Saturday, October 09, 2004

It's LIMA Time!!!

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Dear Kari:

Jose Lima pitched for the Royals in 2003. According to the stats, he had 14 starts for your boys in blue and got an 8-3 record. Hmmm... what was the story about his time there?

At the start of this season, he was a non-roster invitee (is that one step up from being a walk-on?) with his best days 5 years in the past when he had two great seasons with the Astros. After those two years, he didn't do much with Houston, Detroit or Kansas City.

Tonight, he had the biggest start of the season for the Dodgers and he dominated with his brand of location, location, location type of pitching.

Lima has become a fan favorite with his expressive manner and constant cheerleading of the team whether he is pitching or not. Check out this article posted on the Dodgers official web page and you get a flavor of what kind of guy he is. Money quote: Saturday, I'm going to do my job and die on the mound. I'll pitch with a fractured thumb, but that won't hold me back. I'm a warrior.

55,992 would agree.

Sunday, Game 4, 5:10 PDT.

Go Dodgers!

Rene

UPDATE: Dodgers are done for the season. Perez was off giving up 5 walks and 2 runs in 2 1/3rd innings and was at 60 pitches. Suppan was solid for 7 innings. What can you say, the better team won. Nonetheless, the Dodgers gave this fan and this town a lot of enjoyment. Thank you Dodgers and see you next spring at the ballpark!

1 Comments:

Blogger Kari said...

The Royals picked Lima up from the independent Atlantic League in June 2003, and he was one of the sparks that helped the Royals exceed expectations last season. He was 7-0 with a 2.96 ERA in his first nine starts. Eventually, however, he suffered an injury and became ineffective. For a time, he was a fan favorite. One of the local sports talk radio stations had a promotion featuring "It's Lima Time!" T-shirts. But later on, he seemed to revert to a less pleasant version of the Lima persona. Still, Royals fans were surprised that Allard Baird didn't try a little harder to get him to stay -- and wondered that out loud once the Royals pitching staff got off to a horrendous start.

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