Monday, April 06, 2009

Game 1 Thread: April 6 @ Padres, 4p

Hiroki Kuroda (0-0, 0.00) vs. Jake Peavy (0-0, 0.00).

COMMENTS: According to the mlb.com game notes, Kuroda got the Opening Day nod by default since he's the oldest returning Dodger in the starting rotation. And if that isn't a vote of confidence, I don't know what is. Meanwhile, Jake Peavy was pedestrian in his World Baseball Classic appearances this spring, posting a 14.40 ERA over the competition. But it's OPENING DAY, folks! Bring out the pomp and circumstance! Let's go, Dodgers!!!

For those of you new to Game Threads, here's the skinny. We started Game Threads after noticing that we Sons were emailing, IMing, and texting each other incessantly during the course of Dodger games, remarking on the game, the telecast, the vibe at the stadium, or anything in general; sometimes the conversation transcends what's going on in the game altogether. Rather than fill up our email inboxes, we went to Game Threads as the outlet. Treat the comment thread of these posts like the place you'd pull up a chair at the bar with a cold one close at hand, and comment away!

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Orel said...

One Fat Tire, please.

Orel said...

Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Ramirez, LF
Ethier, RF
Martin, C
Loney, 1B
Kemp, CF
Blake, 3B
Kuroda, P

Dusto Magnifico said...

Any links to see the game online?

QuadSevens said...

Hey bartender, I'll take a Marzen for that "At The Game" feel.

Neeebs said...

Damn, these don't taste like Dodger Dogs. Oh, that's right. We're in SD today. I should have known that by the $8 parking fee, rather than the $15 parking tax and DS.

cigarcow said...

It's nice to see B Webb giving up 6 runs in 4 innings! Opening Day!!!

Dusto Magnifico said...

7!

Orel said...

13.50 ERA!

Steve Sax said...

I won't be able to comment much during the game. but I appreciate Orel, Dusto, Q7, and the neeebs all chipping in well before game time. Let's make this a solid game thread to teach the newbies how this goes, shall we?

I hear you on the Marzen, Q7; I do like the Biersch brews (on draft; the bottled stuff is not the same). But where I happen to be right now, all I can get is Dommelsch Pilsner...

Erin said...

I'll be here during the game, boys. I know you missed me over the winter.

Steve Sax said...

Also, note that we're batting the Dodger youngsters E-M-L-K. Pretty good nod to Mr. Carne Asada 2009 to be batting cleanup. I for one am waiting for the M-E-L-K 4-through-7 lineup, so we can print "GOT M-E-L-K?" shirts soon thereafter.

Steve Sax said...

ERIN!!! Good to have you back. We thought the robots had taken you.

Steve Sax said...

How are things? I don't see you over at El Coyote much anymore... (not that I'm going that often anymore either)

Orel said...

ERIN!

Neeebs said...

Newbies Note: The real reason for game threads is so that your kid/spouse/other family member doesn't keep asking you to stop talking to the TV during the baseball game. Game Thread let's you hang it all out to commiserate (sp) or celebrate with those equally fanatic.

QuadSevens said...

You might also learn some slang in a foreign language in the game threads.

Rancho Ardiendo for Ethier!

Steve Sax said...

Q7, Neeebs, Dusto, Cigarcow, Erin--I can't tell you how good it is to hear from you all again in a GameThread. I'm pouring the beers tonight, and this tap's not going dry.

Go Dodgers!

Orel said...

VIN!

Erin said...

Just tuned into my DirecTV channel that's supposed to be broadcasting the Dodger game, and I'm watching the last inning of the Cardinals game. There are only three channels for the "Extra Innings" package down here, which is weird.

Orel said...

Today's intrusive sponsor is X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Erin said...

And the Pirates just took the friggin' lead, which means I'll have to watch the bottom of the ninth of this game.

Orel said...

Raffy singles! The plan is going to perfection!

Orel said...

We're here for you, Erin.

Orel said...

O-Dog first-pitch single! Guess who is up!

Orel said...

Manny first-pitch swinging, flies out to center.

Erin said...

Yes, please keep me updated. I might just buy MLB.tv right now, just to see what's happening.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Lets go Andre!!!

Orel said...

It's up to J. Martin now.

Dusto Magnifico said...

damn!

Orel said...

Double steal!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Martin has to take some pitches here. Get that pitch count of Peavey's up! Get him out of the game by the 5th at least so we can take advantage of that weak penn.

Andrew said...

Its cold and rainy here in Boston, but nothing better to make it 10 degrees warmer than hearing Vinny call a Dodger game...get it done Loney!

Orel said...

Russell walks. RANCHO ARDIENDO #1.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Shades of the NLDS coming up. Loney with the bags packed!!! Lets see what he can do.

Orel said...

Loney behind in the count 0-2.

Orel said...

Loney singles! Furcal scores, Hudson scores, Loney thrown out trying to stretch at second. 2-0 Dodgers!

Natalie said...

I'm looney for Loney!

Dusto Magnifico said...

BIG GAME JAMES... I'm about to piss my pants I'm so excited (prolly shouldt a had that MT Dew)

Erin said...

I saw that on GameCast, right as the Pirates/Cardinals game ended. I'm waiting to see if the switchover to the Dodger game happens.

Orel said...

Nice, Natalie!

Erin said...

Meanwhile, LONEY!!!!!

Also, where's Karina?

Dusto Magnifico said...

Lets see what Hiro can do with a lead.

Orel said...

Kuroda gives up a double to Gerut on the first pitch. Here we go....

Orel said...

Erin, Karina has been MIA for months now. We're concerned.

Loney Fan said...

A little late and leaving a little early today, but go Loney!!!! I can't believe the season is finally here.

Orel said...

Eckstein bunts Gerut to second. Why is Eckstein batting second, and why are the Padres bunting this early?

Erin said...

Okay, I'm suddenly listen to Mr. Vin Scully. I just got choked up.

I have Karina's email address, I think. Did you guys try to email her at all?

Orel said...

Hey LF! And Dusto! And Neeebs! Did I miss anyone?

Orel said...

I think EK sent something and got no response.

Orel said...

2-1 Dodgers

Erin said...

Well, I just emailed Karina, just in case. Now I'll have to worry about her.

Dusto Magnifico said...

hey orel, 2-1 dojers!

Erin said...

I don't suppose anyone here has ever been bit by a bat, or seen what a bat bite looks like. Strange question, I know.

Orel said...

Matt & Manny dancing in left center!

Orel said...

A GIS for "bat bite" turns up some graphic photos.

Steve Sax said...

Go Loney! 2-1 Dodgers after 1.

Orel said...

2009 Kemp = 2008 Kemp

Erin said...

Yes it does, Orel. I just woke up last Wednesday to two tiny marks right next to each other. Just little red dots. So, being the hypochondriac that I am, I imagined that a bat had flown into my room during the night, bit me, infected me with rabies, then left. Naturally, I've been having panic attacks as a result for the last five days. It's crazy, but I just keep trying to get as much information as I can.

Natalie said...

But he got CONTACTS!

Orel said...

That's the Jake Peavy we know and hate. 1-2-3 inning.

Orel said...

Erin, you'd know if you had rabies.

Mmmm...Padma.

Orel said...

You mean you didn't buy the contacts story, Natalie?

Orel said...

Boy, Tony Gwynn has really slimmed down.

Just kidding.

Erin said...

Well, by the time you get symptoms of rabies, it's too late to do anything about it. There is a post exposure treatment that's 100% effective, but they won't give it to you if you can't prove the exposure. Which I can't, since I never saw a bat and for all I know I just got bit by a spider or ant.

Despite a ton of evidence that should alleviate my concerns, I just can't quite get over the idea that I've been infected.

Blah, this is boring, I know. It's just the major stress I've been dealing with since last Wednesday.

cigarcow said...

Wow, we scored 2 off Peavy already? Nice!

Orel said...

Nice D by the Beard.

Natalie said...

Erin, from my very limited knowledge of bat bites, they are teeny tiny... like a pin prick. So, you probably weren't bitten by a bat, unless it was a freakishly large one.
Orel, I want to believe that Matt believing will help. Maybe the shawdows are affecting their effectiveness.

Orel said...

Hey Cigarcow!

Erin, maybe it was a friendly bat. Love bite.

Loney Fan said...

Just found out that I don't have to work tonight. I am going to sign off here and watch the rest on Tivo with friends when they get out of work. Good to hear from everyone again. Talk to you all tomorrow or Wednesday! Viva Los!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Peavey looks to have settled down some...

Orel said...

Natalie, let's give Kemp a few more at-bats. Then we can jump to conclusions.

Orel said...

Kuroda 1-2-3!

Erin said...

Could have been a love bite.

Yeah, thanks Natalie. That's what I've read. These aren't huge sores or anything. Maybe the size of an average freckle or something. I just got freaked that they were right next to each other, like fangs.

Erin said...

And being in a "foreign" country isn't helping. The language barrier is fun and games when ordering food, but not so great when trying to get medical attention.

Orel said...

Later, LF.

Okay, this Wolverine movie doesn't look very good, and I like Hugh Jackman.

Orel said...

Erin, you are the Woody Allen of the Dodger blogosphere!

Erin said...

If only I could be even that funny, Orel. Believe me--my fiancé is pretty sick of my panicked rants by now.

Natalie said...

Oh Kemp. I love you. Don't let Orel let you think I don't love you. I'm Mad about Matt. (Seriously, though, I don't think he'll strike out nearly as much this year.) No more negativity! Let's go O-Dawg!

Orel said...

You just need more distractions. Manny's up next!

Dusto Magnifico said...

work that pitch count!

Orel said...

We love Kemp too. But he needs to start reaching the potential we've been talking about for years.

Orel said...

Full count for Manny.

Orel said...

Manny walks. Cash him in, Andre!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Kemp is still only 24! If he is 26 or 27 and we are still talking about potantial then ok... time to see if he can still net us something as trade bait... but right now, I'll settle for what he did last year. Still better than any other options we are looking at.

Neeebs said...

This website's hanging on me. Too much traffic, I guess.

Go Ethier.

Orel said...

Andre is wearing one of those Phiten necklaces. Or whatever they're called.

Orel said...

Wild throw to first! Manny takes second.

Orel said...

Good point, Dusto. We're spoiled.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Error by peavey! I love it!
I love it I love it I love it I love it!

Orel said...

Ethier RBI! 3-1 Dodgers!

Orel said...

Neebs: Guess Dodger Stadium isn't the only place you'll find Opening Day traffic, eh?

Neeebs said...

ATTA BOY Andre

Neeebs said...

Orel: Especially w/o Chipotle.

Orel said...

Why, Andre, why?

Natalie said...

I'm Craz-E about A.E.!

cigarcow said...

What? Who's bashing Matt Kemp? You can bash Dewitt and Pierre.

Maybe it's early, but based on this game, I can tell the Dodgers are going to win 104 games.

Natalie said...

Except now.

Orel said...

Neebs: Never heard of 'em.

Orel said...

Cigarcow: 104 games?! Hope you're right.

Natalie: Were you a cheerleader?

Delino DeShields said...

Eckstein had enough time to read two Harry Potters before tagging Ethier out.

Erin said...

100

Erin said...

Damn. I missed comment #100

Orel said...

Delino!

Erin: Psych!

Natalie said...

No, I just think I'm really clever. :) I'm gonna stop now, I'm getting on my own nerves.

Orel said...

Aw, I was hoping for a cheer for every player in the lineup. Koo-koo for Kuroda!

QuadSevens said...

Work got in the way of me reading the thread. I'm glad to see everyone is back and the Los Doyers are leading.

Orel said...

Vin's talking about Venezuela. If that doesn't summon Karina, I don't know what will.

Orel said...

Forget work, Q7. This is important!

QuadSevens said...

"the Los Doyers"? Man it's been a long day for me. Time to get home and have a brew and watch the rest of the game.

Orel said...

Dios mio.

Natalie said...

Orel, if you're saying there's a high demand out there, then I shall do my best to accomodate. Let's go Hiro, put up a zero!

Orel said...

Natalie, you crack me up!

Orel said...

Hmmm, TV radar says Kuroda's fastball is 84 mph. But he's getting the job done so far.

Natalie said...

I love it when Vin tells everyone to drive safely.

QuadSevens said...

Time to head to the grocery store for some oat sodas for the game. See you all in a while.

Orel said...

Especially when the game's in San Diego.

Natalie said...

Oh and thanks, Orel!

Orel said...

Googling "oat sodas"....

Orel said...

Thank you, Urban Dictionary!

QuadSevens said...

The Dude has some great sayings.

Orel said...

Aflac trivia question:

Casey Blake is the 6th different Opening Day 3B in the last 6 seasons. Name the other 5.

That's not a question!

Orel said...

Blake DeWitt, Tim Wallach, Adrian Beltre...

Neeebs said...

OK, time to leave work early (don't tell the boss) and catch the game on the radio for the commute home.

I will be dark for awhile.

Neeebs said...

Wasn't Nomar our starting 3b

Orel said...

Q7, your new avatar is decidedly more casual.

Orel said...

Probably, Neeebs. Leaves two more.

Delino DeShields said...

Casey Blake was the reason I was competitive in fantasy baseball. But might also be the reason I came in 4th.

Orel said...

trivia answer: DeWitt, Betemit, Mueller, Valentin, Beltre

Orel said...

Probably, Delino.

Delino DeShields said...

Dibs on comment 227

Orel said...

The Top Commenters widget is going to see some action as Game Threads get active.

Nice play, Loney!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Not to bring bad news to such a beautiful day, but I just got fired. Certainly not for watching a Dodger game at work, just a reflection of the economy! TTYL

Delino DeShields said...

Gonzalez's face looks like a Mii

Alex Cora said...

Yo peeps!!! Just got back from work. Good to see the blue crew up 3-1. You know where I will be for the next couple of hours - enjoying opening day!!! Go blue!

Orel said...

J. Martin making things exciting!

Orel said...

Sorry to hear it, Dusto. Hang in!

Orel said...

Hey AC!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Push that pitch count up up up!

Eric Karros said...

hey folks, I see we're up

Delino DeShields said...

"O" my. Hudson Hawked that one.

Orel said...

EK! The gang's all here! (If you count Sax for creating the GT.)

Eric Karros said...

Nothing like the first game of the year to bring everyone together.

Orel said...

Loney with the barehand grab 'n' give!

Delino DeShields said...

the Wolverine Wipe! And I thought nothing could top the Star Wipe. Or the Clock Wipe.

Orel said...

Kuroda has retired nine straight.

Orel said...

Unfortunately, Peavy is cruising as well.

Alex Cora said...

Ugh, peavy looks like he found his groove.

Alex Cora said...

GREAT CATCH BY KEMP!!!! GO BLUE!

Orel said...

KEMPTASTIC!

Fred's Brim said...

howdy! short-time reader, first time poster. nice catch, matty!

Orel said...

Howdy, FB!

Natalie said...

Okay, let's all give our full strength of support to Hiro! You can do it, there's nothing to it!!

Alex Cora said...

Come on HK, need to be clutch here. One more out.

Orel said...

PHEW

Alex Cora said...

Deuces wild!!!

Orel said...

Shoot, R.A. for the Padres. Torre with the hook.

Fred's Brim said...

i guess we'll see if Cory has last year's stuff this year

Orel said...

Wade cleans up the mess! Still 3-1 Dodgers!

Alex Cora said...

YES!!! Wade gets em out of the bases loaded jam.

Natalie said...

Way to Go, Blue!

Orel said...

Let's see Kemp flex his offensive side now.

Orel said...

KEMP KEMP KEMP

Alex Cora said...

YEAH MATT!!! HR!!!! 4-1

Alex Cora said...

30/30 season this year?????

Natalie said...

See, I told you his new contacts were great!

Orel said...

I guess he's reaching his potential!

Fred's Brim said...

great play followed by a great at bat - how many times does that happen? probably not that often, but enough that we keep thinking it does :)

Alex Cora said...

Lets go dodgers chant in SD!

Eric Karros said...

Consider Kemp's offensive side flexed

Eric Karros said...

I see some new features on GameDay.

Eric Karros said...

Although under Furcal it says:

Loves to face: Four-seam
Hates to face: Four-seam

Huh??

Neeebs said...

Who was bagging on kemp?

Fred's Brim said...

if only Eckstein wasn't 5-2, we would have gotten to that one!

Orel said...

Okay, so maybe we doubted the power of new contact lenses earlier. DOUBT NO MORE.

Eric Karros said...

NCAA game starting...

QuadSevens said...

It's so good to hear Vinny again on tv.

Neeebs said...

Manny can't take the collar tonight, can he?

Fred's Brim said...

so who's gonna set up JB now that Wade done his job?

QuadSevens said...

Let's go Manny!

Alex Cora said...

EK: maybe hates FOURSOME. Hey, who are the diehard fans that are going to watch the end oof the dodger game and not the NCAA game.

Alex Cora said...

Great at bat by Andre - kept fouling them back to get on base.

Neeebs said...

What basketball game?

Eric Karros said...

Dancing with the Stars is on too

QuadSevens said...

The NCAA final can wait.

Michigan State by 5.

Eric Karros said...

well here on the east coast it is.

Orel said...

Kuo in to pitch the 8th.

Natalie said...

No basketball for me.

Orel said...

K's Gerut with a 94-mph heater!

Orel said...

Go Nat!

Fred's Brim said...

dangit i've lost the MLB.tv feed. and this basketball game is terrible already

Orel said...

FB: Bottom 8th, Kuo pitching, two out, Eckstein on second.

Orel said...

Kuo walks Gonzalez.

Natalie said...

Let's go Kuo! Don't make me say, "D'oh!"

Delino DeShields said...

Going to work. Delino out.
Post "227" is up for grabs, but please include the lyric "Well there's no place like home... with your family around you, you're never alone." Go Blue.

Orel said...

Go Kuo!

Alex Cora said...

YES! Kuo gets out of the jam. Phew.

Orel said...

Natalie: Bonus points for the Simpsons reference!

Orel said...

Loney hit #3!

Natalie said...

Woohoo! (That was also in my Homer voice.)

Orel said...

Kemp, showing patience as well, walks.

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