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Back-to-Back Home RunsNot only did Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the 9th inning today (the first time for any Dodgers this season), but they won, believe it or not, for the second time in a row. Wow! That constitutes a string for this team.

The two dingers lifted the Dodgers out of a 1-1 tie just in time to call in Kenley Jansen to save the thing. So a 6-1 win Saturday, and a 3-1 victory Sunday, that makes a great weekend, even if it means a split series and no ground gained in the standings. At least no ground was lost, either, right? (I’m trying to make lemonade out of the lemons we have all been handed as Dodger fans, all right?)

This little boy’s impassioned 5th-grade graduation speech brought tears to my eyes. (Thank you, Bill Plaschke, for sharing.)

I used to have that blind faith in my team, and I wish I could see them with blinders on again.

Yesterday, we won the night game of a doubleheader, 6-0, but that day game was very depressing. We could have won it, too, were it not for the bonehead mistakes of one Ronald Belisario. My unhappiness with No. 51’s ineptitude is getting tiresome, so I won’t dwell.

Oh yeah, one more thing, Go Dodgers!

BumHey, remember how at the start of the season everyone was saying the Dodgers are the new Yankees, because the L.A. payroll had exceeded that of the Bronx Bombers, and of course more spending means more winning, right?

I guess our season so far refutes any notion that money changes everything, unless you mean it changes everything for the worse.

I keep hoping something will spark, and the tide will turn in our favor, but my optimism is wearing thin. I know, I need to keep the faith, but it is so very hard to do.

If I were a god-fearing type (which I most definitely am not), I might think Guggenheim Partners is being punished for its deal with the devil (a.k.a. Frank McCourt). They lied about it when they bought the team, and they have tried to hide it under blankets of evasion and obscurity, which obviously means they knew L.A. would hate them as much as we hate him if anyone ever got all the details. That was probably the most astute reasoning they have exhibited so far.

And now their dirty laundry (at least some of it) is in the open, and Frank McCourt is still making millions off the backs of Dodger fans, and the team is cursed by injuries and lack of cohesion. Only now it costs a lot more to go to a game.

I’m rooting for the Dodgers in this short series with the Yanks, because that’s what Dodger fans have done since the trolleys rolled past Ebbets Field. But why are loyal fans like me and you the ones being punished for this Faustian deal?