March 2010

The Cactus League and AMY (Arizona Museum of Youth)

When we went to Mesa to watch the Cubs play against the Dodgers, the game got rainout. 

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so what did we do?  We headed to the American Museum of Youth (AMY)  a few blocks away (Although we did not know it at the time so we took the long way there.  I think we took the freeway there :-)).

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The Cleveland Indians and the NY Giants were the first ones to set camp in Arizona.  Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck convinced NY Giants owner Horace Stoneham to also bring his team to Arizona.  Sounds kinda of Deja vu 

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Did you know that in 1951 the New York Giants and the New York Yankees exchanged Spring Training facilities?   

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The Red Sox also played in the Cactus League.  The price of the program in 1964?  50 cents.

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 Women Softball teams in the 40’s.  Why was this team called the Cantaloupes Queens?  Because they were sponsored by a Cantaloupe growers.  A young woman named  Rose played with the Queens.  Rose Mofford later became Arizona’s governor!

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 Wish I had that 1988 World Series yellow  button when the Oakland A’s faced the Dodgers! Spring 2010 AMY museum .jpg 

The Cubbies who used to play Spring Training in Catalina Island before Mesa, Arizona

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Grapefruit signed by Sammy Sosa in 2007 and then freeze dried. 

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Chicago Cubs 1954 Spring Training program.  Cost: 15 Cents.  

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Kids making baseball banners

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We were glad that we found this museum close to Hohokam Stadium in Mesa!

Spring Training 2010: More Pictures

Congratulations to Andre Ethier who had his number (#14) retired by his alma mater, Saint Mary’s High School, Wednesday at Phoenix.   Tommy Lasorda was there in addition to Rick Monday who emceed the event.  

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 My friend took this picture of me with my Andre shirt.  

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Too many people here, let’s walk to the Dodgers Minor league area:

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Here is Elisa and I walking where the minor leaguers practice.

And no Bailey!  I am not willing to trade Ethier from my baseball fantasy team “Locos Azules”!     

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I love my Shape-up shoes!    

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Game underway and Kemp little fans waiting to see if they can get a baseball

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Maybe this guy drove all night to get to Camelback Ranch.  We nicknamed him Sleeping Beauty.  People kept coming by taking pictures with him or thowing peanuts aming for his mouth. 

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But Sleeping Beauty was wide awake the following day with this sign, except he was blocking our view. I yelled “Hey!  you are blocking home plate”   “Go back to sleep instead”  to which the fans around laughed and applauded.   Everyone remember the guy from the day before.  

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Speaking of signs, here is the familiar sign Dodgers see at other ballparks
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I like this sign better and I love the rainbow!  Sign reads “is not about how you start.  It is about how you finish.”  picture taken while we were driving.   

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Here is another picture of the rainbow taken over the window of the car.  There was a double rainbow but is hard to see here. 

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Padilla has been named the starter for the Opener at Pittsburgh and Kershaw the Opener at Dodger Stadium!   Congratulations guys!  I can’t wait to watch you pitch! 

I laughed when I saw a poster posted this comment in mikesciosciatragicillness blog when Padilla was announced as the Opening Day starter. 

jay_jaffe    Why, did he shoot Kershaw and Billingsley?

 

Vin Scully and Fans at Camelback Ranch

Tony Barrial started this on facebook: 

Vinny’s 60th Dodger season deserves a salute. SO at the bottom of the 4th EVERY HOME GAME in 2010; before the Dodgers UP; All fans stand up, face the pressbox and chant Vinny until stadium is chanting and Nancy starts to play “It Had To Be You!”  
 
Tony:  Is actually 61th Dodger season.  
The fans started it last Sunday on Vin’s first game at Camelback!  I can’t wait to be at the Dodger Stadium so we can start the chant “Vinny, Vinny, Vinny…”  
 
“I’m supposed to cut back on dangling participles and I’m not allowed to split any infinitives for at least another week,” Vin Scully told news reporters inside the Dodgers spring training complex in Glendale, Az. 
 
Here is a picture as posted by the great Dodger photographer Jon So Hoo: 
 

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VIN SCULLY! WE LOVE YOU!!

Also, from my trip at Camelback a few weeks ago, here is a youtube of the Boilers Dodger club fans shot by Roberto of Vinscullyismyhomeboy  when I was at Camelback:

 

Earlier I had taken this picture outside by the roped area.   

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Another guy with a crazy hat 
 

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 More Boilers. 

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the back of the Boilers’ shirt.  

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I had never heard of the this Dodger club until I saw them at Camelback Ranch.    

 

He Pitched a Perfect Game, I Get a Perfect Ball!

First.

My heart skipped a beat when I got home late last night after a wonderful dinner with friends at El Torito and I openned Facebook to the news from Roberto of Vinscullyismyhomeboy that Vin was taken to the hospital. My heart settled after I heard that he was OK.

Josh Rawitch from the ITD (InsidetheDodgers) blog spoke to him. Vin wanted to assure everyone that he’s fine and that he expects to be at Camelback Ranch this weekend for the telecast on Sunday.

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Second.

Clayton Kershaw turns 22 today!   Happy 22nd birthday to Clayton!  We love you kid!  

 Torre is supposed to announce the Opening Day starter.  I hope is Kershaw!


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So I am in the back of the car, my friend Marika and her son in the front. We are crusing thru the diamond lane on the 10 Freeway when my phone rings. This guy says “Emma, this is Jeff…… Were you at the Safe At Home Foundation event at the Nokia?  

I said “Yes! I had a wonderful time there!” He then says “Well, I am calling you to tell you that you were selected as the winner of the baseball signed by Joe Torre and Sandy Koufax!”

I screamed “WHAT!? WOW! OMG! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS!” WOW “You made my day! my week!  my season!  ..” “THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! ” He  said ‘We knew we had the right person when we saw your email name crzblue”

Jeff said he did not have the ball but that he talked to Torre and it was decided that I will be presented with the ball at Dodger Stadium sometime in April. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!! WOOHOO!!

Thank you Safe At Home Foundation!   Thank you Mr. Torre! Thank you Sandy Koufax!   Thank you Jeff!  

Check  Joe Torre Safe Af Home Foundation  

thank you Erik for the title suggestion! 

Metro Bus #4, Next Stop, Opening Day 2010

I have a special guest writing this entry.  This is my good friend Erik.  I have mentioned him on numerous occasions.  Here is a picture when we went to the premiere of the Bluetopia movie:    ::sniff:: thank you my friend!

 
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 Metro Bus #4, Next Stop, Opening Day 2010

On July 26, 2006, after a game, I was waiting for Metro Bus #4, and I ended-up at Dodgers Opening Day 2010. Yeah, I went that far, but not before stopping at the 2009 NLDS and NLCS, several stops in Arizona, Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, and the telephone booth in Frisco (AT&T Park, I love calling it Frisco ’cause I know they hate it). That day I was waiting for the bus, I met LuvtheDodgers23. It’s really funny how she and I met, we started talking and she recognized me from the Dodgers Forum based on things I said to hear about one of my favorite players, Andre Ethier. Later in the next season, waiting at the same bus stop, I met CrzBlue and her brother, Brother Vic. It turned out that CrzBlue and Brother Vic know Luvthe Dodgers23, as they each have season seats in the Top Deck. I’m glad I take the bus because it’s an experience that’s allowed me meet 3 really special people, and with them, I’ve been on many an adventure.

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The first road-trip I ever went on with CrzBlue was to see the Dodgers on September 8 in Frisco. CrzBlue, Brother Vic, and I took Mega Bus, we left L.A. at 11:30pm on Friday and got to Frisco at about 5:30am on Saturday. I don’t think we slept more than 15 minutes the whole way. David Wells pitched for the Dodgers, he pushed a perfect game through 5 1/3 innings. Way to shut those jints down Boomer! His performance and the Dodgers’ win had me and CrzBlue singing “I Love L.A.” at the phone booth–T’was great. It was exciting, it was uncomfortable, it is unforgettable!

CrzBlue, LuvtheDodgers23, and me zooming down I-10 at 95 MPH–is there anything moDodgers street sign .jpgre natural than that? There was one trip to Az when it wasn’t just the three of us. At the end of August 2008, when it looked like the Dodgers’ playoff hopes were dwindling, CrzBlue, LuvtheDodgers23, Brother Vic and I decided to make the trip to Az and take the Dodgers some of our good luck. That was such an amazing trip, with 3 amazing people, to see an amazing team. Sure enough, the Dodgers went on a surge once we got there. I’m glad  LuvtheDodgers23 didn’t run over Brother Vic in front of my house.


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And then there’s me and CrzBlue in Colorado. Best road-trip ever! Lost luggage, freezing cold, no jackets, hot chocolate, more hot chocolate, singing to Loney, and, of course, saying I love you to that special man…And yes, CrzBlue brought a towel. 

I have been unemployed since June 15, 2009. When the playoffs rolled around this last October, I never would’ve imagined I’d get to the games, but I did, many thanks to LuvtheDodgers23 for that. I’ve been a Season Ticket Holder since July 2006, but this year, being without a job, I haven’t been able to renew. Thanks to CrzBlue, I get to go to Opening Day 2010, and, oh boy, with G-d’s will, CrzBlue and I are going to have fun!

 


Thumbnail image for Monday 16.jpgYou know, these are 3 really special people in my life, I hope you have special people in your life, too. In addition to what I’ve mentioned, we’ve done many other fun things together…Dodgers 2008 Caravan at Panda Inn (Let’s go Dodgers! I got a shower & couldn’t eat my food), RBI Dinner 2008 (Don’t look at us like that!), Anaheim 2008 (We don’t pay $8 for parking, we pay $10. Come on, we are Dodgers fans!), and  AZ Trip #1 (We’re still waiting for Monday.)

 

There’s been too many adventures to count, so I’ll just count on them and the Dodgers to make the 2010 Season memorable. They say that L.A. public transportation is very unreliable, but, in my case, I found something very reliable–friendship. If my story/post has a message, it has to be as follows: Ride the bus, make some friends, go places, and for Gawd’s sake, LOVE THE DODGERS.

 Camelback Arizona.

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“If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”  -Ecclesiates 4:10

Entry by Erik  

The Reunion: Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp greet Juan Pierre


I actually missed taking the pictures because I went looking for food.  Lucky for me my friend LuvtheDodgers23 stayed so she took all these pictures.   When I saw them I went “ahhh, how cute!”

The shake:

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Where are you pointing Andre?

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Friends chatting 

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Matt Kemp shows up!  Here is the bump!

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and here are the three doing the bump:

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The hand shake:

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 And another bump before leaving

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A tough week for LA Sports fan this week. 

I mentioned this on facebook but not here.  Last week we mourn two LA sports figures in Willie Davis and Merlin Olsen.  

Willie Davis who still holds the all-time L.A. Dodgers records for the hits, extra-base hits, total bases, plate appearances, triples, and for the longest hitting streak, at 31 games.  The last time I saw Willie Davis was at the RBI(Reviving Baseball in Inter-cities) dinner last year.  

Merlin Olsen.    As a Los Angeles Rams fan, I remember watching Merlin Olsen an afterwards as a broadcaster more so than his acting career.    

I could not help shed a few tears when I heard of both these gentlemen passing away.   Both were 69.

This letter from a fan sent to the L.A. Times says it well:

“I can still hear Dick Enberg describing another Merlin Olsen sack, “And the applause is for the defense!”  I can still see Willie Davis galloping around the bases for another triple.  A big part of my youth just walked into the shadows of the Coliseum tunnel.  A piece of my childhood just rounded third and headed on home.   -John Thompson Chino, CA. 

Rest in peace 3-Dog and Merlin Olsen.    

 

Pictures from Spring Training 2010 Trip

Hi everyone!  I’ve been so busy that I have not had a chance to make a new post since Sunday.  I have a lot of picures but here are some from our trip to Camelback Ranch: 

We got on the road very early in the morning.  This picture is going by Yucca Valley, close to Joshua Tree where they have lots of windmills.

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Ahhh… we arrived free of any speeding tickets.   Here is a welcome sign at the CVS across from Camelback Ranch that reads “WELCOME LA DODGERS BASEBALL FANS”

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See those beads we are wearing?  Well, we bought them in the giftshop but after putting sunblock, my friends noticed that my neck was bleeding Dodger Blue!  But is a cute necklace.  See, is not beads but little baseballs!   

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Pictures from the following morning.  Manny Mota, as usual on his bike.  Later on inside, prior to the game, he threw me a ball and after juggling it, I was able to catch it!     

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The other Manny, as usual,with Rafael Furcal.  Here he is talking to fans.  
 

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 The famous Roberto of VinScullyismyhomeboy blog. 

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Andre Ethier!

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Matt Kemp.  

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 My Loney!

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No more beard for Casey Blake!  I actually liked the beard!   I can’t say “Stay Thirsty my friends” from the  Dos Equis beer commercial.   

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Frank McCourt.  Notice Josh Rawitch to the left.  One fan asked Frank “how is the wife?”    

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I just noticed my earring came out in that picture!   Thank you LuvetheDodgers23 for my beautiful earrings!

More pictures on the new two or three posts.   I got so many pictures! 

Greetings from Camelback Ranch! Thank you Mike!

Greetings everyone!

First of all, I want to give a big thank you to my friend Mike!   Wow Mike!  You blew me away with this post!   Not only did you give us a wonderful post of our Brooklyn Bums when they won in 1955 but when I saw the title I was what?   Wow Mike!   THANK YOU SO MUCH! 

When I first started reading  Mike’s blog, I became hooked so jump on his Brooklyn Trolley for a wonderful ride! 

Spring Training in Arizona

I have been having a ball here in Arizona!   If you have not been to Spring Training, make an effort to go.   Is so much fun seeing the regular players, the ones trying to make the team and others within the organization and those that work covering the Dodgers.  

Tony Jackson who used to work for the Daily News and now works for ESPN Los Angeles, came over to greet me after I yelled “HEY TONY!”   I am so glad that Tony is back working as a Dodger Beat Writer!

 

 And Mike, yes, the patch is a go!  Here is Loney sporting the patch.  This picture is also for those that are looney for Loney:  

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 Here is one for all the Ethierholics!  is ao nice to see Andre’s swing!  Thank you to my friend that I have nicknamed her Juana Soo Hoo for the great pictures she takes!

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When I get home I will upload more pictures!

I also have some funny anecdotes to tell!   

We had a lot of fun at the first game when we got there about an hour before game time. The following day we got there as soon as they let us get in which is 9:AM.  I greeted the players as they made their way through the roped area.   Everyone was so nice with “Hey!, good morning!”  “hey, how are you?”    I LOVE MY BOYS IN BLUE!

Rafael Furcal and Manny seemed inseparable.  I greeted Rafi and he greeted me back. And then I said “Como estas Manny”   He reponded smiling “Bien, Bien, si me puedo levantar en la manana, todo esta bien.”   “Good, good, if I can get up in the morning, eveything is fine!” 

Sunday’s game, after no news online that the game was going to be cancelled at Mesa, we headed that way.  The Cub’s ballpark reminded me of Wrigley Field.   There was a signing with ex-players such as Fergusen Jenkins, Rollie Fingers and Tommy Davis.  I stopped to talk to Tomy Davis so I did not see who else was there.   As I was talking to Tommy Davis, they made the announcement that the game had been cancelled so after I  purchased a ball signed by Tommy Davis, we left.  I know I can get Tommy to sign at Dodger Stadium or any event by the Dodgers but I felt that I am helping by making a purchase there.  The balls were $20.  Tommy signed it “Tommy Davis NL Batting Champ 1962 1963.    

 

At Mesa March 7, 2010 waiting.jpgWe ended up at the Arizona Museum for Young (AMY).   They are featuring “Play Ball!  The Cactus League Experience” from Feb. 26 – Nov.  7 2010.  I recomended for both adults and kids.   You can read more about it at www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com   I will post pictures about this place after I get home!  

Tomorrow we head to Scottsdale to watch our bums play the hated Jints. 

 

 

 

Sandy Koufax at Camelback Ranch

I love that after the Safe At Home Foundation event at Nokia Theater in LA, Sandy Koufax flew back, yes back!  to Camelback Ranch!  

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What a thrill for the young and older (we are starting to have too many of those) players to have Sandy Koufax at the Ranch!

I love this posted by Scott from the Inside The White Sox blog in yesterday’s entry:

 

We couldn’t top the Dodgers “special coach” for today’s B Game … Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax was in attendance.

 

Mike:  Koufax was giving away the secrets of the Mets pitching staff.  Just kidding Mike!  

My schedule for the weekend, God wiling, is:

Friday at Camelback against the White Sox.  White Sox are the home team.  

Saturday at Camelback against the White Sox.  Dodgers are the home team. 

Sunday at Tempe against the Cubs. 

Monday at Scottsdale against the hated Jints.  

If anyone from the blogsphere is at any of these locations, let me know!  I love to meet baseball fans!

Weather forecast for Arizona:   

A shower of runs for the Dodgers and just a few scattered hits given up.    

 

2010 Road Trip: Camelback here I Come!

My first road trip of 2010 will be this Friday when my friends and I leave early Friday morning!   We will be back on Monday.  

The Dodgers will open Friday against the White Sox.  Padilla will start followed by Ortiz and Haeger plus relief candidates Luis Ayala, Scott Dohmann and former White Sox Jon Link.

The White Sox are scheduled to counter with announced Opening Day starter Mark Buehrle, followed by Jeff Marquez, Scott Linebrink, J.J. Putz, Santo Luis and Freddie Dolsi.

Former Dodger Juan Pierre is among the new White Sox.  A name that I had forgotten that is now a White Sox is Andruw Jones.   

I can’t wait!!!!!!   I was checking the weather report in Glendale and they are predicting rain for Sunday but who cares!  We get to see our boys in Blue! and guess what?  Sandy Koufax is there!!  Whoohoo!

This time we know where they have those cameras on the freeway so we are prepared!

 Congratulations to Jeff Weaver  who became a dad last Wednesday.  Son Drake weight in 8 pounds.  Congrats to the Weaver family including uncle Jered. 

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Luvthedodgers23:  Shall we look for Adrian Gonzales restaurant this time?    

We lost another Brooklyn Dodger player.

Some of you might remember my post about Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive, well, I am sorry to report that we lost another one. 

The second oldest living Brooklyn Dodger outfielder, George Cisar  passed away February 19, 2010 at the age of 99. Cisar played for the Dodgers in 1937, batting .207 in 20 games. 

Now there are 62 living former Brooklyn Dodgers. 

Rest in peace George

 

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