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Cal Fire and other crews have proved to be tremendously heroic and amazingly competent.  These folks are real pros, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://yubanet.com/california/More-Lightning-Fires-in-Siskiyou-County.php

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Get R.A. Dickey from Toronto however you have to.  In a three game set, pitch him in the rotation in such a way that he disrupts the hitters.  A knuckleball pitcher can throw off hitters for the day after his start.  A flamethrower before the knuckleballer sends the opposing team's hitters against your knuckleballer the next day with their timing unaccustomed to the velocity and movement of a knuckler.  Pitch the flutter ball guy in the middle.  The third game of the set will cause the hitters to be off when a pitcher with velocity throws the final game of the set.  It just might give you a couple more sweeps for the season.  Elementary, my dear Watson...

4 months, 1 week ago on Which One Of These Pitchers Could Be A Dodger Soon?

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...Somebody ought to find Scully's call when the Dodgers beat the Braves in the playoff game in '59 that sent the Blue Crew to the World Series.  I remember Vin's words like it was yesterday.  The batter was Carl Furillo, pinch hitting.  Scully said, "Bouncing ball, over the mound, over second base, Mantilla up with it--he throws the ball away!  Here comes Hodges around third!  We go to Chicago!"

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/vin-scullys-greatest.html

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...It's time that Malone gets the boot.  Bring in a teaching coach.  A man who is as rabid about defense as he is about scoring.  Just because you can score does not mean that you can take a nap during defense.  Just because you can play lights out defense doesn't mean you can then lob bricks toward a backboard.  Put a rotation out there that tries to limit the opposition's scoring, while having some shooters on the floor.  The way you do that is you draft and trade for shooters, and then you put them through a boot camp to learn how to play defense.  The message you give the players is this.  Would you rather bump around coaching community college basketball, being an anonymous scout watching third rate college teams trying to find a gem--or would you like to make huge checks from an NFL team, and win championships?  If you want the NFL version of your options, then follow our program.  Get a coach who can teach.  That the players want to play for.  Do that, and the Kings would not be more than one or two players away from being a solid winner.  

10 months ago on Sacramento Kings at All-Star Break Q&A: trade deadline, call-ups and Jimmer Fredette

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...The Sacramento Kings are on schedule to make their way into the elite franchises of the NBA.  True, in the past we haven't exactly been in that kind of territory, but such strides take time.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Sacramento Kings release new downtown arena renderings

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...The Kings are no farther away than one more blockbuster trade from seriously competing for a lower berth in the playoffs.  The key is getting into the playoffs.  From there, they will win their first series.  This will be a stupendous accomplishment considering their last seven disastrous seasons.

1 year ago on Trade analysis: Why the Rudy Gay trade makes sense for the Sacramento Kings

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The key to this Dodger team is depth.  The key to any team is depth.  One note clubs must have everything fall into place.  If their big banger is out, they simply don't win.  If their best hurler is hurt, they simply don't win.  My advice to the Dodger brain trust?  Do not trade away any of the four big outfielders.  Instead, sign another big bopper in the off-season.  Have five of them.  Tell the team that they can have a choice; slightly better stats with some also ran team, or play like the Yankees historically played.  When the old Yanks lost a piece to injury, they had someone else to step in and carry the load.  I believe that is what Stan Kasten and Company have attempted--so successfully--this year.  If the Blue Crew does that in the future, the team will be a perennial contender.

1 year, 2 months ago on Your 2013 Dodgers: On Pace To Be The Worst Los Angeles Dodger Team Ever

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@ahwang24 @VinSmith 

Why thank you! 

Much of my feeling was based on the fact that Don Matthingly truly is Donnie Baseball.  He did a credible job keeping the Dodgers mostly viable under a bankrupt ownership.  When Mattingly played, if I had been a GM, I would have chosen him first for my team (if such a thing were possible), and I would have picked Wade Boggs second, to shore up the other corner infield position.  Both were throwbacks who knew how to win.  I knew once the Dodgers got healthy, they would be solid. 

 But the real secret was bringing up Yasiel Puig.  I posted, somewhere, that the twenty-two-year old Cuban playing AA ball should be brought up.  If Puig wasn't the next Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, I didn't know what he was.  He proved to be just that--a phenom worth his salt.  I've waited for a quarter-of-a-century for this kind of Dodger club. 

I worked extra hard selling "starts," new subscriptions on my paper route for the Whittier Daily News, in order to win a trip to the Coliseum to see the first Major League Baseball game in Los Angeles, against the Giants.  I had been quite upset that the old PCL days were over; I was a diehard Hollywood Stars fan (which might be why I have never warmed up to the MLB Angels). That one game on a warm Sunday in April--I even had my transistor radio to listen to Vin Scully--made me a lifelong Dodger fan.  Of course, I rooted for the Dodgers against the Yankees starting with the '52 Word Series, the first Series that was televised.  But day-in- and day-out, I rooted for the Pittsburgh Pirates, because they had a working relationship with the stars. 

I knew nothing about Vinnie.  I was a huge Sam Balter fan, the voice of the Stars.  Sitting in the Coliseum that Sunday, listening to Scully and Jerry Doggett, I knew my grandfather's prediction in 1954, while he mended his lobster nets, was the single most important sports declaration I had ever listened to.  Ruby Diamon Harry Hill, a legendary New England fisherman in Guilford, CT, my maternal grandfather said to me, "...I am sorry your uncle failed to take you to Ebbetts Field 

1 year, 2 months ago on Your 2013 Dodgers: On Pace To Be The Worst Los Angeles Dodger Team Ever

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@ahwang24 @VinSmith

Why thank you! 

Much of my feeling was based on the fact that Don Matthingly truly is Donnie Baseball.  He did a credible job keeping the Dodgers mostly viable under a bankrupt ownership.  When Mattingly played, if I had been a GM, I would have chosen him first for my team (if such a thing were possible), and I would have picked Wade Boggs second, to shore up the other corner infield position.  Both were throwbacks who knew how to win.  I knew once the Dodgers got healthy, they would be solid. 

 But the real secret was bringing up Yasiel Puig.  I posted, somewhere, that the twenty-two-year-old Cuban playing AA ball should be brought up.  If Puig wasn't the next Bryce Harper or Mike Trout, I didn't know what he was.  He proved to be just that--a phenom worth his salt.  I've waited for a quarter-of-a-century for this kind of Dodger club. 

The Dodgers are in my blood...

I worked extra hard selling "starts," new subscriptions on my paper route for the Whittier Daily News, in order to win a trip to the Coliseum to see the first Major League Baseball game in Los Angeles, against the Giants.  I had been quite upset that the old PCL days were over; I was a diehard Hollywood Stars fan (which might be why I have never warmed up to the MLB Angels). That one game on a warm Sunday in April 1958--I even had my transistor radio to listen to Vin Scully--made me a lifelong Dodger fan.  Of course, I rooted for the Dodgers against the Yankees starting with the '52 Word Series, the first Series that was televised.  But day-in- and day-out, I rooted for the Pittsburgh Pirates, because they had a working relationship with the Stars. 

I knew nothing about Vinnie.  I was a huge Sam Balter fan, the voice of the Stars.  Sitting in the Coliseum that Sunday, listening to Scully and Jerry Doggett, I knew my grandfather's prediction in 1954, while he mended his lobster nets, was the single most important sports declaration/prediction I had ever listened to.  Ruby Diamon Harry Hill, a legendary New England fisherman in Guilford, CT, my maternal grandfather said to me, "...I am sorry your uncle failed to take you to Ebbets Field this summer, but don't worry.  I happen to know that the Dodgers will move west--to Los Angeles--in a few years.  Ruby Diamond as grandfather was known to folks Guilford, was a close friend of a number of politicians, and the most avid baseball fan I ever met.  He regularly advised on New England fisheries to all of the powerful people.

While I have fond memories of the Hollywood Stars--guys like Frank Kelleher, Gene Stevens, Monty Basgall, Bubba Church, Johnny Lindell, Irv Noren and many others, the Dodgers completely replaced the Stars for me--I never followed the Salt Lake City Bees. 

I get these electric tingles when I just know the good things that will happen to the Blue Crew.  I felt it when Scully announced Kirk Gibson limping into the game to face Eckersley.  And I knew it when Gil Hodges (who should be in the Hall of Fame) was on second base.  It was 1959, and Carl Furillo was pinch hitting.  Scully's call:  "There's a bouncing ball, over the mound, over second base, Mantilla up with it...  He throws it away!  Here comes Hodges!  We go to Chicago! 

Go Dodger Blue!

1 year, 2 months ago on Your 2013 Dodgers: On Pace To Be The Worst Los Angeles Dodger Team Ever

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...The 1951 Giants were not really very good until August.  Watch the 2013 Dodgers make a gigantic run.  It won't even come at the last possible moment.  No Shot Heard Around the World.  The Miracle of Cooggan's Bluff.  The Dodgers will completely turn it around.  Post Season--here we come!. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Your 2013 Dodgers: On Pace To Be The Worst Los Angeles Dodger Team Ever

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