The first post…

Glad you found our new blog … this should be a lot of fun.  A casual way to talk about the team and life on the road.  Steve and I are hoping to update this blog more often than not before and after games, hopefully we can get a good dialog going with you and maybe it’ll spill over into the broadcasts.  That’s the goal.

Today was the first regular season broadcast for Steve and I.  I feel a bit guilty that the Dodgers’ 8-game winning streak came to an end on our watch … but what can you do?  The Dodgers didn’t do a ton right for the majority of the game but they still had a real shot to tie or go ahead in the ninth.  They fought and that’s got to make everyone happy.  I think that Joe T. will take his chances with Russell Martin at the plate with the game on the line.  He’s a special player.

For me … I had a blast doing my first TV Dodger game.  There were a lot of 16-hour bus rides to Winnipeg to get to this point.  A lot of pickled eggs and lutefisk sandwiches in Fargo to get to my first Dodger TV game.  A lot of rainy nights pulling the tarp on and off in Rochester thinking about a chance like this.  Thousands of hours of minor league games where no one was listening to get to this point where I could talk with you Dodger fans.

Unfortunately the final score wasn’t that memorable.  But I’ll always remember it.  And hey, the Dodgers have still won 8 of 9 …. and still can go 158-4 on the season.

Until tomorrow ….

18 Comments

Hey, welcome to the blogosphere! I will take responsibility for the loss as I was too busy to watch the game tonight. ;)

Best of luck to you and Steve. From what I’ve read, you guys did a bang-up job for your first broadcast.

why is this blog not on the front Dodgers page?

Eric,

I think you and steve did a great job together tonight. It was just another day at home watching the DODGERS. It sounded like you and Steve worked well together. I really liked when you two talked about the pitchers approach to the hitters. You and Steve nailed it on the Head with the predictions on how they would pitch to manny on his at bat where he hit a home run. Ill be tuning in tommorow and the day after that, i wish you continued success.

Psycho and Eric. Congrats! Enjoyed the broadcast very much. Please help bring us a victory tonight. I bet I’m one of your only readers who know what lutefisk is! You’re the man if you can keep one of those slimy stinky fish things down. Question: Will Joe ever move Kemp up in the lineup. While Russell is cold, we need Matt’s bat higher (although the 9th last night Kemp got cold too.)

Psycho… you’ve called Kemp the “tinkle” guy. With this line up it’s the whole team! You don’t want to leave until the end of the inning. I love hearing your insight. Keep it coming!

Eric – Welcome to the family. It’s an impossible task trying to follow Vin, but you’re smooth delivery goes well with Psycho’s great insight. Word of advice – and it sounds like you understand this after listening to last night – don’t be too big of a “homer.” That is one thing Vin is a master at – you know where his loyalties lie, and his passion is always present, but he does not blatantly root against the other team like other play by play guys.

Let’s start another W streak tonight!

Psycho and Eric _ Welcome to blogging!

Eric welcome to broadcasting in the big leagues! Unfortunately I was too busy to watch but I’ll catch you tonight! I am at all home dodger games and I was in San Diego for the Home Opener + the other three games there! I am looking forward to my first trip to Chicago this year.
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Check out my blog when you get a chance.
Emma _bleeding Dodger Blue!
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Congratulations Eric. You and Steve did a good job on your first broadcast together. Hopefully, you guys will be on the air for many years to come.
I appreciated Steve’s commentary about Kemp’s baserunning blunder where, when the shortstop was covering second base and the third baseman was halfway to home plate, Kemp went back to stand on third base. For a guy with five tools, Kemp is exasperating in his lack of baseball acumen sometimes. I can’t believe someone who has made it to the majors can make those kind of mental errors. I certainly hope that Torre, Bowa or some other member of the coaching staff have talked to Kemp about that play. I also notice that on the post game interviews with Torre, reporters do not ask him about blatantly stupid acts like that from one of his players and if he specifically calls them on the carpet.
I am sorry about the length of this comment, but the mental side of the game is so important and a part that a lot of fans seem to gloss over in their hero worship of guys like Kemp who struggle with that side of the game from time to time. I admire a player who, while maybe not possessing the physical gifts of some, are always thinking and taking advantage of every opportunity.
Keep pointing out this type of stuff on your broadcasts.
Maybe you can coin a new phrase and talk about a SIX tool player – one who was the five physical gifts plus the ability to be THINKING… possessing situational awareness and taking advantage of any opportunity.
Keep pointing out

Way to go gentlemen. You got your first one under your belt. Here’s to the next 927.

I MUST ADMIT I’VE NEVER HEARD OF YOU BEFORE THE DODGERS, AND MY FIRST CHOICE FOR A NEW PLAY BY PLAY GUY WAS KEVIN KENNEDY…BUT YOU HAVE SINCE WON ME OVER! GREAT JOB!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR YA AGAIN TONIGHT AND THE REST OF THE SEASON=) GO BLUE!!!

Welcome to the family Eric.
It’s hard to believe but I go back to Red Barber and Connie Desmond, those were the first voices I heard doing the Dodger games.
Good luck, you have one of the most humorist sidekick analysis in Steve Lyons to work with, he’ll keep you laughing no matter what the score is.
Great job last night.

Welcome to the Blue Eric. Here’s a list of nicknames and phrases that you can use.

Chad Billingsley – ‘The Chad’ ; ‘Paying the billz’
Jonathan Broxton – ‘B51′ ; ‘Big Bad John’
Clayton Kershaw – ‘The Kid’ ; ‘Kicking it w/ Kershaw’
James McDonald – ‘JMAC’
Will Ohman – ‘Will O Man’
Casey Blake – ‘CB23′ (was better when he was #30, C-B30)
Blake DeWitt – ‘Too Legit DeWitt’
James Loney – ‘My Loney has a first name, it’s J A M E S’ ; ‘Los Loney Boyz’
Andre Ethier – ‘DRE one six’

Keep up the good work.

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Great work tonight, I think its a great idea using the blog as a way to get in touch with fans. Not to mention a good way to get fans into the show.

Well guys, there was a comment made during the game about a curve ball that looked like a “Yellow Hammer” I think it was Psycho who bought it up, and he said he had no idea how the name came about.

The internet says:

“A nickname for an exceptional curveball. The term is derived from the similarity between a sharp 12-to-6 downward breaking curve and the manner in which the Yellowhammer bird dives towards its insect prey. Slow curves or curves with progressive, arcing breaks would not be identified by this term. Active MLB pitchers who have been known to throw curves of Yellow Hammer quality include David Wells, Ben Sheets, Kerry Wood, Tom Gordon, John Lackey, and Barry Zito. Former pitchers who were known to possess this pitch include Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, Dwight Gooden, Bert Blyleven, and Rick Ankiel (retired from pitching but now active as a major-league outfielder).”

I wasnt satisfied, so I consulted my “Baseball Dictionary” (its a great, and hilarious book, great gift) and what they had to say was (under etymology) “Almost every reference made to this term in print notes that the person uttering the term has NO idea where it came from, or how it became a name for a curveball”

Love the commentary, you know its good commentary when we, in our living rooms and bars all over the southland, are saying the exact same thing you are MOST of the time.

Go Blue !

Welcome to the blog club, fellas. Looking forward to this season. It should be an exciting one!

Everything I know, I learned from Vin Scully.
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Just out of curiosity, why do the Dodgers have a different broadcasting crew based on where the game is located?

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Wow, sounds like you payed your fair share of dues. Thrilled to listen to you guys throughout the season on here, as well as on TV. It should be an exciting season.

Hey Eric. I was actually kind of excited to hear your first broadcast (weird huh? but when you’re an avid baseball fan, quirks like that are commonplace). I had heard a few of the other applicants during Spring Training, and was worried if any of them had gotten the job (although Josh Suchon wasn’t bad).
When I first heard you talk I though you sounded a lot like Thom Brennaman (from Fox), which brought back sweet memories when Steve Lyons did games for them (too bad somebody over there doesn’t have a sense of humor).
I guess there really are only two keys to you being successful (at least in my eyes):
1) relax and let Steve Lyons dick around with you a little. you’re dean to his jerry. the previous guy (charlie) sometimes got a little too combative with lyons, which is okay, but don’t be too sensitive a guy, okay?
2) be a fan. one thing i really liked about charlie steiner and kevin kennedy is that they showed passion for the dodgers. whether you like it or not, you’ve been adopted by the team and now are one of them. it doesn’t hurt to let yourself get wrapped up in the emotion of the game. it makes each call that much more dramatic.
I’ll take your comments and criticisms at my address, chrisknerr@sbcglobal.net.

- chris

Hey Eric. I was actually kind of excited to hear your first broadcast (weird huh? but when you’re an avid baseball fan, quirks like that are commonplace). I had heard a few of the other applicants during Spring Training, and was worried if any of them had gotten the job (although Josh Suchon wasn’t bad).
When I first heard you talk I though you sounded a lot like Thom Brennaman (from Fox), which brought back sweet memories when Steve Lyons did games for them (too bad somebody over there doesn’t have a sense of humor).
I guess there really are only two keys to you being successful (at least in my eyes):
1) relax and let Steve Lyons mess around with you a little. you’re dean to his jerry. the previous guy (charlie) sometimes got a little too combative with lyons, which is okay, but don’t be too sensitive a guy, okay?
2) be a fan. one thing i really liked about charlie steiner and kevin kennedy is that they showed passion for the dodgers. whether you like it or not, you’ve been adopted by the team and now are one of them. it doesn’t hurt to let yourself get wrapped up in the emotion of the game. it makes each call that much more dramatic.
I’ll take your comments and criticisms at my address, chrisknerr@sbcglobal.net

- chris

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