Tagged: National League

A Dodger Fan’s Worst Nightmare

Contributing factors:

  • Dodgers absent in playoffs
  • Giants stealing the NL West Division Title from Padres
  • Giants take best of 5 from the Braves in 4
  • Phillies sweep Reds
  • Giants/Phillies NLCS showdown
  • Howard strikes out looking and the GIANTS become the NL Champs

Dodger fans found themselves in their own personal hell this post season. Rooting for any team playing against either Giants or Phillies. “Giants won’t make it past the division series. They haven’t made playoffs since the turn of the century,” we kept telling ourselves. Then they made it to the NLCS. So, who do we root for? Some fans rooted for Giants. “They’re from the west!” Uhh, no. They’re the GIANTS! Blasphemy, I tell you! As much as I hate the Phillies for killing us in the NLCS the past two years, I was rooting for them to murder the Giants because I couldn’t even begin to imagine the ridicule we would have to endure whenever the Giants were in town. Making playoffs was bad enough. Making it to the NLCS AND doing what the Dodgers couldn’t do twice, we should just wear bags over our heads.

Have you bought yours yet? Because the Giants have won the NL pennant! Wait, did our long-time rivals just do what the Boys in Blue failed at? Did they play the game so well that they earn the title of National League Champs? Yes and I think I’m going to crawl under a rock and die!

Let me clarify. I am not saying that these teams do not deserve to be where they are. They do! They played the better ball all year and they are where they are because of it, but the boiling hate that fills me up even thinking about it is real.

This year’s Fall Classic will stage two unlikely organizations battling for the title of World Champions. The Rangers will be making their first appearance in their 40-year history. The Giants will be attempting to win their first title since moving to the West. Who will you be rooting for? If you say the Giants, please don’t call yourself a Dodger fan. True Blue fans will be rooting for the Rangers to take it all! Regardless of the outcome (crosses fingers for Giants to get swept), I will be expecting some good baseball! Because I am a Dodger fan first and a baseball fan second.

Interesting to note: Bengie Molina will be the key to Rangers winning the title. Being that he was a Giant for half of the season, he not only knows how the rotation pitches, but also knows the offense and their batting tendencies. He will most likely be getting a WS ring whether the Rangers win or lose (they’re going to win!)

Hoping for a great fall classic. As always, Viva Los Dodgers! 

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Kershaw & Furcal on Fire

Kershaw delivered a magnificent performance tonight as pitched 8 innings earning 2 runs off 7 hits, walking NONE and he struck out 12 Cubbies (13 is his career high). This start around, he got the W thanks to Big John closing out the 9th and getting the save. (Let’s not recall that Broxton blew 4 of Kershaw’s W’s last season & he blew the Yankee game on 6/27 which was another Kershaw start). Regardless of that, Dodgers were able to pull out the W. Backing up Kershaw’s amazing pitching was the bat of Red-Hot Rafael “Fuego” Furcal! Raffy went 3-for-3, (Single, Double, HR) shy of hitting for the cycle, stole a base & secured Kershaw the W when he hit a 2-run BOMB. Again, tell me why this man is not in the All Star game?? When the American League is packed with power hitters, why are we not packing our team with pitching AND hitting?? I personally voted 100 times (4 different emails) and each 100 times it was for Raffy. Did he get on the team? No. Regardless, I think Furcal has given great performances day after day especially coming off from his difficult month of June. After mentioning his tough time dealing with the loss of his father, he said his father would’ve wanted him to play and play well. This man plays for the Love of the Game & he’s an All-Star in my eyes. I suggest he plays the song by Fuego called Super Estrella (Super Star) from now on, even though I love his current at-bat song “Chambonea” by Omega. =D and if you’re wondering, Raffy is my all-time favorite Dodger. He’s been with the club since I’ve been a fan. I hope he stays with them because he deserves to be playing every day like he should be.

All Star Weekend starting tomorrow. I will be going to Fan Fest in Anaheim convention center tomorrow with a fellow baseball fan (however, he is a Yankees’ fan eek!) Should be good times. My first time going. I will definitely take plenty of pictures!

Starting line up for the NL All Star team is:

C: Yadier Molina (STL)
1B: Albert Pujols (STL)
2B: Chase Utley (PHI)
SS: Hanley Ramirez (FLA)
3B: David Wright (NYM)
OF: Ryan Braun (MIL)
OF: Andre Ethier (LAD)
OF: Jason Heyward (ATL)

Representing the Dodgers will also be Broxton on the pitching staff. Torre will manage the NL league & he looks to battle the AL power hitters with big-time pitching with the likes of Carpenter, Halladay, Jimenez, Lincecum, and Wainwright to name a few. It should be a great game and if you’re not planning on watching it, you’d regret it!

Friday’s probables: Billingsley set to take the mound against Ted Lilly. Bills, after coming off a rough April and the injured list, has been pitching better and with more confidence. Pitch count gets high, but he has only allowed a total of 3 runs in his last two starts. A very happy birthday to my twitter friends @DodgerGirl_86 @dodgerdaisy & @AYE_DREE_AN who will be in LFP for tonight’s game to celebrate!

Until next time,
Lil
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