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10 Years a Good Dre…Sunday Night Flashback…Scott Van Slyke, The Son of the Blank Blank

The Dodgers and Cardinals have staged some epic battles over the years. Heck, I still dread the day when Tommy Lasorda once called Andy Van Slyke, son of, you guessed it, Scott Van Slyke, a BLANK BLANK ( As told by our favorite storyteller who we simply know as…Vin)

31 years later, even the sound of Vinny still won’t stop me from asking ” WHY DID YOU PITCH TO JACK CLARK ? “

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Fast forward now to a Sunday night in May, 2012… 27 years later the SON OF THE BLANK BLANK Van Slyke finds himself wearing the Dodger Blue. Having been called up from Albuquerque, the rookie finds himself in a pinch hitting role in the home 7th, with The Blue trailing the Red Birds 5-3. With 2 on and 2 out, at the plate with a 3-0 count, Drei here tells his buddy Josh ” The rookie ain’t swinging on a 3-0 pitch…”. You really don’t think the rookie is swinging away at a 3-0 pitch, do ya ?

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Not only was the 3 run blast Van Slyke’s first MLB 4 bagger, the 3 run 4 bagger, from the son of that…BLANK BLANK… would give the Blue a 6-5 lead over the Cardinals, the team the senior Van Slyke would start his career with. The Blue would hold on for the win and an eventual 3 game sweep of the Red Birds. What a moment that must have been for the SON OF THAT BLANK BLANK…

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20150614_132819.jpg Chattin it up with 2x batting champion Tommy Davis while rehabbing in Rancho Cucamunga…

picsart_05-13-11.18.24.jpg GREAT SCOTT !!! Here I am in Rancho kickin’ it with the Son of that BLANK BLANK Van Slyke…

Drei’s Thoughts…5/15/2016

With the offense scoring 18 runs in their last 3 games the offense looks like it’s starting to get back on track. The Dodgers, 4-2 in the current homestand and winners of their last 3, have a chance to do what they did 4 years ago the night The ‘Stache hit his first big league 4 bagger, sweep the Cardinals. Alex Wood, who has performed well at home this year, will take the mound as he tries to follow up on Scott Kazmir’s gem from last night. The Giants have also started to heat up, winning 4 in a row as they will try to pull off a 4 game sweep in the desert. Earlier this season it was the Snakes who pulled off the 4 game sweep up north. With the Dodgers and Giants starting to warm up and the Rockies lying only a game and a half behind, the NL West could start to be finally warming up…

Extra Innings… A SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI Tale From Kid Marley Marlz…

Marlz_Mascots1 With 4 games coming up against our neighbors down I-5, the rival mascot’s of the Halos have joined forces with our Dodger Dog and The Kid as we all hope The Blue has a big series as they attempt to take down that Red Rally Monkey… Oh yeah, that’s not the only thing Stomper and The Moose are bonding together for. The Moose is still upset over his city not having an NBA team since they bolted for OKC 8 years ago. The Dodger Dog, caught in the middle, has mixed feeling. After all, his favorite team’s AAA Team does call OKC home. Not only that, the Dodger Dog has also been a big Russel Westbrook fan since his days as a Son of Westwood…

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Throwing Back Thursday…A March Madness Tale

Leading Off…R.I.P. Joe

A good part of my childhood on Saturday afternoons was spent watching the NBC Game of The Week, listening to the tandem of our Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola. Vin_Joe G.jpg

The man who would along with Vin call 3 of the most epic games of my childhood, one involving heartbreak ( Jack Clark in 1985 ) and one that even Hollywood couldn’t script ( Gibson, 1988 ), broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola passed away Wednesday at the age of 90

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A March Madness Tale

March Madness is the first sounds of the cry…”PLAY BALL”…

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March Madness is Kid Marley Marlz dreaming of a World Series title…

March Madness…March Madness is KID…

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and Dre blowing bubbles…Waiting for the season to start

March Madness… March Madness has been anything but kind to Dre…

For Dre must now wait before he can play…

Dre and Drei, both feeling Blue, and not the right kind of Blue…

Oh the madness…

Madness Moments…Throwing Back Thursday…HEARTBREAK CITY, Oakland CA, 2006

As the Madness continues tonight with some Sweet 16 action, let’s go back 10 years to one of my favorite March Madness moments…HEARTBREAK CITY…

33ab.jpgSS…H With Jordan Farmar,  godson of former Dodger Eric Davis. This was after his final ever game at Pauley Pavillion, unbeknownst anyone’s knowledge, March 2006 before…THE MADNESS…HEARTBREAK CITY !!! 

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Also throwing back to 2006…BACK THE PACK…3 Bruins and a Duck…Now, it’s Oregon who is representing the Pac 12 in The Sweet 16… So, how have your brackets held up ? Or are you just like the rest of us ? Just waiting for baseball to start ? Yup, the wait can be…VERY MAD’NING…Yup, It’s March Madness…

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wp-1458705266252.jpeg WAKE UP KID !!! IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL !!!

 

 

Stuck at 2… Mr. Koufax Meet Mr. Ed

Dodgers_Lasorda Magic Number With the Dodgers 3-2 loss to the Giants last night the magic number to clinch their 3rd consecutive NL West title still remains at 2. It will be a battle of the aces tonight as Clayton Kershaw takes the hill against Madison Bumgarner. The Dodgers come limping into tonight’s game having lost 4 straight and 8 of their last 10. 

Dodgers_Lasorda and DreiWe will clinch this sooner or later Tommy…

Mr. Koufax Meet Mr. Ed

In this classic episode of Mr. Ed, the Dodgers lose the first game of a late season game to the Giants in San Francisco ( Sound familiar Dodgers fans ? ). Mr. Ed, that ever so lovable talking horse, finds a way to communicate to Dodgers coach Leo Durocher to help the Dodgers out of their funk. Audio from a young Vin Scully is also featured…

Perhaps some words from the horses mouth can help the Blue ?

Countdown to Opening Series…. 2

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The most famous Dodger to evr wear the number 2….. Tommy Lasorda.  Lasorda would manage from 1976-1996.  From 1958-1996 he was one of only 2 who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers, the other of course being Walter Alston.  Since, the Dodgers have had 7 different managers.  9 managers in 56 years in Los Angeles.  Still not bad.  Probably as many as Steinbrenner had in a 5 year period back in his heyday……

March Madness

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So, who else has already lost out on their Billion bucks ?

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With former UCLA point guard Tyus Edney.  We’ll always remember the buzzer beater in ’95 against Missouri….

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And former UCLA point guard and current Laker Jordan Farmar, March 5th 2006 , Farmars sophmore season.  We didnt know it at the time, but it would be Farmar’s last game ever at Pauley Pavillion as UCLA went on that late season run all the way to the Finals before falling to Florida.  Farmar is also the godson of former Dodger Eric Davis.

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Even Blue is caught up in March Madness !!!  Oh I love this time of year…. Go Dodgers !!!  UCLA FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT !!!

My Camelback Ranch Experience, 2/28/2014

A couple of firsts for me on my trip to The Ranch. One, it’s the first time I’ve seen a live baseball game in the month of February, and yes, that also includes our local colleges. Two, after all these years of ballpark travels, I finally get to experience Spring Training live, thanks to my friend Mike who won these tickets through a contest on KOST 103.5

Mike_Vic Mike being interviewed by Vic the Brick before the game…

We would fly into Phoenix that Friday morning with a bunch of other Dodger fans who won their experience through other Clear Channel radio station contests from 102.7 KISS FM all the way to AM 570 KLAC .

skyharbor Waiting for our bus to take us to Camelback…

We arrived around 11:30 AM local time so I had a chance to walk around and view the complex.

Vic_Pregame Feeling You Vic !!!

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Now lets go beyond the fences outside the yard….

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Drei_Lake Enjoying the scenery outside the yard…

OK, back inside the yard…

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Hairston_Drei With former White Sox Jerry Hariston, father of JHair Jr. I’m sure most of you are aware the Dodgers and White Sox share the yard, which is a common ST practice these days. I would think the fans are the biggest beneficiaries of shared ST complexes especially those who chose to take a week off and cruise through as many venues possible.

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My first Spring Training experience was everything I had expected AND some. The sparse weekday crowd in a stadium isolated from any kind of big city life really does a lot for the ST atmosphere. Most of the fans here we’re a good mix of families and snowbird ex-pats of Chi Town. Yes, there we’re a good amount of diehards who made the trip from L.A. as well, and it felt like we diehards we’re in ST mode as well, which is exactly what the ST experience should be like. We’ll be ready for the raucous sound of 50,000 plus fans come April all the way to October. Speaking of fans…

Drei_DLDnDaDozer Kicking it with Eric from the Dodgers-LowDown to Arizona native Armando, aka DaaDozer.

Given that I got to fly out to Arizona thanks to my friend Mike winning this experience through Clear Channel Radio, I had the chance to meet a couple former Dodgers who stopped by our suite…

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Also…

Drei_JaimeJarrin Longtime Dodger Spanish broadcaster Jaime Jarrin

And…

Tommy_Drei The Skipper himself…. Tommy Lasorda !!!

This was quite a first Spring Training experience for me. My goal for next time is to arrive as early as possible and get more pics with other current and future, and perhaps, past players as well. Of course, i’m always more than thankful for a free trip for such an experience.

grouppic_2ndbase Postgame group pic behind 2nd base

vic Postgame with Vic The Brick, and still FEELING YOU …. Oh yeah, as for that mic…

Drei_570mic2 Perhaps I may have a future in this ? ( ” Please don’t wake me no don’t shake me, leave me where I am… I’m Only Sleeping ” John Lennon )

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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 ?

NLCS Show Down at The Show Me State….

But first….

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS Steve Finley, 2004

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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. !!!!!

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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…