Monday, August 23, 2010

Scoreboard Watching: August 23 NL WC Games of Note

On this Dodgers off-day, the most important other MLB game is Reds @ Giants, 7p first pitch. Edinson Volquez (3-1, 4.98) takes the mound against Matt Cain (9-10, 3.11). Accuscore published in the WSJ today said the Giants should win 6.2 runs to 4; Giants fans are chilling their chardonnay glasses as I write this.

The Giants trail NL Wild Card leader Philadelphia by two games, sharing the second-place WC slot with the Cardinals. The Cards play the Pirates (Lohse vs. Ohlendorf) and the Phillies host the Astros (Blanton vs. Myers), with both games starting at 4p PT, so the Giants will know how their competitors are doing as they take the field.

Let’s go, Reds!

125 comments:

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

DeWitt: another HR for the Cubs. He's hitting lead-off today.

Steve Sax said...

Cubs romping

cardinals up on the bucs 7-2

phils losing(!) to the 'stros 3-2 in the eighth

Paul said...

We will rally around Matt Kemp and we will play good baseball!!

*takes a shot.....a double*

Mr. Customer said...

I will rally around taking a shot and I will be pleased if it is a double.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

ALCOHOL IS THE FUTURE OF THIS ORGANIZATION

Paul said...

The C stands for Clutch Mr. C.

Oh yeah it stands for Customer.

Paul said...

We will rally around a shot and we will forget about Kemp!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Rangers lose the collective no-no.

Small Sample Size said...

Edinson Volquez looks good tonight....If you're a Giants hitter. SF up 5-0 in the 1st.

Small Sample Size said...

Andres Torres is 0-0 in the first inning with 2 walks.

Ugh....

Dusty Baker said...

SSS: I'm in your hood!

Small Sample Size said...

You in Conway tonight? What are u doing down here?

Small Sample Size said...

Dusty....

Since you're down here, why don't you swing by and buy my house! It will be for sale tomorrow!

rbnlaw said...

If what they say about Arkansas real estate is true, Dusty may have brought enough cash to buy SSS's house with him. . .and still get a combo at Chik-Fil-A. . .just not on Sunday.

Dusty Baker said...

Actually in LR tonight. Was in Conway last two nights at my parents' house. Staying with my bro tonight. Sitting on patio in THIS FUCKING HUMIDITY.

rbnlaw said...

STOOPID TORRE. HE MAKE SCHEDULE MAKERS HATE THE DODGERS SO NO GAME TODAY. HE PROBABLY TRY TO PUT MANNY ON WAVERS LIKE STOOPID COLLETTI. WHY HE WANT TO WAVE AT MANNY?

Dusty Baker said...

ps- Headed to the Travelers game tomorrow night.Got some kick ass front row seats. For $12. I can still afford SSS's crib with those low prices.

Small Sample Size said...

If I'd known you'd be in town, I would've bought you a beer. I haven't been posting lately for whatever reason. When you headin out?

Humidity????? A front moved through today with dryer air. It's gonna be like 70 in the morning. At 2:45 am on Friday it was 81!

Small Sample Size said...

@rbnlaw

Great point! It's a 5 yr old 3 bd 2 bth home with all new hardwood and tile. Walk in closets and jacuzzi tub. 1650 sq ft for only $139,900!

Bring your check book Dusty!

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah I dropped you a note in another thread a ways back, SSS, but hadn't heard from you any lately. We leave out Wednesday morning.

Admittedly, today was marginally less humid, but still...last night I grilled out and needed several cc's of fluid administered after - it was friggin brutal over a grill.

Small Sample Size said...

@Dusty

The new staduim is nice! AA baseball in LR has made a comeup. The long haired beer guy that used to be at Ray Winder is still the beer guy at Dickey Stephens!

COLD BEER HERE FOLKS....COLD BEER

Small Sample Size said...

I grilled kabobs and fish on Saturday around 4 pm. Another reason my friends say I have 0 sense!

Dusty Baker said...

Suffice it to say there is a huge difference in real estate prices between Conway and Pasadena.

Small Sample Size said...

Jeff Brantley makes Charlie Steiner sound like Ernie Harwell. My God is this tool bad!

Small Sample Size said...

Maybe a slight difference. I am making an offer soon on about 2,350 sq ft. Brand new 4 bdrm for about $210,000.

Will $210,000 in Pasadena get me a 6 month lease on an apartment?

:)

Dusty Baker said...

@SSS

I've been buying beers from that guy since I was 16! Glad he's still around.

Dusty Baker said...

Let's put it this way...I've got ~1,050 sq ft 2BD 1.5 BTH that would run you about $425k.

Mr. Customer said...

The Natty is imploding, dammit. Bad day for the Party of Lenin all around.

rbnlaw said...

SSS,
$210K will get you 4 bdrms in Santa Ana.

It will also get you free "ventilation" holes in your house courtesy of the local drug cartel.

Both of your places sound nice but humid.

rbnlaw said...

August 23, 2010: The Fall of the Proletariat.

Damn bourgeoisie in SF.

Small Sample Size said...

@rbnlaw

Today it was 97 with 69% humidity.

Cooler air on the way. Only gonna
like 94 by the weekend. Time to break out the "long johns"!

Not a fan of cartels. Well I don't know of any but I'm sure I don't like em!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Quick! Protect the Kremlin! We cannot let Lenin die! Or at least die without leaving behind a body to be properly embalmed!

Small Sample Size said...

@ Mr C

I would blame Jeff Brantley if I were a Reds fan. He has to be the root of the problem!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MUST CRUSH CAPITALISM. ER. AR.

Paul said...

139k?

I heard that was the total
bar tab at the SOSGfest this year.

Mr. Customer said...

@SSS

I think it's safe to assume that's the case.

Small Sample Size said...

@ rbnlaw and Mr C

This is why I like this place. It forces me to learn while chatting! You guys are too smart for the Hick on the board. I was forced to google The Fall of the Proletariat.
BTW at least I got the Party of Lenin reference.

:)

Small Sample Size said...

@ Paul

That is probably why it was limited seating!

Mr. Customer said...

AT&T Park garlic fries are the opiate of the masses.

Paul said...

It was Mr. C ordering the Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck that would have put it over the top. Good thing someone talked him into a Jameson in lieu.

rbnlaw said...

SSS,
There's a little more to it. Mr. C is also a fan of Liverpool Football Club, aka, The Reds. They lost today 3-0 to Manchester City (a team loaded with store-bought talent. . .a lot like the Yankees without the dynasty).

So yeah, a bad day for The Reds.

As Marx (Karl, not Groucho) would say, "We need more bread and circuses."

Small Sample Size said...

Now for the drive home. Have a great night Dodger Fans.

If I don't talk to you before Wednesday Dusty, safe travels!

rbnlaw said...

Or Dodger Dogs and a winning streak; whatever opiates this mass.

rbnlaw said...

Happy trails, SSS.

Small Sample Size said...

@ rbnlaw

I saw a comment about that earlier. The Pool is in trouble right now.I am a fan of a team I'm positive that Mr C hates. I support Chelsea.

{ducks}

Mr. Customer said...

What is it with these Arkansas boys and their Chelsea.

*shrugs*

If it's not MU (or Everton, but who cares about Everton these days), I'll allow it. They're playing damn good football.

Dusty Baker said...

@SSS

Wait, you're kidding re CHelsea, no? How else could it be that two random SOBs from a small town in north central AR end up liking Dodgers and Chelsea?

Unsure of the sample size in my question.

Steve Sax said...

Cards win
Phils lose
Giants up 7-2 on the Reds. Great.

karina said...

Small Sample Size left, but what is a Hick?

by the way,tonight I made my good action of the year: I taught some salsa to a middle aged american guy.He obviously doesn't speak any Spanish and his wife had all the rhythm he lacks. She wasn't paying any attention to him :(

He looked at me and shook his head. "What's the problem, sir?""you speak English!""may I help you?""i'm lost and I don't understand"

"Sir, wait a minute! one step sideways (to our left), left),join your feet , then another step sideways.Again,again, now SHAKE IT"

he said he can't I told him it's just practice.Let's see if he has the courage to come back tomorrow

karina said...

I want a Snarkie who also is a fan of italian soccer.

Neeebs? (who likes soccer every four years) Paul? (i'm under the impression you are italian)

Dusty Baker said...

You told him to SHAKE IT, Karina? Hilarious!

*shakes it like a polaroid picture*

Mr. Customer said...

@Karina

A hick is a (mildly) derogatory term for people from the country.

karina said...

Dusty, that was the best word I could come up with. Man doesn't speak any Spanish, I couldn't just tell him to "merequetearse" "moverlo""batirlo" or like our cuban teachers say "ponerle sandunga". He leaned fast the feet movement, he needs to practice on his hips and it's similar to "shake it"

karina said...

why the Reds are losing to the Giants?

any team but the Giants on the playoffs

Dusty Baker said...

DOS EQUIS IS THE FUTURE OF THIS ORGANIZATION!

Dusty Baker said...

How the fuck does Aubrey Huff have 22 HRs on the season?

karina said...

Soccer and comic fans:

http://www.as.com/futbol/fotogaleria/aurrecochea-meta-homenajea-comic-deseo/dasftb/20100823dasdasftb_2/Zes

karina said...

The Giants score a couple of insurance runs in the 8th, it could be more because there are no outs,Shieholtz on second and Panda at the plate.

Dusty Baker said...

BTW Karina I'm still laughing heartily re your DM to me the other night involving "consiguete una novia" and certain Twitterati.

Dusty Baker said...

Panda was out at second!!!! WTF?

karina said...

@Dusty Baker it's a Venezuelan saying but there's like a sequel to that saying but I'm a lady and I can't repeat it :)

karina said...

Kids, the Giants have just scored three runs and no outs.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Mr. Customer said...

Cody Ross on the Giants. Two horrifying flavors, together at last.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Mr C

It's the opposite of Reese's peanut butter cups, no?

karina said...

@Mr C of course the player they didn't really want is going to have a great season.

STOOPID Giants

Dusty Baker said...

Always the lady, Karina.

Nonetheless, you can send it to me offline any time and I'd love to hear it. ;-)

Mr. Customer said...

I have no point of reference, but I'm pretty sure there's a close equivalent in English. Or at least the kind of English I use.

Dusty Baker said...

Asshole's name is Cody. Cody! Lots of hicks are named Cody.

Mr. Customer said...

Truth.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker maybe they won't "consiguete una novia" but at least we could send some of them a Rubik cube, an UNO set and a Nintendo (8 or 64 bit, a Genesis would do,I think)

just because they need another hobby

Paul said...

@Karina

I am a novice when it comes to futbol. I do cheer for the Italian team. Still while I have Italian and Mexican blood I grew up around as Mr. C would say baseball okies.

But I am willing to take on a new sport since this baseball thing ended early.

Oh I know I should cheer for Palmero!! Long live the South!(Italy)

Dusty Baker said...

We could send them some Dungeons and Dragons modules and some little lead figures to paint to represent their characters. And some dragons and shit.

Mr. Customer said...

This is the only game still going and it's a pants-down-spanking in favor of the bad guys. Why am I still watching?

Dusty Baker said...

Palermo you mean?

I believe they have the...er, most effiminate futbol jerseys ever created.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Mr C

Exactly...why am I exiled in my brothers house at midnight during a family gathering watching a baseball game featuring my third least favorite team winning big?

*flogs self*

Mr. Customer said...

The purple? Way better than Everton's alternate. Or Barças.

Paul said...

Oh yeah them Dusty.

Yeah I saw those things and thought it was a joke.

Dusty Baker said...

At one point Palermo had pink polkadots.

Small Sample Size said...

@ Dusty

I do support Chelsea and I would say the the Sample Size is very small. I have only been following soocer for about 3 or 4 years. I am an avid fan though. I watch as many EPL matches as they televise here.

And Cody is a popular hick name.

Dusty Baker said...

Here is Palermo vs Karina's boys:

http://www.france24.com/en/files/imagecache/aef_ct_wire_image_lightbox/images/afp/photo_1256854333347-1-0.jpg

[sorry too lazy for tiny url]

karina said...

@Paul Palermo is not a very good team to cheer on.I'd wish I could brainwash you into AC Milan, but it's too northern.

We're on time to start, season starts this weekend! (finally)

Small Sample Size said...

Evertons alternate or 3rd shirts are awful. I have no issue going on record with this statement.

Dusty Baker said...

Stand up for the champions, SSS!

Hilarious. You should know I have a dog named Frankie after Frank Lampard.

Dusty Baker said...

well here's the tiny url

http://tinyurl.com/2d4j5fc

karina said...

THOSE ARE NOT MY BOYS! if those are my boys Dusty, you brag about the shot heard around the world, worship Bonds and wear your nice Panda hat when it's too sunny outside.You also dig Halloween colors all year long

:_(

Dusty Baker said...

ih8 has a masterpiece:

FANS SO STOOPID BECAUSE THEY NO KNOW HOW TO USE FANGRAPHS LIKE ME

karina said...

I just retweeted that,Dusty. I know what could be their new hobby:lego, since they are so crazy about fangraphs.

Small Sample Size said...

I like Karina!

She's on fire!

karina said...

@Dusty Baker @Mr C I can't and won't say the sequel of that. It's too hmmm, rude.I'm already one of the boys,so I have to draw a line somewhere

Dusty Baker said...

Heh...hey Karina, not sure if you are familiar with an American social pattern where to give a friend grief in a good-natured fashion, you refer to something you know your friend doesn't like but refer to it as if they really like it. I was just messing with you in that way. Like if someone said to me "Dusty, I hear where your boy George Bush did such and such...."

Paul said...

Well I can cheer for anyone on this side of the world.

Mr. Customer said...

Had to go and peruse a refresher course on Palermo. Those are freaking spectacular.

Paul said...

I mean cause I am on this side of the world safe from relatives.

Small Sample Size said...

@Dusty

Let's see if we can keep this going....

Who is your favorite football team?

I am referring to the American Professional brand.

Dusty Baker said...

@SSS

Cowboys

karina said...

@Dusty Baker I know, we do the same here.Just gave you a little bit of you own medicine.

The thought they could be my boys...I can't even form the idea...

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

That's funny that that convention is followed around the world. Or at least in the tow countries we hail from.

Small Sample Size said...

@ Dusty

There is a distinct possibility that we are related. I am, in fact, blown away by this. I too rep the Cowboys.

I fear for the safety of SOSG!

karina said...

Hahahahaha,Paul.

Just a tiny bit of info:

The club has won 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA international titles, and remains tied with Boca Juniors as having won the most in the world. Milan has won four world titles,more than any other club in the world, having won the Intercontinental Cup three times and the FIFA Club World Cup once.Milan has won the European Cup/Champions League on seven occasions;only Real Madrid has exceeded this total.The club has also won the European Super Cup a record five times and the Cup Winners' Cup twice.
Domestically, Milan has won 17 league titles, making the club the third most successful in Serie A behind local rivals .....BOOOOOO.... (18 wins) and record-holder Juventus (27 titles).The club has also won the Coppa Italia five times, in addition to five Supercoppa Italiana triumphs.The UEFA Cup (Europa League) remains the only major competition for which the team are eligible to compete that they have never won (Karina's note: NOT YET).

Mr. Customer said...

Which reminds me; I guess I AM a calcio fan after all. My third favorite team is whoever's playing Inter.

Dusty Baker said...

That's really funny SSS.

All good Arkansas boys love their Cowboys!

Dusty Baker said...

BTW stopped by the Houndstooth kiosk in Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock today and snagged a sweet Razorback t-shirt. All red with white letter that just says "Arkansas Baseball" with a small Hog in the middle.

karina said...

There's something that annoys me from the glorious AC Milan:

when you go to their website acmilan.com, there are a few flags: Spain, Japan, Russia, Brazil,Italy, UK and USA.

If you click on the british flag, you get the news.If you click on the american flag, it takes you to the online store.

Paul said...

Sooo if Buster Onley says Manny will hit the waivers it means he won't right?.

Dusty Baker said...

Headed to bed, folks...good to chat with you all tonight despite no Dodgers game. Will try to check in from the Travs game tomorrow night and send a pic.

Mr. Customer said...

Unless it's United. Then I just hide in a corner until it's over and hope for an airstrike.

Small Sample Size said...

Ususally Buster prefaces everything with "I heard"

so take that for what it's worth...

probably nothing

karina said...

@Mr C why is you third favorite whoever that plays against those suckers?

Dusty Baker said...

@Mr C

Keep Calm and Carry On

Mr. Customer said...

@Karina

That's actually pretty funny.

Mr. Customer said...

1st - LFC
2nd - Whoever's playing United
3rd - Whoever's playing Inter

karina said...

@Paul the AC MIlan has an american player, who also was in the World Cup's american team, Onyewu Oguchi

Paul said...

That's a lot of cups. Beltre would not approve.

karina said...

@Mr C they suck, no matter what

karina said...

@Paul it's OK, you could root for Roma or Juventus and we could have discussions.

Mr. Customer said...

Y'all make a shitty sports day much better. Señor Cliente going down for the count, just to wake up and do it all over again tomorrow.

Josh S. said...

WTF HUGE OFFDAY THREAD?!

Steve Sax said...

From Arkansas real estate prices to football to football (the other kind).

Gotta love this worldly bunch of SoSG readers!

Paul said...

What a strange occurance. I would have guessed the over/under on posts tonight would have been 30.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, latimes.com just crashed, as I was reading the McCourt valentine puff piece for tomorrow's paper.

Coincidence?!?!

Steve Sax said...

Is latimes.com running on the blogger platform?

Spanky said...

There was good conversation going on in here. Too bad I missed it.

Damn You Lifetime Channel!

Dusty Baker said...

That Lifetime Channel comment had me chuckling.

rbnlaw said...

Geez. I signed off the thread way too early last night.

SSS a Blue man? Figures.

If I have to watch Italian football, I'll back AC. Inter is too much like the Yankmees to like.

Dusty Baker said...

Roma all the way.