A few days ago, Miguel Salcido wrote about the Dodgers’ bench and how productive it has been this year. As I was re-reading it, suddenly the moniker that Mickey Hatcher hung on the 1988 Dodger reserves jumped into my mind – The Stuntmen! In 1988 we had Dave Anderson, Mike Davis, Pedero Guerrero, Rick Dempsey, Tracy Wooden, Danny Heap and the head stuntman, Mickey Hatcher. This year it’s Juan Pierre, Juan Castro, Xavier Paul, Doug Mientkiewicz, Mark Loretta and Brad Ausmus. They currently go by the name “Bomb Squad,” but I think that “The Stuntmen” are back. Bomb Squad may be more 2009, but The Stuntmen are timeless.
Mickey Hatcher is admired for his fun-loving approach to playing baseball, particularly on the World Champion 1988 Dodger team, and was featured in various presentations to the tune of the “Mickey Mouse Club” song. He would sprint to first base after drawing walks, like Pete Rose, and garnered a lot of media attention in the 1988 World Series by hitting a first-inning home run in Game 1 andsprinting full-speed around the bases instead of jogging. This prompted NBC broadcaster Joe Garagiola to say “He’s the cover of The Saturday Evening Post!” and “He’s running like he’s afraid they’re going to take it off the board!”Hatcher had only hit one home run in that 1988 season, but hit two in the World Series. Mickey Hatcher is now a coach for the Angels andwe will see him this weekend. I only wish you were a Dodger, Mickey!
It was fitting that a Stuntman (Loretta) scored the winning run last night. Sunday, we had five, count ‘em, five Stuntmen starting a game and we scored 12 runs. The Mets threw last nights’ game away, and the game was not pretty – it was just a win and that’s all that counts. Book it! The stars were just aligned properly, I guess. We now have a 6.5 game lead on the Giants.
RANTS & RAVES
- I think Raffy hast a step! I really do. Billy Russell pointed out that the SS market was thin last winter, and I agree, but we have an issue… Ned couldn’t sign anyone better, but… well let it play out.
- Juan Pierre has a .527 OB% since THAT GUY was suspended.
- Randy Wolf and Orlando Hudson are easily the two biggest offseason signings in MLB. Kudos to Ned!
- Boy, that was a cheap hit off Wade that scored a run in the 8th. Oh well…
- Kyle Russell hit his 10th HR for Great Lakes, and Javy Guerra pitched 2 innings in recording his 9th save on Monday.
- After being ill most of last year and putting up poor numbers, Lucas May is back on the radar after going 2-2 last night and is hitting .289.
- Scott Elbert was hit hard last night – 5 IP/10 hits/ 3ER.
- Tony Abreu is hitting .310 at AA and has now played several games in a row. Last night was at SS.
- Victor Garate now has a 1.59 ERA as a reliever. Remember, he’s LH.
- In James McDonald’s 1st game at AAA, he pitched 2.2 innings, gave up 5 hits and 2 ER – I AM TELLING YOU – JAMES MCDONALD IS A GREAT RELIEVER AND A BELOW AVERAGE STARTER, IN THE MAJORS. Disagree all you want with me, but the stats bear me out! SCOREBOARD!
- Jamie Hoffman hit his 2nd HR at AAA and had 3 RBI last night. He has improved SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!