Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died this week at the age of 41. On Thursday night Dodgers’ organist Dieter Ruehle wanted to honor the musician’s memory by playing “Numb.”
It was early in the evening, and perhaps nobody in attendance noticed while they were filing to their seats — but this was a really nice gesture anyway. Thank you Dieter, and thank you Dodgers for this.
That’s … that’s it. And it’s not as if they traded for a proven Andrew Miller-type, either. They traded for a struggling starter with the hopes that they can turn him into an ace reliever by the time the postseason starts. That sounds iffy, and that’s before you get to the part where Liriano has made just two relief appearances in the last five years, and just 29 overall. That’s before you get to the part where his ERA as a reliever is nearly a full run higher than it is as a starter.
I’m willing to believe that what Liriano did in 2012 as a reliever has little to do with how he’ll do in 2017. But that’s kind of the point. No one knows how he’ll adjust to a setup role. He dominates lefties like some of the other available power bullpen arms, as Crawfish Boxes points out, but this is still very much an experiment.
Twenty years ago, in the summer of 1997, Disney released Air Bud, a movie about a golden retriever named Buddy who can play basketball. It did well in the box office because there were enough people who wanted to see how the hell Disney was going to execute this idea. Then four more Air Bud movies were made over the next six years.
I have no nostalgia for Air Bud. The idea to watch it never crossed my mind when Cheap Reversible Basketball Jerseys I was 7 years old. It was a cultural blind spot that I shared with my colleague Charlotte Wilder, who also watched it for the first time this year. But with the 20th anniversary coming up, I decided to rectify my Air Bud-less life and watch all five movies, stopping short of watching the Cheap San Francisco Giants Jerseys Buddies spinoff series.