August 2009

Heroes Week. Military Appreciation Week.

Seeing all the fires going on here in Southern California, I have to give a shout to these heroes who expose their lives for our safety.  Here are some pictures from the L.A. Times:

U.S. Forest Service firefighters race to battle the Station fire as it jumps Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest. The blaze spread Thursday as canyon winds whipped flames into dry brush.

Can you imagine the intesity of the heat and having to carry all that gear?

Gila Hotshots crew from New Mexico walk down Newman Point to cut fire lines.

 

Firefighter Mathew Rodgers naps after a night shift battling the Morris fire.

Long night on the fire line

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / August 26, 2009)
Firefighter Mathew Rodgers naps after a night shift battling the Morris fire.

 

the fires have claimed two firefighters this week.   This from the L.A.Times:

Two firefighters were killed when they drove off the side of a treacherous road in the Mt. Gleason area, south of Acton, around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, said Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bryant. They were later identified as Arnaldo Quinones, 35, of Palmdale and Ted Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County.

“This accident is tragic,” Bryant said, choking up as he spoke Sunday evening. “This is a very difficult time for L.A. County Fire Department and the men and women that serve day in, day out.”

So far the fires have covered 85,000 acres.   Our thoughts and prayers to all the firefighters.

 Back in June, The Dodgers had Heroes week honoring Police and Firefighters.  This week is Military Appreciation Week.  

August 31…Navy Night

Sept 1……. Air Force Night

Sept  2….. .Army Night

Sept 3……. Marine Night

Sept 4……..Military Appreciation Night-Friday Night Fireworks.  Not sure this will happen with all the fires around.    

NOTE:  There will be a Blood Drive at Dodger Stadium September 11.  The Dodgers will be in San Francisco.   The booster club will be at the stadium recruiting volunteers.  I will be at the Top Deck Tuesday September 2nd recruiting!  Stop by and sign up anytime this week!  

Randy Wolf goes for career win #100 tonight!  Good Luck Randy!   

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Photo taken Saturday afternoon by Dodger fan Kelly McFadden

 

OISK is at Great American Ballpark! Haeger against Maloney

Hearing that Carl Erskine nicknamed “Oisk” is at Great American Ballpark brought a smile to my face.   

Click on the first picture for Oisk videos.

Oisk is a former right hander starting pitcher that played his entire career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1948 to 1959.   He lives in Indiana.  Rick Monday said he is at the ballgame wearing his Dodger hat.   I actually bought a baseball with his signature some time ago.   

This from Wikipedia:

Known as “Ersk”, or more accurately “Oisk”, owing to the Brooklynese diction of the borough,  Along with Snider and Reese, he lived in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bay Ridge, and was frequently to be found around the baseball diamonds on Shore Road, offering encouragement to youngsters.

Manny with a homerun since forever!  Juan Pierre was on base in the first inning.  In the second inning the Dodgers score two more runs but in the 3rd inning with two homeruns by the Reds by Craig Tatum (1) and Paul Janis(1) Haeger could not get out of the third so Jeff Weaver on the mound.  Score tied 4-4.

I am back after taking a shower and getting ready to go to a party.  

OMG!  Rafael Furcal with a homerun!   There is this contest where you fill out a paper saying who of the Dodgers will hit a homerun in the fourth.  If they pick your entry and announce it on the radio you are a winner if the guy you pick hits it out.  Well, I heard the guy’s entry and he said “Furcal”  I was like “yeah right”  Well, he did not hit in the fourth but he hit out in the fifth.

On this day in baseball history in 1948, Jackie Robinson hit for the cycle, 

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Blue Star for past and present Dodgers! 

Looks like Jeff Weaver will get career win #99!  

 

 

Anyone had the Cincinnati Chili?

A long time ago I used to have a boyfriend that when he went to Cincinnati, he used to bring me chili back.  It was gooood!   

I have only been to the Cincinnati aiport coming back from St Louis.   I had gone to a four game series in St Louis where my Dodgers managed to lose all four.   I had traveled with a friend.  While waiting at the airport, I told my friend that I was going for a little walk.  I  lost track of time at the small Borders reading a baseball book.  When I got back everyone was gone!  I asked what happened and the guy told me I had just missed the flight.  My friend did not even bothered to call me reminding me!   Some of you know that friend.  She has a blog “BehindBlueEyes”.  Anyway, she said she kept waiting for me to show up.   Soooo, I waited like five hours more for another flight.  

While waiting, I started talking  this guy that works for the airline and telling him my troubles.  He saw that I had a Dodger shirt, a baseball hat, and a baseball book in my hands.  He started quizzing me with baseball questions.  He told me he was a Giant fan.  Anyway, he must have taken pity on me when I asked him “What am I going to do here at the aiport?”, that he sent me to the VIP room where I settled posting in my friend’s blog and sipping on cosmos.   Oh yeah, with all that time I had, I got to try the chili too.  

One of the questions I remember the Giant fan asking me was “who was the last switch-hiter to win the A.L. MVP?”.

This weekend my boys are playing Dusty Baker’s Reds.   Chad Billingsley who is from Defiance, Ohio goes against Homer Bailey.   I am not sure how far Defiance is from Cincinnati but Chad should have friends and family there.   Homer is from Texas. 

I did not know this:  In 2008, Homer Bailey released a charity wine called “Homer Bailey’s Chardonnay” with 100% of his proceeds supporting Outdoors Without Limits, an organization committed to help reduce the barriers that prevent disabled people from enjoying the great outdoors.   Way to go Homer!

Let’s Go  Billz!!  Let’s Go Dodgers!!

Dodgers Rockies Rubber Game for Lunch!

The Colorado Rockies took the first game as the Dodger  bullpen came up short in the first game and today I learned why Joe Torre did not bring George Sherrill in the 10th inning of that game.  Sherrill felt tightness in his right side earlier that day.  MRI came out negative! 

 

Our stopper:

In the second game, Randy Wolf got his fourth consecutive win giving up one run in 7 1/3 inning to give the Rockies only their second loss in the last games!   That was also Randy’s #99 win!   Let’s hope he gets #100 in his next start!

Congratulations to Andre Ethier who hit homerun  #26 and #27!  Also congratulations James Loney who finally got #8!  

Today’s

isn’t this cute the rubber statue?

Rubber game (I’d love to have that rubber figure)  is an early one. Vicente Padilla gets his start against Jorge de La Rosa.   I just learned that Vicente is from Nicaragua.  He is the first Nicaraguan to start for the Dodgers!  

Behave Vicente and have a good game!   I wonder if I can have my headphones on while I go to my Pilates class at noon.   

Quick Trivia I heard during last night’s game :   Name the only three teams that have never had a player hit for the cycle?

 

Dodgers at Coors Field with the Rockies 3 games back

Critical games in Colorado for both teams.  With the Dodgers leading the NL West by 3  games and the Rockies leading the Wild Card, this is really a penant race.  is time for the Dodgers to put more ground between them and the Rockies.  

Dodgers get to visit their old manager Jim Tracy.  Jim managed the Dodgers from 2001 to 2005 and won a division title in 2004. 

Only four current Dodgers played for Tracy — Weaver, Guillermo Mota, Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo. The latter two played for Tracy only in brief callups. 

Going to the Rockies website, I found this

 The Rockies’ fans’ feelings for the Dodgers certainly are strong. After the Rockies’ improbable 14-inning, 6-4 victory over the Giants — brought home by Ryan Spilborghs’ grand slam — fans broke into a heartfelt “Beat L.A.” chant. The Rockies enter Tuesday’s opener of a three-game showdown trailing the Dodgers by three games in the National League West. The Rockies have a four-game cushion in the Wild Card standings.

What is the obsession of teams emphasizing the other team instead of their own team?   I know, I know, everyone wants to beat L.A.    I like Oldbrooklynfan (some might remember him from the article written about him making his first trip to Dodger Stadium) from the ITD blog where he changed that to say Beaten by L.A.  

Upcoming Game (08/25)

Dodgers

  • Clayton Kershaw 8-7
     
    Rockies

  • Jason Hammel 8-7

I like games on the West Coast because I get to listen to Vin Scully!   I can’t wait to hear him say those magic words “Is Time for Dodger Baseball!” 
 
Here is a picture from Colorado from last year.  It sure was cold when we went!  In fact it snowed the night before and we did not get our luggage until we got to the hotel. The poncho in the picture was in my luggage and so was the hat.      

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The 9-foot, 6-inch tall statue is entitled “The Player.” it was donated by the Rotary club of Denver. It’s the same figure that it awarded, in a much smaller size, to the recipient of the Branch Rickey Award, which honors the Major League player who best exemplifies the Rotary’s motto of “service over self.” 

The nominees from each team for 2009 have already been announced.  You can check them and also past winners here >>. 
 http://www.branchrickeyaward.org/   

 

Dodgers Wolfman and Knuckleballer too much for Cubs


Randy Wolf
knocks in the only two runs and throws seven brilliant innings on Friday!   What a great early birthday present he gave himself!  Randy Wolf’s birthday was Saturday 8/22.   He along with Jeff Weaver share a birthday.  they both turn 33.  

Saturday was a Fox sport game and what a performance by the knucleballer Charlie Haeger!  He baffled the Cubs.   Charlie went seven innings.  Closer Jonathan Broxton came in in the eight but Joe Torre explained that it was only so Broxton could face the same guys he faced the prior night.  George Sherrill closed the game in the nine.  Final score: Dodgers 2, Cubs 0.   The two runs came as a result of two homeruns, one by Casey Blake and Matt Kemp. . Speaking of Kemp…

MATT KEMP.   Wow Matt!  Matt Kemp hit one out of the ballpark!  It went out of the Dodger bullpen.  I could see fan running in front of the gift shop in that area after the ball.   The ball travelled 449 feet. 

Prior to that there have been only three players that have hit homeruns out of Dodger Stadium.  They are:

Willie Stargell is the only person to ever hit two home runs out of Dodger Stadium. His first was a 506 foot bomb off of pitcher Alan Foster on August 5th 1969, and the other was a 470 foot shot off of Andy Messersmith on May 8th 1973.

It wasn’t for over 30 years before Mike Piazza became the second player and only Dodger (until yesterday) to ever hit a home run out of the park. On September 21st 1997, Mike Piazza hit a 478 foot home run off of San Francisco Giant pitcher Mike Lansing.

July 17th 1998, Mark McGwire hit the longest home run at 511 ft over the right field pavilion at Dodger Stadium against pitcher Brian Bohanon.

Meet one of our ushers in the Top Deck:  Leonard is a true Dodger fan!  Check out his tatoo!

 

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Check out the tatoo!  It says “Usher 2001 – 20XX ”  “I Bleed Dodger Blue”  

 

First Game against the Cubs and THINK CURE Weekend!

First of all, great win last night against the Cubs!   Weaver who started for the injured Hiroki Kuroda, kept us in the game going 51/3 innings.  His ERA as a starter is now 3.13.  Good job Weaver!!   Russell who has been struggling, hit a grand slam in the 6th!    We asked for a curtain call.   Keep it going Russ!   

At 8:09 PM,  I get a message  that there is a new comment in my blog.  The message was from ADucker at http://dodgerstrends.mlblogs.com/  If you have not checked his blog, check it out!  He gives some great analysis with supporting statistics!.    I have never met ADucker who lives in Delaware, but I guess he has seen a few of my pictures.   anyway he posted the following comment:  

I think I just saw you at the game on TV, Emma.  In the 2nd inning with Furcal at the plate on ball 3 to make it a 3-2 count the camera shows either you or your twin sitting next to a young kid with a white shirt. I took a screen capture of it just for fun.

I was like Wow!   that is funny!  Here is the screen picture:

emma at 082009 game against Cubs.jpgYep!  that is me to the left of Kemp.  Notice Tommy in the bottom right corner.  Thanks ADucker!  

Oh I did got to take pictures of John Cena and I got his autograph for my cousin’s little niece.     .  

THINK CURE:  Like last year, the THINK BLUE sign has been changed to THINK CURE for the Second Annual Think Cure! Annual ThinkCure! Radio Telewebathon.  Check it out at   http://mlb.mlb.com/la/community/thinkcure_auction.jsp    Hiroki Kuroda is matching the first 25K donated during the telewebathon.   You can bid on an assortment of things like these Dodger Experiences:

Dodger Experience: Visit Vin in His Booth: Package for 2 includes a visit to meet Vin Scully in his booth at Dodger Stadium which is currently at $3100

Dodger Experience: Take an Insider Clubhouse Tour: This package for 2 includes an insider tour of the Dodgers Clubhouse with Josh Rawitch 

Dodger Experience: Be a Cub Sports Reporter with 790 KABC Dodger reporter, Josh Suchon.  Follow Josh Suchon throught Dodger Stadium.    

Here are other  items you could win:

Script Review: Script writer Ken Levine – from MASH and Cheers TV Shows – will read and critique your own original script

join the dodgers at 2010 Spring Training in Glendale, Az.

and many many more!

UPDATE***  Please check Julia’s blog.  A fellow poster’s dauther has been missing.   Maybe someone in the West Coast have seen here.  Keep her in your prayers that she is found safe.. 

http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/08/a_fellow_blogger_needs_our_hel.html

Dodgers: 994, Cardinals: 993. Check out the Adventures of Lil’ Matt

Alber Pujols and Matt holliday went 0 for 8!  

With Chad Billingsley win last night against the Cardinals:

The all time record between these two teams stands at:

Cardinals 993

Dodgers   994

But the 2009 record stands at Dodgers 2, Cardinals 4.  

Lets see what tonight brings when 21 year old Clayton Kershaw goes against Adam Wainwright. 

Tonight is also Matt Kemp’s bobblehead!

If you have not had a chance check this yutube video  

The Adventures of Lil’ Matt (featuring Snoop Dogg!!!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc9ug7FAWrM

I LOVE LA! 

Cardinals sign 42 year old Smoltz.  He is expected to join the team on Thursday and will wear uniform #30..    

 

short today as I am

I am buried in work and I got to go to the game!   

Randy Wolf gets a win! Charlie Haeger makes Dodger Debut

First of all, congratulations to Randy Wolf for a fantastic win today!  He stopped the 3 game losing streak!  

Wolf  went 7/2 innings, had 10 strikeouts, no walks, at one point he retired  20 in a row.  He gave up 3 runs in the 8th when he started to run out gas.    He had three hits including a two run homer.  He tied career highs of three RBIs! 

Way to go Lobo!

 

The Cardinals are in town.   The Dodgers will see Chris Carpenter 12-3 with a 2.27 ERA against

knuckleballer Charles Haeger who is making his Dodger debut.   I think Brad Ausmus will catch him as he bought a big catcher’s mitt once he heard Haeger was coming.  

I picture this when Haeger was told at Triple-A that he was being called to the Majors:

Isotopes Manager:   Charlie, I got good news and bad news.

Charlie:  Give me the good news first skipper

Istopes Manager:   the good news:  You are going to L.A. to make your Dodger debut.

                            The bad News:   you are facing the Cardinals and going against Carpenter.

 Good luck Haeger! 

I am hoping something similar to when Edwin Jackson made his Dodger debut against Randy Johnson and Edwin won!   I was at the game in Arizona.   I will be at Dodger Stadium tomorrow and thru all the homestand.  

I was thinking of knuckleballers that played for the Dodgers that I’ve seen them pitch.  Let’s see…e Tom Candiotti and Charlie HoughCandiotti is currently a TV-Radio analyst for the  Diamondbacks and Charlie Hough is the pitching coach of the Dodgers for the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino.   I got to talk to Charlie Hough last year after a game.   I told him I had seen him pitch.   He said “you must have been a baby.”  LOL.  Sweet of him to say that.  

Kuroda-san: Sending Prayers your way. God Bless.

Kuroda-san:  Sending prayers your way for a speedy recovery.  God Bless.  

This is what happened:

Hiroki Kuroda who is alled Hero by his teamates was cruising with a two-hit shutout through five innings and a 3-0 Dodgers lead when he was hit on the head by a Rusty Ryal line drive in the bottom of the sixth inning of Saturday night’s game with the Arizona D-backs, and after receiving aid on the mound, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

 Here is an update on his condition: 

According to the D-Backs post game show, Stan Conte just reported that the cat scan on Hiroki was negative and there is no damage. He will spend the night in the hospital and will hopefully be okay. Conte also said that as soon as Hudson reached Kuroda on the mound Kuroda asked if anyone had caught the ball!

 

this is very encouraging!

Sending prayers and thoughts to you Kuroda-san for a speedy recovery.    

It was very scary watching it on tv.  I was just saying “OMG, OMG”  and I just started praying.  We lost the game with our closer Jonathan Broxton giving up two homeruns in the 9th but the game is not important at this time.  

This brought memories when I was at Dodger Stadium and Isshii got hit the same way.  

Should pitchers wear helmets? 

 

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