Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Know Your Enemy - Dodgers - NLCS Edition

Here are some interesting tidbits and stories to help you get to know the Phillies next victim, the LA Dodgers.

Can We Get A Do-Over?
There are mistakes, and then there are things like the signing of Andruw Jones. The Dodgers gave Jones 2 years and $36 million this year after posting a .222-26-94 line last year with the Braves. It was a big gamble that paid off only for Jones and agent Scott Boras. Jones' season with the Dodgers: .158-3-14 in 76 games and a trip to the 60-day DL.

The thing I really don't understand, is that Jones has made over $90 million dollars playing baseball and he can't afford a better looking woman? I think I see an adam's apple...

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Their Gordon Won't Play Either
While our Gordon, Tom, is out for the season with another injury, the Dodger's have a Gordon of their own that won't be participating in the series. Tom's son, Devaris Strange-Gordon, was drafted as a shortstop in MLB Draft this year. Strange-Gordon (which is in no way similar to Bizzaro Gordon) hit .331 in the Rookie League this year. Strangely enough (pun intended), the senior Gordon allowed opposing batters to hit about .331 this year...
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Oooh, It's Like A Soap Opera
Game 1 starter Derek Lowe wasn't very visible when he was winning World Series games and pitching no-hitters with the Red Sox, but he made the news after moving to LA. In 2005, Lowe divorced his wife of seven years partly because he was having relations with Carolyn Hughes, a reporter for the Fox Sports Net West show "Dodger Dugout." The story even made it into a show on E!.

Nothing like this happens in Philadelphia. At least I haven't heard of any player getting down with "Phillies Clubhouse" reporter Leslie Gudel...
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Steve Freaking Garvey
Garvey played 14 years with the Dodgers, and I guess he put up some good numbers. I don't really care. What's more interesting is his ex-wife's tell-all book in which she reveals the details of her marriage with Steve, including all of his sexual affairs. Apparently, Garvey had a few illegitimate children. The popular phrase "Garvey is not my padre," references this along with his time playing in San Diego.

Of course, Garvey might be better known for his Celebrity Billfishing Tournaments. No other celebrity has the clout to get that comedian no one ever heard of and the sheriff from Murder She Wrote on a boat at the same time. Enjoy.


Corey

18 comments:

ripjgarcia said...

Your rant didn't identify the Sarah Palin in the Dodgers organization..

GM-Carson said...

Remember when Andruw Jones was a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer? Hahahaha, those were the days.

GM-Carson said...

Ugh, it's only Wednesday?! I hate all this layoff in between the playoffs. The more and more I read and hear baseball analysts talk, it's like the Dodgers can do no wrong right now and that the Phils stand no chance. Why all the Phillies disrespect and Dodger knob-jobbin'?

Maria said...

because they have Manny. He's going to carry the team.

Joe said...

As a Boston native and Sox fan I can tell you two things:

Derek Lowe is notorious for partying too much. It was rumored that his wild lifestyle scared the Sox when Lowe hit free agency. And his inconsistency is blamed on too much booze. His affair/divorce/reporter romance was nothing new. In Boston it was hushed up. In LA, it's normal.

But, but:

He is an experienced big-game pitcher who played key roles in the Red Sox post season success.

This series is going to be a gut wrenching experience. The teams match up well. It's going to come down to who can match expectations, play with some consistency and manage pressure.

Phils in 6. (I'd say 7 but I have tickets to game 6)

GM-Carson said...

This series is pretty much even across the board, a big toss up, yet nearly 90% of the media is picking Dodgers.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

Have you seriously never heard of any players shacking up with Leslie or were you being facetious?

Rumor around town is she was getting herself a little bit o pat's bat back in the day.

GM-Carson said...

C'mon, Pat has better standards than that, even with beer goggles on.

Joe said...

Time for an SI jinx.
Manny being Manny being the cover boy.

Is it Thursday yet?

GM-Carson said...

I still think it's Monday

furiousBall said...

phils in 6

Reverend Paul Revere said...

He was a young and impressionable kid. And come on, who hasn't always wanted to bag an older lady?

GM-Carson said...

From a Jayson Start article-
"The Marlins have been around for 16 seasons. They've won six postseason series. The Phillies have been in existence for slightly longer than that -- like 110 years longer. But they've won only five postseason series. In the history of the franchise."

Wow, that's bad!

Los said...

I heard the Phillies locker room compares Gudel to a door-knob ... everyone gets a turn.

Ba-da-bing!

SirAlden said...

We are going to surprise them.

Phillies in 5.

LynnieMac said...

Andruw could afford the girls at the Gold Club in Atlanta, but he claims he never paid for it.

As for Leslie, I always heard it was Scott Rolen that was granting her "exclusives".

BloodStripes said...

Manny drinks toilet water.

BloodStripes said...

Hall of famer Tony Gwynn is tipping the Phillies. I always liked Tony.