Good to get the season started on the right foot (or the left foot, depending on how you think), as the Los Angeles Dodgers get a win against San Diego, 4-1. Great game by Hiroki Kuroda (黒戸ーさん), and Big Jon Broxton got the Save. Loney was the catalyst, but the Dodgers got some bang for their buck by a booming straightaway centerfield HR (in Petco Park, nonetheless) by their star OFer… Matt “The Bison” Kemp!
Kemp might be making it on Bristol’s Top 10 tonight, as he had a stellar catch in centerfield that helped seal the game for the Blue at a critical juncture. I could tell it was a stellar catch, because Charley Steiner was yelling at the top of his lungs. I’m a Steiner fan, definitely snaps me back in the game if I start getting distracted. You know, by schoolwork, drawing, or anything else I should be ignoring on Opening Day.
Now a puzzling day off, then the SoCal chapter of Baseball’s Senior Circuit go at it again. After this long offseason, though, I’m sure I can find it in me to make it though this oddly-placed day off.
(picture based on a photograph by the AP’s Lenny Ignelzi)
We have a new toy, a drawing pad. Trying to get better with it. The two images are kinda similar, James Loney and Manny Ramirez leaning on the dugout rail. That’s how I felt when I was drawing them… like leaning on a rail, waiting for what feels like forever. Then when it starts up again, it feels like it was never gone in the first place.
Opening Day has finally come. Good to hear Vin Scully’s voice again, the Dodgers finally breaking into the 2009 season against the Padres. Peavy usually gives the team fits, but this is 2009, and he hasn’t done good against them this season.
It’s a good feeling getting to watch games that count again.
Okay, from the Home Office in Chico, California: Top Ten Reasons why NorthStateBlues hasn’t blogged in a month:
10.) Jane Austen held me hostage with Pride AND Prejudice.
9.) All the NorCal “cardholders” are giving me a contact buzz.
8.) A self-held criterion that I have to include a drawing with every post.
7.) My Loney has a first name, it’s L-O-N-E-Y… oh wait, that’s the Dodgers’ #7 (Thanks to leekfink and Lny4Loney).
6.) After getting a Nintendo Wii and MLB Power Pros 2008, it’s tough to decide whether to write about baseball or play it.
5.) This offseason and the loss of L.A.’s pitching depth bring the Golden Rule to mind.
4.) A bunch of angry Giants fans tracked me down and gave my computer a Splash Landing.
3.) Jeff Gillooly.
2.) I’ve been keeping Joe Torre company leaning on the railing in the dugout.
And the number one reason NorthStateBlues hasn’t blogged in a month:
1.) I’m on strike ’til the return of Mannywood.
David Letterman is the man. I’m just a ripoff.
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So after posting that old drawing last night, I felt compelled to do another drawing, into the late hours of the night. Then I’ve spent the past two hours coloring it in with a photo editor (The GIMP, and that’s not a Pulp Fiction reference) because I couldn’t find my colored pencils. As much time as I’ve taken coloring it in, I’ve grown tired of getting every last white pixel, so I’ll probably color this and my Billingsley pic in later.
But while I’ve been at work, the Dodgers have been winning. These two have had a part in it so far, Kemp coming up with a HR. And Manny’s been slammin’ these last couple of days, getting the St. Patrick award so far.
Now I’m gonna enjoy the rest of the game. GO DODGERS