|Chad Billingsley attempted to score on a wild pitch, Tim Lincecum applies the tag for the out. (photo by Jeff Chiu/AP)|
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
More Torture in S.F.
I didn’t want to go. I knew it was gonna happen. But I showed up anyway. I could have sold my ducats on Stub Hub for over $200. I messed up big on that one. I spent most of the game texting messages to Ron from Think Blue LA.com where we each mutually agreed about how sucky the Dodgers are.
Let me just say this. When the Dodgers are winning in San Francisco, there is almost nothing more enjoyable in life. I have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in both Frisco ballparks. So there is no explanation necessary when I say that losing in S.F. is about as awful an experience that there is. Today was awful. Heck, the last two weeks have been equal to the misery Kathy Bates inflicted on James Caan.
I got out of there in the bottom of the 7th. There was no point of sitting there watching Giant fans rub this in my face. I went almost incognito. The only Dodger paraphernalia I wore was a grey hat with a Brooklyn Dodgers logo. Going with the traditional LA logo hat is an invitation for punishment. Plus, Gint fans are so clueless about baseball history that they don’t know the Brooklyn “B” from the Boston Red Sox “B.”
“How are the Sox doing this year?” said a friendly Giants usher as I walked by. “I wouldn’t know, but the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to LA in 1958,” I mumbled back. He didn't get it. I didn't stop to explain. I just wanted to get to my seat and let the agony begin. Yes, a small part of me hoped for a miracle, but it wasn't to be.
So the game started. The boys in blue left runners on base inning after inning. Except for the first when they pulled the old GIDP that they are so skilled at in this recent road trip. Just as they did at the game I attended in Oakland last week, the runs were not going to come. When Billingley failed to score on a wild pitch from third, I knew this wasn’t going to end well.
Ron kept texting me the number of consecutive innings without a run. “25” after the 5th, “26” after the 6th. When “25” flashed on my I-phone, at first I thought he was telling me that Ethier was on the 25 day DL, which is probably true. Now with an oblique injury added to this Dodger MASH unit, they can say that their two best offensive threats are out.
When Uribe stepped up to the plate in the 7th with two on and two out, the Dodgers were as good as done. The euphoria of Gint fans around me was almost comedic. I mean really, striking out Uribe was not to be expected? I would gripe that Mattingly didn't pinch hit for him, but who could he use? This offense is putrid.
So the boys fly home after losing 8 of 9 on the roadie to face a New York Mets team that scored more runs today than the Dodgers have in their last eleven games. Look it up, that fact is absolutely the truth. What a sad commentary on this team. Easily the worst offensive Dodger team I have ever seen. And let me add, as Vinny did a few years ago under different circumstances... "the Dodgers are in first place." (Well for another day they are at least). It was fun while it lasted.