A quiet face of the franchise over the years, Manny Mota has been an integral part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as a player from 1969-1982, as a player/coach in 1980-82, and as a full time coach until 2013 though he would remain with the organization. In 1979, Manny Mota would become the all-time leader in pinch hits, a record he would hold with 150 until recently broken by Mark Sweeney and Lenny Harris. Mota was also an NL all-star selection in 1973 .
I Need to Concentrate ….
Perhaps you all remember this scene from Airplane, where Manny Mota is referenced…
Better Late Then Never ?
Earlier today, Time Warner Cable announced a deal that will have local independent TV station KDOC to simulcast the remaining 6 games throughout the southland , enabling all fans to catch our Boys in Blue on the tube, regardless of their cable situation. Is this enough to make the fans forgive and forget ? I highly doubt it. Hey, how about extending the good-will into next season and working out a deal with the local indie to televise at least 50 games so fans not so fortunate, you know, the 70%, can watch their favorite Boys in Blue in action ?
Watered Down Game Plan ?
During Saturday’s 17-0 beatdown of the hated ones, in the home half of the 1st, as Buster Posey singled to right and a bubble blowing Matt Kemp would gun down Angel Pagan by a good 25 feet, our favorite narrator Vin Scully made this astute observation of the Giants grounds crew over the years, going all the way back to 1962 at Candlestick Park in an attempt to slow down Maury Wills , perhaps trying the same tactic to slow down Dee Gordon. As you will see on the replay , they may have slowed their own game plan down….
No Time to Let Down
After dropping the first of 3 to the hated ones, the Dodgers more than came back strong, putting a good old fashion whooping on the hated ones on a record setting Saturday evening , 17-0, all but taking away any momentum the Giants may have felt they had , then coming back on Sunday behind a 9 strikeout performance by Clayton Kershaw en route to his 19th win. Matt Kemp, who also had a huge weekend, would supply the big blow with a run run shot to give Kershaw an insurmountable 4-1 lead, leaving AT&T Park with a 3 game lead in the NL West with 13 to play.
I felt prior to the series that even with the rotation aligned to Mattingly’s favor, it would be hard to replicate the 3 game sweep the Dodgers pulled against the hated ones back in July because the Giants we’re a different team this time around, having won 7 in a row at their home yard and their bats coming around. I felt if the Dodgers could take 2 of 3 up north, they would put themselves in prime position to take the NL West. With 13 games left, 10 against the Cubs and Rockies, on paper, the Dodgers should have this division wrapped up. But as we all know, the baseball gods do have a way of playing evil tricks this time of year, for the Dodgers will be playing teams with nothing to lose at this point. Having said that, this is no time for the Dodgers to take their foot off the pedal , and they are very well aware of that going into this important 3 game series at Colorado. They finished their first task up north, they’re now in the drivers seat to take the NL West for the 2nd year in a row. All that’s left now is the finish line to October.
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