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Life Goes On Without “That Guy”

press-conI once refused to print Manny Ramirez’ name for over 2 months in the off season because I was sick of hearing about the holdout, and after 24 hours I am just as sick of it.  The photo at the right is a shot of the media circus (AKA/Press Conference) about Manny.  Everybody is hashing and re-hashing, cussing and dis-cussing and speculating what happened.  He tested positive for a banned substance!  End of story!  Why, what, when, where, how – do you really expect the truth?  It is what it is and that is all I am going to write about it, AND I will not mention his name until after July 4th when his suspension is over.  If  for some reason, I have to write something about him (which I doubt), I will call him “That Guy Whom I Won’t Name.”  That’s all, folks!  One final shot:  “That Guy” and A-Rod have the same agent.  Coincidence?  I think not!  All I know is that the two highest paid players in the game are clients of Scot Boras, and both are connected to steroids.  Make of it what you will.

Before Thursday’s game, Joe Torre said that the Dodgers were sad about the suspension, but as if on cue, in the first inning, they exorcised those demons, punctuated by Matt Kemp’s Grand Slam.  “GAME OVER – WE WILL CARRY ON!”is what the Dodgers’ bats said.  The only problem was that they played like they thought the game was over and didn’t hit anymore. Then the arsonists in the bullpen torched the joint!  It was coyote ugly!  Troncoso, Ohman, Wade and Leach pitched like Single A pitchers.  It was pathetic!   It was fitting that Joe Beimel needed 40 pitches to retire the side in the 8th inning.   It was the Classic Tortisevs. the Hare.  The Hare Dodgers jumped out to a 6-0 lead and then laid down and went to sleep.  The Hare plodded along and scored 11 runs.  The Dodgers woke up at the end and tried to catch the Tortise, but alas, they were too late.  And they lived happily ever after….


  • Randy Wolf was solid again.  So far, he has a 2.95 ERA (thanks to a corrected scoring error – the official scorekeeper was unaware of the appropriate rule), andalong with Orlando Hudson, Mark Loretta, Juan Castro and Brad Ausmus, he has proven to be an excellent pickup by pressboxNed Colletti.
  • Ned has indicated that after May 15th, when we needs a 5thstarter again, is when Eric Milton will be recalled.  He said that Estes was not really on the Dodgers radar and that Mark Muldar was not an option.   He stated that he is getting good reports on Milton, andhas sent several scouts to check him out.  He feels that in another start or two, Milton’s arm strength will be sufficient and he will be re-called.  Officially, Milton could get his releasenow, but the Dodgers and his agent have evidently agreed that he will be called up later this month.
  • It was strange, but cool, to rub elbows with Vin Scully, Rick Monday, Steve Lyons, Tommy,  TJ Simers, Bill Plaschke and a plethora of other writers.  Most of this column was composed where I sat in the pressbox.  Thanks to Josh Suchon for taking the picture.  While it was fun, I would not want to watch 162 games from the press box, unless it was my full-time job.  It’s a lot of work in a work environment.


Guzman, C, SS 6 0 2 1 0 1 2 .392
Johnson, 1B 6 2 3 3 0 2 1 .330
Zimmerman, R, 3B 5 2 2 0 1 1 3 .336
Dunn, RF 5 0 2 3 0 2 1 .290
  Beimel, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Wells, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Dukes, CF 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 .292
Willingham, LF 4 2 2 1 1 0 2 .171
Flores, C 4 1 2 0 1 1 2 .301
Hernandez, A, 2B 4 3 3 0 1 0 2 .328
Zimmermann, J, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
  a-Harris, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .182
  Villone, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Kearns, PH-RF 2 1 1 2 0 1 1 .258
Totals 44 11 18 11 4 9 18  
a-Grounded out for Zimmermann, J in the 7th. b-Doubled for Villone in the 8th.
2B: Guzman, C (5, Wolf), Dunn (4, Ohman), Willingham (2, Wade), Kearns (4, Wade), Johnson (4, Leach).
HR: Willingham (2, 6th inning off Wolf, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Guzman, C 3; Johnson 4; Zimmerman, R 2; Dunn 3; Dukes; Willingham 6; Flores 2; Hernandez, A 3; Kearns 2.
RBI: Willingham (4), Guzman, C (7), Dunn 3 (23), Kearns 2 (15), Johnson 3 (11), Dukes (19).
2-out RBI: Willingham; Dunn 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zimmermann, J; Hernandez, A; Zimmerman, R; Dukes; Flores.
Team RISP: 7-for-18.
CS: Guzman, C (1, home by McDonald/Martin).FIELDING
E: Zimmerman, R (4, throw).
DP: (Guzman, C-Hernandez, A-Johnson).
Pickoffs: Villone (Pierre at 1st base).
Furcal, SS 5 0 0 0 0 3 1 .252
Hudson, 2B 4 2 1 0 1 1 0 .339
Ethier, RF 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 .312
Loney, 1B 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 .282
Martin, C 3 2 2 1 2 0 0 .255
Kemp, CF 5 1 3 5 0 1 1 .290
Blake, 3B-LF 5 1 3 1 0 0 2 .245
Wolf, P 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .143
  a-Paul, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
  Troncoso, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Ohman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
  Wade, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Mota, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Loretta, PH-3B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .375
Pierre, LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 .371
  McDonald, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 9 14 9 4 6 10  
a-Grounded into a double play for Wolf in the 6th. b-Walked for Mota in the 8th.
2B: Blake (4, Beimel).
3B: Blake (1, Zimmermann, J).
HR: Kemp (4, 1st inning off Zimmermann, J, 3 on, 1 out).
TB: Hudson; Ethier; Loney 2; Martin 2; Kemp 6; Blake 6; Pierre 2.
RBI: Loney (21), Kemp 5 (22), Wolf (2), Blake (16), Martin (14).
2-out RBI: Blake; Martin; Kemp.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Furcal; Pierre 2; Blake.
SF: Wolf.
GIDP: Paul.
Team RISP: 6-for-10.
SB: Pierre (2, 2nd base off Zimmermann, J/Flores).
CS: Pierre (1, 2nd base by Villone/Flores).
PO: Pierre (1st base by Villone).FIELDING
DP: (Martin-Hudson-Martin).
Washington IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zimmermann, J 6.0 6 6 6 3 4 1 5.48
Villone (W, 1-0) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Beimel 1.0 3 1 1 1 1 0 1.93
Wells 1.0 4 2 2 0 1 0 3.60
Wolf 6.0 5 1 1 2 5 1 3.59
Troncoso 0.2 3 3 3 0 0 0 2.37
Ohman 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5.00
Wade (BS, 2)(L, 0-2) 0.2 3 4 4 1 1 0 6.23
Leach 0.0 2 2 2 1 0 0 18.00
Mota 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.35
McDonald 1.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 7.71
Ohman pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
Leach pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.WP: Troncoso.
IBB: Zimmerman, R (by Leach).
Pitches-strikes: Zimmermann, J 95-63, Villone 11-6, Beimel 40-26, Wells 19-13, Wolf 109-73, Troncoso 16-10, Ohman 2-2, Wade 31-19, Leach 8-4, Mota 7-6, McDonald 24-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Zimmermann, J 8-6, Villone 0-2, Beimel 1-1, Wells 1-1, Wolf 4-9, Troncoso 2-0, Ohman 0-0, Wade 1-0, Leach 0-0, Mota 0-1, McDonald 0-0.
Batters faced: Zimmermann, J 26, Villone 3, Beimel 7, Wells 7, Wolf 25, Troncoso 5, Ohman 1, Wade 6, Leach 3, Mota 3, McDonald 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Ohman 2-2, Wade 1-0, Leach 2-2, Mota 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Angel Campos. 1B: Brian Runge. 2B: Bill Miller. 3B: Derryl Cousins.
Weather: 73 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:35.
Att: 37,074.
May 7, 2009Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner





The Great Lakes Loons won 5-1, behind JonMichael Redding who threw six shutout innings Thursday.  Redding (4-1) struck out five en route to his fourth win, moving him into a six-way tie for first in the Midwest League in wins. Josh Walter surrendered a run in two relief innings. JavyGuerra struck out the side in the ninthin a non-save situation.   The Loons struck for their first run in the second on a solo home run by Kyle Russell. He now moves into a tie for first in  th six andmoves into first place all by himself in RBIs with 26.  Then in the fourth, Great Lakes struck for three runs with two of the runs scoring on triples – one by Nick Buss and the other by Matt Wallach.  Travis Vetterstacked on a final run for the Loons in the eighthwith a solo home run, his first ever with the Loons.    Vetters finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs and a walk. Tony Delmonico extended his team-high hitting streak to 12 with a seventh inning single.


The Inland Empire 66′erswon 13-3 behind Steve Johnson who pitched 6 innings, striking out 10 and allowed just 2 runs.  TrayvonRobinson was 2-6 with hit 4th HR and 2 RBI, Scott VanSlyke was 5-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, Baez was 2-4 with 3 runs scored and Tommy Giles was 3-4 with his 4th HR and 4 RBI.


The Chatanooga Lookouts won 5-4 behind Josh Lindblom who went 5 innings, allowing 1 ER andstriking out 6.  Jamie Hoffman was 2-3 with a double, triple and 3 RBI.  Lambo was 0-3 with 2 K’s and is now hitting .282.


The Albuquerque Isotopes won 7-0, behind starting pitcher Eric Milton, who  did not allow a run, leading the Albuquerque Isotopes (12-14) to a 7-0 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks (10-15) Thursday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Milton and relief pitcher Henry Bonilla combined to allow the ‘Hawks just two hits while racking up Albuquerque’s secondshutout of the season, both of which were started by the lefty Milton.   Milton (3-2) dominated right out of the gate, retiring the first 15 batters he faced through five perfect frames. Any thoughts of a perfect game or a no-hitter were dispelled when German Duran led off the sixthwith a bullet into the hole at short that was knocked down by a diving Chin-Lung Hu, whose hurried throw to first was not in time, allowing Duran to reach on an infield hit. Kevin Richardson followed with a single to center, but Milton coaxed Jose Vallejo into a 1-6-3 doubleplay and struck out Julio Borbon to erase the threat. Milton finished the night allowing just the two hits in six innings while striking out five and walking none. The six shutout frames extended his road scoreless streak to 18.0 straight innings. The two-hitter is the first thrown by Isotopes pitchers since a trio of Albuquerque hurlers (Yusmeiro Petit, Logan Kensing, and Brad Clontz) tossed a two-hitter at New Orleans on April 22, 2006.   Meanwhile, the Isotopes wasted no time battering RedHawks starter Tommy Hunter. After Hu roped a one-out single in the first, the hot-hitting Blake DeWitt hammered a double to left that scored the runner all the way from first and put the Isotopes up 1-0.   Albuquerque added more in the third when Danny Ardoin hit a leadoff single andadvanced to second when Hunter misplayed a Jason Repko sacrifice bunt. Huadvanced bothrunners90 feet with another sacrifice before DeWitt plated Ardoin with an RBI single to increase the Isotopes lead to 2-0. Hector Luna then drove home Repko withan RBI single before advancing to second on an error and scoring on a single by John-Ford Griffin to give the ‘Topes a 4-0 lead.   The hit parade continued in the fourth, when A.J. Ellis led off the frame with a single and scored on a triple by Repko to boost the advantage to 5-0 Albuquerque. One batter later, Repko trotted home on a single by Huto put the visitors up 6-0. With a three-hit night Repko, increased his team-high hitting streak to seven straight games. Hu and Ellis also contributed three-hit performances as part of a 14-hit attack for the ‘Topes.


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10 Responses to “Life Goes On Without “That Guy””

  1. Bill Russell says:

    It was very disappointing to see us jump out to a 6-0 lead with Wolf on the mound and lose the game. Randy pitched 6 strong innings only giving up one run and deserved the WIN. He was tired in the sixth and escaped without giving up more then one but gave a galant effort. I would have never imagined in my wildest dreams that the bull pen would come in and get lite up like fireworks on the 4th of July to a Nationals team. It just felt like the offense got the lead and then the team fell asleep up until it was too late to recover.

    I had great seats and got to drink a beer then the bubbling Mark Timmons who was walking around on cloud 9 living a fantasy dream. He introduced me to Mr Jackson which was very cool. The first Blogger to be given the rights to sit in the press box. Great honor for our leader.

    I wanted to have t-shirts printed up that read “Juanwood” but didn’t have enough time. Maybe the concession stands will sell them alone with baggy baseball pants and high socks. I couldn’t find the Manny wigs. It’s a thing of the past for now I guess.

    Does anyone think that Manny may have done the juice every winter to get ready for the season and then stopped as the season started, never getting caught? How could anyone be so stupid? Doesn’t he read the papers? MLB is testing for this stuff now…… An then a lame excuse about his doctor treating him for a personal matter. What a way to suck the air directly out of the team. Now that Frank has an Extra 7 million laying around, he may want to think about investing in some pitching. 8)

  2. DRomo says:

    Hey guys I am sorry I missed last night. That game was a disaster. It is gut check time!!

    I love the Juanwood idea!!! Can I get 2 tix and 2 shirts for $9? I had to ask.

    Congrats Mark. You deserve the respect you are getting from the club. This blog is one of the best out there and it shows the folks at the stadium know it too. I hope you toned down the LaRoche talk when you were out here though :)

  3. SpokaneBob says:


    Glad you had such a great experience last night.

  4. lawdog says:

    Congrats to our man Mover. The other night must been a true “agony and ecstasy” experience for him with Manny’s falling mixed together with the press box thing. That’s what usually happens when you reach out to grab something good in life. “There is no good life Wyatt, there’s only life.” You gotta take the good with the bad…

    What’s up with Torre’s bullpen and pitcher selection during the course of a game like last nights? I understand he’s a good manager. Comparatively speaking, he’s a great manager. But too often he does something truly felony stupid. Dumber than the proverbial bag of hammers. Makes me wonder if I’m having flashbacks and watching Tracy pull some strategy out of the air purely at random and without logical basis.

    I understand he basically wants two bullpens so if he uses pitchers on night A he’ll be able to let them rest the following night since most of the kids in the pen can’t pitch two days/nights consecutively without the wheels coming off the wagon. But the way he handled the pen last night was right out of fiction–Dr. Jekhyl and Mr. Hyde. The way he ran out and got Ohman after he pitched to one batter and gave up a hit, I applauded! You’ve got to do your best to win every game. Who knows how important last night’s loss will be at the end of the season?

    But how could he give Ohman just two pitches before pullikng him and at the same time let Troncoso, Wade and Leach give up 9 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks over 1 and a third innings in the seventh and eighth as the game slipped away. Those three are hardly Trevor Hoffman clones and there is absolutely no excuse for going that far with each of them after the Wolfman had pitched his heart out and got us to the 7th with a 6-1 lead.

    I think we can still win playing .500 ball until Manny gets back. We can play better than .500 ball if Ethier keeps up his present pace and one of the other kids lifts his game the way Ethier has already. But we won’t win 81 games come season’s end if somebody doesn’t go down in the dugout and wake up Joe Torre.

    Last nights loss is inexcusable.

  5. lawdog says:

    We need that edit button Mover. Last nights loss was inexcusable. Not is. And Ohman got pulled, not pulliknged.

  6. Miguel Salcido says:

    Mark, congrats you deserve it big time! And you look like an old seasoned pro sitting there and I am sure that you could hold your own with a few of the guys sitting up there! so don’t feel insecure, be confident and know that you DO belong there. This is a fantastic and historic day for baseball, media new and old, and bloggers!

    Juanwood!!!! $10 seats and a bible, I love it! Go Juan Pierre!!!

  7. Ed Tolbert says:

    I have to say I was disgusted by the comments of the 2 “company” men yesterday. I would
    hate to be in their position and have to provide cover and express support for someone who
    just tossed them under the bus and will again without batting an eye.

  8. Badger says:

    From what I have read it seems clear what happened Bill. What Manny tested positive for was gonadotropin which can be used to trigger testosterone production. Testosterone is depleted by steroid use, and low testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction (can’t have that when you are making that much money, you know how the best looking babes are attracted to money, well maybe you don’t know but I do, well maybe I don’t know either but, I have heard – but I digress) so Manny took these drugs because he was coming off a steroid cycle and needed to have good wood when was entering the box. (that one may get censored)

    What a dope. Is it ignorance or is it arrogance or is it both. I suspect it is both.

  9. New guy says:

    Damn your old….

  10. Badger says:

    That’s true. And, here is something else that is true – you are rude.


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