Saturday, July 18, 2009

Game 91 Thread: July 18 vs. Astros, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (7-5, 3.16) vs. Mike Hampton (5-6, 4.52).

COMMENTS:

Clayton: Sez here I'm pitching against a Mike Hampton. Is he a relative of yours? Do you know who I'm talking about?

Old Man: Mike Hampton. Hampton....Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time. A long time.

Clayton: I think my uncle knows him. He said he was dead.

Old Man: Oh, he's not dead....Not yet.

Clayton: You know him?

Old Man: But of course I know him. He's me. I haven't pitched against the Dodgers since, oh, before you entered the league.

Clayton: Well then, the start does belong to you.

I'll be at tonight's game, on the Loge level, and will check in with the Game Thread (cell reception permitting).

91 comments:

Josh S. said...

So, were you trying to set a bad mood in the thread by linking to an article where Andruw Jones brags about homering off the Dodgers?

Josh S. said...

Oh, and Torre's going all LaRussa again:

Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Manny, LF
Blake, 3B
Kemp, RF
Loretta, 1B
Martin, C
Kershaw, P
Pierre, CF

Cabell said...

Good to see Kemp back in the line-up.

Orel said...

"So, were you trying to set a bad mood in the thread by linking to an article where Andruw Jones brags about homering off the Dodgers?"

Someone actually clicks on those links?

Dusty Baker said...

I'll be in the Yard tonight, wearing exactly the same clothes I wore the last time I was there and we won (the Wednesday day game against Rox). And no, I haven't washed the clothes. I sat right next to Bill Russell (he was there for MLB umpire observance duties) so I've been sort of keeping the clothes in reverence and for purposes of slump getting out of. Mrs. Baker hasn't exactly understood, but I'm sure my diabolical plan will pay off.

Section: 8R
Row: D
Seats: 18,19,20

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Less than 308 hours until the trading deadline (approximately 12 days and 20 hours)

Josh S. said...

He's baaaaaack!

I'll be at that game.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now it can be $18 or even $12 million per win!

Cabell said...

Jason Schmidt to start Monday,huh?>

I'll believe when I see it. I don't think he can make it to Dodger Stadium without hurting something.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

awkward silence...

Orel said...

Greetings from Dodger Stadium!

karina said...

"Someone actually clicks on those links?"

Always. I also was reminded of J.D Drew reading that old recap.

karina said...

Have a great time, Orel!

Orel said...

They're giving away Livestrong bracelets today.

Nic j said...

Giants lose!! I'm happy.

karina said...

By the way Orel, this game thread with an episode IV reference rocks the world.

Orel said...

Giants lose! Great way to start the game!

Nic j said...

My attitude toward schmidt has gone from anger to sympathy. I know the guys is making millions but you have to believe it's hard for hm to be where he was and have his ability and have it taken away from you by an injury. Plus, the contract was pure ignorance on dodger management.

I will quitely be rooting for the guy, he is still a dodger. Plus, he has got to do at least better than bills last night, right?

Orel said...

"By the way Orel, this game thread with an episode IV reference rocks the world"

Speaking of geekdom, how was Harry Potter? How many times have you seen it?

Dusty Baker said...

Jesus...between the Harry Potter movie I took n today and the opening ceremony w the veterans who had lost their limbs,I'm a bit weepy when I need to have my game face on.

Orel said...

Very touching ceremonial first pitches with four disabled vets. Standing ovation from the crowd.

Orel said...

I hear you, Dusty.

Orel said...

Nice Diamond Vision feature with Jon SooHoo's photography.

And today's Joe Torre's birthday!

Orel said...

Two batters, one run!

Steve Sax said...

Giants lose!

Dusty Baker said...

Let's give Joe a birfday victory. A lot of his relatives are here tonight, incl grandkids.

karina said...

"Speaking of geekdom, how was Harry Potter? How many times have you seen it?"

Just twice, on the day of release. I'm waiting the tide lowers to watch it again. It's pretty good, it might be the best Harry Potter movie yet, with one contender: Prisoner of Azkaban.
It's true,they changed the book, however they managed to keep the essence of the story. They also are introducing some things for the next movies, pay attention for the climax sequence at the top of the tower, it's important for the ending of the whole story.
Liked it a lot, in spite of the changes, it made me react the same way about the books do: laughter, fear, suspense and sadness.

karina said...

Dusty Baker, i feel your sentiment.

Dusty Baker said...

Bison getting it done in RF.

karina said...

So far, the title of this game could be: "The brilliance of Orlando Hudson"

Dusty Baker said...

Karina-

Totally agree w ur assessment. I really think this HP is my fav. It did a gr8 job giving depth to both the characters and the HP mythology, and didn't just give us wand-play with special FX. Top class flick, it is.

Orel said...

Kershaw at 34 pitches. He needs to conserve a little.

karina said...

My son is coming back!

Orel said...

Hampton's got nothing. Let's light him up like Times Square.

karina said...

I'm watching the Astros broadcast and they're showing Calista Flockhart, where's han Solo?

karina said...

Dusty, agree with you. I guess the Academy will recognize the Harry Potter franchise in the last movie.

Besides, the use of special effects is always justified, not like certain summer blockbusters.

karina said...

Dodgers 2, Astros 0

Dusty Baker said...

Maybe he's flying solo?

Matt said...

Did Hudson look like he was limping after that groundout?

karina said...

A little bit, Matt.

Dusty Baker said...

Beer...margarita...margaraita...beer???

Screw it, I'll get both.

karina said...

Manny showing OUTSTANDING defense.

Dusty Baker said...

Good hustle, Manny! Crowd loves it.

karina said...

"Maybe he's flying solo?"

This game thread has a Star Wars theme, it'd be cool if Han Solo was around Dodger Stadium.

Beer or Margarita?

No butterbeer or firewhisky?

Orel said...

Hampton's settled down or our bats have gone to sleep, or both.

Orel said...

KISS ME LONEY sign on Kiss Cam, followed by Loney's reaction. Priceless.

karina said...

Great play by Loretta!

karina said...

I'd wish to see that reaction!

Dusty Baker said...

Has to be the first Kiss Cam episode that I've ever actually found enjoyable.Also the last couple they showed was older; the guy looked at his wife or girlfriend like "do I have to? I kissed you on our wedding night 42 years ago, wasn't that enough?"

Orel said...

When did Mike Hampton turn into freakin' Cy Young?

Orel said...

Soccer stop by Kershaw!

Orel said...

Kershaw at 86 pitches. He could go seven.

karina said...

Manny double, runners in scoring position, one out.

Dusty Baker said...

Jaws theme music as Bison comes up to bat.

Shouldn't it be...wait, what is near extinct plains mammal theme music?

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo for the Bison!

Orel said...

WTF just happened?

Orel said...

D'OH

Matt said...

Time wasn't called! Gotta love a gift run!

Fred's Brim said...

that was awesome!

Orel said...

Hampton tried to throw the ball into his glove in frustration but missed and threw it toward the dugout. Heads-up baserunning scores the extra run.

The crowd gave Hampton a razzing when they showed the replay.

Dusty Baker said...

Hampton: control your anger. And oh, there's a phone call coming in for you...it's from 1998 saying what a good pitcher you were then.

Fred's Brim said...

it's not often you credit Bison with heads-up baserunning

JBJ-1138 said...

did ya see mannys rbi double! and hes been slumpin... mannnn.him and his lil kicks are gonna make this team bumpin again! unlike elaine benes parties... :\ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xi4O1yi6b0

Orel said...

STUPID WAVE

Dusty Baker said...

GGGrrrrr....beach balls...YMCA on loudspeaker...wave in full force. Must find way to concentrate on what us fans call a "baseball game."

Fred's Brim said...

Orel, did you see Tom Watson leading the wave at the British Open?

Steve Sax said...

Come on j mac, let's keep this lead for Minotaur

Fred's Brim said...

cmon James, tighten it up

Orel said...

McD allowed a hit to a .169 hitter.

Matt said...

Looks like McDonald didn't bring it tonight. C'mon Leach!

Fred's Brim said...

Schmidt to start on Monday? hmmmmmm

Fred's Brim said...

cmon guys, cut the shit!

Orel said...

"Orel, did you see Tom Watson leading the wave at the British Open?"

No -- was he the one on the Simpsons?

Matt said...

HA HA HA! "Fertilizer, says Blum." I love listening to Vin...

Fred's Brim said...

tough calls all around

Fred's Brim said...

Orel, Lee Carvallo?

Orel said...

What did the replay show?

Orel said...

Carlos Lee taking the "Lee sucks!" chant with good humor.

Fred's Brim said...

Orel, Tom Kite is probably who you are thinking of

Orel said...

SD 3, COL 1, bot 8

48,298

Fred's Brim said...

JB is back! cmon kid, be tough!

Orel said...

"Orel, Tom Kite is probably who you are thinking of"

Okay, then Tom Watson sucks.

Nic j said...

Brox is still not looking good.

Nic j said...

Looks like he is rebounding a bit. Good to see.

Nic j said...

Does pudge still have the bat speed to keep up with brox?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hooray!

Nic j said...

rodriguess he can't.

Fred's Brim said...

good win and a great start by Clayton

Dusty Baker said...

Clearly my non-shirt washing gambit paid off!!!

Matt said...

It's good to see Kershaw have a good, long outing. We need our starters to go longer than 6 innings every now and then.

Chad'sNotRad said...

amazing. the best pitcher on the team with the best record in MLB is only 21 in his 1st FULL season. WOW. i know Chad and Wolf have helped, but still