Tuesday, July 14, 2009

All-Star Game Thread, 5p

All-Star O-Dog.


All-Star J-Tor.


All-Star F-Works.

Tim Lincecum (10-2, 2.33) vs. Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.85).

AL
Ichiro, RF
Jeter, SS
Mauer, C
Teixeira, 1B
Bay, LF
Hamilton, CF
M. Young, 3B
A. Hill, 2B
Halladay, P
NL
H. Ramirez, SS
Utley, 2B
Pujols, 1B
Braun, RF*
Ibanez, LF*
D. Wright, 3B
Victorino, CF
Y. Molina, C
Lincecum, P

COMMENTS: Here it is, Dodger fans: Your one and only chance to cheer guilt-free for the amazing Tim Lincecum. The NL West-leading Dodgers and NL wild card-leading Giants both have a vested interest in tonight's All-Star Game. Can you believe that, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, "Never have both teams qualified for the playoffs in the same season." This could truly be a season of firsts!

If you're into omens, or just vegetarians who hit for power, Prince Fielder won last night's Home Run Derby. Which either gives the NL a psychological edge (in addition to home-field advantage) or means that Fielder will be too bus(c)hed to produce tonight.

And don't overlook the Joe Torre connection. The LA Times reports the Dodger manager has a record of 13-1-1 in All-Star games. Need more convincing? Look no further: An MLB 09: The Show simulation has the NL winning, 5-2. So it's all but decided. They might as well send everybody home right now.

*Some sources have Braun in left and Ibanez in right. Both players usually play left.

Hudson photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Torre photo by Elsa/Getty Images; fireworks photo by photo by L.G. Patterson/MLB.com

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Josh S. said...

I just want to see Bills pitch to Jeter. Even though I think Manuel is bringing Haren in after Timmah.

Nic j said...

You'll get to see bills pitch to jeter interleague.

I must say, Hudson has quickly become one of my favorite dodgers in a long time. Call it love at first cycle. He talks about the club and all of it's history. He talks like he knows what it means to be a dodger, most of our homegrown talent doesn't even do that. I'm proud to have him represent the dodgers in the allstar game.

Look at him rock the blue athletic tape on his wrist too.

Nic j said...

Interleague next year I mean.

Erin said...

I'm going to tape this so I can fast forward through the boring parts, and I'll be spending my evening playing poker at Hollywood Park instead. Have fun watching it live!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Karina's post yesterday inspired me to create a drinking game for the ASG. My rule would be to take a drink when someone mentions that this is the first ASG since '97 to not have Manny or A-Rod.

Orel said...

What? This is the first ASG since '97 to not have Manny or A-Rod?

Orel said...

Future Dodger in your avatar, Nic?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Take a drink everytime Joe Buck advertises a FOX show.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Take a drink every time Tim McCarver sounds like an arrogant prick.

(I'm an alcoholic, obviously)

Nic j said...

Haha, hopefully one day Orel. He throws righty but he is a switch hitter because I made him. Oh, and the stirrups are my doing too.

Orel said...

Very nice, Nic.

Loney Fan said...

I'm watching with Hong Like a Chi Kuo on Tivo. Too many commercials for my liking.

But I will definitely play the Tim McCarver drinking game. We are going to be huuuuuungover at work tomorrow.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Take a drink when, as Buck advertises a FOX show, it sounds like he dies a little inside.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Take a drink every time the Dodgers get credit for having the best record in baseball.

(this is likely the opposite of the McCarver prick option)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

HLAK - Definitely

Take a drink when they headline Kung Pao-loving Panda in the list of All-Star snubs.

Mr. Customer said...

Would've never thought you were a teetotaler, HLACK.

QuadSevens said...

Take a drink everytime the announcers say "World Series" or "It counts" when referring to the ASG.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Take a drink everytime the words "World Champion" preced the word "Philly" or "Phillies".

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Mr. Customer,

I had to google that.

I, like most Dodger fans, abhor alcohol consumption.

Xeifrank said...

I hope L-Cum has a good outing and helps secure us the HFA in the W.S.
vr, Xei

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Where do you watch the Red Carpet Show?

Mr. Customer said...

HLACK,

Take a drink for every archaic word used by Mr. Customer.

That should even you out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Take a drink everytime they refer the "AL-Best" Red Sox, but not the "NL/MLB-Best" Dodgers.

Nic j said...

Your asking for a trip to the hospital if your playing the red sox drink game MLSF.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't care for that clip of Ozzie hitting a homer

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I see an O-Dog!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A nice ovation for Joe

Orel said...

The lead singer of Coldplay is representing the Astros!

Josh S. said...

There's our guys!

Nic j said...

The giants offwhite uni's stick out a bit.

Josh S. said...

I thought Hamilton was hurt.

Josh S. said...

Aaron Hill? Luann DeGroot must be going crazy!

Orel said...

A "Luann" reference!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

There's the guy all the fans care about. It could be a minor-league All-Star Game, but as long as Albert's in it, the house will be packed.

Josh S. said...

People seem to like this Pujols guy.

Josh S. said...

Eh, needs more Bison.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Anyone else absolutely hate Victorino? I can't stand the sight of that guy. He makes me want to torch the Philly skyline.

Nic j said...

I hate him too, but I'm sure if he was on my team I'd love him.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sounds me with Ron Artest

Orel said...

Where's McGwire?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Not in the Hall of Fame

Orel said...

Torre just pointed at Musial! And Stan pointed back!

Orel said...

Sox jacket!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

No, Mr. President, don't wear the Sox.

Orel said...

This camerawork is perfect.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I DIDN'T SEE IT! SON OF A BITCH

Orel said...

DAMMIT

Alireza said...

Gibby looks like he can still plunk a guy in the ass.

Orel said...

Anyone else sick of this music yet?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm getting sick of the whole "DAMMIT" thing.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So did he throw a strike?

Erin said...

Haven left for the casino yet, so I'm glad I saw the first pitch. Anyone else notice the guy driving Musial's golf cart and how he couldn't have been less interested in shaking Obama's hand? He was seriously angry about it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't tell me what to do, McCarver.

Erin said...

Orel are you being sarcastic about the cameras? Because they showed the pitch but you couldn't see where it landed. They said it crossed the plate, but didn't bother proving it.

Alireza said...

If Albert wasn't a religious fanatic, he would be perfect. Seriously, I still think he is unappreciated. I really hope he ups his AVG and wins the Triple Crown.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If I Ali doesn't like Albert's religious-ness, then we shouldn't say anything about Josh Hamilton last night.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MLB.com has a sweet shot of Karros's back.

Orel said...

@MLASF "I'm getting sick of the whole 'DAMMIT' thing."

Hee hee hee.

@Erin "Anyone else notice the guy driving Musial's golf cart and how he couldn't have been less interested in shaking Obama's hand? He was seriously angry about it."

I thought he was just trying to be detached, as he was probably instructed. "Don't look at the President!"

@Erin "Orel are you being sarcastic about the cameras?"

I meant when Obama was running toward the mound.

koufax said...

part of me really wants lincecum to get hammered right now, but i think the dodgers have a chance in october and would love home field

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

"Ichiro likes to run"

And the sun likes to rise in the morning.

Orel said...

Timmah is out for blood!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He popped Jeter.

Nic j said...

what the hell Linc. the one time i need you to be good.

Erin said...

Oooh! Jeter gets hit! Maybe just the knob of the bat, but still.

Nic j said...

he looks nervous.

koufax said...

getting squeezed a bit

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Almost

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Albert scewed up.

Erin said...

Oh, Pujols. That sucks.

Nic j said...

loney would of caught that.

Orel said...

Pujols must have been distracted by all his hosting duties.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Timmah can't buy an out.

Orel said...

Of course this means Halladay is going to go 1-2-3.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now Timmah screws up.

Orel said...

Gotta cover first, Timmy!

Nic j said...

the jr. circuit is taking it to us.

Josh S. said...

Could had Bills start, Charlie.

So, is the World Series 2-3-2?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

About damn time.

Orel said...

How typically NL-ish.

Mr. Customer said...

Not an auspicious start. Hopefully Albert feels comfortable at home and goes nuts.

Andrew said...

Timmah didn't really pitch bad. Jeter got hit on the bat and it was obvious by his reaction...got Mauer off balanced, had two DP balls screwed up (one by him). This may be a high scoring game, especially with all the out of place outfielders. Victorinos arm looks weak compared to Kemp...we are spoiled.

Orel said...

Is that Ethier in your avatar, Mr. C?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, I'm taking a drink after McCarver makes a prick statement. "Sure to be a pitchers' duel" Sure.

Andrew said...

I bet Manuel plays Utley 9 and we dont get to see Hudson.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

"I bet Manuel plays Utley 9 and we dont get to see Hudson"

Andrew, are you suggesting that he shows favoritism towards his own players? Why, that's absurd!

Orel said...

C'mon, NL! This is home-field advantage for the Dodgers we're talking about here!

Orel said...

Three bullets, three outs for the NL.

Andrew said...

Jayson Werth agrees with your sentiment.

Mr. Customer said...

Orel,

Yup. There was a shot of him hanging out in the dugout on one of the broadcasts that had a certain resemblance to "The Laughing Cavalier".

Hence, "The Laughing Ethier" was born.

Nic j said...

Linc is a little wld tonight. Let's hope this continues for the rest of the season.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice job by Robothal to be uncertain.

Alireza said...

Timmah's command isn't there tonight. Doc is wearing Longoria's helmut.

Alireza said...

I wonder if Ichiro-san gave his speech again this year?

Orel said...

Lincecum settles down.

Orel said...

Very educational, Mr. C.

rbnlaw said...

Gnats' fans take note: Your Timmah would not fare well against the AL.
Therefore, don't get any ideas in the post-season.

rbnlaw said...

Take a drink every time Robothal contributes inane material.

Mr. Customer said...

"Very educational, Mr. C."

read: "nerdy"

But I'm good with that. I go with what works.

Orel said...

"read: 'nerdy' "

This is SoSG! You're among friends!

Josh S. said...

You can actually see the little hearts fluttering off Joe Buck.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

OBAMA PLUG!

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Obama gives the Dodgers some love!

Orel said...

Obama name-drops the Dodgers!

Andrew said...

Hey, Obama notices...can he manage the Phillies?

Josh S. said...

Dodger mention from the prez!

Orel said...

NL East to the rescue!

Alireza said...

Matty would have cranked that for a home run.

Brandon said...

Ran into Matt Kemp in Ralphs about 20 minutes ago. I said "what are you doing in Ralphs, you should be in St. Louis."

He laughed and said, "I wish I was."

Orel said...

Yadier!

Orel said...

That's awesome, Brandon!

Alireza said...

Josh Hamilton has no business playing center.

Andrew said...

Where was this Ralph's? I was just thinking, I bet Matt Kemp is getting high with Ariza tonight.

Orel said...

Hey, we're winning!

Alireza said...

Nice work Tofuburger.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Who'da thunk Yady would be the Card to deliver?

Brandon said...

The Ralphs was located in Studio City, off Ventura Blvd.

Alireza said...

Does Bison shop at Rock and Roll Ralphs in Hollywood?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ariza's in Houston, silly.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Albert redeems himself.

Josh S. said...

A closer already? We want Bills!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's a damn shame. I really wanted to know what Halladay thought of meeting Obama.

Alireza said...

Albert just made up for that first error.

Nice to see the President getting love. He deserves it.

Brandon said...

I love Rock and Roll Ralphs. Just saying.

Andrew said...

I bet Ariza lives in LA in the off season...who the hell consciously makes a choice to live in Houston in the off season.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm gonna have dinner now.

Orel said...

C'mon Albert, take him deep.

Orel said...

Quiet third.

Orel said...

Haren allows a single and nothing more.

Alireza said...

Wow. That baseball hater Joe Buck was right. Greinke is f'ing filthy.

Orel said...

Greinke dominates.

Josh S. said...

I appreciated Victorino's offensive contribution earlier, but is it OK for me to also appreciate Greinke making him look foolish?

Mr. Customer said...

Even playing for the other side, I can't help but root for that guy.

Orel said...

CHAD!

Josh S. said...

BILLS!!

Josh S. said...

I'm gonna get my wish!

Orel said...

Amazing play by Utley.

Alireza said...

Wonderful play by Utley.

Bills ate Ichiro up with that pitch. Beautiful.

Orel said...

Here is your Bills vs. Jeter match-up.

Josh S. said...

Bills, unlike Timmah, covered first.

Alireza said...

Defend Russ' honor as the best in baseball. Tear Mauer apart.

Alireza said...

Damn.

Orel said...

NL West pitchers have given up all the runs tonight.

karina said...

Just coming back home and Bills just gave up the tying run :(

Orel said...

Pujols and Utley saved Bills' bacon that inning.

Nic j said...

Molina ahold of held on to the foul tip.

Alireza said...

Maestro!!

Mr. Customer said...

At least he limits the damage. Time to bounce back in the lower frame.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If the NL can score here, that makes Bills the winner.

Alireza said...

Hopefully we get one more inning of Bills.

Alireza said...

Wow. Zimmerman took a cookie on the first pitch.

Mr. Customer said...

Edwin working efficiently.

Orel said...

That was fast.

karina said...

OK guys, if anyone is really drinking tonight, please let me know because i need a drink and i don't drink alone. I was in bizarre world and need to get back to normal.

By the way, this is a very fun game thread.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

T-Hoff is in

karina said...

This is from DodgerGM at twitter:

"Was just looking at the all-star rosters. Really wish our rotation had another young, RHP who throws hard. You know, an Edwin Jackson type."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wow, that was much closer than it should have been.

karina said...

@Orel:

"C'mon, NL! This is home-field advantage for the Dodgers we're talking about here!"

Exactly my thoughts, even if it means scheduling conflicts with my live winter baseball.

Josh S. said...

The Lonely Island should sue Taco Bell.

Mr. Customer said...

Karina,

I never joke about drinking.

Unless I'm already drinking.

Josh S. said...

Thanks for coming, O-Dog.

Orel said...

Almost, O-Dog!

karina said...

O-Dogg that was nice, but not enough.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

O-Dog almost got it.

Josh S. said...

Oh wait. He hit for Utley, so he should still be in.

Orel said...

Karina, I'm opening a Fat Tire in your honor.

karina said...

Fat Tire?

Josh S. said...

Observer sighting!

Orel said...

Fat Tire

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Great, a commercial about Pablo Sandoval.

Mr. Customer said...

Karina,

Fat Tire = Cerveza de Upper Middle Class White Guy.

No offense to those of us in said category.

Orel said...

O-Dog in the field!

karina said...

On the hit list: Carl Crawford, no matter how helpul he was on fantasy in the past.

Orel said...

Fuck! I would have loved to have seen Papelbon give up the losing run.

Josh S. said...

Stupid Carl Crawford!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice catch. With all the crap Hawpe gives us, I don't care if it hurts the NL.

Orel said...

Dammit again!

Josh S. said...

Balls are dying in the humidity.

(You may interpret that sentence however you like.)

Mr. Customer said...

More hacking than a TB ward.

karina said...

"Karina, I'm opening a Fat Tire in your honor."

Thanks, Orel. That's very nice, i'm drinking red wine.

karina said...

"Nice catch. With all the crap Hawpe gives us, I don't care if it hurts the NL."

Mr. LASF, remember "World Series advantage"

Josh S. said...

More former Dodgers on the rosters than current Dodgers?

rbnlaw said...

Buck dropped the "World Champion Philadelphia Phillies" on us.

Are we drinking?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Eh, I don't care.

Orel said...

Nice, Mr. C!

Orel said...

C'mon Werth. Don't be useless.

rbnlaw said...

Wow. Some love for the NL West. Maybe the media will drop the "NL Worst" shtick.

Mr. Customer said...

Orel,

I'm here all week! Try the veal.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And Manuel picked him over Kemp.

Orel said...

Are we heading into extras?

rbnlaw said...

"Are we heading into extras?"

I hope not. The NL is out of Dodgers. And now we get "Taco" Bell.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

rbnlaw - O-Dog's the only backup 2B

Josh S. said...

Thanks a pantload, Taco.

karina said...

Bison could have done a better job there.

Orel said...

Damn you, the likable Curtis Granderson.

rbnlaw said...

You know, you'd think Upton would be used to seeing fly balls heading to the fence playing for the D-Bags.

rbnlaw said...

MLASF,
Didn't see him on the field.

Well, extras don't seem too bad now. O-Dog for the win.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is crunch time.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh, nevermind, I forgot about Freddy Sanchez. Scratch that.

Mr. Customer said...

GIDP would be swell.

rbnlaw said...

Two Pods on the field at the same time. I'm feeling ill.

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