Wednesday, August 23, 2017

GAMES OVER .500

Monday, August 21, 2017

Series Thread (Games 123-126): Aug 21-24 @ Pirates

Details to come!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Series Thread (Games 120-122): Aug 18-20 @ Tigers

AGon's back!

Fri, 4p: Rich Hill vs Jordan Zimmermann

Sat, 1p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Michael Fulmer

Sun, 10a: Kenta Maeda vs Justin Verlander

Friday, August 18, 2017

And He Can Swing A Bat Too...

Welcome to the family, Curtis!

Dodgers acquire Granderson from the team whose name I am not allowed to mention.

Ain't This Grand

The Dodgers got Curtis Granderson from the Mets in exchange for $ or a PTBNL. Here's a great profile on him:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Teams Gettin Woke


While The Dodgers May Be Superhuman....

... the rest of the world remains merely human.

Enjoy one of the best worst first pitches ever witnessed.

Somewhere, Howard Stern's cuckolded producer Gary Bababooey Dell'Abate is breathing a sigh of relief.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Series Thread (Games 118-119): Aug 15-16 vs White Sox

BJ & Scott Killeen made this bet before the season. Drinks will be on them in November!

Tues, 7p: Alex Wood vs Miguel Gonzalez

Wed, 7p: Yu Darvish vs Carlos Rodon

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hang with SooHoo This Thursday

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From a press release:

Jon SooHoo, Official Photographer for the LA Dodgers, is the Focus of South Pasadena Public Library Baseball Night on Thursday, August 17

A ‘Baseball Night’ showcasing the art of Jon SooHoo, official photographer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be presented in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. Jon SooHoo, the Dodgers’ photographer since 1985, will be sharing many of his favorite photos, including some that have been permanently etched into the iconography of Los Angeles baseball history.

The event will be moderated by Mark Langill, the Historian for the Dodgers and the author of numerous highly-regarded baseball books. Mark can be seen frequently on the SportsNetLA television network and his articles appear regularly in Dodgers programs and yearbooks, as well as in The Quarterly. The free event for all ages is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the South Pasadena Chinese American Club. Special thanks to 210eastsound and the Hospitality Committee of the Friends of the Library.

Jon SooHoo has snapped thousands of significant images through the years --first on film, then on slides, and now digitally—ever since he graduated from USC 32 years ago. Devoted Dodgers fans, particularly younger ones, now follow SooHoo’s photos in real time since many of them are uploaded immediately via the social media platforms: dodgersphoto.mlblogs.com, as well as his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. Jon SooHoo has a Facebook fanpage as well.

Late last year, Jon Soo Hoo followed recently-retired broadcaster for the Dodgers, Vin Scully to the White House to record the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony. A couple of months prior to that, Jon also recorded a poignant video clip of Scully, his wife Sandi, and their daughters in a Warner Bothers recording studio as they listened to a playback of Scully’s singing of “Wind Beneath My Wings” which was played at Dodger Stadium after Vin’s final game there.

Langill, a native of South Pasadena, is the author of 4 baseball-related books: "Dodgertown," "Dodger Stadium," "Los Angeles Dodgers," and "Game of My Life, Dodgers.” Prior to joining the Dodger front office in 1994, Langill covered the team for five seasons as the beat reporter for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group, which includes the Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Langill has appeared on both radio and television to discuss Dodger history, including the MLB Network production of “Cathedrals of the Game: Dodger Stadium” and more recently on ESPN’s “30-for-30” documentary “Fernando Nation.” Mark’s articles appear regularly in Dodgers programs and yearbooks, and he is a frequent guest and host for programs on the SportsNet LA television network.

The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.. No tickets or reservations are necessary and stadium-type refreshments will be served. The Community Room is only about a block away from the Gold Line Station and free parking will be available at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage, located at 805 Meridian Avenue next to the Metro Gold Line Station.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Series Thread (Games 115-117): Aug 11-13 vs Padres

The Dodgers continue to roll, winning all three series on their last nine-game road trip across the country, and now sit with a 16-game lead in front of second-place Colorado. Puig is sore, however, and Kershaw is still in rehab. So let's just make sure everyone takes it easy against the Padres, okay?

Friday: Rich Hill vs. Clayton Richard, now

Saturday: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Jhoulys Chacin, 6p

Sunday: Kenta Maeda vs. Luis Perdomo, 1p

crappy late ST attempt from Sax

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Series Thread (Games 112-114): Aug 8-10 @ Snakes

Tues, 6:40p: Kenta Maeda vs Zack Godley

Wed, 6:40p: Alex Wood vs Zack Greinke

Thurs, 6:40p: Yu Darvish vs Anthony Banda

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Series Thread (Games 109-111): Aug 4-6 @ Mets

Have Yu heard? Yu didn't? Bet Yu won't believe it when I tell Yu. That's right, the Dodgers picked up Yu Darvish, Yu goddamn right we did. Yu can bet that I will be glued to my TV today to watch the game. Yu know in the next game we have the July pitcher of the month Rich Hill on the mound. Then R-YU goes for us on Sunday. Alright, see Yu around!

Go Blue!

Friday, 4:10 pm: Darvish vs deGrom

Saturday, 1:10 pm: Hill vs Lugo

Sunday, 5:00 pm: Ryu vs Matz

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Conspiracy Alert: MLB's Covert Attempt to Bring Down the Dodgers

Exhibit A: Attribute other team's losses to the Dodgers.

Still waiting on an Exhibit B. But like all good conspiracy nuts, I know it's out there.

Photo Courtesy: Conspiracy Theory

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Series Thread (Games 106-108): Aug 1-2 @ Barves

Mon, 4:30p: Kenta Maeda vs Lucas Sims

Tues, 4:30p: Alex Wood vs Julio Teheran

Wed, 4:30p: Brandon McCarthy vs Sean Newcomb

Monday, July 31, 2017

Blue Darvish


Um...holy shit!

The Dodgers also picked up a pair of lefty relievers: Tony Cingrani from Cincinnati and Tony Watson from Pittsburgh. Despite the two Tonys, they have a long way to go before obtaining an EGOT.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Kyle Saves the Farm

Congrats to Former Dodger (cries) Adrian Beltre on His 3,000th Hit!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dad Did a Great Thing

Sandy Koufax, Claire Smith and Steve Garvey at the 1985 All-Star Game.

Garvey and Smith, 2017.

Claire Smith is the first woman recipient of the Hall of Fame's prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink Award, and Steve Garvey played a role in her career.

From "Claire Smith, a Pioneer in Sports Writing, Is Honored at Cooperstown" at the New York Times:

...her greatest challenge came from the San Diego Padres during their 1984 playoff series against the Chicago Cubs. She was ejected from the clubhouse, then rescued by an empathetic Padres player, Steve Garvey, who fed her quotes from his teammates.

But Smith was no damsel in distress; she had an unbending professionalism about her that wore down even the most stubborn resistance.

“I had a game story to write,” she said in 1984, after she had been pushed out the Padres’ door.

Other pioneers in the sport — including Sandy Koufax, the Jewish Dodgers pitcher who refused to play on Yom Kippur during the World Series; Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the major leagues; and Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson — gave her a standing ovation Saturday.

The most heartfelt moment at the ceremony arrived when Smith introduced Garvey in the audience, thanking him for his help all those years ago.

“I knew it was a very important moment,” Garvey said after the ceremony. “And I knew she was a very deep soul.”

And from her acceptance speech:

Steve Garvey, please stand, just as you did when salvaging the worst day of my career. After I was kicked out of a clubhouse during the 1984 postseason due to gender, Steve came out to the tunnel to assure I would have postgame quotes. When he saw that I was becoming emotional after having been manhandled, he uttered the most important words an athlete ever said to me: "I will stay here as long as you need me to, but remember, you have a job to do."

Beautiful stuff, and a complete surprise to me. Good job, Dad.

1: Claire Smith; 2: Willie Weinbaum, ESPN.com

Friday, July 28, 2017

Series Thread (Games 103-105): July 28-30 vs Giants

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs Matt Moore

Sat, 1p: Rich Hill vs Ty Blach

Sun, 5p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Matt Cain

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Congrats, Orlando Zepeda!

A true blue baby!

Four years ago we brought you Ron Johnstone's advice on raising a Dodger Blue fan in orange country. Ron's advice included:

Constructive conversations about honesty and integrity every time a Giant gets suspended or indicted for substance abuse, and if you live anywhere near Burlingame, take a field trip to the old BALCO offices and tell stories from the car about a star player allowing his childhood friend (who had young children himself) to spend a year in jail.

These words came at the behest of Orlando Zepeda, a Dodger fan living in Giants territory.

Now we have an update from Orlando:

4 years after this post. Now a father of an 8 month old son in SF. It was my Giant fan wife's idea to name our son charles VINcent zepeda.

(wipes tear from eye) Good job, Orlando and wife. You two have come so far since...