Archives for the month of: April, 2014

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia PhilliesI agree that the only time the Dodgers can afford to bring relief pitcher Brandon League into the game is if they have a 6-run or more lead. But even then, it’s not a safe bet.

Witness yesterday’s ninth-inning near-disaster.

The Dodgers have an 8-2 lead coasting into the bottom of the ninth after another great start by Zack Greinke against Arizona.

Mattingly brings in the universally dreaded League to close up the game. Now, I’m sure Brandon League is a perfectly nice guy, and I know the Dodgers owe him a lot of money, but they will never win a World Series if they rely on him to contribute. He should not be in the big leagues anymore. He is done. He should take his millions and go surfing at Waikiki. Anytime the announcer states, “Now pitching for the Dodgers, Number 43, Brandon League,” every true blue Dodger fan cringes, some even recoil in horror. And almost always, their fears are realized.

First D’Back to the plate singles, second is hit by a pitch, third flies out (advancing first guy to third), fourth guy walks to load the bases. You can almost smell defeat breathing down our neck.

There is a coaching visit to the mound. Ya think?

We used to joke that what Kirk Honeycutt is saying in those visits is, “OK, the bases are loaded, now throw them something they can hit, so that we lose this game.” Our pitching staff has gotten better since then, with one exception.

League gives up a sac fly to score one run, then serves up a two-run double to Mark Trumbo, cutting our lead to 8-5.

It physically hurt to listen to this potential debacle unfold.

But luckily, Mattingly saw the error of his ways in time (instead of his usual waiting ’til it’s too late) and brought in Kenley Jansen to save the day.

The Dodgers held on to win, 8-5.

Dodgers TVTired of missing the games on TV? Want more than just three innings of Vin Scully’s mellifluous voice calling the plays over the radio? Hate Time Warner Cable for holding Los Angeles hostage? Let the Dodgers know it! NOW!

And I don’t mean by giving in to the blackmailers’ demands. This week, action is called for. A rally is being planned to show $tan Ka$ten and his partners how the loyal Dodger fans of Los Angeles feel. Details will be released soon, but try to keep Wednesday evening open.

Ka$ten thinks it simple enough to Tweet #ineedmydodgers or go to the website, but those are just tools of the criminals to force fans to join their malicious conspiracy. They want you to either succumb (and switch your provider to TWC) or to do their negotiating for them by threatening DirecTV or whatever other providers don’t want to give in to Time Warner’s ridiculous demands.

It is not our fault (or DirecTV’s for that matter) that Time Warner Cable made a bad deal (as Howie Mandel would say) and paid Ka$ten and Guggenheim WAY TOO MUCH for the channel.

Now is the time for all good Dodger fans to let Ka$ten and TWC know that we’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!

Mob scene at the Top Deck entry gate.

Mob scene at the Top Deck entry gate.

Whatever $tan Ka$ten and his brain trust have been doing to “enhance the fan experience,” I got news for them: It ain’t working.

I have waited in line to get into the stadium before, but this was RIDICULOUS! I had flashbacks to the Disneyland of old, when you stood in the hot sun waiting for a seat on the Matterhorn ride.

This is the Dodgers' "enhanced fan experience."

This is the Dodgers’ “enhanced fan experience.”

Steve and I got to Chavez Ravine two hours before the first pitch last night, only to be greeted by an hourlong wait just to get into the gate. This is no hyperbole. We got to the steps up to the Top Deck plaza and were greeted with a choice of two lines: one went down the stairway to Reserve Level and then all the way across the Reserve Level lot. The other wound around the handicap ramps from Parking Lot P up to the plaza in front of the Top of the Park gift shop.

I realize it was a giveaway night (zip-up hooded sweatshirt, score!) and they have these new ticket scanners — apparently slower then good old fashioned people. And I don’t know if this particular torture was just for poor Top Deck fans (can’t imagine hoity-toitys on Field Level abiding this kind of treatment), but this was the most miserable I have ever felt at Dodger Stadium, and that includes the time the Yankees came back from a five-run deficit in the ninth inning. Remember that, Jonathan Broxton?

I was so worn out by baking in the afternoon sun while waiting to get in, that I was too tired to stay for the whole game with the Tigers, which we won, apparently, 3-2, on a walk-off double by Carl Crawford in the 10th. Happy Birthday to me! (I would normally watch the end of a game I was at on television, but as we all know, “enhancing the fan experience” also means denying 70% of L.A. the opportunity to see the Dodgers on TV.)

As for the Team …
I love A.J. Ellis, and it breaks my heart that he is injured and having knee surgery. I hope he recuperates well and comes back to us soon.

Dee Gordon is a pistol in the leadoff spot. Holy mackerel, way to start the game with a rare and unlikely line-drive homer. Good going, little man!

Dan Haren makes a nice addition to the rotation so far. His first two starts have been pretty good, and we need the stability.

Go Dodgers!