February 2011

Rest in Peace #4 Duke Snider

It has hit me real hard to hear that Duke Snider passed away.  

 

While having a good time at Camelback Ranch with friends, watching the Dodgers beat on the Angels, my friend Lorena turned to me and said “Emma, I have bad news for you…”   I thought I braced for the bad news, but once she told me Duke Snider had passed away, my other friend that was with us (Margie) had to pass some napkings for me as I could not help the tears coming down.     Still bawling about Duke Snider passing away.   

 

Duke Snider.   Looks like Vin Scully is sitting in the back.   

 

I met Duke Snider once at Dodger Stadium, but it does not matter if we did or did not.   All the boys of Summer are part of our life.  They are like part of our family.    I don’t know if my eyes will recover to go out to dinner tonight.     They look real red from crying.   Rest in peace Duke Snider.  We will miss you. 

 

I will always remember you when you signed the two books I had you signed for me at Dodger Stadium or when you came out at Dodger Stadium in 2008 (was it 2008?) when all the Dodger players _Brooklyn and LA came out like in the movie “Fields of Dreams.”  at the Dodgers Opener.   I never saw you playing but you were our Duke! our Boy of Summer!  We love you and we will always remember you.  Rest in peace.     Maybe I will have an avocado snack in your honor. 

Really, I am having a hard time writing this.   Is really too bad that I cannot wear sunglasses at night as my eyes have not recover from all the crying. 

I remember that as we  entered Cameback Ranch today, one of the songs that they were playing was “The Boys of Summer”.     Duke:  You were trully a Boy of Summer!   

 

Remember this post?  http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/archives/2011/01/honoring_the_54_brooklyn_dodge_1.html

It has a youtube video of Duke Snider.  

Duke Snider is the 4th Brooklyn MLB players to passed away this year.  Our Duke wore #4.   Rest in pace Duke!  We will never forget you!

Like the song “The Boys of Summer” says:

“I can tell you my love for you will still be strong, after the boys of Summer have gone” 

 

We are down to 49 living Brooklyn Dodger players.  

Snow expected in the LA Area? One more day to head to the Ranch

Is raining here in the LA area and the news are full of snow forecast at 1000 feet.   With the Academy Awards coming Sunday, they are talking that there might be snow at the Hollywood sign which is 899 feet.   So tonight is the biggie IF it happens.   My Droid is showing 45/34 for Saturday with a picture of light snow. 

What I am might miss in LA on Sunday is not the Academy Awards (On TV) but this event:

Vin Scully to be honored at Beverly Hills Wine Fest    I would much prefer to hear Vin Scully than any speech from the Academy Awards.  

 Looking at the weather here in the LA area and in Arizona with thunderstorms, I am thinking of the song “Riders On the Storm”  which made me think of “LA Woman”    Three LA women will be heading on the road early Saturday morning, hopefully no snow on the road but most likely rain.  

 Remember Camelback Ranch Grand Opening in 2009?   I had taken the Southern California Auto club magazine Westways with me.   They have a section in the magazine titled “Picture This”  where they feature travelers showing the magazine at their vacation destination.  That year I took the magazine, submitted the picture and it made the magazine in 2009.   

 

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Dodgers Flashback Uniform.  

Fans were given an option to vote for their favorite Brooklyn Uniforn out of three so that the winner uniform could be worn at the Dodgers Flashback days.    The votes were counted and the winner is …..  

 
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My choice was the 1911 jersey, but the guys (Andre Either, Clayton Kershaw & Matt Kemp) make any uniform look good!   I like the 1940′s uniforms!    The uniforms will be worn for six midweek games with half price food & drinks.   Also there will be half price tickets.        

 

Flashback uniform picture from Jon SooHoo.   

Spring Training or Bust and Dodgers Opening Day Update

Camelback Ranch or Bust

Spring Training here we come!   We drive Saturday night from the LA area bound to Glendale, AZ or Bust!   We’ll see if we get stopped because we are Hispanics J    We’ll report from Arizona.    Countdown:  Five days!

37 days till Opening Day

When I first heard that ESPN wanted to broadcast Opening Day for The Dodgers against the Giants, I was not happy.   My first thought was “Oh NO!”  No Vin Scully!”   That is sacrilegious!    Vin  is entering his 62nd season as voice of the Dodgers and this will be his 54th home opener in Los Angeles



Thumbnail image for Vin Scully 2.jpgBut serenity has been restored!   It has been announced that Vin will be covering the game on the radio doing innings one to three and seven to nine.   Ah!   I feel much better.     Listening to Vin Scully makes TV unnessary but I’ll be at the game!


I am also glad that the Dodgers held their ground because if it was up to ESPN, the game would have been moved to Frisco!   Still I am not happy that it got moved to an evening to accommodate TV.  

Opening Day was supposed to be Friday April 1‘st but because of ESPN, it will be Thursday March 31st at 5.P.M Pacific Time.    Unlike some, I was able to change my vacation day.  BTW, I argued with my boss that it should be a holiday since I call Dodger Stadium, Our Lady of Chavez Ravine but he would not buy it.  

To hold us up until we get to hear Vin Scully again, here is  Bill Buckner 1986 game   or  9th Inning of Sandy Koufax”s Perfect Game

 

ref:  MLB.com, Baseball-fever. 

Dedicating #22 from the January 2011 MLB Fan Blog Leaders

When I think of #22, I automatically think of Clayton Kershaw.   He was my choice last time I got #22 in the MLB Fan blog  leaders.      

When I told my friend Erik about it last time, he said  “Emma, next time you get #22, let me be a host in your blog  so that I can dedicate it to a particular player?.”    

BTW, This is the second time Erik is hosted here.  The first time, he wrote a touching post on how Erik, Lorena and I met. 

I am blessed to call Erik and Lorena my friends and that we met because of the Dodgers.  Here is his old post. 

Metro Bus #4, next stop, Opening Day 2010

 

Here is Erik’s post for today: 

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Ever since CrzBlue told me about the tradition of dedicating a post to a former player whose jersey # matches your ranking for the month, I told her that when she earns #22, she must dedicate her page to Elgin Baylor. Yes, Elgin Baylor, the Laker. She found this kind of odd too.


elgin_baylor.jpgI first became fascinated by Elgin Baylor back in the late 1980s.  At that time I followed the Lakers and the NBA pretty closely.  I soon realized that whenever people talk about great players from before the 1980s, those conversations center on West, Russell and Chamberlin. Now, those are some great players, and I don’t mean to take anything away from t
hem, but I wish fans would include Baylor among those greats. In Los Angeles, I feel like whenever people think of Elgin Baylor, they automatically think of his tenure as an executive with the Los Angeles Clippers. He gets no love in L.A. My hope is that after reading this post you will realize that he is one of the NBA’s greatest players.

Please don’t try to argue that he could never be dominating in today’s game. That’s an anachronism and can’t be used in a valid argument. All you can do is look at his numbers, see how they compared to his day and see where they place him in NBA history. Elgin is one of those greats who never won a scoring title, and never won a Ring.  Two reasons: Chamberlin and the Celtics.

 Let’s just talk about Elgin now. In his 14-year career, he averaged 27.4 PPG, with 13.5 rebounds per game. At one time he held the NBA record for most points in a regular season game, and most points in a playoff game.  Lakers fans may remember that it was Elgin Baylor’s record of 71 points in a single game that Kobe Bryant broke in 2006 with his 81 point game. In that game, Elgin also had 25 rebounds. Yeah, yeah, I know, Chamberlin had 100 points in a game.


Elgin Baylor with.jpgIn 1958, Elgin was the overall #1 draft pick, signed by the Lakers for $20,000. As a rookie Elgin earned every penny, finishing the season 4th in scoring (24.9) and 3rd in rebounding (15)–leading the Lakers in assists with 4.1 per game. Between 1960 and 1963, Elgin averaged 35.7 ppg. In his career, he was named to the All Star team 11 times, and led the Lakers to the Finals eight times.  Unfortunately, we can only read and hear about what he did. There is not a whole lot of video that captures Elgin at the height of his greatness.  I don’t think there’s even video of his 71 point magic. Sad. I would love to see that game!

Imagine this, during the 61-62 season, Elgin and Jerry West averaged a combined 70 points, respectively 38.3 and 30.8.  In 62-63, Elgin was second in scoring with 34 ppg. In that same season, Elgin was the first player to finish in the top 5 in 4 categories–ppg, rpg, assists, free-throw %.  Even in his second to last season, Elgin came in a close second in scoring with 26 ppg (Dave Bing had 27.1 ppg). In his last full season, Elgin averaged 24.8 ppg.


elgin baylor color.jpgIn 1977, Elgin was elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He’s a man who didn’t do well enough academically to make it into college without a friend pulling some strings. He’s a man who served his country at Fort Lewis, Washington. He’s a man who is a basketball great, and one of Los Angeles’ greatest athletes. When I see the #22, I think of Mister Elgin Gay Baylor!

P.S., T.J (Simers) if you’re reading this, a discussion with Elgin Baylor and Maury Wills, two L.A. greats from the 1960s would nice. You’d get a lot of fans for that, both basketball and baseball. 

 

 

Think Blue and Act Green: Heal The Bay

I am little late posting. 

Day two of the Dodgers Community Caravan for the Think Blue, act Green location was Santa Monica for “Heal the Bay” Day.   Notice the Dodgers 2011 Caravan bus in the background.  

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In attendance were Shawn Green, Steve Garvey, Matt Kemp, Rafael Furcal, Jay Gibbons, Gabe Kapler, Tony Gwynn, Fernando Valenzuela, Sweet Lou Johnson, Darryl Thomas and Charlie Steiner. 

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Gabe Kapler and Sweet Lou Johnson were in our team.   Gabe was the nicest guy and Sweet Lou, he is just always so sweet.   Our team (Team5) trashed the competition by collecting 30 pounds of trash :-)  

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Matt Kemp sure had an alot of followers.  When I told him he looked thinner, he said  “Yeah?,  I’ve been working out”.    

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Tonny Gwynn Jr. said his dad is doing better recovering slowly from his bout with cancer.  

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Shawn Green is back!   When asked about his book, he said it comes out in June.

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We caught a little rain in Santa Monica but everyone’s spirit was high!   I commend the Dodgers for this year caravan!   The Think Blue and Act Green theme was a great idea. 

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On a sad note, we lost another Dodgers player.   Gino Cimoli died last Saturday of kidney and heart complications.   He was 81.   

Gino played for both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the LA Dodgers.    He was the first batter on the West Coast.  He also scored the final run at Ebbets Field.   Rest in peace Gino Cimoli.  Obituary hereLA Times Obiturary 

The number of living-Brooklyn Major Leaguers is down to 50.  

    

Think Blue and Act Green. First Stop: LA River

What a great idea this year for the Dodger Caravan to make it a community event where the fans get to contribute along the Dodger current and past players!   Today on Valentines Day, the first stop was the LA River cleanup. 

Here are some of the current and past Dodger players waiting to get dirty.  Rudy Law, Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, Tommy Davis, James Loney and Don Mattingly.   In the background you can see the train tracks, where my commuter train goes by. 

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Andre Ethier was not there yet but he arrived a little later.  He was coming straight from the airport.

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Andre getting dirty

I am ready to work.

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I had a pink wristband so I belonged to Don Mattingly’s group 

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Lorena & Erik.   Erik gave us beautiful handmade Dodgers pins.  Thanks Erik!

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The trash bags collected

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Afterwards, Tommy Lasorda giving some advice to Don Mattingly and James Loney.  

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My Loney has a first name, is J A M E S.  My Loney has a second name is L O N E Y.  Oh I love to see him everyday and if you ask me why I’ll say… ’cause Loney has a way with H I T T I N G.  That is what is in the back of Erik and my shirt.   Loney was pointing it out to a sportscaster from Fox Sports so the guy was singing it as he read it.   

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I scraped my leg trying to pull a shopping cart that had some sharp wires, Christmas lights and whole bunch of stuff.   I had rain boots but it happened above the rain boot. 

When we left, we heard a “clump clump”.  Erik asked me if I had someone in my trunk.  It ended up that was my cellphone I had left on top of my trunk.  

Even with scraping myself, alergies acting up  and losing my cellphone, I enjoyed my day helping cleanup the LA river with Dodger players and Dodger fans. 

It was great sharing this day with friends on Valentines Day! Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day.   I can’t wait to go to Santa Monica tomorrow to continue cleaning up with our Dodgers!

 

Former Brooklyn Player Cliff Dapper Passes Away

Very sad that we lost another Brooklyn player.  That is two already this year.  Last year we lost 10.  Cliff Dapper was born January 2, 1920.    He served our country in World War II. 

From http://insidethedodgers.mlblogs.com/archives/2011/02/a_bit_of_news_both_happy_and_s.html

Dapper was a Los Angeles native who appeared in 18 games with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942. He was best known for being the only ballplayer in history to be traded for a broadcaster. When Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Barber went on a medical leave during the 1948 season, team president Branch Rickey called Earl Mann, the owner of the minor league Atlanta Crackers, and asked for permission to sign Harwell. Mann wanted compensation for his popular broadcaster and said his team needed a catcher.

Rickey sent Dapper from the Dodgers’ Triple-A Montreal affiliate to the Crackers to complete the deal. Dapper continued his minor league career as a player and manager through 1957. Harwell left the Dodgers after the 1949 season, he was replaced by Fordham University graduate Vin Scully. Harwell became a Hall of Fame broadcaster, primarily with the Detroit Tigers. Despite the famous trade, Harwell and Dapper did not meet for more than a half a century until the dedication ceremonies for Harwell’s statue at Detroit’s Comerica Park in 2002. 

Rest in peace Mr. Dapper.  Thank you for serving our country.   Say hello to Ernie Harwell. 

the list of living Brooklyn Dodger Major Leaguers is down to 51.  

Oldest -Living Major Leaguer Tony Malinosky Passed Away

I was sad to hear from the InsidetheDodgers blog that Tony Malinosky, the oldest-living major leaguer passed away Tuesday night.   He was 101.   This post of the Oldest living MLB Major League player and Negro league was from two years ago in February  http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/02/oldest_living_explayer_in_mlb.html

Mr. Malinosky played 35 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937.  

My list of Living-Brooklyn Dodger players living Brooklyn players  that I posted in January went down to 52. 

I still remember when he was honored at Dodger Stadium in 2009.  I was thrilled when saw him there after I had done a little research on him. 

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Born in Born in Collinsville, Ill., on Oct. 5, 1909, Mr. Malinosky moved to El Monte during his senior year.  He attended Whittier College in California where he was a classmate of future US President Richard Nxon.    During World War II, Mr Malinosky was drafted by the United States Army with whom he saw combat in the Battle of the Bulge.   

 

Nice article in the Ventura County Star here http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/feb/09/tony-malinosky/ 

 

Rest in peace Mr. Malinosky (October 7, 1909 – February 8, 2011).

 

Now the oldest living Major League player is Connie Marrero who was born on  8/11/1911 and played with the Washington Senators from 1950 to 1954. 

The oldest Brooklyn living Major leaguer player is

Mike Sandlock  born 10/17/1915

 

I will be back to post about some books I found at a library bookstore.    

 

ref:  Insidethedodgers.mlblogs.com (incl pic) , espn, www.whoisalivewhoisdead.com, Ventura County Star. 

 

 

2011 Dodger Caravan and Spring Training plans

Spring is in the air!    Check out the flowers outside where I work.  They are  called Magnolia Alexandria. 

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 The Dodgers Caravan will be February 14th to the 15th!   This year is full of community work where the fans get to join in!. 

My friend Lorena, Erik and I are thrilled that we were able to signed up for both days.  February 14th it will be Cleanup our LA river and February 15th, cleanup the Bay (Santa Monica).   I can’t wait!  

The Dodger current and past players along with Dodger announcers will also visit hospitals and schools as part of giving back to the community.    I think getting the fans involved is a great idea.  Details   here  

Dodgers will also be at the Lopez Tonight show in Burbank on Valentines Day but I could not get tickets to that.   Can anyone get us at the Warner Bros studios on that day?   I used to know someone that used to get me VIP tickets but that person moved out of state.    

My friend Lorena and started talking Spring Training games when we met at the Laker game last night.  Yeah, Lakers lost to the Spurs but we had a good time.  

We along with friend Margie decided on  the first two games at Camelback Ranch.  The first game is Sunday February 27th against the Angels and Monday against the White Sox.   We might get there on Saturday or early Sunday.   I can’t wait!   

February is looking pretty good!  that is Andre Ethier jumping up with Joaquin

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 from the adoption site at www.heartgalleryla.org

PLEASE click on the link above, then the video of the Dodgers salute to the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles in their pursuit to find homes for children.   

In the video you can see Russell Martin, Andre Ethier and James Loney with children from the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles,   

This is the second year the Dodgers team up with the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles doing the Calendar.   According to Josh Rawitch, Dodgers Vice President of Communications, the Gallery has had a high rate of success since the kids have been featured on the Team calendar.      

  
  

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