Archives for the month of: May, 2014

dodgers protestThis is promising to be our Summer of Discontent.

Reclaim the Dodgers from the grip of Time Warner Cable. Let $tan Ka$ten know that loyal fans will not stand for the Blue Blackout! Come to The Short Stop on June 1 (it’s a Sunday) at 3:00 p.m. for a noisy, but peaceful, protest over TWC’s and Guggenheim Partners’ total disregard for Dodger fans everywhere.

RSVP here to join us on June 1.

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The situation is bleak, folks, with regard to the Dodgers coming back to our TV sets. We are getting desperate, but we can’t give in. We must resist the urge to submit to the forces of greed and shameless arrogance.

Time Warner wants us to come begging, like George Bailey to Mr. Potter. We won’t do that. We must not do that.

We need a guardian angel to keep us strong and put things in perspective for us, and that role might be played in this production by my friend, Los Angeles Times columnist Chris (you can call him “Clarence”) Erskine.

He is organizing a fan rebellion, and he has gathered nearly 1,000 signatures on a petition to urge Time Warner Cable and the Dodgers ownership group to get off their asses and do something to get the team back on everyone’s TV sets. If you’re sick and tired of the bullying, sign the petition here.

Chris wrote about the situation in today’s Times. Here is an excerpt:

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While I am wholeheartedly on board with the uprising, I do not at all think a la carte pricing is the answer to our problems. I know, in a restaurant, I only order a la carte if someone else is buying. If I’m picking up the tab, I’ll get the combo plate every time. If I don’t like the steamed cauliflower, I just won’t eat it.

So stand tough, Dodger fans. Don’t give in and switch to Time Warner! Don’t call your provider and urge them to accept TWC’s terrorist demands! That’s not your job. And it’s not DirecTV’s fault that $tan Ka$ten and Guggenheim Partners conned Time Warner into a stupidly terrible deal. It’s hard to be without Vin and the Boys in Blue in our living rooms, but it’s better than letting Mr. Potter win.

 

Brian WilsonBrandon LeagueIt seems as if Brian Wilson and Brandon League have switched bodies, like “Freaky Friday” or “All of Me.”

League has been lights out the last four times he’s pitched, and if that ain’t freaky, I don’t know what is.

As for Wilson, I’m embarrassed to share his name. If he is hurt, he should let someone know. If he isn’t hurt, he’s just bad! And he is showing no signs of getting better.

OK, League. I’m giving you another chance. I’ll save my boos for the Beard from the Bay.

Luckily, the Dodgers managed to overcome Wilson’s terrible outing, which saw a 7-3 Dodger lead turn into a 7-6 edge. He only gave up one hit, but unfortunately, it was a 3-run round trip. The Marlins tied it in the next inning, and the game went into extra innings.

Carl Crawford made his case for All-Star write-in candidate with a pinch-hit 2-run dinger in the 11th, giving the Dodgers their 18th win of the season.