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Fall is in the air

It’s always a little sad when the swimming season comes to a close.

We don’t have a heater for our pool (too expensive), so the end of August means the end of Daddy and Maisa going on their almost daily swims.

But the cooler temps make for great stroller rides and trips to the park. So it all evens out, I guess.

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Speaking of fall being in the air, I heard Kenny Chesney’s new song about football four times yesterday. The radio stations have fallen in love with it.

The song is called “Boys of Fall” and you can watch the video by clicking here.

Football songs don’t quite do it for me like baseball songs do. But I’m sure “Boys of Fall” is a big hit in places like Harlan, Emmetsburg and Aplington.

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The Dodgers had another nice win at Milwaukee last night. Hiroki Kuroda beat former Dodger Randy Wolf.

Blue Crew 5, Brew Crew 4. Take that, T-Dub!!! (Inside joke)

Maybe Jill and I should have gone to that series after all.

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Posted by on August 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Cubs’ castoffs carry Dodgers

Ryan Theriot had two hits.

Reed Johnson hit a two-run homer.

Ted Lilly pitched a two-hit shutout.

Cubs win! Cubs win!

Well, not exactly. Actually, the Dodgers beat the Rockies 2-0 Thursday night behind ex-Cubs Theriot, Johnson and Lilly.

The Cubs are rebuilding, as they should be. The Dodgers are trying to stay on the fringes of the wild-card race.

And the funny thing is, I’m sort of envious of the Cubs’ situation.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Rock bottom — we hope

The Dodgers led the Phillies 9-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night.

The Phillies scored four runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth to win 10-9.

Mercy.

Carlos Ruiz, one of the great Dodger killers of the last decade or so, supplied the game-ending hit. His double off the wall scored the ninth and 10th runs.

Jonathan Broxton failed to record even one out in the ninth inning. In a stunning turnabout, Broxton has gone from the National League’s premier closer to a completely unreliable train wreck. All in the course of about two months.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Why don’t the Dodgers throw no-hitters anymore?

The facts…

  • The Dodgers have pitched more no-hitters (20) than any other major-league team.
  • Our franchise has the richest pitching tradition in the majors, with names like Newcombe, Erskine, Koufax, Drysdale, Sutton, Valenzuela, Hershiser, Nomo, Brown and Kershaw.
  • The organization has always been, and continues to be, built on great arms. 

Why, then, in this era of the no-hitter, aren’t the Dodgers getting in on the action?

This season alone, there have been about five no-hitters. The last few years, we have seen an uptick in pitching gems. But for whatever reason, the Dodgers aren’t one of the teams throwing masterpieces on the mound.

The last Dodger pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Hideo Nomo in 1996. Fourteen years ago. I was a sophomore in college.

It’s not like we haven’t had good pitchers since then. Kevin Brown was the best hurler in the game when we signed him in 1999. Guys like Chan Ho Park, Darren Dreifort, Brad Penny, Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw have been capable of shutting down lineups. Our 2003 pitching staff, statistically, was one of the greatest pitching conglomerations in baseball history. It just hasn’t worked out in terms of no-hitters.

The guys I just mentioned, with the exception of Lowe, always had high counts. That prevented them from staying strong deep into games. I guess that’s part of it.

And we’ve had outstanding relief pitchers over the last 10 years, which meant starters haven’t had to pace themselves as much as other clubs’ starters. That might be a factor, too.

At any rate, I’d love to see another Dodger no-hitter soon. The Red Sox have really gained on us in recent years. They have 19 no-hitters now.

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The Dodgers scored 15 runs on Tuesday, and zero on Wednesday. Huh.

Leave it to the Dodgers.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Billy Joel knows his baseball history

The Dodgers won Saturday night, but let’s face it: The 2010 season is getting away from us.

Los Angeles is seven games out of first place, six out of the wild card, with 51 games to go. It looks bleak.

At times like this, it’s good to be a fan of Dem Bums. At least we Dodger fans have the team’s rich tradition of success to savor and fall back on.

I think I’ll spend a few minutes at baseball-reference.com today, rehashing the glory of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

Hey, I know it’s cheesy, but it’s all I’ve got right now. 🙂

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Maisa was rummaging through some books and CDs today, and I believe it was fate that she held up a Billy Joel greatest hits CD for me to play.

I popped it into the machine and we listened to “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” I’ve always loved that song, being the student of U.S. history that I am. And I really like the fact that Joel included three references to the Dodgers.

“Campanella” — Roy Campanella won the NL most valuable player award in 1951, 1953 and 1955. If Pee Wee Reese was the soul of the Boys of Summer and Jackie Robinson was the muscle, then Campy was the backbone.

“Brooklyn’s got a winning team” — After years of disappointment in the World Series, the aging Dodger dynasty finally beat the Yankees in 1955.

“California baseball” — The Dodgers’ (and Giants’) move to the West Coast was a symbol of our nation’s growth and mobility.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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What the Dodgers have become

Lots of big trades over the last couple days. The biggest deal the Dodgers could pull off was acquiring Scott Podsednik.

Just how are the Phillies able to trade for Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt in the course of 12 months? How much money does that team have? How many prospects do they have for trade bait? Gee whiz!

Don’t get me wrong — the Dodgers have been players leading up to the trade deadline the last few years. General manager Ned Colletti has made his share of good deals, acquiring impact players such as Manny Ramirez, Greg Maddux, Casey Blake and George Sherrill.

This year, though, the Dodgers’ owners are tied up in divorce court and our chances of landing a big-time player are remote.

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Until recently, I’ve been a big supporter of Frank and Jamie McCourt. After all, the Dodgers have advanced to the playoffs in four of the six seasons the McCourts have owned the team.

After going through the drought of 1997-2003, all those playoff games have meant a lot to Dodger fans.

But what bugs me about the McCourts is the nasty crap coming out of the legal proceedings. The lavish spending sprees. The dozens of high-priced homes. The hiring of a voodoo doctor to improve the team’s fortunes. The inflated attendance numbers.

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It must be great to be a Phillies fan these days. Their ownership and management is seriously committed to winning.

The Dodgers are committed to winning, too, of course. The difference is that Philly is able to put its money where its mouth is.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Dodgers acquire Scotty Pods

My Dad is pretty fired up about the Dodgers’ trade to acquire Scott Podsednik from Kansas City on Wednesday.

“I’ve always thought he’s a pretty good ballplayer,” Dad, a Cubs fan, said today.

Sounds good to me. If Dad likes him, I like him.

We could have used Scotty Pods last night. The Dodgers fell to San Diego 6-1.

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Dad said the Farley Hawks lost to Rickardsville last night in the Cascade Tournament. 5 to 3, bad guys.

The Hawks beat Rickardsville 12-4 the night before in a league game. But the A’s countered last night with their top pitcher, Tim Felderman.

“I knew right away when I heard he was pitching that Farley was in trouble,” Dad said.

Hawks manager Paul Scherrman had missed a few games. Son Mike apparently runs the team when Paul is absent. Mike learned from the best.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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