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Actual conversation from five minutes ago

Me: Maisa, do you want to be a doctor when you grow up?

Maisa: No!

Me: Do you want to be a nurse when you grow up?

Maisa: No!

Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Maisa: I wanna be a princess!

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Nobody does it better

No one writes more eloquently or articulately about the Dodgers than Jon Weisman, former newspaperman and current assistant editor of Variety.

Here is what the Dodger Thoughts blogger wrote about the McCourts.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

A low point, but perhaps a turning point, for the Los Angeles Dodgers

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced today that he will appoint a trustee to take over the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s an extraordinary and unprecedented move by MLB.

This could be “the first day of the rest of our lives,” as my brother Tom likes to say.

The Dodgers have been in state of chaos since team owners Frank and Jamie McCourt announced that they were seeking a divorce in October 2008. The team has been hamstrung financially over the last two years because of the legal proceedings involving the owners.

Hopefully Selig will force the McCourts to sell the team soon. And hopefully an Angeleno or Angelenos will buy the team. We need local ownership (Frank and Jamie are from Boston) that cares about the history and tradition of one of the proudest franchises in all of sports.

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An interesting blog from ESPN.com‘s David Schoenfield regarding the Dodgers’ situation. Here’s the intro …

When I was a kid, the Los Angeles Dodgers were baseball’s model franchise — and no other team was close. From 1973 to 1986, they led the major leagues in attendance every year except one. In 1978, when they became the first team to draw 3 million fans, 20 teams didn’t even draw 2 million. They had those perfect white uniforms, with that perfect blue cursive script, and I swear that Ron Cey would make a diving stop in the infield and pop up without any dirt stains on his jersey. The weather was always sunny and 80 degrees, the Elysian hills and San Gabriel Mountains provided the scenic background to Dodger Stadium, and Steve Garvey had those awesome forearms and hair always in place.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Dodgers, Twins tied for worst run differential

Baseball’s stat nerds have fallen in love with “run differential” over the last few years.

Take a team’s runs scored, subtract its runs allowed, and you have run differential.

Right now, Cleveland and Texas have the best run differentials in baseball — plus-33 and plus-25, respectively.

Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers have the worst differentials — both teams are minus-33.

I knew the Dodgers were near the bottom in differential — they’ve won close games and lost in blowouts. Seeing them dead last didn’t surprise me much.

But seeing the Twins at minus-33 is a real shock to the system.

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Atlanta scored eight runs in the ninth inning tonight to help the Dodgers catch the Twins.

Braves 10, Dodgers 1.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Dodgers certainly could gain from this kid’s bat

Big-time Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands made his major-league debut on Monday, doubling in his first at-bat against one of the best pitchers in the game (Tim Hudson).

Sands drove in a run with a sac fly in his second at-bat, and the Dodgers beat the Braves 4-2.

From the Associated Press game story…

Jerry Sands, the Dodgers’ minor league player of the year last season, made his major league debut in left field and was 1 for 4 with a sacrifice fly and two strikeouts. The 23-year-old outfielder-first baseman batted .400 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 10 games before his contract was purchased from Triple-A Albuquerque. He was a 25th-round draft pick in 2008 out of Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.

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And this nugget from my brother Steve…

The Chicago Cubs are a picture of mediocrity. So far this season, they have had records of 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7 and 8-8.

That has to be some kind of record.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Things I’ve noticed on the diamond

A few baseball musings as the season begins its third full week:

  • The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp is hitting .474 after today’s walk-off, two-run homer against St. Louis. Makes me wonder what was the highest batting average ever posted on May 1st (minimum 75 at-bats). Of course, Kemp still has 12 days to go in April, but .474 is pretty darn impressive.
  • Teams that are traditionally strong but are playing poorly this year — the Dodgers, the Mets, the Red Sox, the White Sox and the Twins. Any others?
  • Teams that traditionally stink but are playing well this year — Kansas City and Cleveland.
  • How far can Jared Weaver and Dan Haren carry the Angels? Both guys are 4-0, I believe.
  • Milwaukee: Very streaky.
  • White Sox bullpen: Very leaky.
  • The worst team in baseball is the Houston Astros. They are virtually assured of losing 100 games. There’s no hope there whatsoever — but they’ll probably beat the Dodgers four out of six.
  • I saw the Yankee fans do their “defensive roll call” for the first time tonight. I hate the Yankees, but I gotta admit that that ritual is pretty cool.
  • If Joe Mauer of the Twins continues to catch, he’ll have three more good seasons and he’ll end up in the Hall of Fame. Move him to first base, and he’ll have eight more good seasons but won’t make the Hall of Fame. Tough call for him — but if I’m a Twins fan, I don’t want to see him squatting anymore.

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We had a nice turnout today for a friend’s baby shower here at the house.

A huge thank you to my talented wife for putting together a great meal and a fun party.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Maisa’s first boy-girl dance

Maisa and one of her daycare boyfriends dance the night away on Friday.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in Uncategorized