The WordPress photo Challenge for this week that ends today is Escape. For more information on this week’s photo challenge go here http://dailypost.wordpress.com/category/photo-challenges/
If you know me, you know that my home away from home is Dodger Stadium so for me the word Escape brings to mind being at Dodger Stadium. Nothing makes me happier than to head to my Blue Heaven on Earth, Dodger Stadium or as I like to call it OLOCR, Our Lady of Chavez Ravine so here are some pictures that means my Escape to a happy place
From Opening Day
I like sitting in my seats, watch game, listen with my headphones and keep score.
My view as I exit the stadium
The rumors have been flying high about Don Mattingly being fired soon. Even non-baseball fans at work have come to me saying “I hear Don Mattingly is getting fired soon.”
I am in the minority but I don’t think Mattingly is getting fired and I don’t think he should be fired.
Firing Mattingly seems like a sign of desperation. I doubt they find someone available that is better at this stage in the season. If management wants to do something they should have done it in the offseason.
I don’t think you can blame Mattingly for the Dodgers poor performance. I think that Mattingly is doing a fairly good job especially with all of the injuries plaguing the team. I do think that he should give Kemp a day off here and there and the same goes for Ethier and Crawford. If Van Slyke is fairly hot, play him.
So here is Thursday, a Dodger day off and the day that some think Mattingly will be fired. The Dodgers open up a three game series with the Cardinals. I think Mattingly will be there.
The matchups for this weekend:
Friday: Capuano faces Lance Lynn. Capuano had two pretty good starts in his last two starts.
Saturday: The game starts at 4:15 on Jaime Jarrin Bobblehead Night. Ted Lilly returns from the DL to face John Gast. I hope Ted Lilly pitches like he pitched on his first start instead of his second. It is also Jaime Jarrin Bobblehead day! Game on Fox.
Sunday: Clayton Kershaw against Shelby Miller. I have not missed a game this year and I especially make it a point not to miss Kershaw’s games. This game promised to be a good matchup.
The Dodgers and the Brewers have exactly the same record: 17 wins, 25 losses. At least the Brewers were able to win one of the three games they played against St Louis. The Dodgers got swept by the Braves.
It was a tough weekend in Atlanta where the Dodgers were leading in all three games but the bullpen let it get away. The bullpen collapse and the light hitting undermined the starters pitching.
Off to Milwaukee they go with their tails between their legs.
It seems like the season is slipping away, like Jaime Jarrin’s shirt says “Se Va, Se Va, y Despidala con un Beso”
Lefty NIÑO de ORO, Clayton Kershaw
against Mexican righty Yovani Gallardo
The Dodgers won two of three from the Brewers in a late April series this season, while Milwaukee won six of seven games between the teams in 2012.
When the Dodgers are in Miwaukee, we always remember the time Shawn Green hit four home runs in one game at Milwaukee . Shawn did that on 5/23.02. The Dodger with the highest home runs this year for the Dodgers is Crawford with five. Adrian Gonzalez has four, Ethier and Scott Van Slyke have three. A.J. Ellis, Mark Ellis and Uribe have two. Kemp, Ramirez, Hairston, Gordon), Sellers, Kerhshaw and Punto each have one.
Let’s go Dodgers! Let’s go!
Yeah that is Rue (Ruda) for good luck
This week’s Photo Challenge is Pattern http://dailypost.wordpress.com/category/photo-challenges/ I was looking around Dodger Stadium to see what I could use for the subject “Pattern” Reviewing the Dodger photographer’s photos I came upon what I could use so before the game I took some pictures with my Iphone.
By the clubhouse entrance there are many Dodger yearbooks and Dodger programs framed forming a nice pattern. I could have taken just one picture of the whole thing but it would have been too small so I took seeveral.
Here is the collection:
I wish I had some of those programs
This is great! Deuce is playing catch with Hyun-Jin Ryu!
Deuce has an arm! But don’t worry Logan White already is scouting him
Here is Deuce, Devon Ethier and I
Dodgers losing streak
is at gulp… seven, really??
Let’s stop it tonight!
Are the Dodgers cursed?
If so let’s reverse
and work toward first
Marlins are in town
their record 10-25
Time to beat them down
Magill on the mound
Fernandez for the Marlins
Bums don’t make us frown
Dodgers we beg you
Please start your winnings tonight
We are feeling Blue
I want to hear cheers
Want to hear I LOVE LA
Want to celebrate
tonight be the night
to stop Dodgers losing streak
and start winning feast
But really, is there some kind of curse on the Dodgers? Did it start when Manny Mota stopped being part of the coaching staff? no matter, I hope it stops tonight!
Herrera has been optioned back to the minors and Van Slyke is back! Van Slyke was crushing the Pacific Coast League with a .397 batting average, 9 Homeruns.
Gonzalez, I B YAY! He is back!
This is a great article on Clayton Kershaw:
So in honor of the article and Kershaw pitching tonight here are some more haikus for today:
Kershaw and Ryu
Then what do the Dodgers do?
I don’t know, do you?
Nino de Oro
he reminds us of Koufax
and of El Toro
The basement is cold
The losing streak is at six
but Kershaw is gold!
13 and 19
The Dodgers current record
Let’s get to 14!
attendance last night
was only 33K
with shirt giveaway
My bet for tonigh
attendance will be higher
With Kershaw all right!
Let’s go Dodgers! Let’s start a winning streak tonight!
Happy birthday to El Titan Adrian Gonzalez! He turns 31 tonight! @Dodgers, Make sure you play “El Mariachi Loco” for all his at bats! We like to dance to his at bat song.
Dodger news: Justin Sellers has been sent down and Tim Federowicz has been called up!
By now everyone has seen the video of Matt Kemp giveaway gifts to a cancer striken young Dodger fan. I have seen it many times since yesterday. If you have not here it is
So in honor of Matt Kemp here are some humbling haikus
Swept by the Giants
Kemp comes up big with a kid
He Hit a Grand Slam
Cancer striken kid
Received jersey, ball and cleats
from goodwill Matt Kemp
Kemp could have walked out
After Dodgers lost series
But Kemp made us proud!
Stripped of self-pity
“Life is bigger than Baseball”
Said Kemp afterwards
We love you Matty!
At Kershaw Cy Young Award press conference, Kemp taking the time to pose with me.
Here is Kemp with Alyssa, a beautiful little girl that passed away with Cancer. Since that happened, Kemp updated his twitter profile picture with a picture with Alyssa.
Kemp stopped by to take a picture with me at the Bluetopia movie premier in 2008.
Here is Kemp again posing with me one day I was on the field prior to a game.
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is “From Above” http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/weekly-photo-challenge-from-above/#comments A picture taken from above.
With the theme in mind I reviewed some of my pictures. I found this one that I took from above, the last row of the Top Deck (the last level) of Dodger Stadium.
From above to below the field, Matt Kemp at the plate on a Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Note the shadows, the location of the ball as it makes a hole on his shadow, the umpire in position and the catcher ready to catch the ball.
That game was Sunday, September 9, 2012. Dodgers lost the game against the Cardinals in 12 inning with the score of 5-2. Kemp went 1 for 5 with a groundball in the first inning, a strikeout in the 3rd, a double in the 6th, a strikeout in the 8th and in the 10th inning with the bases full and two outs, Kemp flied out out to center field.
Here is a recent panoramic picture I took from my seats in the Top Deck
It is a long way down but I like the view from above. I see the game, I see the mountains, I get a panoramic view of the game.
Today Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the Dodgers find themselves way below in last place in their division. They need to crawl out and rise above.
I am late to the party like always! But I still wanted to do the Weekly Photo Challenge on Culture. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/photo-challenge-culture/
I like the diversity of cultures in Los Angeles so with that in mind I am posting these pictures:
At one of the Viva Los Dodgers festivals at Dodger Stadium.
Korean pop star Psy performing at Dodger Stadium.
Our friend James with his two sons
With amigos at Dodger Stadium all decked out in our Dodgers ponchos.