Saturday, June 06, 2020

Keeping a Promise to Vin, 2020 Edition

Vin Scully, from 2008:

Normally on the telecast we talk about "This Day in Baseball." I don't mean to sound grumpy or grouchy, but I can't believe what I didn't hear. I listened to the news on the radio for about an hour and fifteen minutes today—did not hear one word about what this day really means. June the 6th, 1944. Do the names Omaha, or Utah, Gold, Juno, Sword, do they mean anything? They're the beaches at Normandy. Sure, today was D-Day, the invasion of Europe, when thousands of soldiers gave their lives so that we could be free. I'll be darned if I saw any real publicity about it at all. Please don't let that happen again next year. Please? Yeah, this day.

Vin Scully, from 2009:

It's about quarter of nine in Los Angeles. That makes it about quarter of six on the beaches at Normandy, in France. And 1944, June the sixth, tomorrow, that was the invasion of Europe.

We heard the names: Sword, Gold, Juno, Utah and Omaha. Those were the names of the beaches as the British, Canadians and the United States invaded Europe.

Let's go back to this one.

At quarter of six on the beaches of Normandy sixty-five years ago, something like forty thousand fell in the invasion that was called Operation Overlord. The bloodiest beach was Omaha.

And then of course there was that area called Pointe du Hoc. You probably saw that in the movie The Guns of Navarone, where the GIs had to try and climb thirty-foot cliffs and the Germans were on top of the cliffs shooting down at them.

So, do us older guys a favor. If you have children, would you please take time out tomorrow and tell them the sacrifice that was made sixty-five years ago?

Freedom is not free. Boy, a lot of fellas gave their lives so that we could be sitting here watching a baseball game.

Please don't forget it.

Vin Scully, from 2010:

...but I think we've been friends long enough, you'll understand.

Today, to me, is a far more important day than a baseball game. It is extremely important for those of us who have lived through it to make sure the kids in the country are extremely aware of it. And what took place on this day, June the sixth, 1944.

Oh yeah, you could just sum it up and say oh sure, Allied forces invaded Normandy. There is so much more, as Troy Glaus checks in. Ely's pitch, fastball inside, ball one.

First of all, "D-Day." The "D" in front of "Day" doesn't mean anything. It just meant the day of a military operation.

The one-oh pitch on the way, outside.

And it used to be D-Day for any military operation, but as the years have gone by, when you say "D-Day," they're talking about this day in 1944.

The two-oh pitch, fouled away.

It actually had two names. It was Operation Overlord and Operation Neptune. Overlord was the complete plan. Neptune was the assault phase.

The two-one pitch to Troy Glaus, waved at and missed, two and two.

Now before they could invade, they had to supposedly soften up the area. In April and May, Allied air forces lost twelve thousand men and over two thousand airplanes just trying to get things ready for the invasion.

Two-two, Glaus takes inside, ball three.

And then the day came, June the sixth, 1944. There were five beaches involved, in the, I think it was the Cotentin Peninsula.

Here's the three-two pitch and Glaus swings and misses and strikes out. One away.

Basically the Canadians had three beaches. They had Sword, Gold and Juno. And the United States forces had two beaches, Utah and Omaha. And of all five beaches, without a doubt, the bloodiest was Omaha.

Now, while the ground forces were going on, again, there were huge battles in the air. And there were over fifteen thousand killed, Allied, in the battle in the air.

The one-oh pitch, inside to Eric Hinske, who is hitting .323. Two and oh the count.

When D-Day finally concluded, when you include all of the people involved, the enemy, the Germans, and the Allied forces — and the pitch to Hinske inside — 425,000 men were killed.

As far as casualties are concerned — well, I shouldn't say just killed. The three-oh pitch, that's high, ball four. That included dead, wounded and missing in action.

For the United States, on D-Day, there were twenty-five hundred Americans killed, about several thousand seriously wounded and MIA.

And what is left of that gray day if we don't talk about it, if we don't convince the kids to take a moment and realize the unbelievable sacrifice that was made on this day? We would be really guilty.

The pitch at the plate is whacked to center. Kemp has a play and Matt makes the catch, and Hinske goes back to first base.

Well, I tell you what, make the trip over to Normandy, there are twenty-seven cemeteries, from Normandy straight up towards Belgium. There are 77,000 Germans buried along the way. Ninety-three hundred Americans have left themselves over there. Seventeen thousand Britons, over five thousand Canadians and another 650 Polish soldiers.

That's what they did and that's what happened on this day.

The pitch at the plate, ground ball by the diving Carroll into left field, so Melky Cabrera a single and that'll bring up Tim Hudson.

So anyway, I realize it's an intrusion, maybe you don't want to hear about something negative, but that's not negative. Any time we talk about a sacrifice in baseball, you can just about break down and laugh. The sacrifices that were made on this day in 1944, heartbreaking but at the same time inspirational.

So if you have children, please don't let the day go by. 1944, D-Day. The invasion of Western Europe.

Okay, let's get to the ballgame. Here's Hudson, two out, two on, no score, second inning....

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

NLDS Game 5 vs. Nationals, 5.30p

Walker Buehler vs. Stephen Strasburg.

Well, this is it: a LDS Game 5 (just like two of the other three LDS this year). And after four games of NLDS play, the Dodgers' chances to win are...not that changed from when the series began: 51.5% chance of winning (sorry, just updated to 57% on Wednesday morning). These best-of-five series are just so crazy, anything can happen--and the better team, let alone the better regular-season team, doesn't always win.

So it rests upon the shoulders of Walker Buehler, who owned the Nationals in Game 1, for the Dodgers; while the Nationals go with Stephen Strasburg, who shut the Dodgers down in Game 2. We have Clayton Kershaw available in the bullpen, not to mention Joe Kelly and Kenley Jansen, neither of whom pitched in Game 4. SoSG AC and Dusty will be at the Stadium tonight to watch us win and advance.

Clench those sphincters. It's gonna be crazy tonight at the Stadium.

Go Dodgers!

UPDATE 10.30a: I just had a vision. Corey Seager is going to hit a big HR tonight that will be meaningful to the game's outcome. It's going to happen.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

NLDS Game 1 vs. Nationals, 5.30p

Walker Buehler vs. Patrick Corbin.

Still with us? After dropping off the Game Thread treadmill earlier this year, I figured I had better put up a NLDS GT for posterity. The Nationals come in with a head of steam after beating Milwaukee in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday, but using aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in the process. Today's LAT indicated that if Washington loses today, "the Nationals are in real trouble."

Well, the same could be said for the Dodgers with a Game 1 loss today. The Dodgers only wield a 52% chance of winning this first best-of-five series, in which randomness can play a HUGE part. I'm nervous. Strap in.

Go Dodgers!

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Post-Game Thread (Games 115-117): Cards Sweep

Whoops, I was so excited by watching Sunday's walk-off victory at the Stadium (vs. San Diego), that I forgot to put up a post of us sweeping the Cardinals this week. Sweep card (since I couldn't find "card sweep"), above.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Bunch Of Series Threads: July 26 - August 4, @ Nationals, @ Rockies, vs. Padres

The perfect picture for these three series: Wash Rocks, Father!

July 26-28 @ Washington Nationals: Fri 4p (Ryu), Sat 1p (Kershaw), Sun 10a (Buehler)
July 29-31 @ Colorado Rockies: Mon 5.30p, Tues 5.30p, Wed 12n
Aug 1-4 vs. San Diego Padres: Thu 7p, Fri 7p, Sat 6p, Sun 1p

Sorry, I'm going out of town so this is all I can do for these ten games. I'll be at the Sunday game with SoSG Orel, though.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Serieseses Threads: July 19-24 vs. Marlins, Angels

Fri 7/19 7p: Ryu vs. Gallen
Sat 7/20 6p: Kershaw vs. Alcantara
Sun 7/21 1p: Buehler vs. Yamamoto
Tue 7/23 7p: Maeda vs. TBD
Wed 7/24 7p: Stripling vs. Barria

Sorry, I'm going to be out of town this week. The Dodgers have two games off in this crazy homestand, and then get back on the road Thursday to face the Nationals. I don't anticipate I am going to have a ton of time to post comments. But at this point, I think I'm largely doing these game threads for myself anyway, which is still cool by me.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Series Thread (Games 96-99): July 15-18 @ Phillies

Not much of a video here, sorry

7.15 4p: Kershaw vs. Eflin
7.16 4p: Buehler vs. Velasquez
7.17 4p: Maeda vs. Pivetta
7.18 9.30a: Stripling vs. Nola

I didn't think we'd win two of three in Boston, but here we are. Much was made of the Los Angeles fans coming in force to Fenway Park this past weekend. Will we show up in Citizen's Bank Park as well, for four against the third-place Bryce Harpers?

Friday, July 12, 2019

Series Thread (Games 93-95): July 12-14 @ Red Sox

7/12: Maeda vs. Rodriguez
7/13: Stripling vs. Sale
7/14: Ryu vs. Price
all games, 4p PT

Nothing but doom and gloom for the Dodgers here. We dropped three of four against the Padres heading into the All-Star Break. We probably permanently jacked up Joc Pederson's swing thanks to his valiant, albeit unsuccessful, Home Run Derby entry. Clayton Kershaw took his second All-Star Game Loss on Tuesday. Walker Buehler gave up an earned run as well in that game. And Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy both 0-fered in two AB, amassing three strikeouts between them.

Perfect timing to go get stomped by last year's World Series winners, the Boston Red Sox.

The decline is real.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

2019 All-Star Game Thread

Where's the NL starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu? What's so wrong about having two Dodgers out of the three players?

Game time, 4.30p.

Dodgers have five on the All-Star roster: Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Max Muncy, and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Let's go, Blue! This time, it doesn't count!

Monday, July 08, 2019

2019 Home Run Derby Thread

Let's all watch Joc Pederson screw up his swing again at the Home Run Derby!

Yeah, I know MLB wants us to remember five reasons to root for Joc tonight. But let's recall 2015 when Pederson last competed in the 2015 HR Derby:

Pederson before 2015 All-Star Break: .230 BA, .851 OPS, 20 HR.
Pederson after 2015 All-Star Break: .178 BA, .617 OPS, 6 HR.

Here we go again.

UPDATE 2:55p PT: None of the ESPN pundits even mentioned Joc.

UPDATE 7/9: Joc lost in the second round, but that head-to-head competition against Vlad Guerrero Jr. was the event's highlight.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Series Thread (Games 89-92): July 4-7 vs. Padres

7.4 6p: Ryu vs. Lamet
7.5 7p: Kershaw vs. Lauer
7.6 7p: Maeda vs. Paddack
7.7 1p: Stripling vs. Lucchesi

Five consecutive walk-off victories at home! Apparently this is the first time since the 2004 A's. And all I can find is a music video entitled "Walk On". Oh well...

Happy Fourth of July, people!

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

"Series" Thread (Games 87-88): July 2-3 vs. Snakes

7.2 7p: Stripling vs. Clarke
7.3 7p: Buehler vs. M Kelly

18 straight games brought us a 12-6 record, and now we get five more games at home before the four-day All-Star Break (except if you're Cody Bellinger, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler, or Clayton Kershaw). I'm sorry, I don't have anything for this one. I'm exhausted. This ASB can't come soon enough. I just want to be left alone.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Series Thread (Games 83-86): June 27-30 @ Rockies

I just wanted you to you watch me dissolve
In a pool (in the right field pavilion of Chase Field)

Thu 6/27 5.30p: Buehler vs. Lambert
Fri 6/28 5.30p: Ryu vs. Senzatela
Sat 6/29 5.15p: Kershaw vs. Gray
Sun 6.30 12n: Maeda vs. Gonzalez

Remember all that momentum we had, from three straight walkoff wins against Colorado at home? Well in Arizona, The Dodgers were lucky to get away with one win, but still dropped the series and looked like crap along the way. And here's a sample of some of the Dodgers' worst:

Pederson: 1-for-5 with 2Ks, DNP, 1-for-4 with a K. He is batting .232.
Hernandez: 1-for-3 with a K, 1-for-4, 0-for-3 with a K. He is batting .212.
Barnes: 0-for-2 with a K, 0-for-2 with 2Ks, 0-for-0. He is batting .214.

These are not good numbers. You've gotta think that in Coors Field, these should improve.

They'd better, or this NL West lead is going to dissolve, real quick.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Series Thread (Games 80-82): June 24-26 @ D'backs

Greinke, constipated

Mon 6.24 6.30p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Greinke
Tue 6.25 6.30p: TBD Ross Stripling vs. Ray
Wed 6.26 12.30p: TBD Tony Gonsolin vs. Clarke

The Dodgers' pitching rotation has some holes, with Rich Hill's forearm keeping him out until at least August, not to mention workload concerns for Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Walker Buehler. Luckily, the Dodgers' power bats from unlikely sources have kept our winning momentum alive. And we start this roadtrip in the Arizona desert, against a 39-40 team that has only won three of its last seven games.

Speaking of pitchers, remember Zack Greinke, Monday's starter and former Dodger? Well, here's how things have gone since Zack departed us for warmer climates: Zack Greinke with the Dodgers (three years): 51-15, 2.30 ERA, 156 ERA+. Greinke with the Diamondbacks (four years): 53-28, 3.44 ERA, 130 ERA+. Maybe that's the natural decline of a pitch in his 16th year. Or maybe it's the desert air getting to Zack.

And since we just announced Wednesday's starter, triple-A call-up Tony Gonsolin, here's Sting sort of singing a song about his name.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

What. A. Weekend.

Three games against the Rockies. Three straight walk-off HRs, all by rookies (Matt Beaty, Alex Verdugo, and Will Smith). Series sweep over the second-place Rockies, who fall to 13 games back. The Dodgers are 54-25, which is an insane 29 games over .500.

"I can't believe it. A 25-man roster is not big enough for the talent in this organization."--Orel Hershiser, following the Will Smith walkoff HR

All three games had over 50K in attendance, including Friday's sell-out.

Maybe it's time for a bigger celebration?

Other coverage:

Friday, June 21, 2019

Series Thread (Games 77-79): June 21-23 vs. Rockies

A tempered celebration, if you will

Fri 6.21 7p: Walker Buehler vs. Marquez
Sat 6.22 4.15p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Lambert
Sun 6.23 1p: Kenta Maeda vs. Senzatela

Following a harrowing escape in Thursday's 9-8 victory over the Giants and Madison Bumgarner, saved only by a killer throw to nab Stephen Vogt at third for a game-saving force out, we're able to catch our breath and realize that the Dodgers just dispatched our rivals with three straight victories in which we scored 9 runs to win. Let's celebrate! Hence the video up top. We're 6-2 on this homestand with three more to play against Colorado.

The Rockies may be a small item in the rear view mirror (10 GB, in second place), but objects in mirror may be closer than they appear. Colorado is 7-3 over their last 10, and recently scored 48 runs in a four-game series vs. San Diego. No letting up here, Dodgers (like you did at the end of Thursday's game). Maybe we hold Josh Sborz's next appearance for the following series. Let's go, Blue!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Series Thread (Games 73-76): June 17-20 vs. Giants

A late addition to the Game Thread, from SoSG Nomo before Game 4

Somewhere down there lies Oyster Pubes and the Giants

Mon 6.17: Kenta Maeda vs. Beede
Tue 6.18: Clayton Kershaw vs. Anderson
Wed 6.19: Rich Hill vs. Pomeranz
Thu 6.20: Walker Buehler Julio Urias vs. Bumgarner

all games at 7p

It's going to be difficult to improve upon our last four-game series (three of four at home vs. the Cubs, spoiled only by a game-winning ninth-inning Anthony Rizzo HR in Saturday's game). At 48-24, the Dodgers are at least six wins ahead of any other NL team, so what more could we ask of them? Kenley Jansen pitching to form? Starting pitchers not having a shaky first inning? Offense showing up consistently throughout the series?

At this point I'm just nitpicking. We're 10.5 games up on Colorado and Arizona, and a stunning 16.5 games up on the Giants (the largest lead in the league).

But I'll be there Thursday to watch Walker Buehler Julio Urias duel that other guy, just to make sure:

Friday, June 14, 2019

9.5 Games Up - What A Way To Make A WINNING

NL West, how's our tailpipe look?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Series Thread (Games 69-72): June 13-16 vs Cubs

Thu 6.13 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Lester
Fri 6.14 7p: TBD vs. Hendricks
Sat 6.15 6p: TBD vs. Darvish
Sun 6.26 4p: TBD vs. Quintana

Summertime just got a lot less easy (and not just because of Lana Del Rey and the lack of video there).

Two-game series, how I hate thee. Let me count the ways: A momentum-killing sweep at the hands of the Orange County Angels. Another bullpen flameout thanks to Dylan Floro and Joe Kelly. An injury to Corey Seager just as he was getting red-hot (Justin Turner even commented that Seager's hot bat might have actually contributed to the hamstring strain, as Seager had to run more bases lately). And then a full day to stew about the losses (and possibly recuperate). Two-game series suck!

All that, and we start the series off with a Joe Kelly bobblehead that no one wants. As I'm going to Thursday's game, all I can think about is how early I'll have to leave now, to make it to the game (since bobblehead giveaway games are typically shitshows for traffic, but who knows, maybe this one won't have the same draw).

Meanwhile, the Cubs have the second-best record in the league, and (unlike the Dodgers), are making moves to fortify their bullpen. Our bullpen is our achilles this year. Let's see how bad we get exploited against a good team, now that a sub-.500 team has already taken us to town.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

"Series" Thread (Games 67-68): June 10-11 @ Angels

6/10 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Canning
6/11 7p: Kenta Maeda vs. Peña

Series win against the Giants in San Francisco! Max Muncy talking smack to Ashley Madison! And Joe Kelly pitching an inning of no-run, 3 K ball (Saturday)! What could possibly go wrong?

Gotta love this summer so far. Part 2 coming next.