October 2006

The Showdown in St. Louis

This is the biggest game of the NLCS, Game 5.  Both teams are tied at two games a piece, so the winner only has to win one of the next two instead of both. 

Cards have the home field advantage; Mets have the momentum after Game 3. 

Glavine verse Weaver.

To The TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October Baseball

Once again we find ourselves in the midst of tremendously exciting playoffs.  October baseball is something special, and I would like to congratulated the Cardinals, Mets, A?s and Tigers for advancing to their respective Championship Series.  Although the Tigers won the first game, the American League pennant is still up for grabs, as is the National League?s.  But as you watch the games, remember what I have said over and over again; playoffs, pennants and the World Series are won and lost in the bullpen. 

It is great to see the Mets doing so well in the playoffs, as it has eluded them since Bobby Valentine was asked to leave after guiding his club to the Fall Classic.  Once again the Cardinals are contending to represent the National League in the World Series.  Walt Jocketty and Tony LaRussa have done another outstanding job with that ball club. 

And let?s not forget about how special a season the Tigers are having.  I can Tigers remember during spring training this year, when the Tigers came to Dodgertown, Jim Leyland telling me that his club was going to surprise a few people.  Isn?t that the understatement of the season!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of baseball fans for your continued support.  You have come out to the ballparks in record numbers this season, and because of your energy, passion and commitment, baseball remains the greatest sport in this country. 

But as I say in my commercials, just because your team is out of it, inside every home team fan is an even bigger baseball fan.  Make sure you watch the post season on FOX.


Playoffs Baby!

How Sweet it is; the fruits of victory!

It?s playoff time, the most exciting time in baseball.  Teams have had this goal in mind since mid February when the players reported for Spring Training.  The eight teams that are still playing know that this is the precursor to the World Series, and nothing is better than that.

Lugobetiment_1 You can throw out all the stats from the year, because everybody picks up their play in the post season.  Managers are setting up their pitching staffs, putting together their best possible line-ups, and making sure their players are prepared, mentally, physically and fundamentally.

I would like to commend Ned Colletti, our general manager, for the fine job he has done this year in putting together a balanced roster of competitive ball players.  I would also like to congratulate Grady Little for his leadership and poise.  He did a great job managing the ball club and without him the Dodgers would not have won the wild card.  A very special Thanks goes to Frank and Jamie McCourt for giving Dodger fans what they want, a winning baseball team.

And, once again, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for Commissioner Selig?s vision by enacting the wild card.  He has made an outstanding contribution to the game of baseball.