Sunday, July 24, 2011

Game 101 Thread: July 24 vs Nationals, 1p

Chad Billingsley (8-8, 4.07) vs. Jason Marquis (8-4, 3.92).

Last night, the Dodgers depended on a .169 hitter to win the game. Today in the rubber match, can we expect heroics from another unlikely source? And given how that characterization would capture basically everyone in the lineup (including both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, both of whom are struggling), who if anyone will heed the call and step up?

Oh yeah, I will be at the game today, baking on the field level like a potato. Holler if you want to say hi.

graphic via shutterstock

54 comments:

Dusty Baker said...
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Dusty Baker said...

Per TBLA (hat tip!):

"Minor League Player of the Day – Dee Gordon - 4 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI's, 3 Runs, 1 SB. Gordon has been outstanding since returning to AAA about a month ago, hitting .412 in 4 games in June and .388 so far in July. It was his 3rd straight multi-hit game, and also his 3rd straight game with an extra base hit."

FREE DEE GORDON!

Dusty Baker said...

Gwynn 7
Furcal 6
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Miles 5
Loney 3
Navarro 2
Carroll 4
Billingsley 1

Dusty Baker said...

Anyone else watching the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies?

Just saw cool thing. When Juan Marichal was introduced, the camera caught a Dodger-capped fan cheering for him. Class act!

Especially in contrast with me; I had just yelled "Throw at him, Sandy!"

Dusty Baker said...

Come to think of it, we should have had a HoF ceremony thread.

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Dusty Baker said...

I was watching footage from yesterday's activities where the 2011 Ford C. Fricke Award was given to Dave Van Horne. Great speech, talking about listening to baseball on the radio and how so many of the calls we collectively remember were heard on the radio, producing memorable phrases that stay with us to this day. he mentioned [unmentionable play involving Bobby Tompson] but highlighted Jack Buck's call of Gibby's famous home run. He then turned to Dennis Eckersley and said, "Sorry, Eck." Brilliant stuff!

Dusty Baker said...

Bud Selig getting some boos. Maybe they were just saying boooo-urns, but I doubt it.

Dusty Baker said...

RIP to Hall of Famers who died in the past year:

Sparky Anderson
Bob Feller
Harmon Killebrew
Duke Snider
Dick Williams

Dusty Baker said...

Terry Cashman made a cool speech, too, before performing his "Talkin' Baseball" classic. got a little weepy when he mentioned the Duke. He changed the lyrics up at the very end and said "...the Duke of Flatbush..."

Dusty Baker said...

MLB Network production value is Loney. They keep cutting away from the ceremony to showcase Harold Reynolds' yammering. Let the freaking ceremony be the thing, idiots.

Dusty Baker said...

Colt 45s reference from Pat Gillick!

Dusty Baker said...

Lots of Blue Jays fans in attendance. Represent, folks!

Dusty Baker said...

Roberto Alomar now being inducted. I was glad to live on the East Coast during a time when Alomar was still playing, so got to enjoy watching him (mainly against Os).

Dusty Baker said...

Alomar doing part of speech en Espanol. Nice touch.

Dusty Baker said...

Alomar surprisingly humble. HofF induction has a way of doing that to people, I guess.

Dusty Baker said...

Touching from Alomar: Tony Gwynn Sr gave him his first pair of baseball shoes when he was 19, so he turned to thank TG, who of course is sitting there as a HoFer himself. Great stuff!

Dusty Baker said...

Alomar just thanked his mom for taking him to the baseball parks when he was a little kid. Now I'm getting a little weepy.

Dusty Baker said...

Bert "Be Home" Blylevyn up next, but I have to head out. Clearly all the other interested readers are going tp suffer now.

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Steve Sax said...

Heading to the Stadium.

Check your email Dusty

Josh S. said...

One of you two needs to prove that MLASC is an actual person and not a computer simulation.

Josh S. said...

RT @Dodgers:

"Blyleven says he learned the curveball by listening to Vin Scully describe Sandy's hook and visualizing the grip & spin"

Spank said...

Making breakfast,Vinny!

Dusty Baker said...

3G still working at the Yard. Must be a small crowd. But big heart, at least from my crew.

Dusty Baker said...

Drinking beer to keeep cool in the Yard, Vinny!

Cc: Neeebs

Josh S. said...

That was fucking cool.

Steve Sax said...

Up 2-1 after 1? Who woulda thunk?

Josh S. said...

And Loney takes a big ol' Loney.

Neeebs said...

@DB: Coool.

Steve Sax said...

Dusty, are you in the shade? We may come up to see you. I'm baking

Steve Sax said...

Leadoff walk for Fookie

Steve Sax said...

SB Fookie

I could hear the bones creaking from here

Fernie V said...

It could be worst, we could of spent some serious off season money and suck like the nats.

Spank said...

Gotta love that hustle by Kemp. He could just mail it in but he ain't going down like that.

Dusty Baker said...

Rancho Shitiendo!

Spank said...

Rancho Ardiendo for who? Pinche Loney!

Josh S. said...

Is Loney actively trying to get fired?

Dusty Baker said...

@sax

Yes just got shade. Seats next to us are open.

Dusty Baker said...

@Spank

Totally agree. Kemp is plating like it's Game 7 World Series.

Spank said...

RA ACKBAR

Spank said...

It was a trap.

Fernie V said...

Perfect, listening to vinny while taking a shower. My phone suddenly turned off, clicked it and Steiner is on, that iPhone is pretty smart.

Fernie V said...

Is it Monday on the radio, just announced a pub say Yhe price of beer is the batting average of Jason Werth.

Fernie V said...

Furcal could become my favorite player.

Dusty Baker said...

Just made sweet, sweet love to SoSG Sax.

(smokes cigarette)

(scorns MLASC)

Spank said...

I like this Javy Guerra kid.


We makes party!

Steve Sax said...

Perfect ninth for Guerra! Werth Ks to end it!

Dodgers win the rubber match!

Josh S. said...

Wooooo!

Third place is within reach!

Dusty Baker said...

In Javy We Trust!

Dusty Baker said...

Seriously? Two hours +3 minutes and no new comment?

Damn, folks, hang in there. I get all negative and cynical and shit, but hey, we will be judged by our loyalty in the end, on judgment day, when Pee Wee checks the list of people as they arrive at the Blue Gates.

Jason said...

Wait, the thread image is missing a few levels on the left. Where is Loney, Furcal and Barajas?

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Thx for the dry hump. Too bad we couldn't have had a 3-way with MLASC.

Dusty Baker said...

Man, Amy Winehouse had some big titties. I'm just stating a fact.

Steve Sax said...

Awesome to see you and the Baker clan too, Dusty!

Steve Sax said...

Sorry for the delay; PGT up