This is a drawing I pulled from a new book I got for Christmas, Illustrated History of the Los Angeles Dodgers by Richard Whittingham. This was June 4th, 1968 when Don Drysdale pitched his 6th consecutive shutout, which broke a longstanding record by Doc White of the White Sox, who had thrown 5 consecutive. That’s Dodgers catcher Tom Haller behind the plate. Drysdale’s streak will prove a rare highlight that year, as 1968 wasn’t too kind to the Dodgers.
Batting is Willie Stargell, who would become the only person to hit a home run outside of Dodger Stadium, until Mike Piazza did the same in the mid-90’s. Of course, Stargell hit it out twice, so we’ll see if that records’ ever broken.
Let me know what you think of this new throwback direction in the comments section. Of course, I’ll still do current stuff as well, but in January it’s slim pickins.
Hope everyone’s having a great new year!
It’s been a while, but no more classes means a bit more free time, which means more time for the blog.
I’m stoked to see Rafael Furcal back in blue. When this guy is on it, the whole team benefits. It took Manny to fill the void Furcal’s injury created, as far as the role of catalyst is concerned. If we had both, we’d be going places more often (C’mon Frank, let’s get this deal done already!).
If you like the pic, feel free to show some love in the comments section. And feel free to borrow the images for fansites, etc., provided that you give me credit, as I’ll be giving credit for the images that have inspired me. This particular one was based on a pic from Chris Carlson of the Associated Press ( http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2008-12/44000484.gif ). One day, who knows, I might even draw backgrounds.
Anyway, hope everyone’s having a great holiday season!
Haven’t done much drawing lately, school and work have taken my time up lately (two upper-division literature classes will do that to you). Hope to start drawing again soon, but I won’t make any empty promises as to when.
As for the last season, it was a fun ride, and I’m glad to have seen them go that far, a good touchstone for upcoming seasons. Hope Manny chooses to stay, the ball’s in his court.
Personally, I would hope he would take a 2-3 year contract, and head to the AL after that for the remainder of his career (and hopefully his Dodgers years will help him to get that killer contract). Of course, I’m no GM, but there’s a lot of value in not being tied up for too long. he’ll make his money now, Boras will make his money, and in two years, they can do this again.
Whatever happens, I don’t have much of an NFL team at the moment, so the HSL (Hot Stove League) will more than suffice. My favorite time of the offseason, the baseball equivalent of gawking at tabloid headlines while in line at the grocery store. Let the games begin.
For what it’s worth, talking about the Dodgers clinching the West might be a day late and a dollar short, with all eyes on what’s going on with the Phils, Brewers and Mets. But this drawing took me a while to get where I wanted it to be. I feel this image perfectly captures the feeling of the Dodgers in 2008. Seeing our younger players get onto the October stage, of course with help from Manny. The oddity of clinching the division while driving to the ballpark. And the milk, well, I’m not sure what that’s about, but it evokes the Indy 500 winner’s circle in a strange way.
But getting there is only the beginning, we’ll see what happens once things get rolling. One thing I can say, though, is I think these guys aren’t carrying the 20-year old monkey-on-the-back that has haunted the franchise. And with legitimate offensive threats in our lineup, as well as an awesome pitching staff and great bullpen, the Dodgers have the chance to do some long-term damage, not the limping-into-the-playoffs performance we had in ’06.
Now it’s just the Giants, then waiting to see who we face. With all the rain back east, I heard on the radio that the Dodgers might fall into a scenario where they take to the air not knowing what city their flight will end up. If deciding games go into extra innings, that means the Dodgers will have a layover at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago until the game’s been decided. Strange for sure.
But (and here comes the Great Cliche) October 1st, it’s a new season, and all eight teams are equal. I’m ready, but I think the fans in San Francisco want two more chances to get the last digs at their “hated Dodgers” before it’s all done. Me, I’ll be working during the first half of the game, so I guess I might be missing out on the fun. Those Dodgers-Giants games are almost always worth the price of admission.
Just putting up a quick post while I run some errands and get back to the drawing board well before gametime…
The last couple of decades that the Dodgers have had, it’s strange to be on this side of the Magic Number bubble. Even though the number is 3 (thanks to the STL RedBirds!), I remember that there’s no guarantee in that. The Media seems to be dead convinced that the Dodgers have their ticket punched. I’ll be convinced when it’s clinched, but that doesn’t mean I’m sweating it. This cautious optimism is less “cautious” and more “optimistic”.
Things are definitely looking up now, though. As George Carlin once said (as Rufus at the start of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”), “The air is clean, the water’s clean, even the dirt is clean.” That’s how it feels right now. It’s an unfamiliar feeling, and it’s tempered by remembering how competitive our division has been to begin with. But when October comes, the slate is clean, and it’s just 3 more series to win.
Maybe 3 IS a magic number.
But last night for us commenter at the Inside the Dodgers blog, the magic number was 27. We were talking game time, and 27 kept popping up. It was Matt Kemp’s 24th birthday (jersey number 27), it was one of the posters’ 27th home game, 2 posters had a birthday on the 27th, and I’m 27, and I was wearing a Jimi Hendrix (27 club member, morbid, but still a 27) t-shirt that was blue, as Vin Scully entered the 2nd inning to Hendrix’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Around the Watchtower” in the background.
Either all those 27’s paid off, or baseball superstition’s made me crazy. Either way, I enjoyed the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Doors and Nirvana today at work (all 3 have lead singers/guitarists who are in that infamous 27 club). Just in case…
Be back soon
Today’s the start of a big series for the Dodgers against the San Diego cellar-dwelling Padres. It doesn’t matter what SD’s record is, though. If they’re out of contention, they live for one thing in November: eliminating the Dodgers from Postseason contention. They’ll be out in force tonight, going that same extra mile the Jints went in the last series to snag every ball within 7 feet of them. In my paranoid mind, they’re confrencing with the Giants right now, comparing notes on every Dodgers player on every level of relevance.
But only one thing can be certain for now: What was once a 4 1/2 game lead is now a 2 game lead, and we have 6 to play. Sure, we can hope the Cards will do our work for us, but if the Dodgers want to make the Postseason, now would be the time to earn it, since there is no coasting when within a week of the season’s end, and SD and SF on tap.
Will post another blog before too long…
After that last series, this is the only thing that is keeping my spirits up. Well, that and we’re still in 1st. Before the ARI-STL game tonight, ESPN still gave the Dodgers a 93% chance of making the playoffs. Looking at the 3-1 ARI score now, I’m sure that number will go down. The Dodgers will either celebrate clinching the division at the Phone Booth, or the Jints will be dancing on the shards of broken dreams.
Either way, this is the kind of stuff I live for. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather have the playoffs clinched a long time ago. But it’s never that easy for the Dodgers, and this is why the Dodgers-Giants rivalry is among the most storied in sports, I can’t think of many rivalries that have crossed a continent almost intact.
So bring it on, Giants. We’re ready, and now we’re angry too.