Category Archives: Los Angeles Dodgers

Thor & Cespedes’ Strange High-Five

This followed up Noah Syndergaard’s home run deep into the right center stands off Kenta Maeda at Dodger Stadium tonight, Thor’s second home run of his career. Even Vin Scully gave this a little chuckle. Vin knows about left handed cigarettes.

And I was just thinking tonight about how Syndergaard looks like Mitch from Dazed and Confused with that hair. The shoe fits.

I’m not watching nearly enough Vin Scully

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Vin Scully has been on fire lately; as if he knows the sun is setting so he wants to really give us all a great series of finales to remember him by.

And suddenly, I realize I’m simply not enjoying the treasure that is this man quite enough for what is his last season. Because there’s nothing like late night at Dodger Stadium and Scully telling stories and narrating a baseball game. Be it fatherhood, or whatever; I need to really start soaking this in before it’s gone for good.

The Dodgers are on the road for five and then begin a nine game homestand next Monday night. It’s my mission to watch the Dodgers about five or six of those games, regardless of what else is going on.

I owe it to Vin. Plus, he might talk about the number thirteen or babies.  Or Don Zimmer. Or bird shit. Or crack pipes.

The old man can read me the yellow pages. I’ll be tuning in.

Paul Goldschmidt Spoils Vin Scully’s final Dodger Stadium Opener

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Possibly the saddest thing for us during this baseball season: this will be Vin Scully’s last season in baseball.

Yesterday afternoon at Dodger Stadium was his last first day. Paul Goldschmidt came into town as a guy who always spoils nice things at Dodger Stadium, so when he hit a 425-foot monster homer to help the DBacks steal the game, it should have came as no surprise.

Paul Goldschmidt owns the Dodgers, and is the finest hitter in the National League today.

Mike Fiers No-Hits the Dodgers in Houston

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Mike Fiers has shown before that he has pretty nasty stuff, but he had never thrown a no-hitter until last night.

Fiers struck out ten Dodgers on an impressive 134 pitchers for the first Astros no-hitter in over 12 years last night. The Astros also equaled the Dodgers in win total (67) with that win, and overtook them with a 3-1 victory tonight.

Clearly, one of the best stories in baseball this season. When a guy you traded for around the deadline throws a no-no a few starts into his tenure, you know it’s a magical year in the making. Another hard to believe fact: this was the first no-hitter in Minute Maid Park History.

Video: Fiers’ no-hitter highlights. [MLB.com]

Bryce Harper homers into the upper deck off Kenley Jansen

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Bryce Harper homered off of a bad man on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park. It looks like he caught a 93-MPH two-seam fastball tailing over too much of the outer half of the plate, and he deposited it violently off a seat in the right field upper deck.

It was his 27th home run of the season. He’s been homering at a regular pace, but it’s been a bit since he’s hit a moonshot like this.

Clayton Kershaw took the mound for this 4-2 Dodgers win, and it was just one of those incredible days for the Koufax of our era. He had 14 strikeouts in eight shutout innings, getting Harper to go down on strikes three times. By the time the Dodgers brought Kenley Jansen in to mop up the ninth, a ferocious right-handed closer like him probably seemed pretty human to a mutant like Harper.

Yasiel Puig is back tonight

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The baseball season has been just a little bit quieter this season, save for 11 games played in April. Yasiel Puig just didn’t have the opportunity to get much going before hamstring problems sidelined him for almost two months.

He’s been activated, he returns tonight late-night at Dodger Stadium; and he’s hitting third against a pretty tasty left-hander in Jaime Garcia.

We love Yasiel Puig – we have really missed him being a part of this 2015 season. There are great odds that he does something very Wild Horse tonight, kicking out a few stable car windows and leaving destruction in his wake tonight. With Clayton Kershaw on the bump and Vin Scully on the call, there’s a nice little Dodger Blue homeostasis going on right now at baseball’s mecca.

Joc Pederson is Roy Hobbs

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And here you thought Roy Hobbs was fictional. We have to admit in full disclosure: we knew so little about Joc Pederson at this time last year, we thought the damn guy was black! To be fair, it was spring training 2014.

We know him now. Everyone else should too. He’s hitting home runs at a record clip for a rookie. He homered again last night while you were sleeping. This was the fifth straight game he’s done that. 4He’s up to 17 now, one behind Bryce Harper for the National League lead. We thought that Yasiel Puig’s beginning to his career was amazing (it was), but this has turned into an entirely different animal.

The guy is on some kind of incredible roll. We have no idea where he ends up, but clearly he’s a reason that we think the Dodgers are the favorites in the National League to reach the World Series even with their problems. And to be able to pair Roy Hobbs next to the Wild Horse for the next decade if they want… times are so good in Los Angeles.

A Great Read on Steve Garvey, Los Angeles, Life off the Field, Hollywood, the Dodgers, etc.

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We had thought we linked this story done in 1980 for Newsweek, Inside Sports by one of our favorite writers – Pat Jordan – long ago. Stumbling through the archives, it’s nowhere to be found. We originally read this last year via the Deadspin Stacks.

If you’ve got some down time on a Saturday and you’re around the computer, and you want to read a weird story about what it was like to be a star player in Los Angeles in the 1980’s (which later became infamous writing with some of the things that came out about Garvey), you should read this.

Friggin’ love Pat Jordan. Some of his Deadspin excerpts here.

Giancarlo Stanton hit one out of Dodger Stadium and into the San Gabriel Mountains last night

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Something about Los Angeles, Chavez Ravine, The Dodgers, everything out there in California has a real mystique and magic about it. It’s my number one bucket list place on earth.

Last night, Giancarlo Stanton added to the legend that we consider the grandest lady of them all.

The Marlins are such a strange group right now. This was the only run they scored. They lost once again. But you can count on Giancarlo Stanton just going out and giving a phenomenal effort despite where the Marlins are in the standings. A true warrior who will not rest until they’re atop the mountain.

On Tuesday evening, Mike Bolsinger provided the kerosene for a legendary Stanton bomb.

Adrian Gonzalez has a Special night in Los Angeles

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When Vin Scully asks his listeners ‘can you believe it?’, something special is going down at Chavez Ravine.

It happened tonight, as I’ve just watched Adrian Gonzalez homer for the third time off that Hillbilly Andrew Cashner. Gonzalez now has 264 home runs in his career, and is proving he’s still one of the game’s elite bats.

With the way he’s going, I probably shouldn’t finish this post to make sure he doesn’t go and hit a fourth. Cashner is out of the game now so that probably lessens the odds for the big fella.

And a three homer game becomes all that much more special when you own a guy on a couple fantasy baseball teams!

An Ode to the 2014 Washington Nationals

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Welp, that’s a wrap. For all intensive purposes, baseball season ended for us tonight a bit prematurely. In a matter of hours, two teams we love to watch completed the foursome of elimination in the League Division Series with the Cardinals getting past Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers and the Giants breaking the hearts of the Nationals out in the Bay Area.

I never dreamed when this postseason started that a World Series would exist without at least one of these two teams. It almost seems unfair – but it’s not. The Giants and Cardinals took the fight to these teams. They just went out and took it, with the help of a little more clutch hitting and better management.

I spent a TON of time watching Washington and Los Angeles this season. They were entertaining, yet flawed teams. Until the spring comes, I won’t see them again. If you want to see the remaining teams left in the playoffs, find and buy sports tickets to do so.

Bryce Harper homers off Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium

Clayton Kershaw was so good, so on his game last evening in Los Angeles that he only allowed three hits in eight innings of work. This was the only one that counted for anything in a Dodgers 4-1 win.

No sooner did Vin Scully finish telling viewers of the broadcast that Bryce Harper was a ‘pleasant fellow’ when the lightning quick bat flipped through the zone; and oh-my-gosh Bryce Harper just took the game’s best pitcher deep into the Chavez Rivine night to legit right-center on a night when he’s got his best stuff.

In our opinion, that’s why this one – the 53rd home run of Bryce Harper’s big league career – is his most epic yet. It came on a night when he started in centerfield, at a ballpark where he’s had a season of his career wrecked.

It’s obvious that there are just few left-handed hitters in the game who can do this to Kershaw. It’s obvious that this shows what Harper is capable of when he’s right and he’s on. But more than anything it’s just epic that he took top-of-his-game Kershaw out to those deep yellow bleachers in a pitchers’ park on a night when Kershaw was nearly unhittable (and had owned Harper pretty good in the first two at-bats).

Albert Pujols Mocks Yasiel Puig

The Freeway Series between the Angels and the Dodgers kicked off last night in Chavez Ravine. A solid pitching matchup between Zack Greinke and Garrett Richards was on the docket, burgeoning superstars in Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig were in each team’s respective lineup and two teams with a couple of the better records in baseball settling in for regional supremacy.
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