When Mannys Happy, Everybodys Happy

Before every getaway game, Manny makes a dugout announcement:

“Let us have a happy flight,” he says, and that means we better win, because flights after a loss are no fun. He said it tonight just before the first inning and we’re going to have a happy flight home after beating the Cubs again. I’m sure guys will be giddy, because we’re going back to Cali with a chance to win this series.

We’re an excited team right now, but the clubhouse is probably a little quieter than it was last night. We still have to take care of business. We haven’t won anything yet. We’ve got a flight home and a long day tomorrow with a workout and the next game isn’t until Saturday night.

You had to like the way we won tonight. Zambrano stuck it to us in the first inning and the crowd was going absolutely wild and we bounced back and turned the tables in the second inning and completely took the crowd out of the game. It got silent again, like it did last night when James hit the grand slam.

And another thing you had to like was that second inning, we did it without Manny. We can’t expect him to do everything every game. The guys were picking each other up and making his job easier. That’s just the way we’ve been playing for the past month and it’s why we’re in the position we’re in.

 

 

81 comments

  1. junkyardjamie

    Andre~
    Well, we definitely didn’t miss the second inning, and yes, it definitely was done without Manny. You guys were absolutely incredible tonight once again, with Billz having another amazing game. Have a wonderful day off, and welcome back to Los Angeles. There definitely won’t be silence on Saturday. You will even be able to hear us fans up in Nor-Cal cheering for this REMARKABLE Dodger team.
    Debbie~
    Dodger Fan Forever and Etheiraholic!!!

  2. dodgereric

    It’s good to hear that you’re not getting to high with the wins. Dodgers aren’t satisfied with a few wins. We win it ALL! However, it won’t stop me from congratulating you on an amazing 2 days in Chicago. I like how you guys cashed in your breaks. That’s what good teams do. Good teams also come from behind, like you did in Game 1

    Keep it up, let’s finish ’em Saturday and move on to the next round!

  3. chillicat

    Yup, liked ’em both… 😉 As much as we all “love Manny being Manny”, I know so many of us fans are so proud of the whole team and so excited for what’s to come… I think all of California will hear the roar of that crowd Saturday night…
    Congrats on everything ~ you deserve it!
    All the best and Go Dodgers!!!
    😀
    Cori

  4. whittierkid

    way to keep up Donnie’s philosophy. Just go up there and try to hit the ball hard. and then there’s manny’s philosophy of go deep in the count. you guys are just playing great baseball. and playing as a team. that’s what makes baseball so great to watch.

  5. heartruss

    Congratulations on another exciting win! I can’t wait until Saturday when we can welcome our Dodgers back to Dodger Stadium. All of us fans who have followed you all season will be there in full force to let you know we support you guys through thick and thin. But Saturday we will celebrate!! We are very proud of you. GO DODGERS!

  6. trublu4ever

    Great win last night. I too, will be screaming from central California, during your sweep of the Cubs on Saturday. Like I said yesrterday, these two games were a total team effort. Love having Furcal back…….what an added bonus he is. I know Harden is pitching Saturday but, it doesn’t matter.Right now you guys can hit anyone. Tell the team how much support they have from all of us at Inside the Dodgers. Best wishes to you Andre and stay relaxed. Also, I really appreciate you taking the time to keep us informed on what it’s like being in a playoff setting. One question…….do you have a roommate on the road? And, if so, who is yours?

  7. thinkingblue

    ANDRE,
    WELCOME HOME TO L.A. Once again CONGRATULATION TO YOU AND THE BOYS IN BLUE!. You guys did it, L.A. was very very loud last night. TEAM WORK always works, so keep up the great job you guys are doing. Saturday’s game will be a tough one, the Cubs will come with all their Energy to win, so put on your best defense and WIN!. And it will be harder to concentrate since it WON’T BE QUIET – WE ARE GETTING LOUD! You guys are a little closer to becoming CHAMPIONS.
    .
    GOOD LUCK!
    .
    ROSE ~ ETHIERAHOLIC-DODGERAHOLIC!

  8. angc@sce.com

    Andre,

    Can you tell me the name of your “at bat song?” We’ve been trying to figure it out since you’ve changed it from “Still D.R.E.” Thanks!

    PS. Not sure if you remember meeting my boyfriend and I in Old Town Pasadena last season after a Sunday day game at the Apple Store. We met both you and Maggie as you were leaving. After taking one picture, several kids started to notice you were a Dodger, and the madness started. I still have my picture and am very proud and still excited I had the oppurtunity to take the picture with you (the one Dodger I favored)! You were my favorite boy in blue before the picture and even more my favorite now!

  9. amyw27

    Andre,
    You are right about the team. Everyone has collectively peaked in September when in counted and that is translating to some great baseball. All us LA fans agreed last night, that it feels so good that the Dodgers are proving to the baseball world that we are a great team that isn’t an easy win against us. All the t.v announcers and newspaper writers who automatically picked the Cubs when they knew the Dodgers would be facing them in round one, now have to rethink how they feel about the Los Angeles Dodger- Western Division Champions!
    .
    Thank you again for sharing your post season experiences with us. It means a whole lot to us to hear what’s going on 🙂
    .
    Can’t Stop the Blue! See you all this weekend!
    .
    Love,
    Amy

  10. acardona16

    Andre,
    I absolutely LOVE how quiet the crowd was!! what a GREAT game and a great 2nd inning!! all you guys have been doing your part and more!! keep it up! we are all behind you %100!! have fun and tell the guys to always keep those smiles on their faces!! I love to see you guys having fun!! also thank you for your blogs about the playoffs! it’s AWESOME to hear from you!! good luck with the rest of the playoffs!! CAN’T STOP THE BLUE!!!

    your fan, Amy
    Ethieraholic and dodger fan for life!!!

  11. steve@tiptoparborists.com

    Hi Andre,
    Thank you for taking the time to make us fans feel like part of this team. INCREDIBLE!!!!!

  12. cpompe1

    Hey Andre!!!
    Great game last night!!! Good teams takes advantage of the breaks they get and you guys definitely did last night!!! My mom and I will be at the game on Saturday!!! Can’t wait!!! Can’t wait to celebrate the Dodgers winning the NLDS!!! See ya then!!! 🙂
    Carol
    Ethieraholic and fan for life!!!

  13. jerry79

    Hey man…

    You guys are putting on a show for the fans back home. Can’t wait to see you guys seal the NLDS here at home. Like you said, when Manny is happy, everyone is happy. Indeed we are.

    Thank you also for posting and letting us know what’s going on with your thoughts. Keep up the great work, Dre.

    See you back in L.A. on Saturday!

    Best of luck!

    -Jerry
    http://kold79.blogspot.com

  14. may1940

    Andre,
    Just discovered your blog. Thank you for sharing with us!I’m a fan from NE PA and watch the Dodgers all season on Direct TV! Good Luck tomorrow!!! We’ll be watching!
    Rosemary

  15. elopez2555@msn.com

    D,
    As always your the Golden one, we’ve been watching and wish we could be there but will always be with you in spirit.
    God Bless,
    AS

  16. karl.ev

    I’m glad to see the Dodgers take a 2-0 lead! Even though I’m a Milwaukee native, you’re all convincing me that you can be the NL’s World Series team. Keep up the amazing play, and hopefully you can win the series tomorrow night at home! Here’s to a Rays – Dodgers world series!

  17. jillafmconstruction@live.com

    Hi Andre! I just found your blog. Huge Dodger Fan! You probably don’t remember but I met you in New York last May. So excited about the post season…you guys have given us so much to cheer about that I’ve almost lost my voice! We’ll be at the game tomorrow…GO DODGERS!!!!!
    Jill

  18. timbozzone@gmail.com

    Everyone please check out the front page of http://www.mlb.com and go to the MLB Playoffs Blog picture and see how there is a picture of James Loney where is says Andre Either, and it is clearly a blog by Andre Either…. I urge everyone to e-mail mlb.com on the contact us page and let them know the inexcusable error where there is even more disrepect to the LA Dodgers! GO Dodgers!!!!

  19. ronjohn

    Andre,
    i jus wanted to say thank you for taking your time out and doing this blog. its appreciated. Im a yankee fan but will be rooting for the dodgers in the playoffs. i have to say i would love for the Dodgers and Joe Torre to win it all.
    good luck the rest of the way man.

  20. bluecrewgirl

    Great job getting the whole thing started last night in the 3rd inning. I can’t wait for the game on Saturday. Thanks for blogging for us during the playoffs. Have a great game on Saturday and Go Dodgers!

  21. stephanieestrada@ca.rr.com

    Hey Andre,
    It is so great to be in the playoffs!!!!!! We have a great team and you are trully an great asset : )
    I am a big fan and wish lots of luck. You’re a great player and we are lucky to have you on our team.
    Congrats to you and your wife on the birth of your son.
    May God bless you and your family, and of corse the whole team. Man it is great to be in the playoffs!!!! Go Dodgers!!! Go Blue!!!!
    Oh yeah, by the way, I’m the girl who’s boyfriend yells out to you “Hey Andre, My Girlfriend thinks your hot!!!”, I do, don’t get me wrong, but I also think that you are a great player!! With a hot bat, too.
    Good luck on Saturday!!!!

  22. marco23@ucla.edu

    Great blog ‘Dre. I’m really excited about this team, and I think you guys have plenty of baseball left in ya. I’ll be cheering you on from the right field pavillion Saturday. Here’s to you guys finishing off the Cubs, and moving on to the next round.

    Go Blue!

  23. megakronn@yahoo.com

    Dude…

    Way to rip the heart out of Chicago and put the proverbial foot into all the doubters mouths in the media especially the east coast bias writers from the evil four letter network.

    Congratulations on the awesome year on the field and off with the new addition to your family. I’ll be sitting in the pavilion in left in “Mannyhood” so if you want to go opposite field I’d appreciate the souvenir.

    WAR THE DODGERS!!! WAR ANDRE ETHIER WORLD SERIES MVP!!! WAR THE SHORTSTOP BEFORE AND AFTER EVERY GAME!!!! WAR BELLY-ITCHERS SOFTBALL!!!!

    Dirty D

  24. bakerkm45@gmail.com

    I will be in the crowd Saturday night to welcome you and the Blue Boys back to Los Angeles. Thanks for two great nights of baseball; the whole family has been glued to the TV and on the edge of our seats with every pitch.

    To the point of your post, we’re all proud of everyone pulling together, picking each other up, playing patient, mature baseball and pouncing on Cubs’ mistakes. Keep playing this way and you will go far. And we’ll all be with you!

    Thinking BLUE!

    -KFB

  25. antonio08

    hey andre i really like you talking about restaurants, also, congrats on the babyboy….ummm….lets see…well i really know you guys will do something speial this october, you guys have a very good team, fans and an owner than loves you guys, and this year is not gonna be ‘maybe next year’ for us dodger fans, because this year its gonna be ‘this year we did it’ you guys are the best…im you guys’s #1 fan, never miss a game or info on you guys….you guys rock and Go Dodgers!!! Think Blue!!! L.A.

  26. hurleyjc@tmail.com

    Eithier!!!!!!

    Grats on your guys’ dominance in Chi town! 2 Games won in one of the hardest venues in the MLB and now its our turn to show what a REAL home crowd should be like! Give big ups to Russel Martin for the bases clearing double, Raffy for the clutch bunt he laid down, Billingsly showing how its done on the mound, Kemp linning a double down the right to plate one more, Berrora for the nice sky and grab to rob a hit, and just all around great baseball from all you guys! Go get em!

    Prove that Dodger Blue is a Force!

    -JCM

  27. screamingangel

    Great jobe beating those Scrubs! They could have been beating the Mets right now, but no, they had to suck against the Brew Crew. Thanks for beating those guys to a pulp. Say hi to Manny for me! Gooooo Dodgers!

  28. lagirl8

    You guys are awesome, don’t forget to stop for brooms before the game. You guys made my day by winning, i know you can win tomorrows game we will be rootin for you. Thanks for keeping in touch with us and makin us feel part of the otober fever going around in dodgertown. Peace, Love, n Wins
    Ana

  29. chris@dodgerfan.net

    Hey Andre – love the food reviews and your playoff posts. It’s always cool for us fans to hear what the guys in the clubhouse are thinking. You guys have been rockin’ it this post-season and all the fans truly appreciate it. Can’t wait for the ***-kicking to continue this weekend back at the Ravine.

    If you have a second, check out http://www.dodgerfan.net when you have a chance and leave a comment letting us know what you think. We’re big ‘Dre fans and try and send as many people as possible over here.

    Good luck closing out the Series!

    Chris
    http://www.dodgerfan.net

  30. shs_spartans24@yahoo.com

    Hey Andre!
    I’m so happy that you guys are doing phenomenal in the postseason. I always watch ESPN or SPORTS CENTER and before the series started they said that you guys are the underdogs in the NLDS series with the Cubs. I don’t think you guys were the underdogs at all! I’ve always believed in you guys and i’ve been a fan since i was born. lol well if you have a chance, here’s my blog, i write about the Dodgers all the time http://raich24.blogspot.com/

  31. DodgerGirl5516

    Hey Andre,

    My name is Samantha i am a HUGE Dodger Fan! No Doubt!

    I have your Jersey…And pictures…Anyways!

    Of course you guys can do this without Manny…You Guys

    Are JUST as good…Stop thinking that oh we need manny

    You guys dont… anything is possible if you just give it your

    all!

    And i might be attending under the lights with you as the

    Host..I was so happy when i saw it! I love you guys…Just

    Promise NEVER to give up on what you guys love most!

    Keep it up…Go Dodgers!

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