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26 Years and Counting Since 1988, Part 2, 2000 and Beyond

 This is Part 2 of a post from last year originally titled 25 Years and Counting Since 1988, now retitled 26 Years…. , briefly recapping each season from 2000 all the way to this past year .  In the meantime, who would have imagined a World Series between Kansas City and the Giants .  Yeah, it hurts,  but the Giants earned their way in folks.  Want some other painful facts ?  This is now the Giants 5th World Series appearance since our last one , yup, 26 years ago in 1988….

 

Last we looked back upon the 90’s. The four Rookies of the Year winners, the transition from the O’Malley’s to the Fox ownership. Yeah, the 90’s weren’t exactly the most glorious times for our Boys in Blue we’re they ? Certainly the new millenium would see some brighter days.

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Glory would indeed return for L.A. sports fans but not yet for the Dodgers as the Lakers would make it to the NBA Finals 7 times, winning in 5 of the 7 appearances, the first 3 with the Kobe-Shaq duo and the final 2 with the Kobe-Gasol tandem.

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Around the U.S. , George W. Bush, son of the former President, and Vice President Al Gore hold a virtual dead-heat for the presidency, with a disputed vote in Florida holding off the naming of the winner of the President Election until the Supreme Court of the United States voted in favor of Bush on December 12. This ruling gave Florida to the Bush camp by a 527 vote majority, and a victory in the Electoral College, 271-266, despite gaining less popular votes than Gore. 8 years later, Barack Obama would make history, becoming the United States first ever African-American president.

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September 11, 2001 – A day we will all never forget…. Islamic fundamentalist terrorists hijack four U.S. airliners and crash them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City. The attack of two planes levels the World Trade Center and the crash of one plane inflicts serious damage to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, causing nearly 3,000 deaths. The fourth plane is heroically crashed by passengers into a Shanksville, Pennsylvania cornfield when they learn of the plot, preventing destruction of another structure in Washington, D.C., supposed to be the White House or the Capitol building. The plot is attributed to the Al-Qaeda organization led by Osama Bin Laden.

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And baseball has always been a great escape from the world’s realities

2000 86-76 2nd Place

Talented but surly outfielder Raul Mondesi would be traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for local star Shawn Green. . Eric Karros became the L.A. Dodger all-time leader with his 229th home run and Dave Hansen set a Major League record with seven pinch-hit home runs. Kevin Brown led the league in E.R.A. with 2.58 . All these accomplishments would lead to a 2nd place finish, 11 games behind the Giants. Davey Johnson would be fired as manager after only 2 seasons as skipper of The Boys in Blue.

2001 86-76 3rd Place

In Jim Tracy’s first season as the Dodgers manager, the Dodgers, in 1st place through much of the summer, would finish 6 games behind the eventual World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks for the NL West. Shawn Green would set an all-time Dodgers record by smashing 49 home runs.

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2002 92-70 3rd Place

Shawn Green would hit 42 home runs, becoming the first L.A. Dodger to have back-to-back seasons of 40 or more, Four of those home runs came in one game, May 23 at Milwaukee, tying a Major League record. In that game, Green set a Major League mark for total bases (19). Eric Gagne, in his first season as a closer, would start his record setting save streak in late October that would last into the 2004 season while also setting a club mark with 52 saves. However, the Dodgers would miss out again on post-season play, finishing 7 games behind the defending World Champion DBacks and 3 back of the hated Giants for the NL Wild Card.

2003 85-77 2nd Place

The Dodgers would make another run for a postseason berth as the Wild Card team, but once again, they would fall short, winning 85 games, finishing a distant 16 games behind the Giants for the NL West and 6 games behind Wild Card winner and 2003 World Champion Florida Marlins, who had a huge contribution in Game 4 from some 20 year old rookie named Miguel Cabrera. Eric Gagne became the first Dodger to earn the NL Cy Young Award since 1988, converting all 55 of his save opportunities and entered 2004 with 63 consecutive saves over a two-year period. Gagne had a 1.20 ERA in 77 games and struck out 137 batters in 82.1 innings

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2004 93-69 1st Place, NL West Champions

Prior to the off-season, Frank and Jamie McCourt would purchase the Dodgers for $430 Million. The McCourts would own the Dodgers until the 2011 season ( I’ll keep my commentary to myself on this one…) . On the field the Dodgers were led offensively by Adrian Beltre, who won a Silver Slugger Award for leading the Major Leagues with 48 home runs. Eric Gagne won his second consecutive National League Rolaids Relief Man championship after establishing the all-time Major League record with 84 consecutive saves. The NL West would not be decided until the 2nd to final game of the season. With the Giants 2 games back with 2 to play against The Blue, they would enter the home 9th up 3-0. A win by the Giants, and they close to within 1 game of the NL West leading Dodgers heading to the final game of the season. After tying the game at 3, Steve Finley steps to the plate…

The Dodgers would win the NL West for the first time since 1995, leaving the hated Giants 2 games behind. The Dodgers would bow out to the St Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, as Jose Lima would pitch a complete game shutout in Game 4, the first Dodgers post season win since winning it all in 1988.

2005 71-91 4th Place

The 2005 season started off promising as the Dodgers would storm out of the gate with a 12-2 start. Unfortunately, that was as good as it got as they w finished the 2005 season 71-91, their worst record since the 99-loss season of 1992, only 11 games out of the first place Padres, who won the division with a not-so impressive 82-20 mark. They finished in fourth place for the first time since 1993. The roster was decimated by 24 disabling injuries and the club used 20 rookies. After 4 seasons as the skipper, Jim Tracy would be fired, as well as GM Paul DePodesta, who took the brunt of the blame from the fans for his frugal ways of operation.

2006 88-74 1st Place Tie, Wild Card

After falling 8 games below .500 into late July, the Dodgers would finish on a torrid 41-19 mark, tied for first with the Padres for the NL West, earning themselves a wild-card berth. The highlight of the season would come in mid-September as the Blue, down 4 to the Padres heading to the home 9th, would belt 4 consecutive home runs, by Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson. After falling behind in the 10th, Nomar Garciaparra would end it all with a 2-run shot. The Dodgers would be swept in the NLDS by the New York Mets.

2007 82-80 4th Place

The Dodgers would have the best record in the National League through 100 games, but a late season swoon and some clubhouse dissension, much of it between old-school veteran Jeff Kent and up and coming not quite in his prime Matt Kemp, would leave the Dodgers 8 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks. Grady Little would be dismissed at Dodgers manager after 2 seasons, making way for former Yankees manager Joe Torre.

2008 84-78 1st Place

A late-season surge, aided by the acquisition of Red Sox castoff Manny Ramirez, unleashing the most amazing two months of offense the Dodgers have ever seen, hitting .396 down the stretch would lead the Dodgers to NL West title and their 3rd post-season appearance since 2004 with a modest 84-78 record. Chad Billingsley led the club with 16 wins while Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp established themselves as every-day outfielders and James Loney drove in 90 runs. The Dodgers would sweep the heavily favored Cubs in the NLDS ( They really are cursed, aren’t they ) before bowing out to the eventual World Champion Phillies in the NLCS in 5 games. The turning point would be Matt Stairs moster shot off Jonathan Broxton with 2 outs in the top 8th, giving the Phillies a 7-5 lead that they would not surrender. Cole Hammel’s and company would shut it down the next evening. With Broxton as our future closer and the heat he throws, you would want him on the hill should another big game be on the line, right ?

2009 95-67 1st Place

The 2009 season would not only be one of the more exciting season for the Dodgers , it would also be remembered for the 50-game suspension received by Manny Ramirez for violating the MLB drug agreement. Andre Ethier took over as the main run producer with 31 homers ( 4 of those homers in walk-off fashion) and 106 RBIs, with Matt Kemp adding 26 homers, 101 RBIs, 34 steals. The Dodgers would sweep the Cardinals in 3 straight in the NLDS to set up a rematch with the Phillies in the NLCS. Just as in Game 4 the previous year, Jonathan Broxton , 36 saves in 2009, would be thrust into the spotlight once again. With one out in the home 9th, up came a struggling Matt Stairs. Now certainly Broxton didn’t have this on his mind…

He would walk Stairs in 4 pitches, none of them close to the plate. After a hit batsman and a infield pop, with 2 outs, clinging to a 1 run lead, 1 out away from tying the NLCS at 2 games apiece, up came Jimmy Rollins…

The Phillies, like in ’08, would wrap it up in 5, this time they had the privledge of celebrating in front of their home fans. Broxton, in spite of making the all-star team in 2010, would to this day be remembered by most Dodger fans for 2 pitches we all wish he could have back.

So, as exciting as 2009 was, it would end on a sour note. But hey, with back to back division titles and NLCS appearances and 4 playoff appearances in 6 years under the McCourt regime, we’re certainly that much closer to bringing home our first World Series title since ’88 right ?

2010 80-82 4th Place

After going 49-39 in the first half, the Dodgers would finish 12 games under .500 the rest of the way and at 80-82, finish under .500 for the first time since 2005. Matt Kemp would only hit .248 for the season, and Jonathan Broxton was never the same after a 48 pitch meltdown against the Yankees in June. ( Though as I said most Dodgers fans will only remember him for two pitches ) Clayton Kershaw would become the ace of the future, finishing the season with a 2.91 ERA. They would finish 12 back of the eventual World Champion Giants, thier first in San Francisco in 52 years. ( Yes, there was a reason I posted that fact !!! )

2011 82-79 3rd Place

The 2011 season would be marred by the senseless beating of Giants fan Brian Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, as well as being placed in bankruptcy protection no thanks to Frank and Jamie, attendance would fall south of 3 million for the first time since 1992 in a non-strike shortened season. After being as much as 14 games below .500, the Dodgers would put on a late surge, not enough to post a threat for a post-season spot, but enough to put them over the .500 mark for the season. Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young Award and Matt Kemp just missed a batting Triple Crown and the MVP Award while playing for new manager Don Mattingly. Kershaw, Kemp and Andre Ethier were All-Stars and won Gold Glove Awards.

2012 86-76 2nd Place

On May 1st, it was official. The days of the McCourt regime we’re over !!! The arrival of new ownership – Guggenheim Baseball Management, headed by controlling partner Mark Walter and partners Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten, Peter Guber, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly, would take over full operation of the franchise. In first place for much of the season and led by defending Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, the pitching staff ranked third in the Major Leagues in ERA and opposing batting average, but the offense struggled while centerpiece Matt Kemp battled injuries. In spite of the late season acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Brandon League, Joe Blanton, Randy Choate, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford ( Crawford was on the DL in ’12 ), the Dodgers would finish 2nd to the Giants once again as the hated ones would win their 2nd WS title in 3 years.

2013 92-70 1st Place

After falling as much as 12 games below .500 as late as June, the Dodgers would go on an unbelievable 40-8 from June 22 to the middle of August, overcoming a 9.5 game deficit to the DBacks en route to the NL West crown. At one point the club won 15 consecutive road games, the first NL team to do that since 1957, and they went unbeaten in 18 consecutive series.
Dodgers pitchers led the Major Leagues with 22 shutouts and were second in the league with a 3.25 team ERA. That included Clayton Kershaw, who won his third consecutive ERA title at 1.83, the lowest in the NL since Greg Maddux’s 1.63 in 1995. Kershaw combined with Zack Greinke to go 31-13, and Kenley Jansen would replace Brandon League as closer and Brian Wilson, signed in July after his recovery from Tommy John surgery, took over as set-up man. The offense, was led by Adrian Gonzalez’s 100 RBIs. Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier all battled injuries, but Ramirez’s return in June coincided with the club’s turnaround, as did the arrival of Cuban rookie Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers would enter the playoffs without Matt Kemp, but it would not affect them in the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, knocking them out in 4 games.

The NLCS would be a different story. The Dodgers and Cardinals would battle through 5 games that we’re close enough either team could have won , especially the Dodgers if for some clutch hitting and perhaps Don Mattingly not over analyzing . With the Dodgers trailing 3 games to 2 heading back to St. Louis for game 6 and Kershaw on the mound, we really had to like our chances. However, even the best get snake-bitten at even the worst possible times.

So there you have it. 25 years since 1988. 25 years of ups and downs. Yet we still wait confidently for World Series trophy number 7 to come. 25 years. It’s been so long now that I’ve spoken to lots of you Dodger fans over 21 who have still yet to experience a World Series. I feel your pain. That’s what we do as Dodger fans. That’s what we do as fans period. We stick with our team through the good ( This past season ) and the bad ( No WS appearances in 25 years ) and the ugly ( McCourt ownership ) . 25 years is a long time. But I am confident we will not be waiting another 25 years before another World Series title comes to The Ravine.

matt_dre Next Year Bison !!! It’s back to doing things big !!!

dre_dre So Dre, are you going to be around In the End next year for the celebration ?

And finally, I want to thank you the readers who have made this October a really fun one. My goal was to make it to the MLBlogs.com top 50 fan list, which I did back in March. Because it’s based on total views, I don’t know if I crack the list especially after viewership dropped understandably once the Dodgers we’re eliminated. I did, however, achieve the most visitor counts ever for my blog so again, thank you all for dropping by. I probably won’t be posting as much now at least until Spring Training as blogging, while I enjoy it, can be very time consuming as well. I hope you all have a great “off-season”, and here’s hoping to an even bigger 2014 !!!!

As for the 2014 season…

2014 94-68 1st Place

Though the 2014 campaign would come to an abrupt end, lasting only 4 games into the NLDS before bowing out to the Cardinals for the 2nd straight year, there we’re still plenty of memorable moments, from the no-hitters from Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw , to Matt Kemp’s resurgence in the 2nd half, Adrian Gonzalez leading the league in RBI’s , to another Cy Young season from Mr. Kershaw, who has now won the E.R.A.  title four seasons in a row, and of course, erasing a 9.5 game deficit to capture the NL West flag for the 2nd straight season.  Unfortunately, Kershaw would unravel in the post-season and alongside a leaky bullpen, the Dodgers season would end not even 10 days into October.

Like the rest of you, I was disappointed as well.  When $235 million is spent on player salary, expectations are certain to be high.  The bottom line is simple.  The Dodgers simply did not meet , ok, let me rephrase that, they did not entirely meet our expectations.  (  I may be putting it lightly folks ) .  Many we’re quick to put blame on Mattingly.  I disagree.  While I was not crazy about some of his strategic move both during the regular and post-season, I felt he did an admirable job dealing with as many high strung ego’s in the dugout to get The Blue as far as he did.  As for the post-season, he only played the hand he was dealt.  Unfortunately, there was no bluff to call. That’s the post-season.  That’s baseball. 

So it’s been 2 weeks now since the bitter end.  Though I’m long over the shock, as a Dodger fan,  these 2 weeks have still felt long.  Should that be The Blue playing in the Fall Classic ?  Perhaps.  But as for the 2014 chapter of Dodger Baseball, we’ll never know…

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A Case of Blue Fever in L.A.

It’s been a little over 24 hours now since last night’s dramatic NLDS series clinching win.  And for those of you who we’re so fortunate to be at The Ravine to witness more Magic, or what people in the A-T-L are calling,The Worst Night in Atlanta Sports History, i’m guessing that a good many of you, who probably lost your voices, decided to call in today with a case of….. Blue Fever . I can’t say I blame you, though I’d never do that…( I hear you all laughing. It’s all good…). And if you still haven’t had enough….

And to think that at the end of last season we all had pretty much given up on Juan Uribe. Comeback Player of the Year candidate ? Kirk Gibson, Steve Finley, Rick Monday, you all have company now when it comes to the category of Biggest Home Runs in L.A. Dodgers history !!!!!

BLUE FEVER IN L.A.

From the stands…

And outside workplaces throughout L.A.

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Blue fever has sure caught on !!!!

While We Wait….

Now, we wait for our upcoming opponent, whom we will know by tomorrow night.

The Pirates will go with the rookie and former Orange Lutheran High and UCLA Bruin Gerrit Cole against the Cardinals and veteran Adam Wainwright in a decisive 5th game at Busch Stadium. If game 4 was any indication, tomorrow night should be a showcase for the pitchers once again. Does BucTober come through The Ravine come Friday, or do we travel to the Show-Me State ? No matter, the Dodger pitching staff should be plenty well-rested with Zack Greinke slated to take the hill in Game 1 of the NLCS Friday night and Kershaw back at it on his normal 4 days rest come Saturday. What other roster moves to be made by Saturday remains to be seen. Will Andre Ethier be healthy enough to take the field in a Best of 7 series ? Will there be any roster moves amongst the pitchers ? In other words, I’m interested to see if Paco Rodriguez, whose late season struggles have been heavily chronicled, makes the NLCS roster in addition to Ricky Nolasco, who could possibly be on the outside looking in to make way for late season addition Edinson Volquez, who had a strong September…..

BACK TO CELEBRATING

Allright, since all these questions won’t be answered until Friday morning at the latest, let’s just go back to celebrating The Blue’s NLDS triumph over the Braves. It’s been a great BlueTober so far !!!! Hopefully, this won’t be the last of the celebrating….

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Greatness never ends…. Koufax and Kershaw sharing a moment together. Let’s see this two more times !!!!

Coming Home, All Tied Up

With the series now evened at 1 games apiece, Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the hill tomorrow for the Blue in their attempt to move one game closer to a trip to the NLCS.  Aside from Kershaw’s dominant performance in Game 1, it’s been all about timely hitting as 9 of the 16 total runs scored between the two teams have been scored with 2 outs. All 5 of the Braves runs scored in the two games have come with 2 outs, including Jason Heyward’s clutch 2 out RBI single off Paco Rodriguez that gave the Braves a 4-1 cushion which would eventually loom big when Hanley Ramirez’s 2 run shot in the 8th brought the Dodgers to within 1 run. Many questioned Mattingly’s decision to have Rodriguez walk Reid Johnson to set up the lefty-lefty matchup against a struggling Heyward. Oh yeah, the 2nd guess ( Something we do a lot especially in October. I actually agreed with the move, it just wasn’t executed as planned. Also, on a sidenote, I’m sure most of you know that Paco has struggled the last month and a half now and many are speculating fatigue for the youngster, given he has not pitched this late into the season in his young career. However, should the Blue advance to the NLCS, do you go with just 1 other lefty in the bullpen in J.P. Howell and replace Paco with either Marmol or League. [ Did I just say Brandon League ?] ) . Oh the October storylines….

Gordon says replays show he was safe

Personally, I also thought he was safe to, and as much as I love to hate on umpires, that was too close to call. Also, leaving 10 on the basepaths and grounding into 3 double play’s sure didn’t help the Blue out last night. I watched [a replay] as soon as I came in,” Dee Gordon said. “I’m not going to harp on what he called. I thought I was safe.”

In Other NLDS News….

The Pirates, after being thrashed in Game 1 of their NLDS series with the Cardinals, bounced back nicely to take Game 2 of their series 7-1, knotting their series at 1 apiece as well heading to PNC Park for Game 3 . The Bucs had a decided edge against the Red Birds at PNC Park this season, winning 7 of 10 and will have one of their hottest pitchers going for them in Game 3 in Nelson Liriano. BucTober fever has sure caught on in the Steel City….

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From Pittsburgh’s St. Clair Hospital, dubbed as BuccoBabies. Hey, why not ?

BLUE OUT DODGER STADIUM

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Along with the rest of L.A., i’m expecting an electric atmosphere at The Ravine tomorrow. Heck, how ’bout a Blue Out ? Everyone in Blue, like you see in most sports venues these days during the playoffs. I’ve always been a strong supporter of the All as One look for the playoffs. Besides, plus, you’re at a Dodgers game, not at Staples Center ( As big a Lakers fan I am, there’s just too much bling there … )

OK….. STOP THE CHOP !!!!!

Dodgers Still Favored to Stop the Chop

Both the Dodgers and Braves come into the postseason having struggled in the month of September, with the boys from Georgia posting a 13-14 mark while the Boys in Blue posted a 12-15 mark.  In spite of the fact that the Dodgers will not have Matt Kemp and are still uncertain about Andre Ethier’s status, the bookends have still tabbed them as the favorites to win the series, prompting some Braves players to play the “us against the world” card

. And with Kershaw and Greinke tabbed to go in Games 1 and 2, it would be easy why many are overlooking the fact that the Dodgers potential injury woes heading into Thursday’s matchup. However, the Braves do match up well against the Blue and did take the season series 5 games to 2, albeit the 3 game sweep back in May down south came without Hanley’s presence in the lineup, Puig had not been up at the big show yet, and of course the sweep came during the Dodgers early season stumble. So, how do the Dodgers and Braves matchup heading into today ? As said earlier, having Kershaw and Greinke, possibly the best 1-2 combo in the game today start off the series is a great confidence booster for the Blue. Offensively the Braves boast higher power numbers than the Dodgers but have trouble manufacturing runs. I see a low scoring series between the 2 teams and it could come down to either the bench or the bullpens. My Pick…. i'm sticking with my earlier post, Dodgers in 5….

In and Around Turner Field, May 2007

From a kid running the basepaths in the skyfield with his souvenier tomahawk to Dale Murphy’s retired number and of course we can’t forget Hammerin’ Hank. Oh yeah, I had to pay a visit to the old infield layout across the street where old Fulton County Stadium resided and picture Hammerin’ Hank circling the bases after belting 715. And of course, me tagging Turner Field with my Dodger Blue as I capture a tomahawk thrown at me…. ( Not really thrown at me…LOL….)

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Oh yeah, The Beat L.A. chant. Originated in Boston Garden, a familiar sight to L.A. teams with a great history of chmapionships. Somehow I don’t see the laid back citizens from the Peach Tree state yelling this with such fervor, if at all….

OK…. Here we go….Time to STOP THE CHOP !!!!

Limping Into The Post Season…..

But first….

” Dre here thinks we see not only the Bison of 2011 come the 2nd half, but that both The Bison and Ethier, whom many of you wanted traded just a few weeks ago, will still have a huge impact as to how far the Dodgers go into October. One last thought, I said it just recently, I’ll say it again. 91 wins for a NL West title. So, that would mean the Blue would have to go 44-24 the rest of the way. Hey, the finished the first half on a roll. If healthy and The Bison returns to form, and the pitching continues to deliver, we just may be seeing some Dodger baseball deep into October….OK, enough from me. It’s almost gametime !!! 2nd half and the Road to October starts now ….. GO DODGERS !!!! “

My words right after the all-star break….

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So we didn’t see the Bison of 2011 in the 2nd half, and Dre’s impact was huge up until his recent injury, making him questionable for the upcoming NLDS, and I said that 91 wins would win the NL West. Heck, I was 1 win off the mark with 92. Now as for the Bison staying healthy and returning to form, unfortunately, we’re not seeing that the rest of this season as Matt Kemp’s ankle injury will keep him out of the post season. As for Dre’s ankle, his status is still up in limbo as well and we could possibly see a starting outfield of Crawford, Schumaker and Puig. However, against the Braves in a 5 game series and with Kershaw and Greinke going in Games 1 and 2 down south, I still like our chances in a low scoring series, which I anticipate. How do the Dodgers and Braves matchup ? During the regular season the Boys from Georgia took 5 of 7 against the Boys in Blue however it should be noted that 3 of those wins came during a 3 game sweep in Atlanta during the Dodgers rough start, injuries had still crippled the team and that included the loss of Hanley Ramirez. Even without the presence of Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier I still feel that we matchup well and again, am confident that our 1-2 punch of Kershaw and Greinke can silence Atlanta’s bats. Dre says…. Dodgers in 5, and if it does go the full 5, perhaps Ethier makes more than a cameo appearance ?….

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Can the Cuban Missile put a dent into those tomahawks ?

STOP THE CHOP !!!!

Some Final Regular Season Thoughts

The long marathon, aka the regular season, 162 games worth, comes to an end tomorrow with the Dodgers cruising into October as The Blue will crosses the finish line as NL West Champions for the first time since 2009.  Where the Dodgers will open this Thursday , it appears we will not know until tomorrow, be it in St. Louis or Atlanta.   At this point, I wouldn’t really give much thought into where the Dodgers start next Thursday so long as our regulars are rested and ready to go.  And with the likelihood of Kershaw and Greinke starting Games 1 and 2, I still like our chances, be it we begin in the Show Me State, or the Peach Tree State.

Bringing Out the Worst in Fan Behavior…. AGAIN !!!!

Once again, another senseless act of violence has put another black eye amongst the fans in the Dodgers/Giants rivalry. As many of you know by now, Jonathan Denver, the son of a Dodger Stadium security guard, was stabbed to death in a bar nearby AT&T Park during an altercation with a couple other Giants fans, marking the 3rd reported act of violence in the last 10 years and the 2nd death as well. Folks, this is a great rivalry, I hate the Giants just as much, and I enjoy some good natured trash talk amongst friends and other fans, but hey, IT’S JUST A GAME !!!! When we say TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME, that doesn’t mean you should fear for your lives because of our difference of opinions on who we cheer for…..

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Braves or Cardinals ? A Lot of October History with these 2….

And finally, a brief visual history of our potential opponents, with both the Braves and Cards sporting a rich history of October moments. Here are a couple of pics I snapped from their Hall Of Fame museums in 2005 and 2007. And now, we just sit and wait….

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The first 3 of their 14 consecutive divison titles we’re when they we’re still part of the NL West….

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2 more World Series titles have been added by the Red Birds since I took a shot of this, bringing their total to 13, the 2nd most in baseball only behind, well, you know….

IS IT OCTOBER YET ?