Thursday, March 31, 2011

Game 1 Thread: March 31 vs. Giants, 5p

Clayton Kershaw (-, -.--) vs. Tim Lincecum (-, -.--).

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IT'S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!

No really — it's time for Dodger baseball. Wake up! Opening Day is here! That hangover you've been nursing since November 1 of last year is over. No more wallowing in self-pity, Dodger fans — it's a new season, spring training stats don't count for squat, and there are Doyer Dogs to be had.

What's that? Loney Fan is demanding the mike? Take it away!

I was talking with two friends yesterday. One of them a SoSG follower and one of them a Red Sox fan. We all noticed that this time of year, Dodger fans become the most cynical, pessimistic group around. Our Red Sox following friend may have a lot more going for him at the start of the 2011 season, but I have seen him this elated every year. My Dodger friend and I were going through the annals of SoSG history to research this phenomenon and came across one of our favorite, must uplifting videos posted on SoSG and we thought we would share.

So if you are feeling down and worried about the Dodgers chances this year remember that we have been worried the last three years at this time and watch this video.

Opening Day? Check.
Vin Scully? Check.
Good-luck boobies? Check. The very first time that joke has been made on the internet!

GO BLUE!


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Spank said...

FUCK THE GNATS!!

Dr. Geek said...

I'm afraid I just blue myself.

Jason said...

Furcal - SS
Gwynn, Jr. - LF
Ethier - RF
Kemp - CF
Loney - 1B
Uribe - 3B
Barajas - C
Carroll - 2B
Kershaw - P

per Dodgers Twitter feed

Oh, and:
Vin - Radio Booth

All is right in the world.

Orel said...

Jason leading off with the Opening Day lineup!

Jason said...

Just making up for my pitiful showing in SoSG MM.

Josh S. said...

Feelin' the Scooby-Doo today.

LET'S DO THIS~!

Dodger Mom said...

Play ball!

MeanieBreanie said...

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Loney Fan said...

I'm so excited I can barely focus on getting through the day.

Josh S. said...

I can't get behind this game being on ESPN, but at least Vinny will be on the radio for 6 innings. I don't even give a shit if it doesn't remotely sync up.

Orel said...

It won't. That shit never works.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

FUCK FRISCO

QuadSevens said...

If Vinny's call is behind the action on tv, try watching the non HD channel and see if it's any closer. I know with my cable at least, the HD channel is usually a couple seconds faster.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Isn't radio usually a few tics ahead of the idiot box?

Orel said...

Yeah, so you can't even fiddle with your DVR to sync it up.

Orel said...

BASTARDS

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I blame Oakland.

Fred's Brim said...

For anybody who is there (and gets reasonable cell reception), can you report on the the pitiful banner?

Fred's Brim said...

Ryan Franklin is in mid-season form

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

VSIMH says the banner is "small."

Fred's Brim said...

So the NL Central

Wicks said...

Let's do this!!!!!

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

Maybe we should figure out how much all the Giants fans pooled together for their silly banners and match it in our own pool, then donate the money to a worthy (read: real) charity, then advertise the fuck out of what we did to make them look like the pathetic bunch of loser beat-down assholes they really are???

you know this would get play on web sites across the country and be a source of pride (and good karma for a good cause) for years to come...

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

...and make them look bad.

just to be redundant.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That's a great idea, PPR. Really stick it to those arrogant sumbitches.

Oh, and help out a worthy cause of course.

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

ya know, it's gotta be doable...

i recall reading a while back that numbers like $8k were being thrown around. i figure a paypal kind of interface for people to pay through... this is really quite possible.

karina said...

Epale everyone!

I like Opening Day more than my birthday, Christmas and New Year TOGETHER.

I'm my most optimistic today even if Gwynn Jr. is our left fielder ;) and dying to listen to Vin Scully.

I've slept 6 hours in two days but I can't because I'm sooo excited.

LET'S GO DODGERS and bring on the snark!

QuadSevens said...

This looks to be the website that pooled the money for the Gnats.

http://fysuinc.eventbrite.com/

I love that one of their donation amounts is titled "Cream and Clear". They cheated and they know it.

Orel said...

Epale, Karina!

karina said...

@PPR that's a great idea, but I'd say to try to double of money raised for charity, to really make them look like greedy and arrogant idiots.

Fred's Brim said...

The best fans in baseball have left Busch Stadium in droves

Fred's Brim said...

and I am so happy that Ryan Theriot is no longer a Dodger. He just gagged the game for the Cards

Fred's Brim said...

and howdy, karina!

karina said...

@Quadsevens it shows how uninspiring they are,if they wanted to honor the franchise, why not naming it "the shot heard 'round the world" (appropriate for the event) or called something after Mel Ott or Willie Mays. That's why I suspect that initiative was mainly supported by bandwagon fans

karina said...

Epale, Orel!

What's up, Fred's Brim!

:)

karina said...

http://bit.ly/hJX65D

Hank should be deported from SoCal

Fred's Brim said...

Gonna switch it up for the special day

Spank said...

I click on the tube,change the channel to prime ticket and the first words out of O'Neill is "the world champion....".

Defcon 1

Fred's Brim said...

Somebody needs to get a picture of Zito in a neckbrack!

Fred's Brim said...

neckbrace i mean

karina said...

"This year, for the first time in the half-century of this West Coast rivalry, Yu and the rest of Giants Nation -- yes, it really qualifies as a nation now -- need not shrink away in silence."

WHAT?

karina said...

10 MINUTES!

Spank said...

'Dre Day

karina said...

are you ready for Dodgers baseball?

Spank said...

Hate Status:10

Fred's Brim said...

Fucking hell! A B-2 bomber will blow the shit out of that bitch-ass Giants plane

Spank said...

@ karina

Hells Yeah!

Spank said...

I already have the tube on mute

Fred's Brim said...

me too

Dr. Geek said...

Whoa. The new MLB gameday is awesome!

Dr. Geek said...

Though they also have "badges" people can earn for each team? Like XBOX accomplishments, I suppose.

Today's include:

- Tony Gwynn double
- James Loney homerun
- Rafael Furcal single

I only see one of those happening.

Spank said...

Bring it!

Erin said...

I'm trying to watch via my MLB.tv account, and it's telling me I'm blacked out. I thought they did it by IP address, and I clearly no longer live in Los Angeles. What gives?

Spank said...

Strike

karina said...

STRIKE ONE!

go Kershaw!

Dr. Geek said...

@Erin: nationally televised games are blacked out on MLB.tv

karina said...

sit down!

Spank said...

First strikeout of the season.

karina said...

@Dr Geek re Gameday, indeed WHOA

Dr. Geek said...

@karina: I feel like Rod Barajas!

Spank said...

first error of the season

Erin said...

I watched the Yankees game on MLB.tv today. Wasn't that also on ESPN?

Dr. Geek said...

Furcal, I expect this level of play from the Diamondbacks. But not you.

Dr. Geek said...

@ Erin: Muy extraño...

Spank said...

@ Erin

Sign in as Katie. Maybe that will work.

Spank said...

Struck out the side. Fuck Yeah!

karina said...

give it up for Kershaw, he just achieved his strike out number 500 in the big leagues, striking 3 Giants in Opening Day.

Dr. Geek said...

Kershaw = Ace

karina said...

@Dr Geek hahahaha, I'd rather feel like Scioscia or my son ;)

Spank said...

Carroll looks like a frog.

karina said...

I want to keep Dre :(

Dr. Geek said...

As long as the Giants don't swing at our heads with a bat, we're groovy.

karina said...

booooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Spank said...

WASH YER HAIR TIMMEH!

karina said...

it's so nice to watch a large crowd in Dodger Blue

Mr. Customer said...

Oh, it is ON! Home in time for the bottom of the first!

Josh S. said...

Radio is pretty far ahead of the TV. Oh well.

karen said...

Epale Everyone and Happy Opening Day!!

I'm home from work and ready to HATE me sum gnats!!

Erin said...

Nothing like spending the first inning of the first game of the season on hold with MLB.tv.

In India, might I add. So much for the national pastime.

Fred's Brim said...

@Josh - yeah me too, about 3 seconds. Usually it's the other way around.

Spank said...

Fucking Loney.

Mr. Customer said...

Not so much for the plate discipline this year, are we?

Dr. Geek said...

Way to go, James.

Fred's Brim said...

this guy makes my hateHateHATE go to 11

karina said...

@Spank @Mr C when you are a power bat, you can get away if you don't have patience.

oh wait...

;)

Fred's Brim said...

And that's on a scale of 1 to 5

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Holy shit Gameday looks great.

Dr. Geek said...

Brandon belted a single? Blergh.

karen said...

Sit down Panda!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I don't care how much weight you lose, Fatso. You'll always be a fatso to me.

Orel said...

KKKK

Orel said...

new Gameday = OMG

Erin said...

Jesus.

Orel said...

URIBE YOU URINE

Dr. Geek said...

@Orel: That's what I'm sayin'!

Dr. Geek said...

About gameday, not uribe.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Aw fuck.

Spank said...

Gnat Conpiracy! Just saying

karina said...

you should be ashamed, Uribe

karina said...

of course...Barajas singles

Fred's Brim said...

And there are the State Farm ads that we questioned in MLB The Show in the video game post a few weeks back. They look bigger in the game than in the real stadium though

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

When did the Giants sign the Wicked Witch of the West?

Oh wait, that's Timmeh.

karina said...

that was 100!

Dr. Geek said...

In Rod We Trust

Josh S. said...

OF COURSE that was followed with a hit.

Josh S. said...

Fans following the organ with "Giantssuck!"

Fred's Brim said...

this ump likes the right side of the plate more than the left

Spank said...

You would think Carroll would have a high average with them eyes

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Well, at least we're getting hits off the Witch.

Spank said...

The sad thing is, Kershaw has not shaved since last season.

#peachfuzz

karina said...

@Czar in the other hand, Kershaw looks dominating

karina said...

is it only me or anyone else can't just stop playing with the Gameday features?

Erin said...

So, I finally got the game up on my computer.

And, man, I hate that I live so far away from Dodger Stadium now. With no hopes of getting back there anytime soon. So homesick now.

What I'm saying is, the Dodgers need to win. For me.

Orel said...

VINNY!

Spank said...

VIN!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Fred's Brim said...

peachfuzz!

a salam alaikum

Josh S. said...

HONKY TONK MAN PHOTO BEHIND VIN!!!

Orel said...

KKKKK

karen said...

Is timmeh's face looking horsier with the added length to the hair or is it me?

Orel said...

KKKKKK

Josh S. said...

Zambia's getting mad money from Kid K tonight.

karina said...

looking good, Mr Scully. Can you do the next Opening Day too?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Kershaw's dealing.

karen said...

It is sooo damn nice to not have to listen to Miller and Morgan

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Gwynn FTW!

karen said...

Yeah Junior!!!

karina said...

shut up us, Gwynn!

Josh S. said...

That made FB smile.

Fred's Brim said...

Hate level still at 11
Giggle level at 9.5

Spank said...

I always liked Gwynn jr.

Josh S. said...

Uribe should go to Gwynn's guy to get his brakes looked at.

Fred's Brim said...

that was no swing

Spank said...

Earn your money,Dre.

Spank said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

el montanero said...

@Karen

AMEN to that!

Josh S. said...

Who does Kemp's crazy circus music?

Fred's Brim said...

that is the most weaksauce soul patch I have ever seen

Fred's Brim said...

you gotta do something sometime, James

karina said...

@Fred's Brim he will, like the king he is

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

ARGH

Spank said...

Keep up the good work,Loney.

NicJ said...

I hope Loney is enjoying his last opening day as a dodger.

Orel said...

Vin Scully is trending worldwide on Twitter.

Spank said...

I want to make sweet,sweet love to Kershaws beard.

Orel said...

KKKKKKKK

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Straight dealing.

Orel said...

Reporters in the dugout during the game.. Hmmm.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Damn, that had some giddyup.

Fred's Brim said...

Urine!

Fred's Brim said...

Has Barajas slimmed down a little too? I would says he's down to 286 at least

Josh S. said...

Now I REALLLLLY want to set fire to Brian Wilson's beard.

Fred's Brim said...

That pube beard is horrendous, worse than that pube beard they glued to that guy's face in Jackass

Fred's Brim said...

I heard an awesome story from Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez a couple of seasons ago. They were talking about Sid Fernandez reporting to camp one year in the late 80s having lost 20-30 pounds in the offseason. He said he was on a mustard and potato diet. Apparently that's all he ate for 5 months and it worked. Sort of. When he went to the mound, they said his fastball, normally in the mid-90s, could barely break a pane of glass. Davey Johnson yelled at him to eat some steaks. After a while the weight and fastball were back

el montanero said...

@FB, I think you're right...he does look like he's lost some of his hair.

karen said...

It's good seeing Davey in a Dodger uni again

Fred's Brim said...

Hillman could be Bochy's stunt double!

Fred's Brim said...

agreed, Karen!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That's right, buddy, you picked a ball off the ground before anyone else! Way to go! Let the crowd applause your achievement!

Orel said...

Squibs coming back to haunt us.

Fred's Brim said...

Our goddamn fielding is going to pube my beard this season

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This doesn't look too good.

Spank said...

Good ol' Loney

Orel said...

Great story, FB! Wonder if we can start a Mustard & Potato Society.

Fred's Brim said...

How is TV behind even Gameday? Did they budget in extra dump time just in case somebody (Dusty) gets naked and runs on the field to wash Lincecum's hair?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Damn, so close to turning two.

karen said...

Pandas got the Mr. T look working

Fred's Brim said...

@Orel, my friend and I have been threatening to do it for a while now, even just for a week or two. I don't like potatoes enough.

el montanero said...

How much must the Giants management hate Barry Zito :D

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Whew.

Fred's Brim said...

Charley is in midseason form as well.
Sheesh.
His reaction on that last ball was as if he was waiting to see if was going to go foul, then I hear "second base"

Josh S. said...

This announce team is odd. Valentine sounds like Hershiser doing a Kermit the Frog impression.

Fred's Brim said...

I love Luis Guzman

Spank said...

I can't help but laugh everytime i see Luis Guzman.

el montanero said...

Dodgers will put 3 on the board this inning.

Orel said...

No way, FB. I couldn't even do that for a day. Unless French fries were allowed.

Orel said...

If we can't beat Zito after he's been in a car accident, then we deserve nothing.

Fred's Brim said...

What's up with the padding in front of Mary Hart? Is that at her request?

Fred's Brim said...

@Orel, I think it was just baked potatoes. I am kind of Irish but not that Irish

Orel said...

what Mary wants, Mary gets

el montanero said...

Poop.

Spank said...

Ramen and water.

Fred's Brim said...

aaahhhOOOOOOOO Werewolves Of London!

Orel said...

UJTD!

Fred's Brim said...

turnin' two!

Spank said...

I still say that is Bud Selig sitting left of the camera in dark glasses

karen said...

I HATE Buster Posey

Fred's Brim said...

even with the hits, they are all grounders

Spank said...

I <3 Loney!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I love the face that Pat Burrell just made.

Fred's Brim said...

Dammit Steiner! It's not a "high fly ball" if it doesn't make it past the bases

Fred's Brim said...

@MLASC he was trying to remember if he took his penicillin today

Fred's Brim said...

Ned looks like the guy in the Michael Jordan/Hitler mustache/bacon neck commercial

Fred's Brim said...

Timmeh is settling in, isn't he?

Fred's Brim said...

Matty should have mashed that last one

Fred's Brim said...

nice work, Matty

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Kemp looks good early on.

Spank said...

I would have already been kicked out of Dodger Stadium. Especially after Dre's last at bat.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Um...yay!!!

Fred's Brim said...

WOOP - we're in business!

Josh S. said...

After three plate appearances, Kemp has a BA and OBP of 1.000.

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