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Where have you gone Ramon?

Let's review the Dodgers' starting rotation after one month of the season:

Chad Billingsley: 4-0, 2.14 ERA, 34 Ks, 12 BBs, 0 HRs
Randy Wolf: 1-1, 4.31 ERA, 27 Ks, 8 BBs, 2 HRs
Clayton Kershaw: 0-2, 7.29 ERA, 26 Ks, 11 BBs, 4 HRs
Eric Stults: 2-1, 5.50 ERA, 11 Ks, 12 BBs, 0 HRs
James McDonald: 1-1, 7.11 ERA, 6 Ks, 10 BBs, 2 HRs

Ugly isn't it? Look at those ERAs. And this is for a team that's in first place. Where would they be without Billingsley?

It pains me to see the Dodgers struggle on the mound, because as much as I like offense, and this particular team's offense, I know that the Dodgers are about pitching. It has always been what they know how to do. But now I'm not so sure. They seem to be like every other team that hasn't got a clue about what they're going to get out of their starters.

So in times like these, I turn to the great Dodger pitching past. But I'm not going to go way back to Koufax and Drysdale or even as far back as Sutton and John or …

Catalog of dreams

Good gosh, did you get your catalog yet? If not, you have got to get this thing. It's free, it's filled with pictures of cards you can't afford, and it is the most wonderful time you'll ever have reading a book. That is if you are the card collecting sort of guy or gal.

Mine came in the mail yesterday afternoon. I found out about it at Wax Heaven here. And Mario wasn't kidding. It is awe-inspiring. Drop dead gorgeous.

Robert Edward Auctions is making a whole bunch of historic cards available for amounts of money I will never have. But I do get to look at all the pretty pictures. And there certainly are a lot of them -- 640-plus pages worth of cards, plus all kinds of other memorabilia. It's really the history of baseball cards in one catalog. It will probably take me years to absorb all of it.

But here is just a glimpse of what I've seen in the few short hours I've had this thing. Keep in mind, I know nothing about auctions, and the history of old cards i…

Mask

I have often thought about what might be the easiest and most difficult jobs in pro sports. I haven't thought it all the way through, so I'm sure there are some sports that I've missed, like Australian Rules Football or Mongolian cliff diving. But among the sports I've thought of (now there's a category for you), I imagine these two are the easiest:

1. Pro golfer. Golfing is an insanely difficult game to master. But if you are very good at it, you have got it made. The game is leisurely. There is little danger of major injury. You almost always play in warm climates. And everyone has to be quiet every time you do anything. You can't beat that.

2. Pro bowler. The surroundings aren't great (how many hot dogs can you eat?), the footwear sucks. But again, the sport has "fat guys can do this, too" written all over it.

Now onto the most difficult jobs, which is what this post is all about. I've often though that hockey goalie was the most difficult an…