May 2010

Thank you Ely! Thank you Andre! Happy Birthday Loney!

I am glad I went to the game last night!  After seeing the Dodgers give up 22 runs in two innings, but like my friend Bluetide said “who am I kidding?, I am a junkie!”  

Congratulations to Ely for a great performance.  You deserved the win kid but you know it became a team win. 

Congratulations to Andre for his second grand-slam of the year!   And his second walk-off this year!   

Happy Birthday James Loney!  

Loney turns 26 today!

 

Go Kuroda-san!!

Go Dodgers!!

 

Off to the stadium soon.  Wish my alergies were better.  

 

My latest Rant at Dodger Stadium.

This the hat that i wore for the past couple of years to Viva Los Dodgers and for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.   This picture is from last year’s Viva Los Dodgers event.    

Esta es mi Ciudad with Fernando.jpg

Last night I was told I could not enter the stadium with the hat.  I said they should have made an announcement that the rules have been changed.  A lot of people take the shuttle to the stadium so they don’t have a car close by.    Since I was there early for BP and had entered thru the field level,  I asked if there was a way that I or they could take it upstairs to the Top Deck security since it was easier to exit there after the game.  They said no.   

Another thing is, they do not let fans  come down to the field level.  You have to walk outside and then go around to come back to the field level.  

After I entered the stadium, I spotted ten  different fans with sombreros so what is up with that?   Not everyone knew the “new rules”?  or what some of my friends and I have noticed lately when arrriving early for BP that there is a new trend having different rules for different fans (a rant for another time)   

I was going to post the pictures of the fans I saw with sombreros but I don’t have the camera cable with me right now.        

But look, even Tommy used to wear a sombrero back in the old days.  Here he is with Fernando.  nice picture ha?   


Tommy with a guitar and Fernando.jpg 

So first on Opening Day, head of security in the field level objected to my bag that said “Hilda is Here!”  done to honor the Brooklyn days of Dodger faitfhful Hilda Chester.  And they also objected to my friend Erik’s bag,  who was dressed as the Brooklyn Dodger bum and carried a shoulder bag that said “This IS the Year!”  See post here Emma and Erik dressed as Hilda Chester and the Brooklyn Dodger bum   but here is a picture


Erik and I as the Brooklyn Bum and Hilda Chester.jpg 

I wanted to go talk to someone from the Fan Services, so I went to where they always have been,  club level close to the escalator.    I was told it was moved to the other side of the club level, the right field side level by the club level restaurant.  so I walked there and was told no, but that they have them at every level this year. 

So up I went to the Reserved,

and walked to the Left field side (I was told aisle 39).  No-one there on that window.  By this time I was already tired and hungry so up I went to my Top Deck seat to eat and prepare my scorebook to watch the game.    

Worst part of the last two days:   The Dodgers have given up 22 RUNS!  22 RUNS!    This was wtih Kershaw on the mound on Tuesday and Billingsley on Wednesday. Can anyone besides Kuroda pitch for this team????   

Let’s see what tonight brings with right-hander John Ely, making his second career start 

It could be Ely’s last start  for some time with reliever Jeff Weaver expected to return from the disabled list before Friday’s game against the Rockies.

 

Ernie Harwell, the Dodgers and a trade.

During last night’s broacasting, Vin Scully was telling us a little story about Ernie Harwell.      Vin said that back in 1948, when Red Barber was rushed to the hospital.  Connie Desmond took over.  

Branch Rickey, the renowened executive who ran the Brooklyn Dodgers called Atlanta Crackers President Earl Mann that he needed an announcer.  Mann in turn told him “I need a catcher.”   So to get Harwell’s services, Rickey traded minor league catcher Cliff Dapper to Atlanta. 

Thus, thanks to perhaps the only broadcaster-player trade in baseball history, Ernie Harwell broke into the majors as a broadcaster in August 1948 with the Dodgers.

Harwell was the No. 3 announcer on the Dodgers’ broadcasts. After he spent a year in that role in 1949, he became the No. 2 announcer with the crosstown New York Giants. To replace Harwell, the Dodgers hired a young announcer recently out of Fordham University, Vin Scully.

Rest in peace Ernie Harwell. 

 

Get well Dave Roberts. Congrats to DeWitt and Andre Ethier

Best wishes to Dave Roberts who is being treated for lymphoma. Roberts was diagnosed in mid-March and he says the cancer was detected early. He says the prognosis is “good.” He has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy so far.

Roberts played center field in Los Angeles from 2002-04. The former UCLA Bruin hit .262 with 273 hits and 164 runs for the Dodgers. He totaled 118 stolen bases, ranking third in the National League with 45 in 2002 and 40 in 2003. 

I still remember this matchup with the Yankees a few years back at Dodger Stadium when Dave Roberts  doubled and sped all the way home when Matsui misplayed the ball in left field for a two-base error, giving the Dodgers a 5-3 lead in the bottom half. The ball bounced past Matsui on the rubber warning track and he chased it down near the Dodgers’ bullpen.

“I was thinking two. I saw the ball get by him and at that point, I was thinking four,” Roberts said. “There was a lot of silence when I was running and then an eruption when I got to home plate.”

That was exciting watching Roberts get all the way home on that double and error play.   I was at that three game series against the Yankees.  I will be there come June for all three games. 

Get well Roberts!

A big congratulations to Blake DeWitt for going 4 for 4 yesterday and Andre Ethier for belting two homeruns!    

Los Cerveceros (Brewers) de Milwaukee will be at Dodger Stadium starting tomorrow.  

Go Dodgers!

Fantasy baseball update:  Los Locos Azules are in second place in their division.  Did I mention that Andre also plays for the Locos Azules?      

Go Dodgers!  

 

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