Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Game 159 Thread: Sept 30 @ Johnny Podres, 7p

Jon Garland (11-12, 3.90) vs. Clayton Richard (8-5, 4.62).
DODGERS' MAGIC NUMBER: There is no magic number. It's all in your mind.

Why are the Dodgers playing one of their own former players? It makes no sense. Anyhoo, did you know the Dodgers haven't been swept all season? It's true. So, more than one significant event hangs on the outcome of tonight's game, this being the second game of a two-game series. I've never heard of Clayton Richard, but if he's the bastard child of Clayton Kershaw and J.R. Richard, we're in trouble.

(Thanks to Julie Hibbard for the picture!)

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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This game is making me dip into my jazz collection here. It's that depressing.

rbnlaw said...

Are CORF's and MILF's related?

Dusty Baker said...

According to a @stats_MLB tweet:

"New Yankee Stadium has seen at least 1 HR hit in 80 of 81 games this season, no stadium has ever seen as many such games in a season."

Horrible comma splice, but interesting stat.

rbnlaw said...

This thread is reminding me of a McCovey Chronicles thread I lurked back in June. It was funny to read then.

Nic j said...

I dont know about that RBN, but this is a game id like to fucking forget.

GILFF?

Dusty Baker said...

MLASF:

Kind of Blue?

Dusty Baker said...

Or Lush Life?

rbnlaw said...

I'd like to comma splice the Pods right now. Then run-on over them and leave them in fragments.
That would misplace their modifiers. Lousy dangling participles.

karina said...

@Mr LASF what are you listening to? The Bird?Dizzy? Coltrane? Miles Davis?

Nic j said...

Utah?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jack Sheldon and Ross Tompkins, from the Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration album.

Paul said...

Are we in a twilight zone episode guys? This is getting freaky.

Nic j said...

JP in, rally time!!

rbnlaw said...

@nic,
Like it. The good thing is I don't have to drink tonight to celebrate the division title. Instead I can take a handful of anti-depressants and CORF myself to sleep.

Nic j said...

nevermind

rbnlaw said...

Jazz always makes me want to drink whiskey and smoke cigarettes.

Not that those are bad things. . .

rbnlaw said...

Here's to a great weekend next week in St. Louis for our boys who are blue.

I may be exaggerating, but this shit is ridiculous

Dusty Baker said...

@ RB

That's why I listen to a lot of jazz!

Dusty Baker said...

SUCK IT MANNY!

karina said...

Is it too much the Pods don't give us "nueve arepas" (that's a shutout)

I refuse nueve arepas tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

10-6 Rox. Final.

rbnlaw said...

@karina,
Nine what? Goose eggs?

FYI, I haven't been watching the game since the 3-run jack.

@DB,
How I miss whiskey and cigarettes. Beer and cigars make a good surrogate to get me through, but whiskey (or gin) and cigarettes at a smokey jazz club is pretty cool.

rbnlaw said...

Rox can suck my. . . sox.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth! But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers sayin' you ain't where you want to be because of him, or her, or anybody!"

rbnlaw said...

Damn our avitar magic. At least we can't lose tomorrow.

rbnlaw said...

MLASF,
Eating lightning and crapping thunder.

Dusty Baker said...

Speaking of jazz, I think I need to play some Blue Train (Coltrane).

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

At least we know Padilla's good out of the 'pen.

Nic j said...

The champagne will be even colder on friday, i guess.

karina said...

@Rbnlaw that's a typical venezuelan meal, eaten at any hour of the day, it's basically a round piece made of cornmeal dough, since it's round as zeroes, we call shutouts "nueve arepas".

More on arepas: http://tinyurl.com/ysrd36

It's also one of my favorite foods in the world.

Nic j said...

is that a good avatar choice, seeing who is chasing us, MLASF?

haha

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Why do we keep saying the champagne will have to be kept on ice? The ice surely must have melted by now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Nic - Like using a Giant fan's song as our own? :)

Dusty Baker said...

It's not good for champagne to get cold then warm then cold again then warm, then...

rbnlaw said...

Thanks karina. Arepas sound good, just not for a certain baseball team from Los Angeles.

Nic j said...

why is loretta still playing?

rbnlaw said...

I'm out. Have to save my brainpower for tomorrow's GS puzzle finale.

I might sneak back on if there's a rally. In other words, don't count on it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Where's Hu, and Repko, and DeWitt? What's the use in using the regulars?

Nic j said...

watching all these other team celebrate division titles makes me feel like a kid who was forgotten to be picked up after school. Here comes the rain.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What would happen if the Rockies actually take the division? Do we drink Wild Card champagne while wearing Wild Card gear?

Nic j said...

i would hope not.

Dusty Baker said...

I feel like the one socially inept kid who didn't get invited to the cool kids' skating party.

Orel said...

Anybody know which scenario makes us more likely to play the Phillies in the first round?

karina said...

By the way, i'm watching the Texas-Anaheim through the Angels broadcast and there's an announcer who's very annoying. Anyone has idea who is he?

Dusty Baker said...

I'd definitely be hitting the Wild Turkey in that situation.

Nic j said...

something tells me there is going be be a third world country with a lot of kids wearing dodgers western division champions gear though.

Orel said...

Probably Rex "The Wonder Dog" Hudler, Karina.

Nic j said...

Orel, if we end up with the wild card and the phillies have best record. which may happen.

Dusty Baker said...

"a third world country with a lot of kids wearing dodgers western division champions gear"

Damn that's funny, Nic.

Dusty Baker said...

Why do I need a special label on my beer bottle to tell me if it's cold? Dumbest...invention...ever.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

"The Rockies turn blue when the beer is cold!"

I find that highly offensive.

Nic j said...

i hope the dodgers go out tonight for a heavy night of drinking, looks like they all need it.

Nic j said...

6 run rally right here.

karina said...

They perform as professional players when facing good pitchers and like men who haven't swing a bat before when facing under the radar pitchers.

Good news for the playoffs? pushing optimism to an unattainable idealism?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Show 'em no mercy, Andre!

Nic j said...

Hey my Co-workers brother struck out nine braves in a row tonight, wow.

karina said...

@Orel thank you! why is he called "The Wonder Dog", is it wrong to find him annoying?.

Bad news i don't have that game on Spanish.

karina said...

@Nic j has the connections! seriously, he was impressive tonight! why can't we have a starting pitcher that retires 9 in a row?

Nic j said...

its a little sad that my brother is only nine and i still have to tell him "I remember when Martin was good" stories.

Orel said...

"@Orel thank you! why is he called 'The Wonder Dog', is it wrong to find him annoying?."

He is a genuinely enthusiastic guy, and it irritates some people, who think he's too much of a "homer." It is not wrong to find him annoying, and many would agree with you.

karina said...

From the BigLeagueStew twitter account:

"Methinks SoCal dude Jon Garland may have spent a little too much time at the beach this afternoon."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Orel - Are you talking about the guy who explains how it's a heads-up play when a guy advances on a wild pitch?

Nic j said...

or the guy who he says "look at all the fans that flock to see the angels on road games" and there are no signs of angels gear in the crowd at all.

Dusty Baker said...

Orel, that was sure a diplomatic way of describing Hudler. I'm going to start referring to you as Madam Secretary.

Nic j said...

there goes raffys hit streak.

noooooooo

Dusty Baker said...

or the guy who he says "look at all the fans that flock to see the angels at home games" and the joint is half empty.

Nic j said...

this is turning into a shit party sub.

Neeebs said...

HLACK got it right from the get go.

Time to vomit.

And before I leave, does anyone think Thome is worth a NLS playoff spot?

Dusty Baker said...

Manny played that well!

Nic j said...

well if i have to choose between him of Loretta i choose Thome.

Nic j said...

Somewhere out there A. Martinez is smiling.

Dusty Baker said...

Can we still trade for Victor Martinez?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Nic - Not for another four hours. That's when the botox wears off.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Edgar looks like Adrian's evil twin in the Gameday photos.

Nic j said...

he looks like the joker's mexican cousin in that photo.

Dusty Baker said...

Someone wake Torre up. He needs to make sure he makes the team bus.

Delino DeShields said...

Have no fear, D-Line is here.

6th chair said...

Dammit. I tune in only to find out the Dodgers are still down 5-0 and being one-hit.

I'm watching Ghost Hunters now.

Paul said...

Dad just called and asked my why he is a Dodger fan and I responded I don't know I learned this from watching you!

A very 80s anti-drug commercial moment.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Delino, where have you been? Atoning for the Dodgers' sins?

Nic j said...

martin finally gets a passed ball.

Dusty Baker said...

Paul-

Don't kick him while he's down.

My father-in-law wont even answer his cell phone he's so upset. When I call on the land line my mother-in-law says she can't get him to come talk on the phone.

Dusty Baker said...

Throw at MSB!

rbnlaw said...

OK, I can't help myself. Just checked in to see Shaggy on the hill.
Vin sounds like he's had just about enough of this shit as well.

rbnlaw said...

Did the bats make the trip from D.C. to the Burgh?
Were they detained at security for the G20?

Dusty Baker said...

...Herding cows the size of schnauzers, but they're cattle...

Nic j said...

I picture Jon Weisman out on a ledge right now saying "i cant come up with any positives!"

Normally i love dodger thoughts but with each loss i get more and more bitter.

rbnlaw said...

OK, the post-season rotation should include Bills, not Garland nor Padilla.
Wolf, Kuroda, Kershaw, Billingsley.

Julie Hibbard said...

Hey...at least it's been WEEKS since we had to hear God Bless America!!

Paul said...

Dusty

don't worry we both agreed to blame gramps since he was the one who settled his first American roots in East LA and loved Jackie.

Hey we blew a 5 run lead to the Padres. Why can't they return the favor???

Dusty Baker said...

You are SO right, Julie.

Nic j said...

haha, hudson walked off the plate like he struck out.

Nic j said...

just like that

Dusty Baker said...

Paul-

I have Vinny to blame, so I can't be too critical. His call of the game hooked me when I was a kid growing up a million miles from LA.

karina said...

I blame 1988.

Nic j said...

i blame Brooklyn for not building the dodgers a new stadium.

Dusty Baker said...

1-29 on the road trip for Ethier. Do they have an anti-NL player of the week award?

rbnlaw said...

Vin put the K jinx on.

rbnlaw said...

K

rbnlaw said...

300

Dusty Baker said...

Damn you Bridegrooms!

Nic j said...

manny looks horrible, but then again who doesnt?

rbnlaw said...

Here we go.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I blame the factory that was five straight Rookie of the Year awards.

rbnlaw said...

Someone needs to break a chair or throw a flat-screen across the room tonight. This team is losing its fight.

Dusty Baker said...

Bright side:

ESPN baseball tweet sums it up:

"Penny, Giants shine but are eliminated anyway"

Nic j said...

they should just celebrate anyways.

cant be any worse than celebrating because the rox lost, or because we "won" the wild card.

rbnlaw said...

Good news; Loney can avoid the GIDP.

Nic j said...

thats worth some champagne!

rbnlaw said...

Loney going for the 5 run jack.

Nic j said...

alright time to break out the Tee.

rbnlaw said...

Amazing.

karina said...

It will be on Friday then. Tomorrow is puzzle day and a day to find another lucky avatar.

Dusty Baker said...

Too PO'd to listen to Dodger Talk.

Orel said...

MFGDPGTUP

Dusty Baker said...

i should lay off the beer so i'll be fresh for the puzzle tomorrow morning.

naw, fuck that.

6th chair said...

Yes Friday. Hopefully the fans at home will give the boys in blue a much needed boost.

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