Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Let the Mockery of Bumgarner Begin -- #DontLookAtMe

Yeah... They went there. 

After last night's unusual bench-clearing and subsequent walk-off victory several Dodger players decided to have some fun this afternoon at the expense of a certain Giants player who appears unable to "play the game the right way." 

What I mean is that this guy doesn't seem to have proper respect for his fellow ballplayers.   In fact, you can say that he freely "shows up" other players whenever he is looking for a way to pump himself up -- as he personally acknowledged earlier this year.

Worse yet, he has a long... and I mean LONG... history of starting similar scuffles.  Heck, you wouldn't be remiss for comparing him to a schoolyard bully. 

Naturally, the best way to diffuse someone like that is to poke fun at him... 'cause, ya know, life's too short to let a bully give you any emotion other than laughter.  And that's what the Dodgers and much of the Baseball world is doing.  We are all laughing AT Madison Bumgarner, and frankly he has no right to complain. 

He deserves it.  He knows it, Dodger and Giants fans know it, and the entire Baseball world knows it.

Now enjoy a couple of pics tweeted out by Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig with their brand new #DontLookAtMe t-shirts.  LOL!

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Gonzo's Walk-Off Double Against Gints - 2016 Topps Now - #480

I feel like last nights glorious come-from-behind walk-off victory has been overshadowed by that angry bench-clearing incident started by an unstable Giants pitcher.  And that's a shame.

Fortunately, Topps hasn't forgotten what's really important.  Available, starting today, is a Topps Now card featuring Adrian Gonzalez and his thrilling double off the glove of Giants outfielder Hunter Pence.  Per the description on the reverse.
In another epic installment of Madison Bumgarner against Clayton Kershaw, the San Francisco Giants looked poised for victory.  Bumgarner left the game after seven brilliant innings, in which he allowed just one hit and struck out ten batters.  The game entered the ninth with the Giants leading, 1-0, but the Los Angeles Dodgers would rally.  Andrew Toles and Corey Seager singled, and then Justin Turner drove in Toles with his own single to tie the game.  Adrian Gonzalez then capped off the comeback with a double to score Seager for the walk-off win.
Go here to check it out and order.

UPDATE:  The print run for this card is 233.

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Don't Look At Me!

Here is my feeble attempt at meme creating. 

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Blog Kiosk: 9/20/2016 - Dodgers Links - Kershaw, Scully and a Giant Petulant Child

What I think we witnessed last night... not the come-from-behind thrilling walk-off victory... was the last remnants of an failing ballclub that saw its leader, its "Ace", an emotionally riddled miscreant, fall apart in an incomprehensible meltdown. 

"Don't look at me!"

That's the scream of a petulant child.  Per Doug Padilla at ESPN:
"It definitely motivates us and it seems to be a distraction to have this problem in their head," Puig said through an interpreter. "They weren't able to pitch the way they were pitching and he had to leave the game."
Folks just need to understand something.  Puig may be an flamboyant man-child, but Bumgarner is unhinged and in serious need of anger management counseling.  Per Jack Baer and Chris Haft at MLB.com:
"That wasn't Puig's fault," Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said. "Kind of looked like [Bumgarner] was saying don't look at him. We all know Bum's pretty intense out there, but he definitely stirred the fire on that one. He was asking for it. I don't know what he expected to happen."
What did happen was a 2-1 walk-off victory for the good guys.  BTW, Clayton Kershaw was fantastic, save an wild pitch in the third inning, in his six innings.  He recorded seven strike outs, one walk and three hits with 88 pitches thrown.  Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016Go here to check out more pics from Jon from yesterdays game.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History:  In 1907 the Dodgers are no-hit by Pirates rookie Nick Maddox, 2-1. In 1959 the Dodgers and Giants play the last ballgame ever at San Francisco's Seals Stadium.. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 8-2.  In 1993 Dave Hanson broke the Dodgers franchise record for pinch hits in a season at 18.  In 2011 Clayton Kershaw becomes the first Dodger twenty game winner since Ramon Martinez in 1990.  He defeats the Giants 2-1.  BTW, DodgerFilms was there and shared a video that you can watch here.
  • Happy Birthday, Chuck Dressen!  He was born 122 years ago today.