Monday, May 30, 2011

Game 55 Thread: May 30 vs. Rox, 5p

Chad Billingsley (3-4, 3.69) vs. Jason Hammel (3-4, 3.20).

It's Dollar Dodger Dog Day at Dodger Stadium, and if that's not amazing enough, how about the Dodgers' surprising shocking series win over the second-place Marlins? Today the once-hot Rockies come into town, having been cooled off to under .500 by a series loss to the Cardinals. Do the Dodgers have a little momentum, or is this just an anomaly in a season of failure? Time to find out.

166 comments:

Steve Sax said...

We have all the momentum here. We are rolling to victory today.

Dusty Baker said...

Are there any beer specials at the yard today, Sax?

Dusty Baker said...

Furcal SS
Carroll 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Gibbons LF
Loney 1B
Barajas C
Miles 3B
Billingsley P

Josh S. said...

If you buy an $8 beer and a Dodger Dog, you can pretend the beer was half-price.

Josh S. said...

Buy two dogs and the beer is freeeeee!

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty 2.27p: Yes, if you go to any Dodgers concession stand and say that you are SoSG Dusty Baker, they'll either give you a discount...or commit you to a mental institution.

Steve Sax said...

I have a feeling Dusty is going to be psyched when the Dodgers announce $1 beer day.

Steve Sax said...

Me, I'd just be psyched for a win.

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel, etc:

Just emailed that Vinny transcript. Let me know when you get it ok.

Dusty Baker said...

How about I go wearing my SoSG ID intern badge and say, "Don't you know who I am?!?"

I think that would get me Don Newcombe holding me while Josh Rawitch kicked me in the nads.

Dusty Baker said...

Honoring our armed forces and drinking beer on the patio, Vinny!

Dusty Baker said...

Apparently by myself.

Spank said...

*does the electric slide out the GT*

Dusty Baker said...

BTW: Props to World Series winner with the Dodgers, Roy Gleason.

Dusty Baker said...

Even Spanky won't hang out with me. How far I've fallen. (cries into can of Steel Reserve)

Dusty Baker said...

It's tiiiiiiiiime for Dodger baseball!

Dusty Baker said...

^That's my Karina-required positive statement for the day.

Dusty Baker said...

Huge throw from Kemp to Pack of Cards to erase Karina's second son at the plate. Way to start the game!

Neeebs said...

Im here DB. Sporadically at least.

Dusty Baker said...

In Rod we trust!

Dusty Baker said...

I was about to start crying, Neeebs.

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck off Gonzalez. I'm tired of your catching fly balls. I'll give you some balls to catch.

Dusty Baker said...

Suck it, EY! Carroll safe at first.

Dusty Baker said...

Pick him up, E.

Dusty Baker said...

Or not. I meant Kemp.

Neeebs said...

Alas, 0-0 after1

Orel said...

Got it, Dusty! Thanks a ton!

Dusty Baker said...

Looks like we're seeing the ball pretty good, though. I think we have some runs in us today.

@Karina-can I use that for tomorrow's positive thought of the day?

Dusty Baker said...

No problem, Orel.






Which is not what my prom date said.

Dusty Baker said...

Unfortunately, it looks like the opposing team is also seeing the ball well.

How long until we start hearing about shadows?

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, your thighness. Get this shit together.

Strike 3!

Neeebs said...

Take a seat Ty

Neeebs said...

Take a seat vowel-dude

Orel said...

This situation is very tightropey.

Neeebs said...

Take a seat Hammels

Orel said...

Ta da!

Dusty Baker said...

Bills ends up striking out the side. Hopefully that was his tightropey inning.

Dusty Baker said...

I hate our caps less than I hate those worn by the Rockies.

Spank said...

Oh Shit! I lost my grilling tongs in the shadows!

Dusty Baker said...

JLo HR over the RF pavilion right here.

Dusty Baker said...

I'll take it.

Orel said...

Does Loney get fined for that hit?

Dusty Baker said...

Nice one, Spank.

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Tarjetas!

Dusty Baker said...

45

Dusty Baker said...

Come on Rod.

Orel said...

Dodgers are all foully tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck you Helton. Just retire already.

Orel said...

I see the old offense is back.

Dusty Baker said...

Screw you, too, Dexter. I mean, your name is Dexter.

Neeebs said...

Dexter's a cool name.

Dusty Baker said...

A kid who used to burp into my milk when I was but a wee lad in school had the name of Dexter. Hence, I do not think it is a cool name.

Orel said...

Chadley flirting with disaster again.

Orel said...

Or at least danger.

Orel said...

That's a great story you transcribed, Dusty. It'll go up tomorrow morning.

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel

Yeah I thought it was funny, too. Vin seemed to have so much fun telling it. And it involved Durocher, and it took place at the Coliseum. Just a lot of neat history there. I had to look up the umpire's name to make sure I had it right.

Dusty Baker said...

Bills helping himself out.

Orel said...

So much for getting the pitcher out of the way. Bills gets a single!

Orel said...

I even found a picture of Conlan and Durocher!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The starting pitcher has a better average than four of the position players in the lineup.

(cries)

Dusty Baker said...

That's great, Orel! Very cool.

Dusty Baker said...

Rancho ardiendo!

Orel said...

RA

Orel said...

A lot of really close pitches here.

Orel said...

Ethier delivers! 2-0 Dodgers!

Dusty Baker said...

Rancho payoff! I'm lovin' it. Help these ducks off the pond now, Matty!

Dusty Baker said...

Milk Burper drops the fly ball! Fuck you Dexter, just fuck you!

(not that I have any lingering issues.

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck you too, Cargo. On principle.

Dusty Baker said...

Quit throwing to first, culero!

Josh S. said...

Interesting that we got the exact same net result on that dropped ball that we would have had on a sac fly.

Neeebs said...

Culero! Lmao.

Orel said...

Kemp's slide was so smooth it looked like he was on wheels.

Orel said...

Dusty's dander is up.

Dusty Baker said...

JLo!!! 4-0 Dodgers.

Still mad at you, holmes.

Neeebs said...

Another 4-pack

Dusty Baker said...

Dander Factor: 8
Beer status: gin

Josh S. said...

That's not his dander.

Orel said...

Someone's messing with Vin's equalizer.

Orel said...

Pitcher's best friend!

DelinO said...

Small ball doesn't mean small balls.

DelinO said...

Ah Wiggy... how could you.

I've always had a special place for that guy, mostly cause he looks like he could have been on the 1919 White Sox

Dusty Baker said...

Tell that to Craig Counsell, DelinO.

karina said...

epale everyone!

I'm pleased to know we're winning!

Orel said...

Epale, Karina!

Orel said...

CarGo with a Kempian grab.

Dusty Baker said...

Don't read any of the previous GT, Karina. I've been really rude toward your second son, among others. Thought the coast was clear.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The game is going surprisingly well. This is when the Serling-esque twist occurs, right? Kemp's banished to the cornfield or something?

karina said...

well Dusty, it makes me happy you're on a positive roll tonight :)

Dusty Baker said...

Where's the shoulder gnome, K?

Orel said...

Nice throw by Iannetta.

Orel said...

Why didn't they start the NBA Finals today?

Orel said...

Today's trivia question:

Which U.S. Navy veteran of the D-Day invasion has won more World Series (10) than any player ever?

Dusty Baker said...

(cue MLASC's answer, after having feverishly Googled for it)

DelinO said...

Unbreakable's on. A reminder of what M Night was.

* weeps

Orel said...

Nice play by Loney to get the force at second on a squibber.

Orel said...

"Unbreakable" feels like the first half of a really good movie.

Dusty Baker said...

The first third, to be real.

Dusty Baker said...

3X for Wide Eyes!

Love our little MSB.

Orel said...

I don't recognize these Dodgers.

Orel said...

Apodaca

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The NBA Finals were scheduled for either tomorrow or Thursday, depending on the lengths of the two series. Because both went to only five games, they could start the Finals tomorrow.

I assume they did not schedule tonight to begin the Finals due to decreased holiday ratings.

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah, NBA. Cause no one is sitting around the house gathered with tons of family and friends craving some sports to watch on Memorial Day late afternoon or anything.

Orel said...

Thanks, MLASC. I would think viewership would go up on a holiday, but I guess that's why I'm not a television programmer.

Orel said...

Amirite, Dusty?

Orel said...

Tressel article at SI: whoa

Orel said...

trivia answer: Yogi Berra

Dusty Baker said...

I want my Sugar Bowl win!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Memorial Day weekend is a big travel weekend, so the logic is that people are coming home and not watching television.

Orel said...

LONEY HOME HOMER!

Dusty Baker said...

How many people really travel far and wide, though, on MD weekend? Mostly people just go visit friends and family and grill out and shit. Generally, a telly with an important sports game would be cause to gather round and therefore generate ratings.

This seems like another 1956 understanding of social habits that doesn't have any remote modern context. thanks, Nielsen!

Dusty Baker said...

Ladies and gentlemen, Loney has left the Yard!

Dusty Baker said...

What are the chances of my getting a Loney HR badge? Wow!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The Dodgers puzzle me. They are not playing like crap.

Josh S. said...

Nephew reset the cable box and I missed the Loney homer. Did it actually happen?

DelinO said...

@Orel - I hope Tressel's sweaters continue to coach

Orel said...

Give that nephew the heave-ho, Josh!

Orel said...

The sweater-vests are impressive.

Dusty Baker said...

@Josh

We weren't there, so there's no way to confirm it wasn't camera trickery or black magic.

karina said...

WHO'S YOUR KING?

Orel said...

Even Miles gave it a ride.

Josh S. said...

Why are the Colorado patriotic caps red? That makes zero sense.

Steve Sax said...

7-1.

I called this win.

Josh S. said...

@Orel: His intentions were good. He was trying to unplug the fan so Luke wouldn't slice his fingers off.

Orel said...

I have chills. Thanks, Vin.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

@Karina - Matt Kemp. He has 12 of those.

karina said...

what did Vin say, Orel?

Steve Sax said...

Loney, 3-for-3 with 3 RBI

karina said...

that's it, he regained his royal status, so he's King James again.

Dusty Baker said...

Tough love, man. Luke's gotta learn things the hard way sometimes.

Orel said...

He gets a reprieve for now, Josh.

Dusty Baker said...

"WHO'S YOUR KING?"

Heh.

Orel said...

@Karina: He recited the poem "In Flanders Fields."

Dusty Baker said...

I love the difference between Orel's and my posts at 7:07 re Luke.

karina said...

@Orel <3

strangely, I didn't have a King James badge, I won't forget I got his badge with a home HR

Dusty Baker said...

re: Tressel

"Most of the young players who attended it would never play college football, but a few were top prospects whom Ohio State was recruiting. At the end of camp, attendees bought tickets to a raffle with prizes such as cleats and a jersey. According to his fellow assistant, Tressel rigged the raffle so that the elite prospects won -- a potential violation of NCAA rules. Says the former colleague, who asked not to be identified because he still has ties to the Ohio State community, "In the morning he would read the Bible with another coach. Then, in the afternoon, he would go out and cheat kids who had probably saved up money from mowing lawns to buy those raffle tickets. That's Jim Tressel."

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/magazine/05/30/jim.tressel/index.html#ixzz1NtN5dBou"

Josh S. said...

Is it possible the Dodgers have had enough with this losing shit?

karina said...

@Josh it is

Steve Sax said...

it is indeed possible

ask again later

outlook hazy

Paul said...

Epale alllllll Loney shit! We score 7 after scoring 8?!?!

Dusty Baker said...

My outlook is hazy, too.

Dusty Baker said...

White Bread badge!!!

Spank said...

Another Loney homer?

*faints*

DelinO said...

Mo Badges
Mo Badges
Mo Badges

Dusty Baker said...

Another LA Times piece on decline of the team:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-sp-dodger-fans-20110531,0,7509135,full.story

karina said...

Jerry Sands single badge!

Josh S. said...

Return of the old Elbert.

Steve Sax said...

Jerry Sands badge, ladies and gentlemen!

Badge #126

Steve Sax said...

did they really just yank Elbert after two batters?

What's up with that?

Does Mattingly know who we've got in our bullpen?!?!

Orel said...

"The great baseball portraitist Roger Kahn, whose writing about the Dodger glory days in the '50s has made him an unofficial team historian, once said that, 'In a perfect world, the Dodgers would've stayed in Brooklyn and Los Angeles would have gotten the Mets.' "

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel

(cries)

Spank said...

Whitey-er is pitching.

karina said...

@Orel no way

Dusty Baker said...

(wipes brow in relief)

Steve Sax said...

marlins getting pounded 15-4 to the snakes

Dusty Baker said...

Broxton will close this do....


(weeps)

Spank said...

Did they cut off $1 Dodger Dogs after the sixth inning because the stadium looks empty.

Orel said...

Video of Vin's poetry recital posted on the main page. Enjoy it before it gets taken down.

Spank said...

The reason why the Mets aren't in L.A. is because O'Malley said FUCK YOU to then Mayor of New York La Guardia. Hence,Doyers in L.A.

Steve Sax said...

no lead is safe at dodger stadium

if you're playing the dodgers

Steve Sax said...

that's all she wrote!

Steve Sax said...

dodgers WIN

Dusty Baker said...

(makes party)

Orel said...

PGTUP!

Spank said...

Loney needs to bring it for a whole season at least to get King status.

karina said...

we make party!

Spank said...

I'm getting drunk