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Halfway There… A Chance To Fatten Up… More Clubhouse Tension ?

Well, almost. Once the Dodgers have completed their Friday night match-up against the Mets, 81 games will be under their belt. As of right now, with 45 wins, the Dodgers are on pace to win 90-92 games. Should this happen, this will be the first time the Dodgers win 90 plus game in 3 consecutive seasons since 1976-78. Don Mattingly would also be the first L.A. Dodger to accomplish this feat and the first Dodger manager since Walter Alston’s Brooklyn teams from 1954-56. For all the heat Mattingly takes from the fans, Walter O’Malley would only offer one-year contracts to Mr. Alston, 23 total. Dodger managers sure can’t get a break can they ? 

All kidding aside, since 1954, the Dodgers have only had 9 managers in charge of the dugout 

Tension Among Each Other at The Ravine ? What’s New…

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By now, you probably have heard of all the news regarding Yasiel Puig’s… polarizing presence, most notably altercations with Zack Greinke and Justin Turner. The news surrounding Puig comes from excerpts from the soon to be released book The Best Team Money Can Buy, from Molly Knight. The book, due for release on July 14, has actually received some positive reviews .  I’m interested to see what other aspects of the team are covered beyond the obvious excerpts that has everyone talking. In spite of the recent revelations, Don Mattingly has said that the clubhouse does remain solid. 

News of Puig’s run-ins with teammates is really nothing new in the world of sports. It’s really nothing new in the real world. After all, I’m sure you’ve had and probably still have that one or two co-workers of your that you wouldn’t exactly do happy hour with, right ?

Reggie Jackson was not always like by his teammates ( To put it kindly…) , be it with the Oakland A’s or the  New York Yankees. He won 5 World Series titles during his time with those 2 clubs, 3 of those against, well… ( Thank god I was either an infant or still going though my final stages of infancy…)

During the glory years of the 70’s, Steve Garvey’s ” Mr. Clean” image wasn’t always a welcomed presence inside the Dodger clubhouse, most notably with Don Sutton, just to name some well known “rifts” throughout the history of professional sports .

Of course we all know about the on again off again rift that Kobe and Shaq have had over the years. Yet we seemed to turn a blind eye when they we’re adding more glory up on Staples Center’s south wall. Kobe has recently admitted to making some of his Lakers teammates cry.

While Puig has a way’s to go before he can be mentioned in the same category of glory, what many tend to forget is that Puig is still a baby boomer waiting to fully blossom. Expectations we’re so high for him when he came to the big show 2 years ago. Because of the high expectations, it seems 2013 is a far distant memory. Perhaps many of us are expecting Puig to carry the team on his shoulders, which may be asking too much for the young kid.

Many Dodger fans, including this one, have made the comparisons of Yasiel Puig to another former Dodger outfielder who had similar potential, Raul Mondesi. There are many similarities between the two. We can only hope that the current storyline, this time, with Yasiel Puig, has a much happier ending…

4th of July Threads…

JULY 4TH THREAD Here is the Stars and Stripes Uniform Matchups  that will be worn by both the Dodgers and Mets during tomorrow’s 4th of July matchup. I love the U.S. Flag watermark on the hats. Not very distracting and tastefully done. As for the jersey’s, being that it’s the ” MLB Holiday Edition ” look, I will give it a pass. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want this as an everyday look, patriotism and all…

Chance to Fatten Up…

Our Boys in Blue kick off a 10 game homestand tonight with the Mets. After a fast start, the Mets have been struggling and are now at .500 with a 40-40 record. With the Phillies and Brewers, the two worst teams in baseball coming to town, this would be a great opportunity for The Blue to fatten up on their  45-35 record and perhaps add on to their 3 game lead heading into the all-star break. Easier said than done of course. Just ask the Giants, who, in spite of their 9-3 record against us, have a combined 3-10 home record against the DBacks and Rockies. Yeah, that’s baseball for you…

9th Inning… Defending Our Freedom and Colors…

United as One  Have a Happy and Safe July 4th weekend !!!

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Looking Back on the First Half….May

The month of May would give me the pleasure of being at The Ravine 6 times with the Blue going 4-2 in that span.  Here’s my May recap….

Dodger vs Giants, 5/9

Tim Lincecum would get off to a slow start this season for the Giants, a slump that still lingers over him heading toward the 2nd half of the season.  A 4 run 4th for the Blue off Lincecum, capped off by a 3 run pinch hit triple by Tony Gwynn Jr. would lead the Blue past the hated ones 6-2.  Rookie Scott Van Slyke would make his big league debut off the bench with a pinch hit RBI single.

Dodgers and Giants fans can get along…. Hey Will, why no black and orange with your Giants gear ?

 

Dodgers vs DBacks, 5/14-5/15

Though I have no pictures or scorecards to document the brief two game series I went to, I did indeed attend these games in which the Dodgers and Snakes split this two game series.   The first game would be a battle of two 20 game winners from last season as Clayton Kershaw would match up against Ian Kennedy.  Things got a little testy with Kershaw and the Snakes having a little history with each other going back to last season.  A first inning homer by Andre Ethier and 7 strong from Kershaw would lead the Dodgers to a 3-1 win.  Justin Sellers would make a spectacular catch of a foul pop in the 9th as well.

 

 

Game 2 of this mini series would see Chad Billingsley struggle once again as the DBacks behind 13 hits and a strong outing by Wade Miley knock the Blue around 5-1.  This would be Orel Hershiser Bobblehead night .  Orel would throw out the first pitch before the game.  Orel had asked former Dodger great and current DBack manager Kirk Gibson to be the recipient of the first pitch, to which Kirk declined, stating that if he had been out of baseball, he would have said yes, but right now, his commitment is to his team.  And I have no problem with that.

 

Dodgers vs Cardinals 5/19-20

Facing the World Champs in the 2nd and 3rd games of this 3 game series, Clayton Kershaw would go the distance in game 2 of this 3 game set and pitch a complete game shutout 6-0.  Justin Sellers, whom I had the chance to meet before the game during fanfest activities, would crank a solo shot for the Blue….

 

What up Justin !!!!

 

 

The Final Totals from Kershaw’s Complete Game Shutout

 

In the final game of  the 3 game set with the Cardinals the Dodgers would jump out to an early 2-0 lead only to have the Red Birds rally against Chad Billingsley and take a 5-2 lead.  Down 5-3 in the bottom of the 7th rookie Scott Van Slyke, the son of former Red Bird Andy Van Slyke ( Better known for his days with the Pirates ) pinch hitting for Adam Kennedy, with 2 outs and 2 runners on would deposit a 3-0 pitch ( Mattingly had a lot of confidence in the kid to let him swing 3-0 ) to the left field pavillion, sending this Sunday night crowd of over 44,000 into a frenzy and giving the Dodgers a 6-5 lead, which they would hang onto en route to a 3 game sweep of the World Champs.  Going back to last year, the Dodgers have won their last 7 against the Cardinals….

 

The Champs are swept away….

 

 

 

 

DODGERS vs BREWERS, 5/31/2012

The final game for the month of May would not be so kind as Chad Billingsley  struggles yet again ( Haven’t we heard that a lot this season ) as the Milwaukee Brewers sweep the Dodgers 4 straight.  Homers by Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez would be huge for the Brew Crew.   The Dodgers would go 1-6 against the Brewers this season.

Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Aramis Ramirez of the Brewers engaging in a little talk amongst each other

 

 

And so I see the Blue Crew go 4-2 in the month of May in games I attended.  It was an exciting month, watching Scott Van Slyke get his first big league homer against his dad’s former team, as well as seeing Lincecum struggle, which he continues to do.  How long will he continue to struggle, who knows ?  Later, looking back on June and July.  Given all the different lineups Mattingley has used in the 1st half and the lack of production from our corner infielders, as well as Chad Billingsley’s inconsistency, we still sit a mere half game in 1st place.  What move’s will our front office make to bolster the lineup who knows ?  Will Cole Hamels be dressed in Dodger Blue come this time next month ?  Do we get another bat to add more depth to an offensivly challenged offense ?  It’s always a Good Dre at the Ballpark !!!  And I will be continuing with this blog and as I attempt to do my in-game posts from the Ravine hopefully many of you amongst to 50,000 strong won’t interfere with my uploads……LOL.  You may also notice that I posts my notes from the scorecards .  Keeping score has been something i’ve done since I was a kid.  Oh yeah, I also do plan to send an occassional tweet here every now and then and you can follow me on twitter @Good_Drei .  OK, more pics from around the Ravine from the month of May.  Here’s to a great 2nd half….GO DODGERS !!!!