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With the memory of this game more freshly situated in my mind, I'm going to try and write my thoughts of NLDS Game 4, the clinching game of the series, and an incredible roller-coaster ride of a game for Dodger fans. Having just attende...
With the memory of this game more freshly situated in my mind, I'm going to try and write my thoughts of NLDS Game 4, the clinching game of the series, and an incredible roller-coaster ride of a game for Dodger fans. Having just attended Game 3 the night before, and still riding the high of that beatdown, I was hopeful. But little did I know that this Game 4 was going to play with my emotions like a high school girlfriend on Adderall. To start out, the couple with whom we were attending was late arriving to my house. It was only a 15-minute delay, but having suffered through some pretty bad traffic on Sunday, I was pretty stressed out. I cut through backyards and alleys en route up the hill to the Sunset Gate (luckily, the incline wasn't that bad), only to be thwarted in Lot G (not only were normal entry points closed off, but I had to park all the way over at the far end of the first-base side, which was a pain relative to our third-base side seats). Literally sprinting down the concourse (stopping only for two Dodger Dogs and two beers), I was able to make the first pitch. (I saw the pre-game ceremony involving our father, Steve Garvey, in between sprints down the concourse; I loved the fact that Garvey said "Welcome to the final game of the NLDS!" to the crowd, which got a great roar of approval.) Don Mattingly had opted to start Clayton Kershaw on short rest, a decision that was widely panned in the media, given Kershaw had never started on short rest before, and he was coming off a 124-pitch Game 1. Indeed, Kershaw was off his game a bit, only because he has set his own bar so high: balls were landing in the dirt five feet in front of the plate; time in-between pitches seemed extra elongated; the pace of the game seemed to slow to take a lot of bated breaths. Complicating the factor was Adrian Gonzalez, who pulled the wrong night to stop sniffing glue (or making solid defensive plays, as he has all year). Gonzalez allowed leadoff batter Jason Heyward to reach in the first inning, and even though Kershaw got out of it, it set the tone that this wasn't going to be an easy night. And then: Carl Crawford. His mammoth home run to right field to lead off the bottom of the first sent the place rollicking. It was if all the energy from the crowd the prior night had just been unlocked again and things were about to start rolling. My wife and our friend even made it to the seats in time to see this HR, which was great. The guys behind me started doing the fake tomahawk chop chant, which the Dodgers opened up late in Game 3 after we went up 10-4. This was a 1-0 lead. Waaaaaaay too early, I was thinking to myself. But the Dodgers did keep rolling that first inning. Hanley Ramirez got in a one-out single to left, prompting a clip on Diamondivision of Ken Jeong screaming "I SEE YOU!!!" (they had showed this clip on Sunday night as well, and the place erupted both times). Yasiel Puig hit a moonshot to right that Justin Upton caught on the wall, but instead it was only 1-0, though Dodger fans were feeling and acting like it was 3-0. Crawford came up in the bottom of the third with one out and hit another solo HR (2-0, LA), immediately followed by a strange Mark Ellis double that landed just inside the right foul line. Dodger fans were feeling it, again; the tomahawk chop chant started from behind me, again. But Freddy Garcia gutted through the inning and kept the Dodgers from scoring again, so it was only 2-0. Between innings, Nancy Bea Hefley played "Master of the House" as Diamondvision tipped its hat to Orel Hershiser, who was in the booth. Orel got a nice round of applause. And then came the fateful bottom of the fourth. The Braves tied the game after Gonzalez made his second error of the night, turning a likely double play into a no-out, men-on-first-and-second situation. The crowd groaned when both Braves scored to tie the game at 2. And this is where Kershaw's laboring became increasingly apparent; Ke
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Thanks to Scott Killeen for the photos!
Thanks to Scott Killeen for the photos!
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Dodger nation and the Baseball world lost one of their own yesterday. Andy Pafko, a one-time Cub and Milwaukee Brave, died in Michigan at the age of 92. He wore Dodger Blue during the 1951 and 1952 Baseball seasons, and is notable f...
Dodger nation and the Baseball world lost one of their own yesterday. Andy Pafko, a one-time Cub and Milwaukee Brave, died in Michigan at the age of 92. He wore Dodger Blue during the 1951 and 1952 Baseball seasons, and is notable for being the player stationed in left field when Bobby Thompson hit his game winning home run that has since been dubbed the "shot heard 'round the world" in 1951. There is a famous photograph of him peering up the left field wall as the ball landed into the crowd. See it on the right. Andy Pafko also played for the PCL Los Angeles Angels in 1943. At the time, the Angles was a farm club for the Chicago Cubs. He quickly established himself as a top-flight prospect; winning the MVP in his only season in Los Angeles. Pafko batted .356, with 18 home runs, 118 RBI's and a OPS of .941. Soon after, he was promoted to the Cubs and remaining in the show for 17 season. Andy Pafko became a beloved Cubbie and was considered, for a time, to be one of the best outfielders in the National League. He was noted for having a strong bat and for his great defensive prowess. He would often make diving catches then rifle then ball back to the diamond with ease. Then, one summer afternoon in 1951 the Dodgers came to town and he was traded to Brooklyn in a 8-player deal at the trade deadline. Cub nation was furious. They had come to respect his mid-western work ethic. For the Dodgers, they were able to slot him into the 6th hole behind Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges to create a truly formidable lineup, and their outfield defense became one of the best in the league. In 1953, he was traded to the recently moved Milwaukee Braves. Being a Wisconsin native it was hoped that local fans would come out to watch him. Pafko stayed a Brave for the remainder of his career, until he retired from playing in 1959. It is notable that in 1955 he lost his starting outfielder job to Hank Aaron. For more background on Andy Pafko I would suggest checking out his SABR Biography written by Dale Voiss, here. BTW, in the card collecting world his 1952 Topps card is famous. See it at the very top. It is considered one of the toughest cards in the set to get in good condition due to it's number placement as card #1. At the time, kids would stack their cards in numbered order and wrap it with a rubber band. As a result, his card always found itself on the top of the stack which would invariably cause a significant number of them to be in less than great condition. Today, this card in excellent or better condition can sell for a large premium. I thought I would finish this post by highlighting a delightful video of Andy Pafko singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in his home town of Boyceville, WI in 2007. Video Link: Below are his career stats, via Baseball Reference: Report Created on Baseball-Reference.com * Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes * * Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook * * Dodgers Blue Heaven home page *
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So, this happened on Monday. Yeah... I'm still basking in that glow. The above collage of photos via the @Dodgers on twitter. "Kobe Who? Showtime Has Moved to Dodger Stadium," via Harvey Araton at the New York Times. Via Stacie Whe...
So, this happened on Monday. Yeah... I'm still basking in that glow. The above collage of photos via the @Dodgers on twitter. "Kobe Who? Showtime Has Moved to Dodger Stadium," via Harvey Araton at the New York Times. Via Stacie Wheeler at Lasorda's Lair, "Unsung Hero: J.P. Howell". J.P. Howell has been very effective out of the bullpen of late. The 30-year old left-hander may not be the flashiest pitcher on the squad, but J.P.’s consistent contributions this season shouldn’t go unnoticed. "Juan Uribe The Unlikely Postseason Hero, Again," via Wendy Thurm at FanGraphs. "Broken Cameras Are TBS' Problem: Even If Puig's to Blame," via TMZ. (Hat Tip: Jon Weisman on twitter) This is a lesson for all of us. If you want to be the best, then be like Clayton. The day after their win on Monday, Kershaw was hard at work on Tuesday. Clayton Kershaw just finished a two hour workout on the field at Dodger Stadium. Alone. #ITFDB — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 8, 2013 So, how good were the Dodgers at the plate against Atlanta? The #Dodgers .333 average in the NLDS was the highest combined batting average for a National League team in a Postseason series EVER. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 8, 2013 Chris Olds at Beckett provides a sneak peek preview of the 2014 Topps Sticker Set card of Yasiel Puig. See it on the right. Panini unveiled a preview card from a set they are reviving after many years. It will be called 2013 Select Baseball. Check out the Yasiel Puig on the left. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers is a whiny little child. Via Adam Green at Arizona Sports, "Arizona Diamondacks GM: 'It's going to be an eye for an eye'". Toward the end of the season, the L.A. Dodgers clubbed six home runs in an 8-1 drubbing of the D-backs, which was a game that saw the eventual NL West champs look a little too comfortable in the dugout. "I was sitting behind home plate that game and when it showed up on the Diamondvision of stuffing bananas down their throats, I felt like we were a punching bag," Towers told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesday. "Literally, if I would have had a carton of baseballs I would have fired them into the dugout from where I was sitting behind home plate. Chris Levy at Sports Collectors Daily writes a great story about the card show that was in Culver City this past weekend. Yeah, this is funny. Great political satire with a hint of Dodger Baseball. Via Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk, "Applying government shutdown logic to the baseball playoffs". But just because we couldn't score enough runs, the Dodgers refuse to relinquish the title — and worse, they won't even discuss it. LA's stubborn refusal to even talk to us about reversing the results of this series is un-sportsmanlike and un-American. * Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes * * Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook * * Dodgers Blue Heaven home page *
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Thanks to Scott Killeen for the photos!
Thanks to Scott Killeen for the photos!
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Thanks to Scott Killeen for the photos!
Thanks to Scott Killeen for the photos!
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At 11:31 p.m. Monday, Nick Folk of the New York Jets kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired to send the Falcons to a 1-4 record. Seventy-two minutes later — it was then Tuesday in the Eastern Time Zone — Juan Uribe of the Los Angele...
At 11:31 p.m. Monday, Nick Folk of the New York Jets kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired to send the Falcons to a 1-4 record. Seventy-two minutes later — it was then Tuesday in the Eastern Time Zone — Juan Uribe of the Los Angeles Dodgers turned on a 2-2 slider from David Carpenter and hoisted the two-run homer that doomed the Braves to their eighth consecutive loss of a postseason series. Read more David Carpenter news
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The Desert Dogs and the Solar Sox played 11 innings on Tuesday, but that wasn't enough time to get a resolution as the two clubs played to a 8 - 8 tie
The Desert Dogs and the Solar Sox played 11 innings on Tuesday, but that wasn't enough time to get a resolution as the two clubs played to a 8 - 8 tie
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Thanks to Mary Beth for the find: (click to enlarge)Earlier Drabble-related content at SoSG: Something Feels Different Today...
Thanks to Mary Beth for the find: (click to enlarge)Earlier Drabble-related content at SoSG: Something Feels Different Today...
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Note: Vegas gives the Cardinals a 59.92% chance of winning this game. Top 100 Most Likely Final Scores RankPiratesCardinalsOccurrences RankPiratesCardinalsOccurrences 1125273 5119476 2234980 5272...
Note: Vegas gives the Cardinals a 59.92% chance of winning this game. Top 100 Most Likely Final Scores RankPiratesCardinalsOccurrences RankPiratesCardinalsOccurrences 1125273 5119476 2234980 5272472 3013661 5338468 4343519 5429463 5133323 5573436 6213175 5671432 7022921 5774409 8322827 5809406 9242639 5960393 10032554 6075377 11142499 6157372 12312140 62110339 13452120 6348338 14102104 6476329 15432073 6539309 16041963 6658299 17251832 67010298 18421832 6882292 19151790 69210291 20201725 7083288 21351578 7170276 22411558 7284275 23051493 7349255 24301326 7481247 25161303 7578242 26521245 76310238 27531213 77211209 28361197 7885201 29261196 7980196 30561195 80011190 31541165 81111189 32061116 8292178 33511015 8359171 3440965 8491170 3517954 8586165 3646857 8693164 3707840 8794160 3827836 88311157 3963813 8968154 4062799 9087154 4137708 91410150 4218695 92212137 4364681 93112125 4465644 9469122 4508630 95012120 4650620 9695116 4761613 9796116 4847609 9889110 4928605 99411103 5067536 100312100
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