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Fighting words from hometown newspaper columnist

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The great Don Drysdale

Houston Mitchell did not endear himself to Los Angeles sports fans this weekend when he wrote a column for the L.A. Times that listed nearly 100 people he would “cut” from the baseball hall of fame. READ THE STORY HERE.

Among the cuts: Don Sutton and (gasp!) Don Drysdale.

Wow. Those are fighting words for Dodger fans, especially the Drysdale snub. There are all kinds of reasons that Big D deserves his spot in the Hall of Fame. I won’t bore you by listing them.

Sutton, well, he won 300 games. That’s pretty much a guaranteed ticket to Cooperstown. He never won a Cy Young Award. He won 20 games in a season only once. He never played on a World Series winner, believe it or not (Sutton’s Dodgers lost in the 1974, 1977 and 1978 Series; his Brewers lost in the 1982 Series … The Dodgers traded him to Houston in 1980, a year before the Dodgers won it all).

But the thing is, Sutton is respected but not beloved by Dodger fans. A good guy, a good pitcher, a good teammate … but not necessarily a Dodger “icon.” We can live with Sutton being on the list of proposed “cuts.”

Now Drysdale, on the other hand, is one of the most iconic names in franchise history. It helps that he was a key member of World Series championship teams in 1959, 1963 and 1965. He also was just about the meanest SOB ever to step on a pitcher’s mound (he beaned 154 batters in just 14 seasons). His philosophy was, “You hit one of my guys, I’ll hit two of yours. Let me know when you’ve had enough.” But aside from being tough, he was a GREAT pitcher. The guy once threw 58 consecutive scoreless innings, for Pete’s sake.

The Dodgers of the 1960s could not hit their way out of a paper bag. Yet they still ended up in the World Series half the time. How? Because Sandy Koufax and Drysdale were dominant, dominant pitchers who simply would not be denied.

Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Times wrote a rebuttal column yesterday, saying it was absurd to include Drysdale on the cut list. READ IT HERE.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Stay grounded, boys

Life is good for Dodger fans after we swept the rival Giants at SF this weekend.

My enthusiasm took a dive, however, after I saw this on Twitter:

Upcoming stretch is brutal: Braves, Cubs, Angels, Brewers, Braves, Brewers.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

I did not get short-changed

I bought these shorts at Iowa Book and Supply in, oh, 1998 or so. I was a junior in college. Maybe a sophomore.

Actually, mom and dad bought the shorts. I had a charge account at IBS and the bill always got sent home to Farley.

Anyway, I wear these shorts frequently. Always have. They are comfortable and durable. You wouldn’t think clothes would last 16 or 17 years when they get that much mileage week after week.

Thanks, mom and dad! :-)

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Everything is free here

Lots of fun and food at our parish picnic today. Everything is free.

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Couldn’t have said it better myself

So I’ll let Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times say it for me…

On Sunday morning the Dodgers will wake to find life is good, very good. The next morning, who knows? But for now, very good indeed.

They sent out Clayton Kershaw to start Saturday against the Giants, which is getting to be almost unfair, and he delivered as usual, pitching a two-hitter in the Dodgers’ 5-0 victory at AT&T Park.

The victory pushed the Dodgers back into first place in the National League West, half a game ahead of the Giants.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

God-given talent

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Can you imagine how much fun it would be to run and throw and hit like Yasiel Puig?

The guy has three triples and a double tonight … and it’s only the sixth inning. Wow!

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And look at them go — since I “gave up” on the Rays a few weeks ago, they have turned their season around. Tampa Bay has won 26 of its last 37 games. I’m back on the bandwagon!!!

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Found an alternative

Sunday at the pool, they played an alternative rock station over the PA system.

It was really, well, good music.

So now I’m listening to that station all the time. What the heck is wrong with me?

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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