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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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Team Chemistry Issues. Nothing New Here

It’s no secret right now the Dodgers are going through some internal issues to say the least. At 31-30, 8.5 games behind the Giants, there seems to be some chemistry issues amongst everyone who wears that Dodger Blue uniform. After Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox, manager Don Mattingly had finally reached his tipping point, saying that they, to quote the words of Vin Scully, we’re “fertilizer”.

It’s no secret that Matt Kemp is not happy with his role in left field. It’s no secret everyone is at odds with the 4 plus outfield situation. It’s no secret the offense is struggling right now, especially with the bullpen starting to hit it’s stride. And what was that word we used earlier. Chemistry, or perhaps in this case, the lack of team chemistry amongst the Blue.

But how much does team chemistry really play into how well a team does. Sure you would like for everyone to be on the same page and be one big happy family. But such is not always the case no matter what . Conflicts amongst each other really is nothing new in the world of sports. If you think about it, conflicts amongst your fellow cohorts, no matter the profession, is really nothing new either. Let’s take a look at some past teams that we’re didn’t exactly have resemble The Brady Bunch.

During the 70s, the era of the longest running infield , which Steve Garvey’s ” Mr. Clean ” reputation was resented amongst his teammates, most notably Don Sutton, the Dodgers would post the most victories in any decade here in Los Angeles, making 3 World Series appearances in the 70s before finally winning it all in 1981.

Longtime baseball fans certainly remember those Yankees teams of the 70s with Reggie Jackson, Thrumond Munson, Graig Nettles, Billy Martin and of course Mr. Steinbrenner running the empire. With names like that, you know this was not a team with a dugout filled with choir boys.

But in the end, when it was all said and done, they found a way to get it done. And that was some good baseball played amongst those two teams. Yeah, i’m recalling another era where salaries were not as high, to say the least, but one thing that still remains is the high ego’s that can develop amongst teams with multi-talented players.

So at 31-30, 8.5 games behind the hated ones at the end of the first week of June, there certainly is plenty of time to make a serious run toward the top of the NL West. Chemistry or lack of, the point here, it’s up to the players to make it happen. As much as we question Donnie Baseball’s moves, and we certainly do a lot of that these days, it’s still all up to the players to make it happen.

Forever Dodger Blue ?

Kemp and Ethier, the two longest tenured current Dodger players. We’ve had a lot of great times. We’ve also seen endured your struggles as well. We hear the trade talks every day. We’ve even heard the groans amongst the press and fans, especially toward Matt. How much longer do we see you both in Dodger Blue ? We can only speculate.

kemp I still believe you’ll come through big for us Matt !!!

ethier To my namesake, It’s Always a Good Dre !!!