Heat of the Moment 

“I never meant to be so bad to you
One thing I said that I would never do
One look from you and I would fall from grace
And that would wipe this smile right from my face”



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Livin’ On The Edge

“Livin’ on the edge
You can’t help yourself from fallin’
Livin’ on the edge
You can’t help yourself at all
Livin’ on the edge
You can’t stop yourself from fallin’
Livin’ on the edge”



Today’s game was a microcosm of the entire season. It was one of the weirdest games I’ve seen in a while, in a season of weird happenings. There was worry, elation, worry…

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

“No, you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need”

~Rolling Stones


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Summer In The City

“Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city”

~The Lovin’ Spoonful


I’m not sure if many people thought that with Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list, the Dodgers would be able to make up 3.5 games on the Giants. But since the All-Star break, that’s just what they’ve done. As of today, the Dodgers sit just three games back of the rivals to the North. Three games is not that big a bridge to gap over the next two months, especially since the Giants have a much tougher schedule than the Dodgers through the remainder of the second half.

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(I’ve Got A) Dyslexic Heart

“Do I read you correctly, lead me directly
Help me with this part
Do I hate you? Do I date you?
Do I got a dyslexic Heart?”

~Paul Westerburg

Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Taylor during game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, July 15, 2016 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016

It’s only been three games since the second half of the season started, and we seemed to have run the gamut in terms of performances by our beloved Dodgers. A game where the offense explodes, lead by Chris Taylor. A game where the offense does nothing, yet is in the game the whole time thanks to stellar pitching, only to lose in extras. And a game were the pitching is not good, and the offense is not good, until the very end, when it is too little to late.

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Halfway Gone

“Talk, talk is cheap
Give me a word you can keep
Cause you’re halfway gone and I’m on my way
And I’m feelin, feelin feelin this way”


Manager Dave Roberts congratulates Howie Kendrick after the game. Jill Weisleder/LA Dodgers

This is only my first season writing about the Dodgers, and so far it has given me plenty of fodder. Between the injuries, and the losing streaks, and the injuries, and the Giants, and the injuries… it’s been quite the first half. It started off on such an amazing high, a 15-0 rout of the San Diego Padres. And then…There have been many, many references on my part to this team is the reason I drink. There has been quite the lively discussions among fans about everything from the rookie skipper Dave Roberts to the bullpen usage and everything in between. But more than anything, it has been defined by all the injuries.

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4th of July 

Newley reinstated pitcher Brandon McCarthy throws on the mound today against the Colorado Rockies. Jill Weisleder/Dodgers

“You were pretty as can be, sitting in the front seat
Looking at me, telling me you love me
And your happy to be with me on the 4th of July”

~Shooter Jennings 

It’s been four days since the news came that Clayton Kershaw would be put on the disabled list for his back. I’m definitely feeling better now than I did then. In those four days, all the Dodgers have done is win every game, allowing only one run from opposing teams, welcomed back a long lost starter, and gained a game on San Francisco Giants in the standings.

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(Put Me Out of My) Misery

“Frustrated, Incorporated (put me out of my misery)
Frustrated, Incorporated (I’d do it for you, would you do it for me)
Frustrated, Incorporated (forever after happily)
Frustrated, Incorporated (making misery)”

~Soul Asylum

Los Angeles Dodgers against the Washington Nationals
Los Angeles Dodgers against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, June 22,2016 at Dodger Stadium. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016

Well Dodger fans, I’m finally starting to crack. I try to be optimistic as much as possible, and then games like yesterday happen. What is it about Clayton Kershaw that makes it hurt so much more? He is the one that the team turns to, to put them on his back, to make a losing streak stop, to get a win when they most need it. Sunday’s game was uncharacteristically not that. Four runs in one inning was the undoing of the Kershaw, and the Dodgers. Of course, Clayton is human. Anyone can have a bad day. Maybe it was the five days rest. We all know how regimented he is. Maybe it was Yasmani Grandal. Maybe, it was absolutely nothing at all and these things just happens.

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Hot Hot Hot

“Hey hey hey
Yes I’m jumping like a jumping jack
I’m dancing, screaming, itching, squealing, fever feeling
Hot hot hot”

~The Cure

Kike Hernandez waits to be interviewed after the Dodgers win. Jill Weisleder/Dodgers

The weather is heating up. Even here in PA, it’s going to be in the 90’s today. And the Dodgers might finally be putting together a hot streak of their own. Series wins versus Arizona and Milwaukee have the Dodgers starting to look pretty good. If only those stupid Giants would stop winning.

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Hold On for One More Day 

Oklahoma City Dodgers
Oklahoma City Dodgers’ Julio Urias during practice at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Tuesday April 5, 2016. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman.

“Don’t you know?
Don’t you know things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day”

~Wilson Philips

Good morning from our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.! I think I picked a good time to be on limited social media and TV time of watching our beloved team. Last week was not the best of weeks for the Dodgers. But, it is my job in this weekly recap to come up with only the positives. So, here we go.

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