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The rain may be metaphorical, but the sentiment is accurate.

The rain may be metaphorical, but the sentiment is accurate.

I’m getting kind of tired talking about how unreliable a pitcher Brandon League is. Why do they keep putting him in there with only a two-run lead? It’s insane!

He’s had a few saves lately, but that’s only because some double play or spectacular throw saved his bacon. He is, and has been for most of his time with the Dodgers, D-O-N-E, done.

Kevin Kennedy says he wouldn’t trade League, which surprised me, but I was listening on the car radio and had to enter the 2nd Street tunnel, so I didn’t get to hear why he would stick with a pitcher who can no longer hurl with reliability unless it’s a 5-run or more lead.

It’s very sad how very bad the Dodgers are this year. Every little glimmer of hope is quickly crushed, and even the Havana Hosanna ain’t gonna save them.

There’s always next year, right?

laWell, you can’t win them all, but it says something that it seemed like they could. Yesterday’s hopelessness has transformed into today’s optimism.

If Mark Ellis had taken that last pitch for a ball, he would have gotten on base and Puig would have won the game for us. We would have won the series (which we still may), and we would have had a three-game winning streak to defend.

The fact that that scenario seemed completely possible means the Dodgers may have turned a corner.

Unless Puig is hurt. Then all bets are off.

Pinch runner Skip Shumaker got wet with Kristina Pink after scoring the winning run on a walk-off wild pitch.

Pinch runner Skip Shumaker got wet with Kristina Pink after scoring the winning run on a walk-off wild pitch.

Skip Shumaker expressed the sentiments of everyone watching the end of that game when he said, “I don’t know why I’m getting that,” meaning a Gatorade shower from Luis Cruz as Shumaker was being interviewed by rookie broadcaster Kristina Pink.

I guess the Dodgers will take a victory any way they can, and that was a wild one … literally. Pinch runner Shumaker replaced Ramon Hernandez on third base in the bottom of the 10th and seconds later scored the winning run on a wild pitch by poor Anthony Varvaro.

Earlier, however, the Great Blue Hope (aka Yasiel Puig) continued his ridiculous streak with a solo homer to tie it up. That makes four home runs and 10 RBI in his first five games. Makes one wonder what will happen if and when both Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford get well and are ready to come off the DL. Someone’s got to go — Andre Ethier, Kemp or Crawford — ’cause it surely won’t be Puig.

Dodgers 1963 pennantVeterans’ Day
I have always enjoyed a good Old-Timers’ Game. I’m sorry I won’t be there for today’s.

1963 was probably the first year I ever went to Dodger Stadium. My dad was sports editor of the Valley News and Green Sheet, and I remember him once taking me into the press box there, but I don’t remember what year it was.

I do remember vividly going to a 10-year anniversary party for the 1956 World Series teams. I met Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and Sal Maglie, plus more I can’t remember. I think Don Larsen was there, but I’m not 100% sure. (I was 10.)

My sister still has the paper doily Stengel signed for her over and over again. I remember us kids sitting around a table with Casey and thinking he was a hoot.