Hoping For a Quiet Holiday

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l’m guessing that — with the possible exception of Rakuten deciding to finally post Masahiro Tanaka — the next few days are going to be relatively quiet in the Dodger world, as players, agents, and management all disperse to spend holiday time with their families. (He says, knowing damn well those are famous last words.)

Though it seems like it’s been a slow off-season for the Dodgers so far, it really hasn’t. They finally added Alexander Guerrero after months of flirting. They returned Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell to what could be a very good bullpen while saying goodbye to Ronald Belisario. They added Dan Haren to the back of the rotation in what looked like a reasonable deal at the time, and seems even moreso now. They filled a Juan Uribe-sized hole at third base with, well, Juan Uribe. I think a lot of fans get it into their heads that deals which happen during the Winter Meetings are somehow more notable, but really, they aren’t. This roster didn’t have a ton of holes, and the ones they had have largely been filled, other than the bench, and there’s time enough for that.

It’s with that that I prepare for an early morning flight to the in-laws by saying happy holidays to you and yours. For the next few days, we’ll have season in review pieces auto-posting at 12pm ET (I hope!) daily, while you all count down the moments to the giant move that inevitably happens while I’m away, because that’s always what happens.

In the meantime, a special thanks to the great commenters on this site — and particularly KMT, who pulled it all together — for sharing the following gift. That ball was caught in the stands in San Diego on June 22, also known as the day 2013′s ridiculous streak got started, and traveled thousands of miles back and forth across the country to collect as many signatures as possible. Very cool, and very appreciated.

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I Digesti
I Digesti

That's missing the most important signature. Jesus. And mine ;-)

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

She's 16 or 17 years old and just now showing gray hairs. and only on one ear. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Haaah, poor Lobo fell into the trap.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

I have no strong opinion on Star Wars, but for crying out loud, it's a movie.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

goodnight you guys. love you guys. 

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

I'm discerning about movies and TV. FLCL and Adult Swim Anime is enjoyable to me because of the bigger themes. It's not aimed for kiddies.

And Superman 2 is better than Man of Steel. Kasdan > Snyder.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

I lost respect for Lucas when he insisted on multiple versions of the same, damn, trilogy. To keep us repurchasing the same movies.

And Ewoks. And Jar Jar.

Lobo
Lobo

I'm out of here before I say something I regret.  THIS is one of the reasons why I'm never going to fucking drink

DBrim
DBrim moderator

From that article: Since Tanaka could have more events beginning Dec. 26, the belief in Japan is that an announcement on Tanaka could come on Dec. 24 or Dec. 25.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

cant direct a bus into an airplane hangar.

BIah
BIah

@Lobo she's just trying to rile you up at this point.  back out and don't respond to further comments

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

everything > star wars

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

So I found out the specifics of my friends death last week. And it made me sad bc no er doctor could ever save him :/

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

It's worse than that VND. He's a fricking revisionist about his own damn creation.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

you would think that, but thats not at all the case

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

omg. well. im happy he didnt die. 

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

I'm only bringing this up bc we are both tlr and trying to change the subject already but he was stabbed around 30x in the head and neck

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

hes a nice guy. i think its just hard for some people to know what its like to be attacked simply for who you are. 

BIah
BIah

hmm.  well, saying lakers fans are evil doesn't sound like the nicest thing to say but those responses are on a whole other level and completely unwarranted.

so was that going on like a year ago?  had no idea there was bad blood between you and lobo all this time

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

i dunno, when i said i wasnt going to support a laker because the fans were evil? i dont really remember. it was something dumb. and suddenly i was rained upon. i was new to the internet and asked for help. Lobo basically qualified the response by saying i was argumentative. 

BIah
BIah

wow ok I missed all of this.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

i dont have the rest of the screen caps, because, i mean, why? but yeah

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

he qualifies a lot of opinion as well, and i will always have it out for him so long as he wont apologize for qualifying racist statements with "Well, VND was being argumentative". some things just have a burn

BIah
BIah

@The Notorious VND Maybe not, but c'mon.  Can't Lobo and you just have different opinions on the Star Wars movies?  Everybody has different movies that are their favorites.  "Best movies of all time" is an inherently subjective ranking.