we all know about Kirk Gibson's homer, Steve Finley's slam, and
the four consecutive ninth-inning home runs in 2006. Here, though,
I'm talking about off-the-field embarrassments, on-the-field stupidity,
and other stuff that gives us all the Dodger Blues.
- Charles Ebbets dies on Opening Day
- Lasorda and Rau argue during World Series
- Lasorda goes on Dave Kingman tirade
- Rick Sutcliffe destroys Lasorda's office
- Lasorda goes on Kurt Bevacqua tirade
- Dave Stewart gets BJ from transvestite hooker
- Al Campanis makes racial remarks on Nightline
- Kirk Gibson goes apeshit over eyeblack
- Jay Howell uses pine tar
- Dodgers blow 10-run lead in 8th and 9th innings
- Eric Davis drives getaway car
- Dodgers forfeit after fans hurl balls
- Wilton Guerrero corks bat
- Kevin Brown destroys a toilet
- Chan Ho Park gives up 2 slams to Tatis in 1 inning
- Carlos Perez attacks water cooler with bat
- Raul Mondesi goes on tirade
- Lesbians kiss and get booted
- Gary Sheffield rips Dodgers
- Kevin Malone challenges fan
- Tommy Lasorda falls at all-star game
- Jose Lima sings anthem while wife's boobs get the attention
- Milton Bradley goes apeshit, tossing balls
- Milton Bradley goes apeshit, tossing a bottle
- Dodgers and Cardinals shake hands
- Duaner Sanchez throws his glove at the ball
- Derek Lowe and Carolyn Hughes secretly mate
- Joe Beimel cuts his hand at a bar
- Two Dodgers nailed at home seconds apart
|> Charles Ebbets dies on Opening Day
April 18, 1925
Charles Ebbets, who began as a ticket seller and eventually became president and owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, died at his Waldorf-Astoria apartment—on the morning of Opening Day. Ebbets served as team president for 26 years, and the Dodgers honored his memory by losing that afternoon to the Giants at Ebbets Field, 7-0.
removes Doug Rau in '77 World Series
Rau was the Dodger starter in Game 4 of the 1977 World Series. After
the Yankees got three consecutive hits off of Rau in the third inning,
Tommy Lasorda went to the mound to pull him. What followed was a
classic exchange. The Yankees ended up scoring three times in the
third inning, but the Dodgers came up with two of their own in the
third when Davey Lopes blasted a Ron Guidry pitch over the center-field
fence. Reggie Jackson hit a solo shot in the sixth, and that's how
it ended: Yankees 4, Dodgers 2. But the game produced this:
to Tommy and Rau argue (MP3 format)
goes on Dave Kingman tirade
one never gets old. After a game in which Dave Kingman hit three
home runs to beat the Dodgers (the first of two 3-HR games that
Kingman would have against the Dodgers), Tommy Lasorda was asked
by reporter Paul Olden what he thought of Kingman's performance.
The rest is history:
Can you give us just a few basic comments about your feelings
on the game?
Well, naturally I feel bad about losing a ball game like that,
there's no way you should lose that ball game. An', it, uh, just
doesn't make sense.
What's your opinion of Kingman's performance?
What's my opinion of Kingman's performance!? What the BLEEP do
you think is my opinion of it? I think it was BLEEPING BLEEP.
Put that in, I don't BLEEP. Opinion of his performance!!? BLEEP,
he beat us with three BLEEPING home runs! What the BLEEP do you
mean, "What is my opinion of his performance?" How could you ask
me a question like that, "What is my opinion of his performance?"
BLEEP, he hit three home runs! BLEEP. I'm BLEEPING pissed off
to lose that BLEEPING game. And you ask me my opinion of his performance!
BLEEP. That's a tough question to ask me, isn't it? "What is my
opinion of his performance?"
Yes, it is. I asked it, and you gave me an answer...
Well, I didn't give you a good answer because I'm mad, but I mean...
Well, is wasn't a good question...
That's a tough question to ask me right now, "What is my opinion
of his performance." I mean, you want me to tell you what my opinion
of his performance is...
You just did...
That's right. BLEEP. Guy hits three home runs against us. BLEEP.
to the interview. (RealMedia
Sutcliffe destroys Lasorda's office
Sutcliffe was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1979, but that didn't
mean Tommy Lasorda liked him. In fact, it was widely known that
Lasorda and Sutcliffe got along poorly. After Lasorda left Sutcliffe
off the Dodgers' 1981 postseason roster, Sutcliffe burst into Lasorda's
office, overturned his desk and smashed chairs. "There was
a lot of booming and banging going on in Tommy's office, chairs
getting busted up and all," recalled Dusty Baker, a Dodger
outfielder at the time. Within a couple months, Sutcliffe was a
goes on Kurt Bevacqua tirade
to some, it all began when Tom Niedenfuer was fined $500 for hitting
a San Diego batter. Outfielder Kurt Bevacqua told the press: "They
ought to fine that fat little Italian, too. He ordered it."
Soon Lasorda was asked his opinion of Bevacqua. The rest is history.
BLEEPING Bevacqua, who couldn't hit water if he fell out a BLEEPING
to Tommy's one-liner (WAV file)
And I guaran-BLEEPING-tee you this, when I pitched and I was gonna
pitch against a BLEEPING team that had guys on it like Bevacqua,
I'd send a BLEEPING limosine to get the BLEEPER to make sure he
was in the motherBLEEPING lineup because I'd kick that BLEEPER's
ass any BLEEPING day of the week. He's a BLEEPING motherBLEEPING
bigmouth, I'll tell you that.
to Tommy's extended tirade (WAV file)
Stewart gets BJ from transvestite hooker
Stewart had his share of personal problems throughout his career,
but this has got to be the highlight. After police observed him
soliciting a prostitute in downtown L.A., Stewart was arrested a
few minutes later in a nearby alley. Also arrested was the hooker,
"Lucille." It just so happened, however, that Lucille
was actually Elson Tyler, a 27-year-old 6-foot-3 unemployed laborer.
''Mr. Stewart said he was unaware that Tyler was a male until after
the arrest,'' Police Cmdr. William Booth said. ''That was his statement
and we have reason to believe him.'' Vice officers refused to give
details of the incident but a police source said the transvestite
was performing oral on Stewart. While the incident occured when
Stewart was no longer a member of the Dodgers, this was just too
good to pass up... sort of like a BJ from a 235-pound transvestite.
|> Al Campanis makes racial remarks on Nightline
General Manager of the Dodgers since 1968, Al Campanis' tenure came to an abrupt end two days after an April 6, 1978 interview on Nightline. While being interviewed live about Jackie Robinson, Nightline anchorman Ted Koppel asked him why there had been only a few black managers and no black GMs in Major League Baseball. Campanis' response quickly made news:
"[Blacks] may not have some of the necessities to be, let's say, a field manager, or, perhaps, a general manager."
Campanis went on: "I know that they have wanted to manage, and many of them haven't managed. But they are outstanding athletes, very God-gifted and wonderful people.... They are gifted with great musculature (sic) and various other things. They are fleet of foot and this is why there are a number of black ballplayers in the major leagues."
Campanis also said in the interview that blacks are poor swimmers "because they don't have the buoyancy." Koppel gave Campanis an opportunity to rescind his remarks, but Campanis chose only to confirm his views. After intense public backlash, Campanis resigned on April 8, 1978... and in came Fred Claire.
Gibson walks out of camp after eyeblack incident
for his first spring training game as a Dodger, Gibson began his
pregame warm-ups in the outfield. Taking off his hat to wipe sweat
from his head, Gibson noticed people laughing. He soon realized
that someone had greased the inside of his cap with eyeblack and
he had unknowingly wiped it all over himself.
immediately took off for the visitors' clubhouse, warning Lasorda
on the way, "Tommy, you find out what son of a bitch did this,
because I'm going to tear his head off." Lasorda tried to smooth
things over, and culprit Jesse Orosco eventually tried to apologize
(a conversation I would have loved to hear), but Gibson scared the
hell out of everyone and apparently got his point across: winning
is what's fun.
Howell suspended for use of pine tar
was game three of the '88 Division Series against the Mets. After
Jay Howell's fifth pitch to Kevin McReynolds, who was leading off
the ninth inning, Met Manager Davey Johnson asked plate umpire Joe
West to examine Howell's glove for what he believed to be pine tar.
After a thorough examination, crew chief Harry Wendelstedt ejected
Howell and delivered the glove to National League President Bart
Giamatti, who was sitting near the Met dugout.
would eventually be suspended for three games, though Giamatti later
reduced the sentence to two games "in view of Howell's apology and
in an attempt not to further penalize his teammates and fans during
this crucial series."
Howell, the Dodgers had only 4 relievers and 4 starters. Even though
Howell sucked and losing him for a couple games was probably a blessing,
this was one of the biggest bonehead moves in postseason history.
blow 10-run lead to Phillies
11-1 in the eighth inning, the Dodgers were all set to gain a game
on the first-place Reds. But then it happened. The Philadelphia
Phillies, thanks to shitty Dodger relief pitching and two errors
by rookie Jose Offerman, scored two runs in the eighth inning and
nine runs in the ninth to defeat the Dodgers, 12-11. It was their
biggest ninth-inning rally in 72 years.
11-1, the Phillies scored their two runs in the eighth against Don
Aase on a two-run double by Von Hayes. OK, fine, 11-3 going into
the ninth. After Dodger rookie Dave Walsh retired only one of the
first seven batters in the ninth, Tim Crews was brought in. Dale
Murphy immediately hit a two-run double off Crews to narrow the
gap to 11-8. John Kruk then delivered the big blow, a three-run
homer off Crews. Rod Booker followed with a single and scored the
game-winner when Carmelo Martinez doubled off Jay Howell. Tommy
Lasorda was so livid he would have ripped his own balls off if his
fat stomach didn't get in the way.
Eric Davis behind the wheel, Vince Coleman throws firecrackers
a Dodger victory, Eric Davis and Mets outfielder Vince Coleman drove
through the Dodger Stadium parking lot. In what Dodger Eric Davis
later called a "joke," Coleman tossed an M-80 firecracker from Davis'
car. The result: Three fans were reportedly injured by the explosion,
including an 11-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.
acknowledged that Coleman threw the firecracker out of his car,
but Coleman later said that he
didn't know throwing firecrackers at people could result in injury.
forfeit game after fans toss balls on field
fans hurled their souvenir baseballs onto the field for the third
time during the game, umpires decided to forfeit the game to the
Cardinals with one out in the Dodgers' ninth. It was the first forfeit
in the National League in 41 years. The biggest uproar began when
Raul Mondesi, who took a highly questionable strike two from umpire
Jim Quick in the ninth, argued after swinging and missing strike
three. He was ejected by Quick, who moments earlier had booted Eric
Karros for a belated objection to his eighth-inning strikeout. When
Tommy Lasorda joined the fray and also was booted, a hail of baseballs
came onto the field, matching an incident that occurred in the seventh
inning (when fans tossed some balls to the Cardinal rightfielder
who had earlier juggled a ball). Quick waved the Cardinals in from
the field for the second time in the game. Just after he motioned
the Cardinals back onto the field, more baseballs came flying out
from the stands, and the umpires called the game. Said Quick: "When
a ball zinged by Jordan in center field, I said, `That's it.' "
umpire Bob Davidson said, "Lasorda instigated the whole damn thing
by waving his fat little arms out there. We gave them three chances.
Strike three and you're out." Lasorda was furious when told the
umpires blamed him. "How did I instigate it? I was talking to Jim
Quick. All I was asking was why he threw my players out," Lasorda
said. "We didn't throw the balls. Who made them throw the balls
the first time? What the hell did I do? If I don't come out and
ask why my players are being thrown out, what kind of a manager
am I? That's all I did. I tell you, that is a real crime, for those
guys to try to put that blame on me."
Guerrero uses corked bat
second baseman Wilton Guerrero, who proved throughout his time with
the Dodgers that he was a complete idiot, shatters his bat while
grounding out to lead off the game. Umpires become suspicious after
Guerrero immediately races to retrieve pieces of the shattered bat.
Umpire Steve Ripley sees that the bat has been altered and shows
it to crew chief Bruce Froemming, who then ejects Guerrero. Guerrero
eventually earns an 8-day suspension, a $1,000 fine, and the nickname
"Corky" from Jim Rome. Incidentally, the Dodgers won the
game 6-1 win when Mike Piazza, Eric Karros and Todd Zeile hit back-to-back-to-back
home runs in the 4th inning. Goddammit, remember those days?
Brown destroys a toilet
Kevin Brown was taking a post-workout shower in the Dodgertown clubhouse,
an unidentified player flushed a toilet. The water temperature in
the shower immediately became hotter, and so did Brown. Pissed about
being scalded, the first-year Dodger took a nearby bat and destroyed
the toiletwithout even checking if anyone needed to take a
dump. After putting on pants, Brown then left the spring training
complex. (The incident would serve as inspiration for Carlos Perez's
water cooler attack just a couple months later.) "He did something
I'd like to do many times when I was in the shower and someone flushed
the toilet," manager Davey Johnson later said.
Ho Park gives up 2 slams to Tatis in 1 inning
one of Chan Ho Park's better games. Facing the Cardinals, Park struggled
from the outset, but worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the
second inning. Then, however, came the third inning. With nobody
out and the bases loaded, third baseman Fernando Tatiswho
had yet to ever hit a grand slamsent a 2-0 fastball from Park
450 feet into the left field bullpen. Later in the inning, with
Park still on the mound, Tatis came up againand again with
the sacks juiced. The count went full, and Tatis lined Park's slider
into the left field pavillion.
And so marked the first time in baseball history that a pitcher
served up two grand slams to the same guy in the same inning.
(The only other pitcher to give up two grand slams in the same inning
is Pittsburgh's Bill Phillips, who did it in 1890.) The Cardinals
eventually won the game, 12-5. Afterward, Dodgers GM Kevin Malone
acknowledged that something was wrong with Park: "I think his
concentration is off, but it's not his stuff." What the fuck
does that mean?
Perez attacks water cooler with bat
over his miserable season, Carlos Perez displayed his anger during
a bizarre eruption in the dugout moments after being removed from
a Dodger/Pirate game. Perez struck out Jose Guillen to open the
fourth inning, but then his problems began. Perez walked Abraham
Nunez, batting eighth in the Pirate order, then walked pitcher Francisco
Cordova and leadoff batter Mike Benjamin. Davey Johnson then removed
Perez, receiving a mock ovation from the crowd of 25,384 that expressed
contempt for Perez from the outset. Moments after entering the dugout,
Perez grabbed a bat and began hitting the water cooler and empty
buckets. He struck the objects 14 times before disappearing into
the tunnel leading into the clubhouse. A beautiful sight!
Mondesi goes on profanity-filled tirade
over the team's horrendous season and what he believed to be finger
pointing in his direction by the manager and GM (little did he know
they were just pointing at his ridiculous afro), Raul Mondesi lashed
out in the clubhouse:
tired of all this. I told my agent to get me the fuck out of here
as soon as possible. I can't take this anymore. I've had to deal
with this all year. I told them to trade me because I don't want
to fucking be here. Fuck Davey and fuck Malone, they try to put
all of our problems on me. They're trying to say that all this shit
is my fault. That's the way they feel. Fine. Just get me out of
here. Fuck Davey. Fuck Malone. Fuck both of them."
went on to wear out his welcome in Toronto, New York, Pittsburgh,
and Anaheim as well. Who would think?
kiss and get kicked out
making out with eachother in the 7th inning, Meredith Kottlater
identified as former porn star Nico Treasuresand Danielle
Goldey were kicked out of the stadium for "lewd behavior." The couple
was surrounded by stadium security guards and ordered to leave immediately,
without even gathering up their belongings, and asked never to "set
foot back on the premises." Nearby spectators, justifiably pissed
as hell, booed the guards. Tom Goodwin strikes out four times and
no one kicks him out, but a couple of chicks kiss, and they're immediately
gone. It's just not fair.
was particularly hurt by the expulsion, because she has been "bleeding
[Dodger] blue since I was a kid." The couple had planned to sue
the Dodgers, but ended up not doing so after the team promised to
give 5,000 tickets to gay and lesbian organizations and continue
sensitivity training for all Dodger employees. Rumor has it that
part of this training
involves watching Bob Daly and Bob Graziano tongue eachother.
Sheffield rips Dodgers and demands trade
Training was less than a week away. Gary Sheffield was under contract
through 2003 and would earn a total of $30 million dollars, not
including an $11 million club option for 2004. That, however, didn't
stop him from asking for more money. Told by Dodgers chairman Bob
Daly that the team couldn't honor his request, Sheffield vented
during an interview with Baseball Weekly.
on, they're paying Brownie $15 million a year until he's 41," he
was quoted as saying. "They just gave Dreifort $55 million
when he's only won 39 games in his career and had arm surgery. They
gave Shawn Green $13 million a year. And how about Carlos Perez
-- paying him $6 million a year? And you talk about risk, that I'm
a risk? That's an insult... I'm getting less than Dreifort? I'm
getting just $3 million more than Carlos Perez? It's not my fault
they signed Perez to that stupid contract. It's not my fault they
gave Eric Karros a no-trade clause when he's got no value. It's
not my fault they gave Greenie all that money. They give out all
of these dumb contracts and when it comes to me -- nothing."
referring to himself in the third person (a clear sign someone is
lacking some brain cells), Sheffield claimed it was all about respect.
Bull. It's about money. Sheffield would have been perfectly happy
to stay in L.A. if Daly and company had agreed to his absurd request:
a four-year contract extension--with three years still remaining
on his current deal.
Malone challenges a Padres fan to a fight
a couple weeks into the 2001 season, Dodgers GM Kevin Malone once
again showed what a dipshit he is. Jim Esterbrooks, a Padres season
ticket-holder, said Malone began arguing with him during a game
at Qualcomm Stadium. Esterbrooks and others seated in a section
behind home plate said Malone challenged him to a fight in defense
of Sheffield, whom Esterbrooks was heckling. "I was stunned when
it happened," Esterbrooks said. "He started calling me 'Mouth.'
He said, 'What do you know, Mouth?'"
told the Los Angeles Times that Esterbrooks was the aggressor. "I
can't comment on what he felt I was doing," Malone said. "He was
loud, belligerent, obnoxious and rude. He knew who I was, and I
didn't know that at the time." After announcing his resignation
(firing) a few days later, Malone cited his exuberance: "That passion
has, I'm sure, annoyed some, been misunderstood by others, but respected
by those who know me best." Those who know him best include his
non-English speaking maid, and his senile grandmother.
manager Bobby Valentine invited Tommy Lasorda to the 2001 All-Star
Game and sent him out to coach third base in the sixth inning. On
a pitch from Mike Stanton, Vladimir Guerrero's bat splintered apart,
the barrel nailing Lasorda on his hip. Lasorda tumbled backward,
heels over head, then quickly got up. "I'm not quite as agile as
I used to be," he said. "I'll be 74 in a couple months." When it
was clear Lasorda was unhurt, Barry Bonds ran out of the NL dugout
and tried to put a chest protector on him.
funny just to see Lasorda move. But seeing him fall ranks up there
as one of the best.
Lima sings anthem while wife's boobs get the attention
13 , 2004
has it that Jose Lima sang the National Anthem on May 13, 2004 at
Dodger Stadium. No one saw Jose singing, however, because his wife's
giants boobs blocked the view. (Actually, there were conflicting
reports on who she actually was his wife? an ex-wife? A common-law
companion? With Jose, there's no telling what the relationship was.)
Nonetheless, Melissa became instantly famous after the Dodgers posted
a picture of the two on the team's web site. Cowardly, however,
the team soon cropped Melissa out of the picture. No matter, there's
no cropping those giant milk jugs out of our minds. She could breast
feed the entire team with those things (and probably did).
Bradley goes apeshit, tossing balls
Bradley joined the Dodgers just before the '04 season with a reputation
for rage. It wasn't until a couple months into the season, though,
that Los Angeles got to witness the rage firsthand. With the Dodgers
down 1-0 in the 6th inning, Bradley came to bat.... well, he came
to the plate at least. After a just couple words with the home plate
umpire, Bradley was ejected. After being restrained by Jim Tracy
(who has no business trying to restrain a guy of Bradley's intensity),
Milton took off his batting gloves and helmet, calmly leaving them
in the batters box along with his bat. Ah, the calm before the storm.
The calm before the hurricane. The calm before all hell broke loose.
After making his deposit near home plate, Bradley walked back to
the dugout en route to the clubhouse. Ah, but not so fast. Combine
inner rage with a full bag of baseballs and you get one thing: fun
at the ballpark. The Dodgers failed to entertain the fans that Tuesday
evening, but Milton Bradley succeeded. And all it took was about
six dozen balls on the field, courtesy of Milton. Lest the fans
in the left field corner not enjoy the fun, Bradley picked up one
of the balls and tossed it down the line. A spectacular sight. You've
gotta love it when a grown man has a fit in front of 30,000 people.
Bradley goes apeshit, tossing a bottle
months removed from his ball-tossing tirade, Milton Bradley was
ready to blow again. After a fan tossed a plastic bottle at Bradley
in the eighth inning, all hell broke loose.
The fan threw the bottle onto the field one play after Bradley dropped
pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney's liner with the bases loaded, allowing
two runs to score and giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
picked up the bottle, left his position and angrily approached the
stands, yelling like a crazy person. He then slammed the bottle
into the stands. Several Dodgers players came out to right field
and tried to calm down Bradley, who was arguing with umpire Jim
Joyce and was soon ejected. As Bradley walked from right field to
the Dodgers' dugout, he ripped his jersey and hat off. With the
crowd behind the dugout booing, Bradley gestured with palms up,
urging the fans on. Coach Jim Riggleman eventually pulled Bradley
into the dugout.
was suspended for the final five games of the seasonin the
midst of a pennant race.
and Cardinals shake hands
Jason Isringhausen struck out Alex Cora to end Game 4 of the 2004
Division Series and send the Cardinals to the NLCS, the Dodgers
clearly weren't ready to leave the field and head home for the winter.
So they walked over to the celebrating Cardinals and congratulated
them. Some people thought it was gay, others thought that the displaywhich
never happens in baseballshowed good sportsmanship.
the first time I've seen a team doing that to the other ballclub
when they were the losing ballclub, and I think that was very special,''
St. Louis star Albert Pujols said.
just wanted to go out there and just wish them luck,'' Dodgers star
Adrian Beltre said.
think it was a professional show of class between two very classy
organizations,'' said Dodgers manager Jim Tracy. ``To play this
series the way it was played with the intensity it was played, it
said a lot.'' Yeah, ok, Tracy's the expert on intensity. Uh-huh.
Sanchez throws his glove at the ball
the Dodgers leading 4-2 over Arizona in the 7th inning, and
Dodger pitcher Derek Thompson in line for his first major
league win, Duaner Sanchez lost his mind. (After all, when
something is very small, it's easy to lose.) Diamondbacks'
outfielder Luis Terrero blooped one high over the mound, and
when Sanchez realized he wouldn't be able to reach the ball,
he did what any scummy 9-year-old would do: toss his glove
in the air. Amazingly enough (and we do give him credit for
accuracy), the glove snared the ball, and both fell to the
ground. Sanchez tossed the ball to first, but too late to
get Terrero. While Jeff Kent stood and laughed, the umpires
sent Terrero to third base.
humor was quickly lost when Chad Tracy's grounder scored Terrero
to make the game 4-3. Obviously shaken by his own stupidity,
Sanchez then gave up a game-tying home run to Arizona pitcher
Javier Vazquez. Two innings later, Giovanni Carrara walked
in the winning run.
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Lowe and Carolyn Hughes secretly mate
Lowe came to Los Angeles with a bit of a reputation, and didn't
waste much living up to it. Aware that her husband was having an
affair with Fox Sports West anchor/reporter Carolyn Hughes, Trinka
Lowe contacted the network. Fox Sports soon pulled Hughes from her
Dodger assignment while they investigated the relationship. Neither
Hughes or Derek Lowe admitted the affair, but Trinka told ronfineman.com
that her husband was driving Hughes' car and regularly stayed the
night at Hughes' Manhattan Beach apartment (presumably not to play
Scrabble). "I love him. I don't want a divorce," Trinka
said, despite Derek telling her that "he wanted me done when
he came back from the next road trip."
the whole thing is really none of our business, there's one part
that's truly funny: Trinka apparently found Hughes' phone number
in her husband's cell phone--under the name of Jeff.
Beimel cuts his hand at a bar
the eve of the Dodgers' Division series with the New York Mets,
reliever Joe Beimel suffered a cut to his pitching hand-initially
telling the team that he dropped a glass of water in his hotel room.
After unsuccessfully testing the hand later in the day, Beimel was
removed from the Dodgers' playoff rostera big blow to a team
that had counted on him during the year.
the Dodgers' were quickly swept by the Mets, Beimel finally came
clean, admitting that he cut his hand in a New York bar at 2:30
a.m. The douchebag initially tried to stop the bleeding in the bar's
bathroom. Later, at the team hotel, he called one of the Dodgers'
trainers to his room.
stupidity didn't go over particularly well with the team. "It
just adds to the disappointment we have," said Grady Little.
"Everyone knows what's at stake at this time of year. It's
all about personal responsibility. It's a situation where the individual
showed very little. He's responsible for his own actions."
not happy about it," said Brett Tomko. "I'm sure there
are a lot of people that aren't happy about it. There's plenty of
time to go have fun. In my opinion, it was an inappropriate time
to go out. A lot of people went out. It's just being an adult and
being responsible. He just chose not to, at that point. When it's
said and done, it's about character in this game."
it figures that Tomko would say the game is about character-with
him, it's sure as hell not about talent.
Dodgers nailed at home seconds apart
tone of the 2006 Division Series was set earlyand with
great embarrassment for the Dodgers. It was Game One, second
inning, nobody out. Jeff Kent was on second base, J.D. Drew
on first. With Mets pitcher John Maine clearly in a jam, Russell
Martin lashed a drive into the right field corner. That
part is clear. The rest is too bizarre to even make sense
gets a terrible read on the ball and a lousy jump off of second.
As he's headed to third, the ball bounces right back to rightfielder
Shawn Green, who throws a perfect relay to Jose Valentin,
who fires the ball to Paul Lo Duca. Third base coach Rich
Donnelly wants to hold up Kent at third, but J.D. Drew-picking
an interesting moment to hustle for the first time-is right
behind Kent. Confused, Donnelly sends Kent with the idea that
Drew will stop at third. As Donnelly watches Kent about to
be nailed at the plate, though, Drew breezes by him. A second
later, he's out too-by about 40 feet.
was a terrible blunder that we had to pay for.... More times
than not, you're going to pay for it. It'll come back to haunt
you. That one certainly did," said Manager Grady Little.
"We've been in L.A. all season long. We know about traffic
jams. We certainly had one again right there. That's a trick
play we work on in spring training."
Dodgers lost the game 6-5, and just to make it even more painful
for Dodger fans, all three Mets who combined on the second
inning relay had played for the Dodgers within the two years
Mexican newspaper: Regazon must translate to 'Fucking
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