Last year before we got into Dodger Stadium, we went around Echo Park seeing all the festivities around the park. We did not cover the whole area but you can see by the video we took of all the celebration taking place outside of Dodger Stadium.
Happy Opening Day everyone! The Dodgers Opening Day is Thursday at 5.P.M.
Our last trip to Arizona included a trip to Las Vegas to see the Dodgers play against the Cubbies. Our first stop was Camelback Ranch to watch the Boys in Blue practice. We saw Loney so we sang to him:
Afterwards we headed to Surprise Stadium
If you can see the score, the Dodgers are losing in the 4th inning 3 to 9. Things were going to get worst than that.
I forget in what inning, but Wilson Betemit (Ex Dodger) came to bat and I got hit with a foul ball. It did not feel as bad as when I got hit a few years back at Dodger Stadium by a Heep Seop Choi foul ball
Next time this is going to be me catching a foul ball like this!
Meanwhile the score now at the top of the 8th Kansas City Royals 19, Dodgers 7.
On the road now to Las Vegas to follow our Dodgers! But first a little detour to Sedona, AZ
We stopped quite a few times to take pictures.
We got to Vegas like 11:30 at night and the following day we scrambled to get tickets as the game was sold out. After checking a few websites, we were able to get two tickets together and a single one. That meant we had to go to two different places to pick them up. The first stop was drive to Sams Town area, the next stop was to drive to the strip by .the Mandalay Bay to pick up the two tickets. Ok, now on our way to Cashman Stadium.
The game was a close one but lots of running blunders by the Dodgers. We got into a little heckling with Cubbie fans. One sitting next to us was asking us “why don’t you root for the Angels?” Which we told him “Why don’t you root for the White Sox?” It was all in good fun.
Vin Scully made the trip to Las Vegas as he was broadcasting his first Spring Training game.
Prior to the game, from the lower section, I yelled “VIN SCULLY! WE LOVE YOU!” I did it three times until the lady sitting next to him saw me and heard me so she told Vin. Vin got up, saluted me from above then he saw my t-shirt and gave me the A OK sign! The lady asked me to turn around so Vin could see the back. Vin again gave the OK sign! It was a great moment!
Dodgers lost to the Cubs by one run. Wtih that, we headed back to LA.
Next stop: Dodger Stadium for the Freeway Series then on to Opening Day March 31st.
We checked out from our Presidential suite which we loved! and headed to Camelback Ranch to watch our boys in Blue practice.
Andre having a snack. Manny Mota’s bicycle in the background.
We could hear Davey Lopes chewing the guys for some of their running blunders.
Trayvon Robinson. I remember when I went to to an Inland Empire game at San Bernardino, he made a great catch.
Andre Ethier posing with us. He was so nice that he waited for Lorena to join us in the picture.
On to Goodyear Ballpark.
Caption: “Something stinks here”
I love this banner at Goodyear Ballpark remembering Bob Feller.
They were selling Bob Feller baseball cards with proceeds going to the Bob Feller Museum so I bought this one:
And Randy of http://heirloom.mlblogs.com/ send this signed photo of Bob Feller! Thank you Randy!
My friend Erik is hosting my blog again! I love the post! I love Andre!
Take it away Erik!
I was watching a rerun of Inning 5 of Ken Burns’ great documentary, Baseball, and I started wondering where the days went when baseball players would have song written about them? Think about it, that’s not done anymore.
Those are some great songs about some great players. Some include Less Brown’s song “Joltin’ Joe”, and perhaps the best of all, “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball ” by Buddy Johnson and Count Basie. It reminded me that I wrote (or modified) a song about my favorite player, Andre Ethier. It was penned during the fervor surrounding his home run-hitting prowess early last season. Yeah, I know, he didn’t keep it up, but, G-d willing, I have faith that he’ll get things back on track this season. At which point we’ll all be signing the song I offer. Well, maybe not you, but I’ll be belting it out, and I bet Crzblue will be right there with me. Here it is, sing along, you’ll recognize the tune.
I Love Andre (We Love Him)
Runnin’ down the 3rd base line
Big nasty homer out the right field side
Maggie Ethier looking hot in the Lodge
She is full of pride
Mow down the pitcher, put da Blue on top.
Crank up Vin Scully, baby
Don’t let the hitting stop
We’re gonna cheer him ’til we just can’t cheer him no more
From the Top Deck to the Pavilion
From the Stadium Club to the Dugout Club,
Everybody’s very happy
‘Cause the man is hitting all the time
Looks like another homer’s on the way
I love Andre (We love him)
I love Andre (We love him)
Look at that homer
Look at those doubles
Look at that catch out there, man
He’s down on his knees.
Look at those walk-offs
There ain’t nothin’ like ‘em nowhere.
St. Mary’s High School (We love him)
Chandler-Gilbert College (We love him)
Arizona State University (We love him)
Dodgertown (We love him, we love him)
We love him!
We love him!
We love Andre!
By Erik C.D. Belmal,
Adapted from Randy Newman. “I Love L.A. (We Love it).” 1983.
So, there! Trust me, I know it doesn’t come close to the genius of the other songs I mentioned, but I hope you recognize the same spirit…the spirit of devotion to a player, and a game.
Thanks again for the opportunity to post Crzblue.
Thank you Erik!
Margie getting her baseball autograph by Tommy Lasorda
Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
The X man, Xavier Paul
Lorena and Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda greeting the umpires. He then went inside the dugout, spend a few innings there then went slowly up the stairs. Next thing I knew he was upstairs in the booth being interviewed
Matt Kemp, DeJesus next to him while Trayvon Robinson is at bat
Kershaw pitching while Juan Pierre is on third base
Welcome back home Davey Lopes!
Visting the blog Better Off Red MLB Blog I saw the Reds will have a Dusty Baker bobblehead complete with toothpick holder!
I wish I could get this. When I started following Dodger baseball, Dusty was playing LF.
The game is against the Indians on 7/2.
Here is other promotion WHEN the Dodgers are at GABP:
Fireworks Friday #3 presented by Jeff Wyler Automotive Family: Friday, June 3 vs. Dodgers, 7:10 (Post-game fireworks show with soundtrack starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game.)
Military Style Cap presented by FOX Sports Ohio: Saturday, June 4 vs. Dodgers, 4:10 (Free to the first 20,000 fans.)
Gapper Pillowcase presented by Meijer: Sunday, June 5 vs. Dodgers, 1:10 (Free to the first 10,000 kids 14 and younger.)
Other nice giveaways:
Sparky Anderson Bronze Statue presented by John Morrell: Saturday, May 14 vs. Cardinals, 4:10 (Free to the first 20,000 fans.)
Johnny Bench Night: Saturday, Sept. 17 vs. Brewers, 7:10 (Ceremonies honoring the legendary Reds catcher will include the unveiling of a bronze statue outside the Reds Hall of Fame.)
And a Girls Night Out
Girls Night Out presented by Dove Chocolate: Friday, July 22 vs. Braves, 7:10 (Activities in the Fan Zone and a special ladies giveaway.)
WOOHOO! I got an email that my Dodger season tickets have been shipped!
When we went in the boys were exercising
I ran into Jose Mota of the Angels talking to his dad Manny Mota of the Dodgers. Jose was on the outside of the fence.
Camelback Ranch Scoreboard advertising the Dodgers against the Angels
Emma, Margie, Lorena & Roberto of VinScullyismyhomeboy prior to the game
I spotted Mike Scioscia signing autographs so I headed to the visitor’s dugout. He signed my Union 76 giveaway pictures from back in his playing days.
Jason: It was great that you got to serve as the bat boy!
As bat boy Jason was getting back to the dugout after giving the umpire some baseballs we yelled “LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BAT BOY!” Jason turned around and waived. Some fans behind the Dodger dugout turned to see who was yelling that.
“Lemonade, lemonade, just like grandma used to make!” Yum yum! Also try the Island noodles with vegetables and Teriyaki Chicken.
Dodgers defeated the Angels 5-0. We spotted Efrain with this t-shirt. Here is the front
Here is the back of Efrain’s shirt:
We had a great first day.
next post: Spring Training 2011 Pictures, Part Two