Sunday, April 18, 2010

Post-Game 12 Thread: Manny Slays The Giants

DODGERS 2, GIANTS 1

When we get a pitcher that can actualy go deep into the game, as Clayton Kershaw did today (7.0 IP, 1 ER, ND), then great things can happen. Joe Torre can use the bullpen effectively (Jeff Weaver, George Sherrill, Ramon Troncoso, and then Jonathan Broxton to get the save in the ninth); Manny Ramirez can come off the bench for a dramatic lead-changing two-run pinch-hit home run off of Sergio "Valente" Romo (who picked a fine time to try out that sidearm pitch); and the Dodgers can not only survive a pitchers' duel, but can dispatch the Giants out of town having stolen the series from them. I'll write more on this later, but for now, thanks Clayton and Manny, for a wonderful afternoon and evening full of smiles and laughter.

The Dodgers claw their way back to .500, knock the division-leading Giants off their perch a bit, and get back to second place in the NL West. And all Giants fans can do is throw insults at Manny's hair. Yawn.

UPDATE 9:14p: For those of you who missed the game, Tony Jackson wrote a very thorough piece about all the chess moves late in the game to keep us in it, and give Manny a chance for his late-game heroics.

122 comments:

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I now return to my annual tradition of using Laker playoff photos as avatars.

Dusty Baker said...

Well shit I was just sitting around refreshing the GT.

Must. Get. Life.

Dusty Baker said...

re: avatars

I guess I'm going to have to roll w the Molton Bradley for awhile now, eh?

Steve Sax said...

Remember, Milton Bradley begat Andre Ethier. I'm cool with the MB avatar.

Dusty Baker said...

I love this McCovey Chronicles post:

"Duck the fucking Fodgers

Little pukefucks with their fucking Justin Bieber and Rihana
Fuck Matt Kemp
Fuck SIRM
FUCK THEM ALL

Fucking classles mother fuckers

Bonds... hit is high.... He hits it DEEEEEEEP..... OUTTA HERE BONDS STANDS ALONE- Duane Kuiper on 756

by Newcomb29(EDGE)"

What did Matt Kemp ever do to anyone? Besides being a great player, he's a class act who is great for the game of baseball; a true rising star and ambassador of the game. Why the hate?

I also like all the negative comments re Manny being 'roided up. If any club ever has any less reason to talk, it's the Giants.

Steve Sax said...

Dusty, I loved your comment "I think Karen makes an excellent point" in the GT

Dusty Baker said...

I accidentally typed "Molton" but if I spelled it differently - Molten - like lava, it would be a good nickname for him, no?

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Heh..thanks. The story is that I went to the bathroom, and while washing my hands the thought came to me to post that comment.

GT/PGT addiction...make it stop!

David said...

Evening of smiles and laughter, that about sums it up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MCC has come kind of irrational hatred towards Martin. I'm not sure where it comes from though.

I've always belonged to the school of thought that Giants fans have much more bitterness and hatred towards the Dodgers than vice versa. Must have something to do with the five trophies.

Dusty Baker said...

I can even see them choosing to hate on Martin (not that it's deserved, but that he's the kind of guy rabid fans of rivals would latch onto), but Kemp? Makes no sense.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A guy is on DodgerTalk is saying our greatest strength is the bullpen.

Moron.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think that was one random guy who hates Kemp, at least hates him more than usual.

Josh S. said...

Has there ever been talk of putting True Blue Stories on DVD (or, more appropriately, Blu-Ray)?

It's weird how much more I like Steiner here than calling a game.

Josh S. said...

The actual bullpen is pretty strong.

The pitchers in it? Not so much.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Woman on DT is complaining that we have no speed (see: fan who watched two months of baseball).

She even referenced Pablo Ozuna.

Dusty Baker said...

@Josh re TB Stories

In our household, we've probably seen all of them 42 times. Each time they're re-shown, someone will say "We've seen this one." Then we'll leave it on the channel and watch the whole thing...again.

Dusty Baker said...

MLBNetwork just did their Dodger wrap of today's game. They gave big shoutout to Vin for his 60th anniversary and then cut to his call of the game at several key points. Triggering yet another round of hoots and hollers in the Baker-Ikemiyashiro household.

David said...

rofls aplenty over at MCC...
"What have we ever done to deserve a home run hit by an an aging, slow, roided-up freak of hitting legend? The Giants wouldn’t inflict that sort of pain on another team."
lawl.

Josh S. said...

The opening paragraph of MCC's post-game wrap-up proves they do have a sense of humor:

"I’m sorry. We didn’t deserve that. What have we ever done to deserve a home run hit by an an aging, slow, roided-up freak of hitting legend? The Giants wouldn’t inflict that sort of pain on another team."

Josh S. said...

Whoops. Forgot to refresh before posting.

Point to David.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'd be afraid some of those commenters would come here to start something if our wit wasn't so immensely powerful.

Dusty Baker said...

I always want to step in and comment there, but I know what a shitstorm it would generate.

I also want to think there are doppelgangers of us who post there; McCovey's own Mr.C, RB, Josh, Neeebs, MLASF, etc.

Steve Sax said...

It's funny that you mention that, Mr LA SF. Orel and I have wondered why SoSG doesn't attract as many Dodger-haters as other Dodger blogs.

Something we do is a repellent. I'd like to think it's the sarcastic, dry wit. But it may just be the fact that on some gamedays, I forget to shower.

Steve Sax said...

Yeah, as a general rule I don't post on McC Chrons. But I do like their writing sometime, I have to say.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Would my doppelganger have a beard, or would he talk in opposites?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'd be curious to see how we'd deal with a Giants troll.

For one, it would give me a chance to use that line from the Simpsons: I'll deal with those murderous trolls.

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah I don't have a problem with their writing; it's their denizens who for the most part are mouth breathers.

I did enjoy the other night when, after A Rowand was hit by that pitch, a few people started giving Dodger fans grief for not showing respect for him, but then a number of other posters chimed in and said no, the fans could clearly be seen to applaud when Rowand was able to leave the field and thus showed their class. Was an interesting back and forth in the comment thread.

Dusty Baker said...

God I hate the Cardinals, especially their fans.

Neeebs said...

My alter ego would be Baalok. The reason why we don't attract haters is because they can't pass the SOSG IQ test. And they can't name at least 3 Russian Czars.

Dusty Baker said...

I think it's the puzzles that scares them off.

NicJ said...

Wow, just got back from the yard and boy was that fun. First i was able to be there for the Bobbleslam and now the second pinch hit HR that sent all the people wearing orange to the parking lot.

Dusty Baker said...

Anyone else watching the Mutts/Cards?

Orel joining the booth makes the broadcast about 42 million times more tolerable.

Also, two throwing errors on one play by Cards makes it tolerable.

Dusty Baker said...

Awesome, Nic. Thanks for representin'!

NicJ said...

there was a very nice tribute to vin that got me a little teary too.

Neeebs said...

Hell, the puzzles scare me.

Dusty Baker said...

Nic-

Was the atmosphere as electric today as it seemed on TV? Yesterday was the opposite, even before we started getting whupped. Yesterday I was just reduced to half-heartedly yelling "Wash your hair, Timmeh!" every ten minutes.

NicJ said...

The Delinos posts scare me.

JK.

Dusty Baker said...

Oh, man, I need to see that Vin tribute. Maybe it will be on the YouTubes.

NicJ said...

you know it was pretty quite for most of the game because of the lack of offense. The crowd started to stir when we saw manny crouching on the dugout stairs and roared when he actually walked on deck. When GA got the walk the crowd went nuts and started the "MANNY, MANNY" chant.

Honestly when he hit it i didnt think it was going to make it out, glad it did. It was funny whoever was playing LF for the giants was throwing a tantrum after the thing went out.

Dusty Baker said...

Neeebs, I thought this was you on Twitter at first:

http://twitter.com/NeeNeebeens/

Dusty Baker said...

Joe Morgan, you are a smug, cantankerous, argumentative, close-minded old fool. Please retire. You make the baseball world worse every time you open your mouth.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Looking ahead to next week. We get one of those weird Saturday afternoon (morning for us) games against the Nats.

Dusty Baker said...

I'll be in DC mere hours after Dodgers leave. I'm tempted to fly earlier so I can catch the game Saturday. Love Nats' Yard.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Another gem from MCC

A SF win today would have buried the Dodgers I tell you it would have buried the Dodgers. The bums would have went home with their tails between their legs never to be heard from again.

Because mid-April wins are just that devastating.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Another one, because I just can't stop:

MCC is how every Giants fan is, a diehard. We can be classy but we say our fair share of fucks and shits but we realize it aint cool to rub in a win unless if you deserve it. And we fucking get shit on when we do rub in a win
True Blue LA is a FUCKING JOKE, nothing like Dodgers fans. “We here at true blue LA don’t say swear words we are classy.” Yeah that is a load of fucking bullshit look at the whole fan base of LA, the vast majority of them are douchebags filled a fucking douchebaggey center


I had no idea Hitler references were the epitome of class. And here I though Bombshell McGee was just some piece of guttertrash that Jesse James ruined his marriage with Bullock for.

NicJ said...

i thought the same thing about the rox last april

Dusty Baker said...

"...would have gone" not "went" you fucking Jint assholes!

Plus, we're already home!

#GiantsSuck

Dusty Baker said...

MCC, where no comma is ever used correctly.

Dusty Baker said...

Also, "douchebaggy" does not have an "e" before the "y" you fucking douchebag Jint idiots douchebags.

MLASF, you're just getting me all pissed off at these fools.

Bryan said...

I was at the game too, it was really calm most of the game. i expected more flack for the giants fans in the stadium, but nothing much aside from some activity in the LF pavilion. The HR was amazing.

Josh S. said...

I have my free hat. It's pretty decent quality for a giveaway. It's a little bit lighter blue than the standard Dodger blue. It says Farmer John on the back, but there are worse things to be a walking billboard for.

Sadly, I think it might be a bit small for my big dome. I am in need of a haircut, so that could be the problem. If it is too small, it'll go to Mrs. S.

And that's...more than you wanted to know.

Dusty Baker said...

Stuff white people like: St. Louis Cardinals

Dusty Baker said...

Good cap report, Josh.

Bryan said...

I couldn't get a hat, i guess i came a little too late.

A note about Velez, the Giants LF, when the HR was hit to him, he would go back, but then kind of stop as if he didn't know how to tell where the ball would land. He did this for a couple of the long outs his way. Definitely not a real outfielder

Dusty Baker said...

It's pretty funny when Manny is the best LF out there during the homestand.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well I'm plenty pissed already.

Dusty Baker said...

Maybe we should all take a deep breath and re-watch that video of KFP stumbling as he chases cake.

NicJ said...

why are we pissed? what did i miss?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

You mean this, Dusty?

http://bit.ly/byRBxm

Dusty Baker said...

Our dander is up after reading some comments from McCovey Chronicles, which are full of ill-reasoned tripe and juvenile grammatical errors.

Dusty Baker said...

Why, yes, MLASF, that's exactly what I mean.

NicJ said...

its better if you go to the MMC thread and read from where Uribe hit the HR and then where manny hit the HR. thats fun.

Paul said...

How do Giants fans throw batteries on a blog? Barry Bonds was so classy that he was the only one that knew it.

MR. F said...

Well NicJ, despite the non-believers, we somehow made it to .500 after such a long and unlikely 4-game march.

Small Sample Size said...

@ DB. Thanks for your comments about the Cardinals and their fans. As you know from living in Arkansas, it is f'n horrible to have to hear from every redneck in the south about the damn Cards. I would hate them more if I wasn't genetically programmed to hate the Giants more than any franchise in sports.

NicJ said...

there is no place for rationality in sports fandom.

Paul said...

I have my DSM IV next to me and so now I cam check out this Giant blog.

Small Sample Size said...

Anyone who has read MCC before, what is the deal with their hatred for Russell Martin. 3yrs ago I could understand it, but there are a couple other guys I would pick if I were picking. They detest him.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nobody understands the hatred for Martin. It defies comprehension.

Y'know, like rooting for the Giants.

Small Sample Size said...

Valid point. I could've probably answered my own question, if I had just thought about it a little harder.

Neeebs said...

@DB 5.51

Definitely not me. I don't Tweet. Facebook is bad enough.

Dusty Baker said...

But I want to picture you as a "Dodger Lovin Mama" or however that woman, bless her, described herself.

Steve Sax said...

@DB 6:04p: You gotta go early to go see the Dodgers at RFK2 Stadium. And send pictures.

Who are you flying? Depending on the carrier, I may be able to give you a drink coupon.

Dusty Baker said...

Small Sample Size-

I feel ya! Imagine growing up having to collect baseball card and trade them with my friends where everyone was all "Ozzie Smith this" and "Keith Hernandez" that. *shivers*

Hatred runs deep and wide, like Whitey Herzog's old mammy.

rbnlaw said...

A: Small Sample Size: Strong entry.
B: @DB you want to go on the MCC and talk shit; I'll be your Huckleberry.
C: Fucking Gnats fans can suck it. I remember when SF won it's first World Series. . .oh wait.
THAT HASN'T HAPPENED.

Piss off you bunch of malcontented bitches.

Disclaimer: I was at a pool party in Yorba Linda drinking many beers and having good times.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Flying American non-stop to Dulles.

Dusty Baker said...

RB, you da man!

ps-That's not a disclaimer, that's a badge of honor!

Dusty Baker said...

ps to Small Sample-

Glad to see you back on here after awhile. Go Travs!

Dusty Baker said...

pps-

Joaquin Andujar can suck it! Also Vince Coleman!

Now my dander is really up.

rbnlaw said...

Oh Dusty, if you only knew. Beers, hurricanes, amazing pool, kids jumping off of high dives (my son, especially), henna tattoos.

Now, let's go piss off some Gnats' fans.

Dusty Baker said...

Man that sounds like a hoot (the beers and henna tattoos part).

I gotta go get my cheeseburger on at The Counter now though, per Mrs. Dusty.

See yall after dinner. I probably have some masterful perspective yet to impart, building on my previous "Eat shit, Zito, you shit-eating shiteater" insight.

Dusty Baker said...

DSBG just Tweeted:

"Waiting in line for Buzz Lightyear!"

Was he in the Yard today? Or at Disneyland? Or at a Toys 'R Us?

Paul said...

I sat next to a Giant fan on Friday who complained how violent Dodger fans can be and that is why he keeps a low profile when he visits and how phone park was so much more laid back.

Then after the beat down began and fat panda hit his homerun to get the giants within 7 he stood up and taunted the entire section behind us and started yelling first place.

Yeah Giant fans are classy just ask them.

Paul said...

Thank god he left before that 9th inning mess although I thought only dodger fans leave early....

rbnlaw said...

@Paul,
Hmm. Your Gnat fan should've been with me last August when I was getting spat upon and challenged to fight for wearing my Dodger hat at the Big Phone. Laid back? Yeah, and they wanted me to be "laid up" for a while. BTW, I'm already planning the return trip this August.

SF does have the best bars in CA.

NicJ said...

You have to have a good place to drink if your baseball team is going to suck that bad.

Fred's Brim said...

effing Cards

listen to those fans clapping politely

Steve Sax said...

@DB: I assume you're Executive Platinum so you'll be taken care of...I don't know if I've got AA drink coupons at hand...

Dusty Baker said...

Actually not Exec Plat these days, alas.

Steve Sax said...

I'm sorry to hear it; I'm exec plat but I don't think they send drink coupons (Delta and United do), else I've just missed them in the packs. I sure have a shitload of AA Exec Plat luggage tags, however.

Steve Sax said...

But lest this turn into flyertalk.com, let me get back to the point: You've gotta go to represent the Dodgers at a road game. Come on, Dusty!

Paul said...

Didn't San Francisco invent the unkempt dreadlocked hobo?

Dusty Baker said...

So we shouldn't just go start a frequent flyer blog and then report that news on that blog? No fun.

I'll see if I can get the flight changed without too much hassle. I actually caught the Dodgers v Nats 2 seasons ago when they beat the shit out of us. My wife's co-worker's brother was 3rd base coach for Nats at the time so he hooked me up with seats right behind home, amidst the players' wives. Shit was plush there; I think I got a foot massage and an order of foie gras.

Dusty Baker said...

Watching Quick Pitch on MLB Network. Apparently it was the Phiwwies Fanatick thingy's birthday or anniversary, so a bunch of other MLB mascots showed up to help celebrate. Can I just say how glad I am that Dodgers don't have a mascot? So, so lame.

Or are the Giants our mascot? Hah!

Also, hideous camo jingoistic military-industrial complex Padres uniform alert!! They should have put a disclaimer on the screen before that segment.

Steve Sax said...

@DB: Foot massage and foie gras? Are you sure you weren't in PacBell Phone Park?

Dusty Baker said...

Hah! No, there was no sauvignon blanc available so it wasn't PacHell.

Paul said...

Vinny's anniversary and the Philly phantasmic?!?!

hmmmmmm too much of a coincidence?

What is the life span of that thing anyway? (the fanatic not Vinny)

Dusty Baker said...

Anyone ever check Morgan Ensberg's blog?

http://morganensberg.wordpress.com/

Dusty Baker said...

I'm glad Tommy fucked with the Phanatic when he did. Still one of best moments in modern sports.

Steve Sax said...

Well Dusty I hope you can make it, though I imagine any flights into IAD are difficult to switch what with the whole volcano thing.

Dusty Baker said...

Sonofabitch I forgot about the whole Eyjafjallajokull thing. Could work out either way depending on where the equipment is.

BTW: American terminal now has Chipotle right at the top of the stairs before the regular gate for the IAD>LAX flight.

Dusty Baker said...

It bears repeating: Your culture is primitive yet so funky.

Don't know why but I dig that commercial. Speaking of, can we get a bring back the MSB commerical campaign going? I didn't realize how much I loved it until it was gone.

Josh S. said...

This is pretty epic for a PGT.

Befitting the game, methinks.

Dusty Baker said...

Just noted the sched. Sure are a lot of Least Coast and/or earlier game times coming up. I don't remember the sched being this tilted eastward at the beginning of the season. But then again, I can't remember what I had for breakfast, either.

Steve Sax said...

@DB: in T4? Don't you just head for the Admirals Club?

@Josh S: absolutely. I mean, it's a rivalry game and all, but 100+ comments for a April PGT is pretty amazing. Nice work, gents!

Steve Sax said...

Now why doesn't the iPhone have a quick "jump to the bottom of the page" function?

The blackberry does.

Dusty Baker said...

Sax, I'm a man of the people!

Actually I usually hang out in that Harry's Tap Room joint because they have fairly decent pinot noir and petite filet mignon that I'm fond of scarfing down before my return flight.

Paul said...

Is there going to be an SOSG Knights of the Round Table meeting at the Ravine this year?

Paul said...

But I like pretending I am spining my iphone screen like it is a roulette wheel to get to the bottom of the page....not really, it is pretty annoying

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax re major iPhone annoyance:

This could be helpful, but I haven't tried it yet:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/end-of-page/id354598188?mt=8

Josh S. said...

Test. Ignore this comment.

Nothingto see here.

Dusty Baker said...

Just saw your update to the YGDRPGT (You're God Dam Right PGT) referencing Tony Jackson's article. Thx for that heads up.

I'd like to leave you tonight with what I just sent out through the Twitterverse:

B4 I head 2 bed, just want 2 send shoutout 2 TJ Simers & B Plaschke: Suck it hater hacks! #MannySlam #Dodgers #99

Besides the win against Gnats, it makes my heart happy for Manny to once again come through for the win, continue his production, and succeed despite the Simers and Argyled One hate.

Mr. Customer said...

Damn, I've been drunk and then sober again today, and y'all are still in here going strong!

Paul said...

Only this late at night would I type bullshit like "the political oversimplification of the marginalization..."

I think Dusty's detailed analysis on Zito inspired me.

Paul said...

My top shelf bar needs a makeover as well.

Mr. Customer said...

@Paul

If you're redecorating, I'm not to proud for hand-me-downs.

Paul said...

The Gin had to go to make room for the black walnut liqueur and the double and twisted charbay whiskey.

Josh S. said...

Holy crap! That "End of Page" app works great!

Fred's Brim said...

DB, the Dodgers go to NYC after the Nats series. Think you could take a sick day and run up for a game? The Wednesday game is a 1pm EST start...

Steve Sax said...

Shoot, that End of Page thing is a little wonky but does indeed work. Wow. That saves a ton of time!

Thanks DB!

Steve Sax said...

I just heard the Steiner call of Manny's HR Sunday (ESPN radio). I am pleasantly surprised to say he nailed the call. Well done, Charley.