The rumors have been flying high about Don Mattingly being fired soon. Even non-baseball fans at work have come to me saying “I hear Don Mattingly is getting fired soon.”
I am in the minority but I don’t think Mattingly is getting fired and I don’t think he should be fired.
Firing Mattingly seems like a sign of desperation. I doubt they find someone available that is better at this stage in the season. If management wants to do something they should have done it in the offseason.
I don’t think you can blame Mattingly for the Dodgers poor performance. I think that Mattingly is doing a fairly good job especially with all of the injuries plaguing the team. I do think that he should give Kemp a day off here and there and the same goes for Ethier and Crawford. If Van Slyke is fairly hot, play him.
So here is Thursday, a Dodger day off and the day that some think Mattingly will be fired. The Dodgers open up a three game series with the Cardinals. I think Mattingly will be there.
The matchups for this weekend:
Friday: Capuano faces Lance Lynn. Capuano had two pretty good starts in his last two starts.
Saturday: The game starts at 4:15 on Jaime Jarrin Bobblehead Night. Ted Lilly returns from the DL to face John Gast. I hope Ted Lilly pitches like he pitched on his first start instead of his second. It is also Jaime Jarrin Bobblehead day! Game on Fox.
Sunday: Clayton Kershaw 🙂 against Shelby Miller. I have not missed a game this year and I especially make it a point not to miss Kershaw’s games. This game promised to be a good matchup.
Dodgers have had a busy December signing Zack Greinke and Ryu, having press conferences for both, renovations at Dodger Stadium, Holiday autograph tours. January will also be busy with the first Winter Fanfest but first this Press Release from the Dodgers.com:
12/10/2012 3:22 PM ET
Tickets on sale now for a Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly, hosted by George Lopez, January 24
Dodger manager Don Mattingly’s event at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles will benefit Mattingly Charities and the Dodgers Dream Foundation
LOS ANGELES – Dodger manager Don Mattingly’s “A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly hosted by George Lopez” is set for January 24, 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles. This charitable event’s proceeds will benefit Mattingly Charities and the Dodgers Dream Foundation (DDF). Tickets are on sale now. Hosted by George Lopez, the night features entertainment by several comedians and a tour of the museum’s collection of Dodger artifacts dating to the franchise’s infancy in Brooklyn. The night concludes with a Q&A session with Mattingly. Dodgers scheduled to attend include Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.
“I’m really excited with the night that we’ve put together to assist both Mattingly Charities and the Dodgers Dream Foundation,” said Mattingly. “I hope all Dodger fans, sports fans and comedy fans will come together on January 24 for these great causes.”
Tickets to “A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly hosted by George Lopez” are $195 and include access to the cocktail reception, with hosted food and beverages, and silent auction (6:30 p.m.), opening remarks by George Lopez (8:00 p.m.), comedic performances (8:15 p.m.), Q&A with Mattingly (9:00 p.m.) and an autographed Mattingly photograph. Fans can visit http://www.dodgers.com/mattingly or call (323) 224-1413 for complete details and to purchase tickets. VIP sponsor packages are also available.
Silent auction items for “A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly hosted by George Lopez” include a Dodger game experience for two with Dodger owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson, a Yankees VIP game day experience at Yankee Stadium for four and items featuring Hall of Famers, unique sports experiences and items from some of country music’s biggest stars. A full listing of silent auction items can be found at http://www.dodgers.com/mattingly.
Mattingly Charities was created to serve disadvantaged youth by supporting programs which promote baseball and softball participation in conjunction with other developmentally related activities. Mattingly Charities will provide funding, services and equipment for baseball, softball and ultimately other sports, and related youth development activities, for the benefit of disadvantaged youth, youth leagues and social welfare and related organizations. All efforts of the organization will be focused on these activities. More information can be found by visiting http://www.mattinglycharities.org.
Founded in 1998, DDF was created to provide educational, athletic and recreational opportunities for the youth of the Greater Los Angeles community. The Foundation places special emphasis on helping traditionally under-served youth. The DDF Community Diamond is divided into four bases: youth sports and recreation, literacy and education, health and environment. More information can be found by visiting http://www.dodgers.com/DDF.
Happy birthday Roberto Clemente! Roberto would have been 78 today August 18, 2012. In addition to heck of a player, he was a great humanitarian.
Today is also my friend Lorena’s birthday. Happy birthday kid! That is nice that you share a birthday with the great one, Roberto Clemente.
Dodgers in Atlanta. Civil Right Game. Don NewCombe
Dodgers at Atlanta. They have lost two in a row. Don Mattingly will start serving his two day suspension today. It does not look like Matt Kemp will be suspended. Angel Campos should not have ejected him for cheering for Andre Ethier. Today is the Civil Right game.
Today Don Newcombe received the Beacon of Hope Award. Congratulations Mr. Newcombe!
Not Exactly Cooperstown
Tomorrow at the Pasadena Library is premier of the documentary “Not Exactly Cooperstown” by Jon Leonoudakis.
World Premiere:Sunday, August 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Pasadena Central Library
285 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
Fans are encouraged to go dressed in their favorite baseball attire for a chance of a prize. I am looking forward to it. For more information go to http://notexactlycooperstown.com
ref: Pittsburgmagazine, Jon SooHoo, Baseball Reliquary, Jon Leonoudakis
What a great idea this year for the Dodger Caravan to make it a community event where the fans get to contribute along the Dodger current and past players! Today on Valentines Day, the first stop was the LA River cleanup.
Here are some of the current and past Dodger players waiting to get dirty. Rudy Law, Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, Tommy Davis, James Loney and Don Mattingly. In the background you can see the train tracks, where my commuter train goes by.
Andre Ethier was not there yet but he arrived a little later. He was coming straight from the airport.
Andre getting dirty
I am ready to work.
I had a pink wristband so I belonged to Don Mattingly’s group
Lorena & Erik. Erik gave us beautiful handmade Dodgers pins. Thanks Erik!
The trash bags collected
Afterwards, Tommy Lasorda giving some advice to Don Mattingly and James Loney.
My Loney has a first name, is J A M E S. My Loney has a second name is L O N E Y. Oh I love to see him everyday and if you ask me why I’ll say… ’cause Loney has a way with H I T T I N G. That is what is in the back of Erik and my shirt. Loney was pointing it out to a sportscaster from Fox Sports so the guy was singing it as he read it.
I scraped my leg trying to pull a shopping cart that had some sharp wires, Christmas lights and whole bunch of stuff. I had rain boots but it happened above the rain boot.
When we left, we heard a “clump clump”. Erik asked me if I had someone in my trunk. It ended up that was my cellphone I had left on top of my trunk.
Even with scraping myself, alergies acting up and losing my cellphone, I enjoyed my day helping cleanup the LA river with Dodger players and Dodger fans.
It was great sharing this day with friends on Valentines Day! Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day. I can’t wait to go to Santa Monica tomorrow to continue cleaning up with our Dodgers!
It was Dodger Pride Night at the LA Kings game at the Staple Center last night. No, I could not go, I had a doctor’s appointment at 6:p.m. but plenty of my friends went.
That is Dee at the end. She is the one that has Vin Scully’s picture tattoo. Way to represent guys!
Deuce was honorary team captain!!
What an awesome day for you Deuce!
Our rookie manager waves to the crowd prior to
throwing dropping the ceremonial baseball puck
Sorry I missed it. After the doctor’s office I decided to go to Nordstrom Rack and you wont guess what happened to me. I was looking at the endless racks of shoes (they had a sale). Anyway, one of the ones I tried on, I walked with it, walked some more to see if I really liked it. I took it off then noticed I did not have my own shoe and I had forgotten where I left my black Ann Klein loafer. I looked and looked then I asked the sales lady that was arranging the shoes. She helped me look for it but neither of us could find it and it was closing time.
Let’s see if they call me tomorrow telling me they found my shoe.
On other news, I renewed my Dodger season tickets today. Today is the last day you could renew without the Dodgers releasing your seats.
pictures from Jon Soo Hoo and Deuce from his dad.
I miss my Dodger fan friends! See you soon at Dodger Stadium!