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

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Matt Kemp said...

I have Game 7 tickets...

Steve Sax said...

Win this game, Dodgers, and we'll give you a button or two.

Let's do this.

Josh S. said...

Reading this (*sniff*) and Erin's post (*wipes tear*) all I can say is...

BRING.

IT.

fanerman said...

Quakers imply that the city of Philadelphia is friendly. It is not.

Mr. Customer said...

@fanerman

Or it could simply imply that they are fervent, which they are.

Josh S. said...

Or it could imply that they'll taste like oatmeal when we devour their bones.

Did I mention I'm fired up?

Steve Sax said...

This would make the Phillies a division of Pepsi.

Yucch.

Steve Sax said...

Or, the Phillies are a bunch of pacifists.

Steve Sax said...

Angels' odds of winning the LCS: 5.5%

Dodgers' odds of winning the LCS: 14.9%

We can do this!

Orel said...

Think we can break 1,253 comments in this thread?

Mr. Customer said...

@Sax,

"Hey, check out the conscientious objectors over there!"

"Let's get'em!"

Dusty Baker said...

Furcal SS
Belliard 2B
Ethier RF
Ramirez LF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Martin C
Blake 3B
Padilla P

Steve Sax said...

Mr C: Nice. Though I will say that there is at least one Son who...might object to this pillorying of said Quakers.

I mean, he's not going to take us to a Friends meeting for a long discussion, but he might find this amusing.

Steve Sax said...

The Mad Showerer is still in the cleanup position?

Surely, Plaschke will get lathered up over this.

Dusty Baker said...

Plaschke better not bend over for the soap.

*Did I say that out loud?*

Josh S. said...

Of course he's at cleanup!

Josh S. said...

"*Did I say that out loud?*"

No, actually, you didn't.

Neeebs said...

Plaschke needs a good wash and wax. Let's give him a shave while we are at it.

Dusty Baker said...

I'll bet Plaschke showers with those little poofball shower thingies that Mrs. Dusty buys and hangs in the shower whenever guests stay over.

[MLASF, feel free double entendre away on the above.]

Mr. Customer said...

@Sax

I do usually try to avoid the wholesale defamation of a particular group. I'm confining my criticism to those particular denizens of Penn's Woods.

And Nixon.

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah I don't note any criticism of Quakers, only pointing out of their tenets.

Yet. But I might start in later on after my good judgment and restraint become clouded. Like, in about 3 minutes.

Mr. Customer said...

I myself once dabbled in pacifism.

Not in 'Nam, of course.

Dusty Baker said...

kill Kill KILL!

Neeebs said...

Ah I remember the Tet Offensive in 69' very well.

Neeebs said...

Well...maybe not that well.

Keven C said...

I guess Philly's certain they're sticking it to us tonight.

http://tinyurl.com/EarlyPoleGreasing

Dusty Baker said...

If Philly wants a pole to grease...

Dusty Baker said...

...then I can point to some squeaky lampposts near my house.

Paul said...

I haven't made my game 6 tix into a swan or my game 7 tix because I will be using them. This will be one of the greatest weekends ever.

Plaschke doesn't shower he only takes bubble baths with his Manny bobbleheads.

Paul said...

I know I dreamed you a sin and a lie. I have my freedom but I don't have much time. Faith has been broken. Tears must be cried. Let's do some living after we die.

Wild Horses couldn't drag me away.

rbnlaw said...

Nice start to the thread.
Violence, peace mongers, another REM reference (Everybody Hurts, sometimes), a Plaschke "Towel Party" smackdown, Manny being (a clean) Manny, and niches filled.

I'll miss some of the thread tonight, but I'll try to add my witticisms and thoughtful banter as we progress.

Dusty Baker said...

Paul, that is a strong avatar.

Dusty Baker said...

Waaaay OT, but those of you who heard my rage this past Saturday know that the following news item is helping me resist the urge to kill Kill KILL:

SEC officiating crew suspended after Arkansas-Florida game

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The officiating crew from Saturday’s Arkansas at Florida football game will be removed from its next scheduled assignment on Oct. 31 and will not be assigned to officiate as a crew until Nov. 14, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive announced Wednesday.

“A series of calls that have occurred during the last several weeks have not been to the standard that we expect from our officiating crews,” said Slive. “I believe our officiating program is the best in the country, however, there are times when these actions must be taken.”

Following each weekend, the conference office reviews games from the previous week, using video replays as well as interviews with officials, coaches and administrators.

“While only a few calls have been identified, the entire crew shoulders responsibility for each play. I have taken this action because there must be accountability in our officiating program,” added Slive. “Our institutions expect the highest level of officiating in all of our sports and it is the duty of the conference office to uphold that expectation.”

In addition, there will be an impact on eligibility for post-season bowl assignments for the crew.

Paul said...

No holding back tonight Dusty.

Steve Sax said...

@KevenC 3:21p: if there's one thing Philly has a lot of, it's petroleum jelly. Nice article.

I also loved the qualifier at the end of this graph:

"If we beat the Yankees [in the World Series] I have no idea what the celebration would be like," he added, imagining what is not yet a certainty.

Geez, they are counting unhatched chicks out there.

Steve Sax said...

Dusty 3:59p: who ISNT on the take?

Tim Donaghy lives on!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

TONIGHT, WE DINE IN HELL!!!

Orel said...

Derek Jeter is such a gamer.

Erin said...

Orel, has anyone else heard of this Derek Jeter? I don't know who he is, but he sure seems like he plays the game the right way.

I think we need to start talking about him more.

fanerman said...

I also went to work today despite a cough. But you don't see any articles written about me...

Orel said...

Erin, it's criminal how overlooked he is. I mean, it's not like CNN.com is featuring a photo gallery of him on their main page.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nobody talked about Wolf when he had that mysterious cough.

Delino DeShields said...

I'm looking at my game six tickets. Hoping... Touching... Squeezing...

Man, I've got too much Journey on the brain.

Orel said...

"Naturally, Fanerman said he felt fine. His hacking cough at his desk indicated otherwise."

Steve Sax said...

Maybe that's what A-Rod was trying to do to Jeter in that picture; bend over and cough.

Josh S. said...

Isn't coughing a sign of choking? Good news for the Angels!

Steve Sax said...

Delino, does the touching and squeezing refer to your Game 6 tickets? Or something else?

Yet another reason why I refuse to touch your Treo.

Dusty Baker said...

Who is this man called Jeter that you speak of?

Josh S. said...

Tommy's Twitter says Dre is crushing the ball in BP.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Sax (and Neeebs if he remembers back)

My work-issued Blackberry has recently been cleaned and sanitized, so it's okay to touch.

Delino DeShields said...

Friday 10am. CTV Land.
A Bevery Hillbillies episode is on called "The Clampetts and the Dodgers"...."

Jethro's pitching astounds Leo Durocher!"

Sounds amazing.

Josh S. said...

Jeter? I don't even know 'er!

Delino DeShields said...

It's a Centro, Sax. Shame on thee - Treo is older school (vs. Cantro's one level of old school)

Dusty Baker said...

Next up for a Palm device:

Oreo. Edible communication device.

Steve Sax said...

Centro. My bad.

Is that the one that Molly Shannon and Dana Carvey are using?

Josh S. said...

@Delino: DVR set! Thank you!

Josh S. said...

Now all I need is for Don Drysdale's Brady Bunch episode to air.

Erin said...

I'm just trying to remind myself that Christine predicted magic from Padilla this postseason. So far, that prediction has held up, but we might have to start buying lotto tickets if he kills the Phillies again tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

Watching MLB Network. Guys giving their predictions. one of the guys made a "Going Back To Cali" reference and predicted Dodgers win. Right after, John Hart piped in and said "I don't think so" and predicted a Phillies win. Heart had absolutely NO idea he actually finished off the LL Cool J quote.

I'm easily amused, and way over-educated on early hip-hop.

Erin said...

LET'S GO DODGERS!!!

Erin said...

Torre apparently said Martin is batting "a little better" than Casey Blake right now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

SI SE PUEDE!!! WE GOIN' ALL DA WEIGH DIS YEER!!!

Erin said...

So far, if you believe TBS, Hamels isn't getting the corners.

Orel said...

Hope tonight's zone is more reasonable tonight.

Great start, Raffy.

Erin said...

What a great at-bat, Raffy.

Delino DeShields said...

uh oh

Paul said...

WAKE UP BATS!!!!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

From 3-0 to strike out swinging.

Erin said...

Strike three was the only time his bat came off his shoulder.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

ONE BATTER IN AND THEY'RE ALREADY CHANTING "BEAT LA"?

Dusty Baker said...

Hamels just needs to keep poundin the corner.

Orel said...

@DB "Hamels just needs to keep poundin the corner."

And touchin' and squeezin' it.

Orel said...

Keep fightin', Dre!

Orel said...

Andre making him work.

Erin said...

Wow, nice job here, Andre. Make him throw some more.

Orel said...

I don't need to hear the negative numbers, Vin.

Orel said...

ANDRE

Erin said...

Holy crap. Awesome!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

SUCK IT, PHILLY!

Orel said...

First blood, says Vin!

Dusty Baker said...

Smacked a bitch up!

Orel said...

And off a lefty!

Erin said...

It is absolutely hilarious how quiet that crowd can get.

I really thought that at-bat was ending with a K.

Orel said...

More two-out zaniness.

Orel said...

Manny singles!

Dusty Baker said...

Manny looks nice and clean.

Erin said...

Manny wastes no time.

Orel said...

I'm surprised Howard didn't will that into his mitt with his awesomeness.

Orel said...

Nice, Dusty.

Erin said...

Orel, it's not like he's Jeter.

Neeebs said...

waking up from my slumber.....

Dusty Baker said...

I gotta say it was a good Dre.

Orel said...

Matty behind 0-2

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny showers, alright. He showers hits into left and right!

(rimshot)

Orel said...

Erin — who?

fanerman said...

I love you Andre.

Orel said...

Shit, Matty!

Erin said...

Wow. "Paints the inside corner," indeed.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wait, did Philly just win?

Orel said...

23 pitches for Camels.

Neeebs said...

That was a quick 100 comments

Orel said...

MLASF: Yup. East Coast fans have the ability to end the game after half an inning.

Orel said...

We're just getting started, Count Choc!

Orel said...

Because it's cold, you see.

Erin said...

Wow. I just saw a commercial where David Spade hocks DirecTV (you know, the ones where they play classic scenes but change them with someone talking about DirecTV). It's from "Tommy Boy," and it's the worst I've seen because Spade's face looks so weird and distorted as a result of the effect. It's creepy.

Neeebs said...

One run in the first,

I'll take it.

*looks over at Erin*

Dusty Baker said...

Are readers going to be scrambling to call "1,000,000" when SoSG Attendance counter turns over?

Erin said...

Sorry. *hawks, not *hocks. D'oh!

Orel said...

Manny puts down his loofah long enough to catch Rollins' fly ball for out number one.

Orel said...

Two down!

Orel said...

Vin says 11/1 is the first time all four major sports will be playing games.

Orel said...

Erin, I can't believe they sold out a classic like that.

Erin said...

Seriously, Orel. I don't like seeing the "fat guy in a little coat" scene getting that kind of treatment.

Orel said...

1,000,000th visitor gets a free button!

Orel said...

Nothing's sacred, Erin.

Orel said...

Damn, Padilla walks Utley.

Erin said...

Bad news, Padilla. We don't want to see Howard, especially with a runner on base.

Orel said...

Can he throw at Stairs in the dugout?

Neeebs said...

Walks are unacceptable.

Orel said...

That's how you throw inside, Broxton.

Orel said...

Again, huh? 2-0 count to Howard.

Erin said...

Geez. Padilla taking this "Don't give him anything to hit and get inside on him" thing a little too far.

Dusty Baker said...

1,000,000 gets a button. Everyone who tried to call it but missed gets punched by a wallaby.

Orel said...

Okay, so he's pitching around Howard.

Orel said...

Two-out madness seems to be the theme of the night.

No-hitter still intact, though.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, that didn't work out too well.

Neeebs said...

cut and paste my last comment.

Orel said...

It's a strike whether it's a lefty or righty, Padilla.

Orel said...

Warm up Kershaw.

Orel said...

C'mon VP

Orel said...

Padilla's hair is drenched.

Orel said...

a strike!

Orel said...

Werth has yet to swing. Full count.

Dusty Baker said...

His hair is drenched. He needs a shower.

Orel said...

Whew. Barely foul down third.

Orel said...

FUCK

fanerman said...

FUCK

Erin said...

UNREAL. FUCKING UNREAL.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's game

Orel said...

We just cannot contain this offense.

Mr. Customer said...

This is...unpleasantly familiar.

Erin said...

It's hard to admit, but maybe we just aren't the better team. I didn't think that was true before the series started, but it's hard to deny it now.

Josh S. said...

I...may have just stopped believin'.

Orel said...

Down two? We've been there. Hope Hamels doesn't settle down.

Neeebs said...

Freebies will kill you every time.

They killed us in the ninth on Monday, and they kill us again in the first today.

I can't watch this anymore.

I'm hibernating again.

Sorry guys/gals.

Orel said...

I've accepted we're not better. BUT we can still win.

Erin said...

Couldn't make that pitch for a ground ball one batter ago? No? You had to throw one right down the middle?

Dusty Baker said...

*finishes beer, pours some JD*

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm with ya, Neeebs. I'm out. I'll be back for the final three outs, where I will shake the proverbial hands and wish everyone a happy offseason. It's been a fun ride.

Mr. Customer said...

@erin

It ain't in the books yet, but 4 wins to 1 would not be an indication of parity to me. Talking about talent level, our record speaks for itself.

Fred's Brim said...

hi everybody

i hate this shit

Mr. Customer said...

@Orel

I've accepted that we might be better, but we may not win.

Erin said...

Let's just see how we respond in the next inning.

I just feel like they're good enough to give the fans a shred of hope, but the Phillies are just better enough to yank that shred of hope away.

I fucking hate the Phillies. I now officially hate more teams than I love. That can't be right.

Orel said...

Hamels' hair is wet too.

Erin said...

Maybe Hamels and Padilla showered with Manny before the game.

What?

Orel said...

SEE? SEE?

Erin said...

LONEY!!!!!

Thanks for the jinx, TBS guy!

Josh S. said...

Road Loney!

fanerman said...

Alright. Cash this in!

Orel said...

THIS IS DOABLE

It's no "Yes we can," but it'll do.

Dusty Baker said...

Let the hate flow, Erin. It's not good to hold it all inside. It's what Tommy would want.

fanerman said...

Okay nevermind. Already cashed. I had the impression it was off the wall (the way it bounced back into the field).

Fred's Brim said...

i hate this shit a little less now

Erin said...

Both home runs from lefties against their lefty ace? I like it.

Orel said...

Sorry to interrupt your shower scenario, Erin.

Mr. Customer said...

Ok, that's the mental break we needed.

Keep'em coming boys.

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Early 2008 Martin!

Erin said...

I didn't notice, but Christine said the guy who caught the ball caught it and then immediately threw it back on the field.

Orel said...

Just make him work.

Orel said...

That's why East Coast fans are the best, Erin.

Erin said...

Does Dodger Stadium ever stay this quiet? It just seems so weird how quickly we can shut up these fans.

Orel said...

A West Coast fan would have gone to the beach with the ball.

Erin said...

Yes, and would have left the game early to get there.

Todd said...

I promised myself I wasn't going to look until I got home. Too my coworker in the cube next had to start swearing and banging his head into his desk.

Dusty Baker said...

"Game? What game? Surf's up, duuuuuude."

-- West Coast fan

Orel said...

No mute button on people, Todd!

Orel said...

DS gets quiet sometimes. Definitely a momentum thing.

Although you would think the Phillies were losing right now.

Josh S. said...

Raffy should bat left against Hamels. It seems to be working for Dre and Loney.

Orel said...

Hamels isn't fooling anyone. Even Padilla tagged it (for an out).

Mr. Customer said...

OK, leaving work and switching to radio.

Keep Hope Alive!

Erin said...

I'm drinking a beer. It's the only one I have left because I drank the other five during game one.

Erin said...

Catch you on the other side, Mr. C.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon V Padi! I want a clean inning!

Orel said...

Always be prepared, Erin.

Orel said...

A 1-2-3 inning would help here.

Dusty Baker said...

I want to win this GD game, I want Manny to have a game winning HR, and I want to be able to come up with creative, shower-related FU headlines for sports MSM.

That's my one wish. With three parts.

Erin said...

I should have remembered I was out of beer. Oh well. There's always rum.

Orel said...

Just no walks, okay?

Erin said...

And then you'll really see some fun comments from me.

Mr. Customer said...

@erin

It's remarkable that you weren't forced crack into another 6 during 2, 3, and 4.

Erin said...

Oh, come on!

Orel said...

YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING

fanerman said...

FUCK.

Erin said...

Feliz? Fucking Feliz? That proves that Padilla doesn't have it tonight. Fuck!

Dusty Baker said...

Erin, that's some weak adult beverage prep. What if there was an earthquake or plague? Or Game Seven?

Fred's Brim said...

it's Pedro Fuking Feliz for chrissakes!

Orel said...

PEDRO FUCKIN' FELIZ

at least it wasn't a walk

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a fastball. I'm seeing a recurring trend here involving the four-seamer.

Dusty Baker said...

Orel-

It wasn't a walk, at least.

Orel said...

Padilla is regressing to the mean. Great timing.

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