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@Antonio G @Cecil Terwilliger Opening day sucks, its rookie fan day, all the clowns come out and get stupid drunk. AND they charge you more to go to this! I never go to opening day, did it once and it was a mess. I'm going tomorrow night though! Can't wait!
1 year, 5 months ago on Padres 9, Dodgers 3: Juan Uribe and the End of All Existence
@KMT59 Yea, opening day is the worst. Its rookie fan day. Thousands of people who may never ever see another baseball game the rest of their lives, let alone another Padre game. And definitely more drinking than usual. Plus all the teams charge you more to put up with all of this on opening day.
I'm headed tomorrow night, got what should be decent seats in left field near the wall. But it sounds like your daughter had fun despite the craziness at least.
FINALLY! Someone is providing useful real world cases on different ways to leverage Link Prospector. I've been waiting for this. Out of the box its difficult for people to really leverage all it can do. I mean they did a great job of making it as user friendly as possible, with the various runs you an do with it (directories, guest posting, etc.). But I know its even more powerful.
1 year, 5 months ago on How To Scale Link and Citation Prospecting
@chrisdyson @JHTScherck This is SO sweet. But I can't get any of the filters to work in Chris' Macro sheet. None. I try to filter by PR, try to filter by LTS, etc. And nothing updates. Any advice?
1 year, 5 months ago on Link Prospecting with Pivot Tables
@mike_petriello Heard your shout out on Power Alley from @MikeFerrinSXM this AM on @MLBNetworkRadio. They mentioned your comment regarding Bills bunting accident. "Bunting is just trolling us now."
1 year, 6 months ago on Carl Crawford Survives His First Game, Which Is More Than The Ball Matt Kemp Hit Can Say
1 year, 6 months ago on Dodgers to Roll Out Nearly a Real Starting Lineup Against Cubs Today
@Disgruntled Goat @Dang88 I guess if we're winning then that's cool. Just never been a fan of the undressing. Which is odd since I promote most over the top celebrations in all sports. But this one just doesn't feel right.
1 year, 6 months ago on Thoughts From The Last Day Without Dodger Baseball Until April
6)(To Nick Punto) Really? You think tearing the clothes off of athletic young men isn’t even a little gay?
Thank you, a million times thank you to the first person who actually asks Punto this question. I really hope this doesn't persist this year. Sorry, I'm old school that way. The Dodgers uniform is sacred. Spraying with champagne is totally acceptable though, but only after clinching postseason games.
I got press passes to Dodgers Stadium a few years ago, the first year they offered it to bloggers thanks to a very young and progressive head of PR Josh Rawitch, who I believe is with Arizona now. I had a big following on Bleacher Report (yea, I know its garbage but this was when it was new and had less scrubs), RBI Magazine, and LA Dodger Talk. I was fortunate enough to be the first one to get the credential and attend the game with all of the wonderful access and jeering looks that players give anyone with a press credential. It was pretty cool, they had an invite only of the top Dodgers bloggers attend a game in a nice suite and had Colletti and a few others stop in and talk to us all. Mike, I believe I remember everyone asking about you but the consensus was that you were 4000 miles away and couldn't make it.
It is not as glamorous as one would think, its hard work and you are at the park for a good 9-10 hours on game days. Torre addresses the media around 3pm in the dugout before all 7pm games. And the games aren't over until close to 11pm most of the time. Then its wait for the press notes to come out, and off to the locker room for interviews and observation. Then back up to the press box to write your story and publish it. And you can't cheer for the Dodgers when you are "working" with a press credential. Which takes all the fun out of it, oh yeah and no beer either.
@Mike Petriello You've been retargeted! LOL
@Mike Petriello FYI, couldn't get your homepage to load just now even with hard refresh. Could be on my end but I know you had some issues in the past so I thought I'd let you know.
On another note, what's with the "Ned Colletti Gives Mustache Rides" in the footer of Chad Moriyama's site!? Hilarious, just noticed it.
1 year, 6 months ago on Is Ted Lilly Actually More Appealing Than Chris Capuano & Aaron Harang?
@BrocNessMonster He's 31 yrs old.
1 year, 6 months ago on Yasiel Puig Turning Heads In Camp, But Perspective Must Be Kept
@Mike Petriello Yea, looked you up at Ketchum. One of the agencies I'm working with now uses it exclusively, so I'm getting up to speed on it. Seems like the enterprise CMS of choice these days over WP from what I'm seeing. But what do I know, I'm an SEO. LOL
I provide SEO, Social Media and content marketing services to other large and medium sized agencies since they seem to be inept at it and/or have high turnover at the position.
1 year, 6 months ago on Split Squad Friday
@Mike Petriello I believe it was yesterday's game post. TrueBlueLA was the main headline and if you clicked on the down arrow to the right it showed similar stories and you were #2. Kudos.
I'm currently trying to get a Qualcomm technology content property in G News and its been tough. Just a long waiting period to see if they approve the site, then have to work with Drupal Google News sitemap module and fork in Google News Meta Keywords tag into the template. Then of course write up a guide for the content producers on how to use the tag!
If you haven't, setting up and submitting a GNews formatted sitemap (submit the XML sitemap via Google Webmaster Tools) and also implementing the GNews Meta Keywords Tag will really help you get alot more visibility from GNews.
@Mike Petriello I noticed the duplication of the 5 digit code in this URL today (/16241/), is that new? Looks like a result of the Google News plugin for WP. I did see you in Google News the other day, maybe that contributed to a flood of new traffic, unless you've been cited in Google News alot before that is?
Have you tried WP Total Cache to help speed the site? Although it may not play nice with LiveFyre.
@Gilbert_Vengeance Keep it hood @conchitocruz
1 year, 7 months ago on Clayton Kershaw Has Impeccable Style
@Scruffy Love that place! But for me its all about Lost Abbey and Ballast Point. Those are my two favorite local breweries. Wait, how many people in here are from SD???
1 year, 8 months ago on Make $8 Billion & Bring Back Sandy Koufax: Not a Half-Bad Tuesday
@The Monocle @Mike Petriello That is what I thought. SO.... if that is the case then that is exactly what they are doing. They are owning their own network so that they can shield a large majority of that revenue from taxation by MLB.
THIS will be the main angle behind this story IMHO!
I called into MLB Network radio this morning to talk about the RSN after noting the story here in the last post, But they were of no help. What I want to know is have they skirted the issue of having to pay a percentage of the overall TV revenues to MLB versus having to only pay a percentage of a percentage of their overall TV revenues.
People were saying that they were working this out with MLB because they believed when they bought the team that there was an agreement in place with MLB, as part of the bankruptcy hearing, that set the value of a Dodgers TV deal at a ridiculously low figure and that the Dodgers would only have to pay a percentage of that very low figure instead of the billions they are now commanding.
But part of that was that the Dodgers would have to take on a majority ownership of an RSN, essentially absorbing more risk, rather than just selling the rights off. This is why I think they are structuring the deal the way it is now. But I know that Texas has some sort of similar thing going on with their deal a few years back and that MLB pretty much screwed them and told Texas that they had to pay a percentage of the entire real TV revenues. Can we get away with hiding our monies? Muahahahaha, the empire is strong! @Mike Petriello would love to hear your take on this.
Looks like we're developing our own RSN, I love that idea.
1 year, 8 months ago on Let’s Assume That the Dodgers Have Interest in Cuban Shortstop Aledmys Diaz
Dodgers getting TV deal done! Just broke, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-22/time-warner-cable-said-to-win-right-to-carry-l-a-dodgers-games.html
@Disgruntled Goat @IBBFTW @LA_Woman Full movie for free, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rm-U7OrEeQ
1 year, 8 months ago on Dodgers Invite Four Former Big Leaguers to Camp
@DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy Holy crap, I never thought about that! Avatar change in progress....
1 year, 8 months ago on Fixing the Left Side of the Dodger Infield With Defense
@DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy Crap, that makes me want to kill myself. Avatar pic change in process.....
@DBrim So epic.
@Mike Petriello Absolutely. I wish I could find that article. But I think that most people are feeling that he's better off at 3B, which I agree with too BTW. He hasn't really played alot there in his career and can stand to improve with more time. But I also agree that it will be difficult to get him to buy into the move. I guess that article I keep referencing made me feel a little better about the prospects of him at SS this season.
Here is a good article on it, http://www.truebluela.com/2012/12/18/3777104/hanley-ramirez-shortstop-third-base-defense.
I can't remember where I read it, thought that it was a link referenced here at some point recently, but it broke down Hanley's defense statistically. The moral of the story is that its pretty much a wash defensively, whether he plays SS or 3B. Anyone remember that story???
I was surprised at its findings but it made sense. Plus...
I'd love to see him at least get a shot and is his defense really not that good statistically? Because watching him last season, and I hardly missed a game (thank you MLB.tv), and he seemed like a fantastic glove man. He made insane plays at 3B, and its not even his first position!
OMG, is this an entry for troll of the year?! http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324461604578193820855716076.html#articleTabs%3Darticle
1 year, 8 months ago on Happy Holidays, Dodger Fans
@SCruzOptimusDamus @Deuce @VietnamDodger I heard that McPherson was related to Billy Ashley.
1 year, 9 months ago on Dallas McPherson Is Just Going to Love Albuquerque, Isn’t He
@Deuce @VietnamDodger Its OK Deuce, we won't judge....
@Deuce @VietnamDodger You are all getting retargeted with ads from places you've already been online. They cookie your browser and follow you around the web, serving you banners to try and get you to come back.
@Deuce @VietnamDodger DINGERS?
1 year, 9 months ago on Move Andre Ethier Now To Better The Team
@Chris Jackson Chris! Good to see you here. And good to see that it didn't take much prodding to get you to finish that BA story! LOL
@EephusBlue You're getting "retargeted" which means you must have been perusing the Macy's site, maybe the shoe section, and then ended up here. They slapped you with a cookie and now follow you around the Internets with targeted Macy's ads. The banners we all see to the right are all retargeted ads based on where we've last been.
I like this post and the ideas/scenarios presented. But...... there is a hole in this line of thought.
Its been made crystal clear that Hanley Ramirez is a big stubborn baby. He's proven it MANY MANY times over his career and has shown it with LA in the the fact that he refuses to play 3B. He's made it very clear, behind the scenes, that he wants to play SS. Sure, he'll slide over to 3B if pushed to. But it will be the 2012 Marlins scenario all over again! The Dodgers have made it clear over and over again this winter, with comments from both Mattingly and Coletti, that Hanley will be the 2013 SS for the Dodgers. So I'd be extremely surprised to see us bring in another SS.
Ethier is a fine player and a talent for sure, but all he really needs is for the Dodgers to swallow their ego and platoon him. His splits are insane, and its been that way for years now! They need to sit him against 90% of the lefties they face, maybe 80%. If they did that, he'd hit above .300 and have 20+ dingers still.
I'm inclined to think that the Dodgers will trade pitching for a bench/platoon righty that mashes lefties, and/or prospects.
@GordonMoody @Disgruntled @Miguel Dee has head issues. He refuses to change his approach at the plate, claiming vehemently that he CAN hit! A few coaches have tried to turn him into a better OBP guy but he refuses the instruction. He's too prideful, a true young buck. Who knows, maybe it will pay off for him, to be so stubborn about it.
Then again, maybe he really can't hit and needs to learn how to work more walks, bunt, and slap more. Then tear up the basepaths. Geezuz, wait a minute, that last part actually sounded like it made sense?!
1 year, 9 months ago on Just In Case You Needed A Reminder Not To Believe Everything You Read This Time of Year
@Disgruntled Goat @GordonMoody don't sell yourself short!
@Bob Meripol @GordonMoody I'm down with OBP! Alot depends on Crawford rebounds well though. A BIG unknown. Plus, everyone knows that catchers hit 8th!
@Disgruntled Goat @GordonMoody eh
@IBBFTW @Miguel @Bob Muahahahahahahahaha. The Force is strong in this one.
@Mike Petriello I kind of defended BR when you called them out a while back because years ago it helped to launch me Dodgers blogging career but I do see that 98% of the crap they turn out is shit.
This guy lost me at Underrated Defensive Skills. He is clutch, or at least has proven to be in the past. I actually am alone in thinking that his contract is good (look back on this in 2 years and it will look brilliant if he stays healthy). And when he and Kemp were "on" at the same time they are explosive. But Underrated Defensive Skills? We all know is gold glove was inexplicable. Obviously a result of some sort of ties to the mafia.
@Bob Meripol Fletcher is such a freaking clown pants!
@IBBFTW @VietnamDodger But Crawford had more power. Bourn is also not a great contact hitter, and to me that means that he's very prone to slump if his speed begets him.
@GordonMoody I'm all for the idea of platooning Ethier, even with his contract! Who knows, it may even motivate him to work on his approach and swing against lefties.
@Mike Petriello @Disgruntled Goat @EephusBlue Any chance we dump two pitchers to reload the farm system with prospects instead of trying to just get a bench guy and just an OK minor leaguer? I'd love to see the system stocked up again by pillaging someone else's system.
1 year, 9 months ago on Zack Greinke Can Opt Out, and That’s a Good Thing
@Catfishin @NativeWharf @Mike Petriello He's definitely a gritty gamer type guy. He's been my fantasy baseball bench sleeper for the past two years so I've followed him alot. He had multiple position eligibility and when he got enough PT he can hit around .300, steal some, play OK defense at multiple positions, and bat a few places in the lineup. Very versatile and should be a great teammate. Seems like a great fit for us.
1 year, 9 months ago on So What’s Next For the Dodgers?
@DBrim I respect that opinion. But I disagree, and that's OK. I've had alot of personal experience with people and anxiety disorder and its not really something that just goes away. It worries me, just as signing Hamilton would. I wish the best for both of them as human beings that battle demons, as we all do. But I'm not sure I'd be able to throw $150MM at that. Just sayin.
1 year, 9 months ago on Pondering a Potential Post-Greinke Existence