Monday, December 05, 2011

A Change To The SoSG Lineup

It's the off-season, the time of year when teams can look at their lineups and address some of the gap areas. And we're going through this sort of exercise at the SoSG home offices as well.

When this blog started back in 2006, it was largely supposed to be a repository for a small group of guys who ended up emailing incessantly about the Dodgers anyway. Many of the original Sons had known each other since grade school, so it was easy to port our sarcastic brand of commenting and "reporting" into a medium that was ripe for witty banter.

Establishing a set of pseudonyms also helped keep the tone off-the-cuff, as well as allowed many of us to contribute content from all over the place (including blogging from work). In fact, there are a couple of Sons who work with colleagues who are huge readers of Sons of Steve Garvey, and they have no idea that the authors are standing in their midst. The veil of secrecy was a pretty critical point in our early days.

Soon, the Dodgers organization started inviting us into the fold, culminating with press box and clubhouse access as if we were media members. Of course, this required us to think about things a bit differently; the covenant we reached with the recently-departed VP of PR Josh Rawitch was that he was fine with the pseudonyms so long as he could always reach us individually if we wrote something out of line. We never did, by the way; Rawitch was always a great partner and helped give on- and off-the-record color to us all the time.

Meanwhile, about the same time, we started inviting some of our readers back behind the veil as well, including holding a couple of SoSG Fests (read: fully funded drinking while watching a Dodgers away game) for some of the most worthy. Through these events, and some Stadium rendezvous missions, we got to know a handful of our readers pretty well.

In addition, the ranks of the Sons have thinned. You, the readers, voted to kill off Pedro Guerrero last year. And as we emerged from this year's Hey Jimbo! April Fool's Day takeover, Lasorda was left off the 2011 roster. Finally, Eric Karros decided to call it a day following the end of the 2011 season. And that left four Sons o hold down the fort.

Meanwhile, let's face it, it's been a hard time to be a Dodger fan, what with two consecutive poor showings in the division, an opening day beating tragedy, and that whole McCourt ownership circus thing that casts a pall over the organization. It's yucchy. But the chaos might not have to be all-corroding; I believe that chaos is the time for the most opportunity, just as this is a time for the Dodgers to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. 2012 has to be better, right? And I don't want Sons of Steve Garvey to miss a second of it.

And that's why, for the first time in this blog's five-year history, we're ecstatic to welcome three new Sons to the fold. Please give a huge welcome to Dusty Baker, Hideo Nomo, and Franklin Stubbs.

All three of these new Sons have been around for years, they're familiar with the virtual bar we've created, and we've had a chance to meet them all on multiple occasions (all three attended both SoSG Fests as well as multiple ad hoc drink-fests in the Stadium). In fact, they're kind of like family now. Which is why we're ecstatic to knight them as Sons.

We're delighted that they're just insane enough to want to join the chaos on a first-hand level. But we're confident that their energy will help take this crazy crew of sarcastic Sons to the next level, just in time to herald the Dodgers' ascent back to our rightful place in championship lore (or at least, in time to welcome our new owner and a long-awaited change in front-office scenery). Plus, the new Sons' background checks came out relatively clean (only one bestiality incident that has since been expunged).

I'll leave their individual origin stories up to them, but you'll soon see their names in the Sons' blogroll in the upper left. (Congratulations to those of you who figured out our mystery last week, by the way. You damn overachievers.) So if you see any of these three anonymous identity-concealed Sons walking down the street, make sure to congratulate them with a big bear hug.

Welcome, Dusty, Nomo, and Stubbs!

58 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

I knew that cartoon bear porn would show up as bestiality on my record one day. Thankfully, that's all behind me now. Mostly.

Spank Horst said...

Can we kill off Hideo Nomo?

I guess my Sons bid as "Tony Gwynn's Shitty Brother" was unsuccesful.

DUSTY!!!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

I promise 100% more "Pat Burrell Breaking News - Visit The Official Site Now!" ads in this space.

Those just crack me up.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty: Wait, you've got a bestiality record as well?

Shit, that makes two of the three.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Damn, I'd been studiously avoiding mentioning those ads in the hope they'd give up and return to whatever circle of hell they spawned from.

Dusty Baker said...

I like to picture someone sitting around thinking, man, I'm just not getting enough breaking Pat Burrell news these days, and I'm not sure what to do about it.

Franklin Stubbs said...

As for the "incident", I was led to believe that was customary in Crete.

Dusty Baker said...

Molest one Kri Kri goat and you're branded for life, it would seem, Stubbs.

Franklin Stubbs said...

No, thankfully I sobered up before they started in with the branding.

Hideo Nomo said...

Love you too, Spank.

Fred's Brim said...

Welcome, new Sons! Where have you been? Will there be a back story involving DNA tests and an appearance on Maury?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Welcome to the gang, Stubbs and Nomo!

Go to hell, Dusty!

jmk said...

Right on. Welcome new Sons!

Dusty Baker said...

Love you, too, Czar!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Can I make a guess at who Nomo and Stubbs used to be? Or is anonymity in effect?

Dusty Baker said...

Hint: Nomo is not Lasorda.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I think I know who Stubbs is.

Franklin Stubbs said...

re: Anonymity

I don't believe it will be a mystery for very long, anyhow.

Hideo Nomo said...

Guessing our identities is about as challenging as the table games from the end of Vegas Vacation.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Dusty's in particular.

Dusty Baker said...

Or I could change my name to ytsuD rekaB and no one would know. Except J. Steve would probably figure it out right away.

Franklin Stubbs said...

On a separate note, what did DelinO blackmail the rest you guys with to get such a swanky office at SoSG Headquarters?

Dusty Baker said...

(swipes beer off DelinO's desk)

Hideo Nomo said...

My key didn't work. Very funny, Sax.

Dusty Baker said...

Do we have to wear Hello Kitty backpacks and do rookie hazing stuff?

Alex Cora said...

@hideo. My key still doesn't work, but instead of getting into the building, I cant get out. I had to do that mission impossible Tom Cruise through the air ducts crap just to use the urinal.

Dusty Baker said...

I already found the Oban!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Hideo is really Brett Favre!

Dusty Baker said...

Stubbs is the real killer!

Franklin Stubbs said...

It was Dusty in the conservatory with the crackpipe.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

So when can we expect the first post from youse guys?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Those may be coming along shortly. Stay tuned.

Steve Sax said...

insanity levels rising...

Dusty Baker said...

(ducks under desk)

Hideo Nomo said...

Finally got into the office. Turns out the door was locked but all the windows were open.

(Probably in anticipation of Dusty's arrival.)

karina said...

welcome new Sons! :*

don't dare to post any graphs yet, it'd be very painful, since I'm still mourning over Eric Karros.

Neeebs said...

Isn't this about the time that Josh S would be chiming in?????

Oh...strike that.

Anonymity, right?

Josh S. said...

I was still trying to crack the baseball card puzzle.

Neeebs said...

Well played.

And now, a work from Mr. C.....

Neeebs said...

^word

Dusty Baker said...

I hope you weren't expecting any work out of Mr. C, Neeebs.

Mr. Customer said...

What? I'm just cowering under my desk until all this blows over.

Franklin Stubbs said...

What a chump.

Neeebs said...

So what happened to Tom Paciorek?

Franklin Stubbs said...

45!

Dusty Baker said...

I miss Booger.

Dusty Baker said...

^Nice 45, Stubbs!

Steve Sax said...

Nice booger, Stubbs?

Franklin Stubbs said...

*double-checks all pertinent orifices*

Damon said...

congrats to all 3 of you

Eric Karros said...

Hey sorry I'm late to the welcoming party but welcome, benvenidos, & välkommen to Dusty, Hideo, and Stubbs!

Dusty Baker said...

Cheers, EK! Big shoes to fill.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Thanks EK!

I can already feel the PCS season trundling down on me, kinda like in the intro to Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Hideo Nomo said...

Thanks, EK! I'm late in seeing your welcome!

Dusty Baker said...

@Stubbs

Poison arrows or giant rock?

Franklin Stubbs said...

PCS = Giant Rock
Assassins Circle = Poison Arrows

QuadSevens said...

I go to Vegas for a week and I miss all kinds of crazy stuff! Welcome new Sons.

Joe Dodger said...

I've alwoays liked your irreverence yet informative posts and banter. And leave Dusty alone, he was young, plush and needed the money!