September 2009

Memorial at Dodger Stadium and Tragic a Year Ago Today

Memorial at Doddger Stadium

Two veteran firefighters who died trying to save the lives of dozens trapped in the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history were remembered as heroes Saturday in a memorial service at Dodger Stadium.   The memorial was televised at NBC.  It was  attended by Vice President Joe Biden, governor Schwarzenegger, mayor Antionio Villaragoza  and others. 

 

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Capt. Tedmund “Ted” Hall and firefighter specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones were killed Aug. 30 when their truck plunged off a mountain road as they were trying to find an escape route for dozens of inmate-firefighters whose camp had become overrun by flames.

aug sept 09 fallen firemen 1.jpgQuinones, 34, was remembered as “a big kid who loved to learn and he wasn’t afraid to make mistakes.”

Hall, 47, was remembered as the crusty old veteran, until you got to know him and learned that there were three loves in his life: family, job and motorcycles.

Hall is survived by his wife, Katherine and sons, Randall and Steven.

 

 

Quinones is survived by his wife, Loressa, who is pregnant with their first child.  This is from the personal pictures that they were showing at the end.  The hands of Arnie and Loressa.       

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After the last of the speakers, including friends and relatives, had delivered their remarks, several firefighting helicopters flew over the stadium in formation, a bugler played “Taps” and drummers and bagpipers performed a mournful version of “Amazing Grace.”

 

At AT&T Park in San Francisco:  Vicente Padilla who is 2-0 since joining the National league goes against Jonathan Sanchez..  Is amazing that all of James Loney’s homeruns have been on the road.  

 

Metrolink Tragic a Year Ago Today 

CHATSWORTH — A year ago today, the Chatsworth Hills Academy campus became a triage center and command post after a Metrolink train and a freight train collided yards from the school’s athletic field in California’s deadliest commuter rail disaster.

I was at work when a co-worker told me “Emma, you are not going to be able to take a train home, there has been an accident.”   As he was telling me this my phone was ringing with other friends that also take the train with me.    The Metrolink that was involved in the worst Metrolink accident was the one that turns around and picks us up to go to Downtown L.A.     This accident killed 25 and injured 135.   

It was determined that the engineer that conducted the Metrolink was texting prior to the accident.     

 

9/11, Southern Cal Fires updates, Andre Ethier, Giant vs. Dodgers!

On this day 9/11, I want to give a big thanks to all firemen in this great country! to the police department, to the ones that were and are in the military, and to the many people that do volunteer work.    Thank you!!!  

Is hard to believe that this happened 8 years ago.  

 

This morning I heard that the fires here in Southern California were 70% contained.  that is great news!   Our firemen  and all the ones that came down here have done an excellent job.   I am glad I got to tell that to a few firemen the other night as I was coming out of Dodger Stadium (there was a small fire outside the stadium).  Their response was “Thank you Ma’m”  “Did the Dodgers win?”  They did win that night!.  

Driving on the Foothill freeway you can still see some smoke from the lingering fires.  We are so due for rain here.  

 

A friend sent me this link from Boston.com   They have some incredible pictures here

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/09/wildfires_in_southern_californ.html

 

 

I went to Virginia’s blog  and saw her final list of the N.L. West Cuties!  It reminded me of this photo of Andre.  What do you think Ethierholics?   

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This picture was taken at the Carne Asada event last  this year by my good friend LuvtheDodgers23.  thanks LTD23! 

Andre is leading the team in homeruns with 28, Doubles with 39 and is tied with James Loney with 60 walks.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiroki Kuroda is on the mound tonight in San Francisco!  He faces Matt Cain.  

Good luck Kuroda-san!!  

Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!!

 I got a question:   Why do pitchers shag baseballs in the outfield?   I am asking because last week Kershaw hurt his right shoulder during BP going after he hit the scoreboard.   He had to skip his turn and is still up in the air for his next start.   What is the point of them shagging baseballs in the outfield?  Thanks

 

 

 

 

Sandy into his windup….

Today September the 9th 2009 is the 44th universary of Sandy Koufax perfect game on September 9, 1965.  

“Two and two to Harvey Kuenn,  one strike away. Sandy into his windup, here’s the pitch: swung on and missed, a perfect game! On the scoreboard in right field it is 9:46 p.m. in the City of the Angels, Los Angeles, California, and a crowd of twenty-nine thousand one-hundred thirty nine just sitting in to see the only pitcher in baseball history to hurl four no-hit, no-run games.”    Vin Scully broadcasting the last inning of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game at Dodger Stadium on September 9, 1965:

Sandy Koufax throws a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, becoming the first major -league pitcher to throw four no-itters, surpassing the records held by Cy Young, bob Feller and Larry Corcoran.  

Here is Vin’s broadcast of the 9th inning of Sandy Koufax perfect game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uozLFsEPu8

In that game there was the possibility of a double no hitter as Bob Hendley was pitching the game of his life.  He said it was an honor to lose to Sandy.

Here is the line Score:

Team  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

Chicago

 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Los Angeles

 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 1 1 0

Hearing that 9th inning again gets me misty.    

If you’d like to read a transcription of the Scully/Koufax call it is located here:
http://www.salon.com/people/feature/…scully_koufax/
 
 
 
 

The final batter of the game was Harvey Kuenn who struck out. Did you know that on May 11, 1963 Sandy Koufax threw his second no-hitter  and the final batter retired during that gem was also Harvey Kuenn?  Unluckly guy.    

Bob Hendley  allowed only one hit during the game which set up a record for least amount of hits during a nine inning game by both teams.

 
Happy Anniversary Sandy!!   Shall I say “Hight Nine!”  
 
Dodgers won yesterday with a come from behind win!
 
Tonights game is a good one with Haran against Jon Garland. 
 
Let’s Go Dodgers!
 
Happy 9/9/09 everyone!
 

 

A Tribute to #26 Red Adams and Doug Mientkiewicz

Back in March when my blog was ranked #26 I said that only two Dodger players had worn #26 and I dedicated it to Hall of Famer Heinie Manush ttp://crzblue.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/.  

Well I was reminded by a friend at the stadium that Pitching Coach Red Adams had that number.  Thanks Alex!  

Also my good friend LuvtheDodgers23 told me “what about Mientkiewicz?”  Thanks LTD23!  It was funny ’cause I was asking as Dougie was coming up to bat.  

Red Adams(baseball-reference picture)

Charles Dwight Adams (born October 7, 1921) was the longtime pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers,  He was born in Parlier, California.   Parlier is in the Fresno area.

Adams won over 150 games in the minor leagues from 1942-1957.  Among the minor league teams that he played back then were the Angels, the Padres, and the Miami Marlins.   He also pitched briefly in the Major Leagues with the chicago Cubs in 1946.

After his playing career, he was a scout for the Dodgers from 1959-1968. He was the pitching coach from 1969-1980, helping develop many of the Dodgers pitchers.

Quote from Don Sutton at Cooperstown:

“Red Adams is a standard by which every pitching coach should be measured. No person ever meant more to me in my career than Red Adams, and without him I wouldn’t be standing in Cooperstown today.”

Tommy John  also gave Adams a tremendous amount of credit:

“He saw me throw on the side and told me, `You know, you can win with just a fastball.’ I thought he was kidding. I had to pitch a certain way, or so I thought. But he kept pounding it into me that I could get by with just a fastball.”  -Tommy John., remembering advice that Red Adams gave him in 1972 that helped him have the best years of his career in the 1970’s.

Red Adams is 87.  I wonder if Tommy Lasorda still keeps in contact with his old pitching coach. 

Doug Mientkiewicz

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this picture was taken during the InsidetheDodgers (ITD) blog tour. 

I love what Doug’s tshirt says here:

Minor setback for a Major Comeback

Doug Mientkiewics was injured back on April 16, dislocating his shoulder, and was told by docors his baseball career might be over.   However, he persevered, making the long climb back to the majors.  Mientkiewicz had a pinch-hit single in his first game back last Wednesday night. 

Afer receiving congratulatory high-fives from teammates in the dugout, Mientkiewics ducked into the clubhouse and disappeard for 10 minutes.  “I went and found a quiet place,” he said, not disclosing the location. “it was in the building. I knew no one would find me.  The emotions exploded.”  

Trainer Stan Conte, who oversaw Mientikiewics’s rehab assignment, admitted, reluctantly, that he was also touched by the moment.  “I got misty-eyed,” Conte said.  

Congratulations Dougie!  Your hard work is paying off!

A big thank you!  to all that have contribute to my ranking this month!  I love you all!!!

 

references:  Baseball-reference, L.A. Times

Homestand, Kirk Gibson and Viva Los Dodgers Festival

 So far this homestand we are 2-3.  Not good.   We split the four game series with Arizona.  I really thought we would take the series.   

One of the best things of the D’backs being in town is getting to see Kirk Gibson.

 

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Gibby is so nice that he comes over to the Kid’s corral and signs for us fans.  Last year the D’backs happen to be in town during the 80’s celebration day.  Kirk Gibson took the time to show up at the 80’s luncheon held in the Club Level restaurant.   We had quite a few players from the 80’s  but the big surprise was Gibson.   Gibby mentioned that it be nice if the seat where his famous 88 World Series landed be marked with his name.   Now, wouldn’t that be nice to honor Gibby?    

 When I got to the stadium and saw the matchup on the scoreboard of LeBlanc with a 9.75 ERA, I thought for sure my Dodgers can win BUT instead it was a frustrating loss.  Dodgers were blanked out by the score of 2-0.   UGH!  Ten men were left on base.    Pathetic display!  Clayton Kershaw has had 8 runs support in his last 9 starts.  Just pathetic hitting lately.   I still can’t believe it!  Zip, nothing, nada zero runs.   Oh, I almost forgot the two errors in the same play.   Just pathetic.  

 Randy Wolf goes Saturday!  Hopefully the wolfman can restore order and be the stopper he has been lately.    

Saturday is also the Viva Los Dodgers Festival. 

Viva Los Dodgers

I have been attending a few of these events in the past. There is music, games for kids, vendor booths from Dodger sponsors with giveaways an contests.   Also there is autgraph booths with players rotating in the booths.  Jaime Jarrin, Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yniquez also participate in this event.  

The game will start at it scheduled time of 7:10 p.m. so for us that are going to both the festival and the game it will a long day/night at the stadium.    

Tomorrow is also another segment of “This is my Town”.   This time is to honor the Mexican community so the shirt will be in Spanish  “Esta es my Ciudad”   Buying tickets in this section entitles you to the t-shirt and an  All you can eat.  The menu includes guesadillas, lime chicken, watermelon and the standard nachos, Dodger Dogs, and non-alcoholic drinks. 

Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp: Double Trouble

The September issue of the Dodgers Magazine has Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp on the cover with the words: “Double Trouble.”    These two have been the offense of the team.   Here is the picture I took of the magazine:

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Great job with the picture on the cover and the ones inside the magazine.  It is an outstanding article with interviews from other baseball players and fans about these two!  

I know Ethierholics and Happy Kempers will be very happy with this issue!  

Andre Ethier  is leading the team in Homeruns with 27 and RBIs with 88.  He also has 36 doubles.

Matt Kemp is right behind Andre in RBIs with 87, he has 23 Homers, 22 doubles and 29 stolen bases.  

Both of them are great defensive players covering Bison County and Ethierland.  These are names we fans have tagged to center field and right field.

This is what Manny says in the article about them:  “Both of them have tremendous talent.  Ethier has a lot of power and he is a great fielder.  Matt Kemp is a tremendous player and his power is still developing.”  

 Local boy Jon Garland makes his debut as a Dodger against his old team the Diamondbacks.  Originally Garland was scheduled to pitch for his old team.  The D’backs will counter with Billy Buckner.  Jon Garland’s grandpa used to have season tickets to the Dodgers!  

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