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2012 Dodgers Season Thread

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  • #16
    What a happy bunch of Dodger fans!!
    "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

    No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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    • #17
      Don't get too excited, this is the Dodgers we're talking about.
      No one can make you
      Do what they want to
      You know you're stronger
      Than the lies
      That they tell you

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      • #18
        Team win last night as the Dodgers gutted out the win. Capuano was a great addition. Now if Harang can at least be good (not asking for great), the rotation is, for the time being, looking solid.
        And I have to believe that the clubhouse atmosphere is very positive due to Mattingly . . . and I believe that it can (and will) remain that way throughout the long season.

        Positive thoughts, positive outcomes CD!
        "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

        "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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        • #19
          Aaron Harang has set a new Dodger record for consecutive strikeouts with 9 in a row in the first 3 innings tonight, and he is not finished yet!! Two more and he has the MLB record.
          "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

          No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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          • #20
            Now that was different!! I was very confused when that triple play went down in the top of the 9th. I did not know what was happening and I am sure many of the Padres and the spectators were equally as mystified. But when the dust settled and I saw again what happened I was amazed. When I played Rugby I was always coached to "play to the whistle" and that is just what A.J.Ellis and the Dodgers infield did!! It was a great piece of quick thinking which caught the Padres totally off guard!!
            9-1 is a wonderful start but on the road against some better teams may test them out. 9 wins under the belt is fantastic and these are 9 wins they don't have to get later in the year.
            "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

            No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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            • #21
              I am saddened to read that Dodger fans booed Guerra as he left last night's game. Embarrassing for all Dodger fans. What courage he showed by staying on the mound after the line drive.
              The team is 13-6, which is a fantastic start, and a few bumps in the road has the boo birds out. To quote Fat Albert, "No class".
              "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

              "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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              • #22
                Guerra did not deserve to be booed off the field. But after tonight he needs to look at his pitching, having nearly blown the game. That was a crazy finish and the Dodgers can be thankful for a few things, including that great play by Hairston in not only robbing a hit but turning it into a double play, the horrible pitching of Rodrigreuz and of course Kemp's winner. A win is a win is a win, but, wow, they had to tough this one out!!
                "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

                No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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                • #23
                  Fun fact: Matt Kemp has 12 home runs. The Padres as a team has hit 11 home runs. The entire Cubs team has 9 home runs in April.
                  The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Blue387 View Post
                    The entire Cubs team has 9 home runs in April.
                    But they still beat the Blue boys in game 1 of the series.
                    "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

                    No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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                    • #25
                      Raised a Yankee, Mattingly Is Happy to Be a Dodger
                      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/07/sp...pagewanted=all
                      The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                      • #26
                        Everyone has the right to boo.

                        Shall we cheer someone on when they are doing poorly? That's what is wrong with the world these days, we give children trophies for failing and we take them out for ice cream.
                        No one can make you
                        Do what they want to
                        You know you're stronger
                        Than the lies
                        That they tell you

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                        • #27
                          So many injuries . . . four starters on the mend . . . however, the team is still grinding out wins!

                          So fun to watch Kershaw dominate with his breaking ball last night. It definitely got better as the night went on.

                          Now . . . time to get out the brooms today! Here's hoping C-Bill is "on".
                          "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

                          "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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                          • #28
                            Congratulations to Scott Van Slyke on his first ML dinger. And what a great time to hit it!
                            "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

                            "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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                            • #29
                              What a great series against the Phillies. First time they have swept them in 4 at home since moving to LA and in 3 of the 4 games they came from behind. Phillies were above .500 before they met the Dodgers, now they are last in the division. Not a very auspicious start for Shawn Tolleson today - was that asking too much to put him up to close?
                              I believe Van Slyke has been sent back to Albuquerque.
                              "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

                              No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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                              • #30
                                Well, getting no-hit sucks. Oh well, carry on. At the end of the day, it's just another loss.
                                But geesh, NO hits?
                                "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

                                "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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