Thursday, April 22, 2010

Game 15 Thread: April 22 @ Reds, 4p

Jeepers creepers!

Vicente Padilla (1-1, 8.04) vs. Mike Leake (0-0, 2.63).

Gameday

COMMENTS: Today's promotion at the Great American Ball Park?

Tri-State Centers for Sight Senior Citizen Specials
Fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only.

Great, that means there'll be a bunch of blind elderly people at today's game. But enough about the umpiring crew. What anyone can clearly see is that the Dodgers look like no team in their recent past. Whether Ned Colletti's baseball vision was to create an offensive juggernaut is debatable, but undoubtedly he was eying career years from Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier when signing them to new deals. Creating runs is the focal point of the Dodgers' attack right now; let's hope the pitching is rich and lends crafters of effective frames to this game.

I wonder what Doug Mientkiewicz is doing right now.

This will also serve as your Lakers playoff Game Thread; up 2-0 on the Thunder, they play tonight at 6:30 p.m. PT in Oklahoma City. Go Purple & Gold!

idea: Sax; words: Orel; music: Pedro

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Dusty Baker said...

Furcal 6
Kemp 8
Ethier 9
Ramirez 7
Loney 3
Blake 5
DeWitt 4
Martin 2
Padilla 1

Josh S. said...

Lends crafters?

I've heard many puns, but none cornea than that.

Josh S. said...

Might as well go ahead and change the name of the blog to "Puns of Steve Garvey".

Jason said...

Iris for a decent starting outing from Battle Toad today.

Neeebs said...

I hope the Dodgers can lasik runs on the board by the third inning.

Dr. Geek said...

I hope Matt Kemp keeps raking.

Imagine Matt Kemp overtaking Albert Pupils for MVP.

Jason said...

Kemp was once the pupil, now he is the master

Jason said...

Also, I enjoyed the music Pedro supplied for this post.

Josh S. said...

I don't want to say you guys socket puns, but...

Fred's Brim said...

I hope the Reds get eye cancer and die

is that a pun?

Fred's Brim said...

I am kidding of course



I know it's not a pun

Jason said...

Cancer seems harsh, how about a rampant outbreak of pink eye?

Jason said...

Nice, I got the conflicting edit error and a double post all in one. Guess I'm game ready.

Jason said...

Here's to stye-mying the Red's offense today.

Fred's Brim said...

and for real this time, I don't wish eye cancer on anyone

Jason said...

No take backs FB, if Dusty Baker (real version) comes down with a tumor, it's on you.

Jason said...

I kid of course. It's probably karmic retribution for all the pitching arms he's ruined over the years.

Fred's Brim said...

what if he already has a tumor? am I on the hook then?

Paul said...

I hope the Dodgers hussle tonight and don't cataract it.

Dr. Geek said...

Here's vision nobody gets eye cancerAIDs!

Jason said...

@FB - the tumors don't get take backs either so you're in the clear.

Fred's Brim said...

phew!

Dusty Baker said...

It's eye-ronic that Gagne's Lucky Glasses hasn't weighed in on this thread.

Dusty Baker said...

If anyone makes a pun w/ wet age related macular degeneration I'm going to kill myself.

(sorry, I'm a stepson of an optometrist)

Paul said...

They say puns are the lowest form of humour...stye beg to differ.

Dusty Baker said...

Per Dylan Hernandez:

"Hong-Chih Kuo activated; Jeff Weaver to the DL."

Paul said...

uh oh what is wrong with Jeff?

Maybe his is just paranoid that he might get hurt.

Josh S. said...

"If anyone makes a pun w/ wet age related macular degeneration I'm going to kill myself."

I'd try, but I wouldn't want you getting angry. Maybe I'll take a shot at it later.

(So, I guess you could say my next pun will be a rage-belated vernacular denigration.)

Mr. Customer said...

OT, but sighted in the alley behind my office at lunch. Complete with Mr. Fusion.

Dusty Baker said...

Looks like someone souped-up the flux capacitor on that one.

Josh S. said...

Now we know Mr. C works in Hill Valley.

As long as you don't live in Hilldale. It's nothing but a breeding ground for tranks, lobos and zipheads.

Steve Sax said...

@DB 2:03p: Does that make you the Daddy Macula?

Josh S. said...

Dammit. Now I'm getting all sentimental about my days working at BttF: The Ride.

Dusty Baker said...

Tweet from MLB:

"Another reason baseball is beautiful. Kurt Suzuki hits 3-run HR off CC Sabathia. CC gets Suzuki to hit into triple play. Symmetry."

LOVE. IT. I [heart] symmetry.

Dusty Baker said...

Josh said:

"It's nothing but a breeding ground for tranks, lobos and zipheads."

Can you elaborate?

Jason said...

@MrC - I once helped a friend reassemble a DeLorean in Pittsburgh. We started with the thing in pieces, literally; it came in cardboard boxes. He kept a week-by-week photo blog, week 2 gives you an idea of how many pieces I'm talking about.

So if your office alley is in the vicinity of western Pennsylvania, I may know the owner.

MR. F said...

The soundtrack to this post was magnificent. Cheers, Pedro.

Mr. Customer said...

@Jason

My office is exactly 2,168 Miles from Western PA, so I'm guessing not.

Unless you meant near in the cosmic sense, then it's practically right next door.

Dusty Baker said...

Am I missing something with the soundtrack to this post? Huh?

Mr. Customer said...

@Jason

Also, the DMC you rebuilt actually looks a damn sight better than this one up close.

Cool project! My brother rebuilt an beat-down old MGB years ago, and I've had the bug to do it since. I don't realistically expect to do it, but I can still daydream.

Mr. Customer said...

So I notice the great satan did not accept his minor league assignment.

Happy trails, Voldemortiz!

David said...

The Brewers won 20-0 today. If the Dodgers want to still hold the title of most run-scoringest team in baseball at the end of the day, they will have to score at least 5 runs.

Josh S. said...

The Dodgers may want to destroy anything he touched. There's a good chance he was able to split his pitching ineptitude and make horcruxes.

MR. F said...

But they'd need a very magically powerful weapon to destroy his horcruxes. I bet Casey's beard could have done it.

Dusty Baker said...

Ramon Ortiz is a living horcrux.

Josh S. said...

"Ramon Ortiz is a living horcrux."

Then we need Chadley Widebottom to chop his head off.

(This thread has gone to some straaaange places, and it's still 20 minutes to first pitch.)

Mr. Customer said...

@Josh

Though not a baboon in sight, thankfully.

Dusty Baker said...

Just purchased a set of tickets at the Premier Club level at Petco Park for the Friday night game on May 14. We'll be the ones wearing Blue seated amongst the Padres season ticket holders not far behind home plate.

Haven't decided where I want to sit for the next day's game. Probably among the people.

If any of you other area knuckleheads end up heading to the games that weekend, let me know so we can congregate over beverages.

Jason said...

Strange, I see a baboon. Though that may just be my wet age related macular degeneration

Dusty Baker said...

Don't make me come over there, Jason.

Dusty Baker said...

Unless you're at that bar, then please make me come over there.

Jason said...

{slinks away giggling}

Jason said...

@DB - I actually am at a bar though not the one usually pictured. Instead my afternoon will be spent at the Red Hook release party for their new Big Ballard Imperial IPA which is conveniently occurring at my neighborhood pub (since both the pub and I reside in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, original home of Red Hook). Mighty tasty brew if you like hops. And I'm not just saying that because they are plying me with free swag.

Dusty Baker said...

@Jason

I am insanely jealous of your Red Hook fortune. My only solace is that in a couple of days I'll be staying in my usual hotel in DC that offers Red Hook as its house minibar beer. Hotel Rouge...Red Hook...get it? They also have Red Stripe for free during their happy hour downstairs.

Josh S. said...

DRE!

Gettin' busy early.

NicJ said...

Yawn

Dusty Baker said...

I like this playful HR contest between Bison and Dre...hopefully they challenge each other to dizzying new heights this season. I'm talking 40 and 40!

Dusty Baker said...

Damn, now they get to bat.

Casey said...

I know it's still pretty early in the season, but damn it I love looking at the box scores and seeing this teams batting lines.

Josh S. said...

Bungling plays like that are why my avatar isn't smiling.

Casey said...

That's what, 13 out 15 games with one or more errors now?

Jason said...

This pattern looks familar...

Jason said...

Martin still batting 8th has me convinced that Joe Torre likes seeing:

6 - Blake
7 - DeWitt

on his lineup card even more than we do.

koufax said...

bradford goes first

Mr. Customer said...

If we moved them up to 5 and 6, they would have the correct number of letters, as well.

This observation was brought to you by too many EK off-day puzzles.

NicJ said...

See you in LA soon bradford.

NicJ said...

Comicon Suh selected second.

NicJ said...

way to keep his pitch count down guys.

Josh S. said...

Gameday has no trajectory or velocity data for Padilla's first pitch to Dickerson.

Josh S. said...

It was too slow and weird to exist.

David said...

Nice to see Padilla getting some K's.

Jason said...

Umm... Gameday has this entry:

Pitch 2 Ball (59.4 MPH undefined)

Did Battle Toad throw an eefus pitch?

Mr. Customer said...

@Josh

It was confused because he was already winding up to deliver the second before the first arrived at the plate.

NicJ said...

damn, getting shut down by leake.

Mr. Customer said...

@Jason

He actually throws it pretty frequently. Gameday still does not believe.

NicJ said...

what the hell? two runs? what is this nonsense?!

koufax said...

padilla looks decent tonight, how did the reds score?

Steve Sax said...

fellas, we have not scored in three straight innings. Something is very wrong.

Dusty Baker said...

Padilla threw that pitch last Sunday in anticipation of its arrival today.

NicJ said...

error on loney for an unearned run.

i think they changed it but it was an error in my book.

NicJ said...

this umpire owes us a run from yesterday.

koufax said...

thanks nic

Dusty Baker said...

What is this strange decent pitching and relatively silent batting? My world is turned upside down.

Dusty Baker said...

Or rightside up.

NicJ said...

come on guys get it out of the infield at least.

Jason said...

This is the quickest game all season (or so my Red Hook addled brain perceives)

NicJ said...

damn you and your range Phillips!

koufax said...

lets go raf

NicJ said...

damn you and your range Phillips!

koufax said...

alright!

NicJ said...

whew, another run. I was getting withdraws.

Casey said...

Raffy!

Eric Karros said...

Nice work Raffy.

I see eyesight is much more fertile ground for puns than volcanos.

Mr. Customer said...

@EK

I'll take Vulcanology any day, Ranier shine.

NicJ said...

Who doesnt lava good pun?

Steve Sax said...

@DB 3:59p: How much were the tickets?

And are you sure you want to wear blue? What about camo?

koufax said...

remember last year when a 3-1 lead made you feel kind of comfortable, i dont feel that way anymore

Casey said...

Padilla just mowing 'em down.

Who nicknamed him "Battletoad"? That's fantastic.

Mr. Customer said...

@NicJ

I'll stop Etna thing to sneak in a couple of good ones.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Battletoad: The Face Breaker

Eric Karros said...

Mount St Helens, bitch.

(I wanted to demonstrate how I knew the name of another volcano even though I couldn't think of a pun for it)

NicJ said...

way to miss your location by a mile padilla.

Mr. Customer said...

@Casey

Fred's Brim, IIRC

Mr. Customer said...

Shasta worst one yet, EK.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

I'm claiming Battletoad.

FB, you wanna fight about it?

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Tix were only $70 US a pop! These are the premier club level w access to the top shelf stuff, padded seats, and wait staff.

NicJ said...

crap.

Dusty Baker said...

EK, you get credit for that one because your wording made me laugh so hard.

Dusty Baker said...

Does anything rhyme or sound like Vesuvius?

NicJ said...

DP play ball please, this pitcher can hit.

Eric Karros said...

Mr C, now all the volcano puns you had saved up earlier are erupting.

(that's not even technically a pun, but I used a volcano-related word so I at least deserve participation credit for trying)

koufax said...

why cant our F***ing pitchers throw to first base

NicJ said...

christ what the hell did we practice in spring training.

Dusty Baker said...

In play no outs to Leake?

Steve Sax said...

Come on VPad, that was the f'ing pitcher

NicJ said...

Dewitt had that, fucked by the umps again.

Steve Sax said...

They've got the rancho ardiendo going on now

Dusty Baker said...

Ahhh, a sac bunt, perhaps?

Eric Karros said...

Vesuvius is an awesome volcano.

Is rancho ardiendo right now? My gameday is screwing up.

Eric Karros said...

Rancho is indeed ardiendo, thanks Sax.

Steve Sax said...

@DB 5.20p: $70 is a steal.

I like how you clarified it was USD in case I thought it was HKD or something.

koufax said...

big K

NicJ said...

just one more out please.

Steve Sax said...

okay, that strikeout of Dickerson was a good start. Two out, bases still juicy for the Reds

Steve Sax said...

i hate how the iPhone audio is like 10 years behind either the iPhone gameday or the one on my 'puter

Steve Sax said...

Padilla's got 7K? Wow.

NicJ said...

dont get burned on 0-2 please.

Mr. Customer said...

@EK

I knew I'd eventually have use for them. I kept thinking of them all day Sunday and cracking myself up because they were so bad.

Steve Sax said...

the fact that pitch #3 to Orlando Cabrera is taking forever on Gameday, does not make me very hopeful

Eric Karros said...

Nobody wants to hear about your 'puter, Sax.

koufax said...

unreal

Steve Sax said...

FUCK someone tell me how bad that was

Dusty Baker said...

In play, runs. Mother fudger.

I'm out - driving home.

NicJ said...

i hate this shit.

Now the guy that can really hurt us is up.

Josh S. said...

Steiner is an effing jinx. As soon as he said, "This is far and away Padilla's best performance of the season", base hit base hit, errant throw, infield RBI.

koufax said...

if we could throw to first base this inning would be over, but now votto's up, great

Eric Karros said...

oh, you meant computer.

Eric Karros said...

Crap.

Mr. Customer said...

OK, This inning can end now!

Dusty Baker said...

Had him at 0-2 and couldn't close the deal.

NicJ said...

strikeout please.

Eric Karros said...

Mr C: the guy on 2nd's last name can be spelled with the letters in 'Eyjafjallajokull'.

But you already knew that.

Steve Sax said...

I think the first (and possibly only) person I ever saw/read calling his computer a "'puter" was Deathlok (but not this guy in specific).

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

oh god, i can sense it coming

Josh S. said...

They play Zombie Nation when someone fouls a pitch off their foot?

NicJ said...

FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

oh nevermind he got it.

Eric Karros said...

Padilla's name can be spelled with 'Get out of this inning already!'... plus a 'p'

Steve Sax said...

I'm talking about Deathlok I, I believe.

Steve Sax said...

Well that was close

3-2 Dodgers after five

Eric Karros said...

phew

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

holy balls that was close

time to score 17 runs this inning

Mr. Customer said...

Time for runs.

NicJ said...

bulls up by 19? wow.

NicJ said...

i thought Leake was supposed to have a problem with BB's.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Leake has a problem with AE

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

or not

Eric Karros said...

Sax, I just clicked on that link and did a search on 'puter.' I apparently need wikipedia's confirmation before believing you.

I dare you to edit the wikipedia entry to add your bit about him being the first to use 'puter'

NicJ said...

damn, manny injured.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Manny is 1-3, dropping his avg. to .415

Eric Karros said...

What's going on with Manny?

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

WHAT? INJURED?

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

at a computer...help!

Fred's Brim said...

ok I just tuned in - what happened to Manny?

NicJ said...

looked like a leg injury.

didnt look very serious.

Casey said...

@dylanohernandez: Manny Ramirez appeared to hurt himself running to first base for a sixth-inning single. He was taken out of the game.

Mr. Customer said...

Actually, I knew a guy who did say 'puter'. It was in Jr. High, but I don't know if youthful indiscretion makes in more acceptable.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

his calf again?

NicJ said...

His calf is mooing.

Fred's Brim said...

oof that was terrible

NicJ said...

UGH!

Eric Karros said...

C'mon Blake, drive in a run or at least ardiendo the rancho.

Eric Karros said...

crap.

NicJ said...

way to run out of the inning.

Eric Karros said...

Inning over.

Ok, I gotta run. I think I'm about to be drafted...

NicJ said...

hope its not the raiders.

Fred's Brim said...

Bills getting CJ Spiller - i like it. Original Beast Mode may be shown the door finally

NicJ said...

lead off double, this is where the wheels fall off.

Fred's Brim said...

that was a crazy stupid pitch

NicJ said...

i knew it.

Fred's Brim said...

Can Padilla not throw a fastball?

Fred's Brim said...

has he been trying that shit tonight?

Jason said...

Wait... Wahhh? Five minutes I'm away and the Dodgers are down? Ugh, back to the Red Hook.

Mr. Customer said...

Lookin' iffy, VP. Offense, do that thing you do soon.

NicJ said...

Leake can probably go through the 8th.

Fred's Brim said...

GA!!!!!!!

NicJ said...

FUCK YES!!!!!!

GA is a dodger officially!!

Fred's Brim said...

he's been so close so far this year, I was thinking he'd never get one!

Fred's Brim said...

that was a no-doubter

NicJ said...

GA crushed that one.

Mr. Customer said...

That's how it's done!

MR. F said...

GA!!!!

NicJ said...

now, can the pen hold a one run lead in this park.

ehh...

Mr. Customer said...

Highest run production in the majors retained for another day, at least.

Steve Sax said...

GA baby! Gives us back the lead, 5-4.

Steve Sax said...

Here comes Hunchy

David said...

Kuo returns!

Steve Sax said...

vPad, 6.0 IP, 4R, 3ER, 8Ks, 0BB

David said...

Dodgers are now again the most run-scoringist team in baseball.

NicJ said...

nice play by dewitt.

hope Kuo is ok.

Steve Sax said...

I love bunt ground outs.

Wait, who is injured...

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