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Natural disaster, or close to it

You’ll have to excuse Dodger fans if they fail to pack the stadium tonight.

Los Angeles residents have a lot on their minds right now (L.A. Times photos)…

Smoke from wildfires in the mountains can be seen from Marina Del Ray.

Smoke from wildfires in the mountains can be seen from Marina Del Ray.

 

A Los Angeles woman tries to keep the smoke out of her baby's lungs by applying a mask.

A Los Angeles woman tries to keep the smoke out of her baby's lungs by applying a mask.

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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Reds strike out 20 times in loss to Dodgers

The Dodgers struck out 20 Cincinnati hitters on Sunday.

That was the highest total for the Dodgers since 1972, according to a few articles I’ve read.

Now granted, it took 12 innings to get that total. But it definitely shows how anemic the Reds offense is.

Boy, I’d hate to have to watch that Reds team play every day. Booooorrrrrring!

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Sunday Night Baseball

Seems like Braves vs. Phillies is an exceptionally common Sunday Night Baseball matchup.

Other than Red Sox vs. Yankees, of course.

But tonight’s game is a good one. 3-2 Phils in the 8th inning.

Go Bravos.

Update: Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins just turned one of the most unusual double plays I’ve ever seen. 4-6-5 (or something like that ). I’m sure you’ll see it on “SportsCenter.”

Rollins, a shortstop, hasn’t made an error in 75 games. That is absolutely astounding. Ozzie Smith would blush at that stat.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

The twins (well, one of the twins)

I think Jenna Bush, a former First Daughter, has a great future in front of her.

I like that she did some overseas work with the poor. Showed a lot of humility and dignity.

Now Jenna is a teacher in Baltimore. That’s cool. Good for her.

Teachers don’t get nearly enough respect (not to mention salary), so maybe Jenna can be sort of a national symbol for teachers. She’s already headed that way with a new gig for the “Today” show.

Click here to read more about Jenna’s “Today” gig.

Sorry about all the politics-oriented blogging lately. I try to avoid talking about specific issues when I do write about political figures.

On the other hand, I don’t consider Jenna Bush to be a political figure. She’s a teacher.

Now, back to the Dodgers…

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

12 innings = 25 games over .500

The punchless Dodger bats needed 12 innings to beat Cincinnati 3-2 today, capturing the series two games to one.

Matt Kemp was the offensive hero, homering early in the game and getting the game-winning sac fly in the 12th.

We’re 25 games over .500 and our lead in the West looks to be six games after today. The Rockies are losing to the Giants as I type this.

These are good times to be a Dodger fan. For the first time in a while, we’ve won seven of our last 10.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

A real tear-jerker

Ted Kennedy Jr.’s eulogy for his father was unbelievably poignant.

Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, Catholic or Protestant, Irish or German, you should hear Ted Jr.’s speech. Click here if you’d like to watch and listen to the speech (it’s at the 4-minute mark, approximately).

Junior told the story of how, after bone cancer took part of his leg as a 12-year-old, his father helped him climb the hill and go sledding. It was really, really touching. A tear-jerker if there ever was one.

I was literally choking up for about an hour after hearing the story. It really hit home for me, maybe because I’m a father now.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Bums lead NL West by 5 games

Colorado lost at San Francisco late Saturday night, giving the Dodgers a five-game lead in the NL West.

Wow, baseball is incredibly unpredictable sometimes. The Rockies have lost four straight games after it appeared they were all but unbeatable as recently as Tuesday.

The Dodgers will send 21-year-old wunderkind Clayton Kershaw to the mound today in search of a series victory at Cincy.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2009 in Uncategorized