Randy Wolf makes his first start of the year today for the Brewers. He’s pitching against the Rockies, with whom he has a 5 – 3 record. Good luck Wolfie! The Brewers have lost to the Rockies seven straight game. Let’s break that streak Wolfie and start a new one.
Okay, so I understand last year Wolfie wasn’t able to participate in the Dodgers’ caravan because they didn’t sign him until the event was already done. The lucky Brewers fans however get him as part of their “On Deck” schedule. Not sure how the event works … but that’s okay. It was in Milwaukee, and here I am in Los Angeles. I am looking forward to the series in May.
Anyone remember the delay in Game 1 of the NLCS when Wolfie was put in to pinch run for Jim Thome? Won’t that be fun to tell his kids and grand kids one day? “I got to pinch run for Jim Thome and they had to wait for me because I didn’t have my spikes on.”
Okay, so I know it was hopeless and would take a miracle for the Dodgers to re-sign Randy Wolf. But hey, a girl can cross her fingers and hope, right? After all, after a long off-season last year where Randy remained unsigned through most of the season, I kept hoping that maybe the Dodgers would sign him. I didn’t think it would happen, but I was still hoping.
Well, I was at school yesterday … and I got online to check the newswire for anything … and just about fell out of my chair. It said Wolfie was nearing a three year deal with the Brewers. Yes, I was hoping that somehow the Dodgers would sweep in at the last minute, like it did with Raffy… but I knew it wasn’t going to happen.
Guess we know what three games I’ll be at for sure next year… May 4th, 5th, and 6th … the three game series against the Brewers… Think he’ll remember me?
Tonight was the first play off game for me as well as my friends Chris and Chelsea … and our starting pitcher, Randy Wolf!
Love this picture!! He came out through the bullpen. You never know with Randy. He either comes out to warm up from the bullpen or from the dug out. You can never guess.
There were these two guys in the pavilion who were shirtless and painted “Wolf Pack 43” on their chest. One had “Wolf 4” and the other had “Pack 3”. “Wolf 4” also had the “big bad wolf” mask. I was surprised they let him bring it in. I get told all the time that I may not be allowed my Wolf hat … and it’s a HAT. His is a mask. That’s interesting. And in fact, one of the security guys tonight was like … “I don’t think you can wear that.” I seem to be going through this a lot lately. I don’t know why. No one said anything the first ten times I wore it. But the last five or six times, I seem to be getting some trouble. Come on now. Even Randy Wolf has seen me in my hat! Oh, and here’s a tip for guys who go shirtless. Make sure your boxers aren’t showing! I cropped them out in the picture … but you can see the top of “Pack 3″s boxers.
During the visiting team’s batting practice, the grounds crew comes out and starts working on the field. One guy usually paints the foul line in the left field while the other guys stand guard. What are they standing guard for? Fly balls of course! Do they ever warn the guy painting the line? Not really. Tonight was crazy because the ball actually hit the little cart that he uses to paint the lines with. The ball even dented the front of it. He’s always giving his crew a hard time about not giving him any warning when the ball comes at him.
Randy Wolf is making his post-season debut. He’s been in the majors for 11 years, and this is his first time in the post season. When he signed with the Dodgers this year, he joked about his post season jinx … how he seems to sign with teams right before or or right after they make a run at the play offs. Example: Phillies. He signed with them after their last play off appearance … and they never made it when he was with the team. Then after he leaves the team for the Dodgers, the Phillies made it to the play offs. That was the year they were swept by the Rockies. Example #2: He signs with the Dodgers the year after they made it to the play offs in 2006 … but they fall short in 07 with him. He then signs with the Padres the next year (who barely missed making the play offs in 07) … the year the Dodgers make it to the NLCS.
What was also unfortunate that tonight was quite a crazy and dramatic night for the fans. We (the guys around me) noticed that there was some commotion going on in the left field pavilion. Sure enough, these two guys were being escorted down the steps. One of the guys was resisting and I don’t know who pushed him … but he got pushed and fell down quite a distance. Maybe five, ten rows? He landed on the bottom and didn’t look like he was moving. The other guy being escorted was resisting and had to be carried out. In the video I shot, you can see him trying to grab the railing as they carry him out. The other guy eventually got carried out too.
There was also a cat fight a few sections to my right in the top deck. Yes, it was between a Cardinals fan and a Dodger fan. Somehow, the Cardinals fan fell down about three rows. She was able to get up and walk out. It was a crazy night. The Dodgers scored two runs in the first inning off a homerun by Matt Kemp. Raffy was on base. The final run was scored when Russell Martin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. It was a very long game. Almost four hours. With twelve pitchers used, thirty men left on base, and three batters getting hit. I don’t think anyone was surprised when Russell got nailed. There were one or two other pitches that were close before the last one nailed him.
More pictures and game recap to come later. I’m just tired and achy to continue. Maybe during the off season I’ll just post pictures of a different player every other day or so.
Yet another No-Decision for Randy Wolf.
That’s No-Decision #16 . He’s got 33 starts, 11 wins, and 6 losses.
And guess what? I didn’t realize it till I started looking up the
stats and doing the math… up until today’s game, he actually wasn’t
leading the league in No-Decisions. Nope. Up until today, that
prestigious spot belonged to a pitcher who’s been on the DL for the
last week or two. And since he’s done for the season, that means
Wolfie will either finish the season with most No-Decisions or tied
for most. Well, there’s still another pitcher who’s close behind.
who has just as many No-Decisions as our Randy? Let’s start at
listing all the pitchers who have double digit No-Decisions with at
least thirty starts.
Ten No-Decisions – Felix Hernandez, Mark
Buerhle, Kevin Correia, AJ Burnett, James Shields, Tim Lincecum, Andy
Pettitte, and Max Scherzer.
Eleven No-Decisions – Doug Davis,
Matt Cain, Josh Johnson, Cole Hamels, Edwin Jackson, Ryan Dempster,
and Joe Blanton.
Twelve No-Decisions – Braden Looper, Jason
Hammel, Matt Garza
Thirteen No-Decisions – Paul
Fifteen No-Decisions – Joba Chamberlain
No-Decisions – Roy Oswalt
Looking at Randy, Joba, and Roy’s
numbers… Randy has better numbers of the three. Randy leads them in
wins, ERA, innings pitched, strike outs, pick offs,
the least number of runs scored and earned runs allowed, number of
batters hit, slugging percentage, on base average, average, pitches
per inning, hits per nine innings.
Not sure how you gauge the
ground outs/fly outs ratio and WHIP. But he’s got a lower GO/AO and
Those numbers don’t reflect his outing today. And it
probably doesn’t hurt that he’s started in two more games than Oswalt
or Chamberlain. However, Oswalt does have three complete games where
Randy and Joba don’t have any. The funny coincidence is that they
each have 6 losses. Randy has 11 wins, Joba 9, and Roy 8.
do you think? Will Randy get a win in his final outing? Or another
No-Decision? On the bright side. He won’t break Bert Blyleven’s
record. How many No-Decisions did he have? 20
Dodgers rely on $5 million bargain
The Dodgers’ Randy Wolf has been as consistent as any starting pitcher they’ve had.
First, I got to the gate before 10:30. And I noticed there were three lanes of cars lined up … behind the “keep clear” about three hundred feet or so away from the gate. Now, I know that there are usually four to five lanes that line up a few feet away from the gate. And I know that I couldn’t start the fourth lane because that was in the left turn lane. So I drove right up to where the cars usually lined up.
It was a long time before anyone pulled up. No one who was already lined up moved up. They finally moved behind us about eleven, ten minutes till the gates opened. As soon as the gates opened, I was the first one through. Therefore, I was the first one to park. I got a nice spot in the shade. When I got to the stadium gates, they weren’t ready to open yet. There were less than a handful of people waiting for the gate to open. I was in and ready to go.
First I saw Kuo, Weaver, Kershaw with Honeycutt and I think Flippo. Kuo was throwing a bullpen session I think. I yelled happy birthday to Jeff, but he didn’t even look my way. Good thing I didn’t spend hours making him a sign too. Rick looked at me, so I said hi to him. Kuo and Rick went into the bullpen. Someone in the pavilion was asking Kershaw for his autograph. He said he had to do a bullpen session. He asked Rick something. Rick told him to go take some photographs or something like that. Hmmm maybe he was telling him not to. Because Kershaw picked up a ball and started playing catch with Weaver. At this point, I gave up on them and spotted my target.
Randy had come out!!!! I went over and started pulling out my sign, my crown, and getting ready. When I tried to put the crown on, it broke. So that went back into the bag. I just kept the Wolf hat on and held onto my sign. I asked one of the baseline ushers if I could go down to where Randy was. She said, sorry, I can’t. She and the other usher talked for a little bit. I just watched from a distance. He was so close, yet so far. The other usher then said, you know what? You put so much time into that, go ahead. I was like, really? She said, yeah, just until people start showing up. I just stood and waited…
It didn’t take long! The ball got away from Wolfie. I love the picture! You can totally see the ball bouncing away. As soon as he turned and started walking towards the ball, I yelled out his name and held up my sign. He looked at me, smiled (he might have been laughing too) and said…. “Nice hat.” He continued throwing with Troncoso I think. When they were done, he looked at me and said, “here, for you.” He tossed me the ball. I was “deer in the headlights” when he did that. I was like, “who??? ME????” I was so afraid of not catching the ball. It was an easy toss. My head was frazzled by then from the “nice hat” comment. Throw this in and forget it. I was beyond frazzled. But not enough to let the next opportunity pass me by.
He was signing for some people to my right. So I grabbed the pen out of my purse, made my way over and asked him to sign the ball he just gave me. He said of course, and wrote “nice hat! Randy Wolf” on it.
I was in Blue Heaven by then! Forget cloud nine. I was in Blue Heaven. He then went over to the Kidde Korral and signed some more autographs. What a nice guy!!! On his birthday too. I thanked the ushers for letting me go down. And he didn’t sign on the sweet spot, because the Dodgers WIN logo was stamped there.
I made my way to where I usually meet Cat. (Tip: if you’re wearing flip flops at Dodger Stadium, watch your step. Water + floor + flip flops = me slipping on floor, catching myself on the chairs before falling on my rear). I showed her the ball and the guys behind her were like, “cool! How did you get that?” I told her my whole story. She was very happy for me. Hong-Chi Kuo was signing autographs and I brought out my scrapbook and had him sign in the inside cover.
What’s with left-handed pitchers signing autographs with their right hand?
During batting practice, Randy Wells, the Cubs pitcher from the night before, threw a ball to a Cubs’ fan by the foul pole. They missed and the ball started rolling down the aisle towards me. I’m watching these fans chase the ball … until I pick it up. Without thinking, I handed it to the Cubs’ fan in front of me. Afterward, I was kicking myself for doing that. I should’ve kept it and given it to Natalie or Julia or even Isaiah! I’m telling you. I just wasn’t thinking. I was still up in Blue Heav
en thinking about Randy. It’s like having a slice of Tiramisu cheesecake (or fill in your favorite cheesecake)… and then someone gives you a slice of regular cheesecake after you had your favorite. You’re not going to eat the other cheesecake once you’ve had the first one.
A Cubs fan jumped onto the field for a batting practice ball.
It wasn’t long before he was ejected. All for a BP ball.
I know we all love when the kids take the field.Today’s kids just stole your hearts. There’s Casey’s kid.
Hudson’s kid gets a hug! How adorable is that???? She also got another hug after he signed her ball.
This week was “Think Cure” Week. Not only did they have former players, Tommy Lasorda, and Frank McCourt calling contributors to thank them for their donations … they had the players’ wives (and in Marikym’s case, girlfriend) calling people as well. My friend JoAnna was one of the volunteers and she got to meet and talk with one of them.
The Dodgers scored their first run on a monster home run by Matt Kemp. This thing nearly left the building. In fact … I think it’s still landing somewhere in Glendale!
Continuing with the “Think Cure” tele-web-radiothon, this couple got engaged on the Kiss Cam.
In addition to probably one of the best renditions of “God Bless America” I have ever heard … they had a little boy lead “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”. I don’t remember his name, but I remember seeing him and his family on the “Think Cure” telethon on Friday.
After the seventh inning stretch, we noticed there were people still standing up in the Left Field Pavilion. And they were doing more than standing up!
Yup! Bees! As Randy said in an interview with Darren Smith about the bees that invaded Petco Park last month, they must’ve ejected the queen bee and all the worker bees came with her.
Matt Kemp running the bases. What was the final put out again? Sounded like a text number! 2-6-3-4-6-1. Catcher to shortstop to first baseman to second baseman to shortshop to pitcher! And where did Fukudome come from??? That would’ve been interesting to throw that in there. With all those Cubs swarming Kemp, it reminded me of the bees in Left Field. LOL maybe that’s where Fukudome came from. He wanted to get away from the bees who were migrated from the Pavilion to center field. In fact, one bee even made it all the way to where Cat and I were sitting.
Manny playing around during the pitching change.
After the game, we went inside the Third Base Baseline Club for post-game Dodger Talk. Jim Gott was the special guest. (BTW, at this point, I had been working on my blog for hours… and I ALMOST LOST IT. Thank goodness I hit the back key a few times till I got it back). At one point, Ken asked the audience about the bees in
the Left Field Pavilion. No one stepped up. I showed him the picture I had. He told me to get in line and say something. I told him, I don’t know what to say. I wasn’t there. I just saw it from a distance.
Josh Suchon showing those of us in the club how you can donate to Think Cure by texting “join” to 90999. I think that’s the number…. From the Dodger’s website:
This year’s event introduced a PRIME TICKET telethon from 11 a.m.-7
p.m., the opportunity to donate $5 by texting “JOIN” to 90999, and the
creation of virtual bronze plaque listing each donor at thinkcure.org.
Also new was a nearly-constant on-screen line on the PRIME TICKET
telethon and the KCAL 9 telecast providing the phone number, text
information, and updated total. Prime also included the names of donors
who contributed $250 or more.
Fans may donate by calling 866-554-CURE (2873), texting, or by making
an online donation at thinkcure.org. An online auction will run through
Monday at dodgers.com/thinkcure.
After the Dodger talk, they had people who made donations of X amount on the field playing catch. As I was leaving, I saw two people in the bullpen. I wonder how much do you have to donate to be allowed to make out in the bullpen room. I’m glad I paid for parking today. By the time I left, I think only the main gate (Elysian Park) was still open.
I was going through my 2007 scrapbook looking for an article when I came across this:
“Wolf ties for league lead with eight wins”
That was from the L.A. Times on June 12, 2007.
Wolf beat the Mets on June 11, 2007 for his eighth win of the season. Remember, shortly after that, he went on the disabled list for the rest of the season. I think (without looking it up) he with 9 – 6 in 2007, 12 – 12 in 2008. So far this year, he should have a better record than what he has, but since he has a couple No Decisions, we figure some of the NDs even each other out. Currently he is 3 – 1. He has left games with leads as big as five runs and ended up with a ND. He also has left games with the other team leading as big as five runs and still ended up with a ND. That’s baseball for you.