Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow. A New Day

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Yellow.”

I look around for a picture and there it was!

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It made me think of the song from Basia “A New Day for You”. Here are some of the lyrics:

“It’s gonna be a new day for you.

A new day for you.

The stars have played their part

The past is gone and done

Have more faith in love

the best is yet to come.”

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

When Did You Fall in Love?

One of my favorite Dodger slogans was “When did you fall in love?”  Anyone remember it?  It was in 2008 when the Dodgers were celebrating 50 years of Major League baseball in Los Angeles.

When  you went to Los Angeles Union Station , you could see the walls of the long hallways lined with pictures of Dodger players and the words “When did you fall in love?”

 

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I felt more in love with baseball in the last three games of the 1980 season when Dodgers had to play the last three games of the regular season with the Houston Astros.  Dodgers had to win all three games to force a playoff game.  They won all three games but felt way short on the extra playoff game that Monday.  They broke my heart that Monday but that offseason I went to Dodger Stadium and purchased one season ticket for the 1981 season.

I wonder what the Dodger slogan will be for 2015.

When did you fall in love?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball around the World

crzblue:

Official Major League Baseball historian John Thorn give us a beautiful baseball history about a 19th century attempt to spread baseball around the world.

Originally posted on Our Game:

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Spalding’s Australian Baseball Tour

They set out from Chicago on October 20, 1888, and didn’t return to the United States until April 6, 1889. It was Albert Goodwill Spalding’s world tour, an attempt to spread the baseball gospel (and his sporting-goods empire) to the four corners of the known universe. Previously Spalding, Al Reach, and the Wright brothers had organized a midseason English tour in 1874 that pulled the Boston Red Stockings and Philadelphia Athletics out of league play for nearly two months. Cricket teams from Britain had toured the U.S. as early as 1859, and Harry Wright and Al Spalding wanted to return the favor. But when they got there, the Brits didn’t want to see baseball, they wanted cricket. The baseball players complied, and their unorthodox style of slugging won bemused praise.

The 1888 tour was comprised of the Chicago White Stockings, led by Cap Anson, who had…

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Good Luck Matt Kemp. Thanks for the Memories

 

Thanks for the memories Matt Kemp.  I will miss you.  If you do stay in San Diego, I will see you there and when the Padres come to town.  First Dee now you.

I know this is a business but it still hurts.  We fans invest our money, time and feelings into the team.  We get to see you day in day out at the stadium, at other ballparks and other Dodger events.

I have been going thru a lot of personal emotions plus seeing kids that I have followed since their minor league days.   Come January I will filing for unemployment after 19 1/2 years at work.  It is what it is in the IT department.  I thought I would retire here in maybe 5 years.

On the Institute for Baseball Studies FB page, I was commenting on a 1984 picture where you could see the small TV with a Dodger on the mound.   The photo  is part of a collection of photos from Larry Sultan. I found myself googling Larry Sultan and seeing more of his photos.  I ran into a Larry Sultan interview by Catherine Liu.  This part is talking about his dad:

LS He began as a traveling salesman for Schick Razor, and then he became one of the Vice Presidents. When he was first hired, he was told that he was a team player on a smooth working team. It’s such a wonderful analogy to baseball because, in the beginning, you are a team player until you reach a certain age and then they trade you away. That’s the American story, when a corporation changes hands everyone on the top is let go, because you have to bring in a new team.

CL Disposable razors, disposable people.”

Yesterday I was sadden by the departure of Dee Gordon, today is Matt Kemp.  I find myself remembering Bob Hope with “Thanks for the memories…”

Good luck Matt Kemp.  Thanks for the memories kid.

Good Luck Dee Gordon

Good luck Dee Gordon!  I will miss you with the Dodgers.  I will miss seeing you running the bases, your defense and hitting.   I will miss your smiling face, seeing you in San Diego.

I will never forget the time I saw you in the lobby of the hotel and told you “Dee!  I am so happy for you today!  You did great!”  You hugged me and said “Thank you ma’man!”   Your mom raised you well.  I will miss you kid!   The last time I spoke with you I said “I can’t call you skinny Dee any more”  You showed me your arm muscles then.   Thank you for the memories.  I wish you the best with the Marlins.

Gordon is coming off an All-Star year in which he stole 64 bases and hit 12 triples

In the trade:  Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney, Kike Hernandez, Chris Hatcher and Austin Barnes.   Didn’t Haren say that he would retire if he was not a Dodger?

Welcome to the Dodgers Jimmy Rollins

Welcome to the Dodgers Jimmy rollins!!

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Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Rollins, 36, had 2,306 hits in 15 seasons with the Phillies. He has been a member of the organization since June 4, 1996, the day the Phillies selected him with the 46th overall pick

Jimmy Rollins will return to Philadelphia on August 4, when the Dodgers visit Cititzen Bank Park.

Details of the trade are not in yet.

 

ref: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20141211_Phillies_trade_Jimmy_Rollins_to_Dodgers.html#UMAPEkgbZp47zdRs.99

List of MLB Ballparks (Past & Present) I Have Been To

I saw this post on Natalie Firestone’s Facebook page and I thought it would be nice to document the list of parks I have visisted. It is a nice idea for a post so Thanks Natalie! I will follow your format.

Ballparks are listed alphabetical order with the city, State and year and or date (or approximate year) that I visited the ballpark. Italics used to highlight parks no longer in existence or no longer used for MLB games.

BALLPARKS THAT I’VE SEEN A GAME IN (AND/OR HAVE DONE A TOUR)
Angel Stadium -Anaheim, CA (2004*)
AT&T Park -San Francisco, CA (2005)
Bush Stadium – St Louis, MO (Summer 2006)
Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ (Thursday July 29, 2004) Saw Edwin Jackson’s MLB Debut.
Citi Field – New York, NY (August 2011)

Citizen’s Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA (SABR Convention 2013)
Coors Field – Denver, CO (May 3, 2008)
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA (1977)
Fenway Park – Boston, MA (August 26, 2005)
Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati, OH (September 2012)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - Los Angeles, CA (2008)
Petco Park – San Diego, CA (2004)
PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA (9/15/2008)
Qualcomn - San Diego, CA (2003*)
Roger Centre – Toronto, CN (April 2007)
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA (June 2012) Dodgers got no-hit.
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN (June 27, 2011)
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL (May 2009)
Yankee Stadium (Old) – New York, NY (Sept 14, 2008)
Yankee Stadium (New) – New York, NY (June 19, 2013)

TOUR OF BALLPARKS now defunt> (Thanks SABR for the tours!)
Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome – Minneapolis, MN (2012)
Colt Stadium – Houston, TX (2014)
Astrodome – Houston, TX (2014)

I could not find a picture of all the ballparks I have visited.  I will look for some and update.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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