Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Post-NLCS Game 5 Thread: Okay, You Can Stop Believin' Now

PHILLIES 10, DODGERS 4

So it turns out good pitching and hitting beats bad pitching and hitting. Who knew? Congratulations to the Phillies. I'd say good luck in the World Series but, you know, go screw yourselves.

In the end, it wasn't about the crappy umpiring, or the weather, or the seemingly endless parade of former Dodgers spitting on our grave, or the East Coast fans — who are, it must be noted even in our grief, the Derek Jeter of fanbases. Or even Jonathan Broxton (mostly). The Dodgers had the better regular-season record, but the Phillies were better in this series. Much better.

It was a great season for the Dodgers: the record-setting start at home, Orlando Hudson's cycle, the amazing first-half record, Manny's BobbleSlam, Andre "Mr. Miracle" Ethier, Matt Kemp's development, the amazing NLDS.

But there'll be plenty of time to reminisce — we're baseball fans, after all, and there's still the ALCS and World Series to follow before we get to the McCourt divorce proceedings, which will make the Manny negotiations look like a lovefest.

Right now, though, it's time to get pissed, stew in your juices, kick the furniture. Because it feels like 2009 = 2008. But eventually we'll see 2009 for what it really was: a fun, wild ride — and we're glad you took it with us. Stick around!

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Mr. Customer said...

@db

I'm pretty sure that league doesn't have an offseason.

Dusty Baker said...

Definitely got to be a record for MFGDSOBPGT.

Paul said...

You know what sucks is that I am going to be in LA all week next week for work and was hoping to stay the weekend and enjoy a full week in fall classic madness.

Don't think LA will be excited now.

Dusty Baker said...

Damn, Paul that's gut-wrenching.

Nic j said...

Im pretty excited about the offseason installation of the new HD dodgervision and scoreboard.

Dont take that from me Frank and Jamie.

Orel said...

There's still a chance, Paul...if business takes you into Anaheim.

Orel said...

Has that been announced, Nic? I wouldn't count on anything with all the divorce court fireworks going on.

Nic j said...

Yeah, i believe i read a press release about it a while back.

Now their spending all my HD scoreboard money on fireworks?!?!

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

I like how the last 20 posts have almost all been about some other sport. Like the Lakers, Raiders, Madriders or whoevers are going to take away the pain of this loss.

Paul said...

Orel if only the Angels could shock the Yanks and sweep the Phils.

Damn you. You just gave me hope.

Mike Sharperson Lives! said...

I'm pretty much a baseball-first, Dodgers-first guy. The only thing I do when the Dodgers aren't on is watch Ken Burns documentary and re-read 'Boys of Summer' and 'Ball Four' for the eighth time. So, you, know, this hurts.

Mr. Customer said...

This thread has the air of parties that where I've gone upstairs to sleep it off, only to find three or four guys still camped out in my living room still talking shit the next morning.

Orel said...

I'm picturing Mr. C in his onesie, holding his teddy bear and standing on the stairs rubbing his eyes.

Paul said...

Mr. C that made me laugh.

Because I am usually one of those guys.

Mr. Customer said...

@MSL

Yeah, I found myself thinking about the next sport/hobby/compulsion after Monday's game. I used to be just as obsessed during the offseason, but I've mellowed a bit.

The hot stove league just feels too much like rooting for money to my little pinko heart, now.

Nic j said...

man, i know this is a little early but our interleague schedule alone may knock us out of playoff contention if the division is good again next year.

Steve Sax said...

MSL, sorry this comment is so late, but regarding trivia night, those were one of my fondest memories of weekly rituals while I lived in SF.

We'd go across the street (to the south side of Haight) to that pizza joint that paints melted butter on the crusts of pizza slices and fuel up.

And then we'd do trivia night at the Mad Dog. We could usually win, making ground in the music round and the picture round (I have no idea how they've modified it now with iPhones and shazam and everything).

There was this weekend in 1999 where Star Wars: The Phantom Menace had just opened, my friend and I had seen it, but it was still selling out everywhere and no one else could get in. And we named our trivia team "Liam Neeson Dies." They read it on the bar PA, and you could hear this grooooooan from the total crowd. And then silence. And then some booing.

It was great.

Nic j said...

gotta start the pessimism early, right?

Paul said...

Some things never change.

Time to head out for breakfast?

Orel said...

I could go for some hash browns right now.

Paul said...

Hey I get to go to Boston

We will sweep the Yanks next year

I remember when we played the yanks last time that was a lot of fun.

Mr. Customer said...

@paul

In all fairness I've been one of those guys more often than not. It just doesn't seem as weird when you're participating.

Mr. Customer said...

@sax

Mad Dog totally seems like my sort of joint. I'm definitely swinging through next time I'm in the city.

Paul said...

I think Dusty passed out.

It was that last shot...... At the Giants

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah, color me one of the guys sitting downstairs, telling Mr. C that we'll be quiet and clean up after ourselves. There are a few of the least savory kinds of beers in the bottom of the cooler, which itself holds warming water and the last remnants of dirty ice.

Dusty Baker said...

Naw, Paul, I'm rallying!

Dusty Baker said...

By rallying I mean I switched from beer to some really nasty wine that I will nonetheless continue to drink whilst I finish editing the last 15 pages of this grant application I have due tomorrow.

Nic j said...

My roommate is a huge angel fan and we are usually pretty civil about one anothers team and talk baseball alot. He just came in and we were sitting on the couch for like five minutes until he broke the silence with "so the lakers look good this year"

Mr. Customer said...

My spidey sense tells me I'll need my anti-Plaschke propoganda avatar tomorrow.

*sigh*

Steve Sax said...

Orel, hash browns sound kinda sad to me.

Nic j said...

that and i found a pair of thundersticks in the trash. I was laughing for 5 minutes when i saw those.

Paul said...

Is it just me but part of me doesn't want this thread to end because the reality will set in.

God why did my dad take me to that Dodger game when I was four.

Josh S. said...

Dang, it's a party in here! There's a pizza on the record player and everything.

(D-line is gonna be ticked that he didn't get to use the 227 lyrics he keeps in his clipboard, though.)

For what it's worth, tonight's Glee took a serious edge off the pain.

Paul said...

In all fairness to him they had won four in about twenty years. So not bad.

Mr. Customer said...

@paul

It's not just you

@josh s

Totally jonesing for Glee. I've got it on tap for tomorrow night.

Orel said...

I knew you were going to say that, Sax.

Like Mr. C, I'm dosing on "Glee" tomorrow night.

Paul said...

Mr. C

I can diagnose my denial but i can't stop it. I am only human.

Dusty Baker said...

I have yet to see an episode of GLEE. The whole idea of the word glee sounds kind of far-fetched at this point in the evening, given circumstances. But I will give it a shot at some point. Have to while away the hours and days and months somehow, I suppose...

Paul said...

I think I will save my tickets with my 2007 AFC Championship tickets for San Diego.

Damn Pats.

Mr. Customer said...

@paul

Interesting. How does that make you feel?

*jots in notebook*

Orel said...

DB, an episode a week should tide you over until spring training.

Paul said...

Mr. C

it makes me feel.... Like a Dodger fan. I only hope this post game thread record is only broken by the world championship post game thread.

Full circle.

Mr. Customer said...

@db

Glee is essentially a cartoon version of my high school years. I avoided it until it kept coming up in here, but I was probably pre-destined to get sucked in to it.

Mr. Customer said...

@Paul

Re: PGT

I'll drink to that, brother.

Mr. Customer said...

Looks like it's finally sputtering out.

If I'm the last one here to turn out the lights, let me just say what a long, strange trip it's been, fellas.

Paul said...

One more beer for me. I am the set up man. Dusty And Mr C are the closers.

We never blow a save.

Steve Sax said...

Thanks, Mr C, for great times this year on the blog. Can't wait to meet you sometime.

You okay to drive home?

Paul said...

Broxton throw strikes!!! Sorry PTSD.

Orel said...

I found more beer!

Paul said...

Of course Sax and Orel our leaders telling us to DSB.

Orel said...

Old habits die hard.

Orel said...

Oh, and we've already smashed the PGT record. We never even reached triple digits before.

Paul said...

Why did I even change the channel to the MLB network?

Paul said...

Jeter is such a gamer.

God I hope the Angels pull a miracle.

Wow that was biblical.

Orel said...

The Yankees have a much better chance of beating the Phillies.

Orel said...

Oh, and there will be an ALCS Scoreboard Watching thread tomorrow evening.

Paul said...

I can never cheer for the Yanks.

A SOSG irrelevant civil war could be interesting.

Paul said...

Aarone Boone looks like me when I am 8 drinks deep. Jeez.

Dusty Baker said...

Hey I'm still available out of the bullpen. I'm on three days rest.

Dr. Geek said...

Hey, guys! Am I late with the strippers and the coke?

Steve Sax said...

Can't wait to hear what Steve Phillips has to say about this game.

Wait, scratch that.

Dusty Baker said...

Orel you just said you found more beer, and that reminds me of Erin's comment earlier re having beer #6 from what I assume was a six pack dating back to Game 1 on the NLCS.

WHAT THE FUCK? How do you only have 5 beers throughout those games? And how do you not stock up for this game knowing it was likely the death knell for the season?

Dusty Baker said...

No, Dr. Geek, you're just in the nick of time.

Steve Sax said...

Dr Geek sighting, right when we mention Steve Phillips.

Coincidence?

Steve Sax said...

Hey now Dusty. I don't know the exact comment to which you're referring, but I've drunk beers with Erin on numerous occasions and she can put 'em down. Ain't no medicine-taking robot gonna mess with her.

Dusty Baker said...

Time to go to sleep, little bobbleheads on my hearth and around my TV. On goes the bubblewrap, into the cardboard boxes you go.

Paul said...

Dusty

I have beer in the normal fridge. Wine in the wine fridge. And the hard stuff.

Faith has been broken. Tears must be cried. Let's do some living after we die !

Dr. Geek said...

Just a heads up, DB, that one over there is missing an eye. He's nothing flashy, but he can perform neat tricks with two nickels and a dime.

The one to my left is a commie, so expect some of the Sons to leave with your money by the end of the night.

And I think this coke belonged to Daryl Strawberry. Dates from '86.

Eric said...

Yeah, no way I can cheer for the Yanks either. They are always competitive but spent 70 million more than any other team for the privilege.

They suck much of the available talent away from other teams just because they flash lotsa green, they're just a moneyed juggernaut. It's like playing against a team of all-stars and continually hoping they have a bad night.

Eric said...

@Dr. Geek

What kind of coke is it? o.O

Paul said...

Whatever works works!


Waitress what is the soup de jour?

Dr. Geek said...

Eric, whatever it is, it ain't diet. Though it works better than SlimFast. *sniffsniff*

Or so I hear.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Sax-

"Erin said...

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

10/21/2009 5:43 PM"

I'm not directing anything untoward toward Erin, just expressing amazement that this could be possible. And to how one would think that the futility of the games in between would drive one to liquid escape.

Orel said...

SoSG After Dark!

Paul said...

I do hate C-Hole hamels. Nothing will feel good when This ends.

Dusty Baker said...

Do I have to go to school tomorrow?

Dusty Baker said...

Has anyone ventured over to read any Fillies blogs? I can't stomach it. Sometimes Nic is courageous enough to venture over to enemy territory and scout it out. I'm too fragile and immature.

Dr. Geek said...

C-hole Hamels had an article in Men's Health magazine where he detailed all his pitches and deliveries.

I left it at the Dodger clubhouse, but I think it got stuck under Manny's foot when he headed to the shower, making it soggy and useless. Like their offense this series.

I need some coke.

Paul said...

Okay where is the playstation and Beavis and Butthead reruns?

Dusty Baker said...

Speaking of Cole "Hahn" Hamels' revelations of his pitching strategy...Back to Kevin Kennedy. I detected a lot of anti KK (Kennedy, not KempKershaw) feeling around here. Whatever, but I thought some of the stuff he was saying questioning our pitching game plans was right on the money (e.g., pitch-calling and sequencing). Anyone else catch that?

Steve Sax said...

Dusty, I have no idea about erin's comment; maybe she had switched to the hard stuff.

Or maybe she's broke after going to Game 2 (I think) and spending $12 for a beer at the Stadium?

Dr. Geek said...

What specifically did Kennedy say?

As for the pitching, I didn't want Kuroda on the mound for game three. I wouldn't have even let him pitch my tent when I went camping this past weekend.

Steve Sax said...

I've got no particular issue with KK.

Paul said...

Dusty

I agree. I was giving kk a bad time because he is a homer. But his analysis is right on.

Cole is weak. He has been and if we would have done our job we would be up 3-2.

6th chair said...

@DB

I told my dad the exact same thing Kennedy was saying when I was watching the game. I didn't know who was calling the pitches though.

Dusty Baker said...

I'd like to dig up video of KK because I can't do his analysis justice. But I thought it was spot on with regard to pitch sequencing and pitching strategy, whether Padilla was running the show, Martin was calling it, or some orders were coming from the dugout.

Paul said...

K after heading this far.


I must say goodnight all. I think much like our players SOSG has grown and we will be ready for 10.

Oh and any SOSG civil war thread I will be there!

Orel said...

Wow, is this a Game Thread?

Dusty Baker said...

Yes, Orel.

Desert Dogs vs. Javelinas

Orel said...

Is a Javelina a distaff javelin thrower?

Dusty Baker said...

Just reading about how former Dodger prospect Josh Bell is eating up the AZ Fall League.

Clearly, I need to put myself to bed.

Dusty Baker said...

Rancho it wasn't a great night, but it was made considerably less shit-tastic by being able to hang out with all of you.

I bid you good night, and look forward to making ill-informed, bitter, and likely slightly out of bounds comments in tomorrow's ALCS GT.

Orel said...

Night all.

6th chair said...

Hilarious thread guys. It's been a great season and I enjoyed reading your posts and comments throughout it.

Orlando Zepeda said...

I started following this blog about mid September last year, in search of updates of our boys in blue. I just moved to SF and the bay area wasn't as excited for a potential Dodger playoff run as I was. Needless to say I became hooked, I check SOSG everyday and have been for over a year now. Will continue in the future. It was a good season, and SOSG deserves some credit for that . . .

Paul said...

Ouch!!!

Where is that Advil?

Another long day ahead for multiple reasons.

Mr. Customer said...

*blink*
*blink*

What are you guys still doing here?!

Steve Sax said...

Orel,

I just found Dusty Baker sleeping under one of the tables.

I feel like I should let him sleep.

Dusty Baker said...

No, no, that's okay Sax. I need to be getting up.

Hey, has anyone seen my left eyeball?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I still feel like crap.

Paul said...

That was an eyeball?

Fred's Brim said...

FRED'S BRIM still sad :(

Alex Cora said...

(Crashes through the door) Hey guys what's up? How'd we do last night? What the hell happened here?!?

Josh S. said...

*runs around collecting the empties for recycling*

Hey, who brought the sheep?

Fred's Brim said...

do you mean my Love Ewe? or the sheep?

Mr. Customer said...

I don't know who brought the sheep in the house, but I'm going to want some answers as to why it's wearing my drawers.

Paul said...

Hey my game 6 tickets! They are covered in beer and tears.

Dusty Baker said...

Somebody wrote "I [heart] Victorino" all over my face in magic marker. That's not cool.

rbnlaw said...

OK, saw the post about the Morrison avi from MLASF.

All is well.

Best of luck to the McCourts in their divorce proceedings. Think of the kids, please.

Paul said...

Changed my plans for my day off. I am headed north San Francisco. I saved some money getting refunded for all those tickets. So time to have good food and drinks.

Still wish I was headed to Chavez. I never got to say goodbye.

karina said...

I don't know Dusty, but i wrote "Ruiz is my homeboy" on Mr. C's inside left forearm.

I left enough Red Bull on the fridge and there is enough supply of noodles soup. Alka Seltzer is on the kitchen table.

Paul said...

Karina

you are the best! Headache feels better already.

Alex Cora said...

Wow, there really is a smell of wine and cheap perfume.

rbnlaw said...

OK, I'll say it to close things off (maybe).

Fuck Steve Perry. Nasally little bizatch.

Felix Pardalis said...

hey, am I late?

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