Ouch. Ouch it hurts.

Gibson.jpg.jpgWe needed all the help we could get. I put Gibson in his rally cap in the second inning.

During the ninth, I was manically pacing around the living room wondering where it all went so horribly wrong. My chihuahua’s just watched me go back and forth. Back and forth. Forth and back. I would stop my pacing … slowly look at the screen … then quickly turn away and just start pacing again. I couldn’t bear to watch. I did peek out of the corner of my eye.

The postseason is such an odd thing. I was 16 the last time we made it this far (don’t start). Everything feels so different. Am I right? It is still your team, your boys, your uni’s, but it all feels totally different for some reason. SOOOOOO much is on the line with every pitch. And to make matters worse, you are listening to guys call the game that are not your guys. No Vin. No Charlie. No Steve. Everything just feels different.

I peeked back at the screen just in time to watch Nomar take that final hack and strike out for the final out of the game. I screamed. I got a little misty. And then … Oh, yay! Finally, a familiar face. Ah, Kevin Kennedy. Yay! Phew.

Kevin and I became friends last season. He has become somewhat of a mentor in my never-ending quest for baseball knowledge.

“EUREKA! He will tell me what went wrong,” I thought to myself as I sat back down on the couch ready to listen to Kevin’s wisdom. “Tell me Kevin. I can take it. I am all ears.”

He said something about “sequencing” and then all of a sudden the postgame show was over. Just like that. I was left to wonder. “Did he just say sequencing? What is he talking about? Why is the postgame show only 14 seconds? Wait! Come back, Kevin.”

I needed answers from Kevin and I needed them NOW. “I am just going to call and ask him what he thought of the game,” I decided.

I figured I wasn’t the only one wanting more of the postgame show. When I got him on the phone, I asked if I could record the conversation for the blog. He graciously said that I could. Below is the transcript of our conversation:

KEVIN: HI ALYSSA.

Me: That was painful. I started getting weepy when the game was over. I am miserable. I want to vomit.

KEVIN: SO SORRY MY PREDICTION DIDN’T COME TRUE. THOUGHT THEY WOULD SPLIT THERE. MY GUT DID HAVE A CONCERN THOUGH BECAUSE BILLS [CHAD BILLINGSLY] NEEDS MORE CONFIDENCE IN HIMSELF TO KEEP THE EDGE.

Me: It was painful. What do you think the difference in him was tonight compared to the Chicago series? He certainly seemed confident then.

KEVIN: IN CHICAGO, THEY WERE UP 0-1. TONIGHT THEY WERE DOWN 1-0. HE PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON HIMSELF THAT HE HAD TO BE TOO FINE WITH HIS STUFF. HIS CURVEBALL WAS HIS BEST PITCH EARLY AND HIS COMMAND OF HIS CUTTER AND FASTBALL WASN’T THERE YET. SO AS A CATCHER YOU RECOGNIZE THAT, AND GO TO THAT WHEN YOU NEED AN OUT WHILE TRYING TO STILL CULTIVATE THE FASTBALL. NURTURE IT ALONG AS YOU FEEL THE FLOW OF THE GAME. PHILS WEREN’T TOUCHING HIS OVERHAND CURVEBALL.

Me: I heard you say something about “sequencing” in the postgame show.

KEVIN: SEQUENCING IS THE CATCHER’S RESPONSIBILITY.

Me: Okay. This may seem like a stupid question, but in layman’s terms, what is Sequencing?

KEVIN: CALLING THE RIGHT PITCHES IN THE RIGHT COUNTS, AND RECOGNIZING WHO IS SITTING DEAD RED ESPECIALLY WITH RUNNERS ON BASE AND MEN IN SCORING POSITION.

Me: Sitting “dead red”? Now I feel really dumb.

KEVIN: SITTING ON THE FASTBALL. RUIZ, A .214 HITTER, FOULED BACK A 93-MPH FASTBALL ON THE FIRST PITCH. THAT IS WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR THE WHOLE AT-BAT WHEN HE DOUBLED IN THE FIRST RUN. BILLS SHOULD HAVE THROWN A CURVEBALL TO STRIKE HIM OUT AND END THE BOTTOM OF THE 2ND. INSTEAD MARTIN CALLED A FASTBALL AND RUIZ WAS LOOKING FOR IT. HE HITS ONLY .214 BECAUSE HE CAN’T HIT A BREAKING BALL. THEN LATER, VICTORINO ALWAYS, ALWAYS LOOKS FASTBALL NO MATTER WHAT COUNT. HE EVEN TOLD ME THAT THIS WEEK. AFTER LOOKING AWFUL ON A CURVEBALL EARLY, WITH 2 STRIKES, THEY CALLED A FASTBALL AND IT WAS UP OVER THE PLATE AND HE HIT THAT 2 RUN SINGLE TO LEFT-CENTER … THUS A 4-RUN INNING.

Me: Don’t remind me. So if a fastball isn’t where it is supposed to be, should the catcher/pitcher abandon it all together?

KEVIN: NO. YOU STILL HAVE TO THROW FASTBALL, JUST NOT IN A PUTAWAY COUNT. HIS CURVE WAS HIS PUTAWAY PITCH EARLY IN THE GAME. AND MARTIN AND BILLS DIDN’T RECOGNIZE THAT. THAT IS ALSO THE PITCHING COACH’S AND ADVANCE SCOUT’S ISSUE. THE FASTBALL MIGHT HAVE COME ALONG AS THE GAME PROGRESSED, BUT IT NEVER GOT TO THAT POINT. THE PHILLIES KNEW THAT. YOU GO WITH THE CURVEBALL WITH TWO STRIKES UNTIL THEY PROVE THEY CAN HIT IT.  

Me: Was that how they shut down Howard? They seemed to be throwing him a lot of curveballs.

KEVIN: YEAH. THEY DID A GREAT JOB ON HOWARD WITH CURVES AND WENT AWAY FROM IT WITH EVERYONE ELSE.

Me: It is always so enlightening speaking with you about baseball. You made me feel better for some reason. I don’t feel like throwing up anymore.

KEVIN: GOOD. GLAD I CAN HELP. THINGS WILL GET BETTER! I REALLY BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL WIN GAME 3. IT IS NOW A MUST-WIN.  

Me: Are we going to have pitching issues for the rest of the series? And by the way, between this and the election I have constant heartburn.

KEVIN:
BECAUSE LOWE AND BILLS DIDN’T GO THAT DEEP, THEY CAN BOTH COME BACK ON SHORT REST FOR GAMES 4 AND 5. TAKE SOME TUMS.

Me: I love the strategy. It is an amazing game.

KEVIN: I BET YOU HAVE FUN TALKING STRATEGY WITH YOUR DAD DURING THE GAME.  

Me: Oh, yes. He still teaches me new things about the game. There are always things to learn. If you were Joe, what would your strategy be going into Game 3?

KEVIN: HE JUST HAS TO MANAGE WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY AND KEEP THE MOMENTUM ON THE DODGERS SIDE. THIS TEAM IS GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN.

Me: Thank you so much for spending the time with me and answering my questions (no matter how silly they may have been).

KEVIN: YOU ARE WELCOME. RELAX. HAVE FUN THIS WEEKEND AND DON’T WORRY.

Me: Easier said than done. Thanks again.

KEVIN: Bye.

Me: Bye.

Peace,
Love,
AND BASEBALL,
Alyssa

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78 Comments

Hi Alyssa,
Hang in there…Sweep them in LA…Still pulling for Boston/LA
series…
Later Alyssa,
Curt
P.S. Tell the Dodgers to “lay off” Lidge’s sliders…especially Nomar (I know easier said, then done…)

NICE PICTURE TOO…🙂

God Alyssa this has been painfull to watch I almost took off my Ramirez Jersy after the ninth inning. But My faith wouldn’t let me, Our boys in blue will come back and take game 3 trust me.

I didn’t know that info about SEQUENCING Its great to know thank you🙂 and Kevin too.

Have faith and stay the course

Gary

p.s. love the pic of Gibson he’s so cute

Lyssie,
TV’s been on the blink here so I missed the game. Sounds like we lost, from the tone of your post!!!. Oh well, you can’t expect to win all the time, but I know we’ll win overall.

And you, young lady, need to calm down!!!. If you keep getting all worked up over things you can’t control, you’re going to make yourself really sick. Last thing I want to hear is you ending up in hospital with stomach problems or a nervous breakdown!!. Then I’d end up worrying about what was happening to you and so would the rest of us fans. Be good to yourself, OK?!!.

Love what you did to Gibson there🙂. He looks really cute🙂.

Love,

“Oz”

Don’t sweat it Alyssa. I know easier said then done. I guess Manny pointed to the sky after he hit a home run to the chants of the Philadelphia fans. I’m a lot looser now that the Angels are out. I can really enjoy the series now, no pressure. I don’t know too much about baseball, especially pitching strategies and base running strategies. I think I know most of the rules except a few. What constitutes a balk, and the infield fly rule I’m not too sure about. How are your horses? Your family? Your new show? If you get a chance let us know.

Thanks,

Joe

By the way Alyssa,

Didn’t the Dodgers win the world series in 1988? Weren’t you just 15 in Oct of 88? Aren’t you only 35 now? I know only technically but still you weren’t 16 in Oct of 88, you were only 15.

Joe

I have a cat named Eckersley. I don’t think he would like your dog too much.

Alyssa-
God, do we really need these wins!!!
I have been crossing my fingers each time I look in the paper! During the games against CHicago my heart was filled with joy! Now I am just worrying! I couldn’t watch the game last night I just got so worrieD. I HOPE WE GET THROUGH THIS!! Cross you fingers everyone!!!
Mekarem

YES, IT WAS PAINFUL IT REALLY HURT I ALMOST EVEN CRY. I COULDNT BELIEVE WHAT I WAS WATCHING I WAS ALMOST SCREAMING AT THE T.V. AT A POINT IN THE GAME. BUT IN SOME WAY I STILL HAD HOPE AND NOW I JUST PRAY TO GOD THAT ON SUNDAY SOMETHING COULD BE DONE ABOUT THIS.. I NEVER FELT THIS PAIN ABOUT A BASEBALL GAME IN MY LIFE. IT WAS HORRIBLE!! BUT HEY JUST KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND HAVE HOPE BECAUSE EVEN IN THE MOMENTS THAT YOU THINK EVER THING IS LOST SOMETHING GOOD ALWAYS HAPPENS..SO YOU NEVER KNOW. SO GO DODGERS!!!
YOUR PUERTORICAN FAN..
TAMARA

P.S. YOU DOG LOOKS SO KOOL IN THE PIC!

HAVE HOPE!! CHEER FOR YOUR TEAM ON THE NEXT GAME LIKE YOU ALWAYS DO..HAVE HOPE AND LOTS OF IT!! BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN ALL THE SPORTS AT A MOMENT YOU SEE A TEAM JUST FALLING BACK AND THEN OUT OF NOWHERE THEY GET STRENGHT AND WIN THE NEXT GAME AND THE NEXT UNTILL THEY’RE ON TOP ONCE AGAIN. SO HAVE HOPE, HAVE HOPE!!

GO DODGERS!!! GO BLUE!!!!

Hi Alyssa!

Its not over yet. Teams have come back before but game 3 is a must win. But even if they lose they had a great year and have nothing to be ashamed of. Manny lifted them into the playoffs and they really came together as a team. But remember its not over till its over!

Mike

Alyssa I know you are heartbroken about the two loses. Man they had chances in the 7th & 9th innings. Leaving all those guys on base did not help. We can only hope home field advantage will help them get even.

Gibson looks adorable in his rally hat & uniform.

Keep the faith.

Reesa

Well,, that game was up and down. When we came back from being 8-2 down i thought come on we’re back in this!! Then we had a chance to put the scores even and i was thinking come on… one hit! Just hit the ball!
At this point i had my boyfriend in my ear asking me what was happening?,, whats this?,, whats that??
I just turned around and said for gods sake harry sshhh!
By the end of the game i was so depressed that he practically was chucking wine down my neck so i could drown my sorrrows haha. Thinking about it now. BAD MOVE! I feel like death.
Anyway. GAME 3. Anything is possible and im heading into it positive.
x
GO DODGERS!

You know really, even top play-by-play announcers don’t spend enough time on the relationship between the pitcher and the catcher. The catcher plays a huge role in what pitches get thrown and when. What blows me away is the enormous amount of information about each batter they must have. It’s the pitcher’s skill set to know how to throw the pitches, but mostly the catcher’s to know when to throw them. This is the heart of baseball to me. What happens after the pitch gets thrown is just up to a bunch of well trained athletes to react to on instinct and training. There’s a psychological war going on between the mound and the plate that to me, constitutes most of the game. It’s not as exciting to watch as a deep hit fly, but I think that’s where the game is mostly decided.

I would have bet money against the Phillies going up two. I think it will be different back home.

If it was Phillies bats or Dodgers pitching, Manny still almost brought the game back. He’s a monster and I still think he will tip the series. Getting Torre and Manny will still spell the difference in the end result, I think, Alyssa. Maybe Loney will become a big bat again, too.

Gibson’s too cute!
Jim in Texas

Wow, thanks so much (to you and Kevin) for posting this conversation! I definitely appreciate the “extended” postgame show. Talking about baseball is almost as much fun as watching it.

Here in Boston, we’re definitely pulling for the Dodgers. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching to Manny Ramirez?

Hi Alyssa,

I thought that the Dodgers would split in Philly but now they pretty much have to win at least the next two games. Otherwise, coming back from 3-1 will be tough (but not impossible).

Thanks for the conversation with Kevin Kennedy. It was fun to read. I think he does a good job on Fox.

I’m sure you know that Manny is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.

Don’t give up. The Dodgers still have a good chance to win.

In fact, Gibson looks like he could pinch run for Manny in the late innings.

All the best,

Jim

dearest alyssa,
we are ALL iin this time of need for a win rite now.. just like kevin said- we are really a good enough team to win this!
the game definetely seemed like a blur to so many of us..hopefully the dodgers take his advice into consideration because he really seems like a wise guy and knows what he is talking about..
dont lose hope because we really need it.. -to all dodgers fans. :] we can still do this!!
GO BLUE!
-karen.
p.s. i am loving that costume on gibson.😀 whered you get that beccause i know my dog would love one also! they could be “THE DODGER DOGS” hahahhahaha!

Hey Alyssa!
Looks like we had the same idea for our “good luck charm”. I’ve also dressed my doggy up in a little Dodger’s sweater, but I think Gibson looks cuter🙂 I know the past two games must be killing you, but you gotta keep your faith! We still have a chance, and we knew these games against the Phillies would be tough. I’m trying my best not to worry about the game Sunday and putting my full confidence in our boys. We are at OUR stadium now, on OUR turf, and we are going to blow those Phillies away! Even with the stats against us; because the Dodger’s have something special. They have passion for this game, and although they seemed to be a little off at the Phillies stadium, it’s different now. I have a great feeling things are going to turn around for us. I will admit though, that last game was especially grueling. In the 7th inning I was so hopeful, and then in the 9th inning too. But it was all just wishful thinking-though Manny did do a FANTASTIC job throughout the whole game. What a guy! Wow. Oh, and right before the end of the game, like you mentioned in your blog, when Norman had 2 strikes and 3 balls (I believe?) I was literally screaming at the TV, “DON’T SWING!! DON’T SWING!!!!” Ahg, I about died when he did, and missed. But ok, enough of this dismal talk. We still have a shot and we need to get our heads on straight. Our boys need us right now, so it’s time to support them like never before. We need to be the best of the best fans, and Alyssa, if you’re going to the game Sunday (which I’m almost postive you are) then you just gotta scream your head off and do everything humanly possible to keep their spirits up! -not like I really need to tell you this though, you would do it anyway! GO BLUE!!!!! …oh and Alyssa, take care of yourself girl! I don’t want anything happening to you over all this stress!
Thanks for the update,
love your biggest fan🙂
Katlyn

^^ Wow, sorry LONG comment. Just have a lot to say🙂 (And to be frank, I cut it down a lot!) But I forgot to thank you for posting that conversation with Kevin Kennedy. Like you, I was extremely frustrated at how brief the postgame show was. So when logging on to mlb and seeing this post, I was ecstatic! It’s nice to hear the opinion of someone with so much knowledge of this game.
I’m proud to say I actually knew about “sequencing” though. I didn’t know that’s what it was called, but I have always been aware of the relationship between a pitcher and his catcher, and also of how important a catcher is to the success of the game-no pressure or anything, LOL. Well anyway, just wanted to add that. Thanks again for the awesome post.
Katlyn

P.s. It’s pretty amazing how fast I’ve converted to a being a Dodger’s fan! But in all fairness, I have loved baseball for awhile; it’s just my team (Royals) tend to bore me, which is understandable-I think. But now I have these super exciting, unpredictable games to watch, and it has just given me a whole new view on baseball. What a great game!!!!

had a huge crush on you when i saw a live taping of “who’s the boss” many, many years ago but never knew you were a dodgers fan! that’s amazing!!! i love this blog.

if the dodgers keep swinging at lidge’s slider we’ll never win this series. make him throw strikes.

Oh every time I read something written by you, I imagine you saying it😛 It would be so cool if you could be here now talkin’ to me.. about baseball, Lucy, your new show or whatever.. I’ll enjoy every word you say sweetie… oh and lookin’ into your eyes… oh I’m a dreamer :)) you have no idea how much I desire that to happen, I love you so much😛 …btw cute pic😀

I LOVE YOU LYSSIE!

P.S. dodgerfans1@hotmail.com
this is my email.. pls sweetie send me a msg sometimes when you can and if you want❤
I LOVE YOU!

I’m sorry Lyss, let’s hope they’ll win the next games and pull through.. They do deserve it after such a hectic year..
Let’s all just keep crossing our fingers and cheer them on as much as you can in Dodger stadium(for those who have the oppertunity to go..)!
I hope you’re (still) having a great weekend!

love,

Jenny

Sorry that your boys are taking it on the chin! I’m a Giants fan through and through, so we are bred NOT to cheer for Dodger Blue under any circumstances whatsoever. I still luv anything that you do, and any projects your are part of. The clothing line looks AWESOME and is much much overdue. Keep on keepin’ on!

heyhomee.com

Hi Alyssa,your friend do have great baseball knowledge.I’m devastated that your team is down.Surely,I would like for your Dodgers to win this series and obtain your happiness.Well,thank you.You’re the best woman in the world,to me.I appreciate your beautiful blogs.

Hi Alyssa,
True story, while watching the 9th inning, I too found myself pacing back and forth between two treadmills…glancing away after every pitch…and why??? It’s as if my Cubs were playing and they aren’t.
Your talk with Kevin about putting you at ease reminded me of when I was growing up. Before just about every game being on cable tv, you had to listen to the radio. It was mostly during the summer vacation from school, back when the Cubs played all day games at home. So during another annual Cub debacle of a season, I would always listen to the postgame report on the radio. The person (and he always put one at ease and made positive comments about the game and I know you probably NEVER heard of him) was the late Lou (the good kid) Boudreau. A Hall of Famer who played and managed back in the 40’s and 50’s. He was a player/manager in some seasons. Played for the Cleveland Indians. Was the MVP in 1948…After his managing days were over, he went on to broadcast Cub games (he was from the chicago area) from 1958 – 1987. But I can always remember him putting a positive spin on ALOT of Cub losses…
Talk to you later, probably World Series time and lets hope your Dodgers are playing the Red Sox,
Curt
P.S. Almost 46 yr old Jamie Moyer (and I can remember when he started out with the Cubs) – Manny has 10 HR’s in 53 AB’s against him (look for him to walk him)….
I know the pitcher and the catcher should be on the “SAME PAGE”, but doesn’t the pitcher have the last say in WHAT PITCH he throws…
Thanks for always “putting up with me” and continuing your blog… and Yes, I will be back…

Alyssa, have faith! Moyer can be beat! The Dodgers are back in L.A.! They can and might pull it off!
Forever a baseball nut,
Alvin

Alyssa, that nerve thing does not go away until the series is over. Trust me, my team is up 2-0 on you and I feel like throwing up already. It’s 10:10 AM EST in Philly.

Joe
P.S. My prayers and condolences go out to Shane Victorino and his family on the loss of his grandmother and to Charlie and his family on the loss of his mother.

Hi Alyssa!

How are you?

Nice picture of Gibson..

Love,

Ctia Costa

http://kdoroteiaspage.com.sapo.pt

Hey Alyssa! I write all the way from Sweden. Just wanted to say that I admire you enormously, I think you’re fantastic.

hope you feel good!!!❤

ps, your little dog is the cutest i’ve ever seen…!!!

/Jen

Alyssa:

Another week in baseball…My name is Mort and I approve this blog….Ya, I know those pacing up and down blues all too well, everyone was so busy dreaming about a Manny-Red Sox match that they forgot a very important thing….the Phillies…these guys are real and here’s hoping a few wins at home will get the momentum back in the Blues favor….I don’t watch the games on TV so I still get to listen to Vin for the Blue and Joe for Boston and if there wasn’t a delay on the radio games I might put the game on the TV with sound muted and watch that way…alas someone out there doesn’t want us doing that…My guys had a hard fought loss last night and tonight I’m hoping I can do my happy dance as the Blue kick some Philly butt and here’s hoping I’m not disappointed… Happy dancing beats pacing any old day of the week…Lots more comments this year then last October, which is a good thing, tho I think some of these guys need to be hosed down, still it’s nice seeing the interest being generated so keep up the good work and keep writing…Here’s hoping we’re all here next week…Mort

Actually, Alyssa (and Kevin), thanks to the NBA-style off day between Games 4 and 5 — which looks to be necessary in the middle of the eighth inning Sunday night — Billingsley will have four days’ rest for his next start.

Also if there is a Game 7 that would mean Lowe would have full rest and Hamels (not pitching until Game 5) would probably not appear again. That would be Moyer’s turn again … advantage LA if that happens.

I still think it will be a Dodgers-Rays WS.

Hang in there baby, I’m going to Mass and praying the Rosary, Joe Torre’s doing the same!! The Dodgers will still be GREAT in 2008!! GO BIG BLUE WRECKING CREW!!!! PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!!

Bonjour ma belle,

Only in Hollywood: LA turns up heat in Game 3
Wow….
I just love this Game!

PS : Gibson looks cute and tolerant, I could never do that with one of my cats, even if they are bigger, (my Norwegian weights 14 pounds).
Let’s pray
T’embrasse fort,
Anne

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Yay, what a GREAT GREAT GREAT game! I couldn’t be happier; and I hate to say it Alyssa but…I told ya so🙂 I knew our boys would dominate in LA. -and they so did. They started that game off strong and held on all the way. Could we ask for more? I think not.
I feel like the Phillies and the Dodgers are almost paralleled in skill. In every game we’ve played against them this year, the home team has always won. Weird, huh? Should be interesting to see how the game tonight plays out. I can’t wait. We gotta win this one too, and then we are back in the series! WOOH!
Love,
Katlyn

TBS The Hot Corner this year again ma belle ?
Anne

How about that game last night? I was watching the game with my mom and dad (both baseball fans) and they were critical of the Dodgers’ alleged retaliation at Shane Victorino. I tried to point out how Billingsley should have responded to the Phillies the other day and didn’t so they had to respond last night.

The only thing I didn’t like was that Kuroda’s ball went towards Victorino’s head. If you want to retaliate then hit somebody in the back and they should then take their bas and that should be the end of it. But “head hunting” is wrong and should not be condoned IMHO.

Alyssa:
Gibson looks so cute in his little jersey!
Haven’t seen you on FOX during the NLCS at Dodger Stadium. Need to be on a show on FOX to be shown…lol
Good Luck to the Dodgers. As Mets fans here in New York, we can only sit and watch.
Enjoy the NLCS!
Love,
James

It’s not over yet Alyssa. Like us Mets fans say, Ya Gotta Believe!!

Ok, I’ll give you this one Alyssa-that game was definitely heartburn worthy! I even started to get a migraine towards the end! Ah, I think you said it well when saying, “ouch. ouch it hurts.” REAL BAD!:/
Love,
Katlyn

Bonsoir ma belle,

Fais mal hein, affreusement mal…

But it’s going to hurt more if the Red Sox are going to play against the Dodgers for the World Series (Why is it call the World Series when it’s 2 Americans teams facing each other?).

Hold on sweetie and breath, breathing is your friend…

T?embrasse fort,

Anne

Well Alyssa…Sorry for your Dodgers. But aren’t my Phillies just playing great!? That home run by Victorino and then Stairs’ mammoth blast was the best! I won’t rub it in though. After that near brawl in Game 3, I remember why I can’t stand Manny. Victorino was just trying to get his point across to a guy who can’t speak English! (Do u realize how many ex-Yankees and Red Sox players are on that team!? It’s like Dodger Stad. is Yankee Stad West. They play the same little organ music. As a ex-Yankee fan, I really hate to see Donnie ‘Baseball’ Mattingly in a Dodgers uni.)
Was that u sitting behind home plate in game 4? I sat there watching all night trying to figure it out. Well…hopefully the Phils end it mercifully tomorrow night. Don’t worry. I am still a fan of Joe Torre and u.

Alyssa,
Great little Blog you got going here. Seems like you all will not soon forget Shane “Dodger Killer” Victorino anytime soon. Can’t wait for game 5. GO PHILS!

I’ve watched the ESPN 5 minute game highlight loop about three times now and have come to the conclusion that both teams had plenty of opportunities to win last night (Oct 13th). It’s hard to lose at home, and it’s uphill now, but it can still be done. I’m guessing that Stairs probably hit his only home run of the series, and Manny is always capable of planting one or two.
I’m glad there was no retaliation to the Victorino head shot, accidental or not. I see it’s going to be Billingsley on Wednesday, so maybe he and Manny can turn in a win on the road. Tell Gibson to keep his rally cap on and we’ll see what happens!

Jim in Texas
(banjoist2008)

Alyssa-

Were you there last night for Game 4? I’m sure you were. Were you, as I was, turning to your seatmates at the top of the 6th, asking why Kershaw was in instead of Lowe? When your seatmates told you that Torre wanted to rest Lowe for Game 7, did you say, “But why not let him face the heart of the Phillies explosive offense? He can take care of these guys in a dozen pitches. A dozen pitches won’t make that much of a difference. Is it really wise to put a 20-year-old with no post-season experience in to face these batters? Is it? IS IT??????And why are we worries about Game 7 when we can beat these jokers in 6 if we sweep here and go back to Philly with momentum.” That was brutal. I just hope we find a way to keep Manny next year. Perhaps Andruw Jones will graciously give his money back. Also congratulations on the expansion of Touch into the new leagues. And best of luck with Single With Parents — can’t wait to see it on the air!!

Hey Alyssa:
The neurosis is really not worth it, even though it is quite evident that you wholeheartedly support the Dodgers.
As if you are the one needing the pep talk, instead of the guys that ride the pine.
Should they all assemble as one cohesive team, for this final run, then good things can happen, time and again. The core of players put together right now, will never be the same again, after this season is over. We’ve seen them do it down the stretch, they’ve got a lot of the right stuff.
Now, if we see the pitching staff locate their stuff, right, then the battery can charge up the rest!
Remain calm, complacent, peaceful. Aw heck, go toss some cookies iffin it makes you feel better…
Anyway, I am going to hang in there. And hope for the best.
LAter, Brent

Alyssa
How you doin’ there?
Well if you weren’t feeling good after game 2, you’re probably feeling worse now, after game 4.
.
Now the Dodgers have to forget about winning the pennant and just concentrate on winning game 5, which could be the last game in this 50th anniversary of leaving Brooklyn. Like giving this year of celebration a winning climax in LA.
.
Another big prize is a ticket to get on that plane leaving for Philadelphia.
.
And stop them Phillies from celebrating on our court.
,
From an old Brooklyn Fan.

Alyssa, I’ve always been impressed with your above-average knowledge of the Dodgers and passion for the team, but you had never heard the phrase, “sitting dead red??” I can overlook not being familiar with “sequencing,” but thought dead red was a pretty common baseball phrase, much the same as “can of corn.” Ah, well… I suppose I can forgive you– IF the Dodgers can somehow miraculously come back and win these next three games! What will PROBABLY happen, however, is they will win the first two to get it to 3-3… only to lose game #7 (but sure hope I’m wrong). As much as it kills me to admit, the article in today’s LA Times by Ross Newhan says it all… Philly is probably the better team with more pitching and power hitting depth. Dodgers badly need more experienced bullpen with more lefties. Maybe if we win tonight, Torre can bring in Fernando to start game #6, followed by Koufax in deciding game #7??

Oh, one more thing on subject of Gibson’s costume … made me think of the Dodger puppy uniform I got last year around this time for my Cavapoo, Dodger (my fiancee hated that name when I suggested it, but now she agrees it is the perfect name for him). Anyway, I am not sure where she got it, but it has Dodgers right across front of his “jersey” and cap. I wish you could see the photo I took of him propped up on the couch… from his not-so-amused expression, you’d think he was in a straight jacket. I didn’t think to make him wear his rally cap the other night, but you might be onto something.

After game four, Dodgers people must have wanted to blow chow. I hope noone ate pee soup before the game, I even wanted to blow chunks after game four. I thought Torre had outsmarted them. I thought Torre was putting on a clinic the way he switched pitchers, then BOOM, SWAT, POW, SMACK, Phillies win. You guys have 2 in 11 chance now. Nice article Alyssa Milano, I knew you were wound up! I like it when your wound up and ornery! Thanks Kevin Kennedy for giving us the baseball talk! I’m watching, see Bawbwa Streisand, Penny Marshall and other celebs but have not seen my hero yet.

Another topic for general forum debate as we near end of this season… is it in Dodgers’ best interest to re-sign Manny at any cost? You notice I said the team’s best interest as opposed to the fans’ best interest. As a fan, of course I would guess just about anyone would say, “Of course, LA has to bring Manny back… he is what makes it once again exciting to come to Dodger Stadium… he is the main reason the Dodgers are even playing in October.” However, if you subscribe to the belief that pitching ultimately wins championships, does that make the most sense for McCourt, Coletti, Torre, et al? Especially when you consider that next year’s staff most likely will be losing Lowe to free agency. That essentially leaves Billingsley, Kuroda and a still very inexperienced Kershaw. You can’t assume Penny will ever be as effective as he once was. You DEFINITELY can’t assume Schmidt will ever throw another pitch (in an actual game situation, anyway). So there’s the rub… does the team open the vault to re-sign Manny, or go after free agents Sabathia or maybe even K-Rod? (Because Saito may be done, and Broxton is still not a “lights out” closer.) Manny’s the marquee star, but how many games can he win for LA next year when it’s a given that opposing pitchers will walk him just about every time there is an open base to put him on? Please… discuss amongst yourselves. Interested in other Dodger fans’ thoughts on this highly emotion-provoking topic.

Some one please explain to me why in the hell Russell Martin is batting clean up? He is a catcher for God’s sake. Too much wear and tear from the season to be batting clean up in the playoffs. I rather see Casey Blake or Loney bat clean up. Not Russell Martin. I have faith in Torre, but I just don’t understand why Martin is batting 4th.

~Ray

After watching Billingsley fail to get out of the third inning for second game in a row, I refer back to my “Exhibit A” post that Dodgers don’t have the luxury of re-signing Manny at the expense of not upgrading their starting pitching. Sure, Manny hit another HR tonight… but it’s relatively meaningless when already down 5-0 and the bases empty… and those are about the only situations he will have a chance to hit next year, too. Dodgers need a true staff ace like Hamels or Sabathia next year to pair with Billingsley, Kuroda and …??? And I expect Dodgers will most likely re-sign Furcal if the only alternative is Berroa, but man, those three errors by him just about sucked any of the remaining life they may have had completely out of them… oh, and Dewitt’s two rally-killing DPs. Ah, well… ummmm… gooooo, Rays????? (Is it April yet?)

Sorry for the loss, Alyssa. They did well, but the Phillies just had a little more.

Jim

I know it’s tough to deal with. Your team has tremendous talent and will return strong next year. Losing Manny will be tough to handle though.

this is a horrible. i dont know what has happened to sports in los angeles. first it was usc losing the #1 spot, now the dodgers are completely out of the race. this is almost as disappointing as losing the raiders to oakland. it is my belief that your blog is at fault for this unbelievable loss as it has been harboring a lot of anti-dodgers propaganda…totally kidding. i look forward to reading about what is going to happen to manny. that guy is awesome. its time to change pace now as football and basketball are in season. i cant stand watching any other baseball team other than the dodgers so i bid farewell to baseball for the season. hopefully, the lakers can pull off another championship…go lakers! oh, the most important part…i still havent got your number. wuts up with that? i guess the dugout club is still lame as ever. go blue!

My Condolences. As a longtime Red Sox fan, I can sympathize with your team coming so close.

While I have doubts that Manny will return for next year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see C.C Sabathia wearing the Dodger blue next season.

Bonjour ma belle,

I feel bad this morning (A little sick in my stomach…), but I’m still very proud of them, they had a great season, love it all the way.
Merci boys,

Now let’s pray for my Red Sox right ?

T’embrasse fort,
Anne

Alyssa:
Almost another week in baseball…..Heck and darn..razz and frazz…dag-nabbit…the roller coaster finally came spinning off the tracks…heartbreaking final game and I’m sure there’s a lot of finger pointing going in in some circles, not here tho…. Manny gave you guys such a boost at the right time it was an exciting couple of months. To bad Boras hasn’t gotten any money yet and won’t get any till he gets Manny his 5 year deal and that , because of his bad knees, will only happen with a team that has a DH. Maybe you should start lobbying now to get them to change the rules in the National League.. .. Well my guys are in a pit again and this time I’m not sure they can climb out,tho they have a track record for doing so…Ya I know, if Boston had been knocked out I really wouldn’t care a lot about other teams either….Here’s hoping the next time I write I won’t be blubbering so much you need to put a towel over your monitor…Mort

Sorry Dodgers Fans. I know its been a long time since Dodger Glory in October. I think Flock of Seaguls was a hit band last time Dodgers had their day in the Sun, Ouch that does hurt. Saw Alyssa in 8th Inning with towel on her head, she was bummed. Sorry folks. Philly had great hitting, just enough starting pitching and a fantastic bull pen. That usually is enough. Devil Rays are team destiny now if you ask me.

there were only 2 good things in that game last night – Manny’s dinger and how cute (though stressed and anxious) you looked with that rally towel on your head late in the game.

I hate life.

~Ray

My sympathies, Alyssa. 😦

Alyssa,

You want to talk about pacing? How about Monday?s game? In my lovely (really!) top deck, last row seat I had plenty of pacing room and I took full advantage. I almost had to look away but couldn?t bring myself to do it. The Stairs HR truly felt like an out of body experience.

And I know what you mean about everything feeling different. The seniors in front me rejected getting their picture taken because they ?come to so many games? and I said ?I do too, but the NLCS logo isn?t on the field for those!!?

I must admit I am proud of my blog entry after I went to the Cubs sweep game, would love you to read it if you have a moment!
http://xjill.livejournal.com/20517.html

Well, although it didn?t end like we would?ve wanted I must admit that simply getting as far as we did was a lot of fun. Just wait ’til next season!😉

Alyssa,
Sorry your Dodgers didnt win. Better luck next time.

Saw you on NFLTotalAccess. You look great!!

http://www.nfl.com/videos?campaign=ec0005&videoId=09000d5d80bb7e20

Alyssa:

Another week in baseball….

Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa…Casey Stengel….Stayin Alive….Stayin Alive….Ah Ha Ha Ha….Stayin Alliiiiiiive….As long as Boston has baseball to play it will still be summer in my soul….In the middle of game 5, I was oddly at peace with losing the ALCS to the Rays and now I’m looking on with wide eyes and wonder…this is baseball….Mort

Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays! Great battle in game 7 with the Sox. Now it is on the World Series against the Phillies.

Hey sweet lady

I’m sorry things turned out the way it did.. But we’ll be back next year. Saw you on NFL total access you were so wonderfully charming🙂

love
Gary

Alyssa :

Another week in baseball,almost…..
Horns of a dilemma, do I root for the team that beat Boston or do I root for the guys who beat the Blue….or do I boycott the World Series ??….Nah, can’t do that…Well, my bet is an ice cream sandwich ( not the regular ones, the ones with cookies and chocolate chips ) and I’ll take the Phillies…Mort

Bonjour ma belle,

Same state of mind like Mort for the moment: Root for the boys from the sunny state who beat the Sox or boycott the Series?!
With some problems at work, I will need to take the rest of my vacation later this year (early December), so I will not be in the States for the Series anyway….sniff

Hope to hear from you soon, even if the season is almost over?

T?embrasse fort,

Anne

PS : You turn to come to Europe !

I’m back again Alyssa – HI…I guess things just didn’t work out for our teams. OUCH OUCH IT HURTS, when I read it, it did hurt. (Bear with me here because it’s not baseball related) But seeing Gibson reminded me of my own dog, Heidi. I knew she was in her last days…and I know every pet owner knows that day will come sooner then you think. Over 15 years ago one morning, a scared little pup appeared by the front door. Obviously, she had been “dumped” out in the country where I live on a farmstead. Not really having much luck with “outdoor dogs” over the years, but having an “inside dog” instead. But Heidi stayed, She was a mixed collie/lab. All black with white paws. Knowing she was going to have to live outside with two roads. You’re always scared for the worse as dogs and roads don’t mix very well. Because there was nothing to prevent her from going out on the road. When she was little she did once in awhile, but was scolded and just seemed to quit doing it. She learned to stop at the ditch and not go any further. She had the “run of the place” as she was never chained up or fenced in. She was the friendliest dog, probably too friendly at times. But did she love to walk. We probably went on thousands of walks. She just loved it when we would scare out some deer or come across some squirrels. She would start to chase them , but soon realize she wasn’t gaining ground on them. She would chase after geese and even the occasional blue heron. Yes, even in Illinois, a mighty large bird. I never realized how much fun can be had with an outdoor dog, she just always wanted to be around somebody. Anyhow, she lasted the next 15+ years and winters (outdoor dogs adapt well to the cold, but she had a well protected doghouse and would occasionally spend time in the garage if it was really bad out). Heidi to would lay out in the yard, flat on her back with her legs sticking up in the air. 15 years + has produced several spots in the yard that have sunk in about 4 inches where she laid all the time. But I’m really going to “MISS HER” as she died during the night on Oct 12th. Alot of “enjoyable memories”. She is buried out back by one of the paths we used to walk to the creek. It’s hard to replace one pet, maybe next spring as I wouldn’t want to get one just in time for the winter…Thanks for putting up with me Alyssa. Here I will put a baseball tidbit in here. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was once manager of the Peoria Chiefs. Chiefs owner Pete Vonachen (who the late Harry Caray used to always mention during his Cub telecasts – “My good friend Pete Vonachen from Peoria is here today” Well he was his friend as the two met when Harry broadcast St Louis Billiken basketball which came to Peoria to play Bradley Univ. In fact I can remember, Pete did the eulogy at Harry’s funeral and I listened to it on the radio while on one of my many long walks with Heidi… Thanks for listening Alyssa, I will return.
Curt
P.S. As you go into production on your series, you probably won’t have much time to blog. But when you do, well you know we do appreciate them Alyssa. I read that you have a German Shepherd pup. Alyssa, pictures please. It’s always nice to see you and Gibson. THANKS Alyssa. GO CUBS GO BLUE…

Me again, I thought I would mention that it’s almost like a Hollywood production around here as Ty Pennnington and the ABC crew from Extreme Makeover : Home Addition is here in the area doing it’s thing right now. 7br’s…To air in the spring. About 2 blocks away from where I went to grade school…

I’m starting to worry about you, haven’t seen any posts since the end of the NLCS. Hope you’re not taking it too hard. There will be better days ahead I’m sure. Hang in there.🙂
– Mick

Alyssa,
I adore your TOUCH MLB fashion look for woman. way to go Alyssa, good job! What I would really like to say is even though baseball is over for both of our teams, I am a HUGE LA ANGELS FAN !!! And I am rooting for TAMPA RAYS because of Joe Madden, a long time 31 year ANGEL staffer. I am proud to see him succeed and become the American League Manager of the Year. I do admire the Dodgers but, I do have to say that the ANGELS are the true LA, CALIFORNIA Team..Only becaue they were born here, since 1903. Yes I know they were a minor league team at the time but never the less, to true ANGELENOS, they were orginally here first, as a matter of fact, they are named after the City of ANGELS…..Hello doesn’t anyone see that!!! I am so proud of that!!!!….. I don’t know if you know the true whole story of the LA Angels history but it doesn’t matter we are The Dodgers and The Angels and are connected because Orange County is considered to be part of LA – the greater part of LA and the Metropolitan part of LA. I am proud that our owner Arte Moreno decided to change our name back to LA for the sake of more publicity and more tv rights and much more etc, etc; The Angels do deserve it since actually we are the true ORIGINAL LA, CA TEAM!!! I am not putting anyone down just want everyone one of you Dodger fans to stop calliing the Angels the not LA team. Next year I hope we both do better and I would root for either team if they make it to the Fall Classic. I just hope we don’t play each other but if we do GO ORIGINAL LA, CA TEAM…GO ANGELS!!!

Hey Alyssa,
Let me just say that I love the Dodgers as much if not more than you do. They are right below my family on my list of things that I love. Unfortunately the town in which I live in Bakersfield,CA and at my highschool isnt a hotbed for Dodger fans.
They have suceeded in hurting me deep with their loss to the FREAKIN Phillies. I really had a feeling we had this series. It was so perfect, 20 years since our last win, 50 since we moved to L.A, the stage was set, we just didnt show up to the play.
Secondly, I’m man enough to admit that I did cry after game 4 and 5. Hey.. I couldnt help it Game 4 was our game! Then to have it snatched away by that 40 year old beer bellied Canadian! That just doesnt sit right with me.
Game 5 was just a slap in the face. They just beat us. Although we did have plenty of chances to make it interesting, we couldnt come through and once again Manny just couldnt quite do everything.
But oh well, its a little over 100 days until next season when it starts all over again.
So I just thought I would let u know I share your obsession for this historic franchise and keep on believing.

Your fellow crazy fan,
Will

If anyone is in New York City this week they should definitely keep the season going by seeing this new show that I saw when it was in San Diego. The show is called Back Back Back and it?s about steroid use in baseball. From what I remember it just follows three guys and the pressure to stay on top in major league play and how they choose to go about it. I read somewhere that on Friday (that?s the 31st I think) the first 25 people who get there see the show for free if they wear baseball attire! It?s free, it?s baseball and it?s a really good show?I think everyone should check it out. It?s at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). As Alyssa said on here in July, ?There is nothing more inspiring than good theater.?

Alyssa:

Another last week of baseball….Congrats to all you Philly fans ( I know you’re all out there, Alyssa was only there a few months back ) strange win, but the best team did win in the end….Now comes the season of rumors and backroom dealing and the Blue with 14 guys on the free agency will be doing a lot, I’ll keep my fingers crossed ( Heard the rumor about Manny and the Yankees…what a hoot ) …I’ll keep checking my mailbox for my ice cream sandwich..Good Luck on the new show and hope to hear from you if you get any good news..Mort…Oh Anne, if you know any English language pages I could read for Standard news could you let me know, Thanks….M

Nice dog!

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