Rafael Furcal, Matt Kemp, Derek Lowe and Joe Torre talking to the media..
Dodgers Gone Wild !
Greg Maddux joins the Dodgers. Ned Colleti had this to say…
“It’s very rare that you get the opportunity to add a pitcher like Greg even one time, let alone twice,” Colletti said in a club release.
Really ? Even let alone twice ? So why did you let him go in the first place ?
Not Joe’s Fault
According to Wallace Matthews of Newsday, Joe Torre deserves apology from the Yankees. Matthews writes the following…
They came with 6 million bucks in one hand and brass knuckles in the other. Torre walked away because he knew that, even at that kind of money, he wasn’t going to be a manager, just a punching bag.
Can you imagine how hard and fast the fists would be flying in the Bronx today if Torre had accepted the deal, only to find himself 10 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays of all teams, and 5 1/2 games out of the wild-card race with fewer than 40 games to go?
For a guy dubbed Clueless Joe before his first day on the job, it was an incredibly shrewd and prescient move by Torre. –
I disagree that the Yankees need to apologize. They knew very well the way they treated him. I do agree Torre would of been a punching bag. Imagine if your only purpose is to win a World Series every single year ? It’s impossible to win every year. The Yanks didn’t treat him fair. I’m glad Torre is with us but I do believe we would of been ok with a younger manager that can fire up these young players.
Stamp This !
I noticed this last week. The U.S. Postal Service released a baseball theme stamps. Pretty cool. Nice to add to your collection. From the USPS site…
On July 16, 2008, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ issued a 42-cent Take Me Out to the Ball Game commemorative stamp. The stamp was designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona. This issuance commemorates the 100th anniversary of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” one of the most popular baseball songs of all time. For decades, the song’s catchy chorus has been part of the musical tradition at ballparks around the country, especially during the seventh-inning stretch. The song was born on a New York City train in the summer of 1908, when passenger Jack Norworth (1879-1959), an actor, singer, and songwriter who had never attended a major league ball game, saw a sign about an upcoming game at the Polo Grounds. Suddenly inspired, he took out a piece of paper and began dashing off lines about a fictional fan.
Video Time ! Troy from West Virginia is going to Philadelphia this weekend to catch the Dodgers. Just don’t get arrested again Troy 🙂
I was at the game last night. Pretty cool. The offense is coming along while the pitching is going south. I’m not sure if we want Jonathan Broxton to be closing games down the stretch. It might cost us the division. He needs to step it up. We sure do miss Takashi Saito. Check out this jersey that a fan was wearing at the game ! Cool dude…
Party with the Bison
Matt Kemp invites you to his party this Thursday after the game.
Video Time !
Manny being Tardy… I guess Manny forgot there is 9 innings in a game (From yesterday’s game)
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 🙂