Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Game 134 Thread: September 1 vs. Phillies, 12n

Clayton Kershaw (11-8, 3.01) vs. Roy Oswalt (9-13, 3.12).

As we turn the corner into the Dodgers' final month (save a stub series against fellow NL West cellar dweller Arizona in October), our team doesn't have a lot for which to play. But driving the Phillies batty by beating their pair of Roys (ace Halladay, bested by Kuroda on Monday; and rented ace Oswalt, who takes the mound today) would indeed be sweet. It ain't much, but at this stage, minor victories still count for something.

SoSG Sax will be sneaking out of work today to catch the businessperson's special, baking to death in the field level. Look for the guy sweating to death but insisting on another $12 beer for hydration.

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Josh S. said...

Man, MLB.tv, at least on my phone, sucks ass.

Josh S. said...

Manny up next.

Josh S. said...

Groundout. Not that I saw it. *curses MLB.tv*

Dusty Baker said...

Recommend the $19.50 double gin and tonic to stay cool, Sax.

rbnlaw said...

$19.50 fora 2x G&T???

Who do they think they are, the poolside bar at the Mirage? (where I paid $20 for a grande G&T and a grande pina colada for the missus)

Mr. Customer said...

I'm pretty sure it was $17.50, but I coulda swam laps in it.

Dusty Baker said...

@RB

It was edgework, truly groundbreaking, for the hapless barkeep. They just doubled the regular price. But my ploy worked, as we ended up with a lot of gin (decribed earlier by MR C as a "small pool" which I think was an accurate and appropriate comparison). I have to say it was worth it.

Josh S. said...

Ugh. New work filters are killing my Blogger access.

Josh S. said...

Manny now 0 for 2 with a K looking.

Dusty Baker said...

@Josh

Did he argue balls and strikes?

Did he cut his hair?

Cut your hair, Manneh!

rbnlaw said...

With that size, the ability to make it last most of the game makes the drink a value.

Mr. Customer said...

@rbnlaw

It lasted to the second inning. I don't know whether to be proud or ashamed (or both)

Josh S. said...

No haircut and no arguments.

Do you think this will silence the fools who keep saying Manny "quit on the Dodgers"?

(Hint: No. They love to hear themselves talk.)

karina said...

Seriously, between Manny and the White Sox, SoSG and Twitter, I'm not doing much.

karina said...

Epale everyone!

@Mr C no wonder you were asking for some kicking last night

karina said...

what does it mean "lemonade for grown ups" ad I saw when GameDay started?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Mike's hard lemonade. It has alcohol in it.

rbnlaw said...

I could use a grown-up lemonade about now.

My employer does not share this sentiment.

karina said...

Juan Pierre just had lead off double, sigh

rbnlaw said...

Just saw the blog post about the AG investigating Mc Court's charity and over-compensating his buddy, Sunkin.

Things just get brighter and brighter for the team!!!

MR. F said...

Work is killing me. I feel hungover except without the drunken escapades to show for it.

Mr. Customer said...

@rbn

I was listening to a story on the trial last night on the way to the game. My emerging opinion is that it should go as badly as possible as quickly as possible, so it will force Frank's hand and they'll be forced by finances and MLB to sell the team. Just rip the band-aid off and get it over with.

Dusty Baker said...

Did I miss anything key in this Apple announcement, Josh?

rbnlaw said...

So, if the Dodgers follow MSTI's advice, we could see a fire sale that would make the 2008-09 Padres, A's, Orioles, and Indians blush.

Dusty Baker said...

Apparently Frank just got crucified on the stand today. Not going well for him. Apparently didn't go well for Jamie yesterday. Leading me to believe it's mutually assured destruction. Hopefully that will lead to the band aid gambit that Mr C just described.

Dusty Baker said...

Word that Ted Lilly and Dodgers mutually want each other, and will pursue an extension. I ain't hatin' that.

Mr. Customer said...

@DB

Truth. In the end, I don't think either one of them have the solvency to run the team on their own. The sooner that is made clear, the better.

MR. F said...

Where are you getting your divorce court updates, DB?

Okay work has truly driven me mad. I instinctively wrote your initials as "dB" before I realized I wasn't talking about decibels.

Josh S. said...

Dusty: A whole bunch of stuff I won't be buying.

-Touchscreen Nano
-New Shuffle
-New Touch (with front camera and FaceTime)
-New Apple TV for $99 (all content, aside from Netflix and what you stream from your computer, is pay-per-view rental)

Dusty Baker said...

Podsednik LF
Carroll SS
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Blake 3B
Belliard 2B
Barajas C
Kershaw P

rbnlaw said...

Mr. C and DB,
I like the Band-Aid gambit, especially if said adhesive bandage is being removed from a particularly sensitive and hairy area for both McCourts.

Both have enough of a sleeze factor to make each sufficiently hate-able.

Dusty Baker said...

@Mr F

From the Twitters. Specifically, the Dodger Divorce guy (does he have a real job?) and Molly Knight. Both are covering it live.

Dusty Baker said...

@RB

You mean the hair from Jamie's back?

rbnlaw said...

I think I know why there is so much Manny-hate in the MSM; most are jealous he got out before the imminent collapse of the empire.

Sort of like the guy who handed Nero the matches (this simile assumes matches were around in some form or another in 64 AD).

MR. F said...

I can't say I'm not enjoying how the McCourts are both getting owned.

MR. F said...

Thanks DB.

rbnlaw said...

DB,
Ed Zachary.

karina said...

the Sox de Blanco turned the tables! four runs in the eight

karina said...

@Josh I'm intrigued by the new Touch,though I need more details ( procrastination needs some boundaries)

Josh S. said...

Talismanny.

Josh S. said...

@karina: the Touch in intriguing because it has most of the features of the iPhone 4 (without a phone or 3G or GPS). It's a great product for people who don't want to commit to the iPhone as their primary cell phone. For those of us that already have an iPhone (I don't have the 4), it has limited appeal.

MR. F said...

While I could use a bigger iPod... I should try and make do(?) with what I have right now.

MR. F said...

It appears that the iPod touch is solid state only and only goes up to 32 GB (or 64 mayhaps?). If I wanted a bigger storage iPod, I'd have to go for a "classic"?

Josh S. said...

@Mr. F: Yup, and from the sound of things, the Classic may be phased out. They're all about the Touch now.

Josh S. said...

Dodgers and Lilly are working on a multiyear extension, per Rosenfail.

The saddest part is this:
"Rosenthal adds that Lilly wanted to sign with the Dodgers in the 2006-07 offseason, but they went with Jason Schmidt."

Dusty Baker said...

Josh, you need the requisite "DAMMIT" re Lilly news.

MR. F said...

@Josh S.,
Does that mean they're possibly phasing out hard drive based iPods altogether?

Josh S. said...

@Mr. F: It seems that way from the keynote, but it may just mean they're not making a "new" iPod Classic. The 160GB one is still available in the store, but it likely won't get any kind of upgrade.

Dusty Baker said...

@Josh

You seem to be hating on the rental model for video content. Not sure I mind it. But if I need to hate it, let me know so I can adjust. Lots of hate to go around.

kill Kill KILL!!!

MR. F said...

I don't really like the pay-per-view either. Just feels wrong, even if the net cost ends up being similar. It's something I'd try to avoid if at all possible.

Josh S. said...

@DB: Take Glee for example. On Hulu Plus, for $10/month, I can watch the whole last season as many times as I want. (Or on free Hulu, I can watch the 5 most recent eps for free.)

With Apple's model, it will cost me $21.78 to watch the entire season once.

Netflix streaming is only $8.99/month, though their content can be hit and miss. Apple seems to have the edge as far as new movies in their streaming catalog, but it will cost me $4.99 to rent each new release.

Dusty Baker said...

Right now I have Netflix through both Tivo and my Blu-Ray playa. I've loved having instant access to an icnreasing array of video content. It doesn't bother me in the least that I am only renting, not owning, such. Especially since, technically, I never owned the intellectual property in the first place. I turn de shizz on, I watch movie, I make party. Not sure why I should hate that. But then again, I am open to something if I'm missing a crucial piece...

MR. F said...

I'm thrilled with Netflix. Unlimited rentals are great. It's pay-per-view that is the ultimate fail for me. What am I going to do if I want to watch "Cool Runnings" over and over?

Dusty Baker said...

HAW!!! Cool Runnings. That is classic. (Not the movie; you're using it to comedic effect)

Dusty Baker said...

So it's the cost of repetitive ppv viewing that is the hangup, it seems. I get that.

Josh S. said...

Dusty, to be clear, I'm fine with not owning. I don't like paying each time I watch something.

*ignores the game*

Dusty Baker said...

Totally, Josh. Especially with TV content.

I just take this as developers dipping their toe in the waters to see what content delivery methods and pricing work; surely we'll see a lot of gyrations before things settle down. It's also laregly a function of old geezers at studios reluctant to embrace new realities.

*wants his Matlock*

MR. F said...

MAAAAATTTLOOCCKKKKKKK

Dusty Baker said...

What is this strange "base-ball" thing you speak of?

Mr. Customer said...

Wait… Game?

*heads to the pub*

Dusty Baker said...

I wonder if we can make it a whole GT without commenting on the current Dodger game being played?

MR. F said...

MAAAAATTTLOOCCKKKKKKK

Josh S. said...

I realize I'm paying Netflix 9 bucks a month to have access to a million things I'll never have time to watch. I just kinda like knowing that they're there, y'know?

Dusty Baker said...

@Mr C

A pub? I thought you were holed up in the Discovery headquarters in DC. My bad.

MR. F said...

I've been watching the X-Files on Netflix. Averaging about 2 episodes a night.

Alex Cora said...

Just reading all of the comments and I have to say netflix for the iPhone is pretty sweet. I watched district 9 on my phone yesterday. BTW. That cowboy redbull commercial was plain wierd.

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah, X-Files is blessedly available now on Netflix. Sounds like a sabbatical opportunity the more I think about it.

Mr. Customer said...

@db

I was just about to comment of that. Couldn't be me. Us pinko hippies are all about the Discovery Channel.

Mr. Customer said...

"We" pinko hippies, that is.

MR. F said...

Should game chat take place in this thread?

karina said...
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Alex Cora said...

Davey lopes looks tiny next to Ryan Howard.

MR. F said...

I had to resist coming up with an inappropriate metaphor for Karina making the first game related post (that wasn't line-up related).

Josh S. said...

Well, karina broke the streak, so...

KKKKKershaw

rbnlaw said...

karina's not playing along, boyos.

MR. F said...

It's been awhile since Kershaw hit a home run. Loney hit one yesterday. Maybe Kershaw will hit one toady.

karina said...

what did I do wrong?I'm doing like a million things at the same time

Dusty Baker said...

Totally, AC. Love that new feature. I wouldn't want to watch AVATAR this way, but it works for most things, and works well.

Dusty Baker said...

Karina, you broke the seal! Booooo!

Now we actually have to comment about the game here.

karina said...

I can delete my comment and nothing has happened, all right?

MR. F said...

Oh no! It's okay. Everyone was just afraid of being the first person to post about the game. Now that you've posted, I no longer have that concern.

MR. F said...

Come on Pod and MSB! Sigh.

karina said...

I already deleted the comment

MR. F said...

But what am I supposed to do now? Delete all MY game related posts? =(

Dusty Baker said...

Want me to fly around the planet backward really fast so time goes in reverse and Karina can take back her comment?

Josh S. said...

EVERYBODY BE COOL.

We can talk about the game.

MR. F said...

Okay honey bunny.

Dusty Baker said...

Is this a robbery?

karina said...

No, Mr F. It was my fault. I felt schooled

Josh S. said...

Game Threads! No one robs Game Threads!

karina said...

plunk him!

karina said...

@Dusty Baker it was just a misunderstanding

Josh S. said...

KKKKKKKershaw

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

No it was a Pulp Fiction reference.

Josh S. said...

Ugh. I hate that I'm stuck listening to the Giggle Brothers for a home game.

Josh S. said...

KKKKKKKKershaw!

Josh S. said...

WON'T SOMEONE GIVE HIGH SCHOOL 9 A NAME?!

karina said...

The Dodgers are getting a No-Hit

*JINX*

MR. F said...

Now Josh S. has lost me.

Dusty Baker said...

Giggle Brothers! Wow.

Josh I was giggling yesterday while driving to work as I remembered your comment that Schaefer is like your baseball grandpa. Rich.

Paul said...

I see we don't have a HIT yet!!!

karina said...

off topic: I got a new follower on Twitter that writes things like this:

"Hve been a few months since I've been caked up with someone."

what does "caked up" mean

Dusty Baker said...

Oswalt is pitching brilliantly. I hope he keeps this up!

Meaniebreanie said...

Epale! I'm a little late. This thing called work got in the way. Judging by the score I haven't missed much.

Paul said...

No hitters are tough to keep up!!! Still lots of NO HITTERS THIS YEAR!!

Dusty Baker said...

Year of the pitcher!

karina said...

No Hitters stopped being amazing in 2009

Josh S. said...

Oh, sorry, Mr. F.

To explain, there's a new arts high school that opened last year in downtown L.A. It is, to this day, still being called "Central L.A. High School #9", which is a temp name given to all new schools while they are being built. I just think it's funny that they haven't been able to settle on a real name for the school.

And the reason I brought it up is because the school was mentioned in a radio ad (SHEET METAL WORKERS) during the game.

Moving on.

karina said...

If it's not perfecto, I'm not interested.

Thanks King James walked to ruin the perfecto

rbnlaw said...

Oswalt is a lock for a no-no, and I'm not even watching the game.

@karina,
I don't want to know what "caked-up" means when it's with someone.

I think he/she meant "hooked-up."

Either way, I'd unfollow them.

MR. F said...

I'm also unaware of what "caked up" means. Seems like Josh S. is the resident expert on these things so maybe he'd know.

Dusty Baker said...

@RBN

Would one say Oswalt is "flirting with a no-no?"

*ducks Josh's red editorial pen*

rbnlaw said...

@Josh,
I thought they were naming it along the lines of the Roosevelt Hotel that used to stand on those grounds.

I know another Kennedy High is not needed. Perhaps, Coconut Grove Ballroom and High School for the P.A.?

Dusty Baker said...

I don't know what caked up is, either...but it sounds fun!

Paul said...

after that great ab we have belliard.

Paul said...

I changed my avatar to reflect an updated Dodger team photo.

rbnlaw said...

karina has impossibly high standards.

Fred's Brim said...

this is reminding me of the Braves series a few weeks back: Good game to start, flaming shitball of a second game, frustrating ballbreaker for a third

rbnlaw said...

Paul invoking a Booger sighting.

Dusty Baker said...

Maybe they could name it Bullocks after the nearby landmark. And kids for generations could engage in witty wordplay on that name.

[This is the view out my office window]

Josh S. said...

@Rbn: There's another school opening on the Ambassador Hotel site this year. They are indeed naming it after RFK.

The school I'm talking about is the big metal one across from the cathedral. It opened a year ago.

rbnlaw said...

"frustrating ball-breaker for a third."

Sounds like my dating history prior to Mrs. rbnlaw.

MR. F said...

Still being no-hit. COME ON GUYS!

karina said...

@Rbnlaw hahahahahaha, I don't have high standards! I'm only saying No-Hitters are not my thing.

Josh S. said...

@Paul: I wish that was the lineup. They'd design a bat that could compensate for Pods' limp-wristed swinging style.

rbnlaw said...

@Josh,
Ooops. Meant Ambassador. Glad you translated.

Still, another Kennedy? I guess it's fitting. Eeerie, but fitting.

I think #9 should be named for the sheet metal workers' union.

Local #2764 High. Hours: 8:00 am - 11:30 am, 3 days a week.

karina said...

@Rbnlaw she's the one following me, she's a senior in high school and I'm just curious why she'd follow me.

Fred's Brim said...

Placido Polanco has a head like a flowerpot

Josh S. said...

Metal High School would also work, seeing as it's a performing arts high school.

Josh S. said...

@FB: *dies laughing*

Meaniebreanie said...

Placido's head looks about as thick as a brick.

Dusty Baker said...

Oh the former Amabassador site is the one I thought you were talking about.

Have you seen that? It's a massive building. How many friggin kids are there around here? Most I see are skating in the park and not in school.

Fred's Brim said...

Ooodles of Os

Josh S. said...

The Ambassador site is going to house 5 separate schools.

Fred's Brim said...

does anybody have any inside info on if the 2011 MLB At Bat app for droidy phones will stream live games like the iPhone app does?

karina said...

I have a strange feeling that Rod Barajas is always on the basepaths

Fred's Brim said...

what happened there? I didn't see it

MR. F said...

Base hit to score the run por favor?

Josh S. said...

Hold on a sec, I'm not sure the baseball gods can hear us.

*grabs bullhorn*

ROY OSWALT IS THROWING A NO-HITTER!
TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS!
GATHER AROUND THE TV TO WITNESS ROY OSWALT ACHIEVE BASEBALL IMMORTALITY!

Fred's Brim said...

you're asking the wrong guy

MR. F said...

Damn.

karina said...

C-mon Admiral Ackbar!

karina said...

@Josh Schippe had to tweet that, let's use social media to spread the jinx

Mr. Customer said...

Hate you, Shane!

Meaniebreanie said...

Karina -
Caked up per urban dictionary:

1. To be rich with money, fine women, nice cars and jewelry, usually obtained through sports, entertainment or the drug trade. ex. "Juice came through the block caked up, stuntin' in a new whip!"
2. In a woman, to be large bosommed, with thick thighs and a plump bottom. ex. "Cheryl got caked up over the summer. You see her ass and thighs?"

I'm going with option 1

Dusty Baker said...

Had to go to a mtg I forgot about. Has anyone yet hit a ball that has been thrown by Oswalt?

Meaniebreanie said...

DB - not yet

Josh S. said...

BEARD BREAKS IT UP.

karina said...

te quiero Barba! (limited time offer)

Josh S. said...

Still getting shutout, though.

I am disappoint.

MR. F said...

NO NO-HITTER. SUCK IT MOTHER FUCKERS.

MR. F said...

(I have a lot of pent up frustration)

rbnlaw said...

Thank the Beard!

Josh S. said...

Now who's surly, Mr. F?

Dusty Baker said...

Son of bitch.

karina said...

KENLEY JANSEN IS THE FUTURE OF THE DODGERS ORGANIZATION

Josh S. said...

This feels all shutty-outy.

karina said...

Josh, Talismanny was very nice, had to tell you.

karina said...

@Josh they still have three innings to score a run, this is still a winnable game.

Meaniebreanie said...

The games not over but it's not looking good. We definitely have some major work to do. Where's our good mojo?

Josh S. said...

We apparently aren't going to get much help from the September call-ups.

MR. F said...

If we're gonna suck, why not call up Lindsey, just to give him the taste?

rbnlaw said...

I could use a trip to the Shortstop about now. Instead, a meeting.

karina said...

We got the bullpen!

Dave said...

Boy, that Podsednik can do it all. Misplay foul balls, kill rallies. Thank god we got rid of that useless Manny.

Veteran grittiness FTW!

Josh S. said...

From the crowd reaction, it sounds like a lot of Philly fans don't have jobs.

Josh S. said...

Yes, because Podsednik is the only one dragging this team down.

(Today, for sure, but not all the time.)

Mr. Customer said...

@Dave

To be fair, this year's Manny did plenty of that, too. By which I don't mean to hate on the ghost of Manny any more than everyone else, but we didn't get this bad without pulling together and really sucking it up as a team effort.

Mr. Customer said...

Josh and I are apparently of one mind on this.

Josh S. said...

Random:

"Camel" rhymes with "mammal." I wonder if any other animal rhymes with its class.

Josh S. said...

Sorry, that stemmed from something I was working on here.

Mr. Customer said...

Again, it's good to know The Admiral still cares.

Josh S. said...

See? Like Kemp right there.

Josh S. said...

@Mr. C: Also, I'm really, really tired of the "grit sucks" meme.

MR. F said...

A run!

Mr. Customer said...

Look! A run!

Josh S. said...

(OK, shut-out reverse jinx worked.)

This feels all lossy.

Mr. Customer said...

Loathe you, Ruiz!

Josh S. said...

(You're not helping, Pods.)

Josh S. said...

Heh. Pods is especially awful today.

OK, Dave, I'm with you, man!

MR. F said...

I was about to spell "FUCK THE PHILLIES" in a certain way, but I was afraid of implying a certain kind of bestiality.

Eric 'Da Gnome said...

WTH? No call-ups? I guess that shows how much the Dodger higher-ups think their team needs the help.

I guess they will be bussed in or have to hitchhike here from ABQ so they will be too tired to help against the Gints even with the day off. :p

Eric 'Da Gnome said...

And that Philly Phanatic might just like that..>.<

Mr. Customer said...

OK, this is game is sliding off the edge. I will take up Josh's challenge and attempt to find something that rhymes with enteropneusta for the rest of the day.

karina said...

hehehe, King James RBI

MR. F said...

Fittingly, Podsednik strikes out to end the game. Not a good day for him.

Meaniebreanie said...

Our boys in blue had a really bad day at the office. Here's to moving upward and onward.

Neeebs said...

Did I miss anything important, other than MB's reference to "Thick as a Brick", one of rock's all-time greatest bands other than the Flaming Menudos?

MR. F said...

We must move forwards not backwards, upwards not forwards, and always TWIRLING! TWIRLING! TWIRLING TO FREEDOM!!!

Neeebs said...

How long until hockey season starts? I scored tix to the opening game at Staples.

Mr. Customer said...

@Mr. F

Or just run around in a circle until we get dizzy and fall down laughing.

Meaniebreanie said...

@Neeebs
No you really didn't miss a thing. Just our boys skating away on the thin ice of a the new day.

karina said...

I don't even have consolation, I might not get winter baseball :(

Meaniebreanie said...

**correction**
of the new day
please eliminate the a

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

!

Porque?

Meaniebreanie said...

Goodbye folks. I've had all the madness I can take. It's off to the gym for kickboxing to get rid of some of this stress and frustration.

karina said...

White Riot-The Clash

Neeebs said...

@MB:

*big smile thinking about the days I played the Warchild album until the grooves wore out *

karina said...

Because stadium is a mess, nothing works and MLB disapprove games to be held there.

Not even the lights work, 42 days before season starts.

For example, it seems ANYONE could be hurt stepping inside/outside of the dugouts.

Outfield walls have to be replaced (I predict CarGo is not playing in his hometown)

There are no bullpens, grass is almost non existant (when it was the best grass in the league)

just to give a couple of examples

Neeebs said...

Soda Stereo-"Cuando Pase El Temblor” (When The Earthquake Passes.)

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