Tagged: Dodgers

Does Everyone Need A Manny?

It you could be told with certainty that your team could have a clutch home run hitter like Manny would you do it knowing he’d also be as much of a controversal player?

I know my Reds need someone to show some attitude and some gall.  We are a team of talent and passion for the game, but when it comes to handling the clutch we fold. 

I’m just not sure, I bash the Reds a lot, and with twenty years of love and passion for the team I think I’ve earned that right.  The one thing though we have is a moral high ground. (yes except for Pete, but I have four letter words for any of you that actually want to use him as an example in this article….got it?  Even the announcers tonight have envoiked his name at least once talking about his drive and strength under pressure) I don’t know if I want to give that up to get a home run hitting, game winning, never say die bad *** that wiill surely get you in trouble.  

As you can imagine I’m wating the National series game, and if they win tonight it’s because of Manny. 


Cardinals Vs Dodgers Post Season Game 1

It’s only fitting I get to move over to this game and start watching when Manny comes up to bat.

Kemp just hit a homer just seconds before to pull the Dodgers 2 to 1.

I don’t know who I’m rooting for this game.  Dodgers or Cardinals.  What I have seen from the 3 post season games thus far is everyone is playing real loose.  Fielders are missing catches, pitchers are throwing everywhere including the strike zone.

Chris Carpenter is giving the Dodgers pleanty of room to catdh up that’s for sure.

DeRosa takes out the Dodger first baseman with a head first slide.  You don’t see to much
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contact in baseball anymore.  The days of Pete Rose running over catchers really doesn’t happen anymore.  Which I guess is good and bad.  I’m always looking for ways to close the gap between baseball fans and football fans.


The annoucers are talking about Manny’s BP, I have to admit I didn’t know Don Mattingly was the Dodger’s hitting coach.  Man what a place to retire, well from playing that is.  You go in teach rookies how to hit, and then sit on the beach.

Bottom of the 3rd with runners at the corners.

Going back to what I was talking about before about being too loose De Rossa just threw a ball straight to the right fielder…not good. Amazingly they are not counting that as an error.  Someone will have to explain that to me someday, but it allowed the Dodgers to score.

The annoucers are commenting on the crowd, I have to admit I’d love to live in a real baseball town.  One where you can actually find bars named after your team and you don’t have to look far for a fan.  Indy doesn’t have it, barely has it for the Colts which is the pride of the city.

Bringing ourselves to the top of the 4th..

I don’t think I have seen the word BUNT…I’m Going to BUNT…REALLY from Chris Carpenter.  But he does his job and advances a runner, I guess that’s what pitchers do when they bat.

So what is the time allotment for a mound visit?  Is it up to the ump?

Beach balls at a baseball game really?  I know they have Dodger beach out there, but isn’t that kind of silly?

I know my thoughts are going random here, so off to twitter I’ll go.

Watching threads go by on Twitter (you can follow me at www.twitter.com/cobf Brendan Ryan does have the 70’s porn stache of all time.  How does someone let him out of the house with that?

Dodger have now managed to load up the bases with a lucky bounce to the pitcher to close out this part of the inning.

I’m watching Manny warm up, he’s not had a rough game thus far so how does his helmet already have dirt, mud,dents,etc on it?  Is that that something he just wants?  With one swing he crushes it down the third base line lining the Dodgers up to score again with runners at 2nd and 3rd.  They have been talking about what type of player was Manny going to be in this series.  The leader or the whimp, so far I’d still say it’s undecided, but looking better.

Bases are loaded…and I hear Nickleback playing



 So you would think this must end with the Dodgers scoring, but it doesn’t.




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and well with no real hit support and a dumb move to let the pitcher hit when there really isn’t a reason to as they’ll be pulling him this next inning (predicting this now) to only strike out.

The Cards are sticking with Carpenter with only one out and guys on 2nd and 3rd, for the love of this game I have no idea why La Russa is sticking with him.  He’s throwing the ball everywhere but in the strike zone again.  98 pitches thus far, which isn’t a lot, but he’s not in this game.  Which has caused him now to lose another run 4-2.

Ok I had the rest of the game blogged out, but it went on so long that MLB blogs actually timed out…so forget it.












Dusty Baker…Who Is This Guy?

I’ve read what they have written professionaly about him on the reds website, but who is Dusty Baker?  I know he was a coach for the cubs, I know he was a coach for the Dodgers, and yes I know he’s known for liking veterans over rookies.


What I don’t see is anything other than the fact that he’s been known to bring a winning season along with him in his youth.  He’s got nada in the World Series department since being a manager.  All the same I here nothing but praises and how wonderful of a skipper he is.  I want to believe in him, but really I need you Cubs fans, Giants fans, and Dodger fans to come out and tell me why I’m lucky to have him as our leader.

What do you think I should expect from him in 09?

He came with a lot of strong praise from the fans in the beginning of 08.  I still have a ringing sensation in my ear hearing the cheers when he took the field at opening day this past year. 

While we’re on this topic, what does a coach really bring to the team at the major league level?  On a day to day basis what do you think the coach does?  I mean really does, with hitting coaches, fielding coaches, pitching coaches, and a mess of other advisers is he really just a funnel for all of them and is the unified voice?  That would just make him a figure head and not really a leader.  If this is true why does it matter who we have there?  Could I do the job just as well?