Thursday, April 21, 2011

Game 20 Thread: April 21 vs. Braves, 12n

The guy in the middle is pitching today. How did they know that when they took this picture during spring training?

Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 2.96) vs. Jair Jurrjens "Binks" (1-0, 0.00).

Businessperson's Delight! Or Businessman's Special. Yeah, I think it's Special. Anyhoo, the Dodgers go for the series win this afternooner on the first of five throwback jersey promotional days. The light blue uni, chosen by fans in online voting, originated in the 1940s.

Fun fact:

April 21 marks the anniversary of the Dodger franchise's first victory, which also came against the Braves, and took place in 1890.

If my math is right, and it probably isn't, a win today would give the Dodgers victory number 9,200.

photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers

175 comments:

Steve Sax said...

Argh! My mlb.com badge case has been robbed! I got nothing!

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers' hats, read across in that picture, spell "BLAB"

Paul said...

I am gonna ditch work to go to one of these games this year.

Steve Sax said...

@Paul: Me too. But this one isn't one of them, unfortunately.

Paul said...

Yeah too late for today. I might just put on jeans and a dodgers shirt get some peanuts and beer and cheer at my computer screen.


That might get me some mental health leave.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

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

rbnlaw said...

Day 2 of Dodger Emancipation.

Win to spite Frank! (and Jamie to a lesser extent)

Steve Sax said...

@Rbnlaw: Jamie is legally entitled to 50% of any win-stoked spiting you want to invoke

MR.F said...

I'm trying to find the Star Wars reference...

Central Valley Fan said...

I don't know, maybe McCourts are the evil empire?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Orel calls the Braves' starter Jair Jurrjens "Binks."

rbnlaw said...

Sax is correct:
Win to spite Jamie her 50%, or just 100% hate, Hate, HATE for the McCourts.

Steve Sax said...

where the f' are my badges?

rbnlaw said...

I think Dre walked. Gameday=Bud Selig Speed

Dusty Baker said...

Mired in bureaucracy, Vinny!

rbnlaw said...

BTW, The first Dodger game I go to this year will be one of these Businessmen's Specials. I'll drink at the Shortstop and eat at the Stadium.

Foolproof plan (with a designated driver, that is).

Steve Sax said...

i think the mlb badges function has been discontinued.

anyone else have an empty case?

Spank said...

I would have rather seen the dodgers use those early 1900's uniforms.

Steve Sax said...

Loney, every time I think you're going to redeem yourself, you disappoint

Steve Sax said...

hey, single for Clayton with two out in the second!

rbnlaw said...

Why can't we play the Braves more often?

#re-realignmentnow!

NicJ said...

Kemp seems to be pressing a bit.

Loney Fan said...

Okay, we either have to score or end the inning before Loney comes up. Woohoo! Not his fault! Not his fault!

Dusty Baker said...

@RBN

Give me a heads up when you plan on going to one of the day games. I can meet up (at Short Stop I mean - screw the game!)

Dusty Baker said...

Sax, I keep tellin ya we don't need no stink in' badges.

NicJ said...

Well ain't that some shit.

rbnlaw said...

Well, that went for naught.

rbnlaw said...

DB, you're on. If I have to bring a kid or two, they can eat at the Mexican place next door. That also allows me to stop in for free chips and salsa.

Loney Fan said...

AAAARRRRGHHHHH! SO FRUSTRATING!

NicJ said...

Loney is not good at baseball.

rbnlaw said...

Loney will look good in in Pittsburgh black and yellow.

NicJ said...

Kershaw almost has double Loney's batting average.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

WE SUCK

rbnlaw said...

Dammit!

Kershaw has 2 hits; Loney 0, and now the game comes down to a solo HR?

Horseshit!

Jason said...

Vin is in his element today. I'm really getting a kick out of him humming along to the 40s-era music they are playing at the Stadium.

Steve Sax said...

I haven't seen this much getting on base and not scoring since middle school

Steve Sax said...

Hey, Urine!

Jason said...

Urine power!

Jason said...

Appropriately, it appeared that Kemp dry humped Uribe in the dugout after the HR.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I TAKE FULL CREDIT FOR URINE'S TURNAROUND

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I powered him with my heat vision. Because I can do that.

el montanero said...

Is there anything in the world more soothing than hearing Vin call a Dodger homerun? It's more effective than meditation.

Paul said...

Urine has five RBI in two games. I can't believe it.

rbnlaw said...

I, for one welcome the contributions of our token fat guy.

I also welcome our MLB overloards.

rbnlaw said...

Sorry, I needed to borrow one of DB extraneous commas to complete my appositive.

rbnlaw said...

@Sax 1:32 pm:

Hi-yoooooooo

Steve Sax said...

great dp Dodgers

now get minotaur some f'ing runs

Paul said...

Flat Breezy!!! We win!!! They give up!

Jason said...

Holy crap! A George Sherrill sighting.

Paul said...

WTF? Sherrill got an out?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

He leaves as quickly as he came.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

HOORAY FOR BEARD!

el montanero said...

BEARD!

Jason said...

Beard mode!

el montanero said...

"He leaves as quickly as he came." Don't make me say it.

rbnlaw said...

Crap. Missed that HR as well.

Is the Beard back? Or is it the Beard's back?

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw with seven Ks through eight

give him some insurance, Dodgers!

Steve Sax said...

I predict:
Kemp single
Uribe single, Kemp to third
Loney 3-run HR

right, guys?

Steve Sax said...

Kemp with a leadoff walk, keeping my prediction (sort of) alive

Steve Sax said...

Wow, mid-day game and everyone is quiet. Or still hungover from the McCourt news yesterday.

Steve Sax said...

Uribe out, but Loney could still hit a two-run HR

Steve Sax said...

Dodger throwback uniforms not coming up on mlb.com GameDay

Steve Sax said...

on GameDay, they're still wearing their home whites

Steve Sax said...

Loney lines to second. 0-for-4. Now batting .171.

How low can you go?

Steve Sax said...

hoping they keep kershaw out there and not bring in big jon

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Kershaw's still bringing the heat. 91 mph.

Steve Sax said...

fly out to kemp for out #1

el montanero said...

Wow. Back-to-back CG's.

Steve Sax said...

two-out single to left from Chipper...

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Fuck you, Larry.

Steve Sax said...

come on clayton

1-0 count

Steve Sax said...

great pitch. 1-2 count

Steve Sax said...

3-2 count

Steve Sax said...

i just lost the "live look in" so now it's back to charley over my iphone

Steve Sax said...

shit

Steve Sax said...

wow, men at second and third now

mattingly arguing the call

Jason said...

Bullshit!

Steve Sax said...

here's freddie freeman, who hit a HR earlier today

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It's Kershaw's to win or lose.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

FUCK

Steve Sax said...

Freeman walks. Here's David Ross. Oh no.

Steve Sax said...

dammit, is broxton coming in? We'll lose for sure then

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

GOD FUCKING DAMMIT

Steve Sax said...

SHIIIIIIIT

Steve Sax said...

oh man, that is a killer.

Jason said...

Fuckety fuck fuck fuck

rbnlaw said...

I liked the idea of back-to-back complete games until just now.

el montanero said...

*BANGS*HEAD*ON*KEYBOARD*


Me and my big mouth. Shit.

NicJ said...

What a crappy way to end a crappy homestand.

Steve Sax said...

well, at least we have 8-9-1 Carroll, pitcher's spot, and Sands coing up in the ninth.

Alex Cora said...

Why oh why dies David Ross always kill us. Crap.

Steve Sax said...

@el montanero 2:38p, please don't ever jump the gun like that again, i beg you

Steve Sax said...

@el montanero 2:50p: big props for taking accountability, however

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

http://youtu.be/SP_9zH9Q44o

Steve Sax said...

1-3 vs. the Cardinals
looks like 2-2 vs the Braves

adds to a 3-5 homestand

(cries)

Steve Sax said...

@ Mr LA SC: my brother.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo1pkHKHuts&feature=related

rbnlaw said...

Wow, Brox has gone to the slider 63% in his last 5 appearances.

Not that it helps.

rbnlaw said...

100?

rbnlaw said...

Geez. Not even close.


Hey, did Brox really strike someone out, or is Gameday fucking with me?

rbnlaw said...

100

rbnlaw said...

Now back to this one. . .

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I feel confident.

Steve Sax said...

leadoff walk to Carroll, setting me up for an even more crushing defeat

rbnlaw said...

C'mon. Miles gets on; Sands goes deep. Frank sleeps in the street.
We make party.

Jason said...

Ball 5

Jason said...

Ball 6

Steve Sax said...

3-0 count to miles, prolonging the crushing blow

Steve Sax said...

miles now sitting at 3-2

Jason said...

Ball 7

Steve Sax said...

miles can't deliver, one out

rbnlaw said...

Screw you, Miles.

rbnlaw said...

WILD PITCH!

Steve Sax said...

wild pitch advances carroll into scoring position, but the Dodgers will find a way to lose...

Steve Sax said...

sands swinging and missing, twice

2-2 count

Steve Sax said...

make that three times. Sands falls

rbnlaw said...

Screw you Sands!

You're still the future of LF; just not today.

el montanero said...

FUCK YEAH!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh thank Beard.

Steve Sax said...

holy shit!

rbnlaw said...

IN BEARD WE TRUST!!!

Steve Sax said...

BEARD KEEPS US ALIVE

rbnlaw said...

It's almost like Sax and I are pulling a Rick and Charley.


I'm Rick, BTW.

Jason said...

Beard mode! Wide eyes!

Steve Sax said...

can mister walkoff 2010 do it in 2011?

Paul said...

The beard is back!!!

Steve Sax said...

@rbnlaw i can't be rick since I'm commenting with the score of the game

Paul said...

Oh yeah and delayed FuCK!!! For blowing the lead. When I saw that I thought Broxton did it.

Steve Sax said...

Charley's call on Blake's single:

Base hit! Carroll rounding third...and the Dodgers take--er, tie the game!

Steve Sax said...

extra baseball, peoples

Paul said...

Better than the usual. "Base hit.....and that brings up Andre the winning run."

Steve Sax said...

Broxton out here for the tenth. So that's how we're gonna lose it.

Paul said...

Freddie Freeman sounds like a cartoon bird's name.

Steve Sax said...

prado with a two-out walk, so now we can lose by two runs

Paul said...

I'm callin slider or fastball on next pitch.

Steve Sax said...

holy cow, brox got a third out

without letting a run score

Paul said...

Okay let's get a run!!

Steve Sax said...

if Loney were still in the lineup he'd hit a HR right here

Steve Sax said...

Kemp K
Uribe K
Thames K

Yeah, that was a good 10th.

Steve Sax said...

two-out single for the braves in the top of the 11th

Steve Sax said...

Miles can't field it cleanly, so now there's runners at first AND third with two out

Steve Sax said...

holy smokes, a K for the third out

Steve Sax said...

on to the bottom of the 11th

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

MattyG's still got it. I wonder how many people will be calling for him to be closer...

Mr. Customer said...

Epale, all! I finally in a location where I can shirk responsibility properly.

(I've been lurking for a half-inning, but I didn't want to be the Schleprock if that little rally ended badly)

Steve Sax said...

Barajas leadoff HBP, and Carroll sacs him over to second, but Miles flies to left and how here's Sands with two out

Paul said...

Booooooooooo!

Steve Sax said...

leadoff man on first with none out and we can't score him.

Criminy.

Steve Sax said...

why so serious, you guys? feast on the pending heartbreak and sadness!

Central Valley Fan said...

I love that we live in the future.

I'm watching the game on my pc at work. I have to go to a meeting, so it goes on my iphone. I get back do my desk to see pics emailed from the game to me from my wife, who is rubbing it in that spring break is effing sweet for teachers to!

Dusty Baker said...

Just checking: do we still suck?

Mr. Customer said...

Who's being serious? We don't tolerate that shit around here.

Mr. Customer said...

We suck, it's just not clear whether it's the good kind or the bad kind.

Steve Sax said...

ground out, ground out, strikeout

Guerrier with a nice second scoreless inning. On to bottom 12.

Mr. Customer said...

OK, what's with blogger sending me back to main page when I refresh the comment thread? I blame Ubragg.

Paul said...

God bless Guerrirrererrrrr!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

TOO BIG TO FAIL

Steve Sax said...

one out double for Andre Ethier

Here comes Kemp, 0-for-4

Steve Sax said...

Of course, Rick Monday predicts that Kemp won't be pitched to, and of course, Kemp is being pitched to

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

WE MAKE PARTY!

Alex Cora said...

HOLY SHIT!!!! KEMP BABY!!!

Central Valley Fan said...

How sweet it is to be .500!

Jason said...

We make daytime party! And just in time for happy hour! Thanks, Matt.

Mr. Customer said...

HOLY SHIT!

Steve Sax said...

BOOOM!!!

Steve Sax said...

to be fair, Monday said he was surprised they pitched to Kemp

Paul said...

Where da party at????

Dusty Baker said...

Matt Kemp up in dis bish!!!!!!!!

Mr. Customer said...

We somehow took a series from an NL East team that isn't the Mets!

Dusty Baker said...

The shitty thing about Steiner is that the whole time he was calling Kemp's HR, I was just automatically assuming it was a meandering, mostly harmless ball. So I didn't get to feel the excitement of an actual HR call.

rbnlaw said...

So glad I got to see that at home (as opposed to watching it on Gameday at work, that is).


FUCK YEAH! Eat it, Frank! (and save 50% for Jamie)

rbnlaw said...

@DB: If it's any consolation, we got to hear Vinny for only the last part of the call.

My son was saying his oral math facts which I interrupted with, "MATT KEMP!!" The sound was un-muted to hear, "Gone!"

Dusty Baker said...

Party status: made

Steve Sax said...

POST-GAME THREAD UP!

Spank said...

Selig!

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty Baker 4:10: oddly, since I was "watching" the game on GameDay with the Steiner audio feed on the iphone 30 seconds delayed, I at least knew it was a HR, so I didn't recognize how bad Steiner's call was.