June 2011

Dodgers file for bankrupcy

Greetings from the Twins City! 

Like many of you, I woke to the news of the Frank McCourt filing for bankrupcy.  It was filed in the state of Delaware. 

From the LA Times   http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dodgers/2011/06/manny-ramirez-dodgers-frank-mccourt-bankruptcy.html

From that link,:

The 13 creditors owed more than $1 million all involve payments to players, including six payments to players no longer with the team (Kaz Ishii last played for the Dodgers in 2004 and Marquis Grissom last played in 2002) and one to a player who has yet to make the team (Zach Lee, the Dodgers’ first-round draft choice last year).

The million-dollar creditors:

1. Ramirez ($21 million)

2. Andruw Jones ($11 million)

3. Hiroki Kuroda ($4.5 million)

4. Rafael Furcal ($3.7 million)

5. Chicago White Sox ($3.5 million, for Juan Pierre)

6. Ted Lilly ($3.4 million)

7. Zach Lee ($3.4 million)

8. Kaz Ishii ($3.3 million)

9. Juan Uribe ($3.2 million)

10. Matt Guerrier ($3.1 million)

11. Juan Pierre ($3.05 million)

12. Marquis Grissom ($2.7 million)

13. Jon Garland ($1.2 million)

 My droid went crazy after I landed in Minneapolis.  I  lost all my contacts. and  silly me I was not backing up my cell phone.  Also noticed  my computer screen after I landed in Minn.  Other than that having a great time here.  I met Randy of http://heirloom.mlblogs.com/  We will see each other at the game tomorrow.  

Well got to head to the game!  Go Dodgers!  and vote for Matt Kemp!  Our sign at the Twin stadium:

Dodgers score 5 runs, we can score too!

Johnny Rockets has a special “When the Boys in Blue Score, We Score”   I like it!  The Dodgers score 5 runs and we can go to Johnny Rockets and score with a $5 Hamburger combo.    Here is the flyer:

For me, the closest one is at the Arcadia, Pasadena, Alhambra or Monterey Park.   Among other locations, there is also Burbank, Long Beach, Farmer Market area, Universal City Walk, TO, etc. 

Dodgers lost yesterday to the Tigers but they did score 5 runs.   Today Is an off day for the Dodgers so I think I am heading to Johnny Rockets after work.   Dodgers play the Angels starting Friday night.   Go Dodgers!  

ref: http://www.johnnyrockets.com/promotions/promotions-dodgers.php 

Vote for Matt Kemp!   Vote for Andre Ethier!

Current Dodgers home trip and Road trip to see the Dodgers at Minnesota!

In this current homestand, the Dodgers are 1-5.  Terrible homestand so far.  They got swept by the Reds and they were on the verge of being swept by the Astros!  Imagine that!  The Astros who have the worst record in baseball.   They avoided the sweep by winning 1-0 on Sunday.    We tried going to play catch on the field after the game but the lines to get to the stadium were huge so we left. 

Now Dodgers start inter-league with the Detroit Tigers, then the Angels come to town.  I believe Kristen from http://mlblogsblithescribe.wordpress.com/ will come to Dodger Stadium for one of those games.  I hope to meet her.   I will miss the game on Sunday since  my friend LuvtheDodgers23 and I will take the red eye on Saturday night.   Saturday is Photo Day at Dodger Stadium.   

But first The Tigers are in town.   Tonight Bill Slayback will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.  I talked to Bill during one of the SABR www.sabr.com meetings where he was a speaker.  He said he was a little nervous to sing at Dodger Stadium and that he might change his mind.  I hope he did not.  I am looking forward to hearing him sing.  Bill Slayback autographed 8x10 Photo (Detroit Tigers)

From http://www.atlantatimemachine.com/misc/records.htm 

 In late 1973, as Hank Aaron was closing in on Babe Ruth’s home run record, Detroit Tigers pitcher Bill Slayback released this tribute to Hammering Hank.   Slayback wrote the music and the lyrics were penned by legendary Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell, a one-time Atlantan who, in the 1940s, had announced Atlanta Crackers games on WSB radio.

Wednesday is another Throwback weekday game.   Sadly I won’t be making this one.  My boss is on vacation so I’ll listen to the game while working.   I’ll miss the throwback uniforms that the Tigers will wear but I’ll catch the wonderful pictures that Jon SooHoo or Juan OCampo take at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/

So Saturday night we head to Minnesota to watch the Dodgers!  Hope they can beat the Twins.   We are excited about the trip.  I also want to go see the statue from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.  I want to go there and take a picture while I also toss my hat.  I don’t have a hat like in the picture but I’ll toss my Dodger hat or this blue hat that LuvtheDodgers23 got me!   I know…a lot of fans of that show have done that but I want to do it too!   

I just learned that the type of hat that Mary Tyler Moore used is called a Tam or a Tammy.  From wikipedia:A Tam o’ Shanter (often abbreviated Tam or TOS) is a Scottish style hat originally worn by men. The hat is named after a character in a poem written by Robert Burns in 1790.

I hope to meet Randy from http://heirloom.mlblogs.com/ in Minnesota.  

Let’s go Dodgers!   Let’s Go!!!

Now I got that theme song from the Mary Tyler Moore show in my head   “Who can turn the world on with her smile?…..

Don’t Miss the Big One!

Don’t miss the big what?  The 41st Annual Convention 2011!   This time is in Southern California.  July 6th to July 10. 

There is plenty to do at the convention in Long Beach!  Check out the presenters and the convention activities at http://sabr.org.  

This will be my first time attending a SABR convention.  I really wanted to go last year to Atlanta but I could not work it out into my schedule.  But this time being so close to home, I am there!   

I am also looking forward to meeting more members of SABR and going to the Dodger game on Friday night and the Angel game on Saturday.   Also the tour of historical Southern California ballparks sites, including Wrigley Field, The Los Angeles Coliseum, Gilmore Field, Washington Park and the Vernon ballpark.  

I am not sure if I can make it to see the Visalia Rawhide at Lake Elsinore.  I never been there.   Did you know that Tom and his cousin Kevin O’Malley own the team?   Tom’s grandfather was the legendary Walter O’Malley,

Check it out!  Don’t miss the big one!   The price is very reasonable, more so if you are a member.  

ref:  www.sabr.org.

Patron Saint of Baseball

Recently I was asked  “is there a Patron saint of Baseball?”   Hmmm.  Interesting question.  I found the reference to

Saint Rita of Cascia (1381 – May 22, 1457)  Italian Augustinian saint.

From www.answers.yahoo.com I found this:

“If there has been a run on St. Rita medals and holy cards at Catholic shops over the past few weeks, blame it on a family film released in April entitled “The Rookie.” Based on a true story, and starring Dennis Quaid, it’s a baseball tale that opens with a couple of nuns sprinkling rose petals from a basket while praying to St. Rita over the site of an oil well near the little town of Big Lake in west Texas in the 1920s.

According to the story’s narrator, the nuns invested money in an oil well scheme that started to turn sour. When the nuns couldn’t get their money back a Catholic priest advised them to pray to St. Rita, the patron St. of the impossible, and sprinkle rose petals on the well site. The Santa Rita well, named for its patron, not only produced oil but also (according to the film) a couple of major league baseball players. During the 21 months it took for the well to start spouting oil the Santa Rita crew built a baseball field near the well, and played baseball to while away the hours. Some of the crew got to be very good ball players.

  

Funny that I have seen the movie “The Rookie” and I own it but I had to watch the beginning of the movie to remind of this.   Saint Rita is also the saint of impossible dreams.   Dodgers could use saint Rita’s help.  

Here is the medal:

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