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1988 Was A Long Time Ago

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 23, 2017

Five NL crowns in a row. I didn’t think it had been that many. Time flies when you’re losing all those post season games. It’s honestly shocking that the Dodgers can field a team with this bloated payroll every year and not even make it to the World Series. The last one they went to was the one they won: 1988. Man that was a long time ago. And I can even give you a perfect visual example of how long ago that was.

The other day I went into the Stanford post office (Go Cardinal) to get my passport renewed. I’m not one to travel out of the country anymore for a variety of reasons but my daughter is in Costa Rica for a year and I’m going to visit her in December. So I dug out my long-since expired passport and took it down to get it done. The pic on the left was taken in 1988 before I went to Paris for 3 months. The pic on the right was taken Wednesday. (Bonus of being out of the country: I didn’t have to watch them win. My dad sent me a letter about it that I received 2 weeks after it had happened).

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If that isn’t the best visual of how long it’s been since those bastards have even BEEN to a World Series, I don’t know what is.

Good luck this year, Art Dealers. As usual, you’re gonna need it. The lines on my face and the gray in my hair say this won’t be your year. Again.

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  1. willedav said, on September 23, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Gal friend of mine (Dodger fan who lives down there) will be there tonite. like to see Bum wipe them out and maybe give Puig a death stare, but..
    Sure Rooster has to look at the 3 rings on right side, but seriously that doesn’t dull the pain of this season. The Dodgers have team of good young position players like Bellinger Seager Taylor alongside vet hitters and couple stone aces in Opie and Jansen who are best at what they do.

    The Giants kids are Jones Parker and Mac, who mostly strike out a lot. Oh and Slater, who is hurt again, like Arroyo who hasn’t played in months and struggled mightily with ML pitching. Aces? um no.

    Giants will be very lucky to be .500 team next year. A .500 team this year would still be 20 games behind LA.
    My friend will be up for a visit week after next. Win or lose tonite, I ain’t talking much baseball with her.

    • Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 8:30 am

      There’s no way any self respecting Dodger fan counts the ones before they moved to LA, right? So that means they won it in ’59, ’63, ’65, ’81 and ’88. I think me and Rooster are about the same age, same ballpark anyway. And I am being completely honest with myself when I say “if I was a Dodger fan, that wouldn’t be enough. Hanging on the the ghosts of my childhood (and before I was born) is not cuttin’ the mustard for me as a fan in 2017.”
      But hey, maybe they love those relics like they won they yesterday, to each his own…..

      • pawliekokonuts said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm

        I am sure they DO count the Brooklyn rings. I would.

  2. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I saw a quote from Kirk Gibson a few months ago where he said he was tired of seeing reruns of his famous home run on Dodger broadcasts. He said the Dodgers need to make new World Series highlights.

  3. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 9:47 am

    It’s Tommy Lasorda’s 90th birthday this weekend. Man, I used to hate him. To use a quote from the Ken Burns documentary this week: my hatred was pure.
    I think I’ve made a lot of progress on that. Maybe things changed when he got knocked down at the All Star game. That was a cathartic moment.
    But mostly it was the Giants winning championships. That was the sweetest thing.

  4. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 9:52 am

    You have to give the Phillies credit, they won 3 of 4 and kept the Dodgers from celebrating.
    It was just a fluke that the Giants had to be the opponent this weekend.
    BUT, when Smarj gives up an RBI double to Rich Hill, then the Giants deserve what they got last night.

  5. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Nice photo comparison, BF. Nice time travel moment. I distinctly remember where I was the day before Game 1 of the ’88 series. I was at a campaign rally for Bush, Sr. He was rolling through the Central Valley that day with his caravan, with Chuck Norris and Mike Love (of The Beach Boys.)
    I also went to a Dukakis rally at some point, too.
    Back when Calif. was in play, and the candidates came to the state.

  6. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I disagree with you, BF, about the counting of championships. I’m all in on counting all of a franchise’s rings.
    So…..
    Giants: 8
    Dodgers: 6
    Even if the Dodgers win it this year, we still lead. 🙂

    And Daniel could remind us…..
    Cardinals: 11

    • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 10:10 am

      And Yankee fans would say…..well, we’ll skip the Yankee fans.

      • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 10:11 am

        The last few Yankees championships were steroid-aided anyway.

  7. snarkk said, on September 23, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Drumpf is a unifier.
    I didn’t have much time for LeBron before.
    But, LeBron’s tweet this morning in response to Drumpf calling Kaep an SOB in front of an Alabama audience and disinviting Curry from an invitation never issued — has me liking LeBron today…

  8. unca_chuck said, on September 23, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Yeah what a proud moment for the president. Taking credit for siding with the rich white owners in keeping Kaepernick on the sidelines for silently protesting. Knee-jerk patriotism is such a glorious thing. Like Bush I using Born in the USA for his campaign song.

    Costa Rica may not be a bad place to be for the next 3 years. Or nuclear Armageddon. Whichever comes first.

  9. snarkk said, on September 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Here ready to hit the stadium at Cal. Most USC girl fans are wearing tight tank or banana tops with SC colors and shorts. Sheezus! …

  10. unca_chuck said, on September 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Go Cal!!

  11. unca_chuck said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Love the Joe Roth unis.

    • Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Fuck Cal. But I feel the exact same way about USC so……
      I did a little reading on Joe Roth, I didn’t remember him. That was juuuust when I started going to Stanford games. Sad about a life getting cut short like that.

  12. theroooster said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I’m with BF – I don’t count the ones before the Dodgers moved west, and the Giants then followed them. So, that makes it 5-3 Dodgers. To take it further, I’ve only actually watched 2 of the 5 Dodgers WS Championships happen, so in that respect, it’s 3-2 Giants. I must admit, didn’t watch much of the 3 in 5. Kinda funny, but just as BF now expects, and rightfully so, the Dodgers to bow out of the PS before the WS, I fully expected the same thing to happen to the Giants in 2010. I mean, they’d never won it my lifetime, didn’t expect it to ever happen. Then, in 2012 figured no way they do it again. By 2014, I kinda expected it, but again, didn’t watch much of any of ’em. I’d see highlights, and I don’t even remember which year it was when Cody freaking Ross played about a thousand miles over his head, hitting all those bombs. I’d just shake my head, amazed that that ex-Dodger and lifetime journeyman hack was pulling that crap off.

    • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      2010. It was hard for us to believe, too. The next season he turned back into crap.

      • theroooster said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:35 pm

        Yeah, I had to look it up @ BR
        2010 reg season the guy hits 14 HR in 525 AB with a .735 OPS
        2010 PS he hits 5 HR in 51 AB with a 1.076 OPS
        Crazy

      • Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm

        I wonder who’s gonna *Cody Ross* you guys this year?

  13. pawliekokonuts said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    roooooster, see my 1:47

    • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      One ring in Brooklyn. It was memorable, though. The ’55 World Series was a great one. I like Doris Kearns Goodwins book regarding those Dodger teams.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on September 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

        same here

  14. pawliekokonuts said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I renewed my passport in December. I look like a suicidal vegan poet in the new picture, replete with Icelandic sweater. When the Canadians and Americans swiped the new passport this year, they probably got a log of every website I ever visited. Once, the Canucks just looked at it, gave it back, no swipe. The Americans at the border tend to be dicks. Welcome home with a suspicious whothefuckare you. BTW, I got my renewal fast, like 10-12 days.

  15. pawliekokonuts said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Yesterday I sent copies of CHASING WILLIE MAYS to Jon Miller, Kruk&Kuip, and Flemming. I don’t know why I waited so long.

  16. Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    lol, so fucking funny

    • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Harsh! lulz

    • pawliekokonuts said, on September 23, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      wait! what happens when porn producers use this concept!? oh. they have?

  17. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Cal/USC, good game so far.

    • Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      yeah. Darnold will look great, very mobile but then he throws a ball into traffic. He reminds me a lot of Steve Young.

  18. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    There’s a #42 on defense for USC. How is Lott’s number not retired?

  19. Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Posey has hit 1 home run since July 15th. That’s incredible.

    • djloo27 said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      I don’t think Buster’s anything close to the lock HOFer many say he is…

  20. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Rooster, you might check out a book called “The Last Innocents,” by Michael Leahy, about the Dodgers of the early ’60s. It was published last year. I liked the book, even being a Giants fan.

    • theroooster said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks, zoom, I’ll check it out.
      Bears D stepping up!

      • theroooster said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm

        Looks pretty good! – I’ll order it up at my local library when I’m close to finishing my current one.

      • Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm

        the library? Goddamn I haven’t been to one of those since 1988. (I can do this all day). 🙂

      • theroooster said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm

        I love my local library, hit it up all the time.

  21. snarkk said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Best Cal D effort I’ve seen since Sonny came here. Bears ahould be up a TD by all rights. Crowd disappointing . I’m guessing 55k…

    • Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      The ladies look nice tho

  22. alleykat69 said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Shit wish they did retire Ronnie Lott’s college jersey number, maybe this 42 doesn’t intercept the football, that leads to the TD..

  23. Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I’ve definitely changed my stance on Kap since he started kneeling for the anthem. His message was mixed in with a bunch of other bullshit and I still think he could have found a better way to protest police brutality but it’s now clear that he got the ball rolling on some important social topics that needed to be brought out from the shadows. I loved Lebron’s tweet today and he issued a 2 min video after that was even better.

  24. Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    • djloo27 said, on September 23, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Let’s stay with what we know here:

      • xoot said, on September 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm

        great movie

  25. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I have a great local library. It’s well-funded with rare bi-partisan support.

    • Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      i can’t even read books anymore. My eyes are so conditioned to looking at a screen, pages of books are seriously difficult for me to read now. Same with newspapers.

      • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm

        I get very nostalgic about paper books, newspapers, and magazines. I like the feel of the paper, and the smell of it.

      • djloo27 said, on September 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm

        I haven’t bought a newspaper in years. I don’t know how they stay in business.
        The smell of the ink meant Giants box scores and race results…

    • willedav said, on September 23, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      me too. It’s county wide, free and you can order anything available (music books dvds) sent to preferred local site for pickup. Cool place just to chill and see what’s new.

  26. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I like when athletes speak out on issues. They have a big audience as athletes.

  27. willedav said, on September 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Flav I think I’d rather Niners get Baker Mayfield, chi’s boy from Oklahoma as I watch him light up Baylor Bears. Major props too for him pounding that flag into Ohio State’s logo after Sooners whipped them. Apologized afterward for it (which he had to do), but very cool.

    • Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Did he really have to apologize though? He’s fiery. So was Manzel. I think I soured on him when he couldn’t outrun those cops when he was hammered. Must have a bad 40 time I thought to myself. 🙂 But yeah, he looks really good this year.

      • willedav said, on September 23, 2017 at 5:17 pm

        I’m sure coach/AD made him do it just for propriety and maybe scheduling sake.
        Btw, love your LeBron take.
        I’m telling you tho, there is an entire fanbase that would tell him to STFU and go back to your mansion. This is a volatile topic with a lot of hate out there. The blog posts I’ve read on Kap are really eye opening scary.

      • Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 5:23 pm

        I was HUGELY down on Kap when he started kneeling but I took it all in, considered all sides and changed my mind. The problem with the world today is that people need to stop thinking they know everything. Everyone is too stubborn. Change your mind now and again, it’s healthy and the right thing to do if we are ever going to move on from the great divide that has split up our country.

  28. Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 6:02 pm

  29. Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    if the Giants can’t win this game they won’t win another game this year. Bum going and the Dodgers have trotted out their hangover line up and let’s just win a damn game, eh?

  30. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Giants need to go 3-5 to avoid 100.

  31. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Krukow had ridiculous praise for Smarj before tonight’s game.

  32. Flavor said, on September 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    The music they play at Dodger Stadium really is loud. Why do they do that?

    • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      They think young people will get bored between innings.

      • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 7:16 pm

        So everyone’s hearing must get destroyed.

  33. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Anybody need to see more Ryder Jones?

  34. wilcojoe said, on September 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Chris Taylor of the Dodgers walk up song is Steve Earle’s Copperhead Road. Nice!

    • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Yes!

  35. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I have never not found the mustache farm commercial disturbing.

    • djloo27 said, on September 23, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      I like the Bud Light commercial with the beer vendor at the cemetary.
      I gotta arrange that for me…

  36. Macdog said, on September 23, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    What a finish in the Penn St.–Iowa game, even Unca would’ve liked it. 🙂

    • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      I was surprised at how quickly Penn St.’s football program revived.

  37. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Ha! Puig thrown out at the end.

    • willedav said, on September 23, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      bags tweet was posey with his first save

      hella TD by Stanford backup QB there.
      Rosen the highly touted one looks awful

  38. snarkk said, on September 23, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Cal – USC was basically a really good game and a draw through 3 quarters. Then, that fumble/ botched pass by a pressure on the 3 yard line started a 4th Q debacle of turnovers for the Bears. I was not that impressed by USC. Solid, sure. Darnold is pretty good at slants, but seriously, I thought the\ Bears did a good job on him, without actually pressuring him too much. I’ve seen Goff live many times, and he’s got a better arm IMO. Darnold has better escape skills, but not a better arm or touch. Wilcox is upgrading this Cal program; the D is now the better side of the ball. I think the Bears can win 3 league games upcoming. Offense has to step up, especially the run game, but D is pretty darn solid. Afternoon game at Strawberry Canyon on a sunny Fall day — hard to beat that as a sports event…

  39. zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Dodgers are 7-21 in their last 28.

    • djloo27 said, on September 23, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      If they go 11-8 in the PS they’re World Champs.
      They will.

  40. djloo27 said, on September 23, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Xoot should write a book:
    “Chasing Carstie Claussen”

  41. Macdog said, on September 23, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    LI for the Cardinal.

    • Macdog said, on September 23, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      And VII more.

      • zumiee said, on September 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm

        #20 is like Barry Sanders.

  42. djloo27 said, on September 23, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Ode to Dodger fans:

    • zumiee said, on September 24, 2017 at 12:08 am

  43. willedav said, on September 24, 2017 at 7:01 am

    looks like Shaw found his QB too. Costello looked great.


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