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I got my Mother’s Day wish last night! The Dodgers beat the Padres in a 4-2 nailbiter that was not decided until the very last beautiful solitary strikeout from Caleb Ferguson! We won the series (2nd in a row from those Friars and our 5th series win in a row!), and it was our 14th win in 16 games. BOX SCORE After a 13-13 start to the season, we’re now in 1st Place by 3 games over Arizona. Wow!

Curiously, the night before (Friday, May 12), we also beat San Diego 4-2. I got there late, so I didn’t take score, but Stephen and I had a great time all alone in our topmost row of the Top Deck. BOX SCORE It’s always a much shorter walk home when you leave a winner.

Last night (Sat., May 13), I did take score, as evidenced by my illustration above, and I have to say that I’m now kind of appreciating the pitch clock for a very selfish reason. When I’m watching and recording every pitch and nuance of a game, it is impossible for me to visit the Ladies’ Room. I have to wait until the end of the game. Well, the end comes much faster when the pitches are served like hot cakes in a truck stop diner.

I’m wishing all the mothers out there a very happy day, and GO DODGERS!!!

Sunset over Parking Lot 1 (April 5, 2023).

OK, this is starting to look like the Dodgers we all know and love, right?

We sweep the Cards, then we sweep the Phillies with 36 runs to their measly 11! That’s what I’m talking about!

We lose after the travel day to San Diego, but win the next two. We often lose the next game after a day off, then come back strong!

The next series in Milwaukee follows that pattern. As long as we win the series!

In that first series, Max Muncy absolutely crushed a walk-off grand slam. In the second series, Dustin May stood up to Blake Snell in a pitching duel for the ages. Also, Mookie Betts hit a solo homer to tie it up, and rookies Michael Busch and James Outman drove in 3 runs the top of the 10th. That same game, reliever Evan Phillips blew away Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado — BOOOOOO! — and Juan Soto, 1-2-3, to record his 5th save of the season. Those are my Dodgers of the last few years!

Max Muncy walks off to glory (May 9, 2023).

I simply cannot wait to get back to the Ravine. It’s so exciting to see Clayton Kershaw vying for yet another Cy Young! Our bats have come alive, and the clutch hits are coming from everywhere! Those are MY Dodgers!

We shouldn't be surprised the Lucy is wearing Dodger blue.

We shouldn’t be surprised that Lucy is wearing Dodger blue.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

So, for two days, Yasiel Puig was the Great Blue Hope, coming in just in time to save a horrible, injury-plagued season. But just like Lucy with the football, the Dodgers have fooled us Charlie Browns again.

Why do we fall for it every time? We should know by now that the Dodgers of today are the most heartbreaking baseball team since the Dodgers of Brooklyn before 1955.

Perhaps it is the ongoing relationship with Frank McCourt that has jinxed the team’s chance of ever satisfying fully. No question that man is toxic, and the fact that the Guggenheim Partnership will defend to the death their right not to really tell fans how much they are paying him proves that they are owners with no morals, no respect for the intelligence of their fan base, and something to hide.

I have worked for people like that, and I know how frustrating it is to toil day after day, doing the best you can for people you can’t trust. I wasn’t getting millions for it, but the principle’s the same.

Bad karma is just bad karma, and there ain’t nobody you can bring up from AA Chattanooga that will cure that.