Monthly Archives: July 2012

Jill and I love to sing this song

I sing Willie’s parts. 🙂

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


Back in 1957 — Vin Scully’s eighth year with the Dodgers

The Dodgers made history today.

For the first time since July 1st and 2nd of 1957 (at the Polo Grounds in New York), the Dodgers shut out the Giants in back-to-back games on the road.

In other words, since the teams moved to California in 1958, the Dodgers had never shut out the Giants in two straight games at San Francisco.

Oh, by the way, 1957 was Vin Scully’s eighth year with the Dodgers. He’s still doing TV/radio for Dem Bums.

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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


Does it get any better than Dodgers 10, Giants 0?

Well, Dodgers 10, Cardinals 0 would be better — but I’ll take this for now.

Dodgers go for the three-game sweep at Frisco today with Kershaw on the hill.

And I’m off, so I’ll get to watch the game!



Congrats to Tom Jenk Jr. and the Beckman Blazers for winning the Class 2-A state baseball title.

Robbie Anstoetter of Farley went 4-for-4 for Beckman.

My brother Steve, a great baseball man in his own right, summed up Beckman’s success in three words — tradition and coaching.

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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


Who is that masked Han?

Hanley Ramirez rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning Friday at San Francisco. The Dodgers beat the Giants 5-3 to cut the NL West deficit to two games.

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


Bobcats’ state run ends

My alma mater, Western Dubuque, is trailing 10-2 in the state semifinals. The Bobcats’ state tournament run will end today.

Another good season for W.D., a school that has been a regular state tournament participant in recent years after a few decades’ worth of mediocrity.

I’ll always believe that Dubuque County is the state’s best baseball county. Between Dyersville Beckman, Cascade, Wahlert, Hempstead, Senior and Western Dubuque, you’re talking about loads of talent each and every year.

And no other county has a more established or competitive semi-pro baseball circuit.

I’ve always said if you pooled the best players from Cascade, Beckman and Western Dubuque and created a Class 4-A team coached by Wahlert’s Jerry Roling (recently named the national coach of the year, I might add), you would win the state tournament every season.

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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


He almost single-Hanley beat the Cardinals

The Dodgers acquired all-star Hanley Ramirez from Miami on Wednesday, and his acquisition paid immediate dividends.

Ramirez had two hits and a walk, drove in a run and scored another in the Dodgers’ 3-2, 12-inning loss at St. Louis.

It’s a great trade for the Bums. Hopefully today we’ll get our first victory of the Hanley Era. (First pitch is 12:45 p.m. at St. Humid.)


The last time the Dodgers acquired a Ramirez at the trade deadline (Manny, 2008), they ended up winning two consecutive NL West championships.

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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


Looking for a fridge

Anyone have a small, dorm-style fridge they’re not using?

Ours stopped working, and we’re looking to replace it cheaply.


Clayton Kershaw could have used a fridge last night. The hotter-than-Hell St. Louis heat caught up to him in the sixth inning of an 8-2 loss.

Two more games in that humidity-soaked city (why would anyone want to live there?). If the Dodgers can win one of them, I’ll jump around like a little boy.

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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Uncategorized