Friday night, the great coach John Wooden passed away. He was taken to the hospital Thursday night. Vin Scully paid tribute to him during the TV broadcast. We can only hear Vin on the radio during the first three innings but the tribute was played back in the Diamondvision. Vin made me cry watching this tribute. Here is the youtube:
I wish I had this blog two years ago when I went to the John Wooden Vin Scully event and I would have written about. Is time like this that I like having the blog. Here is what I said last October a day after his birthday:
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.”
I will never forget when coach Wooden recited this poem that wonderful night at the John Wooden Vin Scully event:
Once I was afraid of dying.
Terrified of ever-lying.
Petrified of leaving family, home and friends.
Thoughts of absence from my dear ones,
Drew a melancholy tear once.
And a lonely, dreadful fear of when life ends.
But those days are long behind me;
Fear of leaving does not bind me.
And departure does not host a single care.
Peace does comfort as I ponder,
A reunion in the Yonder,
With my dearest who is waiting for me there.”
The poem was written by one of his former players, Swen Nater who was so moved by coach devotion to his departed wife Nellie.
Rest in peace coach. We will never forget you! Now you can be together with your beloved Nellie.
Last night it was announced that Vin Scully will make the rare trip to Fenway Park for one game! He will broacast Friday night’s game! WOOHOO!!!
The last time the Dodgers went to Fenway Park, Vin also made the trip for one game. Here he is throwing out the first pitch at that game: yeah, that is Jaime McCourt in the background.
13 days till my friends and I take a red-eye to Boston!
in the meantime, we lost the first game with Kuroda on the mound. Today is Kershaw against Kawakami and is 70′s night wih cool 70′s poster giveway. See the picture of James Loney and Casey Blake as Starky and Hutch. That is 71 Chevelle! I had a boyfriend that restored a 70′s Red Chevelle
with the stripes
“Brady Bunch” actor Barry Williams will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.
Thoughs and prayers to coach John Wooden. He went into the hospital yesterday. Hang in there coach! We love you!
Dodgers Sweep: A Balk-Off, A Walk-Off HR and a Walk-Off Single.
Even though the Dodgers swept Arizona, these wins could have gone either way. The Dodger pitching was there and timely hitting along with some help from the D’Backs.
5/31/10: The Balk-Off. Lopez piched well for the D’Backs but the defense let him down when Kelly Johnson committed two errors in one play that scored two runs. Then came the Balk from Vasquez causing the balk-off for the bearded one Casey Blake. Billingsley was lights out after the four homeruns he gave up in the first two innings. Final score: Dodgers 5, D’backs 4.
The guys in the dugout pointing out to the balk.
6/2/10. Ely vs. Haren. A great pitching dual that went 10 innings with Matt Kemp having his first walk-off! Jeff Weaver picked up the win and Gutierrez picked up the loss. Gutierrez is now 0-4. Gutierrez has allowed 10 homeruns in 18 1/3 innings. Final score: Dodgers 1, D’Backs 0.
The fourteen inning stretch!
6/3/10. A business special that started at noon. This one had ex-Dodger Edwin Jackson going against rule-5 Carlos Monasterios. It went 14 innings with rookie Travis Schlichting (I love the name!) pitching 4 scoreless innings and picking up the win! The kid also had his first MLB at bat. Valdez took the loss on a walk-off single by Garret Anderson. Final score: Dodgers 1, D’backs 0.
So the D’Backs have gone 31 innings without scoring a run. They lost all nine games on the road and lost 10 straight now. Ouch! The D’Backs starters pitched well, the bullpen is another story.
The red-hot Braves are in town for a four game series. Braves have won eight in a row, the Dodgers four in row. Remember April? These two teams were in last place with an identical record of 9-14.
I feel so bad for Armando Galarraga but the guy was classy, he kept his cool. In our hearts you pitched a perfect game Armando! I don’t know what did Jim Joyce see in that play but he apologized to Armando.
Countdown to trip to Fenway Park: 15 days! Woohoo!