Sunday slice: At the Tokyo Dome

crzblue:

So good to see Ishii and Saito!!
I remember Ishii hitting a homerun in San Diego. The only run the Dodgers scored. Then remember Saito crying bc he gave up the go ahead the run in the back to back to back to back game 9/18/06

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:

Kaz Ishii and Takashi Saito were on hand at today's game. (Ben Platt/MLB.com)

Kaz Ishii and Takashi Saito were on hand at today’s game. (Ben Platt/MLB.com)

Enjoy this selection of images from Sunday in Japan.

– Jon Weisman

Yasiel Puig signing autographs before Sunday's game (Yuki Taguchi/MLB Photos)

Yasiel Puig signing autographs before Sunday’s game (Yuki Taguchi/MLB Photos)

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Clayton Kershaw: National League Most Valuable Player

crzblue:

My favorite Kershaw moment was watching his masterpiece no-hitter at Dodger Stadium.

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:

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Dodger MVPs
Jake Daubert (1913)
*Dazzy Vance (1924)
Dolph Camilli (1941)
Jackie Robinson (1949)
Roy Campanella (1951)
Roy Campanella (1953)
Roy Campanella (1955)
*Don Newcombe (1956)
Maury Wills (1962)
*Sandy Koufax (1963)
Steve Garvey (1974)
Kirk Gibson (1988)
*Clayton Kershaw (2014)
*pitcher

By Jon Weisman

In the crowning individual recgonition of a stupendous season, Clayton Kershaw has become the 11th Dodger to win the National League Most Valuable Player award and the first NL pitcher to do so since Bob Gibson in 1968.

Kershaw had 18 first place votes and 355 points overall, topping Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (eight, 298) and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (four, 271).

Finishing seventh in the balloting was Adrian Gonzalez, while Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon also received top-10 votes.

What was your favorite part of Kershaw’s season?

  • June 18 no-hitter with no walks and 15 strikeouts
  • 41-inning scoreless streak
  • Behind-the-back fielding, tripling in the tying run…

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Congratulations Clayton Kershaw on your third Cy Young Award

Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw on winning his 3rd Cy Young Award!!  WOO-HOO!!  Way to go kid!!

I remember when Clayton Kershaw won his first Cy Young award.  The Dodgers issue a last minute invite to Dodger Season Ticket Holders for the Clayton Kershaw Cy Young News  Conference and I got to go!

From the Dodgers Newsletter to STH back in November 2011:

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This is what it says:

SURPRISE INVITE

SEASON TICKET HOLDER EMMA AMAYA GOT AN EXCLUSIVE INVITE TO DODGER STADIUM FOR THE CLAYTON KERSHAW CY YOUNG NEWS CONFERENCE

Dodger Season Ticket Holder Emma Amaya was constantly checking her phone on Nov. 17 while in a company webinar. She knew this was the day that the National League Cy Young Award winner would be announced. So every pocket of time she could find during the webinar at her company office in Chatsworth, she’d keep checking the news and her email. The news came around 11 a.m. that Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young Award. Then, moments later, an email came through from the Dodgers inviting her, as a Season Ticket Holder, to come down for the news conference behind the mound at Dodger Stadium.

Without a car and still at work, she asked her Human Resources department if she could leave and take the company car because she had “an emergency.” Luckily for Emma, they allowed her to do both and she made her way to Dodger Stadium for a first-of-its-kind invitation extended only to Season Ticket Holders.

Mixed in with the media, Dodgers Matt Kemp and James Loney, legends like Vin Scully, Fernando Valenzuela and Don Newcombe, and other Season Ticket Holders, Emma sat with the group for a rare experience. Kershaw stood in front of a podium as media asked questions. Then Emma stood up and asked her own question of the 23-year-old lefty. After the Q&A broke up, she took pictures with Kemp, Loney and Valenzuela and chatted all of them up.

“It was awesome being back there to be part of such a special day,” Emma said. “We were so excited, so happy to share it with Clayton. It was incredible — a day we’ll never forget.”

The 2012 season will mark Emma’s eighth consecutive year as a Season Ticket Holder. She proudly cheers from her seat in Section 3 on the Top Deck. But it’s not just during the season that she can be on hand for special Dodger moments.

“All of us felt very special,” she said of taking part in the Kershaw event. “We felt privileged.”

No invitation this time but that is OK!   Enjoy your third award kid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dodgers 2015 Promo Schedule

The Dodgers promotional schedule for 2015 is out! WOO-HOO!! I like the 1965 Replica ring with the Old-Timers game on Saturday May 16. Here is the rest of the promo schedule:

APRIL
Wed, Apr 8 vs the Padres
Adult Replica Pullover Jacket

Mon, Apr 13 vs the Mariners
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Don Newcombe

Wed, Apr 15 vs The Mariners
Adult Jackie Robinson Replica Jersey

Fri, Apr 17 vs The Rockies
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Apr 19 vs The Rockies
Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, Apr 27 vs The Giants
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Don Drysdale

Wed, Apr 29 vs The Giants
Fleece Blanket

MAY
Fri, May 1 vs D-backs
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, May 2 vs D-backs
Dodgers Reusable Tote Bag

Sun, May 3 vs D-backs
Kids’ Replica Jersey. Viva Los Dodgers

Tue, May 12 vs Marlins
Bobblehead #1

Thu, May 14 vs Rockies
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Sandy Koufax

Fri, May 15 vs Rockies
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, May 16 vs Rockies
1965 World Series Replica Ring. Old-Timers Game

Sun, May 17 vs Rockies
Viva Los Dodgers

Sat, May 23 vs Padres
Bobblehead #2

Sun, May 24 vs Padres
Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, May 25 vs Braves
Garden Gnome

Wed, May 27 vs Braves
Coaster Set

JUNE
Thu, Jun 4 vs Cardinals
Bobblehead #3

Fri, Jun 5 vs Cardinals
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Jun 6 vs Cardinals
Hollywood Stars Game

Sun, Jun 7 vs Cardinals
Kids’ Cereal Bowl. Viva Los Dodgers

Tue, Jun 9 vs D-backs
T-Shirt

Wed, Jun 17 vs Rangers
Beach Bag

Thu, Jun 18 vs Rangers
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Mike Marshall

Fri, Jun 19 vs Giants
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Jun 21 vs Giants
Father’s Day BBQ Set. Viva Los Dodgers

JULY
Fri, Jul 3 vs Mets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Jul 4 vs Mets
4th of July Fireworks

Sun, Jul 5 vs Mets
Photo Day. Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, Jul 6 vs Phillies
Bobblehead #4

Wed, Jul 8 vs Phillies
Hello Kitty Plush

Fri, Jul 10 vs Brewers
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Jul 11 vs Brewers
Bobblehead #5

Sun, Jul 12 vs Brewers
Kids’ Hamper. Viva Los Dodgers

Wed, Jul 29 vs Athletics
Bobblehead #6

Fri, Jul 31 vs Angels
Friday Night Fireworks

AUGUST
Sun, Aug 2 vs Angels
Cap. Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, Aug 10 vs Nationals
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Fernando Valenzuela

Thu, Aug 13 vs Reds
Bobblehead #7

Fri, Aug 14 vs Reds
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Aug 16 vs Reds
Spray Bottle with Fan. Viva Los Dodgers

Fri, Aug 28 vs Cubs
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Aug 29 vs Cubs
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Orel Hershiser

Sun, Aug 30 vs Cubs
Headphones

SEPTEMBER
Tue, Sep 1 vs Giants
Bobblehead #8

Mon, Sep 14 vs Rockies
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Eric Gagne

Wed, Sep 16 vs Rockies
Bobblehead #9

Fri, Sep 18 vs Pirates
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Sep 20 vs Pirates
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Clayton Kershaw. Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, Sep 21 vs D-backs
Sleeved Blanket

Wed, Sep 23 vs D-backs
Bobblehead #10

OCT
Fri, Oct 2 vs Padres
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Oct 3 vs Padres
La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers

Sun, Oct 4 vs Padres
Fan Appreciation Day

Dodgers Release 2015 Spring Training Schedule

lat-sp-dodgers-clayton-kershaw-20141111Finally the Dodgers release the Spring Training schedule!   I had seen other teams schedules before so I had jogged down the dates they were playing the Dodgers but now we have a complete schedule!

From Ken Gurnick:

opens March 4 with a home game against the White Sox at their shared facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

The schedule of 30 games concludes with a Freeway Series against the Angels on April 2-4 — the games on Thursday and Friday night in Anaheim, the Saturday game at Dodger Stadium — with all game times to be announced.

The club has at least one home game during each of the four Cactus League weekends. There will be four scheduled split-squad doubleheaders.

The Dodgers will play the World Series champion San Francisco Giants on March 9 at Scottsdale and March 27 at Camelback Ranch.

Here is the Dodger 2015 schedule I copied from a calendar version that I can’t copy

Wed  3/4 CWS 1:05 p.m.

Thu 3/5 @CWS.

Fri  3/6 SEA(ss)  1.05 p.m.  @MIL (ss) Maryvale

Sat 3/7 @CLE Goodyear

Sun 3/8 MIL 1.05 p.m.

Mon 3/9 @SF Scottsdale

Tue 3/10 COL 1.05 p.m.

Wed 3/11 @CHI Cubs Park

Thu 3/12 @SD Peoria

Fri 3/13 CIN 7.05 p.m.

Sat 3/14 CLE 1.05 p.m.

Sun 3/15 @SEA Peoria

Mon 3/16 OAK 1.05 p.m.

Tues 3/17 @TEX Surprise

Wed 3/18 CHI 1.05 p.m.

Thu 3/19 LAA 1.05 p.m.

Fri 3/20 @OAK (ss) Hohokam Stadium .   @TEX (ss) at Alamodome in San Antonio

Sat 3/21 @COL(ss)  Salt River Fields.   @TEX (ss) at Alamodome in San Antonio

Sun 3/22 CLE 1.05 p.m.

Mon 3/23 ARI 1.05 p.m.

Tues 3/24 No game

Wed 3/25 SD 1.05 p.m.

Thu 3/26 @CWS

Fri 3/27 SF 7.05 p.m.

Sat 3/28 @LAA Tempe

Sun 3/29 TEX (ss) 1.05 p.m. @SF (ss) Scottsdale

Mon 3/30 @ARI Salt River Fields

Tue 3/31 CWS 1.05 p.m.

Wed 4/1 @KC Surprise

Thu 4/2 @LAA Anaheim  TBD

Fri 4/3 @LAA Anaheim TBD

Sat 4/4 LAA Dodger Stadium TBD

11/12/15 Update:  The Dodgers will play two games in San Antonio, the home of their Double-A team from 1977 -2000.  I always wanted to visit San Antonio.  I hear it is a beautiful city.  The Dodgers will take a split squat team March 20-21 to play the Texas Rangers.  The two games will be played at the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio.  Tickets go on sale Friday here http://www.bigleagueweekend.com/buy-tickets.html

 

 

 

Trio #3 A Dark night, Ice Cream and Tears

From WordPress http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/trio-no-three/

Today you can write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must mention a dark night, your fridge, and tears (of joy or sadness; your call).

The evening is quickly turning into a dark night

watching game seven of the World Series

It is down to the last out for the Royals with a runner on third

Salvador Perez pops out to third baseman Pablo Sandoval in foul territory

And just like that The Giants are World Champions

I think back to the Dodgers season and what could have been….

I cannot watch the celebration so I turn the TV off  and head to the fridge

Would a bowl of ice cream make me feel any better?

It does while I am eating it but then the sadness takes over.

The baseball season is really over

A knot builds on my throat and I cannot hold back the tears.

I feel like this tree I pass by in the fall missing its leaves

Tree fall

 

 

 

 

 

Brooklyn Royal Giants

I was googling something about a tweet when I ran into this:  Brooklyn Royal Giants.   I did not know this team existed.  Yeah, some might say I just crawled under a rock.  Well, that is where I said I wanted to be when the Giants made it to the World Series.   But Brooklyn Royal Giants sounds perfect for this World Series between the Giants and Royals which I hope the Royals win.

The Brooklyn Royal Gaints were a Negro League team.

 

I further found out that during a game against the Pirates on June 28 (my birthday), the Mets wore throwback uniforms which read ‘Royal Giants’ across the chest as a tribute to the Negro League team Brooklyn Royal Giants.

Who would have thought back in June that the Royals and Giants would be in the World Series.

From http://www.negroleaguebaseball.com

During the 1910s the Royal Giants reigned as one the nation’s most powerful black clubs, winning multiple championships in the East. The team fell into somewhat of a decline during the 1920s while under the ownership of Nat Strong, a white New York City booking agent, and made a dismal showing during its five seasons in the Eastern Colored League (1923-27). While competing in the Eastern Colored League the club played its home games at Dexter Park in Queens.

After returning to independent play in 1928 the team’s roster was rebuilt, but the quality of play never matched that of its early championship seasons. By the mid-1930s the team was of no better than minor league quality, and as the 1940s came around the team had fallen to a semi-professional status. The team disbanded in 1942.

The Mets can play in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform next year.

Go Royals!  World Series game 7 coming later on tonight.

What’s My Line Jackie Robinson

It was 42 years ago today, October 24, 2014, that Jackie Robinson passed away.

Jackie Robinson was honored in a ceremony during the 1972 World Series. Two weeks later, on October 24, 1972, the legendary ball player died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut from a second heart attack.

Three days after Robinson’s death, Reverend Jesse Jackson gave a stirring eulogy to friends and family members who had gathered at the Cypress Hill Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

Today we must balance the tears of sorrow with the tears of joy. Mix the bitter with the sweet in death and life.Jackie as a figure in history was a rock in the water, creating concentric circles and ripples of new possibility. He was medicine. He was immunized by God from catching the diseases that he fought. The Lord’s arms of protection enabled him to go through dangers seen and unseen, and he had the capacity to wear glory with grace.Jackie’s body was a temple of God. An instrument of peace. We would watch him disappear into nothingness and stand back as spectators, and watch the suffering from afar.The mercy of God intercepted this process Tuesday and permitted him to steal away home, where referees are out of place, and only the supreme judge of the universe speaks.
Jackie Robinson Eulogy by Reverend Jesse Jackson

Here is a youtube video from the show “What’s My Line:

Thank you Mr. Jackie Robinson!

Lore and I at the Jackie Robinson statue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Dodger Schedule. Where will it take me?

The Dodger schedule came out September 8 and I went over it making plans already but I like to have it here in my blog handy for quick reference.   God willing I will continue to go to Spring Training, my usual road trips to San Diego and the annual SABR convention.  This year’s SABR convention is in Chicago and it starts as the Dodgers play in Chicago on Getaway day.  I am working on where else 2015 will take me.

Here is is the preliminary schedule that MLB  released on September 8, 2014:

2015 schedule months

APRIL

April 6 Monday SD

April 7 Tuesday SD

April 8 Wednesday SD

April 10 Friday @ ARI

April 11 Saturday @ ARI

April 12 Sunday @ ARI

April 13 Monday SEA

April 14 Tuesday SEA

April 15 Wednesday SEA

April 17 Friday COL

April 18 Saturday COL

April 19 Sunday COL

April 21 Tuesday @ SF

April 22 Wednesday @ SF

April 23 Thursday @ SF

April 24 Friday @ SD

April 25 Saturday @ SD

April 26 Sunday @ SD

April 27 Monday SF

April 28 Tuesday SF

April 29 Wednesday SF

MAY

May 1 Friday ARI

May 2 Saturday ARI

May 3 Sunday ARI

May 4 Monday @ MIL

May 5 Tuesday @ MIL

May 6 Wednesday @ MIL

May 7 Thursday @ MIL

May 8 Friday @ COL

May 9 Saturday @ COL

May 10 Sunday @ COL

May 11 Monday MIA

May 12 Tuesday MIA

May 13 Wednesday MIA

May 14 Thursday COL

May 15 Friday COL

May 16 Saturday COL

May 17 Sunday COL

May 19 Tuesday @ SF

May 20 Wednesday @ SF

May 21 Thursday @ SF

May 22 Friday SD

May 23 Saturday SD

May 24 Sunday SD

May 25 Monday ATL

May 26 Tuesday ATL

May 27 Wednesday ATL

May 29 Friday @ STL

May 30 Saturday @ STL

May 31 Sunday @ STL

JUNE

June 1 Monday @ COL

June 2 Tuesday @ COL

June 3 Wednesday @ COL

June 4 Thursday STL

June 5 Friday STL

June 6 Saturday STL

June 7 Sunday STL

June 8 Monday ARI

June 9 Tuesday ARI

June 10 Wednesday ARI

June 12 Friday @ SD

June 13 Saturday @ SD

June 14 Sunday @ SD

June 15 Monday @ TEX

June 16 Tuesday @ TEX

June 17 Wednesday TEX

June 18 Thursday TEX

June 19 Friday SF

June 20 Saturday SF

June 21 Sunday SF

June 22 Monday @ CHC

June 23 Tuesday @ CHC

June 24 Wednesday @ CHC

June 25 Thursday @ CHC

June 26 Friday @ MIA

June 27 Saturday @ MIA

June 28 Sunday @ MIA

June 29 Monday @ ARI

June 30 Tuesday @ ARI

JULY

July 1 Wednesday @ ARI

July 3 Friday NYM

July 4 Saturday NYM

July 5 Sunday NYM

July 6 Monday PHI

July 7 Tuesday PHI

July 8 Wednesday PHI

July 9 Thursday PHI

July 10 Friday MIL

July 11 Saturday MIL

July 12 Sunday MIL

July 14 Tuesday ASG @ CIN

July 17 Friday @ WSH

July 18 Saturday @ WSH

July 19 Sunday @ WSH

July 20 Monday @ ATL

July 21 Tuesday @ ATL

July 22 Wednesday @ ATL

July 23 Thursday @ NYM

July 24 Friday @ NYM

July 25 Saturday @ NYM

July 26 Sunday @ NYM

July 28 Tuesday OAK

July 29 Wednesday OAK

July 31 Friday LAA

AUGUST

August 1 Saturday LAA

August 2 Sunday LAA

August 4 Tuesday @ PHI

August 5 Wednesday @ PHI

August 6 Thursday @ PHI

August 7 Friday @ PIT

August 8 Saturday @ PIT

August 9 Sunday @ PIT

August 10 Monday WSH

August 11 Tuesday WSH

August 12 Wednesday WSH

August 13 Thursday CIN

August 14 Friday CIN

August 15 Saturday CIN

August 16 Sunday CIN

August 18 Tuesday @ OAK

August 19 Wednesday @ OAK

August 21 Friday @ HOU

August 22 Saturday @ HOU

August 23 Sunday @ HOU

August 25 Tuesday @ CIN

August 26 Wednesday @ CIN

August 27 Thursday @ CIN

August 28 Friday CHC

August 29 Saturday CHC

August 30 Sunday CHC

August 31 Monday SF

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1 Tuesday SF

Sept. 2 Wednesday SF

Sept. 3 Thursday @ SD

Sept. 4 Friday @ SD

Sept. 5 Saturday @ SD

Sept. 6 Sunday @ SD

Sept. 7 Monday @ LAA

Sept. 8 Tuesday @ LAA

Sept. 9 Wednesday @ LAA

Sept. 11 Friday @ ARI

Sept. 12 Saturday @ ARI

Sept. 13 Sunday @ ARI

Sept. 14 Monday COL

Sept. 15 Tuesday COL

Sept. 16 Wednesday COL

Sept. 18 Friday PIT

Sept. 19 Saturday PIT

Sept. 20 Sunday PIT

Sept. 21 Monday ARI

Sept. 22 Tuesday ARI

Sept. 23 Wednesday ARI

Sept. 24 Thursday ARI

Sept. 25 Friday @ COL

Sept. 26 Saturday @ COL

Sept. 27 Sunday @ COL

Sept. 28 Monday @ SF

Sept. 29 Tuesday @ SF

Sept. 30 Wednesday @ SF

OCTOBER

Oct. 1 Thursday @ SF

Oct. 2 Friday SD

Oct. 3 Saturday SD

Oct. 4 Sunday SD

After the Dodgers got eliminated by the Cardinals

After the Dodgers got eliminated by the Cardinals, I was feeling very down.   I had driven to work because I was planning attending the Baseball Reliquary event at the Burbank Library  “Dock Ellis and the Swinging 70′s.”    I drove feeling depressed and not sure if I wanted to be around people but I drove there getting there just before the event started.

From left to right, Baseball Reliquary Executive director, Terry Cannon with the panel of speakers of Jeffrey Radice, co-producer and director of “No No: A Dockumentary”; historian and journalist Dan Epstein; and former big leaguer Jim “Mudcat” Grant.

I am so glad I went!   I could have listen to these speakers for hours, especially Jim Mudcat Grant   Mr. Grant has a bank of stories to tell and he tells them with such charm.   I was glad to go out to dinner afterwards because I ended up hearing more stories from Mr. Grant.   He was telling me about his brother Julian playing in Monterey, Mexico and how everyone used to call him “Julio.”   One time they got into a taxi, he was sitting in the front and his brother in the back.  The taxi driver asked him “Are you Julio?”   He said no, and pointed to his brother and the back.  The taxi driver was driving with the windows open yelling to people “Hey, this is Julio!”

Mudcat told me about an exhibition games in the south, They had landed in New Orleans, where blacks were not permitted in the airport lobby or to wait for cabs alongside whites.  They had to wait on a grassy hill to wait until a black cab would arrive. The luggage would invariably be brought to the white hotel.   The black players would get to the homes where they could stay.  They would draw straws on who would go to the white hotel to retrive their luggage.   In once such incident, the Indians were playing the Boston Red Sox in New Orleans  and Mudcat’s straw had come out short.   When Grant went to retrieve the luggage, he was stopped by a hotel baggage handler who refused to allow him into the hotel. He told him that blacks had no business entering. While discussing the situation with him, Grant saw Ted Williams entering the lobby. Williams walked over to Grant and asked what was happening.

“Well, you know we cannot stay at this hotel,” said Grant.

“I know. It’s a terrible shame,” said Williams. ”This man will not let me come in to get my bags that were sent here,” said Mudcat.

Williams replied, “He’s right. You shouldn’t be going in to get those bags. He should get them and bring them out to you!”

Another of his stories was when he was in Cuba.   He was in a car with Tommy Lasorda and another black players.   The police stopped him and Tommy told them “Let me do the talking.”   Well, Mudcat said that they ended up in jail!   They jumped on Tommy in jail and asked him “What did you tell them??”

Here are pictures from the event:

Mudcat signed my baseball. Loved the hat he was wearing!

Part of the Baseball Reliquary exhibition at the Burbank Library

part of the pictures Mudcat was showing us.  In the picture Mudcat, Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.

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