October 2009

A Trivia, 1950 and World Series

I was counting how many current Phillies played for the Dodgers.  I counted six, can you name them?  Actually, Sue of

Rants, Raves and Random Thoughts counted eight!  wow!

My friend LTD23 was reminding me of this incident:

In Spring Training of 2005, Jayson Werth was hit on the wrist by an A.Burnett pitch and although the wrist was broken, he came back to play 102 games.  His numbers suffered considerably and after the year he was diagnosed with two torn ligaments in the wrist, causing him to miss the entire 2005 season.   

Around this time I like to go back and read or re-read about World Series of the past so I took out this large coffee table book from the library.  

The first World Series was played in 1903 when the Pittsburgh Pirates played against the Boston Americans.  Boston won that series 5 games to 3. 

Did you know that in 1904, there was no game because the New York Giants thought that their team was too good to play anyone?   They considered the American League a minor league! 

In World Series games, the Yankees have swept the opposition EIGHT times!    wow!   The teams that the Yankees have swept are the Cubs (2x), the Cardinals, the Reds, the Atlanta Braves, the Pirates and the Padres.  

Yankees have been swept THREE times by the L.A. Dodgers, NY Giants, and the Reds.  

The Phillies and the Yankees have only met once in a World Series.   That happened in 1950 when the Yankees swept the Phillies.    That year, the Phillies won the N.L. pennant on the last day of the season.   In the top of the 10th inning, with two on and one out, in a 1-1 tied, Dick Sisler hit a walk-off homerun against Brooklyn Dodger Don Newcombe  to clinch the first N.L. pennant in 35 years.  Robins Roberts, the starter for the Phillies, who had lead off the 10th with a single,  held the lead in the bottom of the inning and the Philadelphia Phillies were National League champions for the first time since 1915.

The World Series started three days later.   Roberts, who pitched three times in the last five days of the regular season, was unavailable for a Game 1 start.  Although the Phillies were swept, the series was close as three of the games were lost by one run.   The only two homeruns in the series were by Joe Dimaggio and Yogi Berra.  

Now let’s see what history is made in the 2009 World Series.  This time the Phillies are well rested.  Let the games begin! 

 

 

Dodgers Zizling Hot Stove Baseball.

Fist of all, congratulations to the Phillies and their fans!   You are the better team.  Good luck!

Now let the hot stove begin.   Ned and company should start working on the 2010 team now.  He got a lot of work to do.  

I want pitchers that can go more than 4 innings.   I want pitchers that can pound the strike zone.  

I want a better option at 3rd base.   Casey Blake did not deliver in the postseason.  Can we undo this trade and get back Carlos Santana? and who else did we give there?  Meloan I believe.    

Which Rafael is the real deal, the one that played against the Cardinals or the Phillies.    

Manny.  Is Manny done?   At times, he looked awful swinging.  

Russell has not been the same since making the All-Star game a couple of years back.  His production has been regressing.     

Billingsley won 9 games to start the season.  Was it his leg injury that stopped him in the second half?   

Broxton will be fine.   Even with his blown save, I’ll take him.  He will get better but you do need a short memory.  

Kemp and Ethier are progressing nicely but can Kemp learn to be more patient at the plate?   

Who’s on second?   I think we saw the last of Hudson so I am glad that he homered.   So who plays second  Hu?, DeWitt.   BTW, how is Ivan DeJesus progressing?   he had a bad break (leg) back in Spring Training.

Loney needs to step it up.   We need more power from a first baseman.  

We need an ACE starter who can go deep into a game. 

Bullpen was great up until facing the Phillies but they were overworked. 

Who do we bring back?  Wolf, Garland or Padilla? 

What is going to happen now that the McCourts are splitting?  oh oh, what a way to start the hot stove with Frank McCourt firing the CEO, Jaime McCourt.    

 

  

Positives from NLCS Game 3 Dodgers vs. Phillies

Yeah, the Dodgers lost this game 11-0. Cliff Lee was unhittable.  Kuroda did not have it and our bullpen got hit.  Ouch!  BUT there got to be some positives in that game right?  

Let’s see..

  • It only counts as one loss
  • We got Wolf going tomorrow!
  • We got to listen to Vin on the radio (or MLB audio) for 6 innings! (1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9)  
  • Manny got two hits so he is starting to hit, right?
  • Billingsley looks like he could start a game back at Dodger Stadium
  • Dodgers are the only team that have not committed an error. 

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OK, if I think of any more postivies, I’ll post them later.   

Thank God we could listen to Vin Scully during this game.  Here are some comments by Vin:    

Vin  talking about the zig zag pattern of the outfield dimensions at the phillies ballpark: “It is as if the architect had a case of the hiccups”. :roflmao

 

Afer a line drive that scored Carlos Ruiz to make the score 5 -0 Phillies, Vin said “I’ll be honest, the bell is not the only one with a crack on it.”

After Vinny reads a promo about a DODGERLIFE event that allows you to hit, throw, run, eat….swing for the fences…,he said 

 “I’ll tell you right now, is a heck of a time to read that promo.  None of the things the Dodgers are doing right now.”   LOL.  

After the game was finally over:

“The Dodgers have been overwhelmed. tonight.  If this was a heavyweights, well any kinda of weights, this would have been stopped a long time ago because the Dodgers have been on the ropes …They’ve been getting a pounding. “

We love you vin!!

 And we love our Dodgers because they may be bums, but they are our bums

Go Dodgers!

 

 

Today is the anniversary of that famous home-run by Rick Monday in the NLCS series against Montreal!

Happy 28th anniversary Monday!

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Irony for NLCS game 2: Dodgers’ Padilla against Phillie’s Martinez

I’ve been so busy between work,home getting to the game as soon as the gates are open and leaving very late attending Dodger Talk.   I have not posted in forever!

For those of you that do not know the Dodger Talk hosts, here is Josh Sushon and Ken Levine.  Oh, forgot about that Penny’s bbh that a fan brought and smashed there. 

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We’ve seen two good games at Dodger Stadium.   But wouldn’t you say that both games were left open to criticize the managers? 

I know the first game many of us Dodger fans were saying “Why oh why did Torre leave Kershaw there too long?   

Kershaw cruised along for the first 4 innings but the wheels fell off in the 5th where he allowed a single to Ibanez, a walk to Feliz, a homerun to Ruiz (can’t we get this guy out?) and a walk to none other than the pitcher!   This is where Torre should have removed the kid.  But NOOOO.  Kershaw followed with two wild pitches, another walk(3 in the inning) and a double by Howard.  That is when Torre decided to remove him and bring in Troncoso, who got Wearth to fly out to LF.   

A friend was texting me afterwards telling me  “let it go Emma, we’ll get them tomorrow.”  So I stopped feeling blue and started thinking BLUE!

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 Game 2.   It was so freaking hot for the 1:07 game time.  Heck it was so hot the night before when I had taken my Dodger poncho.  What was I thinking!   Anyway, even in the Top Deck where you usually feel a breeze, there was none so you can imagine how it was sitting in the sun and on the field.  

Remember the picture of the Dodger buckle I posted here.  Well, Mike who sits to the left of me in the front row brought me more Dodger memorabillia that he wanted me to see.   There is from right to left.  A 1988 W.S. ring,  1988 money clip, belt buckle with snake skin, a 1988 W.S. belt buckle, Dodgers pin, 1988 W.S. pin, and another ring that lists all the Dodgers World Series the Dodgers have won.

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Here is a clearer picture of the rings!

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 Thanks Mike for showing me your fabulous collection!   Can you imagine Mike paid $6 a ticket for field level in aisle 15?   Those might go for $100 now. 

What a pitchers dual we were seeing on the field!   An ex-Phillie and an ex-Dodger were putting a great performance on the field.  The only score in 7 innings, was a home-run by Howard in the 4th.   

In the eighth inning, Charlie Manuel batted for Martinez even though Martinez had given up two hits in 87 pitches.  Dodgers could not have more thrilled to get Pedro off the mound. 

What an eighth inning that was!  Charlie Manuel used FIVE pitchers!    

This is how it was(looking at my scorecard)

Single by Blake off Parks.  Pierre (PR)

Single by Belliard

E4 on Martin (Utley airmailed the throw)  Beliard out

Thome singles to right off Eyre, Martin to third.

Furcal walks off Madson

Kemp K’s on three pitches.  Ugh!  

Ethier works the count for a walk off Happ

The FIFTH pitcher, Durbin, quickly retires Manny on a pop to third.  

In comes Big Bad John for the save!!
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And we happily sing “I LOVE LA!”  

I don’t care what Jeff of RedStateBlueState say, Padilla is beautiful!!

Now on to Chilly Philly brrrr.  

Kershaw gets to start game 1 of the NLCS

An a Little Child Shall Lead Them.   I heard Vin Scully say that of players like Fernando Valenzuela.       

Lefty 21 years old, Clayton Kershaw gets to start the first game of the NLCS.   

Congratulations Kershaw!

The rest of the rotation is surprising.   I was expecting another lefty in the second game. 

Game 2  is Vicente Padilla.

Game 3.  Hiroki Kuroda

Game 4.  Randy Wolf.  

 

I am having trouble with my laptop so I could not post this yesterday:

Happy belated birthday to John Wooden!  He turned 99 yesterday!

I have seen John Wooden at Dodger Stadium catching a game and visiting with Vin Scully. 

I was also lucky that I went to see John Wooden and Vin Scully last year at the “Scully & Wooden For The Kids” event.    It was an unforgetable night hearing Vin and Coach share their many stories.  

Coach conversations always include  inspiring poems he recites from memory. Here is one example:

“No written word nor spoken plea
Can teach our youth what they should be,
Nor all the books on all the shelves.
It’s what the teachers are themselves.”

Here is Vin Scully talking about John Wooden:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMUtbDf1Lgg 

 

It is with great sadness that I heard the news of the McCourts separating.   Timing is not good.   The Dodgers have been a family owned team except for the Fox Sports era that was a fiasco.  

Well, we got a game to play in less than 7 hours so let’s concentrate on the NLCS and beating the Phillies! 

LET’S GO DODGERS!  LET’S GO!

LET’S GO KERSHAW!!! 

Waiting anxiously for the first NLCS game between the Dodgers and the Phillies

I am starting to get nervous.  I get like that before big games and the closer it gets to Thursday, the more nervous I will be.  I need to relax.  Looking at our beautiful Dodger Stadium always relaxes me…(pic taken from my seat).oct 09 D.S.jpg

And also looking at the sunset from there (pic taken from Top Deck by me).

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Ok, I am ready for the Dodgers facing the Phillies.  

Who will start the first game? 

will it be Chad Billinsley

Or will it be lefty  Randy Wolf

Or will it be lefty Clayton Kershaw  

Will Kuroda be activated

 

Or will it be Vicente Padilla

I laughed when I saw this pic that I found from MSTI’s blog.

Bring it on Phillies!!

 Dodger Stadium will be rocking!

LET’S GO DODGERS!! LET’S GO!!!

I need this today

But no worries, sunny skies are predicted by Thursday and Friday.  

All this TBA is driving me crazy! 

 

Congratulations Dodgers! On to the NLCS for second year in a row!

WOW!!!     

My friends Erik and LTD23 kept texting back and forth on where we should watch the Dodgers game.   We planned this late so we ended up at L.A. Live watching the game at the Yard House!   

Wow!   I had confidence in my boys at the beginning of the series and said so in my blog but a sweeeep!  Oh that is so sweeeeet!

 

padilla.jpgVicente Padilla was outstanding with a brilliant pitching performance! 

He pitched seven shutout innings, yielding just four hits, and was never in trouble after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. He retired 19 of the last 21 batters he faced! 

Felicidades Padilla!!  You made your mom so proud!  

Padilla’s mom made the trip from Nicaragua to watch his son pitched! 

Padilla has been a great pickup by the Dodgers

 

 

 What can we say about Ethier yesterday who was a single shy of the cycle!   Congratulations Andre!

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For all the Ethierholics out there, they have this t-shirt in white or blue at Dodger Stadium

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Final score for the sweep at Bush Stadium:  5-1. 

Congratulations Dodgers!!!!  Here I am with Erik listening to Dodger Talk.  We look like geeks with our headphones on.   Here is to you Dodgers and all Dodger Fans!  

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Colorado or Phillies? Hmmm. 

Dodgers rally for 2-0 series lead against the Cardinals!

I along wtih many Dodger fans, took a vacation day to be at Dodger Stadium, our magic castle!   Some probably took a “sick” day but there is NO WAY they would believe that I was at home sick.  

 My day did not start well because right after I started walking on the parking lot, I noticed I had no wallet and no tickets.  Hoping that I just left it in the car, I went back but noooo!,  I drove 14 miles back to retrieve it from home.  

 Since I was at the stadium as soon as the gates opened, I was able to go back and come in plenty of time to meet with friend Carol from the ITD blog and Will who came all the way from New York for the games:

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George Lopez threw  out the first pitch.  George was sporting a Dodger jersey with number 34 and the words “LOPEZUELA”  in the back.   Watch the video where Tommy coaches George Lopez to throw a strike on the mound (could not embed the code

 

http://www.lopeztonight.com/tommy_lasorda_coaches_first_pitch.php#blog

What a game!   what a 9th inning!  

Wainwright only gave up three hits and one run in 8th innings of work.  

Clayton Kershaw was great giving up only two runs in 6 2/3 innings.  

There was Loney nailing a runner at third by cutting off a relay toss after a run-scoring double.  

There was Closer Jonathan Broxton shutting down the hard of the lineup in the 8th.  

And then the 9th inning with two outs, nobody on, unfolded:

“I lost it in the lights….I could not see the ball.”  Holliday said. 

Vin Scully’s remark: “It hit him right in the groin.  Hopefully he’s wearing a cup.  You talk about a painful error.” 

One poster at sonsofstevegarvey said ” I was watching the replay of the Shot Felt Around the Nuts” 

Loney said he was in shock but he made it to second base.  He was replaced with Juan Pierre. 

Up came Casey Blake.   At one pitch that was called a strike, Casey gestured with his hands that he did not agree and he said “Bull-fertilizer”

Well, that is not the word he used but that is what Vin Scully uses when he reads lips.

My friend Steve started chanting “Umpire Sucks!”

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 Speaking of Franklyn and Casey, Vin Scully called it “the battle of the beards.”

 

 

Then as Blake continued to foul off pitches, Vin said, “One more twist on the tension machine.”

Blake walked on nine pitches.  

Next Belliard single up the middle on the first pitch to drive Pierre and tie the score 2-2. 

 Blake advanced to third and Belliard to second on a passed ball.

Wtih first base open, Franklin pitched around Martin who was batting 8th, to load the bases. Up came Mark Loretta.  

Mark Loretta was hitless in 15 career at-bats against Franklin.

Then came  the hit. lorettagamewinner.jpg

Loretta did his best imitation of Kirk Gibson running the bases, Blake scored and clumsly slipped  trying to get to Mark Loretta but Matt Kemp got there first as the bison said  afterwards “No one was going to beat there. 

 

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Loretta who is a local boy from Arcadia, CA said in one post game interview “What did Vin Scully say about me?”   Ahh our hometown hero!!!

    

The score of the first game was;      5-3       Don Drysdale number:53 

The score of the 2nd game was;      3-2.      Sandy Koufax number: 32

LET’S GO DODGERS!!!

The Dodgers are the heart of L.A.! 

Dodgers draw first blood in NLDS series, beat Cardinals 5-3 at Dodger Stadium!

Lost my post.  booh to that :-(

Dodgers draw first blood in the NLDS series and beat the Cardinals 5-3!  How about that?!!!!!!

Between both teams they left an NLDS record of 30 men on base!   Vin Scully said “They don’t need infielders, they need ushers!”.   

Vin Scully:  I love you!    As an added treat during the postseason, we get Vinny during the last three innings in addition to the first three innings he does on the radio during regular season.   It does not getter than watching a game at the stadium and hearing Vinny on the radio.

While I was walking in the parking lot, I was talking with these two young guys about the starting times of two games and how he could not make that 3:07 game on Thursday.  He then looks at me and says “Hey, you have a blog.”    “I read it every once in a while, well, i mainly look at the pictures.”   LOL   Too funny.   Here is a picture of Alex and Danny.   

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 On Friday I was going to meet poster Truebluewill who posts in the Insidethedodgers blog.  He was making his dream a reality of watching the boys in Blue in the postseason.  

After much going back and forth, I was able to find him at his seat.  He said he was collecting autographs earlier.  I then noticed Vic the Brick was signing autographs (you can’t miss this guy with a Dodger poncho, long hair and a long stick that makes him look like Moses),     Anyway, I was asking him if he wanted me to take a pic of Vic and him when I noticed Maury Wills was signing there too.   We got there and I helped him get the autograph!  woohoo!   I only wished Maury a Happy belated birthday.   He did not stay long as he and Tommy Davis were throwing the first ball.  

Here is a pic of TBW waiting for the augraph. 

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Here is TBW 

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Another poster from ITD that I was meeting for the first time, Scott and his son.  They are both cute. 

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It was a pleasure meeting you guys!!

 

Well, It is 11:12 AM and I got to still take a shower, pick up a friend and head to the stadium.   I wanted to say more but Alex only looks a pictures.  LOL.  

LET’S GO DODGERS!!   LET’S GO!!

LET’S GO MR. SUNSHINE, CLAYTON KERSHAW! 

 

Fan Appreciation, Traditions and the Postseason

Fan Appreciation Day came and went so now is preparation to the Postseason but first I’d like to write about two traditions that were carried over on Sunday during Fan Appreciation Day.  

The first tradition:   Robyn and Chuck have been season ticket holders in the Top Deck for a few years now.   They started a tradition of bringing a cake or two in appreciation of all the Dodger employees in the Top Deck, the elevator and any other employee that we come into contact during the season.   chuck and Robyn start cutting the cake during the 3rd innings and thanking each employee that shows up.  slices of cakes are also shared with other fellow season ticket holders and if there is any leftover, with other fans in the area.

Take a look at the cakes below.   The first one reads “Thank you Dodger Stadium Employees.”  the second one reads “Western Division Champs.”    

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The second tradition is one that Yankee fans are familiar with. 

Joe Torre has a tradition of letting a player manage the last game of the year if it has no bearing on the standings.

Nomar Garciaparra managed the team last year in the Dodgers season finale.

Brad Ausmus said  “Joe came up to me when we were celebrating on the field last night and said, ‘You want to manage tomorrow night?’ I said, ‘I’ll be here,’ and he said, “All right, you’re managing.”

On Sunday , one Dodger poster jokingly posted in the Game Thread  “What a lousy lineup!  Fire the manager!”.  

Ausmus was  assisted by “bench coach” Mark Loretta , “hitting coach” Jim Thome and “bullpen coach” Jeff Weaver who was kept busy with all the pitchers coming out of the pen.  

Ausmus went to the mound to make a pitching change in the eighth to replace Ronald Belisario with Scott Elbert, then put himself in as a pinch runner for Thome in the bottom half after his hitting coach singled.

“I’m turning the reins right back over to Joe — if he ever shows up again,” Ausmus joked.  Ausmus is 1-0 as a manager! 

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On to the Postseason!!   

I am super excited about tomorrow’s game at our beloved Dodger Stadium or as Vin Scully called it  when we started the season on a long winning streak at home,  “The Magic Castle.”  

We are ready to rock that place!   Bring on the Cardinals!  

I really think our two lefties Randy Wolf and Clayton Kershaw can take on the Cardinals.  Aside from Pujols, Cardinals don’t do well against lefties.   

The Dodgers are coming off a  two game winning streak off the hot Rockies.  The Cardinals are coming with a three game losing streak.   

 I think our lefties can hold the Cardinal hitters from scoring if we can hold prince Albert to singles or walks. Same with Holliday.   Dodger hitters have done well against Waingwright.  Our hitters just need to soak in the Magic Castle to wake up those bats. 

I expect that our dynamic duo of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier will continue to have success and if Manny and Loney start hitting, watch out! 

If we can win one at home and one at St Louis (I know the Dodgers record in St Louis) and bring it back to the Magic Castle, I think we can do it!     

LET’S GO DODGERS!!!  LET’S GO!!

 

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