Game 6 is now. Above is today;s starting lineup.
Graphic above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1965 the Dodgers released Wall Moon, whose famed "Moon Shots" over the short left field wire fence at the Coliseum helped propel Los Angeles towards a championship in 1959.
- Just a little bit of "due" for a man who some couldn't wait to see fired. Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "From Kershaw to Seager, Ned Colletti's stamp all over Dodgers."
“I’m really pleased for everybody; I’m pleased for the players,” Colletti said. “All across the board, everybody here deserves a little bit of credit. It’s not easy to win. Winning is a lot harder than people think it is, and for this organization to win (the National League West) four times, it says a lot.
“It says a lot that we are sitting in the NLCS again for the second time (in four years). But there is no one person that does everything. There is a long list of people that have all contributed to where the club sits today.”
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Howell takes role as mentor seriously."
"I try to lead by demeanor," he said. "I still pretend like I'm active, do my throwing routine, my workout, prepare as if I'm active. That might sound funny, but I think that's a motivator. I see [Clayton Kershaw] in the gym, he's my guy, he's my motivator. Now it's my turn. I'll talk to guys after every outing, and if I see something bad, I won't sugarcoat it, even if it hurts.
- Via JP Hoornstra at Inland Valley Daily Bulletin; "Dodgers’ organist Dieter Ruehle works overtime when Cubs take batting practice."
The songs usually run the generational gamut. Among the hundreds of tunes in his repertoire, Ruehle began Thursday with a classic: “It’s a Beautiful Day For a Ballgame.” The song has been around since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962. He progressed to Pearl Jam, the Eagles, and Rodgers and Hammerstein before ending with “Green Onions,” the 19th song of the set.
The soundtrack would have been familiar to anyone who’s attended a game this season, Ruehle’s first with the Dodgers. His predecessor, Nancy Bea Hefley, started in 1988 and retired after the 2015 season.
The big difference Thursday was the length of his set. Ruehle usually plays 15 minutes or less before each game, then off and on for the next nine innings. So why was he playing throughout the Cubs’ batting practice this week?
Said one denizen of the Dodger Stadium control room: “To ice the Cubs.”
- This weeks "ThrowBack Thursday" Topps online exclusive set includes Corey Seager on a 1974 Topps "Home Run King" design. Go here to check it out and order. Seager's card is seen on the right.
- Via Mike Oz at Big League Stew; "Bill Murray crashed the White House press briefing to hype up the Cubs."
“Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher, but we got too many sticks … And at home, our crowd, the weather. You get a little bit of autumn in Chicago. You don’t get that in Los Angeles. Trees just die, you know what I’m saying. In Illinois, they flourish.”
- Watch Guillermo, of the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, visiting the Dodgers and the Cubs at Dodger Stadium before Game 5.
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