May 2011

Happy Memorial Day! Thank You to those that have served Our Country

A year ago on Memorial Day I posted this post:   http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/05/31/memorial-day-in-flanders-fields-we-shall-keep-the-faith/.  It contains the two poems “In Flanders Field” by Lieutenant-Colonel John Mc Crae and “We Shall Keep the Faith” from Mona Michael.    They are two powerful poems.     

To all those that have served our country and specially those that paid with their lives, a big thank you!    Like the poem “WeShall Keep the Faith” says “The blood of heores never dies.”  

I found this list of Brooklyn Dodger players in service during WW11:

Rex Barney
Boyd Bartley
Jack Bolling
Bobby Bragan
Les Burge (minor league player on Dodgers roster)
Al Campanis
Hugh Casey
Claude Corbitt
Cliff Dapper
Lloyd “Dutch” Dietz
John Douglas
Red Durrett
Al Falzone (minor league player on Dodgers roster)
Herman Franks
Larry French
Roland Gladu
Jack Graham (minor league player on Dodgers roster)
Ray Hathaway
Joe Hatten (minor league player on Dodgers roster)
Chris Haughey
Ed Head
Billy Herman
Gene Hermanski
Kirby Higbe
Gil Hodges
Chet Kehn
Frank Laga (minor league player on Dodgers roster)
Cookie Lavagetto
Vic Lombardi
Cal McLish
Gene Mauch
Rube Melton
Eddie Miksis
Mickey Owen
Don Padgett
Pee Wee Reese
Pete Reiser
Lew Riggs
Johnny Rizzo 
Stan Rojek
Bill Sayles
Joe Soskovic (minor league player on Dodgers roster)

In addition from the Los Angeles Dodgers, we have Roy Gleason

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Roy Gleason at Dodger Stadium during a Camera Day. 

Roy Gleason

ref: 

 www.baseballinwartime.com

http://www.bensakoguchi.com/

22-28 record for the Dodgers after 50 games

After 50 games, the Dodgers are 22-28.  Needless to say it has been tough from the injuries, the state of the Dodgers and the beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.  As all have heard by now the family of Bryan Stow is suing the Dodgers for 30 million.   It was expected.   This is just another nail on the McCourts.   Wish all this was just a nightmare and we can wake up and go back to when the O’Malleys owned the team.   

After the nightmare of the game where the the Dodgers and Kershaw were winning 3-1 in the 9th inning and Kenley Jensen let it get away, it was a relief to have a game where everything went better on Tuesday night.   Billingsley went out winning 5-4.   Rubby De La Rosa made his MLB debut in the 8th inning getting all three outs.  Rookie Javy Guerra came in the 9th and got the save.   Rookie Jerry Sands blasted a grand slam in the third inning.       

It was a rookielecious win!

We are back! The fan MLB Blogs have been updated!

Thank you to Mark and all the MLB helpers that worked on the transition.  Working in IT, I know how migrations can take long,long  hours.  

Dodgers have been in a rut.  They lost two out of three from the D’backs.   Now they lost the first game against the Brewers.   Is rare that we get two two-game series back to back.  The first two with the Brewers and the second two game series with the Giants.  

Talking about the Giants, I was happy to hear that Bryan Stow was able to be moved closer to home.   I always keep him in my prayers that he will recover.   it must have been so hard on his family living out of a hotel in order to be close to him.   Get well Bryan.  

Today was the Dodgers home game #22.  I have been to all the home games so far.  It was a cold night at the Ravine and the Dodgers bats have been even colder.  

Rain is expected for tomorrow but hopefully the game gets underway.  So far this season there has been more cancelled games due to the weather than all season last year. 

Kuroda-san matches up against ex Dodger Randy Wolf Tuesday night.   Go Dodgers!

Andre Ethier, Dodgers Road Trip to New York and Pittsburgh

Congratulations to Andre on having a 30 game hitting streak. The hitting streak ended on the second game at Citi Field but Andre got back to hitting on Mother’s day when he belted his fourth homerun of the year. Andre also had a single so is nice that Andre is back to hitting. During the 30-game hitting streak, he had the other three homeruns.

The most important thing is that the Dodgers were able to salvage one game with the Mets. Is on to beautiful PNC Park now to play four with the Pirates. I’d like to go back to PNC again as the only time I was there, I was only able to watch one game, stay the night and fly back to LA the following morning. .

I have not been updating my blog as often and not visiting the blogs. We had a dead in the family. My dearest tia (aunt) Nena passed away with Cancer. May she rest in peace. Tia Nena was never a baseball fan. She would ask me how I had become such a fan when noone in my family was a baseball fan before. Another reason I have not updated my blog is I have not been feeling well but I am going to try to get back into the swing of things. I got to get ready for all the exciting upgrades to all the Fan MLB blogs. We have all seen it with the Pro blogs. Now is our turn!

During the last Dodgers homestand, I got to meet Steve Soboroff who is the Vice-Chairman of the Dodgers. . My friend Lorena had invited him to come and talk to season ticket holders in the Top Deck when she read that he was going to be viisting the Pavilions so he showed up with Drew McCourt.

In the picture, Drew, me, Gaby (Lore’s friend),David (we had a good laugh ’cause he snuck in the picture), Steve Soboroff and Lorena.

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Steve and Drew asked us for stadium suggestions so we offered some suggestions and since they had to go, they asked us to email them suggestions.

The following day, during batting practice, we noticed a white hair gentleman that Deuce’s dad _William thought it was Tom Schieffer. Currently, Schieffer oversees the operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers on behalf of the Commissioner of Baseball. Sure enough it was him. His security guy was close by. We talked to him briefly and snapped this picture.
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28 game hitting streak for Andre Ethier!

Congratulations Andre on your 28 game hitting streak! Ethier is three games away from the Dodgers franchise record of 31 games,set by Willie Davis in 1969. If you are a Dodger fan or a baseball fan you are following the streak on TV, radio, online or by being at Dodger Stadium.
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I am heading to the stadium now and tomorrow I am off to go to the 2nd Throwback day for the Dodgers.

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Go Dodgers! Beat the Cubs!

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