Monthly Archives: September 2011

A gentle man

If there is one word that best describes my Dad, it is gentle.

Gentle moments like this one with Maisa are how I remember my Dad.

He held no grudges. He had no prejudices.

It’s been one year since Dad died. We all miss him terribly — but he continues to be a big part of our lives.

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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


Happy birthday to Mommy, happy birthday to Maisa

We celebrated two very special birthdays at the Kramer home this weekend.

Jill turned 34 on Friday. Maisa turned 3 today.

We transformed Maisa’s crib into a big-girl bed yesterday. She’s pretty excited about the idea of getting in and out of bed by herself.


Clayton Kershaw tied a neat, little bow on his 2011 season with another fine outing Sunday. He will finish the season as the NL’s leader in ERA, wins and strikeouts.

I’d be stunned if he doesn’t win the Cy Young Award.

The Dodgers already have more Cy Young Awards than any other team in Major League Baseball. Here’s hoping Kershaw adds to that total.

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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized



Matt Kemp needs three home runs in his final four games to become the fifth player in MLB history to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases.

He better hit one or two on Sunday.



I’ve been trying to complete this sentence lately:

Matt Kemp is the best Dodgers position player since ___________.

Adrian Beltre?

Shawn Green?

Kirk Gibson?

Tommy Davis?

Duke Snider?

Jackie Robinson?

Zach Wheat?

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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized



Matt Kemp is making a serious final-week push for the National League MVP. He was 4-for-5 tonight with a homer and three doubles.

Kemp’s two-run homer in the eighth inning was his 36th, second-best in the NL. He scored three times to extend his NL lead to 109 runs and 118 RBIs.

Dodgers are back over .500 at 78-77.


Kemp is a legitimate contender for the NL’s Triple Crown. I can’t remember the last batter who even had a chance going into the final six games of the season. I’m stealing these stats from the Dodger Thoughts blog:

NL batting average leaders
.330 Ryan Braun
.329 Jose Reyes
.326 Matt Kemp

NL home run leaders
37 Albert Pujols
36 Matt Kemp
35 Dan Uggla

NL runs batted in leaders
118 Matt Kemp
113 Ryan Howard
112 Prince Fielder


Did you see the Cardinals’ meltdown in the ninth inning today? A thing of beauty. Their wild-card deficit went from one game to two games in the blink of an eye.

Tampa Bay won tonight, so the Rays are two games behind Boston again. The Rays have so much young talent, it’s just disgusting. Tonight Matt Moore fanned 11 Yankees in five innings — in his first major-league start.

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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


The Cardinals are actually gonna do this, aren’t they?

St. Louis is 1.5 games behind Atlanta in the NL wild-card race.


Wouldn’t it be great to see the dismal Cubbies sweep the Redbirds this weekend?


Matt Kemp belted his 35th homer tonight. Game is still in progress, and it appears Frisco will beat the Dodgers.


My boy Jeremy Hellickson pitched well tonight in New York, but his Rays fell to the Yankees. Tampa lost both games of a doubleheader and appears to be running out of gas.

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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


Incredibly, I’m satisfied with this Dodgers team

Clayton Kershaw improved to 20-5 and the Dodgers beat the Giants last night, moving a game over .500.

These last two months of Dodger baseball have been downright inspirational. I can’t believe how proud I am of this team that has come back from the dead to post a winning record with nine games to play.

Kershaw has now defeated Tim Lincecum in their last four head-to-head matchups. If Kershaw isn’t the NL Cy Young Award winner, then I just don’t understand baseball.

No. 1 in strikeouts.

No. 1 in innings pitched.

No. 1 in ERA.

No. 1 in victories.

And HE PITCHES FOR THE DODGERS, who spent the majority of the season playing awful, awful baseball. Kershaw has 20 of the Dodgers’ 77 wins, an astounding statistic.

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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


I miss my girls

Jill and Maisa have spent the weekend at Gramma and Grampa B’s farm.

I’ve spent the weekend at work.

I really miss my girls. I get lonely in this big house all by myself.

Looking forward to seeing them back here later today. 🙂

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Posted by on September 18, 2011 in Uncategorized