bitter that Joe Torre will be in the spotlight once again and you will be at home crying. Your idea of having just the top 4 teams in each league is crazy. What if the top 8 teams are in the East ? Nobody in West Coast will give a damn about the playoffs! That’s something that MLB doesn’t want and you should know that. Also, looks like you don’t remember the year of 2000 ! Yanks won the World Series. Remember Hank ? Guess who were the top 4 teams in the A.L. that year ? It was the White Sox with 95 wins, Athletics with 91 wins, Mariners with 91 wins and the Indians with 90 wins. Yankees only had 87 wins that year ! They were able to play in the post-season because they won the East division. The White Sox won the Central. A’s got the West title and the Mariners won Wild Card. Indians didn’t go to the playoffs. You forgot, huh ? So shove it!
Former Dodger Wes Parker will be signing autographs. I’m about 90% sure that I won’t be able to attend but I’m always getting e-mails by fans wanting to know of any players making appearances. The details are: AT&T Store in Northridge
Northridge Grove Shopping Center, 9050 Tampa Ave. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. FREE
Video Time! Dodger rookies dress in drag…
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This is it. One more week to go. Let’s go Dodgers !
Pierre HR Ball
Remember the Home Run that Juan Pierre hit last Monday against the Pirates ? Well the fan that caught it has decided to sell it on eBay. For $ 10,000 ! (or best offer) Huh ? Yeah I know it’s a rare item. I mean, it’s only his 13th career HR ! But who in the world would buy this ? Especially for that amount of $ ?
Video Time: Thanks Ashley for the tip. Here is a video of James Loney and Matt Kemp on the BDSS.
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
Click it Manny habla español
“Oye tu sabes que soy loco por la comida mexicana”
“Tu sabes, en Boston y Los Angeles siempre tuve el apoyo con los latinos y me siento en casa”
“Dime papi…..no papi porque tu sabes lo que hice, porque yo compre el navigator que yo me lo pongo y tu sabes..y me muevo…”
“Tu sabes lo que estaba pensando, la novela mia, la voy a vender y pedirle que no hagan annuncios”
Funny guy 🙂