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Throwback Thursday… 10/8/2009…9th Inning, Game 2, 2009 NLDS…As Told By Vin

October baseball. When the fall air is filled with joy and heartbreak. 

Recently Dodger fans voted on their Top 20 Vin Scully moments. Without a doubt, many of your favorite ones, many that are not so obvious ( See Gibson’s home run…). 

Many of you out there have a favorite Vin moment that you we’re at. With the NLDS about to get underway, here’s my personal favorite post-season call, as told by Vin. The Cardinals one out away from tying the Best of 5 NLDS at one game apiece. Somewhere in the top deck, I’m just hoping James Loney keeps the inning alive. Take it away Vin…

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dodgers_jim-hill Celebrating with KCBS’s Jim Hill

9th Inning…Vin For President

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Election time is almost here. Not happy with either candidate? Remember, you can always write in a candidate…Even the one above !!!

 

 

 

 

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So We Meet You Again In St Louie…

With the only LDS series tied at 1 , this ongoing feud between the Dodgers and Cardinals shifts to The Show-Me State for games 3 and 4.  Hyun-Jin Ryu will take the mound for The Blue for the first time in 3 weeks against former Angel John Lackey with the first pitch scheduled just past 6.

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No Shortage of Drama 

By now, we all know there is no love lost between these two storied franchises.  If the first two games are any indication, this series should be primed for another dramatic finish.  So far…

*Benches clearing after a hit by pitch to Puig from Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright

*An unforeseen offensive output from both teams with Kershaw and Wainwright toeing the hill in Game 1

*Kershaw surrendering 8 runs in the fateful 7th inning .  Yup, I also thought Friday was money in the bag.  

*Matt Carpenter continues to be a thorn to the Dodgers side in the post-season

*Matt Kemp showing he’s still clutch

*Mattingly’s moves being scrutinized once again

All this adds up to this series being tied at one.  The biggest surprise so far , without a doubt Kershaw’s meltdown in the 7th inning of Game 1.  With a 6-2 lead and already 8 strikeouts to that point, you just had to think the game was in the bag.  But even a sure bet can come up snake eyes, as the Cardinals would score 8 times in that fateful 7th, capped off by Matt Carpenter’s bases clearing double and Matt Holliday’s 3 run shot off Pedro Baez giving the Cardinals a 10-6 lead.

The Dodgers would not go away quietly though as they would rally themselves thanks in large part to a 2 run shot by Adrian Gonzalez and a ninth inning rally that would come up 1 run short, with Puig striking out to end the game.  

Game 2 would see the Dodgers take a 2-0 lead into the 8th inning when starter Zack Greinke, after going 7 strong would be pulled for lefty JP Howell.  However, as they say , ” The best laid plans…” , and Matt Carpenter, once again, would show why he has been a thorn to our sides in post-season play…

A huge inning ending 6-4-3 induced by Brandon League would prevent further damage, setting up what could be the biggest moment yet in 2014 for The Blue…

I think it’s is now safe to say that the love/hate relationship some of you had with Matt as recent as 3 months ago is all positively love by now…

What are the keys for a Dodger win in Game 3 ?   Will Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford break out of their post-season slump ?  Does Hyun-Jin Ryu fell no effects of his recent injury and pitch deep into the game through at least 7 ?  How much confidence does Mattingly have in his bullpen ?  These are just some of the upcoming story lines as The Blue attempts to salvage at least one in St Louis, where historically, they have had a miserable time in the playoffs…

Dodger Blues in Mizzou… 

1985 NLCS  0-3, Lost in 6 games

2004 NLDS 0-2, Lost in 4

2009 NLDS 1-0, Won in 3

2013 NLCS 0-3, Lost in 6

That, my friends, adds up to an overall mark of 1-8 in the post-season in The Show Me State.  Now on the positive side.  The Dodgers had MLB’s best road record this season at 49-32, so being in a hostile environment will should not phase them.  One of these stats has to give.  Let’s all hope for the latter.  Are you all enjoying your Blue October yet ?

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Our Pet Rally Minion Dave is ready !!!  LETS GO DODGERS !!!

Dre’s Post Season Bits

Now this is how one should spend time with his best friend

mansbestfriend Now that’s what I call quality time with my best pal. Gonna be doing a lot of that in the following Saturday’s and Sunday’s to come between the 49ERS and UCLA. So who are your football teams ?

From The Twitter Feeds

Though we made it this far you’re presence was still missed out there in the NLCS. We can only hope that you can avoid any more serious injuries next year and that you’ll be patrolling the field deep into October 2014 !

It was rumored earlier that Sue Falsone, the first female head athletic trainer in professional sports, would no longer be the trainer of the Dodgers and has been confirmed through her twitter account. So to Sue Falsone, best of luck to you pursuing other opportunities

Funny she should bring this up because I brought this up to a friend of mine as well, in which his response was ” All future stars have to mature before they shine bright like a diamond….” @JBThirty2 . I’m confident that Puig, like Kobe, will have many more chances to shine in the spotlight.

As i’m sure all of you know by now, it is now out there that Don Mattingly’s status as manager for 2014 is up in limbo. Just one week after being assured of his job security, Mattingly and Colletti apparently are not on the same page as to whether Mattingly will be back beyond 2014, Don saying he does not want to be a ” lame duck ” manager. We can only wonder if some of Don’s questionable play calling in both the NLDS and especially the NLCS have a major role in this. When you think about it, this really is no different from a players final year of a contract. In other words, we can only wait and see based on how far the Dodgers go in 2014, that is, if Mattingly want’s to be around for the ride. ( From the look on his face Donny don’t seem to enthused about coming back )

The 109th World Series

Personally, I really don’t care to want to watch. Yes, this is the Dodger fan in me that’s talking, not the baseball fan. Yes, this Dodger fan is still hurt, as I have been 3 of the last 6 seasons now come October. But hey, life goes on, right ? And so does the World Series between the NL Champs , St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. The Cardinals arrived to The Fall Classic after playing 5 tight games then knocking out Kershaw and our Boys in Blue in 6. The Red Sox arrived in all different phases, especially with the help of 2 huge grand-slams one by Big Papi in Game 2 of the ALCS that may have turned momentum of the series around, and the game winning grand slam in Game 6 by Shane Victorino ( Where was that clutch hitting in Dodger Blue last year Shane ? Yeah, i’m bitter !!!! ) The Red Sox boast a veteran roster particularly within their starting rotation while the Cardinals boasts some live young arms especially with the rookie Michael Wacha. Just like in their respective LCS’s, the series will come down to clutch hitting, something these two did very well in punching their tickets to this years Fall Classic. Dre’s Pick Cardinals in 6 MVP Matt Holliday

Getting Over My Post Season Hangover

Now that I have somewhat fully recovered from my post-season hangover, let’s now reflect….

Dre’s Take
“One of the key’s to the Dodgers beating the Braves was their clutch 2 out hitting. Both the Cards and Dodgers have outstanding pitching staff’s. The Dodgers, having disposed of the Braves in 4 games, should be well rested and confident with Greinke and Kershaw lined up to go in Games 1 and 2 in Missouri. The Cardinals bring a ton of post-season experience to the plate, having made it to the NLCS 3 years in a row….”

My words prior to this NLCS Showdown. The clutch hitting from the LDS ? Not much of it from either side during the first 5 games, which we’re close enough either team could have been ahead 3-3 or perhaps had the series knotted at 2. Or heck, that could have been the Dodgers up 3 games to 1 ? Well, in a series of what , again, many felt was a matchup between 2 evenly matched teams, it’s usually the team that get’s that one key hit that ends up winning….

Key Moments In the Series….

Game 1
Don Mattingly’s decision to pull Adrian Gonzalez out of the game for pinch runner Dee Gordon in the 8th inning of a tied game had critics coming out once again, and Gonzalez’s presence would be sorely missed in extra innings as twice, with a runner in scoring position, Hanley Ramierez would be walked intetionally to pitch instead to Michael Young, playing at 1st base for Gonzalez and occupying what would have normally been his spot. In both trips, Young fails to deliver, each time, his at bats ending in inning ending double plays,and Mattingly’s decision making would come into question once again…. In what would be a tight pitched ballgame from both sides into the home 13th, Carlos Beltran’s one out double would give the Red Birds the early lead in the series….
APTOPIX NLCS Dodgers Cardinals Baseball Beltran may have single-handedly beat us in Game 1, but Mattingly’s late game decision making sure didn’t help matters any…

Game 2
With runners on 2nd and 3rd and no out in the top of the 6th facing Cards rookie phenom Michael Wacha, the Dodgers best scoring opportunity goes all for naught as Mark Ellis would pop out, and after an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez , Yasiel Puig would go down swinging as well as NLDS Game 4 hero Juan Uribe, and Clayton Kershaw would be the tough luck loser despite allowing only 2 hits in a 1-0 decision, sending the Blue back to L.A. in a 2-0 hole….
wacha_game2 Personally, I had no problem with this display of emotion even though certain Cardinals would have a problem with some of our players emotional outbursts later in the series. After all, it’s the playoffs !!!!! Everything’s big in October !!!!…..

Game 4
After taking Game 3 off Cards ace Adam Wainwright, the lumber would finally show up in the series. Unfortunately, it was the Cards who supplied the lumber, keyed by Matt Holliday’s 2 out 2 run blast to the Dodger bullpen. Cards pinch hitter Shane Robinson would hit a solo shot himself, and the Cards, with their clutch hitting, coupled with the Dodgers hitting into 3 DP’s, including a possible momentum breaking one by Yasiel Puig on a 2-0 count in the home 9th, it would be the Cardinals putting themselves in prime position for a return to the fall classic….holliday_game4 Holliday with the big 2 run homer in the 3rd…cards_game4 The Cards are one game away from The Fall Classic…

Game 5
Facing elimination, it would be the Dodgers who would bring the bats and the Cards who would fail to come up with the clutch hit as Zack Greinke, while not having his best stuff early one, would pitch a clutch 7 innings , pitching himself out of a early bases loaded jam in the first and also out of trouble in the 3rd as well, both times getting Yadier Molina to ground into inning ending double plays. This time, it would be the Dodgers who would bring the lumber, hitting a team post-season record 4 home runs, 2 by Adrian Gonzalez and one each by Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis as they would stave off elimination and beat the Cards 6-4, sending the series back to St Louis trailing 3 games to 2…. agon_game5 Gonzalez rounding 3rd after belting the second of his two homers in Game 5 notover Not over yet indeed !!!! victoryline Back to Missouri we go !!!!

Greinke pitching out of trouble in the 1st….

Dodgers slug 4 solo shots, back to Missouri we go !!!! Gotta like our chances in Game 6 with Kershaw up next, right ?

Game 6
Well, is it really necessary ? I didn’t think so. But if it comes down to this again next year, I want Kershaw on the hill !!!! Unfortunately he and the boys just had one of those days, and, unfortunately, it was just a bad time to have it. It happens. So it’s the Cardinals who will be representing the National League in the World Series. cards_postcard Does this hurt, yes. Do the emotions run deep ? You bet they do, and if certain St. Louis beat writers don’t think otherwise, well, then they’re just full of it…But as I said in my last post, we win with class, we lose with class….

Other Thoughts
Aside from Game 6, this was really a close series. A hit here, a hit there, a healthy Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp in the lineup, who knows. But injuries are part of the game and to this point they did a valiant job of playing right through it. It just wasn’t enough….

Yasiel Puig brought a level of excitement that Dodger fans will be privledged to enjoy for years to come. Yes, he did look like a rookie at various times throughout the playoffs ( 4 k’s in Game 2 and his 9th inning double play in the 9th inning of Game 4), and yes, growing pains do come with them ( Yes, even the home run bat flip in Game 3 that went for a double and his stare down of the HP ump in Game 5), but let’s not forget, his presence from the day he went to the big show back in June gave the Dodgers and the fans a much needed boost in energy, some of which may have rubbed off to Adrian Gonzalez as well. And for the last time, for those who did not care for their so-called Mickey Mouse ways of enjoying their feats, oh well, that’s just the way we do it here in our Magic Kingdom we know as Dodger Stadium….

thankyou It was fun !!! Next year, we end this with a parade down Figueroa ….

No More ” Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’s ” From Here on Out….

Tonight was a tough one to swallow.  Neither the Dodgers or Cardinals had gone yard heading into Game 4 until Matt Holliday launched a rocket toward the Dodgers bullpen in left field to give the Red Birds a 3-0 lead.  Shane Robinson would later hit a pinch hit solo shot off J.P. Howell to pad the Cards lead and that’s how it would hold up as the Cards take Game 4, 4-2 to take a commanding 3 games to 1 lead.

A Break Here, A Break There….

Through 4 games, the Cardinals have had a slight edge in total runs scored, 8-7. Tonight, the long ball certainly played big in doing the The Blue in….

3 double plays, 2 of them inning ending and one of them a potential rally killer, as well as Nick Punto being picked off 2nd base after a one-out double and the Dodgers trailing by 2 also spelled doom for The Blue tonight….

The Dodgers have outhit the Red Birds 31-19 throughout the 4 games, however when being asked to come through in the clutch, while neither team has torn the cover off the ball throughout the series, with exception of tonight, it’s the Red Birds who have been that much more clutch than the Boys in Blue….

Other Key Moments The First Four….

Game 1….
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After a one-out triple from Mark Ellis in the top of the 10th, the Cards intentionally walk Hanley Ramirez to pitch to Michael Young, who had replaced Adrian Gonzalez in the 8th inning for pinch runner Dee Gordon, who would not score. Michael Young hits a shalow fly to right center, Carlos Beltran catches and fires home to nail Mark Ellis at the plate. Score remains tied…

Top 12, after Carl Crawford leads off with a single and is sacrificed to 2nd by Mark Ellis, up comes HanRam. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out he will be walked to get to Michael Young’s spot, the spot originally occupied by Adrian Gonzalez, to set up a double play. Yup, you guessed it. And another rally is shut down. The Cards would end up winning in 13 on Carlos Beltran’s one out hit down the right field line….

Game 2

With the Dodgers trailing by a 1-0 deficit, Kershaw and Crawford at 2nd and 3rd with no one out, The Blue would fail to score, capped off by strikeouts by Puig and Uribe, 2 key reasons why the Dodgers advanced past Atlanta to reach the NLCS. That would be their best scoring chance of the day and in spite only 2 hits combined off Kershaw, Belisario, and Howell, the Red Birds would hold off the Blue 1-0 and take a 2 games to none lead in the series….

So, again, as I have stated, neither team is really doing much to run away from each other, statistically speaking. The Cards have done just enough to position themselves for their 4th World Series appearance since 2004, and in a series between what many have said was a matchup of 2 evenly matched teams, just enough may be, well, just enough….

Outside The Yard…

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From The Twitter Feeds….

As I said earlier and will say again, the Cardinals have not , in any way, shape or form, dominated this series. They have done just enough to get themselves into position to clinch a World Series berth. We get Greinke tomorrow and should we be fortunate to go back to the Show Me State for Game 6 we get Kershaw. Has anyone won back to back games against these two this season….twice ? It will be tough to do it again. The Dodgers just gotta come up with that clutch hit, and not let tomorrow’s starter, Joe Kelly off the hook as they did early and often in Game 1. Momentum can be a fair-weather trait. It’s time we get that back tomorrow !!!!

He almost lost Ethier’s fly in the 6th. Kinda did bring back memories of this….


Unfortunately, tonight, it was Holliday who did major damage to The Blue….

I STILL BELIEVE !!!! GO DODGERS !!!!

We’re behind you A.J. !!!!!

Something to Cheer You Up…

Many have brought up this great moment in This Day in History, 1988, for you insomniacs who need a little encouragement for tomorrow….

OK, enough from the past !!! It’s all about tomorrow !!! BELIEVE !!!! GO DODGERS !!!!

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Hoping To Reverse History In L.A.

Before I discuss reversing history, here’s some other historical tidbidts that may be of interest to all you Dodger fans, including those of you who have already pushed the panic button. Four other times in post-season play the Dodgers have overcome 2-0 deficits. OK, the most recent was in 1981, when they did it twice that season and some rookie southpaw and future Dodger Spanish broadcaster would capture the hearts of L.A. . But hey, who says history can’t repeat itself, right ?….

1955 World Series

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No doubt the locals, after falling behind 2 games to none, had to be thinking ” Here we go again…. Dem Bums…” . But the beloved Bums of Flatbush, after coming up short against the Yankees in 5 previous tries, finally bring home Brooklyn’s lone World Championship, beating the Yankees in 7…

1965 World Series

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In observance of Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, Sandy Koufax is missing in action for Game 1 against the Twins, and Don Drysdale would get rocked. Upon being taken out in the 4th inning, Drysdale reportedly quipped to manager Walter Alston ” I’ll bet you wish I was the Jewish one…” . The Twins would shock the Dodgers and Koufax in game 2 as well and head to L.A. with a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Dodgers would win games 3 through 5 in L.A., and lose Game 6 in Minnesota. Sandy Koufax, on only 2 days rest !!!! ( Yup, for those of you who questioned Kershaw going on 3 days rest in Game 4 of the NLDS….) would silence the bats of the Twins en route to a 2-0 shutout , delivering the Dodgers 3rd World Title in L.A. .

1981 Division Series

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In what was deemed the intra-division playoffs due to the mid-season strike of 1981, the Dodgers would be matched up against the Houston Astros in a best of 5 to determine the NL West Champ. After dropping the first two in Houston, the Dodgers would sweep the remaining 3 at home to advance to the NLCS against the Montreal Expos…

1981 World Series

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After dropping the first two in The Bronx, The Blue would once again rally at home, taking games 3 through 5, all by one run, and in Game 6 in The Bronx the Dodgers would take home their sixth World Series title and their third over the dreaded Yankees…

From The Twitter Feed….

Not coming through in the clutch would be an understatement, especially Yasiel Puig, who seem’s to be pressing in his first tast of NLCS action. One of the big reason’s the Dodgers got by Atlanta in the LDS was their ability to come through in the clutch, especially with 2 outs….

Should, coulda, woulda ( I think that’s how it goes….) . In a series so evenly matched up where great pitching is displayed on both sides, every move is subject to scrutiny, including the managers, and now for the 3rd time in the playoffs the people of L.A. are 2nd guessing Don Mattingly’s

decisions. Before we discuss his recent blunder from Game 1, let’s also not forget a couple other moves from Game 2 of the NLDS having Paco Rodriguez pitching to Jason Heyward and the 8th inning of Game 4 where the inablility of Juan Uribe to lay down a bunt ACTUALLY benefited The Blue !!!!! And now why Adrian Gonzalez would be removed in the 8th inning of a tie ballgame for a pinch runner in Dee Gordon is beyond eveyone’s belief. There was still plenty of ballgame left and the way both pitching staff’s we’re performing, it was not out of the question that AGon would be needed if the game went extra’s, which of course it ultimately did. And well, we all know what happened when it was Michael Young instead of Gonzalez at the dish with a chance to take the lead. So yeah, while I do agree with Mattingly’s quote that we’re a couple of hits away from being up 2-0, Mattingly is still as much to blame for the Dodgers being where they stand right now. Now, as for his managerial status after the season should we not have a parade in DTLA later this month, I won’t be in panic mode>, though it seem’s some people are already….

Some words of encouragement from L.A. King Dustin Brown. Of course Brownie would know something about coming back from 0-2 deficits to teams from St. Louis….

Hoping To Reverse History

Why I bring this up ? The only other time the Dodgers and Cardinals met in the NLCS was in 1985, the first year MLB would use a best of 7 format for the LCS after previously using a best of 5. The Dodgers, led by the pitching of Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser, would take a 2 games to none lead heading to The Show Me State for games 3 through 5. Then….

“2 of the darkest days of my life as a Dodgers fan occurred within 2 days of each other. And this 11 year old kid certainly did not GO CRAZY after this series….

You had to pick this game to hit your first ever home run from the left side of the plate Ozzie ?That home run by Ozzie would be voted by Cardinals fans as the number all-time greatest moment in old Busch Stadium’s history….gocrazy1

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And…

Why did you pitch to Jack Clark ? The question asked in L.A. all winter long in ’85….

I’m still trying to figure out how I picked up enough courage to reflect upon my 2 darkest days as a Dodger fan. I never really came down hard on Tom Niedenfuer for giving up those home runs. If anything, I was actually harder on Lasorda for having Niedenfuer pitch to Clark with 1st base open and 2 outs. The hitter on-deck ? Andy Van Slyke, father of future Dodger Scott Van Slyke. Yes, I am aware that Andy is best remembered for his playing days with the Pirates, but at the time, no one knew who he was. As we said 28 years ago…. ” WHY DID YOU PITCH TO JACK CLARK !!!! “…. Speaking of the number 28…Guerrero-thumb-362x800-7893
My favorite Dodger as a kid, Pedro Guerrero. Put up some big offensive numbers for The Blue througout the 80’s , yet my lasting memory is of him throwing his glove down in disgust after Jack Clark’s decisive 3 run home run sent the Red Birds to the World Series against their in-state rivals the Kansas City Royals, in which they would eventually lose in 7 games. ( To any Cardinals fan that may be reading this, yeah, Don Dekinger blew the call at 1st base in Game 6, but having broken the heart of this 11 year old kid 10 days prior, my only feeling was and even at 11 years old… ” Hey Cards fans !!!! Oh well !!! Life’s a B***H isn’t it ? ” . 28 years later those feeling’s haven’t changed….LOL . “

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The exact dates when all this happened ? Monday, October 14, 1985 and Wednesday, October 16, 1985. Well, let’s see, we’re scheduled to play tomorrow on Monday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 16 ( Yes, I’m saying it right now. THIS WILL NOT BE A SWEEP !!!! ) and in ’85 it was the Cards who came from a 2-0 deficit. Oh yeah, what’s is it about Dodger manager’s being second guessed in the NLCS ? Anyways…..It’s our turn now to reverse all this. It’s time to REVERSE SOME HISTORY !!!!

holliday Matt Holliday, you’ve always had a place in my heart since 2009…

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NLCS Show Down at The Show Me State….

But first….

RickMonday Rick Monday, 1981

KirkGibson Kirk Gibson, 1988

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS Steve Finley, 2004

Uribe Juan Uribe, 2013

Who’s next ?….

OK, for the 4th time in post season history, the Dodgers and Cardinals will face each other .  The Dodgers had a slight edge over the Cardinals in the regular season, winning 4 out of 7, with the visiting teams winning their respective series.  How much of an advantage either team may have on one another, who knows ? So how do the Dodgers and Cardinals matchup heading into the NLCS ? We do know that this time around both teams will be coming into this series at their best unlike during the regular season, when the Cards took 2 of 3 at Dodger Stadium back in May as the Dodgers we’re still mired in their early season funk and the Dodgers took 3 of 4 at Busch Stadium in early August when the Dodgers we’re at the height of their post all-star break run while the Red Birds we’re experiencing a swoon of their own having lost 13 of 18 during that stretch…..

Oh how things have changed much since late May.  Let’s see…. Hanley and Greinke we’re still on the DL, Puig had not arrived yet, the offense was in a funk, and who knew what was up with Matt Kemp. Yeah, Kemp won’t be able to contribute, but hey, The Blue found a way to make it this deep into October even without Matt making a significant contribution. Thing’s we’re so bad at the time, the fans we’re getting frustrated, and the “frustration” would reach all the way up to the Top Deck between me and my buddy J on this Sunday afternoon in late May against the Cards…..

Rally Time From the Top Deck…5/26/2013 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

Allright J, so you did say we’d snap out if it after the all-star break, we actually snapped out if it just before the break, and Dre to this day still thinks you ” jinxed ” Matt Kemp…. J !!!! LOL….

TEAM L.A. !!!!!

KINGS

Even though the puck has been dropped to start a new season in the NHL, the Kings of the Staples Center ice show their support for their neighbors up 110…. This was on Dodger Pride Night last season. Speaking of the L.A Kings , who out there is going to outdoor stadium game against Anaheim come January ? Hockey Night at Dodger Stadium !!!

No Strangers to the Postseason….

The Dodgers and Cardinals share a rich history between the two when it comes to October headlines. 17 World Championships have been won between these two storied franchises, with the Red Birds winning 11, second most in the majors only behind the Yankees. As said earlier these two teams will be meeting each other for the 4th time in post-season history, twice in the NLDS and NLCS. Both teams have inflicted their share of heartbreak on each other during the post-season….

2004 NLDS….Cardinals 3-1

lima3 Lima Time !!! In the lone win of the series, Jose Lima ( RIP Jose ) pitches a complete game shutout in Game 3, 4-0

1985 NLCS….Cardinals 4-2

2 of the darkest days of my life as a Dodgers fan occurred within 2 days of each other. And this 11 year old kid certainly did not GO CRAZY after this series….


You had to pick this game to hit your first ever home run from the left side of the plate Ozzie ?

That home run by Ozzie would be voted by Cardinals fans as the number all-time greatest moment in old Busch Stadium’s history….

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And…

Why did you pitch to Jack Clark ? The question asked in L.A. all winter long in ’85….

I’m still trying to figure out how I picked up enough courage to reflect upon my 2 darkest days as a Dodger fan. I never really came down hard on Tom Niedenfuer for giving up those home runs. If anything, I was actually harder on Lasorda for having Niedenfuer pitch to Clark with 1st base open and 2 outs. The hitter on-deck ? Andy Van Slyke, father of future Dodger Scott Van Slyke. Yes, I am aware that Andy is best remembered for his playing days with the Pirates, but at the time, no one knew who he was. As we said 28 years ago…. ” WHY DID YOU PITCH TO JACK CLARK !!!! “…. Speaking of the number 28…

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My favorite Dodger as a kid, Pedro Guerrero. Put up some big offensive numbers for The Blue througout the 80’s , yet my lasting memory is of him throwing his glove down in disgust after Jack Clark’s decisive 3 run home run sent the Red Birds to the World Series against their in-state rivals the Kansas City Royals, in which they would eventually lose in 7 games. ( To any Cardinals fan that may be reading this, yeah, Don Dekinger blew the call at 1st base in Game 6, but having broken the heart of this 11 year old kid 10 days prior, my only feeling was and even at 11 years old… ” Hey Cards fans !!!! Oh well !!! Life’s a B***H isn’t it ? ” . 28 years later those feeling’s haven’t changed….LOL .

OK, let’s go outside the yard for a bit. Anyone remember this from 1985 ?

2009 NLDS… Dodgers 3-0

After “reminiscing” over my two worst days as a Dodger fan, one out away from tying the series up at one game apiece, Matt Holliday did his best to ” take one for the team…. ” . Cards ace Adam Wainwright feel’s having 50,000 have us waving white rally towels in Holliday’s presence was not fair…. 2 days later, the Dodgers would wrap up the LDS, sweeping the Red Birds in 3 games….

Dre’s Take

One of the key’s to the Dodgers beating the Braves was their clutch 2 out hitting. Both the Cards and Dodgers have outstanding pitching staff’s. The Dodgers, having disposed of the Braves in 4 games, should be well rested and confident with Greinke and Kershaw lined up to go in Games 1 and 2 in Missouri. The Cardinals bring a ton of post-season experience to the plate, having made it to the NLCS 3 years in a row. Andre Ethier is expected to get more playing time so we’ll see what kind of an impact he has in the series. It’s just too bad someone has to have their heart broke one more time…
Dre’s Pick… Dodgers in 6.

And finally….

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And now, we , one more time, go back to 2009. I’ll let Vinny take it away…