Monday, June 29, 2009

Game 77 Thread: June 29 vs. Rockies, 7p

MANNYWATCH: 3 GAMES
DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 27-20

Randy Wolf (3-3, 3.64) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (6-7, 3.83).

COMMENTS:

Greetings, Dodger fans.

Remember me? I was top dog in the Dodger dugout four years ago, but Paul DePo basically gave me the heave-ho. I know he's history, but that whole situation still chaps my buns. Managing the Pirates was no cakewalk either, but now I'm back in the NL West, baby! And we're hotter than Satan's BBQ. We've won 20 of our last 23. You've lost four of your last five. Mo's on our side! Oh, and we miss Manny by one day. Jim Tracy's revenge on the Dodgers was a long time coming, but it'll be sweet. Enjoy eating our oysters!

Sincerely,
Jim Tracy

photo by Ron Chenoy/US Presswire

805 comments:

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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

200

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dammit

Nic j said...

maybe he knows something we dont, orel.

Steve Sax said...

Okay, so on to page two.

If we can get above 400, there may be topless women waiting on the page.

Fred's Brim said...

they have that at Jack in the Box now? they are really diversifying their menu!

Nic j said...

it feels like i havent seen Brox in like a year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a cheap one, Sax.

Orel said...

Siddown.

Steve Sax said...

Tron with a lightcycle K.

Steve Sax said...

Mr LA SF, sorry for the cheapness.

Actually, I'm not. But you're right, it's cheap.

Steve Sax said...

Dexter Fowler is one skinny dude. He makes JP's arms look like Garvey's.

karina said...

The other day we reached seven hundred something...

Fred's Brim said...

blue lightcycle of course

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Karina - true, but we had a 13-inning marathon coupled with MJ's death to help fuel that behemoth.

Alireza said...

11 pitches and you take him out? WTF? It isn't abusing a guy to use him in multiple innings if you keep his count low.

Fred's Brim said...

damn i dont like walks

Alireza said...

BB to Fowler is a problem, since Tron is slow to the plate.

Looking for Russ and Geoffrey to pick him off here.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WTF just happened there?

Orel said...

That was a dizzying camera move.

Nic j said...

BONK

karina said...

I need a replay to understand why it wasn't a DP

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That ball hit him sqaw in the head.

Orel said...

Bonk!

Nic j said...

and thats why you always wear a helmet

Fred's Brim said...

crap - finish this off guys

Nic j said...

raffy could of seriously hurt fowler there.

Steve Sax said...

(head falls off)

karina said...

So, we have to reach above 400 in a 9 inning game.

Nic j said...

ugh, lets hope they dont get any runs after that.

Alireza said...

Come on Tron. Helton will make contact, so just throw the power sinker down in the zone and watch him GIDP.

Steve Sax said...

We should set that play off to throw the ball at a guy's nuts some time. Like maybe when we play the Giants next.

Orel said...

Manny update on the main page.

Alireza said...

Interesting to see Helton go 3-0. That pitch was probably a ball.

Orel said...

Good job, bully.

Fred's Brim said...

lucky on that one - that looked like a meatball

Steve Sax said...

JP records the third out on a fly ball about mid-deep, and then looks up at the left field pavilion, and realizes he can't throw it all the way there so he just tucks it away.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, any of you see Transformers 2: Revenge of the Pollen?

Can you tell the robots apart?

Erin said...

I hate that "Don't Stop Believin'" is the eighth inning song. But I can't help but sing along.

Alireza said...

I just pulled an Uncle Milty and didn't know the number of outs.

Steve Sax said...

sorry--JP threw it to Kemp, he didn't tuck it away.

Orel said...

So much inner conflict, Erin.

Orel said...

Mmmm...meatball.

karina said...

Steve, i thought the same thing.

Orel said...

Let's get a few here and bring in Brox!

Alireza said...

Sax - ROTFLMAO

FB - Actually, I think it was a pretty good pitch. Up and on the outer half with good (93 MPH) velocity. Helton doesn't have the power he once did and that pitch was tough for a lefty to handle.

Alireza said...

Matt Who?

Steve Sax said...

Erin, that must be your center-part wavy haircut talking.

But seriously, in a 2-2 tie late in the game, I have no problem with Don't Stop Believing playing. It's just when we're up, the other team is looking disconsolate, and we use it to perk them up. Hell, we might as well give them spongebaths and bouquets of roses, too.

Fred's Brim said...

deceptive motion for real

Alireza said...

Wow. JP took the first 5 pitches.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

JP walks.

Orel said...

A rabbit is loose!

Alireza said...

FB - Is Daley a Brad Ziegler type?

Nic j said...

lead off walk, now we're cooking.

Steve Sax said...

Pierre coaxes a leadoff walk. And guess what animal Vin references?

a) "A goose is loose"
b) "A moose is loose"
c) "A rabbit is loose"
d) "An elephant is loose"

Alireza said...

Let's see Raffy pop one here. This guy is the perfect type for Raffy to hammer.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Orel spoiled your little quiz there, Sax.

Fred's Brim said...

ali, i guess i missed the speed - if it was 87mph, it would have been well meaty :)

Josh S. said...

Manny draws a walk=The juice is loose?

Sorry.

Fred's Brim said...

terrible

Nic j said...

awesome bunt.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a crappy bunt.

Orel said...

Great job, Raffy. Quality AB.

Josh S. said...

Cue Dusto screaming.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, that was a really bad popout bunt, right after another really bad bunt that went over the screen.

Come on, Raffy. We need better than that.

karina said...

Furcal felt like giving a gift to the Rockies. Urgh.

Alireza said...

Man. Why the hell is Raffy bunting there? Those pitches were absolute meatballs.

Steve Sax said...

For pete's sake, Orel, I'm sitting in the next office over, can't you tell me if you're going to swipe my joke?

Nic j said...

well, two bad at bats.

Orel said...

Whoever said Hudson needs a rest, you're right.

Steve Sax said...

Hudson flies to JP-level center field

Alireza said...

That first pitch was not much of a strike.

Steve Sax said...

We need a beard mode HR here

Josh S. said...

Whoa. That's the first time I've seen O-Dog mad.

Fred's Brim said...

ali, i don't know ziegler. Daley comes from the stretch (righty), kind of crouches down a little, turned away from the batter so they cant see his glove. getting an idea of the release point must be tough

Erin said...

Way to get the runner over, guys. This is some quality offense we're watching tonight. Oh, and Furcal is just a damn HOLE in the top of the order. It's maddening.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The O-Dog just dipped under .300

Orel said...

I couldn't hear you over the nighttime cleaning crew, Sax.

Alireza said...

Beard Mode is due. I would love to see a middle-low fastball at around 90.

Nic j said...

pierre is perplexed.

Orel said...

Just for kicks, Pierre should run across the field from first to third. See if anyone notices.

Josh S. said...

It looked like they were posing.

Fred's Brim said...

and his feet are tight together at the rubber when he starts his motion

Orel said...

"Beard Mode is due. I would love to see a middle-low fastball at around 90."

There it was.

Alireza said...

FB - Sounds a bit like Jered Weaver.

Brad Ziegler is the reliever for the A's who has the high leg kick, drops his hands low then comes in side arm.

Erin said...

And you're right, Sax. There is a time and place for that song. Tonight it's okay. Other games not so much. There's no reason we can't have two songs.

For games when we're ahead, might I suggest "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The rabbit just took the carrot.

Orel said...

That was a good throw.

Steve Sax said...

wow, how was Pierre safe there? Looked out by a mile.

Nic j said...

wow, that was pretty close.

Alireza said...

Orel - That one was high and on the inner corner. Don't see the connection.

Josh S. said...

JP says "I'll do it myself."

Steve Sax said...

Nice job, JP!!!

Fred's Brim said...

yikes

take advantage guys!

Orel said...

"For games when we're ahead, might I suggest 'Hold On' by Wilson Phillips?"

I'm sure that would go over great.

Steve Sax said...

Vin correctly makes the call. Wow, that was hard to see.

Single him home, Casey!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Pierre should be inspired by SI's article about stealing home.

Alireza said...

That was a pitch for Casey to drive.

Nic j said...

god damn it.

Orel said...

Shit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dammit.

Steve Sax said...

Oh, well.

Tied 2-2 going to the ninth...dare I say, we NEED to win this game.

Josh S. said...

That wasn't very hirsute.

Orel said...

And #300 goes unclaimed.

Alireza said...

Bad Beard. That pitch was terrible.

Alireza said...

The smart manager uses Tron to get at least Atkins, then maybe brings in Leach to face Hawpe and try his luck against Tulo.

Josh S. said...

Hey! It's that Broxton guy!

Alireza said...

Only Joe Torre isn't smart and potentially wastes his closer.

Fred's Brim said...

ahh ok - i missed Ziegler.

Daley seems at laredo level or a little higher, but he starts very low

cmon JB!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Brox to go for his 7th win?

Steve Sax said...

Erin: "For games when we're ahead, might I suggest 'Hold On' by Wilson Phillips?"

Wow, Erin, you just made me want to turn around and say "goodbye." I suppose it is indeed true.

Erin said...

2-2 game, and the mass exodus begins. Of course it does. Nothing left to see here.

Okay, I'll work on another suggestion for the eighth inning, since not everyone has the love for Wilson Phillips that I do. In case it wasn't clear, I was joking about that.

Gotta love Dodger Stadium ushers. Ninth inning of a half-full game, with tons of baseline seats open and half the crowd leaving, and they won't let a little four-year old girl go sit in one.

Alireza said...

We all knew Atkins would be gone if Broxton came in. Ox needs to stay out of Stewart's wheelhouse, because he will pop one.

Steve Sax said...

Claiming the odd-hundreds multiples is difficult to prove, and relish, after the fact.

The even-hundred multiples are thick and juicy, however.

Erin said...

Sax, that's officially the best joke you've ever made.

Alireza said...

Wow. Sliders at 91 and heater at 100 (and that was on the corner ump). I love this version of Broxton.

Alireza said...

Lets see Ox throw that breaking pitch he was using in Texas. That looked more like a curve than a slider.

Steve Sax said...

Erin, I know you were kidding. I release you from any guilt.

Alireza said...

Ox seems to be toying with him.

Steve Sax said...

PS Erin: re, that four-year-old girl--did your friend in Dodgers Security tackle her and take her away in handcuffs, for trying to upgrade her seat?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And like a cat playing with a mouse, Broxton grabs Stewart by the tail and rips out his intestines.

Alireza said...

Every single fastball was at 100. Those who didn't trust Ox to be the closer are morons.

Alireza said...

MLSF - I like the analogy. Lets see him sink his teeth into Hawpe's skull with this one.

Orel said...

"Ox seems to be toying with him."

Like a cat playing with its prey.

Alireza said...

Holy shit. Broxton just threw his slider at 94. It was so fast that Gameday thought it was a fastball.

Orel said...

Our cat likes to bring cockroaches into the house. Fun!

Orel said...

I think Brox got his rest.

Steve Sax said...

2Ks so far for the Brox.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hawpe goes down as well

Erin said...

No Sax. Just gave her a little jolt with a taser just to teach her a little lesson.

Funny you mention that, since I hadn't seen that particular security guard at all this season until I caught a glimpse in the parking lot before the game. I had been hoping he was fired.

Alireza said...

Jonathan Broxton owns Brad Hawpe.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, it's funny. Our cockroaches are so big, they bring our cat into the house.

Steve Sax said...

erin, i'm pretty sure that guy is a robot, btw.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Your cat sounds like a real joy to care for, Orel.

Nic j said...

that one impressed vin.

Alireza said...

Anyone else remember the way Broxton brutalized Tulo earlier in the year? Lets see that again.

Stupid Gameday just called another slider, this one at 91, a fastball.

karina said...

Brox is on fire tonight.

Alireza said...

Broxton has thrown 1, just 1 fastball under 100. It was 99.

Erin said...

Okay guys. Battery officially dying. Time to go.

Oh and Sax, I wasn't kidding about that being a good joke. "Turn and say goodbye." I'm still laughing.

Orel said...

"Your cat sounds like a real joy to care for, Orel."

I love her. But she's a handful.

Steve Sax said...

"(laugh) Well, the gun says 99..."--vin, on a funny looking strike 2 from broxton to tulo

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Broxton's slider would be called a fastball with a helluva lot of movement for any other pitcher.

Orel said...

No Erin don't gooooo

Steve Sax said...

Erin, happy birthday. Glad you liked it. Have a great night and hi to Christine!

Alireza said...

That one was a slider too. Gameday is getting really confused by his velocity.

Alireza said...

I commend Tulo for even fouling these off.

Orel said...

TV radar says 100 on that last pitch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Gameday calls it 101.

Alireza said...

That had to be scary. 101 and coming at your head.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Brox strikes out the side!

Orel said...

Ks the side!

Josh S. said...

Filthy!

Orel said...

I hope the Giants trade for a hitter in his mid-30s.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, that Broxton is pretty good. We should keep him around.

karina said...

Wow, this inning was way impressive for Broxton.

Alireza said...

My oh my. That one was "only" 99, but it had 15" of movement.

Alireza said...

Jonathan Broxton = Eric Gagne with a better heater and no steroids.

Nic j said...

alright, dre, kemp, and loney get a crack at a walk off.

Alireza said...

We need an Ethier special.

karina said...

Ethier, Kemp, Loney. Good chance they end this game soon.

Alireza said...

So they go to the lefty. I wonder if Street comes in for Kemp?

Orel said...

We're in walkoff territory, folks.

Orel said...

Vin said Street was unavailable.

Nic j said...

street is unavailable, he's pitched three straight days according to vin.

karina said...

The Dodgers lead the NL on wins at the last at bat, according to the TV.

Nic j said...

Orel, i like how we both use Vin as a reference.

Orel said...

Double or single + error?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

ETHIER

Steve Sax said...

that's gotta be a double for andre, benefitted by fowler's fowl play

Fred's Brim said...

cmoooon get him home!

karina said...

Ethier doubles!

Josh S. said...

YES! Thanks, Dexter!

Steve Sax said...

i still think Andre might have gotten a double anyway

karina said...

and the image on my TV just froze, WHY NOW?

Alireza said...

Thanks for the update on Picabo. That isn't good for the Rockies.

Orel said...

"Orel, i like how we both use Vin as a reference."

From God's mouth to our ears.

Steve Sax said...

I think if Dexter Fowler's arms were a bit stronger, he would have fielded that cleanly

Orel said...

"and the image on my TV just froze, WHY NOW?"

We're here for you!

Orel said...

Picabo. Nice.

Alireza said...

I suppose the money is on Fogg to pitch to Bison.

Steve Sax said...

Ali, "picabo" is a nice pull.

karina said...

Fowler reminds me of someone in current Dodger Blue...

Alireza said...

Orel - Thanks.

Juan Rincon? I guess Jim wants to give his former team a gift.

Orel said...

Why is 80s music so popular?

Orel said...

Maracaibo in the house!

Alireza said...

Thanks Sax. I am glad the crowd got the reference.

Steve Sax said...

Dear Southwest Airlines:

Please watch the Jack in the Box commercials more often. They're not all funny, but at least they only have a three-week half-life before they decay. I am so sick of the Asian woman in the elevator, it hurts.

Thank you!

SoSG Sax

karina said...

Oh boy, Maracaibo born dude is going to pitch the winning hit by the Dodgers.

Alireza said...

On the positive side for Rincon, when Kemp pops him for the walk off, he won't take the loss.

Josh S. said...

Maaaatt...

Orel said...

Hmmm, Kemp swings and misses on two sliders.

karina said...

And there's another Maracaibo player in the Rockies bench. Thanks the Lord he won't play tonight.

Fred's Brim said...

rats

Orel said...

Nice play by Tulo.

Nic j said...

1 out, runner holds.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

C'mon, Kemp, not to the left-side.

Josh S. said...

Feh.

Steve Sax said...

Orel: "Why is 80s music so popular?"

Why does the sun rise in the east?

Kemp reaches for a bad one, and Ethier has to hold.

Let's go, FJL.

Steve Sax said...

IBB to Loney

Orel said...

Loney gets respect.

Steve Sax said...

Boooo

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