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26 Years and Counting Since 1988, Part 1, 1989 And The 90’s

Re-blogged from last season.  It is 26 years now since Chavez Ravine has hosted a World Series.  Here’s a recap of each season, part 1, from 1989 to 1999

 

On the eve of the 109th World Series will mark 25 years now since the Dodgers won their last World Series title, let alone appear in one.  While I enjoy telling stories what it was like being a fan experiencing the Dodgers triumph in 1988, explaining the feeling to the fans who have potentially graduated college in the last 4 years certainly is not making me feel any younger.  Now that I have all but let it out that i’m up there in years, lol, let’s now look back on the last 25 years, first with the 90’s, with it’s highs and lows.  And let’s hope by this time next year i’m writing a piece about The Boys in Blue in the World Series.  But first…

OK. Let’s look back upon the last 25 years of non World Series years

1989 77-83 4th Place

Despite leading the NL with a team ERA of 2.95, the last time anyone finished the season with a team ERA below 3.00, the Dodgers, one season after shocking the world, would finish in 4th place 14 games behind the Giants. So anemic was the offense that Orel Hershiser, despite winning 15 games with an ERA of 2.31, would also lose 15 as well , finishing the season with a .500 mark.

So the 80’s finished on a down note. However, the Dodgers was still a strong decade for the Boys in Blue, winning two World Championships (1981 and 1988), four National League Western Division titles (1981, 1983, 1985 and 1988) and 825 games, tying them with the St. Louis Cardinals for most victories by a National League team during the decade. The 80’s was also a strong decade in L.A. sports as well. Between the Dodgers 2 titles, the Lakers 5 titles, and the Raiders lone Super Bowl in 1983 9 This is a 49ERS fan acknowledging this), 8 championship titles we’re won for the great city of Los Angeles. Oh yeah, let’s also not forget the 1984 Olympics, with baseball debuting as an olympic sport here, played at, of course, Dodger Stadium. Those we’re some fun times as a sports fan in the 80’s. The 90’s certainly look promising, right ? kirk-gibson One last look of the 80’s

The 90’s

The United States enacts Operation Desert Storm, destroying the Iraqi army and ending the Gulf War in a few short weeks. A video is released of driver Rodney King being beaten by L.A. police officers following a traffic stop, igniting a national controversy. Bill Clinton is elected the 42nd president of the United States. Magic Johnson announces his retirement from the NBA after contracting the HIV Virus ( What’s Magic up to these days ? ). In the meantime, on the field…

1990 86-76 2nd Place

Even without Orel Hershiser for much of the season due to shoulder surgery and an injury plagued Kirk Gibson a mere cry from his 1988 season, the Dodgers would finish 5 games behind the eventual World Champion Cincinatti Reds. This would also be the last season for Fernando Valenzuela in a Dodger uniform, as he would be released prior to the 1991 season.

1991 93-79 2nd Place

Hometown product Darryl Strawberry, who put up big numbers in his eight stormy seasons with the New York Mets, would be signed in the off-season for a then whopping 5 years, $20.25 million dollars. After a slow start, Strawberry would lead the team in both home runs (27) and RBI’s (100) In spite of a strong 20-8 finish to the season, the Dodgers would finish 1 game behind the upstart Atlanta Braves for the NL West crown.

1992 63-99 6th Place

Eric Davis, the one time Cincinatti Reds outfielder, would team up with childhood buddy Darryl Strawberry in the outfield. However, both Strawberry and Davis would miss much of 1992 and the Dodgers, for the first time since 1905, would finish the season in last place

1993 81-81 3rd Place

In the final season before the current 3 division alignment, the Dodgers would improve upon their 1992 performance by 18 games. Though they would miss out on the post season , the second of 5 consecutive Rookie of the Year winners would don the Dodger Blue as Mike Piazza , with 35 home runs and 112 rbi’s, would take home the prize, Eric Karros winning the award in 1992. 1993 also marked the final season a 100 plus win team would miss out on post-season play as the Dodgers, on the final game of the season, highlighted by Rookie of the Year winner Mike Piazza’s 2 home runs, would knock out the Giants 12-1, leaving the Giants 1 game behind the Atlanta Braves for the NL West crown ( Yup, I was at that game folks ). The following season would be the year divisional re-alingment would take place as well as the wild card. From 1969-1993, only the division winners qualified for the LCS. So yeah, had the wild card been in effect in 1993, the Giants would have easily made the post season. Bummer huh ? ( In my sarcastic voice, LOL ) piazza93 Mike Piazza being greeted by future 3rd base coach Tim Wallach after belting one of two home runs to knock the Giants out of the playoffs

1994 58-56, 1st Place *

In the first year of 3 division aligment, the Dodgers would finish in 1st place, and yes, that is an asterisk next to the feat, if one can consider being 2 games over .500 one. That is because in August, a bitter labor dispute between the players and owners would lead to the cancelation of the remainder of the 1994 season and wipe out post-season and World Series play altogether. Raul Mondesi would win the 3rd of 5 consecutive Dodger Rookie of the Year Awards. Darryl Strawberry, with his countless off the field problems during his time in L.A, would be released prior to the season.

1995 78-66, 1st Place

One year after the strike had put a black eye on Major League Baseball, in a 144 game season due to the previous season’s strike that carried over into 1995, the Dodgers would capture the NL West by one game over the Colorado Rockies 3 years into their existence. Hideo Nomo, The Tornadoe, would win the NL Rookie of the Year. In the first official League Division Series, not counting 1981’s ” intra-division playoffs “, the Dodgers would be swept in 3 straight by the NL Central Champion Cincinatti Reds.

1996 90-72 2nd Place, Wild Card

Tommy Lasorda, one of only two L.A. Dodger managers along with Walter Alston dating back to their arrival from Brooklyn in 1958, would step down from his managerial duties after suffering a mild heart attack. Bill Russell would take over the reins for Tommy. With a 2 game lead over the Padres and 3 to play against the Friars, San Diego would sweep all 3 games at Dodger Stadium to win the NL West by 1 game, pushing the Dodgers to Wild Card status. They would be swept in 3 straight in the LDS by the Atlanta Braves, ending the season on a 7 game losing streak. Todd Hollandsworth would round out the 5 consecutive Dodger Rookie of the Year Award winners dodgersROY The 5 consecutive ROY’s would surpass the 4 consecutive the Dodgers had from 1979-1982 when Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, Fernando Valenzuela, and Steve Sax won the prize

1997 88-74 2nd Place

This time, a late September swoon would cost them. Leading the NL West over the Giants by 2 games on September 16, they would be swept in a crucial 2 game series in San Francisco, the beginning of a 1-6 stretch that would find themselves 2 games behind the hated one’s heading into the final weekend of the year, in which the Dodgers would eventually finish 2 games behind the Giants but miss out on the Wild Card. This would also mark the final season of ownership under the O’Malley family

1998 83-79 3rd Place

In their first season under the Fox group, Mike Piazza , after a lengthy contract dispute, would find himself traded to the Florida Marlins along with Todd Zeile for Gary Sheffield, Charles Johnson and Jim Eisenrich before landing with the Mets one week later. With a 36-38 record in June, Bill Russell would get his pink slip, as well as general manager Fred Claire. The thought of a Dodgers manager was unheard of at the time considering up until 1998 they had only 3 managers. Glenn Hoffman, brother of Padres relief phenom Trevor Hoffman, would finish out the season as the skipper. 1998 would also be the year that future Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa we’re involved in the home run record chase, with McGwire finishing with 70 home runs. piazza Though he did put up big numbers in Dodger Blue , Piazza will forever be remembered as a Met. To this day, I still don’t believe he has buried the hatchet towards the Dodgers and his fans. I wonder if he will blame me next for the Dodgers fans turning on him .

1999 76-86 3rd Place

Davey Johnson would take over as manager, and Kevin Brown, coming off 3 straight dominant season and two World Series appearances with the Marlins and Padres, would be signed to a 7-year $105 million contract just one year after Piazza had been offerred 6 years at $80 million, rasising some questions amongst the fans why the same deal could not be offered to Mike, an everyday player, as opposed to Brown, who only toes the hill every 5 games. The Dodgers would finish 24 games behind the 2nd year Arizona Diamondbacks.

So the 90’s we’re not exactly some glorious times for L.A. sports fans. The Lakers, though they would continue to make it to the post season, making the playoffs in 9 of the 10 years, also failed to bring L.A. another championship . The Raiders and Rams would leave L.A. after the 1994 season ( I really didn’t care since i’m a 49ERS fan ) , the Clippers we’re a far cry from what they are today, and the Kings would appear in the Stanley Cup in 1993 to lose to the Montreal Canadiens in 5 games. So next, the new millenium. Glory day’s are bound to return to L.A, right ?

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Dre’s Bits , Thursday 8/15/2013

For those of you who still can’t get enough from last night….

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I know it’s only August but it’s almost to the point now that no matter what obstacle the Blue must overcome it’s to the point where it’s become expected.   Dodger Stadium truly has become a Magic Castle, hasn’t it ?

OK, after the all-star game I said that the Dodgers would go 44-24 in the 2nd half and win the NL West. Well, they have gone an astonishing 23-3 since, including 3 wins where they rallied from 4 or more.runs down and 6 of them in their final at-bat. Talk about coming through in the clutch !!!! So, do I still think the Dodgers finish with an overall record of 91-71 ? All they would have to do is olay .500 ball the rest of the way to accomplish that. Somehow, I don’t see the Dodgers taking the foot off the pedal. My only concern though, as a fan amidst all this excitement, is that they don’t cool down come October. Their play right now is off the charts, but October is still a long ways to go. Speaking of October…..

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Some pics of my lil’ sis at her first ballgame in ’98 and a more recent pic from that other yard up north back in ’09. Lil’ sis, Sarah, was born in 1989, yup, one year after our last World Series title. And like many of you young Dodger fans ( I can’t believe I said that….), it is not lost on her mind that she has not experienced a World Series title in her lifetime…..YET !!! It’s been 25 years, it’s time !!!! It’s also time for a new generation of Dodgers fans to finally know the feeling of a World Series title. In the 25 years since, the Lakers have brought us 5 titles and heck, even the Kings have brought us a Stanley Cup. Yeah, I know it’s only August, but i’m gonna say it…. IT’S TIME !!!! ……

And my InstaPic for the night…..

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Now I know many of you have taken pics of your hats when seeing The Blue on the road. If online photo sites and we’re more readily available as well as instant downloading and hashtagging before lets say, 2005, oh the places and landmarks I could have taken pics of good old Blue….. Anyways, I’ve taken pics of Blue in various places in L.A. and when I do eventually get back on the road and re-join the “#LATakeover “, I will be more than sure to snap pics of Blue on the road as well. But in the meantime, since Blue does make it’s home here in L.A., tonight I feature this pic taken down the street from it’s home over at Echo Park Lake , taken a few weeks ago. Echo Park Lake had been closed recently for some major cleanup and has since recently re-opened. So it’s only appropriate that Blue pay a visit to it’s newly re-furbished neighbor down the street. Plus, a good part of my childhood was also spent their, especially on the peddle boats….. So, that’s my featured InstaPic of Blue for tonight. Where in L.A. does Blue appear next ? Oh yeah, you can follow me on Instagram @Good_Drei.

The ride has been fun !!! Next stop…. Philadelphia. Let’s keep this ride on the Dodger Blue Magic Carpet going !!!!!

Drei’s Friday Thoughts, Tweets and Some “Fertilizer” Carried Over

Vin Scully as only he could call it. I gotta give it to him. If this we’re me i’d probably be saying more than just “fertilizer”…. And I will only assume that many of you are still hot over last night. I mean, really Carlos Quentin ? How long have you been playing. You crowd the plate at your own risk !!! Why would Zack Greinke want to hit you in a 1 run ballgame and put the potential tying run on base ? As Vin Scully would say….” FERTILIZER !!! FERTILIZER !!!! ” And of course we all know it didn’t stop on the field either as Matt Kemp and Carlos Quentin had to be seperated from each other on the way out of Petco…

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Dont Get This Lion Angry

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I’m sure a lot of you recognize that lovable lion . OK, lovabale most of the time. While Bailey’s #1 team is making another run at Lord Stanley’s Cup, it don’t mean that this lovable lion, or in this case, this angry lion ain’t lookin’ out for his other L.A. teams. Are We gonna see this lion roaming Chavez Ravine next week ?….

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And on a lighter note…

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Anyone else looking forward to seeing 42 this weekend ?

L.A.’s Finest

It took a minute but hey, you finally have one Bob Miller  !!!  To those of you who may not know who Bob Miller is by now Bob Miller has been the longtime voice of the Los Angeles Kings.  Of course when we think of broadcasters with longevity with one team we think of Chick Hearn and of course Vin Scully.  It also helps that both we’re privledged to do play by play for two organizations with such great history and they would admit as much as well.  It’s because of that many have felt that Bob Miller was by far L.A’s most underrated broadcaster, along with the Clippers Ralph Lawler.  And after all those years Bob, you’re finally getting a ring  !!!  CONGRATULATIONS BOB MILLER  !!!  And of course CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2011-2012 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS. . . . LOS ANGELES KINGS  !!!

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Photo taken by of course Jon SooHoo.  I’m guessing sometime in the late 90s