Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NLCS Game 5 Thread @ Quakers, 5p

A big tip o' the fitted cap to Erin at Robots Took My Medicine for those kickass buttons pictured above, as well as her piece, "A Home Away from Home", which could also be called "Your Guide to SoSG Game Threads."

Vicente Padilla (0-0, 1.23) vs. Cole Hamels (1-0, 6.75).

What? Another Game Thread? That's right, the season didn't end Monday night — it just felt like it. There's at least nine more innings of baseball left in the Dodgers' season, and so SoSG presents:

NINE REASONS DODGER FANS SHOULDN'T STOP BELIEVIN'
1. The "Don't Stop Believin' " Guy hasn't stopped believing. Hence his name.

2. This could be the last time. It's Splitsville for Mom & Dad. Kim Ng could be hitting the 5 South. Donnie Baseball could be headed to Cleveland or D.C. O-Dog and the Wolfman will probably be signing long-term deals elsewhere. If you like this year's edition of the Dodgers, you'll want to watch every moment they have left together.

3. If you don't watch, then the Phillie Phanatic will have won. And then Tommy would be sad.

4. We still have to hold up our end of the Freeway Series. Screw the TV ratings. Another East Coast World Series? Yawn.

5. Who has Game 6 tickets? 'Nuff said.

6. It's another chance to listen to Vin. Keep delaying that radio feed, KABC!

7. Everybody hurts. Especially Jonathan Broxton. Whatever you feel about him — and there's a lot of feelings about him out there — he needs the support of Dodger fans as long as there's still baseball to play (see Holliday, Matt).

8. What else are you going to do? Work? Spend time with the family? You're not going to check TBS just once? You're going to stay away from Gameday altogether? Yeah right.

9. Sí, se puede! Remember 1988? Get in on the ground floor. Remember the 4+1 game? Don't be the guy in his car way in the background whose taillights light up after the rally starts. Don't be that guy.

GO DODGERS!

DSBG: Orel/SoSG; Broxton: David J. Phillip/AP

796 comments:

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Erin said...

All runs scored via the home run. But ours were only solo jacks. Damn it. Get that bullpen working, Torre. It's our only hope. I don't really want to see Padilla go through the heart of the order again.

Fred's Brim said...

the ball must be flying with the warmer temps tonight

Orel said...

GM, DB

Fred's Brim said...

Ruiz being nice to us and grounding out

Orel said...

Bills and who warming up?

Erin said...

Yes, please, with Billingsley. That's who I want here. But now he's sitting down. So, great. Kershaw? Fine. Whatever.

Orel said...

Now it's Kershaw and Tron.

Todd said...

@Orel

No there's not. And there's also so way to prevent torturous emails from my girlfriend showing up through Outlook.

"I am listening to the game on my way home, and i am in hell. Phillies just hit another 3 run homer.
Wait...loney just hit a homer..."

Erin said...

It was Bills and Troncoso. Now it's Kershaw and Troncoso.

Orel said...

Did you see that ump's strikeout call?

Dusty Baker said...

In all seriousness, with it all on the line, don't we recognize that VPad ain't foolin' anyone and put in another SP? At least they won't have already seen him once or twice. We can't really wait for VPad to "settle in" at this point. It's the kitchen sink strategy that has to prevail, I would think.

Erin said...

Ump bringing the drama tonight.

Paul said...

This is gonna be a war if we want to win it.

Erin said...

We need to tag Hamels for another run in the next inning, so that the Phillies have to consider going to their own bullpen.

Orel said...

Blinders, Todd!

Orel said...

Over 200 comments, and roughly half of them using the word "fuck."

Orel said...

Wow, an off-speed pitch!

Dusty Baker said...

Todd-

You don't HAVE to read email from your girlfriend.

I mean, I filter her email out all the time.

*kidding* ;-)

Erin said...

It's a good thing there's no rule against cursing here, Orel.

Paul said...

Fuck I hate the phils.

Dusty Baker said...

Orel, is there a way for you to track "fuck" in comments on the server side?

Orel said...

Could you imagine, Erin? I'd spend more timing moderating than blogging.

Orel said...

I wonder if we could install a filter to turn curse words into fluffy nice words, like at Fark.

Erin said...

I love that the Fathead commercials have the nerve to tell me that posters are tacky.

Fred's Brim said...

maybe this will turn into that 15-14 game from the 93 world series

Todd said...

@ Dusty Baker

You and Delino both.

Orel said...

Not that I know of, DB. I'd have to do a manual count.

And I'd like to think I have better things to do.

Which I probably don't.

Dusty Baker said...

Or the opposite. A filter could turn "No! A double" to "Get Kuroda out of the fucking game, god dammit!"

Orel said...

Another 0-2 count for us.

Orel said...

Furcal continues to be cold as ice.

Erin said...

Not loving the automatic out(s) at the top of our lineup.

Fred's Brim said...

i want to face Pedro again

Paul said...

What a great leadoff hitter

Dusty Baker said...

Orel-

Sounds like a good off-season project for me to undertake. Manually counting cuss words and mapping the relationship between their increased usage and runs scored for opposing team.

Erin said...

What a great pitch to swing at, Belliard.

Two out magic?

Orel said...

We are hacking. Something's gotta fall.

Dusty Baker said...

Damn. Belly flop.

Orel said...

DB: In graph form, of course.

Dusty Baker said...

Orel-

I think it would just end up looking like Karina's map of sticky notes stitched together.

Erin said...

Have we lost our chance to get to Hamels?

Orel said...

Full count to Andre.

Fred's Brim said...

swing and run!

fanerman said...

Do it again 'Dre!

Orel said...

shit

fanerman said...

Nevermind.

Delino DeShields said...

You're still mediocre, Hammels

fanerman said...

I hate these guys. I hate them so much.

Erin said...

So if Padilla still pitching?

Orel said...

Silver lining: Hamels at 54 pitches.

Delino DeShields said...

(yes, I assume he reads SoSG between innings)

Erin said...

*is Padilla still pitching

Delino DeShields said...

Until this game, I thought we got a different Padilla off the scrap heap. If nothing else, my confusion on this topic has been lifted.

Orel said...

So ballsy to continue to advertise season tickets for next year.

Paul said...

I am tired already. They need a quick inning here.

Fred's Brim said...

last night i went to drink away Monday (and see a Zeppelin cover band). One of the drinks I enjoyed was a Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55. I also had all I could do to not bottle a dude who was smugly wearing a phillies hat

Orel said...

Yup, still Pads.

Orel said...

Pop foul for out #1.

Dusty Baker said...

PLUNK HIM

Dusty Baker said...

That's amazing restraint you showed there, FB. FB not smash bar patron!

Paul said...

strike him out Padilla

Erin said...

Nice pitch, Padilla.

Orel said...

Hmmm, Utley caught looking.

Orel said...

The third inning is scoreless. Alert the media.

Erin said...

Good inning. Now let's get some back.


Please??

Paul said...

That is what we needed.

Dusty Baker said...

Does anyone have Derek Jeter update?

Orel said...

JETER COUGHS ON OFF-DAY; STILL A GAMER

Fred's Brim said...

DB, I was waiting for the band to play Going to California so I didn't want to get kicked out right away

Orel said...

I mean — who?

Orel said...

Rick and Charley. Whoopee.

Fred's Brim said...

Erin, asking for some runs back never works for me - I know you'll have better luck!

Erin said...

The thing is, if you watch Jeter play all year (and I definitely see a lot of his game), you'll notice he does a coughing thing in almost every at-bat. He backs out, coughs, gets back in the batter's box. I've always thought it was some weird nervous tic thing.

Erin said...

I'm listening to the TBS crew. I don't know why. I just didn't turn on the radio in time, and now I feel weird changing it.

Let's go, Manny!

Orel said...

c'mon, Shower Boy

Paul said...

It seems like forever since we had a big inning.

Orel said...

"Dodgers, of course, cannot afford another loss."

Thank you, Walter Cronkite.

Erin said...

That's not how we have a big inning.

These guys need to start believin'.

Orel said...

Manny doesn't strike out. So that's something.

Fred's Brim said...

phillies have done a nice job of getting Manny to lead off innings. We can't seem to do that with Howard. We were so good at that with Pujols and Scrotum McBallsmash

Delino DeShields said...

did some fan just yell out "Fuck that".. only to be quickly cut off by the sound mixer?

Erin said...

That did seem to happen, Delino.

Orel said...

Scrotum McBallsmash

Just beautiful.

Orel said...

I hate this jackknifing business.

Orel said...

Another ground ballFUCK THAT—

Erin said...

They're making us look bad. Hamels seems to have figured it out. I hope it's not too late.

Dusty Baker said...

Kemp has been very consistent in the post-season, save for those two little blips.

Erin said...

He's only at 65 pitches right now. If we keep going like this, it will be a long time before we see the bullpen.

Paul said...

I think we need those 7 and 8 hitters to get hot. I am not that confident that will happen.

Erin said...

DB--consistently bad?

Orel said...

We're not making him work anymore.

Orel said...

There we go! Road Loney walk!

Erin said...

Well, Loney made it possible for Martin to ground into a force out. So that's nice.

Dusty Baker said...

We've been complaining about this jackknifing business all season, and it never gets old with me because it's so annoying that it deserves pointing out. To me, it is a negative for the batter and signals impatience, lack of confidence, and a visible sign that the batter doesn't know what he wants to do with the particular AB. Cut the shit out, already. Stay in your stance and cede nothing.

fanerman said...

Come on Rus!

Orel said...

Again, more two-out action.

Orel said...

Bills warming up.

Dusty Baker said...

Erin-

Exactly.

Paul said...

I swear if Martin grounds out weakly to the right side.

Orel said...

Jackknifing for batters is like framing the ball for catchers.

Dusty Baker said...

Then what, Paul? Please don't hurt yourself.

Fred's Brim said...

a James McDonald sighting!

Orel said...

Martin stings one foul.

Paul said...

I mean left. Either side!

Dusty Baker said...

Young Mc?

Fred's Brim said...

Don't just stand there, bust a 4-pitch walk!

Orel said...

Martin hanging tough. Camels at 73 pitches.

Erin said...

WEAK

Delino DeShields said...

please get us some Phillies bullpen action

Dusty Baker said...

"Don't just stand there, bust a 4-pitch walk!"

No matter what happens, I'll always have this FB line to chuckle about later.

Orel said...

A pop-out. How...unexpected.

Fred's Brim said...

DB, one day we should have a hip hop conversation. Maybe the Sons can create a thread for it

Erin said...

I wish we didn't have to say things like, "well, at least he's thrown a bunch of pitches."

Paul said...

I was going to say I don't think Martin is fighting those pitches off but that is the best he can do. I was right. Well I don't have to hurt myself he didn't ground out.

Dusty Baker said...

That arbitration with Rus will be a breeze. Forget Kim Ng, I could have my cat represent the team. (My lovable but stupid male cat, not my stand-offish but brilliant female cat).

Orel said...

Little victories, big defeats.

Orel said...

I think the brilliant female cat could also do a good job.

Delino DeShields said...

how bummed were the astro boy people that houston didn't make it to the playoffs

Orel said...

Gotta pull Padilla at the first sign of trouble.

Dusty Baker said...

FB-

Yeah, maybe there need to be some sticky posts somewhere with "Early hip-hop" and "80s and early 90s wrestling" as thread themes. That's what winter is for.

Erin said...

First sign of trouble?

Orel said...

Werth singles. Let's see Chad.

Erin said...

I don't want to see Troncoso. I'm sorry. I want Chad.

Fred's Brim said...

Mrs Fred's Brim, RE Vicente: "He really does look like a googly eyed toad"

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Torre. Let's see Chad. This isn't Florida in 2000, come on.

Orel said...

Perhaps we can create a hip-hop/wrestling SuperThread™.

Dusty Baker said...

Victorino does look that way. He looks like those little rubber dolls you squeeze and their eyes and ears pop out.

Orel said...

Don't mince words, Mrs. FB!

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel-

Then I'd never leave the house.

Orel said...

Ibanez smokes one barely foul. What more do you need to see, Torre?

Paul said...

Trouble!!!

Orel said...

FUCKITY FUCK FUCK

Erin said...

Awesome.

Great job, Torre. Tell me why Padilla was still in the game.

Orel said...

That's it, I'm starting the Post-Game Thread.

Delino DeShields said...

that play felt like it went in slow motion

Erin said...

Nice work, Torre. God damn it.

Fred's Brim said...

Ibanez is too old and been crappy too long to be this good now...

Orel said...

We wouldn't be in this position if we had Derek Jeter.

Dusty Baker said...

Who?

Fred's Brim said...

thank you Vicente. if this is it, i want to say thank you for your efforts this season - you really helped us when we needed it and you were, until tonight, awesome in the playoffs

Delino DeShields said...

(whistling the theme to the old school tron video game,)

fanerman said...

This is painful. I'm getting salty. Make the salt go away. We can still do this!!

Dusty Baker said...

That's it, boys: spot them several runs in a must-win game. That way, the comeback win becomes all the more dramatic. For effect, Torre should pull Manny and send him to the showers. Just to give the writers something to take up column inches with tomorrow.

Fred's Brim said...

i bet Jeter's cough is a symptom of some rare, terminal disease that they will name Derek Jeter disease, so his name will live forever

Josh S. said...

Torre with pitching changes is like the grandpa who didn't understand what cool toy you wanted.

"These are Go-Bots, Grandpa! It's NOT the same!"

Paul said...

Fuck Ruiz 2-0

Dusty Baker said...

How would Joe Torre wear a rally cap (e.g., inside out) in his trademark old man style? Trying to picture it.

Orel said...

One benefit of losing pathetically is the high grade of bitter humor it wrings from you guys.

Josh S. said...

BREEZY warming already?!

Orel said...

And me too. Not sure about the grade, though.

Orel said...

Flat Breezy warming up.

Orel said...

Is it the eighth already?

Erin said...

Feels like it.

Orel said...

Love seeing Hamels getting buzzed like that.

Dusty Baker said...

The sad part is that we exhibit the same bitter humor when we're 50-30 at all-star break.

Josh S. said...

I don't get it. As soon as this series began, all of the Dodgers strengths (relief pitching, the reliable starting pitchers, Matt Kemp, etc.) became weaknesses.

Paul said...

I thought we might lose this series but not like this

Erin said...

I wonder how long it will take me to get over this. I mean, if we lose, there are many months until baseball starts again. Will I be over it by spring training? Probably not.

Erin said...

NO MORE RUNS

Erin said...

Pathetic.

Erin said...

Good thing "Glee" is on tonight.

Eric said...

I hate to say it, but if there's anything I hate more than a 'homer' game announcer, it's an anti-homer. Charlie and Rick seem to be Phillies announcers tonight.

Paul said...

Fuck they are playing scared.

Fred's Brim said...

perfect time for a Victorino bases-clearing triple

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Go American League!

Josh S. said...

I'll start believin' when they stop suckin'.

Fred's Brim said...

when was the last time Breezy came in during the 4th inning? pony league?

Paul said...

Well Breezy began this bullpen meltdown. He can finish it

Fred's Brim said...

can we bring Vicente back in later to go plunk crazy?

Eric said...

Nuuuu, Erin has caught a mild case of Jim Traceyitis...

Do I like answering my own rhetorical questions? People have said I do... >.<

Erin said...

So, my vote is for the Dodgers' offense to be NLCS MVP.

Nic j said...

Just checking in for the first time and it looks likes padilla finally turned back into a pumpkin.

After watching the yanks steamroll the angels last night it sort of clicked that no one is beating them anyways.

It was a fun season though.

Fred's Brim said...

i think people forget that when he was with B'more, Breezy used to get in all kinds of trouble, especially with walks

Erin said...

I hate the excuse that an umpire won't call a strike just because a catcher has to reach across his body. Watch the ball, dumbass. Not the catcher.

So, do we get permission to stop watching now?

fanerman said...

Come on Dodgers!!!! WTF

Fred's Brim said...

we sure do hit a lot of batters

Erin said...

So embarrassing.

Christine is insisting we turn this off, so you know it's bad. So, I'll catch you guys later.

Nic j said...

So do you think the front office will finally make starting pitching a priority this offseason?

Fred's Brim said...

do people really hate LA, i mean enough for the Beat LA chant? I got it when it was Lakers-Celtics: Celtics fans honestly hated LA and the Lakers.

Fred's Brim said...

lets get a couple back this inning. it's only the 5th

Paul said...

Well if I ever was more sure of a loss down by four I can't remeber. So mayb a 8 run inning here.

(laughing and crying....craughing?)

Orel said...

Oh, Dog!

Nic j said...

Goodbye Orlando Hudson. Thanks for all the great stuff you did as a dodger. I hope some team gives you a nice big contract, cause your worth it.

Hey! Thanks for that too!

Fred's Brim said...

thank you Orlando!

Paul said...

O-Dog thanks for everything.

Orel said...

Aw, we lost Erin.

Orel said...

That had to be satisfying for Hudson. "Eat that, Torre!"

Fred's Brim said...

haha Nic I was in the middle of a thank you to Orlando as well

Delino DeShields said...

Hudson just put the O back in O Dog.

Mr. Customer said...

Solo shots alone ain't gonna cut it, though.

fanerman said...

Yeah. Sorry you got thrown under the bus, Orlando.

Fred's Brim said...

jeez Charley, relax for fuck's sake!

Orel said...

Furcal double. Dare they get our hopes up?

Fred's Brim said...

Hamels is done

Paul said...

Here we go 7 more runs.

Orel said...

PULL HIM CHARLIE

Steve Sax said...

O-Dog should so go hit the showers now, just to piss off Plaschke

Nic j said...

Haha hamels not getting a win will be funny at least.

Orel said...

"We can get out of this!" —Mrs. Orel

Orel said...

Very nice, Sax.

Nic j said...

Gooodbye Cole hamels. Your gonna get eaten alive by the Yankees!

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