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All the fly-ball outs tonight, and the shifts against Ramirez and Kemp, reminded me of the '77 World Series against the Yankees, when the Dodgers insisted on hitting long fly-ball outs into the cavernous left field of Yankee Stadium and the Yankees ate their lunch. Is it really that difficult to choke up and hit to the opposite field with all that empty space available?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Giants 3, Dodgers 1: Brandon’d To Death
Is Ryu's new curve the one Sandy Koufax taught him in ST 2013? Or was that someone else? I seem to remember that Koufax taught to someone, he tried it, but wasn't comfortable with it and went back to his old way of throwing the curve. Maybe Ryu worked on this in the off-season and got comfortable; or maybe it was someone else, not Ryu.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Hyun-Jin Ryu’s Other New Toy
@LA_Woman @ericmacknight Damn.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on NLDS Game 3, Braves 6, Dodgers 13: Blue Baker’s Dozen
I truly, truly never thought I would live to see Mike type the words, "proving Ned right".
Miracles never cease.
The Dodgers seem to have a core group of players who wilt under pressure. Note that early last season, when given no chance, they played very well. When they got the new players and had a run at the playoffs, they folded. Once they were out of it, they played well again. Note, too, that this season, after an entire winter and spring of hype, they wilt. On a smaller level, note their failure rate with RISP.
The frustration of the opposite sort of team—teams that play better under pressure—is that they often lose to weak teams. But when it's playoff time, they flourish.
The common denominator is wilting under pressure. It's personality, not salary. Reggie Jackson had a big contract in NY. What the Dodgers need is guys like Reggie, who DREAM of coming up with the game on the line. That's what makes the game interesting to them. They can get bored and play badly in non-pressure situations.
Interestingly, I think Gil Hodges and Duke Snider were like this too: very talented guys who hated pressure situations.
I think Kemp wants it, Ethier wants it. But they play better when the pressure is off. Their response to pressure is to tense up, where Reggie et al's response is to focus, slow down, go into the zone.
I don't think this can be taught, or learned. So here is my serious suggestion: hypnosis. If these guys can be hypnotized (not everyone can), maybe a hypnotic suggestion could break their habitual responses and allow them to perform at their highest abilities under pressure. Ethier, Kemp; most of the bullpen; Gonzalez and Crawford, perhaps, judging by their Boston experience—would all be candidates. Maybe others.
Seriously. It couldn't hurt, and it might help.
1 year, 2 months ago on Marlins 5, Dodgers 4: Oh For May
@Morry @Bill Over 50 years, here. Do you have any idea how weird that is?
1 year, 11 months ago on A.J. Ellis, of Twitter Fame, Has Really Got Something Trending
@I Alivandi If it's a pure salary dump, yes. But if they want offense, a 3-team deal might be the solution.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers Acquire Joe Blanton
Hopelessly optimistic prediction: Ned does a 3-way deal, giving pitchers for bats to the 3rd team, then bats to Phillies for Lee.
@lafan4life78 A guy who's hitting .246 doesn't suddenly become an all-star just because he changes teams.
1 year, 11 months ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers August 1, 2012: Fife Hard With a Vengeance
About time Montero did something for the team.
@ThtsaPaddlin That is awesome. Physicists are weird guys.
1 year, 11 months ago on Capuano & Dodgers Downed by Diamondback Dingers
@Frank J Lapidus Too early on the Blest Coast. Give it time.
1 year, 11 months ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers July 30, 2012: When Are We Going To Get To the Fireworks Factory?
My little brother's take on Victorino:
"Absolute gamer, winner, hustler...was a Rule 5 player the Pads took from the Dodgers, returned to the Dodgers, then eventually wound up in Philly and has been a catalyst to their great teams. However, he has been less than himself this year...not sure if it is a free agency thing (pressing), or just a bit of age and injury. Seems to have been dinged up this year. Has been a speed guy. Good centerfielder...not sure if he would knock Kemp to left...doubt it."
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says: "I think we have a chance to do at least one thing"
@EephusBlue Overbay DFA'd
1 year, 11 months ago on There’s a Bat Coming Soon
Yanks looking for defense at 3B. Uribe!!
@wdevil67 @davstein48 @GordonMoody Maybe you're right. Still, neither Victorino nor Soriano gets me very excited. Maybe they trade for Dempster + Soriano then flip Soriano to an AL team . . .
@davstein48 @wdevil67 @GordonMoody Depending on what the coaches say about Sands—a) momentary hot streak, or b) has turned a corner—I'd rather have a young guy on the way up than an old guy on the way down. Soriano can't hit any better than he has been recently; Victorino has dropped off considerably in the last year+.
@GordonMoody Tried to post this as reply to your earlier comment about Sands, but Livefyre won't let me do that. Very strange.
Meh. I'd rather they bring Sands back and give him another chance.
Gil Hodges. Returned from the grave to buff up his HoF numbers and help win another WS for the Dodgers.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers Flying High to Complete Sweep of Giants, Gain Share of First Place
@LA Woman @JoeyCaltabellotta I like "head-assploding"
1 year, 12 months ago on Dodgers 10, Giants 0: That Could Not Have Gone Better
@LA Woman Oh! I missed the "1B upgrade" part. In that case, let's go Texeira for Uribe ;^)
@VietnamDodger et al: Offense at 3B and SS, defense on the right side of the IF. Mets decide to blow it up and get younger and save some money. Hey, I'm just starting with 'head-exploding' and 'name not mentioned yet' and going from there. I don't see any head-exploding 1B trades out there.
See? Heads exploding already.
"Head-exploding" + "name not yet mentioned" may equal . . . David Wright + maybe a pitcher for Castellanos (& Gordon?) + maybe some pitching.
" I don’t think any of us saw this one coming." Uh, wrong.
My tweet from yesterday: "@mike_petriello I have a hunch the LAD will veer away from pitching and make a move for H. Ramirez or even D. Wright."
Hate to point this out, but I get so few opportunities, I can't resist ;^).
1 year, 12 months ago on Hanley Ramirez, Come On Down!
@The_Real_Paul @JohnM Never should have asked for a link. My bad.
2 years ago on Phillies @ Dodgers July 16, 2012: Blanton vs Eovaldi
There must be an online petition to dump 'God Bless America' and bring back 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame', right? Link, please!