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No big deal
Hey everyone, don't worry about how poorly the Dodgers have played the last week — it's not that big of a deal. Just ask Manager
Since his great start in April, Gonzalez has slumped badly. Take a look:
April: .383/.432 OB%/.790 SLG%
June: .238, .247, .375
This week in Dodgers history
June 25, 1984: Bill Russell plays his 1,953rd game to become the team's leader in games played. Russell ended his career with 2,181 games played for the Dodgers.
June 26, 1944: At the Polo Grounds, with over 50,000 fans looking on, the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and New York Yankees play each other in a six inning three-team game to raise money for war bonds. The final score: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.
June 27, 1980: Jerry Reuss no-hits the Giants, 8-0, at Candlestick Park. Shortstop Bill Russell's error in the first inning prevents it from being a perfect game.
June 28, 2008: The Dodgers get no hits against the Angels but still win, 1-0. It isn't considered an official no-hitter by Angels pitchers Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo because the Dodgers did not have to bat in the bottom of the ninth. The Dodgers score their run when Matt Kemp reaches first on Weaver's throwing error, steals second and advances to third on catcher Jeff Mathis' throwing error and scores on Blake DeWitt's sacrifice fly.
Your favorite Dodgers
Charlie Learned of Davis: Pedro Guerrero was the greatest clutch hitter I ever saw and my favorite Dodger of all time. It seemed like he hit .800 in the eighth and ninth innings in his prime! If this year's squad had a consistent clutch hitter even close to Pedro G's caliber, you (and I) wouldn't need to worry about getting swept by the Giants and not being able to wear our Dodger caps in public.
Norm Coleman of Detroit: With all the great Dodger players in Brooklyn when I was a kid, it was Pee Wee Reese, no doubt about it. I was short, my friends all called me Pee Wee and he was by far the best shortstop in the game at that time (my opinion) and a future Hall of Famer. Plus, he treated Jackie Robinson like a man, a teammate, arm around his shoulder in Cincinnati.
Bill Gosvenor of Boise, Idaho: I grew up in the L.A. area in the late '50s and early '60s and have been a fan since the team moved west. Officially it was necessary to say that Sandy and Don were the best, but I always liked Johnny Podres. The others got the ink but he carried the '59 series while Koufax was still throwing wild balls and hadn't hit his stride yet. On a personal note, I liked Moose Skowron after he came over from the hated Yankees, but only because he looked like my Uncle Don.
The Dodgers are now 9-17 against teams who currently have a winning record, 30-14 against teams who have a losing record.