‘Tis The Season…

…I’ll ask each of you to finish the phrase in your own words. As well as wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday season :0)

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46 thoughts on “‘Tis The Season…

  1. ‘Tis the season to wish we are all on here a year from today healthy and happy!
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    I should throw in safe too,considering how things can go in today’s world. In a smaller way I’m wishing for my football team to take home the big prize, and it’s very true we could use some pitching, but health and happiness for us all are the big thing for me.

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  2. ‘Tis the season of 2016 to realize the following wishes:

    1) Give TV privileges to all in the Los Angeles area to view the Dodgers games
    2) Win a World Series Championship for Vin Scully and Don Newcombe

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  3. ‘Tis the season to have an angiogram…My Cardiologist just recommended that I come to the hospital on Christmas eve, day…he told me not to exert myself in the meantime. Happy Holidays everyone 🙂

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      • Thanks Kahli…I had to get the Cardiologist approval to have my gallbladder removed…so it’s highly possible a faulty gallbladder may have saved/extended my life. I still need the gallbladder removed though…

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          • Thanks Birk…No need to be sorry though.

            The way I look at it is, they’re gonna get me fixed and back in play. The pulmonary guy gave me the stuff my lungs craved…that was a big plus. He also has given me a CPAP machine, or will soon. So that will help in whatever area that covers??? Now, the heart guy is gonna fix whatever it is he say’s is wrong…(I feel pretty good). Then the surgeon will remove my gallbladder and I’ll stop itching…My primary doc said it wasn’t out of the question for me to live another 20 years, if I get things going in the correct direction. I’m working on these things…I have some weight issues that are next on my list. Although, if I go to all this work and fulfill that 20 year quota, and the Dodgers don’t win a number of championships…sorry may reenter the equation 🙂

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  4. I had my gallbladder removed a several years ago while I was in the hospital for something else. I never really understood the reason for the removal but I know one thing, I don’t know where the connection is, but I never get stomach aches anymore.
    It seems like the Dodgers are getting set for a big deal, but they may be just rebuilding.

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    • Yeah, mine started out as a really bad stomach ache…that was about a year ago. These days it just makes me itch really bad…it’s almost unbearable. I’m happy to see you’re feeling better after having it removed OBF. I’m trying to get there myself… I have no good clue as to what the Dodgers will do next?

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  5. Get well, D4. The timing isn’t the greatest, but we need you healthy.
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    I’ve been reading about this possible trade for Orodizzi and who we would have to give up to get him. Apparently the d-backs way over paid to get Miller and although they have been roundly criticized, it has still raised the bar on what pitchers are worth. Supposedly. Makes me wonder. Anyway, when I look at the kids we would have to give up to get a decent pitcher, I wind up thinking “Screw it, go with the kids”.
    Maybe not realistic, you might be wasting Kershaw’s prime years on a nursery. However, we didn’t do much when we had the best 1-2 in baseball last year. Might as well go young as get held up.

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    • Thanks Griz…

      I haven’t been keeping up with the trade rumors. I also have no clue who/what an Orodizzi is, as I pretty much focus solely on the Dodgers. But if he can help…we ‘re probably gonna need some. Judging by last season and the fact that they felt he needed to have his eye fixed mid-season…I would be surprised if Urias is in the mix early.

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  6. Like I said above, the Dodgers are either rebuilding and getting younger or they’re setting themselves up for a big trade, I think we will soon find out. Obviously whoever we deal with will want mostly the players we don’t want to give up unless the other team has something else they can offer us. This is what I like about the off season. It makes baseball a twelve month sport.

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  7. Yesterday, I opened my email and inside the inbox was a message from the Dodgers asking me to chat with them. I thought cool! I wonder who I’ll get to talk to? Tommy? Kasten? Roberts? Friedman? Zaidi? Kapler? (I can just image what getting a text message from him would be like!) Magic (No offense, but I’ll pass. With this newly acquired opportunity, I want to talk to a baseball figure!) Then I opened the message and it wasn’t a conversation at all…it was a cleverly (not really) disguised survey asking me a bunch of stuff like my first name (Dodger4life)? My last name (Dodger4life)? How much money I make? What race I am? How many people live in my house? If I thought this survey would get to any one important…etc.?? Not once did Tommy come on and give me a pep talk, lord knows I needed one after about 3 questions. I did manage to forge my way through the conversation/survey/manual tracking device. Although, I became severely agitated in the process (which I now will probably have to see another specialist to get rid of). Mainly, because they asked me what I would like to see from the Dodgers and all I could think about was Vinny. Like everyone else, I want to see Vinny. Then I became beyond severely agitated (We’ve entered uncharted waters now), which ironically is the what the Dodgers are known for. Well, kind of! Someone needs to come up with a name for my newly acquired and accelerated disease by the way…Maybe if Tommy writes me back to give me that pep talk, he can patch me through to Dr. ElAttrache and we can discuss how to appropriately address this newly found dilemma. This ghostly conversation ended with them giving me a chance to explain what was most important to me when it came to the Dodgers…I almost had to dial 911! How dare they inbox me with this bunch of horsepucky… This is outrageous! If you would like to pick my brain, or my computers files…you need to do one thing first. No! Make that two things first! 1) Put Vinny back on the air so that everyone may enjoy his elegance!! 2) Make Magic Johnson a silent partner, or at least make him speak of things with substance behind them and let Tommy handle the fuckin’ pep talks!!

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  8. I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    If we go by projected WAR, this team as it sits today still wins the west. Anything they do from now until ST only increases those odds. Since AZ completely screwed up not only the price for FA pitchers but also the price for trades, I’m in agreement with the FO not to offer any ill advised long term contracts that will saddle the roster later. We saw that enough with Ned, some of which we’re still saddled with. Go with the kids and let the chips fall where they may. It didn’t do us any good to have 2 aces. It didn’t do us any good to have a high priced line-up. I’m going to give the rebuild 3 years to see if it does any better. If not, off with their heads.

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  9. Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you all have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year.

    Maybe Santa will bring us top drawer starting pitcher.

    D4, I hope you have a speedy recovery and come back better than ever.

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  10. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our Outside the Dodgers family. It’s been a real joy sharing the Dodgers with you.

    Merry Christmas to all everywhere, even the Front Office, and I’ll only say that this once.

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  11. Hoping for all a healthy and happy new year. I find it interesting that many of us seem to have resolved ourselves to the fact the Dodgers may in fact be sacrificing “trying to win now” in order for some long range plan we all hope will work. The big adjustment for me is the fact the Dodgers have never had this attitude. The organization usually found a way to be competitive even when rebuilding was in place. Also, as others have mentioned having the top two pitchers in the league produced winning seasons and first place finishes in the division but nothing more. If we measure success by making it to the World Series and hopefully winning, the Dodgers have been unsuccessful for a long time. In a way this just sets us all up for failure because we all know no matter how good a team is during the season, winning it all is extremely difficult. Of course, given the Dodgers made it to the World Series in every decade from the 40’s through the 80’s but not since is quite unsettling to me and adds to the anxiety of the 2016 season knowing the team, at least as it stands today, is not as good as it was last season.

    That being said, I do understand why the Dodgers want to try to change the way things have been done. My problem is this front office has not convinced me yet it can do this and still keep the team competitive. I hope it can.

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  12. RIP Meadowlark Lemon! One of the original Harlem Globetrotters and the second one to died this year with Marques Haynes. Robert “Showboat” Hall pass away a year ago on Xmas Eve.

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  13. Merry Christmas everyone. I’ve been in the hospital since Christmas Eve day. On Christmas day, my gift was an appendectomy. It is only today that I have felt good enough to even check this site, though I did see a couple of articles on Bleacher Report.
    I’m still waiting to see the “Championship Nucleus” that Friedman keeps talking about. All I see is that this team is much weaker so far.

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  14. I feel like the Front Office is doing NOTHING.
    Of course, that’s what you can expect when the franchise “normalizes” things from a $300 million payroll.

    So, what are we to expect from the Dodgers in 2016?
    NOTHING.

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    • Bear that’s a good question…If you have been reading the same mumbo-jumbo I have, you know Kasten and Friedman claim to be comfortable at the moment. Kasten has said there still remains no restrictions as far as payroll is concerned. Friedman and Kasten say they believe the kids at AAA have progressed enough to become an asset to the club in the near future and that they also believe with the international signings, that the group right behind them will also be an asset in a few years. They seem to think, as does enchanted (I believe he made the statement a few short days ago) that the team will still be competitive enough to make the play-offs in 2016? I know I read somewhere that the Giants are developing the land around their park and will have more funds, in which to compete with, in the coming years. So I suspect the Dodgers will be challenged with not only trimming payroll, but in finding a good balance in which to keep ahead of the curve. Shedding bad monetary contracts, while not adding to the mess until you have a good young nucleus in which to compensate, may be where they are heading???

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