Dodgers Vs. Phillies: It’s Now or Never

I didn’t want you to think that I didn’t notice that the Dodgers lost the other day and that the Phillies are now 3-1 in National League Championship Series. After that setback, I went and looked up Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel’s chart.

Manuel’s a Capricorn born Jan. 4, 1944 in Northfork, W. Va. I haven’t done a complete analysis of his chart, but like Torre, he’s been getting the benefit of Jupiter in Capricorn. Manuel has been getting Jupiter to his Sun, but it’s past, while Jupiter is moving toward an opposition with Torre’s late Cancer Sun.

In layman’s terms, it means Manuel’s glory may be behind him for the year while Torre’s still may be ahead.

Manuel is dealing with the loss of his mother, who died the morning of Game Two. When the series is over, he plans to go back home to Virginia for the wake and funeral. My respects to Manuel and his family.

Why do I say this when I don’t even know Manuel? I take my lead from call-in sports radio shows, where everyone’s an expert and acts as if he is on speaking terms with the players and managers.

As stated in several earlier posts, I’m not anti-Philly. I lived in a Philly suburb in the mid-1970s, arriving in time for the Bicentennial celebration of 1976. Elton John’s hit Philadelphia Freedom about tennis champion Billie Jean King and her team is part of the soundtrack of my youth.

My stint in Philly coincided with very good years for the Phils. (I won’t take credit for that.) The team won the National League East for three consecutive years (1976-78). Back in those days, Dodgers third-base coach Larry Bowa was playing for the Phillies.

Oddly enough, the first full-length magazine article I had published was about the Phillie Phanatic, the team’s mascot, which debuted in April, 1978. I thought I had died and gone to heaven!

Despite my Philly roots, I’m rooting for the Dodgers. I just don’t like the way the New York Yankees treated Torre, who I think is a true gentleman. As a New York Mets fan, the Yankees are my enemy and their new enemy (Torre) is my friend. They didn’t even honor him when they closed down Yankee Stadium.

I’m not alone in thinking it would be fun to have a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series. Poor Johnny Damon. I bet he wishes he never cut his hair and left Beantown to join the Bronx Bums, I mean the Bronx Bombers.

The Dodgers play the Phillies in Philadelphia tonight at 8:22 p.m EDT.

There seems to be another hot competition on TV tonight, but it doesn’t start until 9.

Unlike bloggers who write about one topic (economics, say, or politics), I can change the channel when I get bored or too depressed. How many 500-plus-point-down days in the stock market can you write about?


Don’t Count Out the Dodgers

Just as Astrology Mundo predicted, the Los Angeles Dodgers won their game at home today against the Philadelphia Phillies. For Cancer Joe Torre, who manages the Dodgers, there’s no place like home.

According to the Associated Press, the attendance at the game, 56,800, was the largest in Dodger Stadium history and is 800 higher than listed capacity. A special guest was Tiger Woods, who sat in owner Frank McCourt’s box, wearing a Dodgers cap.

The Dodgers face another home game against the Phils on Monday. Boy, I bet the Steinbrenners are really kicking themselves.

Joe Torre’s Revenge

I don’t know if anybody remembers that at the beginning of baseball season, I wrote about Joe Torre, who is in his first year managing the Los Angeles Dodgers after leading the New York Yankees to four World Series wins.

Torre was dissed by fellow Cancer George Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees owner who wanted to cut Torre’s pay last fall after the team didn’t make it to the playoffs for the third year in a row. So Torre packed his bags for the West Coast. Well, Torre’s gotten the last laugh because the Bronx Bombers didn’t make it to the playoffs without him.

I predicted great things for Torre this year, mostly because he’s a late Cancer Sun with a Capricorn Moon. Both the lights are getting the benefit of the transit from Jupiter in Capricorn. His time of birth is unknown on July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn so I don’t know if he’s an early or late Capricorn Moon. Right in the middle would be good because that’s where Jupiter is right now.

Until today, I didn’t know the Dodgers were playing the Phillies in the National League Championship Series. I confess that I totally took my eye off the ball. Los Angeles is down two games, having lost to the Phillies in Philadelphia, and must win either Game Three on Sunday or Game Four on Monday to have a chance at playing in the World Series.

Well, as they say in sports, “It’s not over till the fat lady sings.” And the good news for Torre is that Games Three and Four are at home. That’s an important word for Cancers. They function much better on their own territory than when they have to go on the road.

On Sunday, Torre has Jupiter exactly square his North Node at the Midheaven. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Los Angeles stays in the game, even though Saturn is slightly past a square to Torre’s Part of Fortune at 15 Gemini.

Here’s Torre’s natal chart with transits of Sunday, courtesy of Astrodienst.

Before you go calling your bookie, some disclosure is in order. For the record, I picked the Kansas Jayhawks to win the NCAA Final Four and I was right. (When I made my selection the bracket was down to four teams.)

I thought this would be a great year on and off the course for Tiger Woods. He’s expanded his business empire but leg surgery has hampered his winning ways.

Before I bombed out in my picks for the Indy 500, I managed to get one of the three horses in the Kentucky Derby trifecta. I thought that Calvin Borel, last year’s winner, would repeat, riding Denis of Cork, but I was wrong. He came in third. As you can imagine, the bigger the field, the harder it is to pick the winner because of all the charts you have to look at.

The fact that Torre made it to the championships is due to Jupiter’s winning ways. It may be that this isn’t his year to win another World Series. But, looking at his chart, I think he has a very good chance. And that’s what I said back in March.

I also like the fact that the chart for the city of Los Angeles has Mars at 17 degrees of Capricorn, according to Carolyn R. Dodson’s Horoscopes of the U.S. Mars rules sports and Jupiter signifies expansion and glory. So the stars might be rightly aligned for the Dodgers to make it to the World Series.

Joe Torre’s Opening Day in LA

I’ve never been a New York Yankees fan, having spent many years in Queens cheering on the Mets and being rewarded in 1986, when they won the World Series. I have a working-class soul, and the Yankees have always struck me as arrogant, a team of guys who wear pin stripes being cheered on by fans in pin-striped suits.  

But my feelings for the Bronx Bombers notwithstanding, I love Joe Torre. He’s a class act. I don’t know what happens in the locker room or behind closed doors elsewhere, but Torre comes across as an even-tempered mensch in public, especially compared to the hysterical Steinbrenners.

Torre is a sensitive, home-loving Cancer. He was born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn. It’s worth noting that George Steinbrenner was born on the Fourth of July, making him a fellow Cancer. But he hasn’t learned to tame his emotions the way that Torre has.

Here’s my take on Torre: The glory days aren’t over for the big guy, though he’s no longer with the Yankees. He’s going to do well managing the Los Angeles Dodgers this year because Jupiter in Capricorn is opposing his Cancer Sun. Do I think LA is going to win the World Series? I can’t answer that because I haven’t done all the number-crunching. But a couple of things are worth pointing out.

Joe Torre is actually back “home” with the Dodgers. He’s a Brooklyn boy and the Dodgers were the home team when he was a kid. This is the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. How appropriate that Torre is taking over for this golden anniversary.

The recent move of his progressed Sun into Libra gives me the impression that LA will be good for his marriage and that he will be feeling more partnership-oriented these days.  

Here’s Torre’s chart, courtesy of Astrodienst.

As I have with other charts on this blog, I’ve given Torre a hypothetical time of birth other than noon, which is traditionally used when you don’t know the time. No, this isn’t textbook rectification, but it makes the analysis more fun. I’ve given Torre a Sagittarius rising because that puts his powerful Taurus stellium of Jupiter/Saturn/Uranus in the fifth house of games and entertainment.

This stellium squares another lineup of three planets in Leo — Mercury, Pluto, and Mars — that falls in the eighth house with the Sag rising. Translation? There’s a lot going on underneath the surface with Torre. Never underestimate him because you’ll regret it. The Cancer Sun tightly sextiles Uranus in Taurus, so Torre will surprise you.

My other reasons for the Sag rising? It makes Jupiter the ruler of the chart. In his youth, Torre was advised to become a catcher because he was heavy and he still makes jokes about his weight. This is not inconsistent with a Sag rising.

Also, Torre’s tenure with the Yankees began at the end of 1995, and basically continued for the time that Pluto was transiting Sagittarius. The 12-year period with the Yankees, which included four World Series championships, also mirrors a Jupiter cycle through the 12 signs.

More Sag/Jupiter energy: In addition to baseball, Torre loves the ponies and has owned some winning horses.

Even if I’m wrong about the Sag rising, it doesn’t change the powerful Taurus/Leo stelliums in his chart. This is a powerful guy who has learned how to control his energy. The Mars/Pluto aspect is quite common in the charts of athletes but it can have a dark side. As a child, Torre witnessed a lot of abuse in his home before his parents split up. To give kids and spouses a place to run, the Cancer native and wife Ali founded the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation:

Torre has a sister who’s a nun, but do I think he’s a saint? No. My Sag rising chart puts a fickle Venus in Gemini in the seventh house of relationships, and he’s on his third marriage. Anybody who has ever read Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” knows what goes on after the game. Groupies are part of the landscape in professional sports. I’m sure Torre had lots of fun in his day.

But unlike Eliot Spitzer, he didn’t pursue a career as a prosecutor and a defender of public morals. Joe Torre’s job is to win baseball games, and he’s very good at it. When Torre isn’t winning, he doesn’t throw a temper tantrum. He merely gets that stoic look on his face. Evidently, that countenance doesn’t come naturally.

Asked who was cooler, him or Derek Jeter, Torre recently told Time magazine: “Oh, Derek Jeter without a doubt. He doesn’t show emotion. I don’t want to say he’s emotionless, but he harnessed it as good as anybody. It took me a long time to get this poker face.”

Today is opening day for Joe Torre and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They play the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Good luck, Joe!