Done and… done.

Even though it’s been a foregone conclusion for over a week, this bloody corpse of a team finally was allowed to keel over and die officially yesterday (can a corpse still die? My horror movie library offers different opinions.) I’m not sure what was more painful; the complete ineptitude on the field this week, or the total bullshit coming out of the locker room and the news papers.

I read this, by He Who Shall Not Be Named (okay, it was Plashke), suggesting that the Dodgers give up on Matt Kemp because he’s immature and that he annoys the veterascanners1_001.jpgns. Once I cleaned up (that picture to the right? Self portrait after reading the article) and the urge to kill subsided, I still thought this was insane. That’s right, let’s get rid of the 23-year old stud who’s got the 3rd best OPS of anyone on this team with any reasonable number of at bats, behind only a future Hall of Famer and another young stud (Kent and Loney). The 4th highest VORP on the team despite getting only about half as many at bats as the guys ahead of him.  If we trade Kemp for a return that’s anything less than a young superstar hitter like Miguel Cabrera or a young talented pitcher like Erik Bedard, we’re going to have some real problems here.

Not to mention, what happened in last night’s game where the playoffs were officially lost?
J. Loney: 3-5, 3 RBI, HR
C. Hu: 2-4, 2 RBI, HR
D. Young: pinch-hit 1st MLB HR

Meanwhile, Lurch and Hernandez combine to give up 4 runs in 2.2 innings and cost the game.

Yeah. Those young guys SUCK. Lets play the AARP more!

Anyway, I wanted to completely eviscerate Plashke on this latest mind-blowing stupidity, but DodgerThoughts did a pretty good job of it already, so go check that out. Note the special red headline text color, for extra anger! I just wish I knew if idiots like Plashke actually believed this crap, or are really just trying to sell their dead medium of newspaper.

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You Can Call Me A Pedophile If You Want, But…

I LOVE the kids. Love ‘em.

You think this was a big win? The difference between winning 3 out of 4 in Chicago, or merely treading water? The invaluable momentum boost a great comeback like this can give a team heading down the stretch? Well, I suggest you see just how it happened.
Heading into the 9th inning, the Blue were down 4-3. I’d be remiss to not explain that the 3 runs came on: a solo homer by James Loney (23 years of age); an RBI double by Loney; and a solo homer by Matt Kemp (22). So going into the 9th inning, with the team on the edge of a demoralizing defeat, who’s lined up to come to the plate? Martin-Loney-LaRoche. Also known as 3 of the crown jewels of this team’s touted farm system. But the veterans, like Luis Gonzalez and Nomar Garciaparra, are full of veteran veteranness, which only comes through experiencing ethierhrvscubs.jpgexperiences – no matter what state they’re in now. Certainly, in a game this team had to win, in a game where two Soriano home runs seemed to deliver the death knell, these kids weren’t going to have the testicular fortitude to come through. Right?
Russell Martin (24) starts us off with a single to right. (Side note: why didn’t Grady pinch-run for Turtle here? He’s definitely a pretty good base-runner, but he’s still a catcher, and one with a sore knee at that. What would have been so bad about letting someone like Wilson Valdez run here and letting Lieberthal catch in the 9th?).
James Loney (23) nubs a bleeder to the right side of the infield and smartly hustles to beat the play at first – men on first and second, no outs.
Next is Andy LaRoche (23), but no – Andre Ethier (25) comes out to pinch hit. First pitch? Strike, looking. Second pitch? No… it can’t be.. GONE! And I tell you, friends, that I was jumping around my office, feeling the same joy as was plastered all over Andre’s face rounding the bases. Pierre and Furcal teamed up for another run, but the game was over at that point. All of the first 6 runs were manufactured by players under the age of 25 – Ethier, Loney, Turtle, and Kemp. Loney and Turtle are obviously every-day players – can someone please explain to me why Luis Gonzalez ever gets to play ahead of Kemp and Ethier? I’d deleve into that further here, but it’s something we’ve been through before, and it’s deserving of it’s own topic anyway.
Enjoy this one, folks. I know I did – had we lost this game, after Soriano’s 2nd homer, I’d have been ready to pronounce the season all but over. But now? Huge momentum, coming off a 3 out of 4 series win vs. a division leader.. 2.5 out of the wild card, 3.5 out of the division lead.

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The New Hotness

Sure, it’s only one game. And here I am again, breaking my own ‘game recap’ rule. I might have to put a moratorium on that one during September playoff pushes. Anyway, putting up 11 runs in a game started by one of the best pitchers in the NL? That’s good. Having Luis Gonzalez (i.e., the “old and busted”) contribute as well, with 3 runs? That’s bad – if only because it might prompt Griddle to play him more often. Having the frogurt come with a free topping? That’s good. Knowing the topping contains Potassium Benzoate? …. (that’s bad.)
My point, folks, is that we have hit 88 mph, we have attained 1.21 jigowatts.. and the future is now.loneylaroche.jpg
Today’s game:
Russell Martin: 2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
James Loney: 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Andy LaRoche: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI
Andre Ethier: 2-5, 1 R
Not to mention, yesterday’s 7 shutout innings by Chad Billingsley. We’ve been hearing about all of these guys for so long.. it sure is nice to see them up and contributing – if not, in many cases, outright being responsible for – Dodger victories.
3 games out of the Wild Card. 4 out of the NL West lead.

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