Monthly Archives: April 2011

A surprise in South Florida

I hadn’t paid much attention to the Florida Marlins till this week, when the Dodgers came to Miami for a visit.

Fact is, Florida has played outstanding baseball this season. The Fish were 15-7 going into today’s series finale.

Dodgers trail 4-3 in today’s game, which I’m watching on MLB Network.


The Lakers seemed to have an easy go of it in Game 5, taking a 3-2 series edge over N’awlins.

Hope to see them finish off the Bees in Game 6 in the Bayou.


Update: The Dodgers won Wednesday’s game 5-4 thanks to Andre Ethier’s 10th-inning home run.

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


Maisa and Easter

We visited the Easter bunny last Thursday.

Saturday morning was spent at the Easter egg hunt in Ankeny.
Maisa found her Easter basket on Sunday morning.
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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


Dodgers back to .500 … Lakers, too

The Dodgers’ god-awful bullpen blew another one last night. Florida 5, Los Angeles 4.

The Dodgers are 12-12.


The Lakers will try to retake the lead tonight in their best-of-seven playoff series against New Orleans.

Lakers are 2-2 in the series.

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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


Dodgers leapfrog the Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their solid play Sunday with a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers have won six of their last eight games, improving to 12-11 — good for second place in the National League West. The third-place Giants are 10-11 after being swept by Atlanta.


Also Sunday, the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier became the third player in MLB history to have an April hitting streak of at least 21 games.


The Dodgers have had arguably the best 3 and 4 hitters in baseball this season.

Ethier bats third and is hitting .382. Matt Kemp is the cleanup hitter and has a batting average of .402.

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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


A non-rivalry heats up a bit

The Dodgers and Cubs don’t have much of a rivalry. Not much venom has been spewed over the years between the two teams.

They aren’t division rivals, and the fans don’t get too fired up about the matchup. There’s really no reason for the teams to dislike each other.

But a couple things this weekend have caught my attention.

  1. Cubs announcer Bob Brenly, an old San Francisco Giant, was about as mad as a broadcaster can be after Casey Blake walked on a couple close pitches Saturday. It’s April, but for some reason Bob thought the base on balls was critical to the Cubs’ chances. “A bad call can lead to a bad inning. A bad inning can lead to a bad loss. And a bad loss can end up costing you the pennant!” OK, Bob, settle down. I know you hate the Dodgers, but it’s April.
  2. Cubs manager Mike Quade was furious after the Dodgers accidentally attempted a stolen base Friday with an 8-1 lead. A.J. Ellis missed a sign and went on his own, but it shouldn’t matter. Big leads evaporate quickly at Wrigley Field, especially with the Dodgers’ porous bullpen. That old “unwritten rule” needs to be forgotten. As Dodger Thoughts blogger Jon Weisman writes, “Should the Dodgers stop trying to get on base, too?”

Let’s hope cooler heads prevail in today’s series finale. No reason to sick Kerry Wood’s fastball on an innocent Dodger’s head.

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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


Dodgers 3-0 under ‘new ownership’

The Dodgers have won all of their games since sheriff Bud Selig strutted into town and took over the club.

Los Angeles has won five of its last six games, but today’s contest doesn’t look as promising. Cubs lead 3-1 in the fourth inning.


The Lakers won Game 3 in decisive fashion Friday night. They lead the series against New Orleans 2-1.


Anibal Sanchez nearly became the “worst pitcher to throw two no-hitters” on Friday night. Colorado broke up his bid in the ninth inning.

Sanchez pitched a no-hitter two or three years ago. His career has been lackluster, at best.


Maisa saw the Easter Bunny yesterday, and she participated in an Easter Egg Hunt today. I’ll post some pictures one of these days.


Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is quickly becoming one of my favorite players. God, he’s good.

The Cubs might want to hang on to him. 🙂

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Posted by on April 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


Wait a second … fans at Busch Stadium boo? No way.

Struggling St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Franklin committed the ultimate blasphemy this week — he criticized the fans at Busch Stadium! The nerve!

“Sure, I hear it,” Franklin said after being booed at home. “I guess they’ve got short memories, too, because I think I’ve been pretty good here. It doesn’t bother me, but you know, it just shows some people’s true colors, you know?

“You’re either a fan or you’re not. You don’t boo your own team. I don’t care who you are or what you say. Just because you spent your money to come here and watch us play and somebody happens to make one bad pitch and gives up a homer, you don’t start booing them.”

Franklin concluded: “They’re supposed to be the best fans in baseball. Yeah, right.”

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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized