As Milton Bradley is placed on the 15-day DL, after a week of media-fueled melodrama with fellow Dodger Jeff Kent, and as Cesar Izturis is probably next to go on the DL — well, the Dodgers’ season is looking about as good as Milton’s 80%-torn patella tendon. Which is to say, awful. Forget the fact that we are technically still in the playoff hunt thanks to a woefully weak division. Even if we somehow manage to put together more than a couple of wins in a row and overtake the Padres, the rest of the National League winners would be creeping up on our rotting corpse like hyenas after the lions are done….
Sure, J.D. Drew might be back at some point. So might Barry Bonds for the Giants (now that the ‘special medicine’ is out of his system), and a fat lot of good it would do either of us.
But all is not lost. There are still like 30-something games left. And there is the fabled Next Year we’re always hearing about.
This has been a hard year to be a Dodgers fan, especially after that promising 12-2 start, and the subsequent false alarms, injury plague, and general malaise.
It’s easy to be a fan when your team is winning.
No matter what happens between now and the end of the season, I will be here next year, ready to cheer whoever is on the field, bleeding blue again.
Besides, hockey is back! ;) Go Kings!
UPDATE: the following was posted on dodgers.com today:
Sunday’s broadcast unique: As part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 50th anniversary celebration of the franchise’s first World Series championship in 1955, the Sunday telecast of the Dodgers’ game against the Houston Astros on FSN West 2 will be presented to show the evolution of sports broadcasting, starting with how fans would have viewed the game 50 years ago. The FSN West 2 telecast will begin at 12:30 p.m. PT.
“The 1955 celebration is another opportunity for us to demonstrate some creativity on the broadcast side,” said Dodger director of marketing Drew McCourt. “We’re pleased to partner with FSN West 2 to make this possible for our fans.”
The game telecast, with Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully behind the microphone, begins with just two camera angles in the first inning, shot in black and white. Graphics will not be introduced until roughly the second inning and even then they will reflect what was first available to broadcasters. By the third inning “cut to” replays will be added and the fourth inning will document the introduction of dissolve replays and a third camera angle, but the game will still be seen in black and white. A fourth camera angle will be added in the fifth inning and FSN West 2 will transition to a modern telecast. The remainder of the game will be delivered in color with current graphics and seven camera angles.