Monthly Archives: June 2010

Cabin fever

She's always learning something new.

I hate missing work. I absolutely HATE it. I’m thankful for my employment and genuinely love my job.

But when the little girl is sick, someone has to stay home with her. Daycare won’t take her, and Jill can’t be the one to miss work every time.

So I was home with Maisa the last two days. It drives me nuts to miss one day of work, let alone two. I love spending time with my daughter, but I’d obviously rather have her be healthy and go to daycare.

Good news is that Maisa is not seriously ill. Just a nagging fever, which I suspect will subside by tomorrow.


I tried to make the most of my unexpected extra time with Maisa the last two days. I read and played with her for hours and hours.

She is getting really, really good at knowing what things are. I’ll hold the book and say, “Where is the sun?” and Maisa will point to the sun. “Where is the tree?” and she’ll point to the tree.

I suspect she is starting to get a grasp on numbers and letters, too. We practice those all the time with her Elmo book, and my little girl is a quick study.


The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep at San Francisco today. Raffy Furcal stayed red-hot, as did Matt Kemp. Those two guys homered in the same inning today.

Los Angeles is 21-5 against NL West opponents this season.

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Posted by on June 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Hall of Famer Paul Scherrman

A few months ago, I wrote that the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame would be a farce until it enshrined Farley Hawks legend Paul Scherrman.

I guess all I had to do was speak up.

“Sharm” will be inducted into the Hall on July 10. Click here to read more.

Thanks to my brother Steve for passing along the link.

And congratulations to Paul Scherrman, one of the all-time greats in Dubuque County.

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Posted by on June 29, 2010 in Uncategorized


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The Dodgers’ Midge Daniels

Midge Daniels of "Mad Men"

In seasons 1 and 2 of “Mad Men,” leading man Don Draper has a beatnik mistress named Midge Daniels.

Midge lets Don come and go as he pleases, never asking too many questions and not expecting much in return.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a mistress like Midge. And her name is the National League West.

The Dodgers rebounded from an infuriating interleague loss Sunday to beat NL West rival San Francisco 4-2 on Monday. Los Angeles is 19-5 against NL West opponents, 22-30 against the rest of the major leagues. The Dodgers were 46-26 against West rivals in 2009.

The NL West doesn’t care where the Dodgers have been. The NL West doesn’t care who the Dodgers have been spending time with. The NL West doesn’t get upset when the Dodgers leave early in the morning with no explanation.

I’m willing to bet that the NL West doesn’t mind the Dodgers’ late-night, desperate, drunken phone calls, either.

Ahhh yes, the Dodgers can always return to the NL West and find that familiar, comfortable spot to lay their heads.

No matter how crappy the Dodgers play against the Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals and Mets of the world, they can look forward to eventually playing some games within their division. There’s always a cure for what ails the Dodgers.

Call it the “Midge Daniels Treatment.”

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Posted by on June 29, 2010 in Uncategorized


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When is Rivera going to retire?

Well, that top of the ninth inning Sunday night was one of the more painful experiences I’ve had as a Dodger fan in a while.

Dodgers closer Jon Broxton blew a four-run lead in the ninth and the Yankees won 8-6 in 10 innings.


The Giants bug me. The Cardinals get under my skin. But the Yankees reminded me this weekend why I hate them more than any other team — by a mile.

Looking forward to the day Jeter, Pettitte and Rivera retire …

God, the 1980s were awesome. The Dodgers were good and the Yankees stunk. We need another decade like that — soon.

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Posted by on June 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Sunday night’s game becomes a bonus game

The Dodgers beat the Yankees on Saturday 9-4, and that’s good enough for me.

The Yankees will almost certainly win tonight’s series finale — and that’s OK. I asked for one victory in this series, and one victory is probably what I’ll get.

Can’t be greedy, especially when you’re playing a team with a $206 million payroll (that’s $40 million more than any other team, and $110 million more than the Dodgers).

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Posted by on June 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Maisa’s growing vocabulary

Words Maisa has learned in recent weeks…

  • Dodgers
  • Church
  • Jesus
  • Knuckles
  • Please
  • Excuse me
  • Whoa
  • Bless you
  • Poop


Jill and I attended Friday’s Iowa Cubs game with two other couples — the Digmanns and the Simons.

We had a great time, despite having to look into the sun for the first six innings. (Note to self: Don’t sit down the right-field line for night games).

We stayed for the entire game because they had fireworks afterwards. I can’t remember the last time I stayed for all nine innings of an Iowa Cubs game.

After the fireworks, we had a cold drink at Johnny’s Hall of Fame Sports Bar down on Court Avenue. It’s not far from the stadium.

A fun Friday night. Many thanks to our friends for joining us.

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Posted by on June 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Here’s what the Chicago Cubs should do

  • Release Carlos Zambrano immediately and erase all mention of him from team literature.
  • Trade Aramis Ramirez for some pine tar towels.
  • Trade Kosuke Fukudome for some fungo bats.


Seriously, did you see Zambrano’s explosion in the Cubs dugout today?

Been a while since I’ve seen something that pathetic.

He’s an embarrassment to himself and to the Cubs organization.

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Posted by on June 25, 2010 in Uncategorized