Saturday, August 28, 2010

Game 130 Thread: August 28 @ Rox, 5p

Chad Billingsley (10-7, 3.70) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (7-9, 3.98).

COMMENTS: Four-game win streak, tie with the Rockies for fourth place in the NL Wild Card hunt, and a dramatic victory last night. I'd like to feel more confident about this resurgent Dodgers team. However, Billingsley, who delayed his start one day due to an issue with his right calf, will be pitching in Coors Field, not exactly the most hospitable place for shaky pitchers. That doesn't exactly build up my confidence level much, even if we are facing Chacin (1-2 vs. the Dodgers this year).

At least I can take solace in the fact that Dinger is probably having some leg issues, too. That's gotta be a groin pull. (Dusty, this one's for you!)

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Dusty Baker said...

FUCK DINGER!

Dusty Baker said...

MDIL is going to laugh at this GT post.

Manny not in lineup again today.

Dusty Baker said...

Beer status: Pacifico w/ wedge of key lime

Surly factor: 1

Dusty Baker said...

Podsednik 7
Theriot 4
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Loney 3
Blake 5
Carroll 6
Barajas 2
Billingsley 1

Dusty Baker said...

Loneliness factor: 4

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Symmetrical factor: 4

Dusty Baker said...

Except that "Loney 3" has a sliiiiight outward projection at the bottom of the curve. STOOPID TORRE!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

But it works because Loney's in the middle. It's not a perfect curve, but it's still symmetrical.

Dusty Baker said...

True, true. It's like a little nipple at the bottom of the curve.

Chappy said...

Screw that purple asshole of a mascot Dinger. WTF does a dinosaur have to do with the Rockies anyway?

I'm so tired of seeing him dance around directly behind home plate during the bottom of the ninth inning. There ought to be a law!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'd post Mr C's explanation, but I fear banishment to my room.

karina said...

@Chappy this is Mister Customer's explanation (from last night's GT):

While we're out from under Dusty's watchful eye, the Rox mascot is a dinosaur because the first triceratops fossil was discovered near Denver, and the great basin in general is noted for a well-preserved fossil record.

Personally, I don't know why they didn't go with Jan-Michael Vincent, though.

This concludes clandestine mascot talk for the evening.

Dusty Baker said...

It's not clandestine if I can see it!!

Dusty Baker said...

@MLASF re fantasy football:

Finally, football in LA!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Speaking of the football, if anyone wants to join, click here.

The draft commences at seven on Monday, same as the start time against the Phillies. Hopefully it's a time at which most of us are in front of our computers.

karina said...

@Mr LASF I'm fearless of Dusty

Dusty Baker said...

Lotta sass coming from you today, Karina! Don't make me ground you!

Dusty Baker said...

^ And I like it!

Mr. Customer said...

Jumping over from nerd-central to see how the other half lives.

Dusty Baker said...

As if this space is filled with a bunch of mainstream cool kids?

Dusty Baker said...

Here are a few pics I took over the weekend during my trip to Dickey-Stephens Park in Little Rock, AR, where the AA Travelers play.

http://tinyurl.com/2eeedo5

Included the obligatory baseball seats pic, for those of you scoring at home.

MR. F said...

Speaking of mainstream cool kids, I'm posting from work on a Saturday afternoon. How cool is that?

Mr. Customer said...

I meant the other half of the nerds.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

RT @kengurnick: Joe Torre said he has not been ordered not to play Manny Ramirez. He started Scott Podsednik because he likes the energy of this lineup.

It's like Torre knows he's driving MOKM insane.

MR. F said...

From Dylan Hernandez's twitter:

#Manny sitting because the #Dodgers are preparing to deal him? "No, no, no," Joe Torre said. "This is just my dumb move."

Dusty Baker said...

Heh. Clearly Torre is reading MOKM and thinks he has Moriyama on the ropes with this decision.

Maybe Manny just needs to go to Torre's office and talk it out.

Dusty Baker said...

Not that I don't want to see Manny in the lineup, but we are kind of on what passes for a roll here.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Padres are not getting any help from the home plate ump.

Dusty Baker said...

Pod Rays go down like a Tijuana whore. Wait, we were rooting for them today against the Phiwwies, no? Hell, I can't even remember who we're supposed to hate any more.

MR. F said...

Hate: making you powerful and confused at the same time.

Dusty Baker said...

@Mr F

That's a good description of the Bush presidency.

OH NO HE DIDN'T just break the no politics rule!

Paul said...

Nobody ever had a dream round here,
but I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me
Nobody ever pulls the seams round here,
but I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me

I've got this energy beneath my feet
like something underground's gonna come up and carry me,
I've got this sentimental heart that beats
but I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me now

Paul said...

I have a five courser with wine pairings in my future tonight. When I get back you all better have cheered the Dodgers to victory!

Oh and easy on the hard stuff and keep the Biemel doll away from Dusty.

Dusty Baker said...

@Paul

I can do one of those directives but not both.

MR. F said...

Someone likes to collect Beimel dolls?

MR. F said...

I can't believe people have better things to do than post at SoSG on a Saturday afternoon/evening.

Dusty Baker said...

I have absolutely nothing better to do, Mr F.

Dusty Baker said...

Nats winning over Shards 5-3!

Dusty Baker said...

On the sofa, Vinny!

Dusty Baker said...

I want to see Reed Johnson and Rod Barajas in the same lineup. #juvenilecomment

MR. F said...

I chuckled at the thought.

Dusty Baker said...

Leadoff walk up in dis bish!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Podsednik sure does suck. What the hell was Torre thinking, starting that piece of crap?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fucking Theriot.

MR. F said...

Podsednik sure does suck. What the hell was Torre thinking, starting that piece of crap?

Dusty Baker said...

Was he safe at second? I want to say no, but I'm extremely biased.

Dusty Baker said...

Mr. C sure does suck. What the hell was Sax thinking, starting that piece of crap?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jimmy Fallon sure does suck. What the hell was NBC thinking, starting that piece of crap?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We're not getting any leeway in this one.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey, a run!

Dusty Baker said...

I'll take it.

#DemBums

MR. F said...

Score!

Dusty Baker said...

OT (Simpsons):

Wallace & Gromit to Guest on The Simpsons

Monday, July 26, 2010
By: Ramin Zahed

One of the big scoops of The Simpsons panel at Comic-Con this past weekend was that Aardman favorites Wallace & Gromit will be paying Springfield a visit during the long-running toon’s upcoming season on FOX. Showrunner Al Jean also told fans that the cast of Glee will also be featured in the show’s record-setting 22nd season.

The panel, which also included creator Matt Groening, exec producer Matt Selman and supervising director Mike Anderson, also noted that upcoming voice guests will include Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Cheech and Chong, and Hugh Laurie (Dr. House), and that the Christmas episode will be puppet-animated.

When asked about the difficulties of keeping the show fresh after so many seasons on the air, Groening said, “I don’t think there is a problem with ideas. We have so many characters—what is there, like 50? One of the great things about animation is it creates a dream world. That’s fun for me as an animator.”

Previously, Jean told ew.com that Halle Berry and Paul Rudd are also part of the guest voice lineup this next season. Rudd stars as a therapist who’s horrified to learn that Homer has a habit of throttling Bart. “For 20 years we’ve shown Homer strangling Bart and we’ve never had anybody go, ‘Oh, that’s horrible!’” says Jean. “So Paul Rudd goes, ‘That’s terrible!’ and he tries to cure him.” The new season of The Simpsons premieres Sept. 26 on FOX.

Dusty Baker said...

Adam Dunn just hit a 3-run HR. 8-5 Nats over Shards.

Dusty Baker said...

Love the fact that Barajas is lifelong Doyers fan. Vin just mentioned how Rod's dad would take him to the Yard during Fernandomania.

Hate the fact that he just chased a ball way outside to strike out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was not one of Billingsley's prouder moments at the plate.

karina said...

Epale everyone!

MR. F said...

Epale karina!

Dusty Baker said...

Epale, Karina!

See the note I left you in the puzzle nerd thread.

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo and our MSB at the plate

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Dusty Baker said...

!OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOB

karina said...
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karina said...

@Dusty sass? me? today? I'm still angry, my surly factor is at 5.It could have been better if stoopid rain hadn't interrupted my running.

@Mr F I'm rejecting every invitation today.If no one wanted to take one for the team last night, I'm not taking one for the team tonight.

@Paul I love when you quote "The Killers" in GTs

Neeebs said...

About to head over to Dusty's neighborhood. Do I need a passport to venture into Old Town?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

THESE SHADOWS ARE A POX ON BASEBALL

karina said...

@Dusty I just spilled water on the screen.Leave Mr C alone, he enjoys puzzles a lot, besides how do you know he doesn't have one?

You should come clean and say you miss him on GTs ;)

Dusty Baker said...

@Neeebs

What the hell...it's not Arizona!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

karina said...

It had to be CarGo.

Dusty Baker said...

If I ever stop teasing Mr C you know there is a problem.

Dusty Baker said...

And yes, I do miss Mr C, and Josh, and NicJ, and Spank, and the non-Karina ladies MB and Karen, and RBN, etc.

Dusty Baker said...

But not Orel. I don't miss him.

Neeebs said...

@DB; I thought everyone from the Valley had to bring their passport when traveling around LA. Afterall, MC calls my town Woodland Hells.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

MR. F said...

"the non-karina ladies"

Hah.

Meaniebreanie said...

Epale y'all! Looks like we have a tie game. Hoping for another exciting win this evening.

Sauvignon Blanc & Xanax
Surly factor: -1

MR. F said...

Ahhh. Come on Chad!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

Meaniebreanie said...

WTH? There went the tie game. Surly factor just jumped from -1 to +1

karina said...

Venezuelan slang: "este inning salio barato"

This inning was better than expected.Go Chad!

MR. F said...

Kempk sure does suck. What the hell was Torre thinking, starting that piece of crap?

Dusty Baker said...

@Neeebs

Naw, man, Pasadena be open to all. It's one of the most beautiful nights I can remember. I'll be the one the patio drinking and smoking a cigar.

Mr. Customer said...

@Neeebs

I'm glad that crack didn't go unnoticed.

karina said...

Stoopid GameDay :(

This is a winnable game, go Blue!

Dusty Baker said...

I love the -1 (though it was fleeting), MB! Good stuff.

Mr. Customer said...

Actually, I just took Dusty's comment as helpful advice. I shall consider it.

karina said...

@Dusty I miss Orel A LOT.

I always miss Eric Karros too :(

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

At least Arizona has the lead over Frisco.

karina said...

@Mr C did you get bored of puzzles? :)

Meaniebreanie said...

@Dusty - more wine and xanax and I'm sure any surliness will dissipate. Tonight it is off to Xanadu!

**trying to unwind from what has been a truly challenging week on many different levels.

Neeebs said...

Yeah...the crack went noticed alright. *planning my revenge*

Dusty Baker said...

@MB

Note that I just said I was missing you in the GT then like a few seconds later you showed up.

karen said...

Greeting Friends!

Better late then never

Just for the record, I hate the Padres

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

I'm hitting the wall. Gotta head down to the pier in a bit.

Meaniebreanie said...

DB - you just made a girl's day! I love all my SoSG friends. Now where in the heck is everybody else. Gee, you would think they all have lives.

Meaniebreanie said...

Karen, Welcome! You are psychic too. Dusty said he missed us and here we are.

Dusty Baker said...

Lives schmives.

karina said...

@Mr C well done! I totally support that decision,meanwhile you can work on your new life purpose there. Good luck!

karina said...

100!

MR. F said...

Greetings karen!

Dusty Baker said...

I miss having a huge Hawaiian style pizza with extra cheese and a nice bottle of red wine!

*waits for it to appear*

Meaniebreanie said...

Mr. C - how are your war wounds today?

karina said...

@Mr C one question:do you have to solve the entire issue today?

Meaniebreanie said...

Speaking of missing people, where the heck has Fred been?

Mr. Customer said...

@Karina

I said I'd consider it. That's way more responsibility than making sure a cat doesn't get outside, and we saw how that turned out.

Dusty Baker said...

Fred's Brim is a big old pile of poo!

*trying to bait him out of hiding*

Mr. Customer said...

@MB

Minor throbbing.

@Dusty

Not that kind.

Dusty Baker said...

9-5 Nats.

karen said...

MB...I was just going to thank Dusty for his good thoughts and explain that my other life keeps getting in the way of my real life (SoSG) but then Dusty said "lives schmives" so I'm thinking that that excuse isn't going to fly!

karina said...

@Mr C are you talking about puzzles or girlfriends?

Meaniebreanie said...

I liken this place to Hotel California. "You can check out any time you like but you can never leave".

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

There's no real time limit to solve, but to get into the higher rankings, I think it's the pretty much within the first day.

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

Both. To which response are you referring?

MR. F said...

TBLA said that Vin said on the air (regarding Tulo), "party in the back." We need audio of this.

karen said...

MB "Hotel California"...what a perfect analogy

karina said...

@Mr C 6:31 pm.Anyhow, I'm laughing!

Meaniebreanie said...

@Karina
I'm headed to Boston this next week and will be there while your beloved White Sox are playing. I'm going to catch one of the games but not sure which one. I will cheer them on for you.

Mr. Customer said...

@Karina that one is definitely por una novia.

Meaniebreanie said...

**Dusty disclaimer**
Being that I am clearly headed to Xanadu all spelling,grammatical, and punctuation errors are to be forgiven. In other words, tonight I have a friggin free pass.

Meaniebreanie said...

Come on guys, we need some hits!

karina said...

@Meaniebreanie awesome! hope you have a great time over there!

and thank you very much :)

MR. F said...

We need to score!

MR. F said...

True on so many levels...

karen said...

Ah shit

MR. F said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Josh S. said...

Epale!

I have almost no idea what's been going on with this game (other than we're losing). We just wrapped up Luke's first birthday party.

Beer status: Gordon Biersch Märzen

MR. F said...

That's not Luke's beer status also, right?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't care too much for Todd Helton.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MLASF out.

Meaniebreanie said...

@Josh
Stay with Luke's bday party. You should have something to celebrate. We had a lead at one point and now we have an ever increasing deficit.

MR. F said...

I would think that Luke is more of a corellian ale kinda guy.

I can't believe I knew of that from the top of my head...

karina said...

@Josh my best wishes to Luke. Did he enjoy his party?

karina said...

@Mr F NERD (the way it should be)

karina said...

@Dusty why don't you say you miss my son? my 2008 son?

Mr. Customer said...

Alright. Gotta blow, kiddies. Don't wreck the place. I'll have mobile monitoring only from here on out.

Meaniebreanie said...

Thank God for the double play!

Dusty Baker said...

Whoa....I take a second to make some pasta, then come back to all sorts of tangled comments/responses. It's like we're doing the Scooby Doo/multiple rooms thing within the same GT. Help!

Dusty Baker said...

@MB

Understood...full free grammar pass for you! Use it wisely.

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

Wait, which son am I supposed to say I miss?

Dusty Baker said...

News:

By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com

08/28/10 9:27 PM ET

DENVER -- Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White is expected to be a candidate for the Arizona Diamondbacks general manager position, but the Dodgers have not yet been asked permission to interview him.

Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall, a former Dodgers executive, has said he hopes to hire a GM before the regular season ends. Jerry DiPoto has been acting GM since the July 1 dismissal of Josh Byrnes. DiPoto also is expected to be interviewed. Also rumored on Arizona's radar are Damon Oppenheimer of the Yankees and former Padres GM Kevin Towers.

White has been in charge of the Dodgers' Drafts for nine years and has received industry acclaim recently for drafting and signing first-round pick Zach Lee, who was considered unsignable by many clubs because he was committed to play quarterback for Louisiana State.

karina said...

My only son (besides Coper): Russell Martin

Dusty Baker said...

Nats won 14-5 over the hated Shards!

Dusty Baker said...

ManRam on deck!

Dusty Baker said...

If Rod does something here I will not miss your son, Karina.

Dusty Baker said...

I do not miss your son, Karina.

Meaniebreanie said...

MANNY! Come on you beast.

karen said...

Manny got loose from his captors

Dusty Baker said...

MANNY NOT UP IN DIS BISH!!!

karen said...

Well crap

Josh S. said...

Well, I'm nit going to miss THAT Manny, I tell you what.

Dusty Baker said...

^ I had to add not at the last second. I thought he was going to do something there. Besides K.

karina said...

To Mr. Logan White:

Stay-Dave Matthews Band

http://youtu.be/lJWxoKk854A

Respectfully yours

Josh S. said...

^not

karina said...

White Sox losing to the Yankees 12-7,however they have scored two in the ninth

Dusty Baker said...

Just as important: don't go anywhere, Kim Ng!

Meaniebreanie said...

Crap, way to go Belli.

karen said...

Damn Cargo

NicJ said...

Thank you umpire.

NicJ said...

So are the white sox willing to cough up any prospects yet?

MR. F said...

Confirmed: it was a trap.

karina said...

what happened?

Meaniebreanie said...

Oooh ejection, who pitches now?

karina said...

It had to be CarGo

Meaniebreanie said...

Oh my god, it's flat breezy. Everybody hang on as this could be a bumpy ride.

***Goes to grab more wine

Dusty Baker said...

THROW AT HIS FUCKIN HEAD, FLAT BREEZY!

karina said...

Karen,Meaniebreanie: do you like football?

Dusty Baker said...

What a load of fucking horseshit. I WISH Belli had the control to throw a ball straight down the middle then add some late movement to it to make it home in on the batter's hip. FUCK THAT UMP! What a load of rubbish!

karen said...

Karina...I love football. I'm a very proud Saints fan. How about you??

Dusty Baker said...

@MB

I would lay into the Xanax more than the wine at this point.

#DrBakerComment

Meaniebreanie said...

Karina -
I live in Texas. I LOVE FOOTBALL! As far as this state is concerned it is the only sport. The movie and TV show Friday Night Lights is patterned after Odessa Permian (which my high scool team beat for state).

GO COWBOYS AND GO SAINTS!
PS I saw the Saints new Superbowl rings. They are awesome! I would change my avatar to show but you cannot see the detail. Just a drunk Benson trying to grope my boob.

karina said...

Watching the Sox de Blanco game, they've scored 3 in the 9th, no outs!

Meaniebreanie said...

@DB - Mick definitely knew what he was singing about when he described Mother's Little Helper.

karina said...

Meaniebreanie do you want to join the fantasy league Mr LASF is putting together?I don't want to be the only girl there

Meaniebreanie said...

Although I love football I don't know the first thing about fantasy leagues. It might be fun to try. The ex-husband always used to play them and made quite a bit of money. If I want to try what do I need to do to be in?

MR. F said...

How many people are currently in MR. LASF's fantasy football league?

Josh S. said...

Was this as funny in action as it reads on Gameday?

"Casey Blake doubles (23) on a line drive to right fielder Seth Smith. James Loney scores. Casey Blake out at 3rd on the throw, right fielder Seth Smith to second baseman Eric YoungJr. to first baseman Todd Helton to third baseman Melvin Mora to first baseman Todd Helton to third baseman Melvin Mora to second baseman Eric YoungJr."

Meaniebreanie said...

FJL!

NicJ said...

if the trend continues against the rox this year we will win tomorrow.

Dusty Baker said...

DALLAS COWBOY FOOTBALL RULES! *streaks*

#TroyAikmanIsGod

Dusty Baker said...

Arizona over Hated Ones 9-1in the 4th.

Dusty Baker said...

Nic lives!

Meaniebreanie said...

@DB
Roger is God. I did business with Roger for several years and he truly is a very nice man and class act. Troy is right up there with him. Randy White is also a sweetheart. I also love Michael Irvin. He has always been so polite to me. Say what you will about him but I love him. He is a bad boy who is really trying to be good. I have met a few players in my time having lived in Dallas for so many years. Deion Sanders has to be one of the most arrogant asses I have ever met.

NicJ said...

ive been running the hamster wheel that makes the dodgers offense go for the past couple days.

Obviously i had to take a break today, leg cramp.

Meaniebreanie said...

We need a miracle and now it's back to Flat Breezty.

karina said...

@Meaniebreanie you'll have to sign up for espn.com

@Mr F only Dusty and Mr LASF as we speak

Dusty Baker said...

@MB

I started to rant about Roger being a right-wing ahole, but then realized I'd have to broaden that to a lot of former 'Boys I admire. Scratch that take.

You left out MY BOY Emmitt!

I got to meet and hang out with the 'Boys several times in the mid-90s when we were running the table on fools since I worked in [redacted...the place where championship teams get to go meet the president].

Meaniebreanie said...

@Karina,
You did not answer my question. How does one get into the fantasy game?

MR. F said...

@Karina,
I'm not a huge football fan, but I'm doing one fantasy league already. I suppose I could also sign up for this one if you're in need of more people.

NicJ said...

wait, what about a fantasy league? ill join if there are spots still open.

Paul said...

This Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is not tasting as goof cause our offense sucks!!!

Come on!!

Oh count me in on the fantay football if there is room.

karina said...

You sign up in espn.com and you go to the link Mr LASF posted at the top of this GT

Meaniebreanie said...

I only met Emmitt once. He seemed very nice. There were a lot of nice ones over the years. He wasn't with the squad very long but I loved Jeff Rohrer. He was very funny. Too Tall used to throw some very fun parties back in the day. At 5'1" it was very odd to stand next to him. He had to practically get on his knees to talk to me.

Dusty Baker said...

On behalf of MLASF, since I believe he checked out, there is plenty of room for more in this fantasy league. Gimme a sec and I'll see if I can dig up the link.

@Paul - I switched to a nice grenache and it's making sweet, sweet love to me.

NicJ said...

dodgers are so poor they only have one catchers mitt

Meaniebreanie said...

Karina - got it. Thanks for the info.

Dusty Baker said...

http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/leagueoffice?leagueId=801142

Meaniebreanie said...

Hell, we hit another one? Bad night for Dodger pitchers.

Dusty Baker said...

These things come in threes.

(re hit batsmen)

Dusty Baker said...

201!

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