September 2009

Dodgers Pirates for Breakfast. Let’s Clinch the N.L. West!

Dodgers let the game get away on Sunday when they were leading by three runs in the 9th inning and Jonathan and errors gave the game to the Pirates.  

Is Monday morning at 10:A.M. and I am listening to the game while at work.  I want the Dodgers to wrap it today! 

I am multi-tasking as I have lots to do and I will be at the last two games in San Diego.   Although it would be so cool to watch them wrap it up in San Diego with Vin Scully at the mike, I rather they win today.  

Dodgers losing 2-0 in the second inning and already three errors in the game!   Two errors by the Pirates and one by the Dodgers.  Dodgers already had some stooopid running blunders.

Magic number is our beloved Captain Pee Wee Reese

  

I love this statue of Pee Wee Reese putting his hand around Jackie Robinson!  I  hope someday to see it in person:

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Oh oh,  4-0 Pirates.  Make that 5-0.  Oh brother. 

Like Jaime Jarrin is saying right now.  “No serian Los Dodgers si hicieran las cosas faciles” “They would not be Dodgers if they did things easy.” 

Go Dodgers!

See you in San Diego!

Dodgers Clinch Playoff Berth. Magic Number: 2

 

The Dodgers clinched a postseason berth for the third time in four years  with an 8-4 comeback win over the Pirates!  

Randy Wolf was on the mound but he did not get the win.  He was winning when he left the game so yet another no-decision by Randy.   That was no-decision #16 for Randy but you know what?  That is OK, the team won!  

Did you all know that Randy Wolf has never been to the playoffs??  He was interviewed and he said he is happy that this time he will not be at home watching it.  Ahhhh..  

Randy left the following teams after they made the playoffs:  Padres, Astros, Dodgers, Phillies.  

Randy is hungry like a wolf!  haha, now I want to sing that song.  

Congratulations to Randy and the Dodgers!

Magic Number is …..

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Here is Tommy now standing next to his portrait at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington unveiled last week.     

Tommy Lasorda

“Somebody out there asked me what’s next for you?” Lasorda said. “I said, ‘heaven.’ “

This morning I got an email that my playoff tickets have been shipped with a two day delivery!   Woohoo!  I put my aunt on alert to receive the package. 

My friend LTD23 and I will be in San Diego for the final two road game!  It is fitting that we close the series there since we went to the Opening series, the setup series and now the closer series in San Diego!   I made the hotel reservation for one night, LTD23 got tickets for Wednesday but we still need tickets for Tuesday.   Are you reading this LTD23?   haha. 

 

Dodgers at PNC during G-20 Summit

After being at Washington DC my Dodgers have to deal with the security in Pittsburgh as a result of the G-20 Summit.   My poor babies!  Traveling secretary Scott Akasaki had to make special arrangements

From Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times

A ban on incoming private charter flights to Pittsburgh was imposed by the Secret Service and Major League Baseball had to receive a special waiver so the Dodgers could get into town.  The waiver was granted under the condition that the Dodgers would hve to go through TSA lines at Washington Dullies Aiport and have their bags sniffed by bomb-sniffing dogs. 

 

Akasai told players that they culdn’t carry alcohol or cologne in their carry-on baggage. 

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Because of the various checkpoints, Akasaki booked rooms at a hotel on the outskirts of the designated security zones instead of at the regular team hotel in the heart of downtown.  But there is expected to be added security in the new hotel, as it is housing the French, German and Turkish delegations at the G-20. 

So with all this security, expect a smaller crowd than usual at PNC tonight.  I made my first trip to PNC last year.  It is such a beautiful stadium.  Here is a picture

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 I love Jerry Crowe from the L.A. Times.  Here is what he wrote this morning:

For those who can’t get enough of Tim McCarver -anybody?_the Fox baseball analyst has released a music CD, “Tim McCarver Sings the Great Ameerican Songbook.”… 

One of the songs he tackles is “There Used to be a Ballpark,” which will remind no one of Frank Sinatra’s version….   

LOL

Congratulations to Matt Kemp  on his 100 RBI plateau!

 

 

Good Luck Garland!   Let’s Go Dodgers!

Magic number:

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Washington DC, The Dodgers and an Event I Attended.


Can you believe that the Dodgers record at Nationals Park is  1-4???   I still remember getting swept there last year.   Around that time, my two traveling friends and I were talking about going to Arizona where the team was heading next to get them out of their funk.   We steered the team in the right direction as the team started winning there  :-)   

Dodgers lost in ugly fashion last night 5-4 but the loss was encouraging in that Billingsley pitched well taking a no hitter into the 6th inning until he had that costly hanging chad

that Zimmerman took into the Dodger bullpen.  The score was tied in the 9th inning and lost by James McDonnalds. JMac has struggled this year.  I don’t think he will be making the playoff roster. 

Vicente Padilla takes the mound against J.D. Martin 

 

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Magic Number is

Joe Torre’s number

# 6

Let’s bring down that number!

 

 

 

The Dodger Giant Rivalry Event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary. (did not know this organization existed!). It featured Arnold Hano representing the JINTs and Ross Porter representing the Dodgers. It was moderated by Jean Hastings Ardell.

Here is the not so good picture I took of Arnold Hano, Jean Ardell and Ross Porter

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I got there a little early and was browsing the list of baseball books they had on display  I was telling my friend Erik that my friend Linda had said that “The Echoeing Green” was an excellent read when this man overheard me and said that he wa discussing the book with vin Scully. I was like “who is this man?” Later on I realized that it was the author Arnold Hano.

Mr. Hano is 87 years old and he along with Ross Porter took their turns talking about each team and poking fun at the other team. We were treated to stories of the old days and at the end took questions from a crowded audience. I regretted that I did not have any cash on me to buy Hano’s book “A day in the Bleachers.”. I took pictures of the exhibition and went home wanting to read Mr Hano’s book.   Here are two additional pics I took.  The rest did not come out too well.   . 

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 I love what it says about Drysdale.  “Don Drysdale is in charge of all clubhouse pets such as dogs, cats, white mice and hamsters.  He was selected because he is very kind to animals and never hits them–only people (especially when they are in Giant uniforms).

 

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Dodgers score Two Touchdowns while the Nationals get the Safety.

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Dodgers score two touchdowns while the Nationals settle for a safety.

Hard to believe that with 14 runs, there was only one homerun (Casey Blake)

Maybe this was the game that Billingsley should have started! 

Congratulations to Kuroda-san and the Dodgers on the win!

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Dodgers magic number is

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Seven!

Seven is my lucky number!

 

 

 lou_johnson_large[1].jpgHappy Birthday to our own Sweet Lou! Sweet Lou Johnson turned 75, September 22nd.  I love seeing your smiling friendly face at the stadium Sweet Lou! 

 Johnson is most well known for his home run off Jim Kaat in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series that gave the Dodgers a lead they would never relinquish against the Twins.  

Johnson also played a key role in another memorable win by Sandy Koufax that year. 

During Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs, on September 9, 1965, Johnson was the only batter from either team to reach base.  He walked off Bob Hendley to start the fifth, advanced to second on a Ron Fairly sacrifice bunt, then stole third and scored when catcher Chris Krug’s throw went into left field.  Johnson also doubled in the seventh inning, breaking up Hendley’s no-hitter.

 


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Happy 25th Birthday to our  centerfielder, The Bison, Matt Kemp!

We love you Matty!

Matt is having a fabulous  year!  He is batting .307, has 25 homeruns, 97 RBIs and has 34 stolen bases. 

 

 

Sources:  Baseball ref.  Trubluela.com

Magic number: 8. Happy 82th Birthday Tommy Lasorda!

The magic number for the Dodgers is now 8!   When I think of #8, I think of John Roseboro

In 1958 Roseboro became the team’s regular catcher after Roy Campanella was paralyzed in an auto accident. He played on three Dodgers teams that won the World Series and was an All-Star three times with the Dodgers..

But he was known most of all for one of the most shocking incidents in baseball history.

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It came during a Dodgers-Giants game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on Sunday, Aug. 22, 1965.

It started in the top of the third inning. Juan Marichal, who’d surrendered runs in each of the first two innings, knocked down first Maury Wills and then clean-up hitter Ron Fairly with inside pitches. Marichal stepped up to the plate in the home third to pitch Dodgers’ pitcher Sandy Koufax,  who didn’t retaliate, so Roseboro took matters into his own hands. Two times on his return throws to Koufax, he deliberately threw the ball close to Marichal’s head.

Marichal turned on Roseboro the second time and struck him on the head with his bat. Marichal struck the catcher three times and opened a gash on his head that required 14 stitches to close. It also naturally ignited a brawl on the field.

Koufax, who otherwise was overwhelming during his eight innings of work in which he yielded only four hits and had eight strikeouts, momentarily lost his composure when play resumed, as he walked Jim Davenport and McCovey with two outs and then, uncharacteristically, hung a curveball to Willie Mays.

The great Giants center fielder would slam it over the left-field fence to give his team a 4-2 edge that would be enough, as the Giants emerged with a 4-3 victory.

But, oh, was it a bittersweet victory for the Giants.

Marichal would be suspended for eight days, meaning he missed two starts in an era when pitchers worked every fourth day.

His absence might have deprived San Francisco of the pennant.

The Dodgers (97-65) wound up winning it by two games over the Giants (95-67).

 

Today is Tommy’s 82nd Birthday!   

May you have many, many more healthy happy years!

CHAT LIVE WITH TOMMY LASORDA

Join Dodgers’ Special Advisor to the Chairman, former manager and all-around team legend Tommy Lasorda in a LIVE web chat today, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. PT on dodgers.com.

Be part of the conversation with Lasorda who celebrates his birthday today along with having his portrait unveiled at the National Gallery in the Smithsonian.

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Dodgers and J I N T S Final series

Dodgers took another series by beating the J I N T S two out of three!  

Dodgers outscored the Giants 22-11.  

Highlights of the series:

  • Grand Slam by Belliard off Brad Penny 
  • Back to back homeruns by Kemp (25)and Loney (13).  For Loney that was hist first HR at home.
  • Garland pitched eight innings without allowing an earned run Saturday  
  • Randy Wolf .  With six innings he surpassed 200 innings for the first time since 2003. He’s 6-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his last eight starts, all quality starts.
  • Ethier belted his 31st homerun with a man on base for the Dodgers’ first 100 RBI season since J.D. Drew in 2006, the first 30/100 season since Adrian Beltre in 2004 and the first by a Dodgers outfielder since Shawn Green in 2002.

 

Mike, a fellow season ticket holder was showing us this coin that he received from a General in Iraq  where he has been sending Dodger giveaways and other Dodger memorabillia.


 This is one side of the coin: (that is my scorebook)

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Second side:

 

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An off day for my Dodgers but I will be attending this event at the  Burbank library:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009, 7:00 PM
“LOVE TO HATE: THE DODGERS-GIANTS RIVALRY,”
PANEL DISCUSSION WITH ARNOLD HANO AND ROSS PORTER,
MODERATED BY JEAN HASTINGS ARDELL

Author Arnold Hano and broadcaster Ross Porter, who combined have produced over a century of distinguished work in their respective professions, will share their recollections of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry, from New York to the West Coast, in a very special evening presented by the Baseball Reliquary on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 7:00 pm, in the Burbank Central Library Auditorium, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California. The discussion, which will be moderated by Jean Hastings Ardell, is free of charge and open to the public 

 

Mr. Miracle, Andre Ethier: The King of Walk-Offs!

Wednesday night September 15 2009 , in the bottom of the 13th inning, Andre Ethier did it again!   He had yet another walk-off homerun!  That is Ethier’s 4th walk-off homerun and 6th walk-off this year!!.    

This is Vin Scully’s call of that walk-off homerun 

” Fastball..  High drive into deep right!  Back goes Jones!  To the wall!  Is gone!”

—Pause by Vinny while you see Ethier round the bases and the players rush to mob him and congratulate him while the crowd is going crazy and in the background you  hear I Love LA  _the victory song for the Dodgers.  

Vin Scully: 

“Andre Ethier who could better be known as Mr. Miracle comes up with a walk-off homerun”  “And the Dodgers hang on and beat the last place Pirates  5-4.  A Little bit a magic…”  

Thank you Mr. Scully!  I never get tired of seeing this at the stadium and coming home to watch the highlights! 

I played it a few times and copied the link that Buz put in his blog http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/    

Watch this bomb!

Here are Andre’s Walk-offs, a total of 9 since last year.   I have seen them all at Dodger Stadium! 

Tuesday September 15, 2009 vs. the Pirates. Bottom of the 13th,  two run walk-off Homerun off Dumatrait on Andre’s 30th homerun. 

 

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Thursday August 6, 2009 vs Atlanta  Botton of the 9th.  3 run walk-off homerun off of Rafael Soriano wtih Pierre & Furcal on base.    

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Monday June 29, 2009 vs Colorado. bottom of the 13th walk-off 2 RBI Homerun off of joe Peralta.  Blake on base.    

 

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Thursday June 6, 2009 vs.Philadelphia  Botton of the 12th Walk-off Homerun off Chad Durbin.  

 

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Friday June 5, 2009 vs. Philadelphia.  Botton of the 9th.  Walk-off Two run Double with the bases loaded against Lidge. 

 

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 Saturday  May 2, 2009 vs. San Diego.  Walk-off single with the bases loaded off of Gregerson.   

 

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Sunday August 17, 2008 vs. Milwaukee.  Botton of the 9th walk-off 2 RBI homerun off of Carlos Villanueva.  Kemp on board.

 

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Tuesday August 12, 2008 vs. Philadelphia.  Botton of the 9th, walk-off RBI single off of J.C. Romero.  Martin scores.   

 

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Sunday May 25, 2008 vs. St Louis.  Walk-off RBI single off Mike Parisi.  Pierre scores. 

 

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Wow Andre!  Incredible!   You are the man!   You are our MVP!  

 Go Andre!  Go Dodgers!! 

references.  Baseball reference,MSTI’s blog, Dodgers.com     

Pirates, Magic Numbers, Yankees, Red Sox and Tigers, Oh My!

A free grilled Dodger Dog, hanging out with friends at Dodger Stadium and a Dodger WIN!  What could be better!   

Dodgers won the opener with the Pirates 6-2! 

Magic number is now 14.  I always think of a Dodger player when I look at number so here is one of my favorite Dodgers back when:

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Today is Blanket night!   This is what it looks like

 

Today is Honduras Independence Day!  Some of you might know that I was born in Hondura.s 

Today is also Nicaragua Independence Day!   Happy Independence  to Nicaraguan Vicente Padilla. 

Tomorrow is Mexico Indepedence Day!   It is also a day game at Dodger Stadium with Manny’s bbh.

Happy Independence to Mexico and to all my Mexican friends and friends that have Mexican heritage.    

Happy Independence to Fernando Valenzuela, Pepe Yniquez, Juan Castro and also to Andre Ethier because of his Mexican heritage. 

I’ll leave you with this video from Andre Ethier’s Carne Asada day.   It has Mexican music and Andre says a few things about his Mexican heritage. 

http://sports.mobile.msn.com/en-us/detail.aspx?uuid=764f79ea-3133-4855-9fb6-73f70ecd0102

Oh My!  there so many cool videos there.  Andre! You got me hungry with the one at L.A. Live!   That macaroni with trufles and three kind of cheeses sounds outstanding. 

Super exited about the 2010 MLB schedule!    Dodgers get the Yankees at Dodger Stadium and they get to go to Fenway Park.   This is how the interleague schedule looks like

3 vs DET: May 21-23
3 in ANA: June 11-13
3 vs. ANA: June 22-24
3 in BOS: June 18-20
3 vs. NYA: June 25-27

I smelled a road trip to Fenway!   I need work to send to New Hampshire during that week in June and then I can stay in Boston for the Dodger series!

 

From the Bay to El Lay

The Dodgers took 2 out of 3 from the Giants!   

Friday:     10-3

Saturday:  9-7

Sunday:    2-7

 

Friday 9/11:  Our warrior Hiroki Kuroda gave us 8 strong innings.  

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Casey (at the bat) Blake returned from five games off with a three RBI homerun!  

Dodgers own Matt Cain.  He is 0-7 lifetime against the Dodgers while Hiroki Kuroda is 5-1 against the Giants.

 

Saturday 9/12: 

Vicente Padilla improved to 3-0 since joining the N.L. West turning in six solid innings.  

Russell Martin & James Loney homered on Saturday.  These two are heating up!  Torre needs to keep James (ballgame) Loney in a grey uni.  All his homeruns (12) have been on the road.

 

 

Sunday 9/13.  Ahhh the matchup of Chad Billingsley and our old pitcher Brad Penny who really,  really (haha remembering Jane’s book “An Ex To Grind”) wanted to “beat LA“.   

You see Penny left the Dodgers on not so nice terms. For one, the Dodgers didn’t believe Penny last season when he said his shoulder was hurt, and he didn’t take that very well. After Penny signed with the Sox he let the Dodgers know how he felt.

Then Larry Bowa responded.

“You mean the same guy (Penny) who was never on time, out of shape and has one complete game? He has more stuff to worry about in the A.L. East than me. He has to worry about getting people out. He was never on time, was out of shape and never helped the kids out. Put that on the (expletive) dot-com. Put it in the headline.”

Upon his arrival to the Giants Penny met with the media, and one reporter asked him about pitching in front of 42,000 Dodger hating fans. Penny interrupted the reporter, then corrected him; “You mean 42,000 and one.”

Vin Scully mentioned Sunday that Larry Bowa and Penny met behind closed doors.

Penny did beat the Dodgers 2-7 but heck the important thing is that the Dodgers took the series!  

I am really, really worry about Chad Billingsley.  Like Vin Scully said “the mistery of Chad continues.”    Chad has struggled big time in the second half.

 

Dodger Homestand:

The Pirates are in town starting tonight!. 

The matchup is McCutcheon against Jon Garland. 

Tonight is also

  

Free Dodger Dogs for everyone!  We never had this promotion before, so let’s see how this goes.  I understand that they will hand out coupons to everyone. 

Let’s Go Dodgers!

Magic Number is Sweeeeet 16!!  Andre Ethier’s Number! 

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