Sunday, July 11, 2010

Game 88 Thread: July 11 vs. Tiny Bears, 5p

A little something for the ladies who weren't so thrilled with the Mermaids.

Vicente Padilla (3-2, 4.72) vs. Carlos Silva (9-2, 2.96 ERA)

COMMENTS: From the Dodgers:

Team USA forward Landon Donovan, who recently returned from representing the United States at the World Cup in South Africa, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Soccer matches can end in a tie. Except when they can't. Baseball games can't end in a tie. But baseball series can. But only regular-season series. And so we have the Dodgers and Cubs battling it out for a Dodgers series victory or an unsatisfying series split. Meanwhile, Rafael Furcal joins Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton in representing the Dodgers in this week's All-Star Game — but before they take off down the 5, Padilla will need their help. How about an All-Star tuneup, boys?

(Update from Sax) Just like the Kuo and Furcal news, Sax is a late add to today's game; but unlike those two Dodgers, Sax will be up in the nosebleed section along with hordes of kids (literally). Come by if you want to see the folly of a man desperately trying to teach baseball to a mass of under-five kids who are more interested in cotton candy and will meltdown by the fifth inning.

148 comments:

Josh S. said...

Ely optioned to ABQ. Link recalled. I take no joy in having called it.

Josh S. said...

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

Steve Sax said...

I never thought I'd say this, but I don't know why DeWitt is starting instead of MSB Ackbar.

Steve Sax said...

It's a trap!

Dusty Baker said...

Who is that girl in the GT picture?

Dusty Baker said...

"the folly of a man desperately trying to teach baseball to a mass of under-five kids who are more interested in cotton candy and will meltdown by the fifth inning."

This is like Scioscia during last night's game.

karen said...

@Sax
I thought the same thing when I read the line-up...No MSB?:(

karen said...

Thank you SoSG for the nod to the ladies in the GT!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's official. The Lakers' point guard has left the team to seek a role elsewhere.




Good luck with Charlotte, Jordan Farmar.

Josh S. said...

The Baseball Tonight set looks out of place on the field at the Ravine.

Dusty Baker said...

Nomaaaaahhh never looks out of place at our Yard. *Thumps heart*

Dusty Baker said...

Could be the worst Jon Miller outfit I've ever seen.

Neeebs said...

Jon Miller just said that the Cubs have beat the Dodgers their last two games at Dodger Stadium. Let's hope that he's not psychic.

Josh S. said...

*turns to teleprompter*

"Well, Jon..."

EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK.

karen said...

I just don't know if I can take a whole game of Joe Morgan. I may need medication.

Dusty Baker said...

I noted the same thing, Brother Neeebs. That was about 13 seconds into the broadcast. I guess he only had about 12 seconds worth of material and research for this game.

Dusty Baker said...

Start throwing at people, VPad!!!

Oh, sorry, just getting warmed up.

karina said...

Epale, everyone!

Karen, our wishes came true :)

@Dusty He is not a girl...or do you want more disturbing pics?

Josh S. said...

MIller: "The Rockies have won six in a row."

Not counting the one they lost today.

Dusty Baker said...

@Karen

Dr. Dusty prescribes gin.

karen said...

Epale Karina!

karina said...

So Carlos Silva, you can go back to 2009 form, just for tonight.

VPad can get his 100th win as MLB pitcher.

Dusty Baker said...

Great start for Battletoad.

Josh S. said...

MOTHER EFFING ALL-STAR!

karen said...

That's our ALL STAR!!

Josh S. said...

That ball was OBLITERATED.

Dusty Baker said...

On the sofa in our newly re-arranged living room, Vinny!

karina said...

King JAMES!

karen said...

FJL POWER!!

Dusty Baker said...

GOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!! FJL

Josh S. said...

JESUS LONEY!!!!

Holy hell he killed it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Steve Lyons thinks Loney killed the rally.

karina said...

He's my heart's first base all star!

Dusty Baker said...

He hit the FUCK out of that ball.

Josh S. said...

Any more room on that All-Star roster?

Dusty Baker said...

^Not in terms of distance but in terms of just coming around on it and hitting it in the sweet spot.

Dusty Baker said...

X Man keeps it going! Liking this. Why oh why couldn't we do this when I was at the game yesterday?

Dusty Baker said...

Karina's Son just looks so BAD in his ABs most of the time. Swinging for the fences at every pitch. Not batting smartly. Shameful for a catcher.

Dusty Baker said...

"It's not really even nighttime..." - Miller

Who knew! This whole time zone thing is still strange to some. #FlatEarther

Dusty Baker said...

I totally forgot about Nady still playing baseball.

[I waited to publish this comment until I knew he was out in order to avoid a possible jinx.]

Dusty Baker said...

Please talk another 12 minuts about the injury Ethier had a month and a half ago, Joe Morgan.

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

Landon is a little schoolgirl and longtime lil whiny pansy. To wit:

http://tinyurl.com/333z9wu

Mr. Customer said...

Who ordered the '09 Silva?

Dusty Baker said...

I did, Mr. C. I heard it pairs well with this Manchego I'm having.

karina said...

I did, Mr C

Dusty Baker said...

SAFE!!!!!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

YER OUTTA HERE!!!

karina said...

SAFE! it's safe!

Dusty Baker said...

Ump just sent the '09 Silva back.

Dusty Baker said...

He was out but it was pretty damn close in real time...hard for an ump to see.

I'LL TAKE IT.

karen said...

YAY for us

karina said...

@Dusty not a good pose, but at least he doesn't paint his toenails black.

Dusty Baker said...

We can share it, Karina.

Mr. Customer said...

I can live with going into the break on a blowout.

Dusty Baker said...

Put this out of reach, Beard.

Jason said...

Carlos Silva, meet Milton Bradley.

Dusty Baker said...

@Jason

Meet Carlos Zambrano, too.

Josh S. said...

Nomah's hanging out with Charley on the radio. They're not talking about the game much, but it's keeping Monday quiet.

karen said...

All right, we've talked about poor Silva enough now

karina said...

To tell the truth, Silva is through a physical problem.

I'll take that run, too

Dusty Baker said...

@Karen

Are you feeling sorry for the opposition? It sounds dangerously close...

karina said...

Dusty, we can share

karina said...

@Dusty Baker what's so wrong about feeling sorry?

karen said...

@Dusty

The "poor" was supposed to be dripping with sarcasm

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

I have a '98 Kerry Wood I've been saving for a special occasion. I'll put it on ice (like his arm!).

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

There's no feeling sorry in baseball. ;-)

Dusty Baker said...

Excellent work for ESPN to pipe in Dodgers PA announcer, who is paying tribute to Bob Sheppard by announcing batters in Sheppard's style.

Neeebs said...

@ Dusty

But did you see Donovan's no angle, over the goalie, under crossbar goal? A thing of beauty.

Dusty Baker said...

@Neeebs

Did you see how he turned tail a couple of seasons ago after "playing" in the Bundesliga and did so because it was too physical?

And how he was licking that drinking fountain?

Dusty Baker said...

You cannot keep Raffy off base!

Mr. Customer said...

Sarcasm noted, Karen.

Dusty Baker said...

Sarcasm approved, Karen.

Dusty Baker said...

Fuku, dome!

Dusty Baker said...

Alright, Battletoad! Lovin' this...so far.

Missing Vinny, though.

karina said...

@Mr C @Dusty Baker are you twins? or great minds think alike?

Dusty Baker said...

I want 15 runs.

Dusty Baker said...

Hey let's talk about Ethier's pinky another 17 minutes, Joe!

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

Mr. C and I are secret lovers, in fact.

Josh S. said...

So, I just found out Monday was being quiet because he has the night off. Ha!

Dusty Baker said...

I WANT 15, BEARD!

Dusty Baker said...

Why couldn't it be Steiner with the day off?

Josh S. said...

Sweet sassy molassy, is there any kind of focus group where we can tell ESPN that no one gives a shit about shadows?

Dusty Baker said...

Clearly the ESPN research team does not read this blog.

Josh S. said...

I ALSO WANT FIFTEEN.

Dusty Baker said...

So, let me repeat the order: 30 RUNS in all.

Dusty Baker said...

RANCHO I WANT 30 RUNS!

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Russ...I'm pulling for you on this AB.

Josh S. said...

Miller: "This is a double play ball."

I thought you weren't allowed to assume a DP.

Mr. Customer said...

@dusty from 6:19

The snark that dare not speak it's name.

karina said...

How do you isolate from jinxes?

karina said...

I hate Andruw Jones, even when he 's doing fine with the White Sox

Dusty Baker said...

My dog Frankie's chew toy octopus has correctly picked #dodgers to beat the Cubs tonight. http://yfrog.com/6wagzj

Jason said...

@Dusty - Can we refer to you prognosticating canine toy as Froctopus from now on?

NicJ said...

bye-bye no-no

Josh S. said...

Damn.

Nice ovation, though.

Mr. Customer said...

That takes care of that question, Karina; )

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

Felix Felicis?

Dusty Baker said...

Here comes a 32 minute derisive rant by Morgan re Manny.

NicJ said...

HAHA, i Love Padilla.

Dusty Baker said...

Honey on the Bat Phone.

Dusty Baker said...

Looks like Battletoad is gassed.

NicJ said...

only at 88 pitches, but it was kinda hot today.

NicJ said...

nice catch by Dewitt

Dusty Baker said...

Nice snag, Joyce!

Dusty Baker said...

I like how Kid K has started wearing his hat at a jaunty angle lately.

NicJ said...

Great outing by padilla. 7 strong innings AND hit drilled Byrd.

Dusty Baker said...

That's two Byrd drillings in two days. Hitting one Byrd with two stones?

karina said...

*high fives Dusty Baker*

Nice Half Blood Prince reference!

Remember its use is illegal in sporting events. exams and elections ;)

karina said...

@Dusty Baker octopus is blue!

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

Yep, that's why Mrs Dusty got that octopus - b/c it's blue. We get Dodgers-appropriate dog toys.

The Double D said...

I just got outbid for Silva on my fantasy team. The first good thing to happen to my sorry team all year.

Dusty Baker said...

re: Half Blood Prince

But those are all the fun places to cheat, Karina!

Josh S. said...

That inning was...not so good.

Josh S. said...

Ha! Miller made a joke about that stupid All-Star game promo. Best thing he's ever said.

Dusty Baker said...

JLo! Whether he was on the bag or not, what a great snag. His fielding is just tremendous.

Dusty Baker said...

LA getting all the calls tonight.It's about time.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker I didn't make those rules! but if muggles don't notice, I wouldn't say a word ;)

karina said...

Mrs Dusty rocks

Dusty Baker said...

Joyce receives payback for the Byrd plunking.

Dusty Baker said...

He should have thrown at GAARP!

Steve Sax said...

Already home...great game!

Josh S. said...

Joe "Complete games are for losers like Cliff Lee" Torre.

karina said...

Garret Anderson is the out the Dodgers give away to other teams.

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

Yes. Yes she does. True Blue through and through.

Mrs Dusty's dad first started following Dodgers when he moved to this country in the early 1960s and he used to go watch Koufax pitch every night he took the mound. Her mom refined her English via listening to Vinny on the radio.

It runs deep in their family. :-)

Dusty Baker said...

Masterful insight from DSBG tweet:

"Great game outta Padilla!"

Josh S. said...

Ball game!

Mr. Customer said...

Now we make all-star break party!

Dusty Baker said...

To wit:

"Wow! We whipped they asses!" -Mrs Dusty after that last out. I love it when she drops into the street vernacular.

Dusty Baker said...

I make party with wood fired oven pizza and vino rojo! #AvantiCafe

karina said...

A shutout is the right way to finish the first half. Go Dodgers!

Dusty Baker said...

The vuvuzelas have now gone silent. And I for one like it.

Neeebs said...

@DB 6.06

No.

Steve Sax said...

@DB 3:50p (sorry this is late, but I got no reception in the top deck): HA!

Mr. Customer said...

No reception from the top deck? That blows my theory...

Dusty Baker said...

Cheers, Sax.

My reception yesterday from Loge 1st base side was worst reception I've ever gotten there. I actually got some little "o" thing instead of the usual symbol that says what type of network I'm connected to. I swear I have never seen this symbol before. I'd rather get nothing than this taunting little lowercase o.

Fred's Brim said...

that was awesome

Padilla opened and closed the first half, but this one was a lot better than the opener. With all of the injuries and question marks, we are just 2 back. Clayton will be our second-half opening day starter and Manny will be back. I really hope we can put it all together and get on a roll. I am thinking we go 45-29 the rest of the way

NicJ said...

The reception at dodger stadium isnt bad, the signal just drops out when the place fills up and the network gets over run..

Never fails no matter where i sit, BP through about the 2nd inning signal is fine and it drops out after that till about the 9th.

Need to get dodger stadium to put up its own cell towers.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Nic

Hate to disagree with you, and you certainly may be on to something. But on the flip side I was there really early yesterday and couldn't get shit. There were probably only 100 people when I arrived.

Either way DS should sort that shit out for the 21st century.

Paul said...

It looks like you guys kept the place relatively clean without me this weekend. 3 out of 4 from the cubs and two more all stars.

I just read the plaschke dodger stadium shit.

I didn't think it was possible to dislike him even more.

Josh S. said...

Like Dusty, I am just beaming with Blue Pride.

--

I somehow missed the news that Heath Bell made the All-Star team, replacing Yovani Gallardo. I hate the guy, but he does deserve a spot. I bet he'll care about preserving home field THIS year.

Paul said...

Remember that crazy rumor at the trade deadline last year involving Bell to the Dodgers?

I was having a root canal and was refreshing the phone as much as possible because the year befor I missed out on the Manny news.

I don't know if anything that crazy will come about this year. Anyways I hate Bell almost as much as Sir Idiot Wilson up north.

Dusty Baker said...

Are you willing to get another root canal if it means we end with a Mannyesque trade, Paul? Take one for the team!

Josh S. said...

I had a thought about GAARP after the game:

With all of the baseball world focused on Anaheim, wouldn't this be the PERFECT time for one of the greatest Angels of all time to announce his retirement? He could be recognized in front of the crowd in what was his home park for so long. It would be a really great baseball moment! (No sarcasm, even though I do want him off the team.)

Dusty Baker said...

On Friday night, I tuned into DodgerTalk as I drifted off to sleep. THe audio was screwed up, and I would swear I heard side talk on the mic about a possible GAARP press conference (which of course I assumed would be a retirement announcement). They fixed the audio, I went to sleep, and I never heard anything else about it after that (obviously). Mrs. Dusty later confirmed that she heard the same thing as she drifted off.

Now Josh seems to have had some thoughts along the same lines.

It can't be far off.

Paul said...

I would get a root canal for a GAARP retirement.

Dusty Baker said...

It's been awhile since i really looked at LeBron. He's got a big fucking fat head and looks like he's 56 years old. Seriously, does he have Greg Oden disease? I hope you fail Fail FAIL asshole Heat.

Dusty Baker said...

Watching ESPN Sportscenter piece on LeBron. He said he never talked to Cavs front office and told them of his decision personally. He said on that day he just wanted it to be about him. Oh, it was, LeBron. It was.

#ArrogantSelfCenteredFucker

Fred's Brim said...

Looking closer at Battletoad's blue (BLUE!!) glove, the logo on the wristband makes me think he got it at Albertsons. I think I can see that plastic pricetag loop still on it