October 2010

AAUGH! Painful World Series for Dodger fans

Charlie_Brown_Aaugh.jpgThis is painful.   Haven’t we Dodger fans suffer enough with the dismal 2010 season the Dodgers had and the McCourt divorce?  

Now we have to put up with watching the Halloween team in the World Series.    Is painful, I tell you. 

Hopefully the hated Jints will play like the Charlie Brown team.    OK, OK, maybe it can be a little closer but with the Texas Rangers reigning supreme!  

 

 Does Bengie Molina have the inside scoop on the Giant pitching staff?   Well, read what he has to say in his MLB blog  htt://bengiemolina.mlbogs.com    This is part of what he wrote there on his blog post titled “Who Would have thought”   dated  10/23/10.  

Do I think my knowledge of the Giants will help me and the Rangers? I sure hope so. But I don’t think it will help to the degree people might think.

 I love that he keeps up with the blog.  His latest post entry was 10/26/10.  Here is how his lated post ends:

When we get back to Dallas, Yadier and Jose will be there. They’re in Puerto Rico right now but they’ll be there cheering me on for Games 3, 4 and, if we need it, 5. With me going to the World Series, now each of us Molina boys has been to two World Series each. Pretty amazing.

I’m going to try to post on the blog every day. So keep checking in!

 

Thanks Bengie!   Go Rangers!!

 

A Battle of the West for the 2010 World Series

 Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that we would be seeing the AL West against the NL West in the World Series.  After all, it supposed to be the weakest divisions according to the experts, right?  

I certainly would not have picked those two.   But let’s see what the experts at SI picked back in April 

 

San Francisco was picked 3rd and the Padres last.  

In the East, well just look at the cover and the title at the top that said  “The Yanks will Repeat in the AL East:   

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In the AL West, The Angels were picked to win the division. 

 

 

Thanks to poster Lny4Loney at the ITD blog that told us we can go back to the SI vault and read any story ever published by SI at:  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/    I actually went back and read articles from 1955 that were written by Roger Kahn.  I even went back to 1954 to see who was favored at the start of the season.    

Congratulations to both teams.    The Rangers have never won in their existence and the Giants have never won in San Francisco.  The last time the Giants won was in 1954 when they swept the favored Cleveland Indians.  

No respected Dodger fan should root for the hated Jints, so

GO RANGERS!  

 

A Day in the Bleachers during the first game of the 1954 World Series

Last year  I attended an event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary titled “The Dodger Giant Rivalry”    On one corner you had Arnold Hano and on the other Ross Porter.   Jean Ardell was the moderator.  

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  At that time I had not read Arnold Hano’s book “A Day in the Bleachers“.    Now that I am reading this book, I wish I had an opportunity to ask Mr. Hano some questions.

I had seen this book a few times before, but I never got the inclination to read it, the reason:  Well, because is about the Giants.  But is more than about the Giants.  Is about 1954, the Cleveland Indians.  Is about a different era, a ballpark that does not exist.   About a time that you did not have to pay so much money to see a World Series game.  A more innocent time.  Is about Baseball History.     

 

The book has a wonderful introduction by by Roger Kahn.    The game starts where Mr. Hano tells his wife he will go to the stadium early to stand in line to get a ticket in the bleachers.  Once he gets there, he has his doubts if he can get in after seeing the long line to get into the bleachers.   But his thinking is that if not, he will purchase a standing room only ticket.     He barely makes it in and once he is in, you feel like you have been transported to that era and that you are there at the Polo Grounds.    Mr. Hano is a wonderful story teller.        

I am half way thru the book (5th inning) and the score is tied 2-2.   Sal Maglio is pitching for the Giants and Bob Lemon for the Indians.   

Harold Cano tells this:

but not all the fans were on Maglie’s side.  As he mounted the stairs a woman in a red beret to my right and about five rows down shouted that he’d be getting an early shower.  I leaped into the fray and announced to all and sundry that she was an American-League bum.  

She stood up, turned around faced me “Who says I’m an American-League bum?” she yelled. 

I said,  “I say so.  You’re an American-League bum.”

she held up a banner and waved it at me.  It read”Brooklyn Dodgers.” 

Could she had been Hilda Chester?   

 

  

 

 

Running into other bloggers. MLB Playoffs

When CCompe1 (Carol) posted in the ITD blog, it reminded me of this email I got from Andy of www.Andystadium.com.   I had commented on his blog before and he in turn has visited my blog.     During Fan Appreciation Day, I was making my rounds at each level.  I had gone to see Carol and her mom but my visit was brief as the seats around were taken so I could not stay.  This is what I received from Andy:

Hi Emma. Thanks for emailing me. That was the 3rd game of the season that I attended and Ted Lilly was the starting pitcher in all three. It’s funny because I didn’t plan it that way. In fact, the tickets were free because we’d gotten some free ticket vouchers at the Casey Blake signing in Pasadena earlier this season. So Ted Lilly won two of the three games we attended.

We sat in Reserved Level Section 1. You (I hope it was you, lol) were talking to a lady in the aisle seat in Row M of our section, I think. It does look like you were making the rounds visiting friends. I love your Jackie Robinson jersey. We were in Row 0, right in the middle of the row. I wanted to go over to introduce myself but I didn’t want to inconvenience other people to stand up so I could go up the stairs–I had already done that several times earlier.

I had always wanted to meet you and Roberto and other Dodger bloggers and to take a group picture at the game–maybe next season! I’d also like us to be featured in next year’s year-end Dodgers “Thank You Fans” video. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Anyways, I’ve attached the picture. It is you, isn’t it?

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Yep, that was me with my game used Jackie Robinson jersey and the giveaway “this is my Town” floppy hat. 

I hope to meet you next year Andy!   Let me know when you are at our Blue Heaven on Earth. 

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MLB Playoffs

Is ironic that all three homeruns in the first game of the NLCS were hit by Ex Dodgers, two by Cody Ross and one by Jason Werth.    thanks NEd Colletti.   This series is tied at one.    

Cliff Lee was brilliant in game 3 of the ALCS against the Yankees.  He gave up two hits and struckout 13.   Texas leads the series two games to one.       

Early games on Tuesday so I’ll be checking updates for the first one at work and hearing/tweeting the second one.   

  

Philadelphia at San Francisco  4:19 ET PM FOX Hamels vs Cain

Texas at NY Yankees               8:07 ET PM TBS Hunter vs Burnett

Remembering John Wooden and Kirk Gibson’s Famous Homerun.

John Wooden would have turned 100 October 14th 2010.   When he left us in June of this year, I immediately thought of my good friend Craig who used to tell me of the days when he and his dad used to go  to the Pauley Pavilion.    He sent me the following email

I remember meeting Mr Wooden.

The first time was a UCLA-USC bball game in 1970 or 1971. The game was part of the miracle 88 game win streak. I still have the ticket stub and program in a box somewhere.

My dad took me to 5 of those 88 games, and I still have the old tickets saved.

The attached picture is the program and ticket stub from victory #71 of the 88.

Paul Westphal, the USC guard, dove for a loose ball heading out of bounds and ended up knocking me backwards from my front row student section seat under the basket at Pauley Pavilion. It was near the end of the first half.

When the teams took the court to warm up for the 2nd half, Mr Wooden came over to check on me.

“Young man, are you OK?” he asked.

All eyes in our immediate area were now on me.

I fell speechless and could only look at my dad.

“It looked like you took a took quite a fall” he half told me and half told my dad.

I mumbled that I was fine, and I asked Mr Wooden to please beat USC for me.

“With great pleasure!” he assured me, tipped his rolled up program/notes at us, and headed back to his coaching seat.

I did get Paul Westphals autograph on my program when he was done with 2nd half warmups. He remembered clobbering me.

I should have got Mr Woodens autograph too.

 

 I remember seeing Mr. Wooden at Dodger Stadium.   He used to call Joe Torre.  Wish he was still around so he could call Don Mattingly. 

Today October 15th is the 22nd anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s homerun in the 1988 World Series.   That is what I should have taken to Dodger Stadium to have Kirk Gibson signed!   My World Series program!   Why couldn’t I think of this before!?    OK, God willing, I will have an opportunity to have Gibby sign this next year. 

   

 

 

Baseball and the Simpsons

First of all, Congratulations to the Phillies and Yankees on advancing.   Reds and Twins just look like innocent bystanders.    Is a shame, because I wanted to see closer series.  

Did you all catch the Simpsons episode Sunday night titled “Moneybart”?    I thought it was funny.  Bill James voice says “I made baseball as fun as doing your taxes”    Mike Scioscia’s voice is also in the show.  He is riding a roller coaster with Bart when he shows him his three World Series rings, he loses one and says “that is OK, I’ll get another one.”   

Lisa has taken the added responsibiliy of managing  “The Isototes”  to get extra curricular actitiy.  Bart doubts his sister can manage.  Lisa anticipating that says “There have been plenty of females managers in baseball:  Connie Mack, Sandy Alomar, Terry Francona, Pinky Higgins.” 

This reminded me of John, a friend that used to sit in front of me in the Top Deck at Dodger Stadium.  He told me once “Didn’t the Dodgers used to have a woman that broadcasted Dodger games in Brooklyn?.”   I told him no.   Then he said “yes they did, her name was Connie Desmond.”   Linda(BBE) and I started laughing so hard when John said that.     

Yeah, Sandy alomar never managed in the big leagues.  

Here is a link of the episode if you have not seen it. 

http://www.hulu.com/watch/184048/the-simpsons-moneybart

 

 

See you next Spring my Beloved Dodger Stadium

My Spring and Summer home is officially closed for the season but I’ll stop by a couple of times during the off-season to keep an eye on it.  

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This year’s Fan Appreciation was sadder saying goodbye to more friends that I made at the stadium and saying goodbye to
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Joe Torre and Brad Ausmus.  Good luck to two classy guys!

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last pic by Jon Soo Hoo.

Friday and Saturday’s game Kirk Gibson was so nice signing alot of autographs.   I got my baseball signed by him.  I hope he is back as the D’Backs manager if not back in Dodger Blue!  I can dream…   

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I’ll miss alot of people from the stadium including the batting practice group that includes Deuce, William (Deuce’s dad), Syliva, Dee, Cari, Kristin, Gordon, Pat, Norma,  Rosa, Ronnie and of course my Top Deck Friends!  that includes you Erik!

Deuce also signed my Dodger program where he was featured 

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And here is Deuce and Devon Ethier who was drafted by the Dodgers

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good luck to everyone in the postseason.  I am looking forward to watching some good baseball.   Let’s go D.Lowe!  Beat those Jints!

 

Let me know if anyone wants a Dodger Calendar.   I have a couple of extras.   

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