Monthly Archives: September 2012

I thought this little maneuver was pretty funny (and creative)

Our patio steps provided comfortable places to rest for Maisa and all of her dollies on Sunday afternoon.
A clever idea by the soon-to-be 4-year-old.




We enjoyed watching Sunday Night Baseball as a family this week. The Dodgers beat the Reds 5-3 behind two homers by Adrian Gonzalez (where the heck has he been?).


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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


Happy birthday, Jill!

Happy birthday to my wife, the best darn car-lease negotiator this side of Scottsdale.

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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


Troubles I can relate to

The 2012 Dodgers have become a symbol of my athletic career.

I grew quickly and outsized by classmates early on. I could hit the ball harder and throw the ball faster than other kids my age. Then, around age 13, I stopped growing and stopped improving. It was all downhill from there.

Likewise, the 2012 Dodgers burst out of the gates. The Bums were the best team in the major leagues for all of April and most of May. Then came nine losses in 10 games.

The Dodgers reached their high point of 32-15 on May 27. Since then, they are 13 games under .500.

Good news is, I still love ’em. Always will. I love the Dodger franchise for what it was, what it is, and what it might become.

Meanwhile, the 2012 postseason will be great to watch, even though the Dodgers won’t be invited to the party. I’ll be cheering for the Nats and Reds to keep the Cards and Giants out of the World Series. I’ll be rooting for my favorite player, Adrian Beltre, to get a ring with Texas. And I’ll be curious to see how far those amazing A’s can go.

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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


Root, root, root for the Dodgers

I catch Maisa singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at various times during the day now. While she’s putting puzzles together, pulling her socks on, etc. It makes me very happy. 🙂

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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


Rain, rain, go away

Every time I hear about a game being rained out, I’m reminded that one of the best things about being a Dodger fan is the Southern California weather.

Last night’s game in Washington, D.C., between the Nationals and Dodgers was washed out. I looked forward all day to watching the game, only to find out it was postponed.

Doubleheader today in D.C.

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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


Baseball around the clock

I’m not a die-hard college basketball fan, but the NCAA Tournament is one of my favorite sporting events because it’s non-stop action all day long.

Likewise, I love baseball’s opening day, as well as some Wednesdays/Thursdays during the regular season when it seems like there are games from 11 a.m. to midnight.

So what a treat it was for me as I drove home from work last night and found the Cubs game on the radio — in the fourth inning! It was nearly midnight, but the Cubs and Pirates were still playing due to a long rain delay earlier in the night.

I almost stayed up and watched it, but I was too tired. At 1:30, I got up to get a drink of water, and I flipped on the radio before going back to sleep. The game had just ended, so I listened to some of the postgame show. Very cool. Why can’t that happen every night?

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


A little more clarity today

I was very upset after the Dodgers’ loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. They really blew a great opportunity to take three of four against the Birds and reclaim the wild-card lead.

But alas, I’m over it now. It usually takes between 2 and 24 hours for a baseball fan to get over a tough loss. Rarely more than that, thank goodness. 🙂

The biggest problem for the Dodgers in recent weeks has been superstar Matt Kemp’s ailing left shoulder. He injured it in Colorado a few weeks ago and hasn’t been able to drive the ball since.

Balls that Kemp usually smacks into the outfield have become weak grounders to the shortstop. He has six hits in 53 at-bats since running into the wall in Denver.

Tough week ahead for Dem Bums, starting Tuesday — at Washington, at Cincinntati.

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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized